Introduction to Řots

Posted by Rasmus Rasmusson on 15 December 2014 in English (English)


Recently I discovered Open Geofiction and I have been enjoying creating the Kingdom of Řots on the southern half of Archanta (1). Although technically a kingdom, most of the country behaves like a republic, whereas the royal and other noble families have locked themselves up in their ancient traditions and are hardly ever seen in public.

Řots may have some features similar to a Scandinavian countries (the similarity between the name 'Řots' and the Finnish and Estonian names for Sweden, 'Ruotsi', resp. 'Rootsi', is however coincidence). I imagine that it is relatively cold there, due to its location, but it should be a first world country (2) and more or less a democracy, although I intend to make it not exactly the same as the known systems in western societies on the real earth.

The capital is Nekkar, in the north-west. Nekkar should become a modern city, and I planned to add an industrial area + large harbour in the north-western area, until a friend pointed out that I should consider the general direction of wind, in order to avoid Nekkar becoming too smelly. Are the wind directions the same as on our earth?

The national language, Řotsnan, is in fact a language that I already created for another project, which however discontinued a few years ago. I added the first parts of its description to the wiki. (The phonology part will be added, but the 'ř' is pronounced as 'r' in 'dark' (American-English pronunciation), whereas 'r' is pronounced as a sharp 'rr' as in Spanish 'perro'.)

Regards, Rasmus

(1) Archanta seems however to have disappeared since yesterday; is that an error at Open Geofiction or is my computer having trouble displaying the map? - Edit: I read below that flooding of Archanta happens quite often; is that a bug or mistakes made by users? In the latter case: I hope it wasn't me..

(2) Are there any second or third world countries on these continents?

Comment from Luciano on 15 December 2014 at 11:18

Welcome! I look forward to seeing your country as it develops - I like your idea of a nobility that has locked itself away, it's very novelistic.

Regarding your note (1) : periodically we have continental "floods" which are a rendering problem due to bad coastline edits. If the coastline integrity is broken then the renderer cannot differentiate water area from land area, but it is only a rendering problem - no data is lost or damaged. The mistake in this event wasn't yours, and has hopefully been corrected (I seem to have taken on the job of "Archanta Coastal Commissioner") - the rendering takes a few hours to fix itself. When you do edits to your coastlines, always remember that they must connect endpoint-to-endpoint and that the coastline ways' direction should always enclose "land" in a counterclockwise direction.

Regarding (2): There have been others commenting about lack of 2nd/3rd world countries, but personally I think it's just an artifact of each of us mapping "what we know" - which is to say, one has to be in a pretty prosperous country to develop a hobby of making imaginary countries. Nevertheless some people are attempting some less "Western" less "1st world" countries. My country Mahhal, across the sea to the southwest of yours, is meant to be a kind of 2nd world country with a strong theocracy and xenophobic history. My other country Ardisphere is more "1st world".

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Comment from Rasmus Rasmusson on 15 December 2014 at 17:36

Thanks for the explanations.

The nobility idea is vaguely based on Mervyn Peake's novel series "Gormenghast", although I don't intend to make it that dramatic: members of the society of the noble may still follow medieval traditions regarding marriage, property, etc., although some aspects may be completely theoretic, as there aren't normal people to rule, protect, possess, etc. It is very likely that this society is essentially poor, with earls, dukes and counts living in ruins, unless they have found some way to get their hands on money without breaking their traditions; this is one thing I have to elaborate at some point, another being the position of the clergy in all of this, but that depends on the religion that I come up with.

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Comment from BMSOUZA on 16 December 2014 at 00:43

Welcome, Rasmus! One of the things I like so much in OGF is this variety of background history each user creates.

I have noticed so much nordics coutries in OGF, but is nice because anyone has its own and different history. Řots is not "just more one" nordic coutry, hehehe. Anyone is just more one.

About 2nd and 3rd World, I can include my Cariocas in one of these cases, because Cariocas is a "micro-Brasil". Despite the dimensions of territory, the social problems are almost the same (but in Cariocas there are not so much illiterates). Like Brasil, Cariocas is under a rapid development, but I not see Cariocas in 1st World never, hehehe

Regards! Bruno Moreira

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Comment from Portopolis on 16 December 2014 at 00:57

My country of Lallemand 50% of it can be considered 3rd World the other 50% approaching first world. I am a Nigerian American so Lallemand is kind of an advanced nigeria but it would probably still be considered 2nd World as it will have the crime rate of Nigeria or a country in Central America in some areas and others be as safe as Germany

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Comment from Rasmus Rasmusson on 16 December 2014 at 09:16

Thanks for the comments. Do you take the situations in neighbouring countries into account (if those have been developed already) when deciding upon creating first, second or third world countries? Since Cariocas and Lallemand are located in each other's vicinity, did you discuss the situations in your countries, or is it just coincidence that they are both 2nd world countries?

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Comment from BMSOUZA on 16 December 2014 at 20:44

it is just coincidence, Rasmus! I use OGF before Portopolis and alb120 (Lallemand owners). Sometimes I helped them in somethings, but we not talk about the future of our countries or even about vicinity relations.

I believe anyone discuss about this topic before a week ago, when alb120 asked about rivalries between any "superpower". then, we noticed that no one mentioned rivalries or development rankings before. Now, you put this topic up again, hehehe

I am creating too a country in south Tarephia, but I am still editing some thing or other in Cariocas. My country in South Tarephia will be "better" than Cariocas, in fact, the people from Gran Lusland discovered and settled Cariocas, but I will write about it yet.

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Comment from BMSOUZA on 16 December 2014 at 20:52

Anyway, I think we need to define some points to define what world each country belongs.

In real life, any ditactor from a african or arabic country would say its country is a first worlds country, despite the majority of population does not have access to a good life that only the governors family has. Arab Emirates are rich because has petroleum, and is a good place to live. But Venezuela and Libia has a lot of petroleum too, and are not so good places to live. I read on internet that north koreans are proud because the crime rate in North Korea is zero. But about the other things? What about the quality of life to the population? This topic need to be more discussed... to define points and what world in fact exists in OGF...

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