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We all know that almost all (if not all) achievements are references to something. I know some of these references, but I want to know them all. Could someone say what achievement refers to what internet meme/movie/joke/etc.
 

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We all know that almost all (if not all) achievements are references to something. I know some of these references, but I want to know them all. Could someone say what achievement refers to what internet meme/movie/joke/etc.
On eu4 wiki section of achievements there are mentioned sometimes the references. Like in case of The Bohemians - which is the name of sport club in Dublin IIRC. Some achievements are generic ones - Till Death Do Us... with RM, reference is clear. And also typing all 100+ achievements can take some time. But with high demand, maybe we'll provide supply.
 

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Mildly relevant, Rajput Reich is an alliteration in (uninformed) Swedish but not in English. It's my pet peeve -.-

Edit - obviously it is as far as the initial R is concerned, but I'm positive it got included because of the rye-rye sound.
 

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Some of the more obscure ones:

Norwegian Wood is a song by The Beatles.

Meissner Porcelain is a reference to the first European porcelain.

Komnenoi Empire is a reference to the Byzantine dynasty of the same name.

Albania or Iberia is a reference to Iberia being the name of the peninsula and a Roman Era kingdom Caucasus that also existed around the time of a state called Albania.

The Bohemians was explained above.

The Chrysanthemum Throne is the name of the throne of the Emperor of Japan.

Prester John is the name of a legendary Christian king who was thought to live somewhere outside of Europe.

Auld Alliance Reversed is a reference to the Franco-Scottish alliance that deterred English invasion.

White Elephant is a reference to the same animal being a symbol of Thailand.

Queen of Mercury is a reference to the fact that Freddie Mercury of the rock band Queen was born in Zanzibar.

Poland Can Into Space is a meme.

Neither Holy Nor German is a quote from Voltaire.

Lion of the North was the moniker of Gustav the Great.

Hessian Mercenaries is a reference to Britain hiring Hessians to fight the American Revolution.

Georgia On My Mind is a song by Ray Charles. It's also a reference to three locations in the world being called Georgia.

A Manchurian Candidate is a reference to a film of the same name.

The Spice Must Flow is a reference to Dune.

The Emperor's New Clothes is the name of a fairy tale.

One Night in Paris may be a reference to Paris Hilton's sex tape. (?)

One King to Rule is a play on "One Ring to Rule Them All" from Lord of the Rings.

On the Edge of Madness is a reference to a movie of the same name.

Land of Eastern Jade is a reference to jade traditionally coming from China.

Most of the other ones should be straight forward. A few others are puns or alliterations, but they shouldn't be too hard to figure out.
 
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Rajput Reich is probably a reference to the nazis, because they have the old Red-White-Black German flag, and they are of the ancient Arian culture. So what do you want more to be an Ubermensch?
 
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In case you didn't know on the Three Mountains Ryukyu was unified into three principalities and one of the names for them was the three Mountains
 

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Je maintiendrai - Nederlands motto
The Buddhists Strike Back - Star Wars episode V
Kow-tow - the highest form of reverence to salute a superior, or the Emperor, used by chinese.
Subsidize my Love - reference to a madonna song, justify my love
Nobody wants to die - reference to the swedish musician Timbuktu who wrote a song with the lyrics "Everyone wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die."
The Emperors New Clothes - danish fairy tale
 

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Sinaasappel by the way is the Dutch name of orange, derived from China's apple. It refers to the Dutch royal house too, that is the house of Orange (from a small principality near Avignon, that was occupied and conquered by Louis XIV)
 

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Krabater:
The term "Croat" has spawned at least two terms in the Swedish language: cravat and krabat. During the Thirty Years' War the Croatian cavalry uniform included a special type of neckwear, which inspired French designers to fashion what we know as the cravat, named after "Krabat", an old Low German term for Croats. The word evolved in Swedish to mean something along the lines of "lively kid".

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Mario Bros

Vasa or Wettin?
Both of those dynasties ruled Commonwelth

Sweden is not OP!
Because Pdx is in denial :)
 

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Here are some others:

Full House is a poker hand

Just a Little Patience might be a reference to Guns n' Roses song 'Patience'

Six Nations is a First Nations reserve in Canada

Azur semé de lis or was the coat-of-arms of France until the late 14th century

Brothers In Arms refers to soldiers fighting alongside each other. It's also a video game series and a Dire Straits song

Down Under is a term used to refer to Australia. And a song by Men At Work

Isn't this the way to India? refers to voyages of Columbus

Liberty or Death is a reference to famous quote "Give me liberty, or give me death!"

Magellan's Voyage refers to Magellan's expedition that resulted in circumnavigation of the Earth

One Family to Rule them All is yet another Lord of the Rings reference

All Your Trade Are Belong To Us refers to a meme that originated from video game Zero Wing

Barbarossa refers to Barbary pirates, specifically Oruç Reis, as it was name given to him by Europeans

No Pirates in my Caribbean might be a reference to Pirates of the Caribbean

No Trail of Tears refers to forced relocations of Native Americans in the USA

Definitely the Sultan of Rum: Rûm is Persian for Rome, and Rome, Constantinople/Istanbul and Moscow were or were claimed to be capitals of First, Second and Third Rome, respectively

Big Blue Blob is a common nickname for France in EU games

Shahanshah was the title of Persian emperors

Sunset Invasion most likely refers to the eponymous Crusader Kings 2 DLC

This is Persia! is a 300 reference
 
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This is Persia - came from the movie "300" where the famous THIS IS SPARTA was said. Spartans were fighting against Persians
The Sun Never Sets on Indian Empire - people used to say that sun never sets on British empire, this is just reversed
The Buddhists Strike Back - reference to Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
Sunset Invasion - reference to CKII dlc
Over a thousand - reference to Dragonballs meme "Its over nine thousand!!"
Gothic Invasion - Goths came from Germany
 
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Gothic Invasion - Goths came from Germany
The Goths did not come from Germany. They came from the Russian steppes, and subjugated everyone from the Wolga till the Rhine. Then the Huns came and destroyed their empire, and the remaining Goths fled to Occitania and Iberia
 

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Rajput Reich is probably a reference to the nazis, because they have the old Red-White-Black German flag, and they are of the ancient Arian culture. So what do you want more to be an Ubermensch?
Not necessarily a nazi reference. The red/white/black flag was used by the northern german confederacy and then the german empire, which basically is what you create when you form Germany in EU4. And Reich simply means Empire.
 
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The Goths did not come from Germany. They came from the Russian steppes, and subjugated everyone from the Wolga till the Rhine. Then the Huns came and destroyed their empire, and the remaining Goths fled to Occitania and Iberia

I think they come from gotland
 
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The Goths did not come from Germany. They came from the Russian steppes, and subjugated everyone from the Wolga till the Rhine. Then the Huns came and destroyed their empire, and the remaining Goths fled to Occitania and Iberia
Yeah I am pretty sure the achievement came to life after a lot of people on the forums started asking why Germany walks around with some weird chicken as a CoA while a random Indian nation has what it seemed to be a german flag (the chicken itself wasn't the problem, OPM Aachen having nearly the same flag but looking ... for some reason better was the real "problem" :D)
 
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Not necessarily a nazi reference. The red/white/black flag was used by the northern german confederacy and then the german empire, which basically is what you create when you form Germany in EU4. And Reich simply means Empire.

Reich doesn't mean empire, it means 'realm'. Kaiserreich means Empire. Konigsreich just means Kingdom. There's nothing Imperial about the German language names for France and Austria despite both having been empires at one point.

The use of it in german to refer to several historical countries usually called empires in English is more a case of German not having a word meaning 'empire' in the way English uses it.
 

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Dracula's Revenge

Dracula was the nickname of Vlad III Drăculești, also known as Vlad the Impaler. His second nickname, "Impaler" came from the fact that he impaled a lot of Turks while fighting them:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlad_the_Impaler#Reputation_for_cruelty said:
It has also been said that in 1462 Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople, returned to Constantinople after being sickened by the sight of 20,000 impaled corpses outside Vlad's capital of Târgoviște.

Ultimately, Vlad was killed either directly by the Turks or by someone controlled by them (the circumstances of his death are unclear).

So Dracula's revenge basically is to kick the Ottomans out of Europe/Balkans while forming Romania. That last bit is more of a marketing move more than anything since Romanian nationalism appeared some 300 years after his death :)
 

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Rajput Reich is probably a reference to the nazis, because they have the old Red-White-Black German flag, and they are of the ancient Arian culture. So what do you want more to be an Ubermensch?
Could also be that the swastika is an ancient religious symbol in Indian religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Odinism) but that could be stretching it.