On April 1, 1977, the British newspaper The Guardian published a special supplement honoring the tenth anniversary of the independence of San Serriffe, a small island republic in the Indian Ocean. The nation consisted of two islands, Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse. It’s capital was Bodoni and it’s ruler was General Pica.
The entire piece was an April Fools Day joke, and all the fascinating facts about the country were based on typographical puns. Still, it sounds like a nice place to visit; a perfect place to vacation.
Game and Story Use
- It's a tropical island paradise in an exotic location. San Serriffe would make a good setting for a light-hearted espionage adventure.
- See how long it takes the players to catch on to the puns.
- Unfortunately, the puns make the setting more difficult to use in a grittier, more realistic campaign; but if the players don't mind a bit of silliness, it could be fun.