Tired of your standard medieval fantasy? Feel like helping me build an early modern(roughly 1500 to 1790) fantasy setting? Ya? OK then! Let's do it! So, I guess I'll start by providing a few prompts for you guys to use as jumping off points. Let's start with some of the prominent nations of this world. Pick a prompt below, answer it, and then we'll continue from there, asking more questions and giving more prompts until things are fleshed out to our liking, and we've created an awesome world! 1: This nation controls over 80% of the world's most precious trade resource, and 50% of it's second. Describe this nation and the valuable resources it trades. What are the resources? Why are they valuable? How did they come to control these resources? How do they maintain said control? 2: This nation is one of the smallest and oldest in the land, yet has maintained respectable power for over 1200 years. Describe this nation and how it has done this. Strong defenses? An unbeatable military? Guerrilla tactics? Defensive terrain? Diplomacy? Religion? Vassal/protectorate of a stronger nation? 3: This nation resides within an archipelago. How many islands does this archipelago hold? how large are they compared to one another? Does the nation control every island? Does each island have a distinct culture, or have they more or less assimilated? 4: This previously backwater nation boasts a recent technological advancement which it has not shared with other nations. This has given it a unique advantage on the world stage, so much so that it is now not only very rich, but also politically influential. Describe this nation and said technology. 5: This nation sports the most well trained and proficient antique military in the land, but has yet to adopt gunpowder. Describe this nation, and explain why it refuses/fails to utilize gunpowder weaponry. How does it still hold it's own on the battlefield despite this fact? 6: These people are the greatest nomadic tribe in the land. Describe them and their ways. Where and why do they migrate? How do they survive? Why do they live he way they do? Do they use mounts or beasts of burden? If so, what are they? I'm purposefully leaving these prompts very loose so you guys can have a lot of freedom to be creative. Don't hesitate to tell us about things I didn't specifically ask about in the prompt. Feel free to explore whatever part of your nation that you may feel like exploring, including magic, fantastical beasts, and other fantasy tropes. Even feel free to use pictures to help color your descriptions and fuel your imagination. The only thing I ask is that we stick to a rough early modern vibe, and that we don't have any fantasy races: humans only. Also remember; we don't need or even want to get everything down in the first go. This first round of prompts and answers is just the beginning; don't try to cover everything all at once. We'll have ample time for that in the subsequent rounds. Can't wait to see what you guys come up with!