So far, it seems that Toril has LOTS of places that have real world equivalents...
Going by this map of toril for the basic geography (IE, based on the 3.5e map mostly, ~1372 timeline)
What are the equivalent nations?
I've put together a small list with the help of a website, can I have some help figuring out the extra details and the (presumably many, many things I missed...)
Amn = Spain under the Inquisition
Calimshan = Arabia & Ottoman Empire. Maybe Spain under the Moors
Zakhara = Arabia #2
Anauroch = Numidia
Ulutiun Areas = Eskimo tribal areas of N. America
Chessenta = Ancient Greece #1
Threskel = Ancient Greece #2
Chult = African Jungles
Shaar = African Savanna
Tethyr = North Africa, maybe Spain under El Cid
Cormyr = Idealized Medieval France or maybe England
Dalelands = Switzerland
Damara = Germany, with slavic influence
Taan / Hordelands = Mongolia
Shining Lands = India
Yeshimal Mountains = Himalayas
Mulhorand = Ancient Egypt
"The North" = home of germanic type berserker & barbarian stereotypes, but not seafaring...
Ruathym = Norway, full of seafaring viking berserker barbarian types
Rashemen = Kievan Russia
Sea of fallen stars = Mediterranean Sea
Sembia = Merchant Italy #1
Chondath = Merchant Italy #2
Shou = China #1
T'u Lung = China #2
Koryo = Korea
Thesk = Areas through which the Silk Road travels
Turmish = Turkey #1
Thay - Turkey #2 Except run by Nazis somehow...
Unther = Mesopotamia
Vaasa = Finland
Western Heartlands = England #1
Moonshae Isles = England #2
Malatra = Vietnam
Wa = Shogunate Isolationist Japan
Kozakura = More Diverse Feudal Japan
Maztica = Aztec Central America
Lots of help would be appreciated!
BTW, I'll be updating and editing this post as people help me with this! Thanks!