Interesting comparison. Imperials never struck me as racist, however. I don't recall imperials doing or saying anything blatantly racist. Imperials seem more concerned about a person's income level and class. Look at Cyrodil during the oblivion crisis for instance. People of every race lived together relatively peacefully. Not only that, but many of the governors of the major cities were not imperials. I will admit I can't recall any Khajit or Orcs being prominent members of society. Imperials are definately nationalists though, but I would imagine it would be difficult for an empire to exist without some concept of nationalism.
And of course, the Empire is like the USA because it's also full of racist nationalistic people, and wants to support Skyrim (Israel) but can't always do it because of the state of the rest of the world.
$3 billion a year? I'd call that supporting
We're all part of a playstation, t.v generation of video gamers mainly concerned about our next pair of trainers. XBL&PSN:moseph187
However, I have a better comparison. Skyrim is USA, Empire is England/GB, Thalmor are France.
That's what I always thought. The stormcloaks even got their names the same way the rebels got the name Yankees. The colours, Stormcloaks wearing blue and the Imperials having a lot of red high lights, succession brought about through freedom of religion(Not why merica succeeded, but it was why people went there.), etc.