When trying decide how the government of my fictional nation/city/town/village works, what are some things I should consider?
Before we start getting into the nitty gritty of how a
government works, I would suggest you do a bit of research on different types
of government. Is your nation a monarchy? Democracy? Make one up because those
are so much fun to create? Once you decide how the nation will be ruled as a
whole, it should be quite easy to make it trickle down to town and village
size. But there are a few basics building blocks to consider, so let’s review
First, who rules your nation? Or how is it ruled? This goes
back to the question on type of government. If you have a king/queen, do they
have all the power or do they have a council or parliament? Here you can create
your own rules about ruling. The king could have most of the power to dictate
orders and laws, but call in his council to discuss foreign policies. Or he
could have little power because he is going crazy so the council makes all
Similarly, you could have a Roman Empire situation. They had
a two head leaders who at first were like a President, ruling for a short, one
year term, but could be re-elected non-consecutively. Later, this Caesar guy
thought he was all that and declared he would rule for life like a king, but
not really because he still had a Senate. However, the Senate was not like the
United States’ Senate. This Senate had little to no rule making power and instead
discussed foreign and domestic policies, directed the religious life of Rome,
and handled the state finances. They relied heavily on the Caesar as a figure
head for the Empire since he controlled the military and major legislative
orders. Fingers-crossed nobody stabs the guy.
Whatever direction you choose to go, it must be remembered
that for any government to effectively work, the majority of people must obey
the powers of authority. I say majority because there are always those little
rebels who touch the special thingy when the sign says “Do not touch special
thingy”. But for a majority of people to obey the head authority with minimal objection or rebellion, there has to be history and a background of respect for your government. You need past generations to pass down history of wise decisions made by government leaders to your younger generations in order them to follow and obey, assuming it is a decent government. However, if your government is deeply corrupt or just starting out, a rebellious attitude by people would be both understandable and realistic. For the deeply corrupt, dystopian style government, it is time to actually change and now all the small rebellions of decades past have become an outright revolt of the whole nation. For the new, baby government, there will be rebellious people simply because people do not like change and they will demand things return to “normal”, but not so much so that everyone will disagree. Your baby government is the fruit of revolt of a bad government so most people will welcome baby government with open arms.
Another important element that is a must in any government,
is a judicial system. Your nation will need some sort of judge or respected
figure who can settle disputes amongst themselves. If Farmer Green and Farmer
Brown are fighting over who Betsy the Cow belongs to, who are they going to go
to, to settle their argument? This one is also very flexible. The king or head
leader can act as the sole judge over the land, but then there is a long line
out the door to hear the people’s problems. You could have a traveling judge
who travels from town to town settling disputes or you could have a local
judge. But wait! A head religious figure could also play the role of a judge to
the people. It really depends on your nation’s culture. Any of these would work
For the sake of discussion, I am going to assume that your
nation is pretty well set up and has a decent government. So, something to
consider is a security or emergency system. No, not those house alarms for a burglar.
I mean Police, EMTs, Army, National Guard, who are you going to call when
trouble happens? Uprisings happen, especially when your ruler isn’t ruling the
way people feel he or she should. Who is going to show up to make sure nobody
gets hurt or contain the damage? This security group does not necessarily have
to be the Police or Army, they could be a group of magic wielding old ladies
that knit handcuffs! But this group must be respected and have enough authority
for people to listen and be effective.
The emergency system is similar. If there is an accident and
injuries occur, does an ambulance of sorts with EMTs show up? Of course they do
not have to be EMTs, they could be healers or any other name that works for
your nation. It is simply a matter if they do or do not have this service in
place. If your nation does not, your culture could be friendly enough and close
knit to where if there is an accident, witnesses jump in and help save the day.
“Is there a doctor here?!” will be yelled frequently in this situation. It
works well too, but consider that there is not always a doctor, nurse, healer,
etc. nearby to help and they may need to rush to the nearest hospital.
Creative Bonus: Does your nation have a flag? Does your
nation have a national animal? (Pst! Scotland’s animal is a unicorn!) Does your
nation have a national anthem? Does your nation have national holidays that are
government appointed? E.g. United States’ President’s Day or Veterans’ Day.
Phew, that was a lot of information! Don’t stress about it
though! World building is fun and you get to be creative. Don’t be afraid to
try something new, it is your story and your nation after all!
Gus: “Who broke it? I’m not mad, I just want to know…”
Farmer: “I did. I broke it.”
Gus: “No. No, you didn’t. Abigail?”
Abigail: “Don’t look at me, look at Sebastian.”
Sebastian: “What?! I didn’t break it!”
Abigail: “Huh, that’s weird. How’d you even know it was broken?”
Sebastian: “Because it’s sitting right in front of us and it’s broken!”
Sebastian: “No, it’s not!”
Elliott: “If it matters, probably not but… Shane was the last one to use it.”
Shane: “Liar! I don’t even drink that crap!”
Elliott: “Oh really? Then what were you doing by the coffee cart earlier?”
Shane: “I use the wooden stirrers to push back my cuticles. Everyone knows that, Elliott!”
Farmer: “Let’s not fight, I broke it. Let me pay for i-….”
Gus: “No. Who broke it?”
Leah: “Well Gus… Penny’s been awfully quiet…”
Leah: “Yeah, really!”
Gus: I broke it. It burned my hand so I dropped it. I predict ten minutes from now, they’ll be at each other’s throats with warpaint on their faces and a pig head on a stick. Good. It was getting a little chummy around here.
the lunar chronicles is basically Fairytales In Space, but the royalty kicks more ass than they would in an average fairytale.
Asian cyborg mechanic cinderella
anything apart from that is a spoiler. but really why would u need anything else. it’s asian cyborg mechanic cinderella
little Red Riding hood is a French farmer girl ready to Fight Anyone at All Times
despite her proficiency with a shotgun she doesn’t really like violence
Space Rapunzel is still named after a vegetable
her long hair which has tangled and matted after seven years of captivity is cut into the obligatory Space Bob
snow white is black
precious cinnamon roll literally too beautiful for her world
her head is The Terrordome (psychological issues)
the prince/emperor is so done with everything his adviser just lets him mope around visibly inside the palace walls it’s hilarious
the Evil Queen is so extra like gotdang she’s a powerful telepath with an army of wolf-men and a ton of evolved spaceships and she throws a lot of temper tantrums which involves killing thousands of people by the minute
kylo ren wishes he could
flynn rider was blind that one time
his ship is named the R A M P I O N and it has a naked lady painted on the side
I’d tell you more but really, spoilers. and i haven’t even finished winter yet
And here is what I thought was amazing about it… (spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen the stage version):
At ham4ham, a group of us started a singalong. And our impromptu harmonies were on point.
Also, petition for ham4ham to be on the balcony at the Richard Rodgers, so that way everyone could see what was going on.
Before the show, one of the ushers came out to address our section and informed us that if we used our phones we would have to deal with her- a pissed off woman. She is now my spirit animal.
King George III made an announcement that the show was starting, and asked us to please enjoy “his” show.
The audience clapped at everyone’s entrance- and when I say “clapped,” it was more like “rock concert screaming” than “polite theater-goers” type clapping.
The entire cast is on stage the majority of the time, watching the action play out in the shadows and on the balcony. Makes it very interesting.
The dynamic between Laurence and Ham in act one is so much more stronger. All four of the boys had a stronger connection, like there were so many brohugs tho. Especially between Laurence and Ham. Which made Lauren’s death much more dramatic.
-During “Schuyler Sisters,” Eliza is dragging along Peggy, who is not amused.
During “Farmer Refuted,” Hamilton begins fighting with Seaburry and ends up pushing him off of the box he is standing on.
After “You’ll Be Back,” King George orders to kill an ensemble member. He marches off while Ham looks on in shock.
At the start of “Right Hand Man,” the lighting looks like they are in the ocean and it is sooooo coooooolll.
The choreography is the exact same in “Helpless” as it is in “Satisfied,” except “Satisfied” is slowed down with the exception of Angelica who is full speed in the center, it looks like she has stopped time.
ALSO RENEE IS JUST SO TALENT OH MY GODDDD
The choreography for “Wait For It” is mostly still, with the ensemble sitting and standing until the very end when there is subtle movement. The juxtaposition between the song and dance is very well done.
Lafayette’s and Mulligan’s raps GOT SO MUCH APPLAUSE and again, more like a rock concert than a theater crowd.
On the line “I’m so blue” in “What Comes Next?” King George stomps his foot, and his spotlight changes from red to blue.
“Dear Theodosia” is mostly Lin and Leslie alone on stage, behind a chair and looking over into it, as if it were a crib.
Lauren’s death is horrible but so well done in the transition between “Theodosia” and “Non-stop.”
Lin has changed the way he says “I was chosen for the constitutional convention,” so it is more like a high-pitched adorable voice with a little bit of excited screeching.
When Daveed came out as Jefferson, the crowd went nuts. He made a gesture as if to say “Oh, stop it!” and the audience stopped clapping. He looked thoughtful for a moment, and then motioned for the audience to start clapping again.
Daveed is having way too much fun and I am loving it.
Jasmine slays as Maria Reynolds.
At the end of “Say No To This,” Maria Reynolds stays on stage with Ham, until James Reynolds aggressively motions for her to follow him offstage.
Ham is still reeling from “Say No To This” in the beginning of “The Room Where It Happened.”
“Daddy’s calling” got a ton of laughs as well.
At the beginning of “Washington On Your Side,” Burr starts singing and it takes Jefferson off guard, like he didn’t even realized Burr existed until he started singing.
After “I Know Him,” King George demands a chair be placed so he can observe the action. He begins mimicking Burr during “The Adams Administration.” During this, Leslie looked behind at Rory and began laughing.
During “The Reynolds Pamphlet,” someone hands Phillip a copy, he reads it as he walks across the stage, and then passes it off to George Washington.
THERE WAS ACTUAL FIRE IN “BURN.”
At the end of “Stay Alive Reprise,” Eliza screams when she realizes Phillip is dead. And it is so haunting and chilling and just so painful to hear.
Phillip slowly walks off stage after his death, with Eliza watching.
The staging in “It’s Quiet Uptown” is so simple. She takes his hand without even looking at him, and Lin just falls apart.
On the lines “Can we get back to politics?” “Please?!” Madison comes out dabbing his eyes with a handkerchief, and continues sniffling for the next several lines.
Burr sends Ham one letter at the beginning of “Your Obedient Servant.” Hamilton sends back several, each ensemble member running across the stage to hand a letter to Burr.
During the final duel, an ensemble member reaches in front of Burr’s gun and appears to hold the bullet, moving slowly towards Hamilton.
All of the people Hamilton mentions seeing on the other side are looking down at him from the second floor.
On the lines “Eliza, my love take your time. I’ll see you on the other side.” Eliza appears in front of Hamilton and holds onto his hand, before walking away.
Eliza address the audience on “Can I show you what I’m proudest of?” and it makes everyone cry.
At the end of “Who Lives, Who Dies,” Eliza is downstage center, and makes a loud gasp, which I think is her dying.
Ham follows her throughout the finale, but keeps at a distant.
While we were walking away from the theater, Anthony and Jasmine ran out of the main exit to avoid the chaos of the stage door and ran off, I’m assuming to get some food before the evening show. BUT THEY WERE HOLDING HANDS IT WAS ADORABLE #relationshipgoals
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“No, no, no… Seungchul, oh my god,” she breathes out at the man lying next to her. “Seungchul, please open your eyes.”
It takes exactly three nerve-wracking seconds before his eyelids twitch and crack open, and his faded brown eyes register the female cradling his head in her lap. Even when he’s bleeding to death before her, he manages to let out a huff of laughter. “Is it bad?”
So lately I’ve been playing the original two Monkey Island video games and I’m laughing like a hyena nonstop. These are probably the funniest games I’ve ever played, and are filled with so many great bits of dialogue. One of my favorite bits is a tombstone that says this line:
Marco Largo LaGrande, Hell on sea or on land The Good news: He’s dead The Bad news: He’s bred
And of course there’s the classic Insult Swordfighting, where you defeat your opponents by dishing out sick burns like
You fight like a dairy farmer!
How appropriate, YOU fight like a cow!
It’s a real shock to me that so many games have terrible writing when these LucasArts games from over 20 years ago are 10,000 times more witty and endearing.
I also am really enjoying the artwork, particularly in Monkey Island 2. Although the artwork appears in pixel-form in the game (like the image above the paragraph), they actually come from a ton of lovely marker drawing scanned into a computer and translated into pixels. On the top of this post are a ton of great examples.
The artist of these backgrounds is Peter Chan, who now actually has helped design a ton of movies like Monsters University, The first Harry Potter, Coraline, and The Boxtrolls. He also has worked on Double Fine video games, a studio that is a kind of spiritual successor to LucasArts, the studio that made these Monkey Island games.