Random Nations
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This page serves as a quick and convenient way to create a random nation, similar to the way the Random Characters generator creates a character. Each nation consists of certain random elements within specific categories. These random elements in turn link to specific Arcana Wiki pages which have the appropriate tag (so that the Random Generator can find them).

This Random Generator is intended to get your creative juices flowing, not restrain you. Thus, discard anything that doesn't fit your own ideas!

As an example on how to use it, see the essay "Using the Random Nations Generator". Further examples ranging from constructing small villages to whole planets can be found on this blog

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Government

This section covers the government and major organizations that exert power over the nation and the way people live.

Type of Government

All societies have some way of getting things done as a whole, and the type of government describes this aspect. However, few societies are examples of "pure" government types, so aspects of two or more government forms might be evident.

Choose this tab to give your nation a single government type, that's (relatively) easy to understand and envision.

Autarchy

Basic Information (not to be confused with the economic system autarky) Currently somewhat theoretical, even as a principle, Autarchy is tentatively established as the term for a minarchist or...

Powerful Organizations

This category lists powerful and/or famous organizations of the nation. As many of the possible entries are real world organizations, alter them to make them fit into your setting.

If you choose this tab, this organization holds tremendous power. They may control the government, the church, or other major aspects of society, either openly or covertly.

Legion of Christ

Basic Information The Legion of Christ is a religious order founded in Mexico (now represented in 21 countries) with about 800 priests, and possibly as many as 70,000 members in it's lay companion...

Major Personalities

Each nation has its share of powerful or famous individuals.

Use the entries in the following tabs as inspiration for such individuals. Only a very weird dimension-hopping or time-travel game would feature the actual people mentioned here. Instead, use the listings here as a inspirational concept to emulate when designing your own NPCs.

John Brown

Basic Information He's been called both a martyr and a madman, a freedom fighter and a fanatic. More than any single person, he can be said to have set the United States irrecoverably on the path to...

Major Political Issues

Each nation has "hot" political issues which are argued and fought over (physically or not). Use the entries in the following tabs as inspiration for what issues could divide your nation - or which are simply in the minds of the public at the moment.

Civil War Raging in Right-Wing Blogosphere

Summary April 21, 2009: After the lost election in the United States, two conservative bloggers are attacking each other wildly, accusing each other of betrayal and insanity. As far as anyone can tell...

Major Projects

Some nations have major national projects they pursue towards specific goals. There is some overlap with Organizations above, but projects are more about achieving certain goals than a general political, ideological, or economic motivation. Use the entries in the following tabs as inspiration.


Economy

This section covers the commerce, artisans, technology, and economic system of the nation.

Tech Level

To be added later.

Type of Economy

This category lists the type of economy the nation has.

Barter

Basic Information Barter is an economic system whereby goods and services are directly exchanged in trade - for example a mountain man trading cloth and tools to the natives in exchange for furs....

Major Products and Exports

No nation exists in a vacuum. This part of the generator lists various trade goods - whether raw resources or advanced machinery. It is subdivided into several categories: raw resources, pre-industrial items, modern trade goods, sci-fi or futuristic items, and fantasy items. Use the tabs appropriate to your genre and setting. It helps make your nation more "real" if you use to use a few (d6?) items from earlier and simpler categories, as well. For example, a modern nation might mostly export modern items, but no doubt also has some natural resources to exploit.

Rowan

Basic Information The Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia1), also known as the mountain-ash2 is a flowering broadleaf tree native to most of Eurasia north of the Mediterranean. Rowans do well in poor ground and...

Moly

Basic Information According to Greek mythology, the herb Moly was said to be a rare but powerful plant with the ability to protect the user from hostile magic. Homer depicts the herb as white flowered...

Datura

Basic Information The name Datura can refer either to a family of plants comprising nine species of Solanaceae or to the blend of toxic alkaloids that can be extracted from them. The plants appear to...

Metal

Basic Information Metal is a category of element, material or chemical with the following properties: Metals conduct heat and electricity relatively well (and some specific metals do so extremely...

Woad

Basic Information Isatis Tinctoria is a yellow flowering plant, native to Europe and related to cabbage and mustard. When the leaves of the plant are dried, powdered and fermented, they create a blue...

Copper

Basic Information Copper is a soft, reddish metallic element, prone to forming blueish or greenish salts on weathering. Being an (entry level) noble metal it is one of the few that occur in nature in...

Major Imports

These categories are identical to those listed under "Exports", except that the nation has sufficient need of these trade goods to import them in significant quantities instead of exporting them.

Truffle (fungus)

Basic Information A Truffle is a type of fungus which grows underground, generally feeding on the roots of trees. As a truffle matures and its spores ripen, it emits a powerful smell which attracts...

Plantain

Basic Information Confusingly the name plantain is shared by two very different generae of plants - plantago and musa. The genus plantago consists of a group of rather unimpressive looking herbaceous...

Garlic

Basic Information Garlic is a herb of the allium family, closely related to onions and shallots, which is used almost world wide as a seasoning, a food in its own right or for medical or spiritual...

Wolfsbane

Basic Information Wolfsbane, more properly known as Aconitum, but also as monk's hood or blue rocket (after its flowers) and as the -bane of a variety of other creatures, is a group of roughly 250...

Whale

Farewell to Tarwathie Adieu Mormond Hill And the dear land of Crimmond I bid you farewell I'm bound off for Greenland And ready to sail In hopes to find riches In hunting the whale (from) Farewell to...

Narwhal

Basic Information The narwhal is a species of whale most noteworthy for it's horn . A single tooth on the left side of the mouth of male narwhals grows very long (~10 feet / 3 meters!), and has a...

Salt

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. MAT5:13 (NIV) ...

Mana

Basic Information Mana (not to be confused with manna) is a concept of mystical energy found amongst the peoples of the Pacific Ocean and similar to the Oriental idea of chi (qi/ki/whatever). Mana...

Calluna

Basic Information Calluna Vulgaris, more commonly known as Heather or Ling, is a flowering plant common to the Heath (habitat) and Moorland of Europe. It thrives in acidic soil, such as found in many...

Datura

Basic Information The name Datura can refer either to a family of plants comprising nine species of Solanaceae or to the blend of toxic alkaloids that can be extracted from them. The plants appear to...


Religion

This section will help you choose or create the dominant religion(s) of your nation.

Forms of Worship

This aspect does not cover which entity is worshiped, but how - it describes the form religion takes in a society, whether the overall structure of the faith or specific observances which are of great cultural significance.

If you choose this tab, the single most important form of worship (or religious principle) in the nation's dominant religion is:

Wand

Basic Information The wand is a ritual tool, often associated with the element of air and which is generally used to conduct and direct flows of mystical energy or the movement of spirits as part of a...

Worshiped Entities

This category lists the various entities that are worshiped by the people.


People

This section covers the demographics, culture, history, and even (if needed) species of the inhabitants of the random nation.

Major Races/Species

Many settings have an all-human population. If you permit different races, open this tab to add various non-human species or races. Naturally, since this random generator will widely mix races from mythology and fiction, the results will require some interpretation. Use the beings listed here as a base model and don't be afraid to alter the descriptions for your own campaign. For example, if you want to run a science fiction setting but come up with "Elf" as one of the species, then make a Recycled In Space variant of elves with similar traits but a science fiction veneer.

Assumed to be humans unless the nature of your campaign dictates otherwise.

Significant Creatures

This category lists the major "monsters" which might appear in this nation. If you want such monsters to appear in it, open the tab at the appropriate number and use it to build your encounter tables. Again, use these creatures as inspiration instead of trying to adhere to them slavishly - alter or throw out anything that doesn't fit into your campaign.

Sapient creatures might also appear here, in addition to the "Major race/species" category above. In this case, it means that those creatures are either solitary threats or at best live together in small family units instead of forming true societies of their own. For example, "Elves" under major races means there are entire cities of elves within the nation, or elves can be found in almost every city in the nation. "Elves" under significant creatures are probably more sinister fairy-tale folk, who exist in hidden enclaves or live as deranged hermits in the deep wilds.

Cultural Influences

This category gives you various real world or fictional cultures you can model your nation after.

If you choose this tab, the primary influence / model for your culture will be:

Sri Lanka

Basic Information This article is a stub. Please expand on it! See Also Grease Devil Sources Bibliography 1. Wikipedia entry 2. Arcana Wiki map entry Game and Story Use

History

This category lists famous past events of the nation. Most of these events are real world historic entries from the List of Centuries, so it is again necessary to adjust them to come up with something appropriate for your own campaign. Others are "generic events" (such as War) from elsewhere in the wiki.

Genocide

Love for the party love for the nation Love for the fix for the fabrication Love for the corpse for the corporation Love for the death and for the defecation Romance and assassination Give me the love...


Geography

This section deals with the land, biosphere, and geography, but also any man-made places of significant history and importance.

Dominant Terrain

This category lists the major terrain types of the nation.

River

Now those who sail the Big Pond Will tell you of its mystery They'll brag of all those battles And all the bloody history But talk to any river-dog Who sails upon the Gleniwent He'll say God made the...

Famous Locations

This category lists famous locations located within the nation. Again, use these entries as base models instead of using them directly - it won't work as well if your players recognize the landmarks from the real world.

Frog Bridge

Basic Information The Frog Bridge is a bridge in Willimantic, Connecticut lined by four eight foot tall bronze statues of frogs. According to legend, in 1754 the inhabitants of the town of Windham...

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