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« on: July 21, 2005, 01:12:28 AM »
I thought I'd pass along a suggestion a member of my forums made.  He suggested that a possible adjunct to the worldbuilding worksheet could be to use the CIA's World Fact Book (http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/) and the American culture test (http://www.zompist.com/amercult.html) as templates.  The former has a great deal of information about modern real countries and territories; the latter is meant to be humorous, and can get you in the mindset of a native of your land. There are links to other "culture tests," including a series of grids compiled from the other tests.
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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2005, 08:56:24 AM »
Well, this thing is BIG, and it would take some time to fill the form, but it might be interesting for inspiration.


Those that would like to have a try, see the Guide to Country Profiles - the empty worksheet.
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2005, 10:44:44 AM »
Now with a quick edit to make it easier to cut & paste
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[b]ARTS[/b]

[i]Attitude toward opera, ballet, theatre, etc.[/i]

[b]AT HOME[/b]

[i]Things in your house[/i]

[i]Bathroom[/i]

[i]Telephone[/i]

[i]Climate[/i]

[b]COMICS[/b]

[i]Format[/i]

[i]Famliar characters, artists[/i]

[b]ECONOMICS[/b]

[i]Utilities & companies: public or private[/i]

[i]Inflation & unemployment[/i]

[i]Taxes[/i]

[i]Variety of items for sale, haggling[/i]

[i]Credit cards[/i]

[i]Inheritance[/i]

[b]EDUCATION[/b]

[i]History you learned[/i]

[i]Cost of school[/i]

[i]College[/i]

[b]EMPLOYMENT[/b]

[i]Are you a farmer?[/i]

[i]Can you be fired?[/i]

[i]Labor day[/i]

[i]Misc conditions[/i]

[i]Appointments, punctuality, negotiating[/i]

[b]FOOD[/b]

[i]Biggest meal of the day[/i]

[i]What you won't eat (and odd things you will)[/i]

[i]How you eat & local cuisine[/i]

[i]Fast food & restaurants[/i]

[i]Packaging[/i]

[b]HEALTH[/b]

[i]Quality of healthcare & national health insurance[/i]

[i]Attitudes toward doctors[/i]

[b]INTERNATIONAL[/b]

[i]Knowledge of world capitals & leaders[/i]

[i]Attitudes toward the Americas[/i]

[i]Attitudes toward Europe, Asia, Africa, etc.[/i]

[i]Has your country been conquered?[/i]

[i]World War Two (& other wars)[/i]

[b]LANGUAGE[/b]

[i]Knowledge of foreign languages[/i]

[i]Facts about your language; speaking distance & directness[/i]

[b]LAW AND CRIME[/b]

[i]Court system & lawsuits[/i]

[i]Bribes[/i]

[i]Police & gun ownership[/i]

[i]Dangerous places[/i]

[i]Lawyers[/i]

[b]MOVIES[/b]

[i]Well known films[/i]

[i]Dubbing or subtitles?[/i]

[b]MUSIC[/b]

[i]Well known performers, etc.[/i]

[b]NUMBERS[/b]

[i]Decimal point[/i]

[i]Definition of a billion[/i]

[i]System of measurement[/i]

[i]How date is written & most important dates[/i]

[b]POLITICS[/b]

[i]Political parties[/i]

[i]Attitude toward Socialism & Communism[/i]

[i]Does government listen to you?[/i]

[i]Can problems be solved?[/i]

[i]If a politician cheats on his wife...[/i]

[i]Military involvement with government[/i]

[i]Freedom of speech, patriotism, royalty, changing names, misc.[/i]

[b]RACE[/b]

[i]Variety of races / attitudes about race & foreigners[/i]

[i]You make jokes about...[/i]

[b]RELATIONSHIPS[/b]

[i]First names & forms of address[/i]

[i]Arranged marriages & wedding customs[/i]

[i]Importance of family background & social status[/i]

[i]Preferences of physical appearance[/i]

[i]Sexuality & attitudes toward homosexuality[/i]

[i]Relations with family / visiting / misc.[/i]

[b]RELIGION[/b]

[i]Major religions & attitudes toward them[/i]

[i]Relationship between church and state[/i]

[i]Christmas & other holidays[/i]

[b]SOCIAL WELFARE[/b]

[i]Attitudes toward social security, welfare programs, unemployment payments, medical assistance, charitable aid[/i]

[b]SPORTS[/b]

[i]Popular sports[/i]

[b]TELEVISION[/b]

[i]Well known celebrities & programs[/i]

[i]Subjects covered by talk shows[/i]

[i]TV news, newspapers, & print media[/i]

[b]TRANSPORTATION[/b]

[i]Volkswagon Beetle[/i]

[i]Which side of the road / traffic lights / pedestrian safety[/i]

[i]Taxis[/i]

[i]Quality of public transportation, trains, buses, planes[/i]

[b]VACATIONS[/b]

[i]Amount of vacation time[/i]

[i]Topless & nude beaches[/i]

[i]Hotel rooms with private baths[/i]

[i]Popular travel destinations & recreational activities[/i]
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2005, 04:25:57 AM »
For a completed version (with two nations):  http://www.strolen.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=35323#35323
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