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I've been trying my hand at fantasy stories for close to five years now, but one thing that always throws me for a loop is CREATING THE WORLD. I realize it's a long slow process, and I've been making some notable progress in the past weeks, but there are some details that I don't know if I should be aware of, or if I can leave them out?

Most recently I've been flustered by the structure of military. How much time and effort should I devote to creating an army? How many troops does the nation have at its disposal, how many of said troops does it send out at a time, how many different branches does the military have, what types of soldiers and artillery are they made up of, all sorts of questions. The world I plan to build does include magic, but it's a relatively minor part of the while thing (regardless I think it could find a place in the midst of a legion). I'd really appreciate it if somebody could clarify a good course of action for me.

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Renan, L.Dutch May 29 at 19:01

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    $\begingroup$ Relevant: Good Enough: How to Know When You're Done. $\endgroup$ – Frostfyre May 29 at 18:20
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  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, the question as it stands now cannot be answered: it all depends on your story and world. If you are making a world of Caribbean pirates you might skip laser invention, while for a Blade runneresque story you might want to deal with it. $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch May 29 at 19:03
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    $\begingroup$ While I agree that this is going to differ story by story, I think that there is a certain amount of help that can be given in thinking about it. VTR. $\endgroup$ – Brythan May 29 at 19:50
  • $\begingroup$ First, why the magic tag? Meaning would the answer be related to the magic (like cooperative spells where # of users effects) or not? Second, what you are asking is part of the overall strategy (resources) that countries readily deal with today. See my answer to building strategy and tactics questions for more details on how you could focus this question (currently there are so many issues to ask about it wouldn't be answerable using SE's model) $\endgroup$ – LinkBerest May 29 at 20:03