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Relationship Between Lilliput and Blefuscu

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Lilliput and Blefuscu are two fictional island nations that appear in
the first part of the 1726 novel Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.
The two islands are

neighbors in the South Indian Ocean, separated by a channel eight
hundred yards wide. Both are inhabited by tiny people who are about
one-twelfth the height of

ordinary human beings. Both kingdoms are empires, i.e. realms ruled by
a self-styled emperor. The capital of Lilliput is Mildendo.
Lilliput is said to extend 5,000 blustrugs, or twelve miles in
circumference.[3] Blefuscu is located northeast of Lilliput, across an
800-yard channel.The only cities

mentioned by Swift are Mildendo, the capital of Lilliput, and
Blefuscu, capital of Blefuscu.
Lilliput and Blefuscu were intended as, and understood to be,
satirical portraits of the kingdom of Great Britain and the kingdom of
France, respectively, as they were

in the early 18th century. Only the internal politics of Lilliput are
described in detail; these are parodies of British politics, in which
the great central issues of the day are belittled and reduced to unimportance

The novel further describes an intra-Lilliputian quarrel over the
practice of breaking eggs. Traditionally, Lilliputians broke boiled
eggs on the larger end; a few generations ago, an Emperor of Lilliput, the Present Emperor's great-grandfather, had decreed that all eggs be broken on the smaller
end after he cut himself breaking the egg on the larger end. The differences between Big-Endians (those who broke their eggs at the larger end) and Little-Endians had given
rise to "six rebellions... wherein one Emperor lost his life, and another his crown". The
Lilliputian religion says an egg should be broken on the convenient
end, which is now interpreted by the Lilliputians as the smaller end. The Big-Endians gained favor in Blefuscu.

The Big-Endian/Little-Endian controversy reflects, in a much
simplified form, British quarrels over religion. England had...

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