Posted 02 December 2011 - 04:40 AM
Well, my brother and I kind of took a third option: The Pirates theme came out after our first major LEGO war against the fascist forces of the evil oppressor, King George Bush I, who siezed control of the US government and was taxing everyone to death, and before the invasion by the Galactic Empire (yes, we were making Star Wars MOCs a good 10 years before LEGO came out with the official stuff). Basically, the pirates were a rogue's gallery of all the most famous pirates in popular fiction, namely Captain James Hook (from "Peter Pan"), Captain Long John Silver (from Treasure Island) and Captain One-Eyed Willy (from "The Goonies") all lead by Captain Redbeard (Mr. Smee of Peter Pan fame was in the mix as well, but as the Boatswain, as he was in Peter Pan), and were raiding up and down the coast of the recently-restored USA. Our Heroes (i.e. my brother and I), with the help of Governor Broadside and his bluecoats, managed to eventually bring the Pirates to heel. Once we finally had captured them all, due to the fact that they hadn't committed any other crimes, they were given the choice of either swearing an oath of fealty to the US Constitution and being re-organized into a proper Navy, or getting one chance to see if they could stand on air with a noose around their necks... Needless to say, they chose the first option.
As a result, the US Navy in our LEGO timeline, as well as its various successor states (the latest of which is the Federal Republic of America) have used the Jolly Roger as the Naval Ensign (Of course, the NATIONAL ensign is flown on the yardarm, which immediately distinguishes Federal Navy ships from your run of the mill pirates, that and the fact that Federal Navy ships don't look like floating junk heaps).
So, long story short, my brother and I (although he no longer messes around with LEGO) have always had the philosophy of "screw the official story: we'll do what we want!"
-Hikaro Takayama, a.k.a Laura
Bi-gender Christian and proud of it.
"Wot's faster than a warbuggy, more killy than a warbike, and flies through da air like a bird? I got no bleedin' idea, but I'm gonna find out." - Kog da Flymek, pioneer of the Deffkopta