Q&A

How Can I Justify a World Without Colonialism?

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History buffs: What do you think of this?

Demons (more monster- than villain-like) have made sparse attacks on humanity since forever, and all cultures have had mages to defend themselves. However, in the thirteenth century, there was a massive surge of demons all over the globe, killing off about half the human population before human mages eventually got the situation under control.

I’m thinking that after this, various cultures and societies would have become a bit more similar than they were in the real world, due to having survived the same kind of catastrophe and threat, through the same means, at the same time. One effect of this would be that Europe didn’t get the chance to colonize large parts of the world.

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Anakin looking out from under his hood with his yellow eyes in Revenge of the Sith.

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