Re: what are the important points to remmember in area creation?
What races live in what regions? Is it one-race dominated, or a hodge-podge of all sorts of things? Or are ther two dominate races coexisting in that area? If so, do they actually co-exist, or do they dislike each other? Is one higher or lower class than the other? Maybe one enslaves the other? Are they geographically divided? If it's mostly one race, who are the most prevelant minorities? Do they live in that land, and their communities are small, or do they trickle in from a neighboring kingdom? Again, what is their relation with the dominate race? Are they treated as second-class? Do they group together in small chinatown-style communities, or do they spread out?
What is the ruling class like? Is it ruled by a king? Or perhaps a Queen? Is it an Aristocracy, a Beurocracy, or maybe democratic? How centralized is the government? Is everything under the thumb of a very centralized emperor, or is it mostly divided up into largley independent states, and the ruler is content to let them do what they will so long as they contribute to wars and pay their taxes? What are the state's relationships to each other? Maybe it's a theocracy? Are other religions stamped out and burned as heathens, or are they tolerated but treated as second class? How powerful is the actual ruler? Is he a figurehead? What do they think of other government types? Are they violently opposed to anouther government type, "Damn commies/capitolist pigs" style, or are they ok with other ruling systems? Is the ruling class opressive? If yes, than by how much? It could be a full-on curfew with weekly home inspections, spies everywhere, it's a crime to think style, or is it more subtle, with cunning propoganda used to keep people in their place and subtle removal of rights?
What's it like economically? Who does it trade with? How much focus do they have on trade? Are they isolated and self-sufficiant, or are they a trading hub who relies on neighboring kingdoms? What are their chief exports/inports?
What do they think of the neighboring kingdoms? Who are their allies, who's at war with who, who's untrustworthy and who's a fence sitter?
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