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L'appel du vide

He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.

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a character in “The Fall of a Star”, as played by Soleli



Second World War

The age limits set for enlistment in the Second Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in 1939 were 20 to 35 for recruits, higher for officers and some NCOs. The maximum was raised to 40 in 1940, and the minimum lowered to 19 in 1941, and 18 in 1943; written parental consent was required for anyone under the age of 21. Even when the limit was lowered to 18, men of that age were not permitted to go to New Guinea or the Northern Territory. The same restriction also applied in the Citizen Military Forces (CMF), although the 18 year lower limit existed earlier. From 1942, the CMF also shared with the AIF a requirement that all recruits under the age of 20 on enlistment undergo six months training before being posted to a unit. The CMF upper age limit was 60.

Height requirements for the AIF in 1939 was a minimum of 5 feet 6 inches (167.6 cm); a year later 5 feet (152 cm) was enough.

Physique of recruits

Second Echelon, A.H.Q., examined the records of more than 25,000 men of the army with the object of discovering their average height, weight and chest measurement on enlistment. It found that the averages for men who were 21, for example, on enlistment were: height, 5 feet 7.6 inches; weight, 147 pounds; chest, 36.8 inches. The average height for various age-groups ranged from 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8.4 inches (the latter for a relatively small sampling of men aged 44).

Also, the Government enlarged the field of enlistment (June 1940) by raising the upper age limit to 40 and reducing the height to 5 feet. In 1939 the mimimum limit had been 5 feet 6 inches. In the previous war the minimum, originally 5 feet 6 inches, had been reduced inch by inch until, in April 1917, it reached 5 feet.

  • The great depression

    The Great Depression began in August 1929, when the United States economy first went into an economic recession. Although the country spent two months with declining GDP, it was not until the Wall Street Crash in October 1929 that the effects of a declining economy were felt, and a major worldwide economic downturn ensued. The market crash marked the beginning of a decade of high unemployment, poverty, low profits, deflation, plunging farm incomes, and lost opportunities for economic growth and personal advancement. Although its causes are still uncertain and controversial, the net effect was a sudden and general loss of confidence in the economic future.

    ((Soli's TL;DR: October 1929 was the day the market went boom and things died from there. Side effects include extreme poverty, high unemployment, low profits, lost opportunities for economic growth and just general misery all round the country boom boom rip the land of the free

    Note to self my dude if you want to make Oliver 16 or smth its 1940 -16 if he's born in 1924 his family best have inheritance my dude cause shit's gon go down in wall street))

    The post–World War II economic expansion, also known as the postwar economic boom, the long boom, and the Golden Age of Capitalism, was a period of economic prosperity in the mid-20th century which occurred, following the end of World War II in 1945, and lasted until the early 1970s.
    1941(act 2 start time) IS STILL RIGHT SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF WW2

    Claude Monet(When he was younger):
    He looks cool look at his clothes Monet's got the swag.

    FC for Claude Monet: Osamu Dalai; Bungou Stray Dogs

    FC for Oliver Cohen: APH America
    Reason why he's not in WW2: He's 16 + His eyesight sucks RIP him

Basic outline: Oliver was born into the roaring twenties, the golden age. His family was advantageously well off, and it ensured that Oliver never had any needs and wants that were unsatisfied. As a child Oliver was under the impression that if he asked for something it was immediately bought, his parents were loving ones that indulged in his selfishness, for they were at no lack of money. However, despite the fact that everything he wished for was given to him without question, Oliver’s interests didn’t lie with new toys and clothes, but with art.

He fell instantly in love with the oriential tongue. After school, he would always knock on the tenant’s room, then watch with wonder as pieces of red paper turned into works of art by her hands. “Jian Zhi” She called it, in her native tongue, then clumsily, in English, tried to explain what paper cutting was. Taking his hands in hers, she guided them through the process. In the absence of his parents, she taught him everything he had to know about the Chinese culture, and

He chose to apply to Harvard University to continue his studies, and his passion for culture and art was noticed by a reknowned professor and curator of Asian arts at a museam. Ascertaining the fact that the boy did have potential to become a remarkable agent, he introduced Oliver to the house and from then on he became immersed in his studies. Under his mentor’s guidance, Oliver signed up for the Harvard Yenching program, and followed his mentor’s footsteps to China, where he proceeded to visit the great galleries and

Unlike other agents who were at a loss of what to do for their assignments, Oliver knew what he wanted. His passion for the arts has drawn him to be a collector even after his apprenticeship has ended, and while the war waged and people were desperate for money, Oliver provided aid in exchange for the pieces of artwork that they owned. He made trips back to China after his studies, acquiring and restoring ancient artifacts and pursuing his dream as a curator for his own gallery, one that he did achieve with his social standing and education at the tender age of 24. He offered up his own living quarters as a repository for artworks, where they would be smuggled in by the monument men and recorded carefully before being sent to their respective countries.

So begins...

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