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Welcome to Historical-Hetalia


Hello all fans of history and Hetalia!

This group collects Hetalia fanwork that focuses on history, and informs the fanbase about the greater historical context surrounding our favorite characters.





I. The Rules
II. Automatic Rejections
III. The Folders
IV. F.A.Q.
V. How to deal with unpleasant history




We believe that notes are the most adequate means for sharing information. That is why we require you to provide in your note a few lines, in your own words, about the event, person, movement, etc. that you are portraying.

In this group, we don't support the ideal of "art speaking for itself". Though, we must admit that there are some few remarkable exceptions (very few exceptions). If you think your art is one of them, feel free to leave your note in blank. Nevertheless, without written information, we have to judge historical content on art alone, and are much more likely to reject pieces. So save yourself the trouble and just write something!

OCs must have relevant historical information in every author's note, and in the case of "regions", a justification of why you think that they are distinct enough from the canon countries to have their own personification.

Shipping: We accept pieces with shipping in them, but it must be a side aspect to the main piece. Shipping is great and wonderful, go out and enjoy it, but the purpose of this group is for historically informative pieces, not to use history to support your favorite relationships. If a piece is a simple shipping piece without going into the history of the pairing or the significance of the relationships, or if it justifies "love" through hate, widespread violence, rape, or war, or other criteria that lead to hatred between nations, then we will not accept it.

Please submit to the correct folder. Otherwise it will be rejected. We want you to pay close attention to the type of historical information your deviation is providing. Besides, it will save us the pain of moving deviations around. Just put it in the right folder and it'll make everyone's life easier.

:new: We do not accept WIPs nor Project Announcements
We love to see the process of your work, and we sure are glad to hear that you will be working on a historical Hetalia project, but we prefer to have the final piece of art in our galleries.

We do not accept alternative history pieces, recent events art, or speculative fiction/future stories.
An event must be at least 10 years old for us to accept it as historical.

We do not accept pieces with art not made by the original artist. This includes traced bases, photo backgrounds, and fanfic plagiarism. Exception for photograph backgrounds: If the photo is a stock photo, or a photo that the artist took themselves, it is welcome. Stock photos need a link back to the source, however.

If at all possible, when using a photo reference please link to the the source of the photo. This is particularly important for historic uniforms.



We will automatically reject any fanwork that doesn't reflect the artist's research and understanding on the topic their art is focusing on. Our rejections are mostly based on the artist's note, so make sure that the note on the fanwork you are planning to submit DOES NOT have the following characteristics:

1. Tells the audience to look up the information for themselves

2. Only provide an external link (e.g. Wikipedia), and tells the audience to "check the link for more information".

Important: if you provide an external link just to complement your research and prove the reliability of the information you already provided in your own words, then we will accept it. What we do not accept is art that relies only on a wikipedia link as a free ticket to enter the group.

3. Copy-pasted information.

4. Not enough information: We felt your work and/or note poorly reflected actual research.

We will also automatically reject this type of fanwork:

1. Art unrelated to Hetalia: This might sound ridiculous and not worth mentioning, but we have indeed received art related to history, but not to Hetalia... So please, stick to the series.

Let's be realistic: the anime and the manga do not provide much historical information, and sometimes reenacts some events with doubtful accuracy. THAT'S WHY THIS GROUP EXISTS! This is a group for artists to explain the historical facts that Hetalia doesn't fully explain, or doesn't explain at all!

3.Tribute pieces to disaster and tragedy:
These will be automatically rejected as not being historically informative and often in bad taste. There have been several journals about this topic. The first of these was written in quite a bit of anger, but the basic reasoning behind why tribute pieces are unacceptable is this: This group is about historically informative fan work. A tribute piece does not inform people about the history, and invites the audience to gawk at human despair.

:target:If you believe your art has been mistakenly rejected, please ASK RIGHT AWAY! We tend to not give explanations of our decisions since we expect you to read the rules and realize what you did wrong (besides occasionally being too lazy, busy, or tired to explain). Yet, if you feel like the rules don't give you an explanation on what's wrong with your deviation, you have all the right to demand for one! Don't hesitate to ask!



:brownbead: by Angi-Shy Featured
Saved for monthly features and / or contest winners. Members sadly can't submit any deviation to this folder... but we definitely encourage you to improve your skills so one day you find one of your works here!

:orangebead: by Angi-Shy Biographies
For illustrations of important humans and accompanying biographies. It is always nice to have links to the picture references that an artist used.

:brownbead: by Angi-Shy Events
For illustrations which depict historical events. A deviation here should depict the event realistically OR interpret the event with an explanation of the interpretation in the artist's comment. We do want to see evidence of historical research.

:orangebead: by Angi-Shy Clothing and Costuming
For illustrations of canon or non-canon characters pictured in accurate or modified versions of historical clothing. We care about accuracy and details in the art, links to references encouraged. Do not submit cosplay here.

:brownbead: by Angi-Shy Society and Culture
For all deviations that capture the general feeling of a period, or focus on particular policies, historical trends, or things of that nature.

:orangebead: by Angi-Shy Original Characters
A folder for all fan created characters. Relevant historical information with each piece required.

:brownbead: by Angi-Shy Fan Writings
Fan fiction and written homage to the Hetalia fandom belong here.

:orangebead: by Angi-Shy Cosplay
For ALL Pictures of fans in their historically accurate Hetalian grab. Please only submit things that are historically relevant. For example, Pirate England, Conquistador Spain, Imperial or Soviet Russia, etc. Author's notes encouraged.

:brownbead: by Angi-Shy Comics
Everything that tells history through the medium of panels, text and art belong in here.

:target: If your deviation is well-researched and cultural, but not exactly historical, you can always submit it to our sister group Cultural-Hetalia.

:target: Also, if you aren't certain on which folder suits your deviation the best, don't hesitate to ask us. Send us a private message or post a comment on the group with a link to your deviation, and we'll help as much as we can.



:DAbullet: by Angi-ShyWhy has my piece been rejected?
Probably because we felt that it was too shippy, which is the rule most ignored by submissions. However, it might be that you submitted during a time when the admins weren't able to moderate it. Many of our mods are full time students, and around finals and midsems, we don't check dA as often as need be to have a full vote on all of the pieces. Fanfic in particular takes a long time to decide upon.

Yellow-Green Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreWhy can't I submit a piece?
We have a submission cap of 10 pieces per week from each person. If you are more productive than that during the average week, congratulations, but please don't submit everything at once.

:DAbullet: by Angi-ShyCan you affiliate with [AHetaliaGroup]?
Affiliation with fellow deviantArt groups is always open. Please send your request directly to the group.

Yellow-Green Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreAre you affiliated with [aTumblr/zerochan/photobucket] account? I saw my art on there, and they linked to you.
There is a huge problem with art theft all over the internet as we all unfortunately know. A lot of fanwork is being taken from dA and posted without the consent or knowledge of the original artist on sites like zerochan and Tumblr. We've recently found out that at least two Hetalia Fanart Tumblrs have linked back to our group, and probably have been getting fanart to post by browsing through our gallery. We have no way to stop them without making the group private (something we're not entirely certain how to do). We don't approve of it, but we're really not certain how to solve the problem. Any information on how to stop it would be greatly appreciated.

:DAbullet: by Angi-ShyWhy did it take you so long to do [whatever thing] that could have improved the group?
Because the Admins run around in a petty democratic bureaucracy, and we don't make changes until there has been a majority decision to change things. We do propose changes and discuss them, but we also wait until most everyone agrees. Also, the power to do a lot of the structural changes that we've been doing falls entirely on one account, so even after a decision is made, that one person has to get online, and put the changes into effect.


How to deal with unpleasant history:

We assume that the art in our galleries was made with the intention of discussing history, even the disgusting aspects like colonalism, rascism, sexism, etc. There are depictions of Nazis in our gallery. We do not want to glorify these things. We ask that comments on these deviations are respectful, rather than angry, but we also want the art in our galleries to be respectful of the various horrible things that humanity has done.

If a deviation in our gallery crosses the line between respect and disturbing, please contact the mods about it via group note.


Thank you for reading everything till the end! We are constantly looking for ways to make this group a nice place to be around, full of art where you can always learn something new.

Feel free to give us some feedback about the way we are managing the group, as long as its with the purpose of improving!

Let's all show the world that us artists can make Hetalia a cool way to learn history! So open that old and dusty history book, get your materials ready, and START MAKING ART!

Your Staff,

:iconmorriganfearn: :iconmangaka9: :iconikechi1: :iconzitenshi: :iconcraftycat14::iconrikusshadow::iconguavachan:

(Taken from blog posts and admin forum posts made by CrimsonLayers, Ashewalton, Unworldly-Battue, Rikussandow, Mangaka9 and compiled by MorriganFearn and Zitenshi. Decorated Zitenshi)

Last edit: April the 10th, 2014 by Zitenshi

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Newest Members

Group News

Now that the seasons are changing, and school has hit its stride for the students in our crowd, it's time for a new journal. As you probably have noticed, we've got our new mods, and they've been busy over the past weeks discussing your deviations, voting on them and replying to your queries. Here are formal introductions from some of our crew, and you'll probably get to know others over the course of working with them.

:iconcraftycat14: - Hey guys, I'm CraftyCat14, though everyone just calls me Crafty. I've only been with Deviantart for about 4-5 months, and this group for about 3 months, so I'm still kind of new with all of this. But I really love history, and I'm interested with all different eras. My favorite (right now) being the last century, as that is what has effected out world, and personal lives, the most.

:iconikechi1: - Kd (Hello), I'm Ikechi1. I've been a member of deviantart for 4 years and I have been with this group for about a year now. I am also an admin for other groups (though non-hetalia related). One of my majors is history and I love to read and learn about history in my spare time, no matter the era. What I can say with confidence that I specialize in is Classical Mediterranean era (Rome, Greece, Carthage, Parthia, Garamantia, Persia, Macedonia etc) and African history, specifically West African history (Nri Kingdom, Benin Empire, Oyo Kingdom, Dahomey etc). I look forward to being a bigger part of this group and seeing what works people come up with.

Gallery News

You'll notice our Featured Gallery has suddenly expanded! This is thanks to the hard work of our Co-Founder of the Aesthetically Pleasing, Zitenshi, who has gone through the gallery combing for the great work that we always meant to get put in here, but never added. We expect to be featuring great historical pieces more often than we have in the past, and are going to start mentioning the new additions (and older ones) in the journals, since Featured pieces have already been accepted to the group--sometimes years ago--and so you wouldn't get the notification in your inboxes.

APH: An Empire Looks to War by Mama-Austria - This is a great example of an historical cosplay done brilliantly. From consideration of character and characterization in picking out the cloth, to doing research on historical patterns, on top of taking a clean and lovely photo, this version of the Seven Years War Austrian Empire is a treat. This photo ended up in our featured gallery because the hard work on the details, like the piping on the cuffs and collar, are more visible, but there is a full body companion shot with more information on the actual tailoring of the coat in our Cosplay folder.

Hetalia: Poland and Ukraine by Das-diz - It is a gorgeous piece on Polish costuming from late 1500s. The artist kindly provided a link to the inspiration of the clothing designs, and colors and clothing really takes center stage here.

Just as you by Shin-Wolf - This is a lovely atmospheric piece about Juana of Spain and Hetalia's personification. Although it doesn't depict the actual history, this piece captures the attitudes about Juana that have passed down to us through popular culture, really showing how our impressions of historical people and events can be shaped without being read through primary sources. It's dark and beautiful, but not necessarily the whole picture.

Fandom News

In recent blog updates Himaruya seems to be going with the concept that the character of Germany's brother, Gilbert, once Prussia, became East Germany. It's a complicated bit of canon from an historical and cultural perspective, but it should provide some interesting discussion. We have links to the English fan translation on Livejournal. If anyone knows of a translation into Spanish, Polish, or any other translations, we'll be happy to post the links to that too.

It's a Trabant

Even more recently there was a real comic story update for the fans of Nordic history out there.

1657: Another Reason Not to Mess with Sweden

Finally, group member AustrianArtemis would like you guys to know that Honestly-Hetalia is running a history-themed contest, and would love it if you guys wanted to share an unknown bit of history.

The guidelines are simple: "Pick a country (or two or three or more!) and draw/write whatever historical event from that country that you chose, granted that it is not already covered in Hetalia canon. (Or if it is, not very much.) This event can be anything from the country's birth to today!"

The deadline for entries is December 31st, for more information and the rules of the contest, please read this journal entry, or ask AustrianArtemis.

If you know of something cool going down in your end of the fandom, and it's related to history, you can always send us a note. As mentioned in a previous journal, the admins actually have the ability to read the notes for the first time since the creation of the group, so we'll be able to respond. The Hetalia fandom is evolving, and it's great for the fans to get together for events like this, so we're happy to spread the word. If your good news isn't about history, then we might not do a journal for it, but we will try to point you in the direction of groups that would be interested.
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abreesey Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't see the button to become a member
Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it should be there
abreesey Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I figured it out. I was on the mobile site
Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Zolkiewska Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello, I just joined the group! And I'm currently working in a piece of fanart that has Ukraine and Lithuania, both as kids, and Ukraine is teaching Lithuania the Ruthenian language, because that's basically what happened when Lithuania annexed the principality of Kyiv, (which, by the way, happened in a peaceful way, such as marriages and unions, instead of wars) that the first ones had tolerant politics regarding Kyiv's culture. They allowed them to remain professing the Ortodox faith, and adopted Ruthenian for official issues. I plan on explaining more about that in the description, and maybe quoting something from my Ukraine's history book. So, I was wondering, would said artwork be appropriate for this group? Thanks! 
Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yes if the history is well explained we will accept it.
Lapulta Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! I was reading your Rules list, but I'm not quite sure what your policy is on xreaders. I have a historical Germaniaxreader in the process; the story doesn't focus on the ship and I've put a lot of work into try to make the story outline (of the Teutoberg Battle) as historically accurate as possible, but I don't want to spam your folders with xreaders also, or give people the idea that all xreaders are okay here. What's your policy on them, and/or what would you advise?

Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well with shipping, we don't want any focus on the ship, and we do not support ships that involve one character being violent towards another, like a lot of WW2 ships. With an x reader you need to have a lot of historical justification for what you present.
Lapulta Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm... I think my x reader might quality; but just in case I've removed the second part. If you accept the first part, then I'll reapply for the second, and if not, no harm done. ^^ Thank you for answering my question!
Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
the only issue left is that for reasons beyond my control the other mods are currently not available
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