Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Infantilisation of Society = Increased Male Suicide Rate

Check out this piece by Bill Powell on male suicide and you will see that there is a positive correlation between delayed adulthood and suicide:

The reasons why the number of men taking their own lives has risen in recent years are far from clear. All of the proposed explanations share a common feature –the changing role of men in society (Emphasis mine).
  • Adolescence has been prolonged, with adulthood and independence reached at a much later age than previously. Two generations ago, work began at the age of 14; one generation ago at 16 years for most; now many men only achieve financial independence in their mid to late 20s.
This means that those who seek to molly-coddle individual men, as well as people who infantilise society (e.g. having colour coded labelling on foodstuffs like when you got gold stars and red cards in primary school), are actually, actively encouraging men to commit suicide.  You can see the results of low level infantilisation in certain mental pathologies, such as Avoidant Personality Disorder, who are reported to behave immaturely.  This is another element, strain, of the culture which is hostile towards men, to the point of being pathological; and obviously no society can survive for more than 75-100 years (the length of a human life) without perishing and becoming dust.

How to remedy this situation?  Firstly, treat infants as infants, treat boys as boys, and treat men as men; secondly, allow, enable or facilitate mental and physical adulthood (puberty) to occur near-simultaneously (i.e. confer adult rights to adult men).


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Sunday, 28 April 2013

Havamal Snippets 49: 'A naked man is shamed'

It's Wednesday (Woden/Odin's Day) which means that it's time for another verse from the Havamal 'Sayings of the High One - Odin'. The poem full of wisdom, both everyday and ethereal. (The poem can be found in full HERE):
49. My garments in a field
I gave away
to two wooden men:
heroes they seemed to be,
when they got cloaks:
exposed to insult is a naked man.

(Source: http://heathengods.com/havamal/thorpe.htm)
An unrelated thought: the Berserkers were so-called because they wore 'bare skin' i.e. no clothing, because a berserker is the mascline frenzied raw unrefined energy that only scrutinizes and is not scrutinized at all (even by the presence, sensation of clothing on the skin).


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Friday, 26 April 2013

Bacha-bazi (or Chi boys):

While most of the MSM from all over the world (BBC, NBC, Al Jazeera etc) reports on the 'plight' of women in third world countries, they rarely mention the suffering of men or boys in third world countries, Bacha-bazi (or Chi boys) are some of those boys.




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Thursday, 25 April 2013

Havamal Snippets 48: How men live in masculine times

It's Wednesday (Woden/Odin's Day) which means that it's time for another verse from the Havamal 'Sayings of the High One - Odin'. The poem full of wisdom, both everyday and ethereal. (The poem can be found in full HERE):

48. Liberal and brave men live best,
they seldom cherish sorrow;
but a base-minded man
dreads everything;
the niggardly is uneasy even at gifts.

(Source: http://heathengods.com/havamal/thorpe.htm)

In masculine times generosity and valiance are valued, in feminine times hoarding and paranoia are commonplace.


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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Men of Yore: Tadeusz Kościuszko

This is the second in a series of posts about men from history who have either achieved great things in one form or another by pushing boundaries: either in themselves or in society or science or exploration of some form.  Boundary pushing and growth is what men do, it's their nature: to grow and push outwards.  We, as men, are the frontiers men, the first to discover/uncover new territory, in a metaphysical sense (i.e. including both material and the immaterial) that is later colonised and 'civilised' by the rest of humanity. 

It is also partly intended to show images, be they paintings, statues or photographs of the countenaces of men of yore.  Because, quite frankly, many men wear the countenances of women these days: smiling, smirking, cooing, rolling their eyes, looking smug etc.  It's a sign of the times, and by showing some images of men from the past, I hope to show some modern men why looking surly, frowning and giving hard-ball stares at people is something to do, something to practice.

Tadeusz Kościuszko


Andrzej Tadeusz Bonawentura Kościuszko ([taˈdɛuʂ kɔɕˈt͡ɕuʂkɔ] ( listen); February 4 or 12,[a] is a national hero of Poland, Belarus, Lithuania and the United States and fought in the American Revolution and the Polish uprising against Russia.[2] He was born in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.[..] He was a firm believer in human rights and was a friend and admirer of Thomas Jefferson and his enlightenment ideals of inalienable rights and the American Revolution.

Kościuszko was Polish (sometimes described as Polish-Lithuanian)[5] He led the 1794 Kościuszko Uprising against Imperial Russia and the Kingdom of Prussia as Supreme Commander of the Polish National Armed Forces.[6] He graduated from the Corps of Cadets School in Warsaw. Kościuszko moved to France during the outbreak of a civil war in Poland to pursue further studies. He returned to Poland in 1774, two years after the First Partition of Poland, and took a position as a private tutor. He left for France again due to financial difficulties. Upon learning of the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War while in France, Kościuszko moved to the United States in 1776 and participated in the fighting as a colonel in the Continental Army. While in New York he helped design and supervised the construction of the garrisons at West Point, New York. In 1783, in recognition of his dedicated service, he was brevetted by the Continental Congress to the rank of brigadier general. Kościuszko was also an accomplished architect and artist and painted portraits including one of Thomas Jefferson.
Following his return to Poland in 1784, Kościuszko became a major general of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth's Army. After the Polish–Russian War of 1792 resulted in the Second Partition of Poland, Kościuszko organized an uprising against the Russians two years later, serving as Naczelnik. However, he was captured by Russian forces at the Battle of Maciejowice. The defeat of the uprising resulted in the Third Partition of Poland, which ended the existence of the country as an independent state.

In 1796, Kościuszko was pardoned by Tsar Paul I of Russia and emigrated to the United States.

Kościuszko eventually returned to Europe and lived in Switzerland until his death in 1817.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tadeusz_Kosciuszko




Check out some of the other entries from the 'Men of Yore' series:
Stephen the III of Moldavia
George Petrovich (Black George)
Vlad II, Prince of Wallachia
Skanderbeg
King Alfred, the Great
John MacDouall Stuart
Robert Owen
Richard Trevithick
Wyatt Earp
William 'Wild Bill' Cody
Andrew Carnegie
Duke of Viseu (Henry the Navigator)
Meriwether Lewis
Arthur Schopenhauer
Theodore Roosevelt
Rudolph Diesel
John Snow
Ludwig van Beethoven
Henry Ford
George Custer


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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

What Does History Teach About Peaceful Protests?

Question: What Does History Teach About Peaceful Protests?
Answer: They don't work.

Why is this?  It's simple: Act as a mob and you'll be treated as a mob, no matter how peaceful you are.  Individual men can reason with individual men, and speak on equitable terms, but mobs cannot reason with individual men and will never be able to.  It's probably hard-grained into our psychology.

The Peterloo Massacre (1819)
The Peterloo Massacre was a peaceful protest by working class people who were pushing for parliamentary reform: they wanted the vote.  The result was 15 people killed and several hundred injured, and no political reform.  What does this show us?  It shows us that mobs of people get, at best, rounded up and put in pens (like kettling), or, at worst, rounded up and sent to the butchers.  It shows us that protesting, no matter how peaceful or well intentioned, never amounts to any positive action.  Sure it might 'raise awareness' (whatever the hell that's supposed to mean, it seems to me an excuse to get someone else to do the work that you're too cowardly to do).

Peasants Revolt 1381, Peterloo 1819, Anti-War Protests etc all amounted to nothing.

So what's the alternative to peaceful protests, and mob action?  Speaking to reasonable men on a one to one basis.  If you can reason with them then do so.  If you find out that they are unreasonable then stop wasting your time with them and move onto another person.


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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Havamal Snippets 47: The Nordic equivalent of the Prodigal son

It's Wednesday (Woden/Odin's Day) which means that it's time for another verse from the Havamal 'Sayings of the High One - Odin'. The poem full of wisdom, both everyday and ethereal. (The poem can be found in full HERE):
47. I was once young,
I was journeying alone,
and lost my way;
rich I thought myself,
when I met another.
Man is the joy of man.

(Source: http://heathengods.com/havamal/thorpe.htm)
The Nordic equivalent of the biblical story of the prodigal son?  After all it's about a man who became lost and then had the experience of finding others again.  And it is certainly much shorter!


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Saturday, 20 April 2013

The Importance of Rage

Type Rage into any search engine and you’re likely to come up with a long list of ‘results’ about road rage, air rageanger management, rage leads to depression and generally pages and sites that (this is the important thing here) state unequivocally that rage is bad.  I’m here to tell you that the word on the street view, and the word from the pulpit/college/media room view that ‘rage is bad’ is a load of bullshit. 

In cold terms Rage is an emotion that has a number of correlating hormonal associations, many of these hormones ‘experts’ claim (in their amusing naïve manner) to be ‘good emotions’ (like the world is classifiable into simple childish categories…) like oxytocin:

Recent studies have begun to investigate oxytocin's role in various behaviors, including orgasm, social recognition, pair bonding, anxiety, and maternal behaviors.[2] For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as the "love hormone". (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxytocin)
Mmm, the 'love hormone' is stimulated by Rage; now there's something Dr Phil probably wouldn't tell you(!)

In non-cold terms Rage is a positive emotion that is useful for overcoming oppression, attacking enemies that threaten your life or the life of your loved ones.  It is also a corrolary to creative drive, creation, the vary essence of life.  Without newness, innovation and creative drive the world would be a mightily boring place.  It would be like, well modern Western society with it's mass of recycled culture from the 1960's, 1970's and recently the 1980's.  Recycled culture and cultural stagnation is something that Simon Sheppard has written about, saying that it is a strong indicator of a feminised society:
FORMS AND INDICATORS OF FEMALE INFLUENCE. Several of the following characteristics, such as those involving rapidity of response, originate from females being physically weaker than males and have evolved to compensate for that deficiency. Other behaviours derive from females projecting their nature onto males.
23.  Cultural stagnation, especially recycling former themes in fashion, art and music.  (http://heretical.com/toa/toa-s29.html)
So, as you can see, anyone who constantly labels Rage to be a bad thing, is not only embracing oppression, they are also embracing cultural stagnation, and indeed could be said to oppose the very spirit of the cosmos by opposing the spirit of willfullness and creativity.  Rage is a wonderful emotion that is highly undervalued in these emasculated, loovey-dubby times.  Many times it is repressed when it should be released, and as has been shown, repressed rage leads to health ailments.  If you have any chance to cultivate the feelings of Rage within you, then I'd recommend doing so.  It will mean that you will be less likely to be oppressed (by a shitty boss, a shitty government or a gang of thugs), it means that you will be happier (from the oxytocin) and also more creative.

Do it just once, get angry, filled with enthralling rage, possessed by the Óðr of Odin, just so you know what it feels like.  So you can emply it, use it, utilise it when ever it is needed.  Emotions exist for a reason, and should be employed when needed.  Think first, emote second.  Never let your emotions get the better of you, otherwise you'll be screwed over (like a second hand car salesman that 'softens' his quarry/customers up with jokes and donuts).




Here are some related articles on why Rage is a good emotion and should not be oppressed or suppresssed:
  1. The importance of feeling anger during depression (How my therapist prevented me from feeling and expressing my anger and rage) (http://depressionfree.blogspot.com/2007/06/anger-and-depression-how-my-therapist.html)
  2. Anger can also motivate constructive and creative behavior. (http://talentdevelop.com/interviews/psychcreat.html)
  3. Psychologists explain that anger and rage and creativity come from exactly the same place, the same source in the human psyche. (http://talentdevelop.com/416/anger-and-creativity/)
  4. Throughout history, anger has been a tremendous spur to creativity and motivation. (http://www.wilywalnut.com/creative_anger.html)
  5. Can Anger Enhance Creativity?  New Research says yes. (http://blog.uwgb.edu/alltherage/can-anger-enhance-creativity-new-research-says-yes/)

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Friday, 19 April 2013

Men of Yore: John Rarey

This is the second in a series of posts about men from history who have either achieved great things in one form or another by pushing boundaries: either in themselves or in society or science or exploration of some form.  Boundary pushing and growth is what men do, it's their nature: to grow and push outwards.  We, as men, are the frontiers men, the first to discover/uncover new territory, in a metaphysical sense (i.e. including both material and the immaterial) that is later colonised and 'civilised' by the rest of humanity. 

It is also partly intended to show images, be they paintings, statues or photographs of the countenaces of men of yore.  Because, quite frankly, many men wear the countenances of women these days: smiling, smirking, cooing, rolling their eyes, looking smug etc.  It's a sign of the times, and by showing some images of men from the past, I hope to show some modern men why looking surly, frowning and giving hard-ball stares at people is something to do, something to practice.


John Rarey, 1860 (aged 33)

John Solomon Rarey (1827–1866) was one of the nineteenth century horse whisperers, an important figure in the rehabilitation of abused and vicious horses during the 1850s. Originally from Groveport, Ohio, Rarey trained his first horse at the age of twelve. (His method of rehabilitating horses is discussed in the article entitled Rarey technique.)
An excerpt from The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans:
Word of his gift spread and in 1858 he was summoned to Windsor Castle in England to calm a horse of Queen Victoria. The Queen and her entourage watched astonished as Rarey put his hands on the animal and laid it down on the ground before them. Then he lay down beside it and rested his head on its hooves. The queen chuckled with delight and gave Rarey a hundred dollars. He was a modest, quiet man, but now he was famous and the press wanted more. The call went out to find the most ferocious horse in all England.
The horse they found was Cruiser, a horse kept for breeding but said to be the fiercest horse ever seen.
Nicholas Evans writes:
Against all advice, Rarey let himself into the stable where no one else dared venture and shut the door. He emerged three hours later leading Cruiser, without his muzzle and gentle as a lamb. The owners were so impressed they gave him the horse. Rarey brought him back to Ohio, where Cruiser died on July 6, 1875, outliving his new master by a full nine years. Rarey left instructions for the care of Cruiser in his will. Upon Rarey's death, Cruiser's temper returned.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Solomon_Rarey


Traditionally horses were 'broken in', like you see on 'bucking broncos' rodeo shows and such like.  I have also seen the method practised on a documentary on Mongolian nomadic pastoralists.  Breaking an animals Will is not only indecent to the animal, but it is also an inefficient way of getting the most out of the animal (getting it to work harder).  As Adam Smith said back in the 1700's, free men and free workers work harder and therefore are more profitable than slaves.  

This principle applies to all living things (protozoa, plants, animals etc) and not just humans.  For example, in modern hi-tech dairies, it has been found that cows are more productive (produce more high quality milk) when they are treated decently and milked as a herd and not individually, because cows being herd creatures suffer stress when they are separated from other cows.


Check out some of the other entries from the 'Men of Yore' series:
Stephen the III of Moldavia
George Petrovich (Black George)
Vlad II, Prince of Wallachia
Skanderbeg
King Alfred, the Great
John MacDouall Stuart
Robert Owen
Richard Trevithick
Wyatt Earp
William 'Wild Bill' Cody
Andrew Carnegie
Duke of Viseu (Henry the Navigator)
Meriwether Lewis
Arthur Schopenhauer
Theodore Roosevelt
Rudolph Diesel
John Snow
Ludwig van Beethoven
Henry Ford
George Custer


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Boner Killing: The Police's New Crowd Control Technique:

In the UK the police have begun to use boner (erection) killing techniques as a means of crowd control for civil protests.

The police techniques are called Kettling and involve rounding up the protesters in a 'pen' (much like farmyard animals are rounded up) made of steel barricades and riot shields.  The protesters are then left to sit in this pen and chant their slogans and wave their banners.  The protesters continue chanting and waving until they lose their vitality, then give up, sit down and wait for the protest to officially end so they can go home.


During the G20 events, protesters reported having to relieve themselves in the street because they had no access to toilets.  Eventually, say the police, most [protesters] get fed-up and agree to depart peacefully. (source)

There's no violence or confrontation between the police and the protesters (who naively insist on 'peaceful protest' and non-violence), just a 'civil' protest like some emasculated version of the Orwellian 'two minute hate' whereby the population are allowed to vent their feelings, 'but they must do so in a polite manner!'

The same method of policing is used at football/soccer matches in an attempt to crush the souls of the working class white man.  Also the crowd/supporters are encouraged to be middle-class Herbs (basically emasculated and effeminate men): pay $50, enter the stadium, clap and cheer during the first half, buy a pie at half time ('put your litter in the bin please!'), clap and cheer during the second half, then go home quietly.  At no point are you allowed to feel the 'wrong emotions' like anger or exhilaration.  The police are basically emasculating you by forcing you to behave like Chandler from that s-hit '90's series 'Friends'.

And what's the end result of this?  Of all this kettling and penning and denial of strong emotions?  The result is the creation of a population that doesn't confront or use violence, ever.  It becomes AvoidantThat's how bad it is.  It is a society that is polite and civil and avoids any possible situation that might result in conflict or provoke strong emotions.  In short it's a population that doesn't get boners.  It's a population that is:
- less inclined to approach women (because it avoids confrontation),
- less inclined to approach a woman for sex, even if she's your girlfriend/spouse (because it avoids confrontation),
- get a hard on (avoidant people feel anxious about sex)
- achieve penetration (physical force is needed to achieve penetration).

All in all it's a population that is likely to die off because of the simple fact that it can't reproduce.  That's what the police are complicit in.  That's why the police are boner killers.



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Thursday, 18 April 2013

Havamal Snippets 46: Dealing with those whom you mis-trust

It's Wednesday (Woden/Odin's Day) which means that it's time for another verse from the Havamal 'Sayings of the High One - Odin'. The poem full of wisdom, both everyday and ethereal. (The poem can be found in full HERE):
46. But of him yet further,
whom thou little trustest,
and thou suspectest his affection;
before him thou shouldst laugh,
and contrary to thy thoughts speak:
requital should the gift resemble.

(Source: http://heathengods.com/havamal/thorpe.htm)
Another guide for dealing with those whom you mis-trust.


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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Micro-States

[I'm just posting this in case anyone finds it interesting.  It's not relevant to the Androsphere or men's issues in anyway that I can think of.]

A Microstate (http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Microstate) is an independent nation-state with a population of ~100,000 or fewer.  There are ~40 microstates in the world and below are a list of them with a link to it's page from the Citizendia.org.  (Or you could check out the CIA World Factbook instead if you are so inclined).  Although microstates are only independent nation-states, I've also included colonies, dependent territories etc.

Microstates are interesting exactly because of their small population.  Imagine if a group of 5000 people (or 1000 families) got together and decided to emigrate to a microstate, with a population of 10,000, over a period of say 5 years.  If the group of immigrants acted as a single political bloc on the island then they could form a new political party, get all of the immigrants to vote for that party and then take over the government and run the microstate.  Or alternately to avoid drawing attention to their schemes the immigrants could put several political candidates up for election who have different overt political agenda but have the same covert political agenda.  The latter idea is basically the Hegelian dialectic on a political sense, i.e. control both sides of an equation so that you can determine the outcome.  Either way the outcome is the same: you control a government of your own.  Taking over an existing micro-state is a debatable alternative to secession or establishing your own nation-state.  (Though as the Balkan states in the 2000's and South Sudan in 2011 independence via secession are practicable).


RankCountry/territory/entityPopulation
187Tonga100,000
188Kiribati95,000
189Jersey88,200
190Seychelles87,000
191Antigua and Barbuda85,000
192Northern Mariana Islands84,000
193Andorra81,200
194Isle of Man80,058
195Dominica67,000
196American Samoa67,000
197Guernsey65,726
198Bermuda65,000
199Marshall Islands59,000
200Greenland58,000
201Saint Kitts and Nevis50,000
202Faroe Islands48,501
203Cayman Islands47,000
204Liechtenstein35,322
Saint-Martin[16]33,102
205Monaco33,000
206San Marino31,000
207Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar28,875
208Turks and Caicos Islands26,000
209British Virgin Islands23,000
210Cook Islands20,200[18]
211Palau20,000
Wallis and Futuna[16]15,000
212Anguilla13,000
213Flag of Tuvalu Tuvalu11,000
214Nauru10,000
Saint-Barthélemy[16]8,450
215Saint Helena6,600[19]
Saint-Pierre and Miquelon[16]6,125
216Montserrat5,900
217Flag of the Falkland Islands Falkland Islands3,000
218Niue1,600
219Tokelau1,400
220Vatican City800
221Pitcairn Islands50




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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Havamal Snippets 45: Getting something from the mis-trustful

It's Wednesday (Woden/Odin's Day) which means that it's time for another verse from the Havamal 'Sayings of the High One - Odin'. The poem full of wisdom, both everyday and ethereal. (The poem can be found in full HERE):
45. If thou hast another,
whom thou little trustest,
yet wouldst good from him derive,
thou shouldst speak him fair,
but think craftily,
and leasing pay with lying.

(Source: http://heathengods.com/havamal/thorpe.htm)
Each to their own according to their manner, depending on what you want from them.


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Friday, 12 April 2013

Men of Yore: Stephen III (the Great) of Moldavia

This is another in a series of posts about men from history who have either achieved great things in one form or another by pushing boundaries: either in themselves or in society or science or exploration of some form.  Boundary pushing and growth is what men do, it's their nature: to grow and push outwards.  We, as men, are the frontiersmen/the vanguard, the first to discover/uncover new territory, in a metaphysical sense (i.e. including both material and the immaterial) that is later colonised and 'civilised' by the rest of humanity. 

It is also partly intended to show images, be they paintings, statues or photographs of the countenances of men of yore.  Because, quite frankly, many men wear the countenances of women these days: smiling, smirking, cooing, rolling their eyes, looking smug etc.  It's a sign of the times, and by showing some images of men from the past, I hope to show some modern men why looking surly, frowning and giving hard-ball stares at people is something to do, something to practise.


Stephen the III of Moldavia

Stephen III of Moldavia (also known as Stefan the Great, Romanian: Ștefan cel Mare, pronounced [ʃteˈfan t͡ʃel ˈmare] or Ștefan cel Mare și Sfânt, "Stefan the Great and Holy"; 1433 – July 2, 1504) was Prince of Moldavia between 1457 and 1504 and the most prominent representative of the House of Mușat.
During his reign, he strengthened Moldavia and maintained its independence against the ambitions of Hungary, Poland, and the Ottoman Empire, which all sought to subdue the land. Stephen achieved fame in Europe for his long resistance against the Ottomans. He was victorious in 46 of his 48 battles, and was one of the first to gain a decisive victory over the Ottomans at the Battle of Vaslui, after which Pope Sixtus IV deemed him verus christianae fidei athleta (true Champion of Christian Faith). He was a man of religion and displayed his piety when he paid the debt of Mount Athos to the Porte, ensuring the continuity of Athos as an autonomous monastical community.

Early life and rise to power
Stephen was born in Borzești and was a member of the ruling House of Mușat. His father Bogdan II had ruled Moldavia for two years (1449 to 1451) before being killed in a stealthy raid led by Stephen's uncle, Petru Aron. Bogdan II was attending a wedding of one of his boyars – who apparently was in collusion with Petru Aron – and the surprise was complete. Stephen barely escaped with his life, but his father was captured and beheaded on the spot by his stepbrother Petru Aron. Between 1451 and 1457, Moldavia was in turmoil from the civil war between Petru Aron and Alexăndrel – a nephew of Alexander the Good.
Following the outbreak of the conflict, Stephen took refuge in Transylvania, seeking the protection of military commander John Hunyadi. After that, he moved to the court of his first cousin Vlad III Dracula and, in 1457, managed to receive 6,000 horsemen as military assistance, putting them to use in a victorious battle against Petru Aron at Doljești, near Roman. Following another lost battle at Orbic, Aron fled to Poland, while Stephen was crowned Prince. Two years later, he led an incursion into Poland in search of Aron, but was met with resistance. Instead, a treaty was signed between Moldavia and Poland, through which Stephen recognized King Kazimierz IV Jagiellon as his suzerain, while Aron was banned from entering Moldavia.

Rule
Menaced by powerful neighbours, he successfully repelled an invasion by the Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus, defeating him in the Battle of Baia (in 1467), crushed an invading Tatar force at Lipnic and invaded Wallachia in 1471 (the latter had by then succumbed to Ottoman power and had become its vassal). When the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II launched a retaliatory attack on Moldavia, Stephen defeated the invaders at the Battle of Vaslui in 1475, a victory which temporarily halted the Turkish advance.
[..]
Stephen's search for European assistance against the Turks met with little success, even though he had "cut off the pagan's right hand" – as he put it in a letter.
[..]
From 1484[..]Stephen had to face not only new Turkish onslaughts which he defeated again on November 16, 1485 at Catlabuga Lake and at Șcheia on the Siret River in March 1486, but also the Polish designs on Moldavian independence. Finally on August 20, 1503[1] he concluded a treaty with Sultan Beyazid II that preserved Moldavia's self-rule, at the cost of an annual tribute to the Turks.

From the 16th century on, the Principality of Moldavia would spend three hundred years as an Ottoman vassal. In his late years, he dealt successfully with a Polish invasion, defeating the Poles at the Battle of the Cosmin Forest.
[..]
It is said that he built 44 churches and monasteries (see List of churches established by Stephen III of Moldavia), one for each battle that he won (44 out of a total of 48).
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_the_Great


Another of the national heroes from the Balkans who fought for their countrymen despite the almost overwhelming forces against them.  In the case of Stephen the Great, he faced attack from not only the Turks but also the Poles, and managed to fend them off both for a time.

It seems a recurring theme from the Balkans during the Turkish invasions of the 15th century: Christian Kings requested help from other kings in Christendom, but no-one answered their call.  It was the same in the Iberian peninsula aswell: Spain and Portugal both invaded, no Christian countries helped them, so they helped themselves.  As the saying goes 'Blood is thicker than water', and if history teaches us anything thicker than the bible too.  Remember, Stephen was aided by, and aided his cousin Vlad of Wallachia.  So much for the marvels of Christendom.


Check out some of the other entries from the 'Men of Yore' series:
George Petrovich (Black George)
Vlad II, Prince of Wallachia
Skanderbeg
King Alfred, the Great
John MacDouall Stuart
Robert Owen
Richard Trevithick
Wyatt Earp
William 'Wild Bill' Cody
Andrew Carnegie
Duke of Viseu (Henry the Navigator)
Meriwether Lewis
Arthur Schopenhauer
Theodore Roosevelt
Rudolph Diesel
John Snow
Ludwig van Beethoven
Henry Ford
George Custer


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