Here is a fascinating article regarding the Romanian automobile industry under the rule of Nicolae Ceausescu.
This would be a funny look back at the past if not for the fact that this could very well be our future. The way things are going, the only way that GM will be able to meet the enhanced CAFE standards, produce a vehicle that has zero emissions, and doesn’t use fossil fuels will be to produce the car shown in this photo.
The Mandarin, whose real name is 吏恆, joined the order in 1309, and introduced the Gormogons into England during the 18th Century.
The Mandarin enjoys spending time with his pet manticore, Βάρἰκος, or Barry (who can be found in the Bestiary). When not in the Castle…well, frankly, nobody is quite sure where he goes.
The Mandarin popularized the fine art of “gut booting,” by which he delivers a powerful kick to the stomach of anyone that annoys him. Although nearly universal today, the act of gut booting or threatening someone or something with a gut boot is solely due to him.