The men behind the masks
Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 – 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George’s War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892).
In real life, “Curzon” is a US citizen from the East Coast who has at various times been a financial analyst, freelance translator, practicing lawyer, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Dubai.
Sir Francis Edward Younghusband (1863-1942) was a British explorer, army officer, military-political officer, and foreign correspondent born in India who led expeditions into Manchuria, Kashgar, and Tibet. He three times tried and failed to scale Mt. Everest and journeyed from China to India, crossing the Gobi desert and the Mustagh Pass (alt. c.19,000 ft/5,791 m) of the Karakoram mountain range in modern day Pakistan. Convinced of Russian designs on British interests in India, Younghusband proactively engaged in the nineteenth century spying and conflict over Central Asia between the British and the Russians known as the Great Game.
“Younghusband” is a Canadian who spent a number of years bouncing back and forth between his home country and Japan. Fluent in Japanese and English, with experience in numerous other languages from Spanish to Georgian, Younghusband has travelled throughout Asia from North to South to West. He recently received his MA in War Studies from the “Royal Military College of Canada”:http://www.rmc.ca/.
Sir Ignatius Valentine Chirol (1852 – 1929) was a journalist, prolific author, world historian, and British diplomat. He began his career as a foreign correspondent and later became editor of the London Times. After two decades as a journalist he joined Her Majesty’s Foreign Ministry as a diplomat and was subsequently knighted for his distinguished service as a foreign affairs advisor. Additionally, he wrote a dozen books on foreign affairs including The Far Eastern Question (1896), Serbia and the Serbs (1914), The End of the Ottoman Empire (1920) and The Egyptian Problem (1921). He is generally credited with popularizing “Middle East” in reference to the Arabian Peninsula with his book The Middle Eastern Question (1903).
“Chirol” is a US citizen who has spent most of the past nine years abroad. He lived, studied and worked in Germany for almost seven years. As with the historical Chirol, he has traveled to over thirty countries including a few unrecognized ones. Chirol speaks English and German fluently with basic knowledge of many other languages. He currently resides in Washington D.C. and is pursuing a Masters in Defense and Strategic Studies while working as a contractor for the federal government.
Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro-Ferguson (1860 – 1934) was born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. A graduate of Sandhurst and a veteran of the first Boer war, Munro-Ferguson entered parliament at the age of 24. In 1914 he accepted the governor-generalship of Australia. Having seen Australia through both a parliamentary crisis and the First World War, Munro-Ferguson was granted retirement from his position in autumn of 1920 and is, perhaps, the most politically successful of Australia’s Governor-Generals. Upon returning home to Scotland he was entitled the first Viscount Novar. In 1926 he was appointed Knight of the Order of Thistle.
“Munro-Ferguson” is a proud American citizen currently residing in the American northeast. His scholastic efforts centered around Asian studies he has both lived and studied in Japan. In the last few years Munro-Ferguson has entertained a particular interest in matters Middle Eastern and is currently contemplating a return to the world of academia in an appropriately related modus of study.