hi im writing a story that's like a fantasy-historical thing, and I've already got a bit of lore/history. basically there was a war with 2 sides (with deviations between them but basically) and 1 was pro-magic and the other was not. anti-magic won the war, and they culled a lot of mages. many went into hiding. Any ideas how I could make a map/plan out a world that would cause one area to think of the other as lesser? (Think Europe v. Africa circa Victorian era) any help would be amaze thank u
Countries with more stable governments and civil services tend to look down on countries without. Also, during the victorian era various african countries were colonies of various european countries, would could lead to a feeling of superiority from people who lived in the home country as compared to the colonies. It’s not all one way, though. Homophobes who live in a country with same sex marriage tend to think countries where you can kill someone for their sexuality is ‘in the right’, though they may otherwise look down on the country and citizens. Common points of ‘oh we’re better’ tend to stem from healthcare, housing, infrastructure, human rights, and education
Should the ‘lesser’ countries have a higher mage population, that would also be a source of ‘we are Clearly Better’ amoung the ‘better’ country. Say there was an unstable government and a non official mage government that did most of the actual ‘governing’, it could be a huge source of conflict
This is a slight tangent, but if you can get your hands on a copy of Jamaica Kincaids ‘a small place’ Would Recommend. We did a snippet of it for Engl 102 and I’m considering getting my hands on the full book even though it’s not my genre. It’s an essay written more like a story about colonization from her perspective growing up as a native Antiguan during british colonization. again, would recommend for anyone but especially for you if you’re doing this kind of writing. I can try and transcribe some of it for you if you’d like to see the content before making a purchase
Another good resource would be Chimamanda Adichies ‘the danger of a single story’ which i have linked because i think it offers a unique take on how bigotry kind of evolves.
I hope this is helpful!