Have another episode of Baxinger, in which we get plenty of much needed infodumps.
Post will be prettied up when I have access to something that isn’t a smart phone on tetchy wi-fi.
Notes for this episode:
If you’ve been paying attention you’d know how the J9-II crew are based on the Shinsengumi, this episode is where they actually form the Special Defence Force for not!Kyoto.
The outer space fleets of Merika, Rance and Englais are rather obviously based on America, France and England/GB, who did indeed engage in some gunboat diplomacy with Japan in the 1850s.
Barnard’s Star is a red dwarf (it’s cold outside there’s no kind of atmosphere…) 6 light years from Earth, and the nearest star visible in the northern hemisphere, so it’s a popular star in sci-fi. Also, if I’m remembering correctly, Barnard’s Star was the direction of the space pioneers going Fly By at the end of Brygar…
Longoo are based on the Choshu Domain (which is a terrible pun, ‘long’ in English is 長 in Japanese, which is the first character of Choshu)