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For those interested in playing a Nation from Hetalia, or want to understand how they works here are some basic things so make it less confusing. For the ages and info I checked the Hetalia wiki.

The chars represent the country, the people and the history, but because Hetalia was made for laugh is filled with stereotypes. The character’s life is the country history. Wars, recessions, empires, unions, etc… that is symbolized this way:

-Wars: the chars fight each others, they bleed if their people are dying or generality feel sick. Wars between countries are hard, but war between people of the same country (succession wars) pretty much fuck up the chars because they’re feeling both of the sides of the war. As in, his mind and feelings split in two at the same time, it drives them a bit mad.

-Boss: it can be the president, the king, etc..nations can’t decide if they get into war or not, it’s their boss and people decision. Perhaps they disagree but they have no saying in the matter. Nations don’t have free will ;_;

-Recessions/ problems with the economy: The characters catch a cold. Funny thing is when one of them is sick it can affect the others. That mostly only happens when America is the one with a cold. When they have a good economy his house is bigger (When Spain was an Empire he practically lived in a castle and Romano got lost all the time), and when they’re having economic problems they’re poor and barely have anything. Worse it gets, more injured, they are.

-Problems with the weather/natural disasters: I saw a Seychelles's player that had her home suddenly flooded because her plumbing system broke and that symbolized a tsunami in real life. There’s a lot of accidental fire in Spain when it’s summer, and he gets sunburns. Got the idea? ^^'

-Unions/Colonies/Big brothers: The Habsburg family (Austria-Spain) and The Austro-Hungarian Empire (Austria-Hungary) were arranged marriages. The countries conquered by an Empire (The Roman Empire, England, Spain..) become part of their territory and in canon they’re represented as:

a) A unwanted union (Like Russia and the baltics)
b) Their kids (Spain and his colonies in South America, or at least that’s how he saw them)
c) Their younger brothers: England/America/Hong Kong/Sealand, Prussia/Germany , etc.


-Family: Some nations are brother/sisters by proximity, interest or they become that way for some reason or other. Examples.

-North Italy/South Italy
-America/THAT GUY (aka, Canada)
-Switzerland/ Liechtenstein: Vash found her and decided to take her into his care.
-Russia/Belarus/Ukraine
-Prussia/Germany: Once Prussia was dissolved they become the unified country of Germany and Gilbert become east Germany.
-North Korea/South Korea
-Spain / Portugal: They’re brothers because they were the iberia peninsula t first and only one territory, hence the family ties.


-Physical appearance:
Usually, how the char looks is similar to how old their country is in the grand scheme of things. That change in relation of how advanced is the country, how complicated is his history, how good is his economy, how many people lives there, etc.

Examples:

-Latvia look like he’s 13 years old and America look like he’s 19 or so. Latvia is actually older than America, but because it’s a smaller country and his economy is not as good in comparison, he looks way younger than him.

-Russia (Unknow age :|) is the tallest of the nations and is described as big boned, not fat. That’s because Russia’s land is helluva large.

-Prussia and Germany. Gilbert (23) is older than Ludwig (20), but is mentioned in canon that he looks shorter due to his bad nutrition as kid. That means that in the beginning Prussia as a nation had difficulties while Germany improved faster. Ludwig also looks older than the North Italy (20) boys, even if they have the same age.

-China is the older country of all of them (being 4000 years old and looking like 28), and then there comes, Russia, Greece (27), France(26) and Spain (25), since Germania and Rome aren’t here anymore. England is younger (23), in the strips you can see France bothering him as a kid, but at some point the nations stop aging and now they have a similar appearance, between 20-28 years.

-Relationships with other countries:
That’s basically the foreign policy. It depends of the time line they’re in and their history together.

Examples:
-America /England: it’s a soap opera, don’t even get me started :|
-France/England and Spain/England, England/Ireland or his other brothers: Now that I think about it, all becomes a soap opera when England is involved.
-Russia/The Baltics: Stonia and Latvia are still scared of him, Lithuania too, but he don’t get as stressed as Latvia when Russia is near.
-America/Russia and Russia/Prussia. They hate each others guts.

I’m sure I forgot more things, if you are interested or have questions please ask me~
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