So I'm loading up a game of Civ IV, and I notice one of Russia's new Leaders is Stalin. Granted, Chariman Mao is also in this game… but seeing Stalin there just felt kinda odd. Now, Ramses II, Genghis Kahn, and Qin Shi Huang are also selectable as leaders for their respective nations, bloody bastards all. But they're super ancient compared to these recent dictators. So while these people were pretty brutal killers, they also had TREMENDOUS impact on the course of history. So yeah, seeing Mao and Stalin all smiling there may feel kinda weird, but it's hard to argue their exclusion.
So why isn't Hitler selectable? Now, putting Hitler in as a selectable leader of Germany would cause a SHITSTORM across the nation. But I have to ask, what makes Hitler so untouchable? Is the Nazi movement so embedded in our national consciousness that it instantly causes revulsion? I can (and have) played Civs with Mao and Stalin with no problems, and those guys are definitely up there with Hitler. But I would never, EVER select Hitler as a civ leader. Is it because Hitler's systematic murders are so exhaustively recorded and documented?
The cynical side of me says, "It's because Mao and Stalin killed their own citizens. Hitler did not."
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