I'm world-building for a universe. I just came up with Deals Best Kept, and I realized I wanted to have a bunch of fantasy races interact, be very culturally diverse and mixed, and also account for a lot of the anachronism that happens in fantasy, specifically how you have multiple different fantasy creatures from different mythologies.
All interacting but not really, so I had an idea the Fae were a very broad grouping of magical creatures in folklore anthology, so I decided how about in this universe the Fae brought in or conquered many of the fantasy races we know, with the story setting being centuries later in a fantasy-esque early 20th century around when World War I might have happened, but I didn't want homogenization or a monoculture going on.
How do I build a unified national identity? Multiple ethnicities, multiple cultures, one single nation? More importantly, how to get the tribes to accept the empire's culture and customs While retaining their distinct culture'
The points below are just the world-building I've come up with so far.
•The Fae are similar to the fae depicted in folklore and mythology. They are known for their cunning, wisdom, and deceitful nature. They possess magical abilities and have a strong connection to the spirit realm.
•The Fae have a unique approach to cultural assimilation. Instead of conquering other cultures, they gradually seep their legends, traditions, and culture into the societies they assimilate. They learn from the locals, exchange stories, and adapt their own practices, while still allowing the other cultures to maintain their cultural identities.
• Fae magic is based on the concept of presentation and theater. They believe in "faking it till you make it" and have the ability to present themselves in a way that aligns with what they want to become. This includes positioning themselves as immune to harm or adopting disguises.
• The Fae approach warfare in a theatrical and strategic manner. They focus on presentation and deception, using tactics that seem like exaggerated legends. Their battles involve clever tactics and illusions to confuse and outmaneuver their enemies.
•The Fae's influence on other races varies. Elves and dwarves, for example, have assimilated into the Fae Empire while retaining their cultural identities. Humans were treated as slaves initially but were eventually integrated into the empire with a softer touch. Goblins faced prejudice but proved their worth, leading to their reluctant inclusion. Orcs, with their strength-focused culture, developed an understanding with the Fae and joined the empire.
•As time progresses, the Fae's stories and legends from other cultures undergo subtle changes. They retain the roots and themes but adapt the language and presentation to fit their own cultural sensibilities. Stories that do not align with their ideals become more metaphorical and obscured in subtext.
Thanks for any help