Geofiction is the art of creating imaginary places. Specifically, Realistic Geofiction is the creation of "verisimilar" or "plausible" lands which could be believable as real. So, culture, history, language and facts of them are coherent and based on real countries on Earth. For more information about the subject, refer to the wiki Geopoeia.
As stated in the
website of AGL,
a Dutch organisation of imaginary countries, a
realistic geofiction “is a reality within the here and now of today”.
These states “in themselves and interactively apply to the present
level of e.g. technological development, as far as it can be known.
Transporter technology as shown in Star Trek for instances, is not
realistic, at least from the point of view of this interaction project.”
They “don't know that they are fictional countries. They behave like
every other nation on Earth. Geofictivity is therefore not the reason
that these nations have joined each other in an alliance; every creator
of a state can make up a plausible other explanation for this.” It
is also mentioned that empires and superpowers would be hard to be
believable. So, realistic projects “tend to be humble, mostly small
Why creating Geofiction? Why not dedicating time to study real cultures or to do more productive activities? Many people could say this is a complete waste of time. Well, I don't think so. Geofiction can be very instructive and pleasant. For me, it is a kind of lifelong hobby. My first creation, Kaupelan, a developing country situated close to Indonesia and Australia, was conceived more than four decades ago, when I was just 8 years old. The project grew up with me. From the childish origin, it evolved based on my growing interest on graphic arts, geography, history, economy and especially… languages! I had to increase my knowledge in these and other areas, and nowadays the project can be seen as a laboratory for political, economic and social ideas. I dream about Kaupelan, but not as an ideal place, a utopia. Instead, I imagine it as a developing country with difficulties and problems, such as overpopulation and lack of natural resources, where solutions for energy, environment or public transportation, for instance, can be imagined and developed. Maybe some of them can be useful in the real life applications.
When I was 15,
I've created Yukland, a developed country situated in Northern
Europe. This rich, scarcely populated and frozen land is, in some
respects, the opposite of Kaupelan.
It is, perhaps, the creation closest to an Utopia. Good
education, good public services. An equalitarian and free society.
However, even Yukland is not perfect
as well. It has different problems, maybe similar to those of Western
European countries, and a unique culture and "personality".
creation, Yutyrama, is an emerging country of South America,
conceived based on my interest in the Indian culture of Brazil, my real
country. This land aims to be an experience of socialism and democracy.
for my last creation, Tarmorya,
an emerging country situated in Northern Africa, was to imagine a
culture mixing Roman, Berber, Arabic and French influences. The tourism in its
Mediterranean coast and agriculture - citrus, olives and grapes (that
give good wines) -
are the basis for the development of this country. The poverty is a big
problems. And after a coup d'état, its economy and society was almost
ruined. The challenge here is to create it from the scratch, thinking
about means to build a society without many resources dealing with
violence, unemployment, corruption, prejudices and poverty.
Inspired by this
Dutch organisation, FICTS was created in 2005 to congregate realistic geofictional nations in a
more international way. The organisation was replaced by FICT – the Forum for International
Cooperation and Trade – in 2011.
MY GEOFICTIONAL PROJECTS
Kingdom of Kaupelan
Republic of Yukland
Republic of Yutyrama
Republic of Tarmorya
If you are interested by geofiction do not hesitate to contact me. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.