The Castle in fact. With ASA. Misc:
Ran is Japanese King Lear, except the children are male, because it wouldn’t be plausible for Japanese females to be in that position. But its not especially plausible for English females either. Why aren’t the children in Lear male? Only possible answer we could find (other, perhaps, than a convenient excuse to have a few womem (who would have been men anyway…) in the play) was that if they were male, oldest-inheriting would have been too obvious. Answers invited.
Democracies never fight each other, but Russia and Georgia just have. Not really such a difficult puzzle, since the easy answer is to deny that Russia is a democracy, its an oligarchy. And in looking up a source for the d-dont-fight, I came across a beautiful piece by Specer Weart, indeed an intro to his book on the subject. However, the Russia-Georgia dust-up does blow the theory that countries with McDonalds never fight each other. As wiki noticed.
There was some other stuff, but my memory is hazy.