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Sealand's answers to the worldbuilding questionnaire (abandoned due to new official factbook, inaccurate and outdated)

This is from the worldbuilding questionnaire part of the miscellaneous worldbuilding thread, here. I'll finish more when I decide to do so: this is a really long questionaire.

I. Questions of Place.

Describe the geography of where your society calls home. In the north, there are mountains, with civilization either being in the forms of ancient tribes that settled down in the cliffs or mining companies. To the east and west, there are deserts with nice ports, particularly in the east, where there is a nice lake that is good for business. In the centre and south, there is a nice river basin that is the source of most of Sealand's population, resources and industry. Its also puppeted various island nations, but they aren't a part of Sealand so I won't mention them too much after this Q. The islands are all a tropical rainforest.
Describe the climate your society deals with. How severe are their seasons? The climate depends on where you are, it is freezing in the north, extreme in the desert, and temperate in the river basin.
What kinds of natural disasters has this society gotten used to? Droughts.
What importance (spiritual or cultural) do people ascribe to the geography? People tend to admire the mountains for their natural beauty. The desert is pretty uninteresting in that sense, and the river basin is the most visited out of the whole of Sealand.
How do people feel about local landscapes being altered or used for a purpose other than what is traditional? They will guard the mountains with their lives, but are very pleased to kick the desert to the curb, except to grow cacti, so plans have been made to grow cacti artificially in a lab.
What are the most commonly-grown foods? Cacti, wheat and potatoes.
What are the most commonly-eaten meats? Beef, mutton and pork.
What foods are considered exotic or expensive? Avocado, mangoes, insects and bizarre meats like zebra.
What forms of alcohol are common? Rare? Beer and liquor are quite common, though alcoholic drinks aren't particularly rare.
Is there usually enough food and water for the population? Yes
What is this place's most abundant resource? Iron
What is its most valuable resource? Steel
What resource is it most lacking? Oil
How do people travel from one place to another? Either bike or public transport. Our cars suck because we're an island and climate change exists.
Are the borders secure? In what way? Sealand is an island, so the navy can just sail up to see what is going on, the civilian branch of it it getting quite good at this, so yes.
How many people live here? 70 million.
Where in this place do they congregate? Mainly Brunswick or some other major city.
What part of this place do they avoid? Why? The western desert. Seriously, that place is horrible for doing anything. Don't bother with it.
What are the most common domesticated animals here? And what are they domesticated for? Horses and dogs. Horses used to be used for the military, transport and keeping order, now they are used ceremonially, and dogs have been used here in the same way as they have been used everywhere else.
What are the most common wild animals? How are wild animals treated? Emus, which thrive in the forests, and bears, which live near the mountains and hills, catching fish that are born there. How they are treated depends on where you are.
Which animals are likely to be pets? Which ones won't be? Dogs, horses and cats are the most common pets. The emus, less so. They've even been used by the military briefly. Don't mess with an emu.
What are the most common domesticated plants here? And what are they used for? Apples and lemons. Their uses are pretty self-explanatory, you eat them.
What are the most common wild plants here? What are they used for? Venus fly traps, which are used for admiring nature, and various mushrooms, which are either eaten or used for assassination attempts.

II. Questions of Time.

How far back does this society’s written history go? 2000BCE, when writing was invented
How far back do its people believe it goes? Either 3100BCE at the founding of the Sealandian civilisation, 9000BCE at the dawn of agriculture or 40 000BCE at the first humans in Sealand.
How was this society founded? Who founded it and under what circumstances? It was originally a bunch of small city-state kingdoms of farmers, then it was unified under the entire river basin by an unknown figure who is now often called Magnus in 3100BCE. Sealand at this time was fragile and under attack from the barbarians in the mountains and desert. When a drought and a barbarian invasion occurred around 1000BCE, the civilisation collapsed, though iron was discovered in 900BCE, ending the golden age of barbarians and Sealand unified in 423 BCE, ushering in an ongoing age of Sealand.
What were the chief powers in the time when this society was founded? There weren't really any because everyone had to fend off barbarians.
If it originated far away from here, how did it get here? The centre of Sealand was always the river basin, and Sealand expanded from there.
What is the worst disaster they believe they've faced? Probably he collapse of the Sealandian government in 1921.
What are the major events in this culture's past? Starting from the 'How was this society founded' Q, Sealand conquered the deserts in the century after the formation of the First Sealandian Empire. After that, they tried to conquer the mountains in 112BCE, but failed. Then they attempted to take a bunch of islands, and succeeded, becoming a dominant naval power, but most of this only benefited the rich, and the poor was desperately poor, and the mountain slaves were borderline dying. After the mountain people invaded in 224CE and the peasants revolted, the Sealandian Empire collapsed and the nobles fled to protect their colonies. After a gruelling period of civil war and reunification, both the now partially assimilated mountain people and most of the former colonies were in the new Kingdom of Sealand by 550AD, with Brunswick being the centre of it all. Sealand was going through a golden age.

During the golden age, Sealand became a relatively stable society, the economy flourished and the Kingdom expanded. This came to an end with the rapid hyperinflation in 1168 caused by too much silver. This gave way for a corrupt feudal system to form, which came to an end when a plague killed 70% of the population in 1318 - 1324, and the peasant revolted in 1402. The rebellion was crushed, but the government had become so uninterested in the poor that it almost collapsed, and the peasants were given many freedoms as a result. By 1600, they were gaining power and the economy was growing. However, they lost a lot of their islands in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries to various far away empires, though they managed to take some of them back in a war between those empires. In the 19th century, they lost some more islands but had also won a war in 1820, gaining some of those islands back, though losing them again in 1832. The peasants also rebelled with the intent of all being given the vote in 1848, which succeeded due to the financial backing of the other empires, and Sealand went democratic, until it was couped by Emperor David in 1857. This emperor limited political freedom while increasing personal and economic freedoms, and began to industrialise the country, resulting in it gaining quite a few islands in 1896, as by now it was an industrial power, and was able to expand its own influence. The Emperor died in 1912 at the dawn of the Great War (1912 - 1919), which Sealand joined. It did very well, but when its allies fell, it was forced to surrender in 1919. Sealand's peace treaty was quite mild, but unrest caused by the failed economy brought about by the Great War caused the country to collapse into civil war in 1921, and near complete anarchy by 1923.

The country as eventually taken over when a military junta siezed control of the heartland in 1928 - 1929, finishing off the rest by 1930. The junta lasted until 1935, and was a moderate, conservative junta. It was replaced by an unpopular series of dictators who crashed the economy further, ignored advisors and got Sealand into the Second Great War (1938 - 1948) in 1942, then fell to a coup by the military and nobles, who immediately fell out and went to civil war, and thus Sealand fell in only 3 months. It lost most but not all of its islands and had to be occupied and pay reparations during that occupation. The occupation ended in 1948 with a rebuilt society, and by that time, Sealand was a democratic nation. It went through a period of economically pressuring its former island colonies to join their sphere of influence in the 60s and 70s, the economy opened up to the outside world in the 50s and 60s, and it went through a cultural and economic boom during the 70s and 80s. By the 1990s, Sealand was a formidable power in its region, and despite bio-weapons forcing Sealand into 2 lockdowns in 2020 and 2021, it soon recovered, and a few decades later, Sealand detonated its first nuclear weapon.
What was the best thing that ever happened to them? Probably the coup of the emperor in 1857. It caused the industrialisation of Sealand, which would help it greatly in the next century and a half, despite the damages of the Great Wars and the anarchy of the 1920s
What in their past makes them feel ashamed? The fall of the 1st Sealandian empire, the loss of their islands and the Second Great War and the dictatorship before that.
What in their past makes them proud? The Great War, which is glorified way too much in the Sealandian history books. They also like the golden ages of Sealand.
What are they afraid of happening again? The period of anarchy (above)
What are they hoping will happen? Do they think it likely? More prosperity. Its not going anytime soon, so they deem it likely.
How strongly are people attached or connected to their heritage? they don't care unless they are the direct descendant of Emperor Davis or something.
What do they assume the future will hold? Either a continued prosperity or the collapse of everything.
How has this society changed? Do its current members realize this? It has changed a lot. The members should all know this very well.
What are the most popular stories about the past? Again, the Great War. We love to see that stuff here in Sealand.
Who in the past is the greatest hero? The worst villain? Emperor Davis is the greatest hero, and the worst villain would be whoever they deem the most important figure in the dictatorship of 1935 - 1942.
Do people think the present better or worse than the past? A lot better, better economy and way of life, and some stability.
Do people believe the future will be better or worse than the present or past? Mainly better, though there is a growing number that speak of doom and gloom in the future.

III. Questions of Race and Ethnicity.

What are the chief races in the region? Mainly Sealandian, though refugees and some immigrants have come over over the last century in particular, though I won't really bother with which ones.
What are the chief ethnic groups of each race in the region? How are they distributed in place? In the mountains, there's the native Nabajol tribe, which has lived in small settlements since the industrial age. With their vast knowledge of the landscape, they are quite important for propping up the fluctuating mining industry. In the rest of Sealand, there are Sealandians, though some immigrants and refugees that have come to stay over the last century, though I won't bother as to who and where they are. In the annexed islands and island vassals, there are a mix of Sealandians, the various native tribes that reside in small groups in the islands, mainly all dead from the disease, with more of them and with more variety in the vassals.
How do they differ by language, appearance or ancestry? Appearance is reasonably similar, ancestry is quite different but varies depending on family choices, and Sealandish is the most common language, though native languages still persist. Sort of.
What jobs do the chief ethnicities primarily occupy? Are any groups denied work because of racial or ethnic heritage? No groups are denied work due to race or ethnicity, though they may be discriminated by a slim minority of citizens. The chief ethnicities dominate most industries, due to making up the majority of the population, though immigrants are becoming particularly noticeable in tech support.
What are typical attitudes of the native (or majority) ethnos to immigrants and other ethnicities? They welcome them as willing to build a new life in Sealand, and the natives are fine as long as no one takes their little remaining land from them.
How has any variety of ethnicity in the region changed the society’s culture? It brought more days off for exhausted Sealandians at work or school, as well as a better cuisine.

IV. Questions of Family.

How many spouses may a man or woman have? Legally infinite, though socially 2 maximum.
Who decides on a marriage? The future bride and groom and their families.
Can a marriage end in divorce? How? Yes, mainly because the 2 end up in a less than healthy relationship, it gets settled in court, who officially mark a divorce.
Who usually takes custody of children if a marriage ends for some reason? The court decides.
How are families named? The surname mostly comes from either the maternal or paternal side of the family tree, though there is really nothing stopping people from using whatever family name they want.
What happens to orphans? They go to the orphanage centre unless they've been adopted.
How are boy and girl children treated differently? The two get objects that are associated with each gender, though they won't get much gender discrimination.
What, if anything, is considered a good marriage gift? Either a dinner big enough that it would make a staving tramp chronically obese, or a cheap ring.
What inanimate or sexless things are considered male or female? Mainly clothing items or toys etc.
Does this society connect the ideas of marriage with love? They view love as the primary reason for marriage.
How big are families, typically? About 2-5 people if you look at just the parents and children.
What constitutes a household? How many people live in one household? How many generations? A household is at least 2 people (2 parents or a parent and a child) Is mainly either 2 or 3 generations.
Are girls or boys preferred and why? No, not to most Sealanders.
How common is domestic violence? Is it understood to be a problem, or a normal aspect of family life? It is less common than it used to be, though still somewhat common, and it is viewed as a major problem.
If it is seen as problematic, what is being done about it? There's a lot of divorces about it, a judiciary branch dedicated to stopping violence including domestic violence, and it could make people a social outcast, which is intended to discourage domestic violence.
V. Questions of Customs and Social Life.

What colors are associated with power? With virtue? With death? Purple is associated with power, blue with virtue and black with death.
If two men get into a fight, how is this supposed to be resolved? With security/police having to come in to calm things down.
If two women get into a fight, how should that be resolved? Same as above.
How do people demonstrate grief? Depends on the person, though normally by being visibly upset.
Who inherits property? Titles? Position? Again, it depends, though normally it is decided in the will of the dead person.
What are the most popular games? How important are they? Mainly Mincecraft, which is very important to us all in Sealand.
When and how does someone go from child to adult? It varies, though it typically happens at the age of 18, with a birthday party.
How much free time do people usually get? It tends to be 3-5 hours on weekdays, and 6-12 hours on weekends.
What do they spend this time doing? Either on their screens or taking a walk.
Is society segregated in any way? No.
What social classes or divisions exist in this society? There are the poor, which is a shrinking but still important social class, there is the ever expanding middle class, then there are the major policy-makers and businesses at the very top.
If so, can people move from one class to another? Are there any benefits to being of one class over another? Yes, they can. There are benefits to being in a higher class than a poorer one.
Is there any discrimination against minority groups (racial, ethnic, religious) in this society? No.
How independent or codependent are individuals? Very independent.
What are the typical roles of women and men? What are the expectations of children? It depends on personal circumstances and religion, though in careers there aren't many differences. Children are expected to intake knowledge while living happily.
Does the government play a large part in people’s lives? Only on election day.
Does religion play a large part in people’s lives? Now that Sealandian Loudness is undergoing massive popularity, yes.

Describe how daily food is obtained. By shopping for them, either in person or online, by making it or with take-aways.
What type of foods are most popular? For breakfast, either sandwiches, biscuits or fruit, then there is large variation in lunch and dinner, though there is a lot of fast food, rice, pasta, cacti or pizza
What are typical dishes and specialties of the region? Mainly fast foods, pasta, and fruit.
What type of food is the locality or region famous for? Cacti sandwich, which isn't particularly popular, but it's memorable.
What cutlery, if any, do people use for cooking and eating? Fork, knife, spoon.
How is the table arranged? Plate in front of seats, with cups and cutlery around them, with some of the meal and drinks near the middle of the table.
How do people sit when eating? Is there any arrangement by age or dignity of diners? Either children and adults sit separately, or it doesn't matter where you sit. People tend to sit on sofas or chairs.
How many and when are the main mealtimes? Usually 3, and they are breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast is 8-9am, the lunch is 12-14pm, and dinner is 6-7pm. Timings are approximate.
Are there restaurants, popinas, street vendors or other places where food may be bought in public? Yes
Is there a significant risk of food poisoning? How many cases lead to death? Is there understood to be a link between food and poisoning or illness? Not yet, though cases are increasing. Only about 5% of cases lead to death, and the link is well understood.
How much does a typical meal cost, if bought and not grown at home? About 20 NS$.
Clothing and Fashion What kind of clothes do people wear? How does this vary by season, ethnicity, age, profession, etc?
How do the genders dress: what differences are there between mens and womens clothing and accessories?
How is clothing made, in small shops or larger factories?
How much does typical clothing cost?
How important is fashion to people? How does this vary by individual?
What kinds of jewelry do people wear? And when?

Does the culture have outlets for dramatic arts (theater, puppetry, cinematography)?
What other major forms of entertainment are there?
Is the populace literate and numerate?
Do people read for pleasure? If so, what do they read?
How much do books, magazines, broadsheets and the like cost?
Is there a public library system? Who uses it?
Who are popular authors and poets?
Who are some of the more famous characters from literature?
How has this changed over time?

VI. Questions of Manners.

Who speaks first at a formal gathering?
What kinds of gifts are considered appropriate or in extremely bad taste?
How do younger adults address their elders?
When is it rude to laugh at something funny?
What kinds of questions cannot be asked in public? In private? At all?
What parts of the body are routinely covered?
How private are bodily functions like bathing or defecating?

VII. Questions of Faith.

Is the culture religious or nonreligious?
What are the major religious groups in the region?
What are some of their core doctrines, dogmas, beliefs and practices?
What is the overall cosmology and eschatology in religious terms?
Is religion a cause of dissatisfaction, dissention or hostility in the region?
Are religious traditions and any scriptures oral or written in nature or a combination?
Is there a set canon of what consitutes officially sanctioned scripture?
How are scriptural / traditional exegesis accomplished and by what hermeneutics?
What is the role of myth within the religion?
Is there a formal creed or set of credal statements that define the faith?
What are typical symbols used in the religion and their meanings?
What ritual objects are used in the religion (relics, talismans, medals, charms, etc)?
What religious officials are there? Is there a formal clergy? How are they organised?
Are there monks, saints, faqirs, nuns, prophets, apostles, disciples, preachers, friars, shamans, martyrs, mystics, seers, vates, sages, ascetics, religious heroes, saviours, redeemers, etc?
What do people believe happens to them after death? How, if at all, can they influence this?
What happens to those who disagree with the majority on questions of religion?
Are there any particular places considered special or holy? What are they like?
Is there a set religious calendar? What are the most popular rituals or festivals?
Are there liturgical, meditative, and contemplative aspects to the religion?
What is the basic structure of the religion (unitary, dualistic, etc)?
What is the basic theology of the religion (i.e., monotheistic, polytheistic, henotheistc etc)?
What do people have to offer to their Deity or deities?
What do people want from their Deity or deities? How do they try and get it?
Are there differing denominations or sects of the religion?
How do their religious practices differ from their neighbours?
Are issues such as orthodoxy, heterodoxy, heresy and apostasy keys in the religious life?
What gender, ethnic, national or racial issues exist within the religion?
Is ecumenism engaged in, or are other traditions treated as adversaries or enemies?
What is the most commonly broken religious rule?
What is the least-violated religious rule?
How are such infractions punished? Is it possible to expel a community member?
How can an outsider join the religious community?
Does the religion send out missionaries? What role(s) do they play?
What factions exist within the dominant religious institutions? How do they compete?
Are the differing groups a result of schismatism or mutual and cooperative separation?
Are there monastic groups? What do they do and how are they organized? How do you join one?
Are there cult groups within the religious community?
How are those who follow different faiths treated?
What relationship do religious and political leaders have?
What superstitions are common? What kinds of supernatural events or beings do people fear?
What kinds of supernatural or other-natural beings exist in this religion (angels, demons, devi, asuras, spirits, ghosts, sprites, etc)?
How are dreams and visions encompassed by the religion?
How is religious action expressed (spontaneous or ritual liturgy, song, dance, music, ritual action, sex, miracle plays, etc)?

How is magic integrated into society?
Who can work magic? Is anyone disallowed from working magic?
How are works of magic accomplished?
What kind of preparation or study is required before undertaking a magical work?

VIII. Questions of Labour.

Describe any kind of division of labour, such as into physical versus mental versus spiritual.
Is there any especial prestige attached to some category of labour or a particular job?
What jobs are considered mucky or are particularly depreciated?
What professions or activities are considered masculine?
What professions or activities are viewed as feminine?
What are usual working hours? Are there days of rest or holidays?
How does this differ between different jobs?
What jobs have few workers and why?
What are typical wages for various jobs?
How does work affect lifestyle and health?
What sorts of jobs are preferred by which people? Are some jobs denied to certain groups?
What are the ethical oaths or codes that govern various jobs? Is there a difference in ethics between manual and mental or spiritual work?

IX. Questions of Art.

What are the favorite art forms?
What are the least-favorite?
How respected are artists?
Do artists require official or unofficial protection or patronage?
What kinds of trouble are artists in particular likely to find themselves in?
How might a very successful artist live?
What forms of theatre does your society have?
How naturalistic or stylized is your society's art?
What shapes are most common in your society's arts, like embroidery or architecture?
Which artforms get the most and least respect?
What form does censorship take?
Who may not be an artist?
What qualities equal "beauty" in this society?
What makes a man or woman especially beautiful?
How do people react to tattoos? Piercings? Facial hair? Cosmetics?

Do people enjoy looking at art? Does this vary among communities?
Do people enjoy doing art? Does this vary?
Is there any calligraphy? Who does it?
Does your culture have a distinct (or not so) musical style? What is it like?
How do people listen to music (in a theater, at home, on the street, mechanical)?
Does music influence people's behaviour?
Does this culture have a typical dance form? What is it like?
Who goes to see such entertainments?

X. Questions of Marriage.

How is a marriage defined? How is a marriage contracted?
What is the term of a marriage contract?
What gifts are considered appropriate or inappropriate for a wedding?
How are marriages celebrated?
What is considered too great a difference in age for a couple?
Do relationships allow multiple partners?
In what ways is a marriage considered broken?
How can a marriage be terminated?

XI. Questions of Health.

What is the average life expectancy? How does this differ between different regions, races or ethnicities?
What access do people have to clean drinking water (at home or in public)?
What access do people have to proper sanitation (at home or in public)?
Do houses or public buildings have plumbing? Cold and warm water?
Describe any public or private bathing or latrine facilities.
How is healthcare delivered in this society; what are its foundations?
Are there hospitals or sanitaria where many forms of health care are concentrated; or are practitioners more diffuse within the community?
Do people have access to any form of medical aid for emergencies or for less urgent problems?
What kinds of ailments or injuries are treatable in the locality using available supplies and expertise?
What does typical healthcare cost?
How do this societys doctors try to treat wounds and sickness?
Which medical assumtions of this society are wrong?
Do people seek care on an as-needed or emergency basis; or is health care seen as a preventative endeavour.
How often do people see their doctor, dentist or other healthcare provider?
Is a distinction made between physical and nonphysical ailments?
What happens to those suffering from extreme mental illness? Spiritual illness? Other?
How do people react to physical deformity (both congenital and acquired)?

XII. Questions of Sex.

How does your society define incest? Rape? How do people react to these?
What secret vice is believed to be widely practiced?
What secret vice actually is practiced?
What sexual habits are widely believed common among foreigners?
How do people react to homosexuality? Is it frowned on? Encouraged?
Are premarital sexual relations allowed? Extramarital?
How is adultery defined? What (if any) is the punishment? Who decides?
Is prostitution legal? How are prostitutes viewed? Is this accurate?
What is the greatest sexual taboo?
What does this society mean by the word "virgin" and how important is it?
Is sex confined to marriage? Or, is it supposed to be?
What constitutes aberrant sexual behavior?
Are there any cultural or religious strictures, norms or taboos that specifically address sexual conduct?
Are there secular laws that control or restrict sexual behaviour?
At what age is it considered normal to engage in sex? Are there taboos against sex with children?
Should sex be a one-to-one experience? Or are groups allowed?

XIII. Questions of Education.

Describe the education of the society’s people: formal schooling, apprenticeship, etc.
If education is mainly by apprenticeship, how is this accomplished?
Is education compulsory / offered to everyone? What is the cost of education?
Between which ages does education happen?
How are year groups and academic years arranged?
How are curricula arranged? What courses are typically offered?
What degrees or diplomas are offered by schools?
What do schools / colleges / universities look like?
What are the classrooms like? What is a typical class size
Who is in charge of education in the country, and in each individual school?
Does this society have its own language? Its own writing system?
How common is literacy? How is literacy viewed?
What form and value are books?
Who teaches others? How do they teach?
Who decides who learns to read or write?
Who teaches professions, like carpenter or scribe?
Are foreigners ever brought in to teach new skills? Who does that?

XIV. Questions of Technology.

Are philosophy and science unified, or do they exist as separate and independent disciplines?
What devices and technologies are available for people?
Are such devices taken for granted? If not, how many are appreciated?
How do people envision a difficult or impossible task that could be made easier by using some kind of device or futuristic technology?
How is knowledge distributed? Is it kept unknown to the common people, or is available for all?

What major architectural styles are present? What do they look like?
How does this vary over time and between places in the region?
What major elements are present? How are they pieced together?
What are houses like inside and out?
What are palaces and castles like?
How tall is the tallest building? How big is the biggest building?
What materials are used in typical construction? Do any materials have to be imported?
How are buildings constructed? Are there machines or is work done by hand?
What are some famous landmarks in the region? Why are they famous? Are they famous internationally?

XV. Questions of Transportation and Communications.

How do people get from place to place? Does this vary at all in different places?
Do people make long journeys? If so, what are they like?
Is there a public transport system? Who uses it? How much does it cost?
What are the roads like? How do they vary from place to place?
Do individuals or families own and use their own vehicles?
How safe and clean is the typical transport system?
What major fuels are used?
Apart from face to face, how do people communicate with each other?
Is there a postal service? How fast is it? How much does it cost to use? What restrictions are there on packet delivery? Does the post operate internationally? How likely is it that an article sent in the post will reach its intended destination?
What technical or mechanical means of communications exist?

XVI. Questions of Economics.

What is the local economy based on?
How is commerce engaged in?
If levied, how are taxes collected? What are such revenues used for? How does taxation affect the people?
What do people expect from their government in return for the taxes paid?

What is the local currency like? How is it subdivided? What is it based on (metal, labour, fiat)?
Is currency issued by a central authority or by some decentralised means?
How does it compare to other neighbouring currencies?
How has the value of the currency changed or fluctuated recently?
How are coins and notes produced? How common are forgeries?
How is wealth distributed?
Is there a public banking system?
Who uses it? What benefits does it bring? At what cost?
Is there a large gap between the wealth of the rich and poor? What expectations do each group have from the other?
What constitutes "poverty" in this society?

XVII. Questions of Death and Burial.

What is their understanding of death and dying?
What does this society do with their corpses?
Do they cremate their dead? Or, how are dead bodies disposed of?
Is the family responsible for the body?
What part do the priests play?
Are there cemeteries at all?
Or, does everyone have a crypt in back with all the relatives in it?
Do people visit the dead? If so, how often and why?

What do people in this culture think about suicide?
Is it the greatest sin one can commit? Or is it a sin at all?
Is it the great and last comfort of a tormented soul?
Is it worse than murder?

XVIII. Questions of Government.

What is the form of government? How is it structured?
What are some of the most fundamental policies of the government?
What is the political status of minority communities?
How is government chosen?
What is the country’s general foreign policy?
Who decides whether someone has broken a law? How?
What kinds of punishments are meted out? By whom? Why?
How are new laws created or old ones changed?
Is there some form of clemency or pardon? What is involved?
Who has the right to give orders, and why?
What titles do various officials have?
How are the rules different for officials as opposed to the common person?
How do government officials dress?
Is the law written down? Who interprets it?
Once accused, what recourse does someone have?
Is torture allowed? What kinds? Is capital punishment allowed?
How are criminals executed?
Who cannot rise to positions of leadership?
Is bribery allowed? Under what circumstances?
What makes someone a bad ruler in this society? What can be done about it?
What are the most common or dangerous forms of criminal?

City Watch & Sheriffs
Is there a civilian police force, or is law enforcement the province of the military?
Is the police force a nationalised one, or are there multiple regional forces?
How militant or vigilante are they? Are they usually or ever armed?
What is the extent of their authority? Can they shoot you? Can they use magic? Can they torture or otherwise force a confession? Can they use telepathy?
Are there individuals or groups who are above the law?
Is there a secret police?
What is the role of police informants, if any?

XIX. Questions of Warfare.

Does the country have an armed force? What types? What size?
How do the armed forces compare with others in the region or world?
Who declares war?
Who has the power to declare conditions of peace?
How are treaties negotiated?
What happens to prisoners taken in battle?
What weapons are favoured by the various armed forces?
What form of warfare does this society use?
How do battles in the airs or waters or underworlds differ from surface warfare?
Who are the Elite warriors? What distinguishes them?
How does someone get command of troops?
Where do the loyalties of military units lie?
Are there professional soldiers? Do they make up the bulk of the military?
What is campaign or camp life like?
What ethical or moral codes do warriors adhere to?
How are battle injuries treated?
How long do wars typically last?
Has this society ever attacked another? What was the nature of that war? What would make this society go to war?
Has there ever been a civil war or a revolution?
What do soldiers do when there's no war?
Are there any current tensions / wars / embargoes etc with any other nations?
Who are the country’s enemies? Whos winning the war?
What defences are available to cities?