Nicolas ‘X’ was a legendary French soldier and patriot who served in the First Army of the French Republic and subsequently in La Grande Armée of Napoleon.
According to the stories, X was born in Rochefort, around 1780. He enlisted at age 18, and served honorably and well. He is said to have been wounded 17 times in his nation’s service, resulting in his severe disfigurement and maiming. For his loyalty and dedication, Napoleon himself presented the soldier with a Sabre of Honor and a pension of 200 francs.
X was an ardent patriot and had undying love and devotion for France and Napoleon. His name is now the eponym of ‘Y’, a term for excessive nationalistic fervor but more commonly used to suggest male dominism.
Identify X and Y,