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Question for my readers

I'm writing my third Nokwahl novel, and I have a character in the prologue who is living in Africa. It is 3231 AD, and in that future, Africa is a developed continent free from the kind of strife that currently plagues it, because all of Earth is under one government and, well, it's over 1000 years in the future. I'm trying to figure out what region to have the city she lives in, and trying to figure out if I should use an existing city (or more accurately, a rebuilt city like New Chicago in the US region, which used to be Chicago) or a new name for a city. So I'm looking for suggestions for regions (countries or whatnot) and cities. Or names for cities. I could just pick one myself, but I want to see what others think.

Oh, if it helps, the character's name is Sarinda Okoni.

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baron_waste
Jun. 19th, 2012 05:48 am (UTC)

In a case like that, discard the names. It's not 'Africa,' with all that implies - which isn't good, 'World Government' notwithstanding - it's a continent with specific land forms. Turn your globe upside down - 'north' is now 'south.'

Now, on this Earth-like world, where would she be? At the 'southern' end, dominated by a huge desert but adjacent to a major inland ocean with thriving commerce? At the equator, in rot-jungle conditions? At the 'northern' extremity, with high desert again but straddling one of the world's major shipping lanes between two major oceans?

If - as is obvious! - your world bears no relation to present-day reality, then disregard the present day and look at the situation anew.

fayanora
Jun. 19th, 2012 05:49 am (UTC)
Good point. Thanks!
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