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Sunday, March 26, 2017
An Island of Civilization in a Dangerous World
of Myork is filled with military academies where knights and vators are trained
to fill out Myork’s massive army.But
like all schools, these do not only teach the subject matter they are intended
to teach; they also teach propaganda.
itself as the only bastion of civilization in an incredibly dangerous
world.To be fair, they have a forest of
elves to their north who would like nothing better than to have the forests
retake the stone cities and endless farmlands.They also have mountains and hills literally filled with dragons of
nearly every type.Too far to the east
and you run into the world’s largest desert, an endless wasteland of sand and
dehydration.So seeing the world as a dangerous
place might be the intelligent reaction here.
But they also
see the other continent as a dangerous place, a place where freedoms are not
matched with an endless vigilance.In
Myork, they know that freedom is not free and must be protected at all cost
from tyrants and criminals.One minor
problem is that they assume everyone on the other continent is a criminal.
So the military
men (and women) graduating from these academies are ready to fight, and quick
to find enemies.They think nothing of
advancing on a Latvich troop and attacking them simply because the Lats might
be across a border that has been undefended for generations.After all, in Myork, laws are obeyed, so that
is the way life should be everywhere.The fact that some country on the other continent cannot guard their
borders doesn’t mean that the Lats get to expand, not when the Myork military
Is the Myork
army a force for “good”?Well, yes.They are at least a force for “law”, but the
law as they see it.Diplomats from all
eras know that there are times when fighting is necessary, but that laws and
treaties sometimes bend to the practical conditions of the times.The soldiers of Myork don’t see it that
way.They won’t throw their lives away
needlessly, but they don’t see how right and wrong can have grey areas.Dragons flying over farmlands need to be
slain before they can feed on innocent women and children.There is no question about that.Similarly, “evil” troops must be stopped
before they enslave the weak.Their
reasoning is actually pretty sound, but too often it may be impractical for
those without their strong sense of justice.
What do the
military academies of your game world teach?
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