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    • CommentAuthorMorvius
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2010
    I was wondering... is it possible for a kingdom to be situated in marshes? A fictional example would be Nyissa from the Belgariad by David Eddings. Any real-life examples I could draw from?

    And do you guys have any examples of desert kingdoms/countries? Egypt is the first that comes to mind. Any others with different styles of governance? I am in the world building stage of my books so I am studying all the various kinds of governance. Also, I need to learn about the various concerns associated with the geographical location.

    And do you guys have any examples of desert kingdoms/countries?

    Arrakeen and Calormen come readily to mind. I’m pretty sure that Norgolia counts, too, if that’s your sort of thing.

    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2010

    Arrakeen is a city, not a kingdom/country. Though it is on a desert planet.

    For real-world examples of desert countries, try any empire that developed in the Middle East, from the Persians to the Ottomans.

    As for kingdoms/countries built on marshes, a lot of Holland/Netherlands is below sea level, so that’s similar.

    Hope this helps.


    Arrakeen is a city, not a kingdom/country. Though it is on a desert planet.

    Yeah, I know. I just thought that the planet itself was beyond the scope of the question, so I chose the capital instead.

    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2010

    The area around Brandenburg- in what would’ve then been most of western Prussia- used to be a mix of swamp and dry, useless land earning it the name ‘Sandbox of Europe.’

    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2010

    Regarding marshes, you can also take a leaf out of the book of Tenochtitlan. St. Petersberg (Russia), Kolkata (AKA Calcutta; India), Christchurch (New Zealand) were built on or extremely close to swamps. You might also want to look up “reclaimed land”, as most of Hong Kong, the Netherlands, and even New Orleans was build on reclaimed land.

    As for desert populations, you don’t really need to look much further thyan the Persian groups. Mongolia is another example, but for most of their history they were either completely nomadic or semi-nomadic. Even today, the capital Ulan Bator is home to only 1 million or so permanent residents..

    What sort of historical period are you going for, here? Because “desert cities” can be anything from ancient Nubia (Khesh) to modern-day Las Vegas or Alice Sprince.

    • CommentAuthorMorvius
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2010
    Ah, sorry for not replying for so long. Been busy with school. Well, I am referring to the more...medieval kind of setting. So I doubt that the technology of reclaiming land was around then? Actually, why would people want to build cities near/on swamps? Like St. Petersburg for example. Ah yes! The Netherlands, my friend did mention (he studied geography, I didn't).

    Thanks for the help!

    Holy cow! Nobody’s posted this yet?

    (hey, someone had to)

    • CommentAuthorRocky
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2010
    bq. Holy cow! Nobody’s posted this yet?

    fdjhgfaoishdgliahiuosdhauigsdhf I WAS JUST ABOUT TO POST THAT.

    Washington, D.C. was built on a swamp. Very few of these places stay swamp, though, because the trees tend to be close together and the ground is generally too soft to hold up buildings.