31 Days to Surviving NaNoWriMo - Worldbuilding: Government and MilitaryThursday, October 11, 2012
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Day 10 - Worldbuilding: Culture
In pretty much any society, the government (or lack thereof) plays a major role in how people live their lives, so it's definitely worth it to put some thought into how your world's countries/provinces/kingdoms/etc. are run. Keep in mind that different places can have different forms of government.
Here are a few to think about:
-no organized central government
-if there are any positions of authority are small and temporary
-regional populations are organized by a hierarchy of chiefs
-government officials are elected by citizens
-may feature groups of like-minded individuals working toward common goals and thoughts (political parties)
-in an absolute monarchy, the king/queen makes all the rules
-in a constitutional monarchy, the king/queen's power is limited by law
-a small group of people rule
-the rulers could be family, members of the elite, decorated military veterans, or another common thread
It's also worth it to think about your military organization.
-Is the military run through the government, or are there only local militias? Is there any form of military at all?
-Does your military have multiple branches, or are the soldiers trained to handle any problem on any field?
-Do soldiers live in barracks together, or do they have separate homes?
-Can soldiers marry, or are they required to remain single until they're out?
Obviously, there is more to think about, but this is just a bit to get you started :)