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For those people who needs to design their own world.
This is a form I will use from now on to help me design it faster and more complete.
original from: droemar's journal
Edited by mayshing 2010


Country:


Colors: (An example would be red, white, and blue)


Symbol: (An example would be stars and stripes.)


Location, geographic:


calender measure (time table): (Does their calender go by the moon, or sun? Or other planets?)


Races: (The races that inhabit the area, whether or not they're native.

Physical: (The ethnic description of your race: skin color, hair color, builds, dress)
         Preference to fashion and beauty:


Weather patterns: (Tropical? Stormy? Cold? Earthquakes? Climate in general?)
-how the weather influence inhabitants behavior, travel

        Major river and lakes?
        Any construction around water source?
        Creatures?


Agriculture: (main food source and crops)
     Any hunting?
     Controlled by?



Government:
____Feudal system (warrior rules)
____caste system (class/last name rules)
____oligarchy (bloodline rules)
____parliament (court rules)
____democracy (votes)
____plutocracy (rich man rules)

         Who's the leader: (leader personality/goal for life)


          Who's the cabinet? (their relationship with the leader)
         

           Who's the next leader? (personality profile and idealism)

          Government range of impact: strong or weak? What are the loop holes?

          What are the loop holes where the government power can not reach?


Capital City:

    Capital City's main strength and location:

    Sub-city to the capital city and it's relation:

    Villages/towns/area surrounding the capital city:

    Water system: (how the country deal with water and share water resources)
            Who's in charge? From where?  

    Map of the city:(how it's planned, is the city map rigid clean or natural and organic?)




List of Major Cities: (I do this to get a feel for the areas the characters will be visiting.)

Major guilds/groups/company/business in these cities:



Religion: (Monotheism? Pantheism? Atheism?) - power of religion and it's major function
Person of influence in the religion: (is it the government leader or someone else?)


Economy:

         Currency, and it's relation to other countries:

        Range of  economy power in relation to other countries:

        Main export:

       Main imports:

       Labor statistic: (source of labor, age statistics, birth rate/ death rate)

       Labor law: (where is it fair or unfair)

       Taxes:


Quote: (What someone from this area would talk like, or talk about.)



History/Legends/Folklore:
Any deity or god?




Mannerisms: (The likely way someone behaves if they're from this place. Because believe me, a fur-wrapped barbarian behaves in a very different way than a Greek statesman.)

       Shared Belief system/value:
       The rebel's value/belief system/expression:

      Shared symbolism of speech:





Magic/Cult: (How it is treated by the country. Whether hated and feared, harnessed for industry, or nonexistent within it's borders, if magic has a presence in your story you ought to look at how it affects the larger picture than just your heroes and their journey.)

           What's the definition of magic?

    
Industrial development stage: stone, bronze, iron, steel or high tech?


Language:



Cuisine: (What do people from this country eat every day? On festival days? As delicacies? Taboo?)


Leisure: (What do people here do in their spare time? For fun?)
         sports?
         competition?
         activities around the competition?
         Relax activities-
         pets? How are pets valued?

Transport: (How do people move things? Armies? Crowds? Goods? Animals?)

Military:

Strength of the military:
           Chain of commands:
           Size:
           Division:
           Morale:
           
          Police force:

Major weapons/armor:
Common tactics:

Weapon costs in relation to another:



Greetings: (What is considered an acceptable greeting? In formal setting? Among friends? Family?)



Customs: (The habits of a people that make them unique. Google it if you're confused.)

     Body gestures:


Superstitions: (Knowing the power irrational explanations have over a populace can sometimes be good story material.)




Rituals: (Birth? Coming-of-age? Marriage? Death? Justice?)



Festivals: (What do people celebrate? What are considered holidays? Why?)

      Holidays:

      Celebration:
                 Activities during celebration:
                 Problems during celebration:



Education: (How are children taught? Skilled workers, like architects or brewers? Is there public education? Higher education?)

     Cost of education:

     Provider: (is it family or government or third party)

  Media/ voice: Roles of media, news, musicians, artisans and how they are controlled.
   Any competitive media? Who are they?
   Their range of influence:
:star: original from: [link]

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For those people who needs to design their own world.
This is a form I will use from now on to help me design it faster and more complete.

:star: Another reference site: [link]



With a long edit by me. (The editing made me :faint: )

The form on DA is sort of my own back up. In case something happens to me, my computer, etc.

I am writing this for myself so I can make my own storytelling faster, better and more complete, but other people are welcome to use this as a resource for their own story making, I welcome additional information and thoughts. etc


How I use it... since I am a comic artist not writer, I just print this out, and do it sketchbook style going down the list of questions.
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:iconbrightfyre:
Brightfyre Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You've covered everything very clearly. Thank you so much!!
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:icondarkerilussions:
Darkerilussions Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
"reading the questions"


I have... no freaking idea D:
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:iconraidell:
Raidell Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome! Very useful.
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:iconcrazyleyde:
crazyleyde Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
This reads like the CIA fact book. Nicely organized
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:iconcrayonsr4eatin:
CrayonsR4eatin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
So much detail!! :D
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arourallis Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
This is very helpful! I'm having a little trouble designing a world, and this helps fill in the blanks.
This site is also excelent for world building: [link]
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
thanks for sharing. :3
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HollynElizabeth Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
I like the amount of detail you put into this! I faved, and I am very eager to use it! :D
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ApatheticInsanity Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011   Traditional Artist
So detailed! I'll definitely use this for some WIPs I have. :)
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Eldora-Rea Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow this will be helpful for my world Artcadia I been wanting to make notes on it a long time. ^^
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