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Opinions on Ambrosia von Carstein & Company

"Because some opinions need to be immortalized in electric stone rather than be left at the mercy of the dreaded auto-prone." - The being behind Bloodshade

In all honestly, I thank each and every one of you for the time you took to write out these opinions. Give yourselves a pat on the back. (There are more to come of course! This list will be an eternal WIP. There are some who've never had the chance to give an opinion or had theirs succumbed by the dreaded auto-prune. Sometimes, I'm also rather stupid and have probably forgotten to add some people. Please let me know if you come by this list somehow.)

The Avant-Gardist Commune of Surrealist Patagonia

"Beauty is in the eyes of beholder and I struggle to find any beauty in Ambrosia. For there is only beauty in chaos and asymmetry. Her political positions only spell out this for me - L I B E R A L I S M. There's no revolutionary drive and zeal, just complacency and acting within the realm of reason. A true revolutionary would have done away with representative democracy and constitutional monarchism, and ascend to a higher realm of governance which is absolute direct democracy of the masses. I dislike the holier-than-thou personalities which exhumes from her circle without having the ability to grasp the bigger picture as well."
"But her heretical stance is a fine one. Gods are cruel in creating us without our consent and shaping the world as the Gods see fit against human (and vampire) interests. She gives off an aura of hubris and I could commend her for it. Yes, let us curse the Gods and do away with human faith. Aimlessness will accelerate the process of bringing about a Futurist society."
~ Konrad "Caligula" Svoboda, Le Patron of the Most Surreal Confederation of Patagonia

The United Federation of Zitravgrad

Right Over Here

Look upon those green eyes.
Wouldn't you think alike?
Those eyes do shine oddly bright
For a creature of the night.

Young for vampires, but wise.
The fire burns right in heart.
Beyond her is so long a path.
But with her, she carries a prepared heart.

Her beauty of the face is one thing.
And the grace of her mind is another.
Come now, we ought to remember.
She is more than for show!

Darkened past fought and reconciled
For the Countess has determined.
"If I were to live a thousand years,
Should I not make them good ones?"

True, carefree passion might be her ace.
But after years upon years of heartache,
Happiness she has long sought,
Might be in the comfort of the loved ones.

Over the realm of Bloodshade she overlooks.
A route of peace and progress, she took.
Internal conflicts to be neutralized.
And the spirits of all factions united.
Vladimir Kirillovich Zaradinsky
Public Relations of the Workers' Party

"For Frau Hoffmeister... of course, I would say that I prefer her as much as she prefers us -- not really. But that's what's so great about her, an almost independent spirit, an almost dignified soul and an almost shrewd administrator... she has this excellent ability to make anyone sigh in contemplation with her oratory skill: "why am I still listening?" kind of oratory skill."
Signed with due regards -- His Excellency, Kazimir Ivanovich Miroslavsky
Premier of the United Federation of Zitravgrad, Commander-in-Chief of Zitravgradian Armed Forces, Director of National Law Enforcement Committee

The ထာဝရပျော်ရွှင် ကြောင်ကမ္ဘာ of Valentine Z

Valentijn “De Sierlijke en Vrij Valkyrie General ov Valentine Z” Samantha Maxwell Delta Weston Stijn Angelus Tracey Mitchell Tristian Marnix Basilisk Lewis Hyatt X. Constantine Sein Lin Zaw Naing: Ambrosia has been a very true friend since Day 1, from the very start, I know that our nation and theirs have something special. It's still unbelievable that just because she is a vampire, that she has to conform to some standards, or that people are looking in scrutiny at her. I mean, she got her blood consumption controlled, right? That should at least account for something, but nope, these people, I swear to goodness. Either way, I am very positive, of course!

Valentina “De Sierlijke en Vrij High Valkyrie ov Valentine Z” Anastasia Freya Ada. Jolin Annelijn Caitlin Trijntje Crystal Clarice Constance Judy Voi. D. Nexitros Annile Teresa Thida Myat Yadana Aye: Oooh, I always love your dresses! It's a shame that they don't usually come in, well, giantess size! Maybe I could shrink down and wear them, or maybe make these clothes bigger with sheer magic! The possibilities are endless! I don't know why I didn't think of it before, but I guess maybe some other time. I am positive on you as well, Ms. Ambrosia! I think you and I have some resemblance to each other, given our common abilities in magic. Is it the same type?

Chief Aviator Gwen Tracer Hepburn “Fate of Existence and the Omniverse” Ellen Trixie Caitlin Foxworthy Avril Verlene Eveline Celinda Sammy Doris T-Rev Oxton Arielle Lindall Leslie Vitesse Allison: Well, I will have to say. Throughout the eternities I have spent around here, I am still very happy to see and have them as a company, and that includes the Divine Queen herself as well. I swear, she used to have a different look, but who am I to judge? After all, people do love to dress up now and then, and we Valentians are no stranger to that idea. The only unfortunate thing is that for the Queen, she might have changed appearance, but she's the same shtick.

Exuberant Superintendent T-2000/2904-3 Surveillant Clarissa Alanis Star Breya « La Amoureux Chéri » Millie Taissa Butterfly Mélody Coraline Jolijn Trini Clementine Hollie Samantha Zeta Harumi: Oooh, Ms. Ambrosia! It's been soooo long, how have you been? I believe that we have known each since those good old days, if you know what I mean! You know, when I used to have a more cartoonish look, orange hair, and always holding a bunch of flowers in her hand. Ahh, how time has passed, and look at us now! I mean, we are still very, very dipper, but ohh, how I do miss those times back then. Very simpler times that people call "nostalgia", I believe. I am still very positive on you, and especially towards Alarielle! Looks like we are not the only ones who knew about Holly and Klarissa, who can control the flow of Nature! Hmm, this is certainly interesting! Adrianaaa! ^^

Zastępca Strażnika Adriana Krystal Desiree “Cudowny Manipulacja Światłem” Venus Kowalski Faith Stanisława Engelse I. Cherise Krystyna Zaborowska Sztormowska Pamela Alina Re. T. Lillian: Ooooh, haha! Hello there to everyone! Ahh, I must say that it is a pleasure to meet the familiar faces, along with the rest of you! Ahh, I remembred what you said about me, Victoria! "I pity you, Adriana. At the end of the day, you live in the shadow of a much more recognizable and bubblier being, similarly to how everyone sees me as the meek version of Ambrosia. You were born for war and yet you are a bubbly, cheerful little thing. Does war allow for cheerfulness? No and yet you've been programmed to be as happy as your big sister! My dear, you are lost potential. You do not have to be a clone of your dear Clarissa. You can be so much more!" Don't worry about that! Both Clarissa and I are treated in the exact same way as each other, just like the other AI around us! I won't really call myself a clone. More of that I have a different function compared to Clarissa, but we are still spiritual sisters to each other, and we each have a different personality from one another. I am not saying this because I am hurt by your words. I think you deserve some clarification, and I am here to deliver it! Talk to you again soon, of course!

The BLACK BIRD of Fallen Albali

"I have to admit, Ambie surprised me. She's patient and kind, yet she has a backbone and quite some sass that she won't hesitate to use. I love how she is willing to stand up for herself and for what is right, even when it is easier not to. To get personal, she has taught me many things about myself, and has helped me in my life immeasurably. Life would certainly be less complicated if I didn't fall in love with her, but would it be better? I doubt it."
- Amaki

The Republic of Ignis States

“You know, I have to say: Vishala actually has some damn sense compared to everyone else. Not only is she strong enough to not give a sh*t about what people do, but she’s headstrong and reliable. Honestly, she reminds me almost of a genderbent me. Pretty sure she can kick ass, too. All in all, I’d love to have a drink with her and just talk about life. Positive opinion.”
-Mark Draksesa

“I don’t know much about Ms. Victoria, but I really want to meet her! If Mrs. Ambrosia likes her, I bet I will. But...I don’t like some of her ideas. I don’t think anyone’s a leech, everyone’s important to society! Survival of the fittest just makes people sociopaths...And I don’t like it when people just turn on each other for their own gain. That and...well, I don’t think she really worked for anything on her own. But I bet she’s a nice enough lady! I’m neutral.”
-Strein Iuseira Draksesa Váradi, Princeps Senatus

The BOXY BROWN of Nantoraka (Nant, revive your nation please ;-;)

"We could use more Ambrosia's out there, honestly. She thinks of her nation and her people first, and places herself second, and I love that about her. She's lovely to talk to, easy to get along with, and a great conversationalist. I've dug about as deep as I could into her personality and what I know about her, but I can't find anything that should make me hate or fear her. Like at fact the scariest part about her is that there's nothing wrong with her."

"Besides, I don't make it a secret I think she's cute."
-Director Phur'an

The Grand Imperium of Imperial-Octavia

"The main problem we have with Ambrosia is that she is a hypocrite and it can be seen right now. While she praised her friend (and knowing her probable lover) for taking power in a situation of desperation, she despises the Hive queen for almost the exact same thing, but because she can't get into it's pants now it is evil. She hated us for taking proper control of our decadent state and yet turns around and cuddles with the likes of Zen? Who is almost the exact same as us policy wise, except for assimlaton? She will speak of pacifism, but again as seen above, when one talks badly of one of her lovers due to their culture she tells them they can watch themselves get crushed? This is why we call her a w**re, she will throw away any moral pretenses she had for quick pleasure with foreign leaders. This is why we cannot respect her for if she at least had the moral fortitude to hold on to her positions despite being contrary to ours we could at least credit her for that, but she doesn't. And for all those reasons, our opinion is solidly negative to the bloodsucking w**re."
-The Paramount

The Grpyhonic States, puppet of The Kraterocracy of Uvoan

"Hmph... I find myself unimpressed by what is brought before me- A petulant child that has yet to realize the place of itself in the grand scheme. Fighting to keep it's place- But not through steel, but words. 'Ambrosia' is another example of what failed the Human State- She is a pacifist, trying to fight a war against the world itself using worlds, and not the strength of armies. She could rally the people to her, and end all claimants to her position in just a few days! But no- Instead, she fights with words where steel would do far better... Her words mean little to me, if not backed by steel..."
"... Hmmm, what is this...?... Ohohoh- You hide things, child. Something far stronger- And far more willing to take a direct hand. Something I can respect... Even if it must constantly lurk within the shadows- It is still doing far more to change the world that Bloodshade resides within than some pacifist with a dream of a nation carved among the stars. I will simply state this however- I do not like it...But I like it more than Ambrosia."
-Councilor Ual De'Zeven

The Blooded Isle of Rauys Hulms

On the Countess:

"Ah. One of us. An idiotic thing to say, for she and I are alike in ways that are oh so few in number. She appears to have been born into vampirism, for instance. Her world treats it as a separate lifeform entirely, rather than the disease my... contemporaries oh so vehemently insist it is. Who is to say which appraisal bears more weight? And yet I stand somewhat apart from even that - for a covenant-blooded vampire is something of an oddity even among our kind. Regardless, on a surface level, broad similarities of race and provenance are about all we share. She is a pacifist, while I... am not. She hails for her people to be coddled by the institution she leads, while I consider such antics to weaken one's populace. Doctrinally, we couldn't be more apart. And yet... she and I are more alike than she might care to admit. For she too seeks power. Perhaps not to the same ends, and indeed she would no doubt detest the notion that what she is doing is in any way antethical. But she is a manipulator. She may barter and bargain, but it all amounts to seizure of might. She strikes deals with her enemies to secure her position, and stands steadfast against that which she believes to jeopardize her goals. For that, at least, she has some measure of respect from me. This does not mean that I endorse her, by any stretch of the word. I am resolutely against practically all she has set out to achieve with her nation. But she is certainly no pushover, no matter what her critics may assume. To one with an eye for power, that much is obvious."
-Onvyr Tradan, Lord of the Isle

On the Queen:

"A show-woman. One who claims artificial poverty, resigns herself to the life of a pauper for the sake of sucking approval from the masses. Who w***es herself out to self-proclaimed gods to claw some modicum of power for an agenda that is not her own. She too seeks power... but she is a leech. And this is coming from a vampire. I... somehow empathize with Ambrosia more than I do with this woman, despite our broad doctrinal similarities. She seeks rule not by strength or merit, but by some divine "right". She spins tall tales of her rise from the lowest strata of society, but all that gives such things credence is the peoples' wide-eyed belief in her godliness and grace. One must seize opportunity. Build upon it. She and I both know that. But her methods of attaining such are utterly revolting."
-Onvyr Tradan, Lord of the Isle

The Empire of Gary Montgomery Stu

“Vishala—perhaps she and I won’t be so drastically different from each other when it comes to laying our lives on the line to protect those we love. She would go out of her way to defend Ambrosia as I too will for the innocents. It is a really sad thought for me to think that, in some other timeline, Vishala would live her life without meeting the very person who will become her greatest motivation: a sister.”
- Percy Robicheaux

The Divine Supremacy of Khoronzon

"Ambrosia... That's a very nice name. Ambrosia von Carstein. I've heard a bit about her from Narce and Vas, they don't seem to like her much. 'Pacifist egalitarian democrat, guzzles wine without finesse like a fish drinks water'. She strikes me as a lost soul, aimlessly wandering through existence without any great purpose to latch onto. You could say her devotion towards 'progress' is one thing, but what is she progressing towards? Trivial freedoms, so others may join her in her aimlessness. My comrades despise her, but my feelings lean more towards pity, and I can see part of myself reflected in her. Had I been deprived of my purpose, left to rot in an alienating society with no cause, I could see myself leading a similar life, floating around without a direction, hoping to latch onto fleeting traces of pleasure and fulfillment. We even had similar upbringings - skipping class, taking drugs, pursuing the arts when our parents had other goals. It seems I have a lot more in common with someone so fundamentally opposed to Khoronzonite values than is probably befitting of a member of the Emperor's Inner Circle. Oh well. I'm sure she hates me with a passion, which should make up for it."

The Greater Crusader State of Alfbading Levant

"The Lady of Carstein is a mystery to me. Not because of her hatred of civilization and good order -no, that I can easily understand; a bloodsucking lich with no affinity to religion would become nothing else- but her insistence on appropriating the Long-standing Tradition of monarchy by granting herself the title of Gravin will ever make me raise an eyebrow."

His Levantine Majesty Adelbrand, by the Grace of the Unconquered and the Anointed, King of the Levant

The 🎺 ʟᴇɢɪᴏɴᴀʀʏ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ʀᴇᴘᴜʙʟɪᴄ of Silver Commonwealth

Opinion on Ambrosia

A significant portion on this will be directed towards dissecting her political views, with little room for personal life. Let's start with her in civil rights, and environmental sphere... It is very good, that she protects various minorities from discrimination, and also has made advances in terms of women's rights. However, let's hope, that she is also ready to defend those rights from reactionaries, who would want to abolish them - with force, if necessary. Her establishment for zoos is also good, in order to protect the species. Usually animals are out from my main priorities, but I still hope, that they will not go extinct, and have a good life. Sometimes, when living a partisan's life, and having to scavenge/get food myself, I have had to hunt animals, sadly...

It is good, that while she legalized drug trade, she didn't also leave it up to vile men from cartels, and actually established a reliable, safe channel. Her welfare programs, and poverty reliefs overall are good too, and a big improvement over those creepy libertarians, and ''socially liberal, fiscally conservative'' types. However, her foreign policy is where our first major disagreements would start to kick in - I know, that she doesn't want her citizens to die in pointless wars, but in my opinion, some interventionism, and militarism is needed, if your nation has enemies on all sides, just like us. In such case, sending in agitators to hostile neighbors, and threatening MAD is a necessary evil, as tyrants will not give up their power voluntarily.

As for the rest of the political stuff, I mostly agree with her on things like healthcare, culture, and so on. Now, for her personal life... I know, that she loves her family, and I love my one as well. In fact, loving your fellow comrades just like you would love your family is a good way, of how to establish a strong bond, and ensure less desertions. However, you must also be wary of family at the same time, as they often know your weakest spots, and if enemies play their cards rights, they might get them to reveal those spots.

The Unitary World Order of Neo-Unified Nations

"A ***king nonhuman, your kind make me glare at you with hatred and murderous intent, perhaps it is because of the fact that your kind, vampires, are one of my arch-enemy Supernatural species, next to the Ghosts, however I will spare you from my anger and focus my attention to your style of rule, it's actually perfect for your nation, the fact that you advocate peace is quite the unique quality compared to what your nonhuman kind are known for, if you were a human, I'd shake your hand, but you aren't, but you don't deserve a bullet, just a Glare, all you get from me, a talented NUNIT agent, is a glare."

-Captain Evan Alexander, Leader of MTF Alpha-1.


"Legend has it that the first vampyres were born the day I spilled the blood of the first mortal serial killer. Or maybe that's a lie I made up; who knows, really? The secret history of the primordial and never-ending is unknown to all without omniscience. As for you, my dear, you are a ravishing creature plagued by weakness. An immortal being gripped by the flaws and failures of mortal kind. A Greek tragedy."
- Archdemon Pride

"I want to ***k her."
- Archdemon Lust

"This comes as a surprise to no one."
- Archdemon Pride

"I want to ***k her a LOT."
- Archdemon Lust

"Yes, thank you for this vital information."
- Archdemon Pride