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What if they are racial Chinese directly from San Francisco, Terra?
Then why bother to mention it in the Library Data, if it means nothing more than genetic factors affecting hair and skin color, but has nothing to do with culture?

Anybody have an answer to my actual request, for a good source of Chinese-language system names?
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Then why bother to mention it in the Library Data, if it means nothing more than genetic factors affecting hair and skin color, but has nothing to do with culture?
Who says it has nothing to do with culture? It could be a highly romanticized reconstructed culture, made up out of a hodge-podge of historical sources centuries after the original settlements.

Mind you, changing the names works fine too. I'm just playing Devil's Advocate here.


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An actual map of China probably has lots of city, town and Provence names that should work for worlds.

Important cultural locations, like emperor's palace names or castles.

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So... I don't happen to speak (or read, or write) any variety of Chinese. Can someone point me at a good source of Mandarin or Cantonese names for systems colonized by the Celestial League in the rim-spinward corner of the Deep
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Villages_in_China

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_in_China
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I must remember to thank Hans for playing Devil's Advocate and burying my original question, in which I asked:

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So... I don't happen to speak (or read, or write) any variety of Chinese. Can someone point me at a good source of Mandarin or Cantonese names for systems colonized by the Celestial League in the rim-spinward corner of the Deep, or do I have to go with my fallback standard of just getting a map of China and copying some placenames that sound good? (emphasis added)
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I must remember to thank Hans for playing Devil's Advocate and burying my original question, in which I asked:
I guess the sensible thing for me to do is to stop trying to help lest I inadvertently commit the awful solecism of burying any more of your questions.

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I use Behind The Name to find personal names, though it only has "Chinese" and doesn't distinguish Cantonese from Mandarin.

For place names I often use wikipedia and other resources on place names. (I used it to find city names for Coventry (RD 3207).)
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I guess the sensible thing for me to do is to stop trying to help lest I inadvertently commit the awful solecism of burying any more of your questions.

Good luck with your campaign.
Aw, chill out. I apologize if I offended you. I was simply being sarcastic about the irony of two posters attempting to help by offering the exact same thing (names from a map) that I had already mentioned in my initial post on the subject.

I have appreciated your assistance so far, and hope to see more if you see fit.
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I have appreciated your assistance so far, and hope to see more if you see fit.
Remember that place names tend to get "repackaged" a lot from origins that may themselves be obscure. I think that the requisite level realism will maintained, for those of us who don't speak any Chinese language or dialect, as long as you use any source....other than the NTSB.
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Two new blog posts: one long one with expected schedule this week to begin play, suggested methods of posting, rules we will be using, and my basic philosophy on GMing a game. The other post is also long, but I hope somewhat entertaining, is an example of game play.

I will definitely have suggested homeworlds and some info about the pre-game journey of the Fortunate Son posted tonight, so you can finish out your character backstories and be ready to play.
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