Some Breen children 'playing'
Bregna is an ordered society, technologically advanced and politically
well developed. It seems, on the face of it, that
Bregna is everything that we could possibly want is available
in Bregna. Unfortunately, our most fundamental desire, freedom,
is denied. The Breens are subject to some pretty horrendous rules
and regulations about movement and activity. They are absolutely
NOT allowed to leave Bregna and they may loose their life (or
at the very least, some limbs) if they try.
One of the most depressing examples of this was seen in Thanatophobia
when we follow the story of the lovely Cybil who tries to leave
Bregna to join her lover in Monica. In
her first attempt, a border gun shoots he in the back. Her second
attempt resulted in her legs being chopped off!
The ordered society in Bregna can also be oppressive. Whenever
we see people at work we see them performing monotonous duties.
In the Aeon Flux pilot (aptly named Aeon
Flux) we see a terrible destruction of a company of Breen soldiers,
in the corner we see a group of cleaners waiting patiently
to clean up the mess! (It made me laugh anyway).
There are few examples of Breen opulence (except for those
shown in Trevor's apartment) and there are few examples of
art or culture. It is easy to conclude therefore, that Bregna
is an oppressive society.
Dress scense is a little more formal that Monica,
yet besides the drab colours, the fashions are pretty good reeally.
Sybil, an example of Breen fashion
There are few examples of art and music in Bregna. We see some
examples in Monica, but considering the setting for each Aeon
Flux episode is Bregna, Im surprised that there are fewer
examples. It is easy therefore to conclude that there is none,
or at least no overt examples. It is also interesting to notice
that there are few examples of closeness, of family values or
even friendliness. Sure there is sex, but not we dont see
Breens cuddling or sharing close friendships.
Bregna is probably a very depressing place and one can understand
the reason why so many attempt to leave.
emailed me a brief but useful synopsis of some information from
the Aeon Flux graphical novel "The Herodotus File"
'Monica and Bregna were once one country called Berognica.
Berognica was a pretty nice place that was a pleasant average
of the good aspects of the two states Then the two were split
apart and the memory of Berognica were erased(in Bregna) over
a few generations by social engineering.
Monica is "disrecognized space" because Bregna does not recognize
them as an independent entity Monica has a giant blimp called
the Relical containing old artifacts from Berognica There is a
group in Monica (The Berognican Reunification Movement) that is
trying to rebuild Berognica(a common theme in the series too if
you look for it), there are cartographers that are trying to rebuild
maps of the original lay of the land, and a terrorist group that
tries to messing things up in Bregna and tell people there the
All together it the wall splitting Berognica was built quite
suddenly. Families were displaced and many people couldn't believe
that it just "happened".
Then the Bregna government started a program to destroy all
evidence of Breognica by burning history books, destroying artifacts,