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Register a real domain You could think about registering a real domain (with a name relevant to your novel) and then: Adding some real content that either is an optional part of the story or Adding content that promotes your work. The following links provide complete instructions on how to register a domain name. How to Register Your Own Domain Name How ...


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Several people have suggested the possibility of using real-life reserved domain names. (For those curious, I have a summary of names and networks reserved for examples and documentation on my personal web site.) Some people have even suggested using real-world domain names that are somehow undesirable, but still valid. Yet others have suggested to ...


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All Elvish is (probably) open source (in the US) There is a real legal history of battles over open source languages, two threads of which are relevant here. The first is that the US court system has definitively ruled that it is not a violation of a constructed computer programming language's copyright to write a new computer program using the same ...


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As mentioned by @journeyman-geek, you might consider giving your world an alternative name resolution system which avoids collision by not following the format of domain names as seen in our own DNS system. This is easy to imagine as the defining features of modern DNS names (and, by extension, URLs) are largely historical accident. For example, many email ...


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Some time ago (about 2 years) I went looking for a huge list of names. I wanted to use that list to uniquely name objects in my game-engine without having to resort to using generic uids that are hardly distinguishable. I found help on the excellent open data stackexchange. Long story short, I present you: ftp://ftp.heise.de/pub/ct/listings/0717-182.zip A ...


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General Guides Universe Factory: Some theoretical considerations to world building methods A short guide to worldbuilding - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Roll for Fantasy worldbuilding guide - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Ultimate worldbuilding guide for writers Guide To World-Building: How To Write Fantasy, Sci-Fi And Real-Life Worlds Short Primer of the Making of ...


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Use Binomial Nomenclature Part of what makes scientific names sound consistent is that they're part of a formal system called binomial nomenclature. If you apply the same system to the names of your fantasy creatures, they'll have a similar feel. In binomial nomenclature, a creature's name is comprised of two words, a genus and a specie. There are other ...


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I recommend Celestia (https://celestiaproject.net/). This is a very detailed (and free) astronomy simulator that lets you view planets, stars, constellations, etc. from any angle. You can view stars from other stars, even outside the galaxy. It's available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS. Looking at 18 Scorpii from the direction of Earth (1.75 AU away): ...


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I use software called Starry Night Pro. It allows you to "fly" to a star in the database and take a picture (with or without labels and guidelines). The software is not free, but it has many graphic options (from what I can tell on the comparison page, the cheapest version will accomplish this, the more expensive versions are for telescope control). This is ...


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Evernote is a pretty good note software, but that doesn't seem to be what you want. It sounds like what you really want is an private wiki. You apparently weren't able to find one though, apparently they are pretty common. The biggest one is MediaWiki (the power behind Wikipedia). MediaWiki can be private, and it's not too hard. See this tutorial for ...


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You could also use an extinct language that no one speaks anymore. There are hundreds to choose from. Being a real language removes any legal issues, gives you all kinds of real grammar and everyday words instead of just the ones that are needed for the story. And best of all, if your work becomes popular and people start learning it, you could be helping ...


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I spent some time putting together a project which does this to within 75lys, hosted here. All the source code is on GitHub. This definitely isn't as professional as Starry Night, as mentioned above, but it is free. To be honest, I'm not at all an astronomer so I don't know to what degree 75lys captures all interesting constellations, so take the accuracy ...


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You can use a "man in the middle". Country A doesn't have an official relationship with country C, but both A and C have a good relationship with B. Through B, A and C can have diplomatic contacts. It was done between during WW2 between Italy and UK using Vatican City, if I remember correctly.


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A partial answer, combining my comments on the question, plus subsequent finds: For historical names, the Society for Creative Anachronism has an administrative section, the College of Heralds, who maintain lists of registered “SCA Names”. There are rules for authenticity, and they maintain some references for acceptable names. Check their page ...


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A quick Google search for "list of exoplanets" yielded several useful resources. Wikipedia has multiple lists of planets including a list of nearest exoplanets, a list of multiplanetary extrasolar systems, a list of exoplanet extremes and a list of potentially habitable exoplanets, among many other exoplanet-related lists. These lists might provide good ...


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Indo-European languages... have a common origin and common grammatical concepts; but they don't really have much of a common inventory of phonemes. A linguist, or an amateur who knows their basic linguistics, would understand the phrase "not similar to Indo-European languages" as referring to grammar, not phonology. So what are the grammatical commonalities ...


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There are only two models that I'm aware of that could scale out to the timeline you've listed... CMIP5 - http://cmip-pcmdi.llnl.gov/cmip5/ attempts to tackle climate beyond 2100. and the other is CM2.x done through NOMADS (NOAA National Operational Model Archive & Distribution System) ... http://nomads.ncdc.noaa.gov/thredds/catalog/gfdlcm2x/...


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What you are talking about sounds like a shared universe. There are a vast number of Shared Universes out there, with a wide range in licensing and IP restriction and ranging from amateur to professional. Some have detailed supporting and briefing information that anyone can pick up and use, others are restricted just to a small group of authors or people ...


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I will second DonyorM's suggestion of DokuWiki. I've used personal installs of it before and it's really easy to setup, very customizable, private, and open source. Additionally, if you later decide you want to open it to other people, you just need to transfer it to a webserver and other people can access it. Alternatively, you can use the Wiki Chooser ...


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JPL's HORIZONS system will give you ephemerides, charts of a planet's location in the sky (via right ascension and declination) and position in space via quantities like the true anomaly. You can find ephemerides for all eight planets, as well as about 800,000 asteroids, comets and moons (yes, including Pluto and Eris). HORIZONS is quite accurate, and ...


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I Said Do You Speaka My Language One thing about names is that they are pronounced like regular words. That's because often names actually are regular words. Consider, for example, that silly trope where boy meets exotic girl and she says her name is Mortihomoalbus or whatever and the boy asks, "What does that mean?" Invariable the girl has some ...


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The basic logic of Tarot magic can be explained as simply as this: If you think of a spell ingredient as something conceptual rather than something tangible, then it makes it a lot easier to think creatively about what you can use. One item that many of us have on hand is a deck of Tarot cards. While we often turn to them immediately as a ...


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I use a collection of tools, not just a single one. A single tool would admittedly be better but I find that what I do with world building is so diverse a single tool doesn't seem to cut it for me. So, here is what I use Perforce: This is version control software...and is probably overkill for what I or other world-building folks will do. Essentially it ...


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Nothing that would really work - as per bob's excellent comment, there's a list of reserved, example TLDs, none of which are suitable and the new gTLDs are pretty broad. There's nothing stopping a organisation with a justification and enough money from registring any new gTLD. Its worth considering the rich and varied tradition of making things up when ...


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I have a different approach for you. Start with an excel column with English words that could be names. For example: Rump Cheek. Next column translate that to Lithuanian via this https://www.labnol.org/internet/google-translate-for-spreadsheets/10086/ I get "Skruosto Skruostas". Which has a ring to it! Third column is to translate into Babylonian. I ...


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Unfortunately the answer is no. Serious props to you if you want to have a go at coding this. There is probably a PhD in it. One of the primary resources on the topic is the Admiralty Manual of Tides (NP 120). It has been a few years since I worked in the discipline and theory may have progressed but tidal prediction is primarily done by analysing harmonic ...


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There are many! CBB -- a discussion forum catering to invented languages & worlds Reddit Worldbuilding -- general worldbuilding forum Reddit Fantasy Worldbuilding -- a narrow focus Reddit Fantasy Maps -- fantasy cartography Reddit Fantasy Writers -- for writers ConWorlds -- a general purpose worldbuilding discussion forum (defunct, posts still visible) ...


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This is a very complicated subject And I'm not sure anyone has written a program to do everything you asked for. Bits and pieces have been written and polished but there's no cohesive project that does everything you're asking for. Universe Sandbox If you have a PC with Steam installed, you can use Universe Sandbox to setup as many strange orbital ...


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Keep in mind that what your asking isn't straightforward at all. A true galaxy map must map hundreds of billions of stars and quadrillions (if not more) planets, asteroids, nebula, etc., etc. The Milkyway@Home project is a ginormous effort just to map our own galaxy. Even a map generator that dealt with only 1/100,000th of the data would be mind-...


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You have a few problems Starting on the left, purple, you can't have a land mass between two places that were once joined,otherwise if you wind time back they can't join up because there is a land mass in the way. Pale blue, you can't form spikes like that,not as a plate to plate break. You can't have a sharp V shaped spreading center, crust breaks in 120 ...


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