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      Administrator documentation

      By Orioni, in Wiki,

      Current tasks
      Onboard more admins (January 2021) Cleanup Discord roles (January 2021) Fix Discord doormat (February 2021) Fix Discord starboard (February 2021) Schedule next staff chat (February 2021) Forum website
      Getting started with Invision Community, optionally try the free demo Technical tasks Respond to private messages for assistance Support reports by moderators in the Moderator CP Run software updates & re-test systems Monitor Technical Helpdesk Quality control Keep stories sorted in the right sub-forum Cleanup over-use of topic tags Edit obvious typos to maintain quality Cleanup markup / layout problems Academy Respond to new member introductions Followup on academy candidate's status Graduate academy candidate to member in Admin CP Role-Play Department Collect map applications and tag as "todo" Collect map expansions and tag as "awaiting rp" Discord server
      Monitor doormat Monitor helpdesk Monitor staff discussion Monitor @admin mentions Organise recurring staff meetings NationStates region
      Greet new members on RMB Regular story poll or other community activity Post weekly/monthly summary to Eurth News Network Reject silly embassy requests, WA lobbying, R/D invitations IIWiki pages
      Monitor #Eurth category changes Continue Project Wiki Cleanup Transfer relevant lore from forum to IIWiki

    • The 37 Dramatic Story Plots

      By Orioni, in Wiki,

      “Great literature is one of two stories,” we often quote Leo Tolstoy as saying: “a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.” That’s all good and well for the author of War and Peace, but what about the thousands of writers struggling to come up with the next story?
      The many aspirants looking to write their way can turn to a 1919 manual called Ten Million Photoplay Plots by Wycliff Aber Hill. In this book he provides a “taxonomy of possible types of dramatic ‘situations,’ first running them down in outline form, then describing each more completely and offering possible variations.”
      Hill’s 37 basic dramatic situations can be broken down into more specific story plots.
      (1) Rescue.
      (2) Lost loved ones recovered.
      (3) A miracle of God.
      (4) Entreaty.
      (5) Love’s obstacles.
      (6) Rivalry between unequals.
      (7) Rivalry between kinsmen.
      (8) A mystery.
      (9) Loving an enemy.
      (10) Sacrifice of one’s self for an ideal.
      (11) Sacrifice of one’s self for kindred (or friend).
      (12) Possessed of an ambition.
      (13) Fatal indiscretion.
      (14) Pursuit.
      (15) Rebellion.
      (16) Enmity between kinsmen.
      (17) Effort to obtain.
      (18) Daring effort.
      (19) Vengeance.
      (20) Kindred avenged against kindred.
      (21) Mistaken jealousy.
      (22) Involuntary criminal love.

      (23) Struggle against God.
      (24) Abduction.
      (25) To sacrifice all for a passion.
      (26) Adultery.
      (27) Adultery with murder.
      (28) Criminal love.
      (29) Loved ones lost.
      (30) Falling a prey.
      (31) Disaster.
      (32) An innocent suspected.
      (33) Obligation to sacrifice loved ones.
      (34) To learn of the dishonour of a loved one.
      (35) Mental derangement.
      (36) To kill a kinsman or friend before recognition.
      (37) Remorse.

      There Are Only 37 Possible Stories, According to This 1919 Manual for Screenwriters (Open Culture) The 37 Basic Plots, According to a Screenwriter of the Silent-Film Era  (Slate) Ten Million Photoplay Plots (uploaded to Scribd by Rebecca Onion) Photoplay plot encyclopedia (1922 by Palmer, Frederick)

    • Cultural Iceberg Model

      By Orioni, in Wiki,

      In 1976, Edward T. Hall developed the iceberg analogy of culture. The ‘iceberg’ model of culture uses the metaphor of the iceberg to make the complex concept of culture easier to understand.
      Like an iceberg, only the ‘tip’ of culture is visible (observable) to the eye while the bulk of what makes up cultural identity is submerged (unobservable). This framework that can be used to explain the concept of your culture to readers.
      If you'd like to know more, the Worldbuilding Magazine did a podcast on The Iceberg Principle (S22 E03) in May 2020.

      Update (16 June 2020): a cleaner designed iceberg was published on Reddit, with some changes to the framework.

    • The Great Eurthican FAQ

      By Variota, in Wiki,

      Located within this article are a variety of questions that have been asked before or that are seen as important enough to list off. These questions range from certain restrictions to basic questions about real life equivalents. In case you feel that there is a question missing, feel free to put it in #helpdesk on discord or send a message through the forum's messaging system.
      I want to join! How do I do this?
      Wow! That's great! In this case, follow the instruction presented at the Front Desk of our Academy.
      How many nations can I have?
      You can have one nation and one nation only. That's not to say that you can't have, as an example, various groups or autonomous states within your nation as a way to switch things up.
      I have elves, dwarves and orks. Is that okay?
      No. Eurth is a human-only non-fantasy region. Realism is the key word. Could you have an elite that gets their ears cut through plastic surgery as a way to adapt to some weird body ideal and look elf-like? Sure, so long as you keep in mind that this has disadvantages. Surgeries can go wrong, ears can get infected, not everyone will want to do it, other nations and cultures will find yours weird, etc. Similarly, dwarves... Could you have a nation with a higher than normal rate of dwarfism or a shorter population? Sure. But keep in mind that you're not going to have a nation only made up of these people. Keep in mind that dwarfism leads to a whole variety of health issues, among other issues.
      How about human-only meme nations?
      No. We're aiming for realism. That excludes meme-nations based on a joke. This stems from a strange interaction with Kendrickianna, a meme-nation based entirely on animated GIF's of the RL entertainer Anna Kendrick.
      How can I get on your map?
      Candidates will have to go through the Academy first. Once you graduate, the path to map-hood is open. To help things along we've also included some nice and easy to understand instructions on applying for the map. If you feel unsure about any of these, please look around at some earlier applications to see how they were handled and answered.
      Can I be on the Europa continent?
      No. This is a legacy area and is locked to new players. Other continents were added to increase the possibilities. To paraphrase Arthur C. Clarke: "All these continents are yours except Europa. Attempt no claim there. Use them together. Use them in peace."
      Is there a [add name of messiah] equivalent on Eurth?
      Eh, yes and no. Here's the thing: We try to get everyone to be as creative as possible, to move away from real life. In some ways, this has succeeded, in some ways, it hasn't. In reality, a discussion on the history of Christianity and Judaism ended in limbo and the main nations having Judaism and involving Judaism turned out to be one of the many personalities of the person that made the first question of this FAQ extremely important. Similarly, none of the Muslim nations are active and their lore hasn't really been fleshed out. It's all a bit scattered and in limbo as people claim to have their own, non-affiliated churches and religions; although the discussion on the history of Christianity and Judaism did help in that regard to get people to consolidate and associate a bit more.
      Is there a Roman or Byzantine Empire?
      There was a Byzantium-like area in Europa called the Aroman Empire. Similar to the RL Roman Empire, it crumbled into various nations, the most important of which are Adaptus and Tagmatium. Tagmatium is a great and active staff member  and would love to explain more to you if you need specifics. Another great place to start in regards to the Aroman Empire is the iiwiki page on it.
      Can I claim a global religious leader ?
      Maybe, depending on the religion you wish to lead. Have a look at our IIWiki article on existing religions on Eurth first before starting this OOC discussion.
      Can I claim my nation is populated by neanderthals or other variants of humans?
      Listen, you can claim almost anything. You can claim the people in your nation are some special type of homo whateveris. Hell, I made a news post where phrenologists were mentioned. You're more than allowed to have pseudo-science reign your nation if you wish to do so. Realism, obviously, dictates that these claims hold no factual proof and aren't true but that could be the whole fun of it, roleplaying a nation where scientists, politicians and whomever else do their best to fudge results and more. Just think of North Korea and some of the great claims they released at times.
      Can I have nukes?
      Short answer? No. Long answer? Theoretically, it's possible for a nation to develop nukes. It'd require a lot of roleplaying, a lot of time, etc. And there are specific guidelines/rules in the works which may end up changing this answer to include more/specific instructions. But what you really want to ask yourself is: Why do I want nukes? Do you want them for historic reasons? Do you want to have them in modern times? Having nukes as a historical plot point while not having them in modern times is far more acceptable, for example, albeit still something you should discuss with the mod team; your nation getting close to developing nukes could be the last reason needed for a hostile power to start a war, invade you or otherwise seek to disrupt that progress. That, of course, also goes the other way around. However, what we often see is that people seek nukes for two reasons, either they want nukes to be the cool kid on the block that has all the nifty gadgets (the Rule of Cool comes to mind in that regard) or they seek nukes to become impregnable, a power right from the start. Please don't try to be either one of those two because you're going to have a bad time here in/on Eurth in that case.
      Can I have Thorium?
      Eurth has the rule that only proven technologies can be used on Eurth. This means that, while you can have thorium research centers, as that's been done, you can't have thorium energy plants, as they haven't been done. That's the general rule of thumb for everything, what's been done can be done. In doubt? Discuss it with a member of the mod team.
      Can I have a space program?
      Yes, provided you complete the necessary steps for developing one. Going to space is expensive. Some steps on the ladder require that you cooperate with other players. This will increase your enjoyment.

    • 1. Introduction
      Hello and welcome to our community. So you're interested in RP. That's great. Are you completely new to writing? Or do you have years of experience? This Academy is where everyone starts. We can't wait to see what you have in store! Be sure to put your best foot forward. The point is to help you become a better story writer and guarantee a good experience for everyone.
      Take a gander at out official INTRO & BALANCE SHEET! The guidelines in intro are a quick and dirty summary of how Eurthers operate. What you choose in the balance sheet will serve as your canonical starting stats! Feel free to edit them throughout your academy phase as you get a better feel for what you want your nation to be!
      2. Writing
      You already have a writing sample?
      That's great! Be sure to share it. An example of your talents will make it far easier to estimate your skills.
      You don't have a writing example?
      Not a problem. Our dedicated staff is here to help. With easy writing prompts and relevant feedback, you will be guided towards completing your candidacy.
      What should you write?
      Some writing prompts are listed here. Each RP in the Academy can be rated using the stars system. You will be expected to write your first RP on your own. This should serve as an introduction to your nation and/ or main characters. Staff and mentors will also share guidance to help you improve.
      A change in leadership. This can come in many forms: a peaceful election including debates; the death of one and coronation of another monarch; a revolution and overthrow of the government; etc. A tourist visits your nation and describes the sights and experiences. What is there to see? What are the people likes? Which cuisine do they enjoy? A snapshot into a citizens life. What a person in the country does. Y'know, what do they usually eat? Where do they work? When do they sleep? How are their relationships handled? etc. For a place like Derthalen, he could write about the peasants, the slaves, the nobility, and the lack of technology and attitudes towards family would be obvious very early on. For a place like Iverica that's more normal this prompt can kinda suck but people watch reality television so obviously there's people into more mundane situations. A cultural event is happening. People are invited. What is happening? Where is it taking place? How are people behaving? Is there any media reporting on the event? Shopping. Your character goes to buy something. How does this work? Who do they talk to? How is money exchanged? What should I be aiming for? 
      Good writing is a combination of quality and quantity.
      About quality: it’s important to give a strong sense of the place and offer a landscape of the imagination that sweeps the reader into the wurld. A focus on wurldbuilding adds depth and meaning to your writing, is a great way to brainstorm within your writing, and helps you forge deeper connections to the wurld on the page. And therefore, your readers will too.
      About quantity: I can already hear you think "how long does my text need to be?" Too short will be, well, too short. Aim for something between 500-1000 words. Here are some examples:
      "On Turmoil's Shores" by Stalgora a.k.a Sam North (Story Example) El Quotidie Verbo by Heiheguo a.k.a Gene (News Example) Esonya Weekly Tales by Esonya (Slice of Life/News Example) Can you be specific?
      The bare minimum requirements for passing the academy are:
      A RP story of your choice. You choose! Just stay in-character! (e.g. slice of life, news post, political drama, action story, historical RP, etc.). It should give everyone an idea of what life or events in your nation are like. Refer to the above sections for guidance. A basic factbook that contains a general overview of your nation and the stats you are choosing. Eurth officially uses iiwiki! However, if its too daunting for now, feel free to post a simple draft on: our in-forum list! Updated: 08/02/21- There are now only 2 requirements to pass academy. News RP has been removed as a requirement.
      Once you've posted all of these on the Academy please contact a staff member by message on this forum, or by pinging @staff on the Eurth Discord. There might be some delays as all staff are volunteers!
      3. Graduating
      How does graduation work?
      Each RP in the Academy can be rated using the stars system. If a minimum of 2 staff members support your writing, then your candidacy will be approved. This means you graduate to become a full member and can join our larger community.
      How long does someone remain in the Academy?
      Depending on the quality and feedback they can graduate to become a full member. An already experienced player will have no problem writing their way through this trial. Graduating will grant access to the main RP areas, where more interaction is possible.
      What happens to the RP's in the Academy?
      These RP's are not directly part of our canon, but they can be promoted if the community agrees the quality is good enough. This means your academy writing are moved into the main RP forums and become part of our shared stories.
      P.S: Dont forget to set your final stats!
      NOTICE: Before you go, the staff would like to bring up the faint possibility of your becoming inactive.
      First is that if you become inactive or do not interact with other players very much, there is a possibility that staff may choose to place you elsewhere on the map or edit your lore. In some cases, if you are completely inactive, you may be removed from the canon entirely. Second is that inactivity can also take the form of simply releasing posts that do not in any way engage with the community. Third is that while you may own your intellectual property while you are here; becoming inactive certainly means that staff can take control of your posts and content. The community must move forward despite one member's absence.

    • Onboarding of New Members

      By Orioni, in Wiki,

      Effective Onboarding Program
      Onboarding is a key to retention
      Onboarding is a systematic and comprehensive program to integrate new members within the community and its culture. It gives the new members the tools and information to become a happy and productive member of the community. It’s about making a great first impression that leaves your users satisfied and wanting more. Onboarding should be a strategic process that lasts at least one month to ensure high retention. But how do you go about achieving this?
      Onboarding methods
      There are several methods you can employ to onboard new members. We chose to focus on these three: 
      Walkthrough. The walkthrough method is about guiding members through the features of the community and explaining the benefits of using these features throughout the walkthrough. Its purpose is to eradicate any confusion from the beginning on. It can be executed in lots of different ways, and you should be careful that your explaining texts don't get too boring or repetitive. You don’t want users to rush through the process without them learning anything substantial. This holds true for all methods and not only this one. Learning-by-doing. Let your members do what you want to teach them instead of telling them how it is supposed to be done. For example, create a demo roleplay. In this demo, they can practice first without having to worry about doing it right. Guide them through the process so they learn how to do it on their own. This way users become more confident when actually writing something. This might take a little more effort from the member. However, if it’s done in an easygoing way then users will enjoy it and learn more. Don’t worry if you think this would make your onboarding process too long. The solution is simple: split it up into multiple parts. Have an interactive checklist so users can start a tour whenever they feel like it.
      Mentor onboarding. This process means taking the time to get in contact with your members and helping them personally. This term can be explained fairly simply by using a concept you’re already familiar with: an educational mentor. A mentor’s job is to attend to a member’s potential and development (within reason, of course). Do you have a question about the community? Would you like to understand how to use a feature? The mentor is there for you.
      Effective onboarding brings big benefits
      One study by the Dartha Research Group from @Rihan shows that:
      86% of respondents felt that a new member’s decision to stay with a community long-term is made within the first month of membership. 66% of regions with onboarding programs claimed a higher rate of successful assimilation of new hires into community culture. 62% had higher time-to-productivity ratios, and 54% reported higher community engagement. Start early and assign a mentor
      Dartha survey:
      83% of highest performing regions began onboarding on the first day of the new members' arrivals. Also, high-performing regions are 2.5 times more likely than lower-performing regions to assign a mentor during the onboarding process. The end of the first month is traditionally marked by onboarding transitions from mentor-assisted training to individual autonomy.

    • Worldbuilding Resources

      By Orioni, in Wiki,

      Character development
      Every story features at least one character, and this character will be the key to relating your audience back to the story. This component is the bridge between you, the storyteller, and the audience. If your audience can put themselves in your character’s shoes, they’ll be more likely to follow through with your story.
      Character Creation 101: Better Characters are a Click Away! Roleplaying Tips and Suggestions Creating a Successful Villain Non Playable Characters (NPC's): What's they're really about and more Worldbuilding
      A load of questions to consider to help you develop your nation Various useful things from the Worldbuilding School How to Build a Fictional World (Neil Gaiman's Masterclass) How to Write a Believable World: A Guide to Worldbuilding (Masterclass) r/worldbuilding's resources list (Reddit) Making realistic countries (Open Geofiction) Making realistic cities (Open Geofiction) Making realistic currency (Open Geofiction) Guide to a Wiki-Style Factbook, Embassies, and Consulates (NationStates) Dr. Zahir's Ethnographical Questionnaire (FrathWiki) Writing
      Writing tips and resources (Valucre) Krieg’s Guide To Losing (Kriegorgrad) Creating a Politician within Nationstates Roleplay (Jenrak) Non Playable Characters (NPC's) -What's they're really about and more (Euroslavia) Verse by verse: AI poem generator (Google) When to Stop Worldbuilding and Start Writing (J.S. Morin) Flagmaking (vexillology)
      Flag designer, browser-based or downloadable for free with more features Guide to good flag design A collection of logo design tutorials Mapmaking (cartography)
      Nice mountains in Photoshop (should work in GIMP too, I haven't tested it yet) One page from there in particular, with useful mapping resources The famous Climate Cookbook First tutorial on applying the CC to a world Second tutorial on applying the CC Some other climate-related tips that I had bookmarked for some reason NASA's very own g-projector, for converting between map projections Software to develop climates based on terrain - there is a free version Designing continents from scratch A diagram for determining climates the easy way Possibly the single best page on the internet for designing a whole planet A collection of map tutorials, as well as some biome guides A satellite map tutorial for Photoshop A guide to rivers Relationship between geology and civilization (Songs of the Eons) Generators and tools
      Random generators, though more tailored to a medieval/fantasy setting Parliament diagram maker Conlangs
      Grammars of not one, not two, but 1,362 languages Source: Worldbuilding resources for fun and profit (by Vrnallia)

    • Moderator Guidelines

      By Orioni, in Wiki,

      "We shall fight them on the regional message board, we shall fight them in the comment sections, we shall fight them in the discords. We shall never surrender and fight until the Internet trolls are defeated."
      All our Moderators come from a community of volunteers who help support the community mission. This article will explain the guidelines that apply specifically to our Forum Moderators. The forum moderators are hand-selected members of the community who are here to help us maintain a healthy and collaborative community environment in the forums. We spotted them by noticing their love for learning, collaboration, community, and teaching.
      1 Moderator Guidelines
      Our community of Forum Moderators volunteer for an active writing community. Moderators are the leaders and main contributors to the stories and discussions. Although they help us all maintain a safe, fun, and productive learning environment, their primary purpose is not to police others, but to take an active role posting relevant content and contributing to discussions as role models for all users.
      Here is a general overview of the guidelines that all Moderators agree to before stepping into this role:  
      2 Moderators will:
      Be reasonable and use their abilities responsibly Be respectful and sensitive to learners of all backgrounds and abilities  Help new learners feel welcome  Lead by example Uphold and encourage the Community rules Give explanations when content is not approved   Report abuse  Communicate with each other and staff  Reach a consensus before speaking “officially” to members Remove profane or hateful attacks toward individuals or groups of people Remove personal information (when reasonably deemed inappropriate or dangerous) 3 Moderators won't:
      Delete discussions before confirming they break the guidelines Delete threads or discussions based on personal views or dislikes Delete threads just because they are critical Ban or request a ban without evidence of the member breaking a specific guideline Speak “for” the entire community without confirming information about to be released Go overboard with the number of sticky comments Publish private correspondence, screenshot, resources, etc. before obtaining permission from all involved—community members and/or staff Every member has a Moderation History, which stores all the administrative actions taken against said member. This can include a given user’s track record of informal notices, informal warnings, formal warnings, account restrictions, bans, ban lifts and unban requests.
      4 Good to know
      Moderatorship is not a trophy Moderatorship is not an entitlement Moderatorship is not diplomatic immunity Moderatorship is not a game Moderatorship is not for sale 5 Mentors
      Roleplay mentors are members who, through consistent high-quality RP posts, have earned the distinction of being named an RP Mentor.
      6 Want to become a moderator?
      As a Moderator, you are volunteering to become a leader and contributor to within this community. Your primary purpose is not to police others, but to take an active role posting relevant content and contributing to discussions in order to set the tone for the types of conversations you yourself would like to see more of. Some elements that might increase your chances to become a forum moderator are:
      Be super helpful, respectful, welcoming and polite in the forums. Mods keep an eye on caring and knowledgeable community members and remember them when new moderating slots open up Be an active member of the community Be a calm and positive participant in conversations Be considerate when it comes to username, wording, avatar, bio and other choices associated with your account Create interesting and relevant forum posts regularly, or help answer questions within the course You can also contribute to a guide if you want to help out with a particular topic Now if you think you'd be a great moderator, all you have to do is to share your full application in the main technical forum. Please copypaste this text and include your answers.
      7 Complaints Regarding Moderation
      Complaints against staff action should not be voiced publically and doing so may result in a formal warning or account suspension.
      In the event that you feel staff have misjudged a situation and/or unjustly removed a post, or otherwise acted outside of what would be permissible for staff based on our rules and guidelines, you are free to submit a report to the Admub Team by via the contact page.
      Please, be aware that reports against staff are treated very seriously. Misleading and/or fraudulent reports of staff action are considered severe infractions of our guidelines and will result in respective administrative action against the user filing the report. 
      Our staff and moderators have the right to carry out their duties enforcing our Terms of Service without harassment, insult or hassle. If a user attacks a member of the moderation team in any way they will be banned from our service and may forfeit any right to appeal the decision. 
      Users who wish to reactivate a previously suspended account may file a one-time unban appeal which will be reviewed by staff and may, or may not, result in the reactivation of the account, at the discretion of staff. Unban requests require the approval of at least 3 moderating staff members, and we discuss each unban request in detail before making a decision. This can take several days. Please be patient during this time. If you make a new account to try and circumvent your ban then it's extremely like that we'll find out about it and enforce your ban with an IP ban as well.
      WIP: Here is more inspiring content still to process and integrate
      How to be a good forum moderator (contains more practical guidelines) Discourse moderation guide (advice on how to deal with difficult users) Forgive fast, block even faster (especially the list with "Rules for Online Sanity")

    • 1 Getting started with Worldbuilding
      Worldbuilding is the creation of an imaginary world. Sometimes this is also called a conworld ("constructed world"). If this is your first experience with worldbuilding, you might feel a bit overwhelmed. If you don't quite know where to start, this guide will help you move forward and create your own world.
      The first step is always the most difficult. Your experience in this community will be reflected on how much you put into the development of your nation and how much you participate. Deciding where to start can be a challenge. We advise small steps. Take your time. For starters, here is an example of what your first weeks could be like.
      Day 1. Read some of our existing articles and roleplays. We're an old community, with loads of history. To not be overwhelmed by everything that's going on, take some time to inform yourself. Feel free to post your first "hello" message in the appropriate subforum. http://www.europans.com/forum/3-hello-my-name-is/ Day 2-3. Figure out your nation. Everyone here is in control of their own nation. This includes the national leadership, business tycoons, entertainment superstars, top athletes, and any other character you can think of. These people belong to a nation. And by controlling your characters, you can control the events that occur, which in turn shape your nation. Try and explain all of this in a factbook about your nation. Guidelines on how to create a factbook are explained below. And remember: it's okay if you don't have all the answers right away, you can always keep refining and updating this factbook. Day 4-6. Tell us about your world with a news update. What is taking place that's important in your people's lives? By writing a news article you can help others to understand what's going on. Guidelines on how to set-up a news agency are shared below. Day 7. Now that your nation is explained in a factbook, and the first news articles have attracted attention, it is time to claim your spot on our world map. A map will serve as a visual aid in your work. It will also help explain who your neighbours are. http://www.europans.com/map/ Week 2. Interact with your neighbours. There are loads of possibilities to do so. Pay them a state visit. Open an embassy. Have some tourists visit for sightseeing. Play a friendly sports game. Week 3. Look into existing international organisations. Most will allow newcomers to participate via observer status. If there's a good fit, you can apply for full membership. Week 4. Celebrate your first month as a new member of the community! 2 Create your own new nation or country
      This is usually one of the first ways other players learn about what your nation is all about. If you've ever seen an existing Wikipedia article about a nation, this framework will be very familiar.
      Etymology. Where does your nation's name come from? Most RL national names come from a small variety of choice. Some examples: land of a tribe (ex.France, Persia, Mongolia, Russia), characteristic geography (ex. Netherlands, India, Morocco), an old ruler or religious figure (ex. Philippines, San Marino, Europa, Saudi Arabia), the Latin description of a place (ex. Australia, Argentina, Liberia). How is the name pronounced? How is it translated into other languages? Geography. Where exactly is your nation compared to others on the global map? Describe the landscape, plants and animals. Which mountains and rivers are important to include? Describe are the climate and seasons? How does geography determine where people live? Are there areas separated from one another? How about cities? This will greatly help you with the next part of history. History. How did your current nation come to be? What were its previous incarnations? Was it part of a union with a neighbour? Which events shaped the way it is today? Politics. Government. Separation of powers. How rules, how, and for how long? What levels of government exist? How about the local level? Who makes the laws? Who deals out your justice? Which government services exist? What is the name of your police? How are the armed forces organised? Foreign affairs, alliances, membership of international organisations. Economy. Exports and imports. International partners. Currency. Energy. Transportation. Science & technology. Unemployment numbers. Tourism. Society. Demographics. Ethnic groups. Social classes. Language. Education. Marriage. Religion. Healthcare. Diseases. Culture. Cuisine. Art. Architecture. Entertainment. Music & Radio. Television. Local customs. Clothing. Morality. Sports. Stereotypes. Your national symbols such as the flag and national anthem. Public holidays and festivities. Many writers have already come before you. Feel free to browse their creations for additional inspiration. http://www.europans.com/forum/145-factbooks-and-national-information/
      3 How to create a fictional News Agency and articles
      Every day we are constantly bombarded by news about ongoing events. This information comes from a news agency, with articles written by journalists, to inform a broad public. Here is how you can create your own news agency to communicate with the wider world about what's going on with the people in your nation.
      Media company. Your very first article will usually be about the media company itself. When was it founded? Where is it located? How many readers or viewers does it have? Is it part of a larger group or holding? Who is the managing editor, the person who gets in hot water when a controversial story is published? The 5 W's. Any news story should at least include the 5 W's. These 5 W's are: who, what, when, where, and why. Or to give you a more elaborate answer: what happened when and where, who did it, why did it happen? People. Who are the main actors involved with this story? Did they say something in public which you can quote a response? How about a person or group on the opposite end? Are there any random witnesses who can tell their own story? Our newsroom is one of the most active areas of this forum. Feel free to look around! http://www.europans.com/forum/93-the-newsroom/
      4 Character development in story writing
      Personal details Physical description Personal history, what's going on right now in their life, and what happened before Use free stock images or AI generated https://generated.photos/ Occupation, education, hobbies Good and bad qualities, quirks and flaws Drives, wishes, hopes and fears, beliefs Family members, parents, children, love interests, relationships Loyalties and enemies --
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