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Colonist powers

Posted by Portier on 8 March 2019 in French (Français)

Many people would be pleased if the number of former ingerish colonies and ingerish influenced coutries were not so important. But what else ?

In my particular case, my country (see "Sudharka" in the wiki) wasn't properly colonized by Ingerland. I decided to explain its technological and political modernity by a "european" adviser who helped the local prince in modernizing the country. But, of course, this man was ingerish, and I think I would change this.

So, my question is : where else could he have been from ? (Whether is was ingerish-speaker or not, because I could also speak French, a bit of Spanish, and maybe try to learn a bit of something else for OGF.) What are the other early-develloped, (colonist) countries that could sometimes replace Ingerland in explaing the cultural uniformity ?

I hope you have interesting ideas for answering this question.

Comment from Ramasham on 8 March 2019 at 05:11

I am not sure that I agree with you. I would suggest that because many people did choose to have an Ingerish influence, maybe not so many people would be pleased if there was a lot of pressure to take it away. I think that the admins have been smart to give us each a lot of space to define any back story we want for our own countries, as long as it's a plausible one. They'd probably draw the line at a country colonized by the survivors of the Battlestar Galactica.

That having been said, my country, Castine (https://opengeofiction.net/#map=7/14.767/3.845) is bilingual, with Ingerish and Franquese the official languages. I felt like I had a leg to stand on with my backstory for why this is the case because the two countries, both former colonies, that occupy the equivalent territory in our world are Senegal (French-speaking) and Gambia (English-speaking).

So looking at the cultural influences in a similar area of 'our' world might help give you ideas. Your wiki says you're on the north coast of Tarephia, so you could take a look at louis_walker's country, Ayir Ahali Al-Khaza (https://opengeofiction.net/search?query=sudharka#map=9/28.6436/25.7877). His our-world geographical analog is probably Algeria or Libya, but just from looking at his conlang and the mapping in his capital city I would say that his culture is (in our-world terms) turkic former nomads who conquered or settled in the country sometime after the previous late classical Greek / Byzantine inhabitants had suffered a catastrophe that gravely weakened their state (too bad he isn't able to claim the next country over, heh). There are lots of chances to pick up on part of that story line for your country.

Finally, I absolutely agree that OGF mapping is a great way to learn a language. I knew almost zero French when I started Castine, but learning was as important a personal goal as mapping. And it's worked, for example just diligently naming everything has given me a solid vocabulary. It's never felt like a chore either: "hmm, in this next town let's say they named all the streets after... fruit!" is just more fun than staring at some list of words... can't recommend using OGF as an excuse to learn a language strongly enough.

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Comment from zhenkang on 8 March 2019 at 08:41

I have been making plans for a Chinese empire that is a formal coloniser from the 1300 to 1500. It will be in Tarephia. It has colonised other nations such as those in the Axian peninsula. This dynasty later collapsed and replaced by a weaker dynasty which began losing its influence and control.

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Comment from deshrulex on 8 March 2019 at 20:16

mm that idea of ​​a colonizing Chinese empire in terephia would be interesting but you would have to link that with the other nations to your alrrededor but I would like to see it

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Comment from zhenkang on 9 March 2019 at 00:09

Sorry, bad news to all. The empire wouldnt come as soon in Tarephia. But I am making plans for such in the western continents.

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