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23 April 2018

Mentioning Tikal leads to Accidental Worldbuilding

In my last writing session the character whose viewpoint I was writing was still having nightmares related to a futbol match in Tikal.

Tikal is the modern name for the ruins of a Mayan city that had probably been called Yax Mutal.

Photo of Tikal Temple 1 by Raymond Ostertag

So, what happened? Either the Native Americans were never conquered and subjected to genocide and cultural erasure, or after Nationfall surviving Native Americans revived their indigenous culture and reclaimed their old cities.

Practical implications of Native Americans never being conquered and genocided would include traditions and culture intersecting and merging with European culture to a greater extent. Bare minimum you’d see New York City street signs and official documents rendered in both English and Unami (an Algonquin language spoken by the Lenape people who lived in the area).

But this assumes that the Lenape were or became literate, and as far as I can tell that’s not necessarily the case. More research might be necessary, especially if the continued existence or revival of Native American culture and traditions alongside European culture in my setting’s version of the Americas becomes more relevant to plot or characterization.