Soshi Narumo wrote:
Sorry but if you don't like the definition on 'mistake' you can go ahead and make a case about it with the relevant organization that supervise it to change it (in spanish we have the Real Acadamia Española. Something like 'The Royal Spanish Academy' ww.rae.com, it's pretty neat).
English doesn't have one of those.
Until then to make a mistake is defined as 'an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge,etc'. To prove it you have to prove that there were a miscalculation, or misjudgment. Last time I checked, I must assume innocence until proof of the contrary (and again, I am not trying to antagonize you, srly, just point out an instance in which there is proof of her mistake, not some wall of text with what you perceive as actions that the empress should have taken to reduce an outcome that you would have preferred for Rokugan).
What possible proof would you accept? You've dismissed an array of cases of Iweko's decisions turning out appallingly and without discernible payoff of any sort on the grounds that... what? Iweko herself hasn't admitted that they were mistakes? Does she remain infallible in your eyes as long as she doesn't personally admit otherwise?
And correctly using the word doesn't devoid it of any meaning or give you a single point. Bayushi Miyako acknowledged her miscalculation, but only AFTER the whole deal was ended. Likewise, the omni-potent writers could make Iweko I to show grieve because she misjudged Khali-ma or the actions of his son. The ST hasn't done anything of the sort and thus we can only assume that is part of her plans.
No, we do not need to assume anything of the sort. We haven't seen her expressing grief or regret over how things turned out... nor have we seen her expressing glee, satisfaction, indifference, boredom, or any other response at all. Iweko is an entirely closed book to us. The only basis by which we can assess her decisions is how they turned out, and many of her decisions have turned out appallingly. So either they were intended to turn out appallingly (which makes her evil, even compared to other Rokugani leaders), or else they were supposed to turn out otherwise and didn't, which makes them mistakes.
Because, and to revive that particular part of the discussion, she is a DIVINE Empress and by the looks of it, she is even more 'powerful' than the original Hantei. Divine, as in the universe is endorsing her decisions.
Iweko had barely gotten the Throne warm when Rokugan was invaded by an army of Rakshasa-bots who proceeded to set half of it on fire and open a gateway to hell in the middle of Rokugan. And her selection of heir is about to be marked by Jigoku finishing the job. This is the universe showing its approval?