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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 3:39 am    Post subject: making a conworld Reply with quote

here's the questions:

how did you guys go about making a conworld? what steps did you have to take? where did you start? and last but not least...

DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR ME???

a little help would be a lot appreciated Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me, the borders between conculture and conworld are hard to define. And in fact, that may have been because the conworld for me was in fact a conland.

Well basically, I think that you need a rough idea what you want the land/planet/continent to look like. Sketch out a few ideas and then start figuring out where different land features would go. Try and remember that mountains are often found in ranges and wouldn't turn around at 90 degree angles which I believe is what Tolkien did for Mordor (correct me if mountains do do that). And also that rivers often are the basis of where settlements grow up from. Create some lakes and other interesting geographical features but just try to bear in mind the possibility of each one.

I think that, then you will need to go onto climate, try to figure out if you're only doing a small part of land, find out where abouts on the planet it is and also how big so how much would the climate vary?

Some more deatiles stuff could be the Universe in which the planet is. How many suns are there and is there a moon, how many moons? What other planets are found in the solar system. How long does the planet take to go around the sun, and how long to turn on its own axis. If it has a moon, how long does it take it to go around the planet and turn around? Maybe even how old the planet is!

I even did a small bit about cosmology which is regarding the way the universe is seen, which thing is the largest or most significant first to the one which is least important.
For example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E%C3%A4#E.C3.A4

I decided to put the inhabitants into my conculture section because I found it more fitting because the various species of animals had very different cultures. Describe them if they have any special features or if they are unheard of on Earth.

And then that was pretty much it for me. Look around and I am sure that you'll find more information.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!!! keep 'em comin!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL! You're welcome! ^_^ That is probably the longest post I've written.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This post is about the rest of the stuff that you can do. I posted this on the ZBB as well, but here I go.

But then as for, languages and stuff like that. I did it in a very illogical (well that is my opinion) order. I started out by writing about a third of my novel which would be where my conland/conlang/conculture would evolve from. This could be said that this was the way I painted the aspects in my mind which is what you should do.

The next major thing I did after the part of the novel was to do the conland or conworld, this was because I already knew of the placenames that I would like to include on my maps. But already above, I have written what I would do for conworld.

After that, I went straight into the conlang which I spent several months on and I have got to a point that I am satisfied with and so I have left that for a while.

Then, what I am doing right now is the conculture and also the conhistory which I have also picked up in my novel.

But of course, I think the main thing that you need to do is get the basic idea of all of these aspects first, maybe by writing a brief passage about all of these aspects, for me, I did it by writing the story which basically included all of these details. After that, elaborate on as many points as you can and I think that after that, you will have a very satisfactory piece of work! ^_^
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

do you have any ideas that i could have on how to create my conculture?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

langover94 wrote:
do you have any ideas that i could have on how to create my conculture?
You could join http://conworlds.info/cwbb .
You could also join the Yahoo! group "conculture". Both of them contain questionnaires that, if you answer as much as you feel like, will probably get you on your way to creating your conculture; much like the "language creation kit" helps you create a conlang.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the suggestion! i'll take a look at it.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

langover94 wrote:
thanks for the suggestion! i'll take a look at it.
BTW Yahoo! also has a "conworlds" egroup and a "geofiction" egroup.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My conworld came out of no where! Litteraly speaking! And then I started making up all of these things and basing some stuff on real cultures and also added all of Earth's wonderful wild life to my conworld along with its own. It's crazy! I have some stuff on my conworld in the conworld forum. But that's just about some of the languages and the places that they're spoken.

I should actually get around to writing some stuff up on the wild life since I have so much handwritten things on it including drawings. And I should post them here. But I keep forgetting so hopefully this time I won't. But basically you can say that my conworld is a mixture of fantasy and reality in a sense.

Oh and incase you're wondering there's also this HUGE place in my conworld for my beloved boingies! Mr. Green


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol i figured Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmmmhmmm! They're billions of them there! YAY! Shocked

boingy boingy boingy.....

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:09 pm    Post subject: The Zaharam-Chapelle-Parunas Ethnographical Questionnaire Reply with quote

langover94 wrote:
how did you guys go about making a conworld?
what steps did you have to take?
where did you start?
DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR ME???

Padraic Brown of Yahoo!'s egroup "ConCulture" has come up with the following questionnaire.

Padraic Brown wrote:
I think it's a worthwhile project to combine the two questionnaires, as they both ask some really good questions that world builders and conculturers should be aware of. Therefor, I've taken the liberty of combining them: I've weeded out some redundant or overly detailed questions; made some of the very focussed questions more general and have added a few new ones. I've also removed all of the "how do they feel about" questions -- I thought it was a bit too cluttery, and anyway, such an opinion based question can always be tacked on to any of the questions already there.

Let me know what you think! I'll put it up on Conculture once I've gotten all the minor spelling errors and such sorted out. If I've forgotten something obvious, please let me know!

The Zaharam-Chapelle-Parunas Ethnographical Questionnaire wrote:
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The Zaharam-Chapelle-Parunas Ethnographical Questionnaire

Introduction:
For several years, the standard questionnaire used by anthropologists studying various cultures in the Eastlands has been that of Dr. Ellandwine Zaharam of the Univ. of Auntimoany. While it has proven itself in the field, many philosophers have thought that it could be satisfactorily amplified by creating several new categories not addressed in the original and expanding some of the old categories with new questions. A committee of eight faculty and students worked to add questions to the questionnaire, the result of which is the following Zaharam-Chapelle-Parunas Ethnographical Questionnaire.

At nearly double the size of the original (and considerably larger than similar tools), concerns have been raised about the possible unwieldiness of the tool. In order to maintain the general utility of the questionnaire, several related main categories have been compressed, while new ones that were not addressed in the older questionnaires have been created. Individual related questions have often been compressed into a single multipart question; it is felt that this practice in no way affects the practicability of the tool. Also, several very good but extremely focussed or detail oriented questions have been left out. While it is keenly felt that persons living in a community can offer great insights into the various topic explored in the questionnaire, it is felt that questions along the line of "how do people feel about this" are best left out, as any of the questions herein explored may be reasonably followed up by this sort of perceptive interrogation.

The format of the new questionnaire is the same as the older verion, namely, a number of broad categories in which several related questions about a country or region or tribal structure may be explored. The main departure from the older format is in the elimination of the question numbers. It is felt that poorly worded or redundant questions could be more easily excised and new questions could be inserted if the numbers were eliminated. It has been made abundantly clear that no such questionnaire could ever be seen as compleat, however, the committee have striven to produce a workable and comprehensive tool rather than an absolutely compleat one. It is hoped that, as the needs arise, new main or subordinated categories can easily be inserted into the structure of the present questionnaire without disrupting the flow of questions or the layout of the questionnaire. The order of main categories is roughly from the broader concepts of Nature to the more specific aspects of the culture under consideration. It was felt that the questions should be left somewhat broad rather than focussed, as it is always possible to follow up an interview with questions seeking further detail. If highly detailed questions are asked from the outset, the interview can easily get bogged down in minutiae, for we would risk missing the forest for the trees.

The chief categories of the Questionnaire are:
I. Questions of Place;
IJ. Questions of Time;
IIJ. Questions of Race and Ethnicity;
IIIJ. Questions of Family;
V. Questions of Customs and Social Life;
VI. Questions of Manners;
VIJ. Questions of Faith;
VIIJ. Questions of Labour;
IX. Questions of Art;
X. Questions of Marriage;
XI. Questions of Health;
XIJ. Questions of Sex;
XIIJ. Questions of Education;
XIIIJ. Questions of Technology;
XV. Questions of Transportation and Communications;
XVI. Questions of Economics;
XVIJ. Questions of Death and Burial;
XVIIJ. Questions of Government;
XIX. Questions of Warfare.

It is much to be hoped that this Questionnaire will be found of great use to any philosopher or student interested in gaining insight into the cultures and societies that peoples may divide themselves into.

Faculty:
Tom a Chapelle
Haristafaras Parunas
Taryusas

Students:
Shafranas
Numitor
A. Wortlece
C. Lankyshanks
M. Wortawede

Questionnaire:

I. Questions of Place

* Describe the geography of where your society calls home.
* Describe the climate your society deals with. How severe are their seasons?
* What kinds of natural disasters has this society gotten used to?
* What importance (spiritual or cultural) do people ascribe to the geography?
* How do people feel about local landscapes being altered or used for a purpose other than what is traditional?
* What are the most commonly-grown foods?
* What are the most commonly-eaten meats?
* What foods are considered exotic or expensive?
* What forms of alcohol are common? Rare?
* Is there usually enough food and water for the population?
* What is this place's most abundant resource?
* What is its most valuable resource?
* What resource is it most lacking?
* How do people travel from one place to another?
* Are the borders secure? In what way?
* How many people live here?
* Where in this place to they congregate?
* What part of this place do they avoid? Why?
* What are the most common domesticated animals here? And what are they domesticated for?
* What are the most common wild animals? How are wild animals treated?
* Which animals are likely to be pets? Which ones won't be?
* What are the most common domesticated plants here? And what are they used for?
* What are the most common wild plants here? What are they used for?

IJ. Questions of Time

* How far back does this society's written history go?
* How far back do its people believe it goes?
* How was this society founded? Who founded it and under what circumstances?
* What were the chief powers in the time when this society was founded?
* If it originated far away from here, how did it get here?
* What is the worst disaster they believe they've faced?
* What are the major events in this culture's past?
* What was the best thing that ever happened to them?
* What in their past makes them feel ashamed?
* What in their past makes them proud?
* What are they afraid of happening again?
* What are they hoping will happen? Do they think it likely?
* How strongly are people attached or connected to their heritage?
* What do they assume the future will hold?
* How has this society changed? Do its current members realize this?
* What are the most popular stories about the past?
* Who in the past is the greatest hero? The worst villain?
* Do people think the present better or worse than the past?
* Do people believe the future will be better or worse than the present or past?

IIJ. Questions of Race and Ethnicity

* What are the chief races in the region?
* What are the chief ethnic groups of each race in the region? How are they distributed in place?
* How do they differ by language, appearance or ancestry?
* What jobs do the chief ethnicities primarily occupy? Are any groups denied work because of racial or ethnic heritage?
* What are typical attitudes of the native (or majority) ethnos to immigrants and other ethnicities?
* How has any variety of ethnicity in the region changed the society's culture?

IIIJ. Questions of Family

* How many spouses may a man or woman have?
* Who decides on a marriage?
* Can a marriage end in divorce? How?
* Who usually takes custody of children if a marriage ends for some reason?
* How are families named?
* What happens to orphans?
* How are boy and girl children treated differently?
* What, if anything, is considered a good marriage gift?
* What inanimate or sexless things are considered male or female?
* Does this society connect the ideas of marriage with love?
* How big are families, typically?
* What constitutes a household? How many people live in one household? How many generations?
* Are girls or boys preferred and why?
* How common is domestic violence? Is it understood to be a problem, or a normal aspect of family life?
* If it is seen as problematic, what is being done about it?

V. Questions of Customs and Social Life

* What colors are associated with power? With virtue? With death?
* If two men get into a fight, how is this supposed to be resolved?
* If two women get into a fight, how should that be resolved?
* How do people demonstrate grief?
* Who inherits property? Titles? Position?
* What are the most popular games? How important are they?
* When and how does someone go from child to adult?
* How much free time do people usually get?
* What do they spend this time doing?
* Is society segregated in any way?
* What social classes or divisions exist in this society?
* If so, can people move from one class to another? Are there any benefits to being of one class over another?
* Is there any discrimination against minority groups (racial, ethnic, religious) in this society?
* How independent or codependent are individuals?
* What are the typical roles of women and men? What are the expectations of children?
* Does the government play a large part in peoples lives?
* Does religion play a large part in peoples lives?

Food
* Describe how daily food is obtained?
* What types of food are most popular?
* What are typical dishes and specialties of the region?
* What type of food is the locality or region famous for?
* What cutlery, if any, do people use for cooking and eating?
* How is the table arranged?
* How do people sit when eating? Is there any arrangement by age or dignity of diners?
* How many and when are the main mealtimes?
* Are there restaurants, popinas, street vendors or other places where food may be bought in public?
* Is there significant risk of food poisoning? How many cases lead to death? Is there understood to be a link between food and poisoning or illness?
* How much does a typical meal cost, if bought and not grown at home?

Clothing and Fashion
* What kind of clothes do people wear? How does this vary by ethnicity, age, profession, etc?
* How do the genders dress: what differences are there between men's and women's clothing and accessories?
* How is clothing made, in small shops or larger factories?
* How much does typical clothing cost?
* How important is fashion to people? How does this vary by individual?
* What kinds of jewelry do people wear? And when?

Entertainment
* Does the culture have outlets for dramatic arts (theater, puppetry, kinematography)?
* What other major forms of entertainment are there?
* Is the populace literate and numerate?
* Do people read for pleasure? If so, what do they read?
* How much do books, magazines, broadsheets and the like cost?
* Is there a public library system? Who uses it?
* Who are popular authors and poets?
* Who are some of the more famous characters from literature?
* How has this changed over time?

VJ. Questions of Manners

* Who speaks first at a formal gathering?
* What kinds of gifts are considered in extremely bad taste?
* How do younger adults address their elders?
* When is it rude to laugh at something funny?
* What kinds of questions cannot be asked in public? In private? At all?
* What parts of the body are routinely covered?
* How private are bodily functions like bathing or defecating?

VIJ. Questions of Faith

* Are the local people religious or nonreligious?
* What are the major religious groups in the region?
* What are some of their core beliefs and practices?
* Is religion a cause of dissatisfaction, dissension or hostility in the region?
* Is there a formal clergy? How are they organised?
* What do people believe happens to them after death? How, if at all, can they influence this?
* What happens to those who disagree with the majority on questions of religion?
* Are there any particular places considered special or holy? What are they like?
* What are the most popular rituals or festivals?
* What do people have to offer to their Deity or deities?
* What do people want from their Deity or deities? How do they try and get it?
* How do their religious practices differ from their neighbours'?
* What is the most commonly broken religious rule?
* What is the least-violated religious rule?
* What factions exist within the dominant religious institutions? How do they compete?
* Are there monastic groups? What do they do and how are they organized? How do you join one?
* How are those who follow different faiths treated?
* What relationship do religious and political leaders have?
* What superstitions are common? What kinds of supernatural events or beings do people fear?

Magick
* How is magic integrated into society?
* Who can work magic? Is anyone disallowed from working magic?
* How are works of magic accomplished?
* What kind of preparation or study is required before undertaking a magical work?

VIIJ. Questions of Labour

* Describe any kind of division of labour, such as into physical versus mental versus spiritual.
* Is there any especial prestige attached to some category of labour or a particular job?
* What jobs are considered mucky or are particularly deprecated?
* What professions or activities are considered masculine?
* What professions or activities are viewed as feminine?
* What are usual working hours? Are there days of rest or holidays?
* How does this differ between different jobs?
* What jobs have few workers and why?
* What are typical wages for various jobs?
* How does work affect lifestyle and health?
* What sort of jobs are preferred by which people? Are some jobs denied to certain groups?
* What are the ethical oaths or codes that govern various jobs? Is there a difference in ethics between manual and mental or spiritual work?

IX. Questions of Art

* What are the favorite artforms?
* What are the least-favorite?
* How respected are artists?
* Do artists require official or unofficial protection or patronage?
* What kinds of trouble are artists in particular likely to find themselves in?
* How might a very successful artist live?
* What forms of theatre does your society have?
* How naturalistic or stylized is your society's art?
* What shapes are most common in your society's arts, like embroidery or architecture?
* Which artforms get the most and least respect?
* What form does censorship take?
* Who may not be an artist?
* What qualities equal "beauty" in this society?
* What makes a man or woman especially beautiful?
* How do people react to tattoos? Piercings? Facial hair? Cosmetics?

Entertainment
* Do people enjoy looking at art? Does this vary among communities?
* Do people enjoy doing art? Does this vary?
* Is there any calligraphy? Who does it?
* Does your culture have a distinct (or not so) musical style? What is it like?
* How do people listen to music (in a theater, at home, on the street, mechanical)?
* Does music influence people's behaviour?
* Does this culture have a typical dance form? What is it like?
* Who goes to see such entertainments?

X. Questions of Marriage

* How is a marriage defined? How is a marriage contracted?
* What is the term of a marriage contract?
* What gifts are considered appropriate or inappropriate for a wedding?
* How are marriages celebrated?
* What is considered too great a difference in age for a couple?
* Do relationships allow multiple partners?
* In what ways is a marriage considered broken?
* How can a marriage be terminated?

XI. Questions of Health

* What is the average life expectancy? How does this differ between different regions, races or ethnicities?
* What access do people have to clean drinking water (at home or in public)?
* What access do people have to proper sanitation (at home or in public)?
* Do houses or public buildings have plumbing? Cold and warm water?
* Describe any public or private bathing or latrine facilities.
* How is healthcare delivered in this society; what are its foundations?
* Are there hospitals or sanataria where many forms of health care are concentrated; or are practicioners more diffuse within the community?
* Do people have access to any form of medical aid for emergencies or for less urgent problems?
* What kinds of ailments or injuries are treatable in the locality using available supplies and expertise?
* What does typical healthcare cost?
* How do this society's doctors try to treat wounds and sickness?
* Which medical assumptions of this society are wrong?
* Do people seek care on an as-needed or emergency basis; or is health care seen as a preventative endeavour?
* How often do people see their doctor, dentist or other healthcare providers?
* Is a distinction made between physical and nonphysical ailments?
* What happens to those suffering from extreme mental illness? Spiritual illness? Other?
* How do people react to physical deformity (both congenital and acquired)?

XIJ. Questions of Sex
* How does your society define incest? Rape? How do people react to these?
* What secret vice is believed to be widely practiced?
* What secret vice actually is practiced?
* What sexual habits are widely believed common among foreigners?
* How do people react to homosexuality? Is it frowned on? Encouraged?
* Are premarital sexual relations allowed? Extramarital?
* How is adultery defined? What (if any) is the punishment? Who decides?
* Is prostitution legal? How are prostitutes viewed? Is this accurate?
* What is the biggest sexual taboo?
* What does this society mean by the word "virgin" and how important it it?
* Is sex confined to marriage? Or, is it supposed to be?
* What constitutes aberrant sexual behavior?
* Are there any cultural or religious strictures, norms or tabus that specifically address sexual conduct?
* Are there secular laws that control or restict sexual behaviour?
* At what age is it considered normal to engage in sex? Are there tabus against sex with children?
* Should sex be a one-to-one experience? Or are groups allowed?

XIIJ. Questions of Education

* Describe the education of the society's people: formal schooling, apprenticeship, etc.
* If education is mainly by apprenticeship, how is this accomplished?
* Is education compulsory / offered to everyone? What is the cost of education?
* Between which ages does education happen?
* How are year groups and academic years arranged?
* How are curricula arranged? What courses are typically offered?
* What degrees or diplomas are offered by schools?
* What do schools / colleges / universities look like?
* What are the classrooms like? What is a typical class size?
* Who is in charge of education in the country, and in each individual school?
* Does this society have its own language? Its own writing system?
* How common is literacy? How is literacy viewed?
* What form and value are books?
* Who teaches others? How do they teach?
* Who decides who learns to read or write?
* Who teaches professions, like carpenter or scribe?
* Are foreigners ever brought in to teach new skills? Who does that?

XIV. Questions of Technology

* Are philosophy and science unified, or do they exist as separate and independent disciplines?
* What devices and technologies are availible for people?
* Are such devices taken for granted? If not, how many are appreciated?
* How do people envision a difficult or impossible task that could be made easier by using some kind of device or futuristic technology?
* How is knowledge distributed? Is it kept unknown to the common people, or is available for all?

Architecture

* What major architectural styles are present? What do they look like?
* How does this vary over time and between places in the region?
* What major elements are present? How are they pieced together?
* What are houses like inside and out?
* What are palaces and castles like?
* How tall is the tallest building? How big is the biggest building?
* What materials are used in typical construction? Do any materials have to be imported?
* How are buildings constructed? Are there machines or is work done by hand?
* What are some famous landmarks in the region? Why are they famous? Are they famous internationally?

XV. Questions of Transportation and Communications

* How do people get from place to place? Does this vary at all in different places?
* Do people make long journeys? If so, what are they like?
* Is there a public transport system? Who uses it? How much does it cost?
* What are the roads like? How do they vary from place to place?
* Do individuals or families own and use their own vehicles?
* How safe is transport?
* How clean is transport?
* What major fuels are used?
* Apart from face to face, how do people communicate with each other?
* Is there a postal service? How fast is it? How much does it cost to use? What restrictions are there on packet delivery? Does the post operate internationally? How likely is it that an article sent in the post will reach
its intended destination?
* What technical or mechanical means of communications exist?
* If you do have an IM service, what else other than talking does it allow?

XVI. Questions of Economics

* What is the local economy based on?
* How is commerce engaged in?
* If levied, how are taxes collected? What are such revenues used for? How does taxation affect the people?
* What do people expect from their government in return for the taxes paid?

Money
* What is the local currency like? How is it subdivided? What is is based on *metal, labour, fiat)?
* How does it compare to other neighbouring currencies?
* How has the value of the currency changed or fluctuated recently?
* How are coins and notes produced? How common are forgeries?
* How is wealth distributed?
* Is there a public banking system?
* Who uses it? What benefits does it bring? At what cost?
* Is there a large gap between the wealth of the rich and poor? What expectations do each group have from the other?
* What constitutes "poverty" in this society?

XVIJ. Questions of Death and Burial

* What is their understanding of death and dying?
* What does this society do with their corpses?
* Do they cremate their dead? Or, how are dead bodies disposed of?
* Is the family responsible for the body?
* What part do the priests play?
* Are there cemeteries at all?
* Or, does everyone have a crypt in back with all the relatives in it?
* Do people visit the dead? If so, how often and why?

Suicide
* What do people in this culture think about suicide?
* Is it the greatest sin one can commit? Or is it a sin at all?
* Is it the great and last comfort of a tormented soul?
* Is it worse than murder?

XVIIJ. Questions of Government

* What is the form of government? How is it structured?
* What are some of the most fundamental policies of the government?
* What is the political status of minority communities?
* How is government chosen?
* What is the country's general foreign policy?
* Who decides whether someone has broken a law? How?
* What kinds of punishments are meted out? By whom? Why?
* How are new laws created or old ones changed?
* Is there some form of clemency or pardon? What is involved?
* Who has the right to give orders, and why?
* What titles do various officials have?
* How are the rules different for officials as opposed to the common person?
* How do government officials dress?
* Is the law written down? Who interprets it?
* Once accused, what recourse does someone have?
* Is torture allowed? What kinds?
* How are people executed?
* Who cannot rise to positions of leadership?
* Is bribery allowed? Under what circumstances?
* What makes someone a bad ruler in this society? What can be done about it?
* What are the most common or dangerous forms of criminal?

City Watch & Sheriffs
* Is there a civilian police force, or is law enforcement the province of the military?
* Is the police force a nationalised one, or are there multiple regional forces?
* How militant or vigilante are they? Are they usually or ever armed?
* What is the extent of their authority? Can they shoot you? Can they use magic? Can they torture or otherwise force a confession? Can they use telepathy?
* Are there individuals or groups who are above the law?
* Is there a secret police?
* What is the role of police informants, if any?

XVIIIJ. Questions of Warfare

* Does the country have an armed force? What types? What size?
* How do the armed forces compare with others in the region or world?
* Who declares war?
* Who has the power to declare conditions of peace?
* How are treaties negotiated?
* What happens to prisoners taken in battle?
* What weapons are favoured by the various armed forces?
* What form of warfare does this society use?
* How do battles in the airs or waters or underworlds differ from surface warfare?
* Who are the Elite warriors? What distinguishes them?
* How does someone get command of troops?
* Where do the loyalties of military units lie?
* Are there professional soldiers? Do they make up the bulk of the military?
* What is campaign or camp life like?
* What ethical or moral codes do warriors adhere to?
* How are battle injuries treated?
* How long do wars typically last?
* Has this society ever attacked another? What was the nature of that war? What would make this society go to war?
* Has there ever been a civil war or a revolution?
* What do soldiers do when there's no war?
* Are there any current tensions / wars / embargoes etc. with any other nations?
* Who are the country's enemies? Who's winning the war?
* What defences are available to cities?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy that is alot of questions! I hope you copied and pasted them instead of typing them because typing those up no matter how fast you type them will take you 3 years. lol!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Serali wrote:
Holy that is alot of questions!
Yes. I suggest langover (or anyone else who uses it) just answer them one at a time starting with whichever one they most feel like answering and working through them in whatever order and at whatever speed they feel like.
Serali wrote:
I hope you copied and pasted them instead of typing them
Right; that's what I did.
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because typing those up no matter how fast you type them will take you 3 years. lol!
Padraic did it in a few days or a few weeks. I assume it took him a lot of time, but he didn't say. He was working from a few questionnaires other people had already worked out; perhaps he got them all into a text-editor and cut-and-pasted. If so that could have saved him some time and effort. Otherwise he must have just typed them.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank God you copied and posted them! Laughing


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

YAY!!!!!! IM FINALLY MADE A MAP FOR MY CONWORLD IKMON!!!!!!!! more to come still... cursed scanner Evil or Very Mad idk whatever i'll post in a different forum and give you more details.

holy hell that is a lot of questions

PS thanks 4 all your help guys
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your welcome. I hate your dad for not letting you use the scanner. Does he even know that there's a website with people that are also interested in this stuff? Or is he so thick he won't even bother to go check.

Btw, does your dad use the scanner for anything?


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't made a map of my conworld yet... it's a bit hard because my planet is all island and reality as y'all know it fades away as one gets farther away from the cities.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my dad never really uses it for anything, so that's why he doesnt wanna set it up. but i really really really wanna use it!!!!

btw how do get a flikr account?
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