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Any excuse to post a photo of Ben Stein giving a monologue on economics...

Yes, back to my old tricks with boring monologues regarding culture and RPG books found in the attic. This one is the Megatraveller World Builder's Handbook (1987, pgs 55-56), and I found a nice section to outline general tendencies of nations / populations. I did have to mod it slightly for NS, but I was thinking it might be useful to "flesh-out" some of the NPC nations. Anyways, here it is:


Population-Related Details

Progressive Attitudes: Indicates how the population will react to an idea or action that is new, unusual, or contrary to local precedent.

  1. Radical: The population prefers change to static conditions. In extreme cases, any new idea, no matter what its merits, is a good idea.
  2. Progressive: The population believes change to be good and healthy. They readily accept promising new ideas.
  3. Conservative: The population tends to be afraid of change. Extensive efforts may be needed to convince them a change is needed.
  4. Reactionary: The population believes all change to be bad and reacts strongly whenever change is suggested.


Progressiveness Action: Indicates the likelihood that the society will change or be in a state of flux.

  1. Enterprising: The population exhibits a significant drive and desire to progress. Progress tends to be far-reaching.
  2. Advancing: The population has a fair measure of drive. Definite measurable progress exists.
  3. Indifferent: The population lacks drive to progress. Some progress exists, but its movement borders on immeasurable.
  4. Stagnant: The population's progress has ground to a complete standstill. In extreme cases, the lack of progress may have become regression.


Aggressiveness: Describes the society's basic combativeness and belligerence.

  1. Aggressiveness Attitude: Indicates how the local inhabitants react to the thought of forcing themselves on others.
  2. Expansionistic: The population prefers to use force; compromise is rarely an option.
  3. Competitive: The population prefers the use of force, but does not rule out compromise as an option.
  4. Unaggressive: The population prefers compromise to the use of force.
  5. Passive: The population prefers inaction to the use of force.


Aggressiveness Action: Indicates the likely hood that the locals will resort to the use of force to impose their will on others.

  1. Militant: The population openly displays their military might. They readily express their support for solving problems using military means.
  2. Neutral: The population seldom flaunts their military might. They readily express their willingness to fight in self-defense, if needed.
  3. Peaceable: The population never flaunts their military might. They suggest using force to solve problems as a last resort.
  4. Conciliatory: The population refrains from building any significant military might. They will do anything to avoid a military confrontation.


Extensiveness: Indicates the likelihood that a given that any given individual or group conforms to its nation's general societal views.

  1. Monolithic: The population stands solidly united in its views. No observable dissention exists.
  2. Harmonious: The population generally agrees on major issues, although observable dissention exists.
  3. Discordant: The population strongly disagrees on major issues. Dissention definitely exists.
  4. Fragmented: The population holds widely diverse views, and dissention is the rule


Foreigner Perception:

  1. Xenophillic: The population prefers foreigners, and in extreme cases, the locals treat foreigners with a nauseating devotion.
  2. Friendly: The population is congenial to foreigners, and often treat foreigners favorably.
  3. Aloof: The population is cool to foreigners. The local population may sometimes be downright unfriendly.
  4. Xenophobic: The populace has xenophobic tendencies. At the very least they have a severe distrust of foreigners, and in extreme cases, the local abhor foreigners.
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Damak Var (@BlackJackEmperor) - Imperialist Nation

  • Progressive Attitude: Conservative
  • Progressiveness Action: Advancing
  • Aggressiveness Attitude: Expansionistic
  • Aggressiveness Action: Militant
  • Extensiveness: Monolithic
  • Foreign Perception: Aloof

After issues with Damak Var's attempt to colonize an island in the southern area of the @Meteorolas, relations between the Kingdom and Damak Var have been very frosty. Suspected smuggling from Damak Var to islands surrounding the Kingdom have also strained these relations.

(Note: I'm cobbling these descriptions from writings by the original entities in the forums. If any of the owners actually do return and reclaim their nations (which would, of course, be very good), things I would assume can be rectified / deconflicted with a new entity. Again, just brainstorming for NPC entity purposes... huh.gif

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@Miiros – Capitalist / Mercantilist; Independent

  • Progressive Attitude: Progressive
  • Progressiveness Action: Advancing
  • Aggressiveness Attitude: Competitive
  • Aggressiveness Action: Neutral
  • Extensiveness: Harmonious
  • Foreign Perception: Friendly

Relations between the Lahui and Miiros have been very cordial over the years, as they have similar economic and political systems. They also coordinate anti-piracy actions, and maintain active military and academic exchanges. However, the Lahui'ians have a perception that Miiros citizens are a bit tightly wound, and need to relax more and enjoy life.

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