Homogeneous worlds being a problem is pretty much limited to worlds where the homogeneous population is made up of people who are the dominant power in our world. A world with hundreds of characters who are all white is a problem. An isolated empire of indigenous Americans is not.
You didn’t ask for it, but here are some tips for isolated empires anyway:
- Homogeneity: On the topic of homogeneity, whether your empire is truly homogeneous (everyone is of the same ethnicity, religion, language, etc.) depends on its size. The larger your empire, the more diversity you’ll have. Two different ethnicities can look the same in terms of appearance, but they might have a different culture, language, or religion. This makes them different ethnicities. But culture, language, religion, etc. can also spread.
- Resources: Again, this depends on how large your empire is as well as where it is. If your empire is isolated, trading will be difficult. It’s still possible if others know about this kingdom, but it’ll probably be heavily regulated and a rare occasion if your kingdom wants to remain private. An isolated empire is going to have limited resources and there are certain resources they’ll have to give up due to isolation.
- Slow Change: Without cultural diffusion or migration, cultural change is going to be slow. If you write an isolated empire, you can get away with very little change in technology over hundreds or even thousands of years. The more resources and the more influence you have, the more change will come.
- Knowledge: You said that your empire purposefully isolated itself from others. There’s some fear in there. Do the people of your kingdom know about outsiders? Are they shielded from the outside world? Are they taught to hate it? To ignore it? Are they taught nothing of it?
- Security: An empire that has purposefully cut itself off from the rest of the world will probably have some type of security to keep away outsiders. Not only that, but you’ll need a strong force to fend off those who try to take over this empire.
- Geographical Isolation: If your empire is physically isolated, it will be much easier to remain isolated and the security won’t need to be as strong because the natural world acts as a barrier already, whether it’s water, mountains, or something else.
Oh man I don’t think I’ve heard that song since elementary school, haha! I was obsessed with Enya’s music back then. That one was one of my favorites, too— the cover by the Taliesin Orchestra is especially lovely.
Also, I’m re-reading the lyrics and they are more relevant than ever, so thank you for that too.
I get that~ Enya was a childhood love for me too; I used to fall asleep to her music. To this day, the songs of hers I have were from the very CDs I treasured. I might just look up that cover though~
Anyway, you are welcome~ Though it was no choice of mine, just a random selection by my shuffled itunes. Still amusing in how fitting it was, considering you could’ve ended up with something like Annie’s Tomorrow or In-Grid’s Vive le Swing.
Hey all, reblog this post and get a random song in your ask.
“We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.”