Date: 2009-05-11 12:06 pm (UTC)
Like 7th Seas, several of these nations have analogs to more familiar nations, with a twist - Barathi harken to the Italian city states, but not quite, Viridia is the scandavians, Colrona, split between the Spaniards and the Moors, Crail and Illwuz were once one nation, and vaguely British, Sha Ka Ruq is the stand in for Africa, but these are just hints and aids, with far more serial numbering filing. For some of them it took me to read the suggested names before I was sure what ethnicity/region was being ripped off.
This was the dealbreaker for me with 7th Sea. I finished reading the opening fiction just in time to realize that what I'd been reading as "Irishman" was really "Inishman," and that it hadn't changed a thing I had no choice to put the book down in disgust. Shit, or get off the pot!

A larger distance between the fantasy culture and its real-world analog makes the fantasy culture a lot more interesting, believable and justifiable.
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