Sci, I admit that the example in Losing the Peace is probably a little unfair for me to use. I get the impression that syncretism was what Leisner was after than Euro-dominance, and given how important sporting events ARE in a lot of African states (The Africas Cup being one of the premier sporting events in the world, really) I don't think that's necessarily an off description. I honestly find the propensity for all cultural relics of Earth to be Anglo-American or European at best to be more irritating than anything else. It also doesn't help when people get the details of foreign ship names wrong, like Mack stating Musashi's name comes from the swordsman rather than the fact that the name came from the ancient province name. It's also equally irritating when they use Euro-centric names for starships that really have no more business being on a 24th century ship. Robert E Lee? Zhukov? Tirpitz? Cortez? I mean come the fuck on. I suppose we should be happy there's not a USS Pol Pot or a USS Hideki Tojo, right?