Nations and Places
Section I: Nations
Section II: Places of Renown
Is there anything more important than knowledge?
Yes, there is. Love, friendship, they are the fuel that make our lives worth living. Yet love, too, grows out of knowledge. Learning of the hopes and dreams, the fears and nightmares of the other person, exploring the crooks and crannies of a personality, and finally coming to love that knowledge as much as the person.
At first love, all you wish to explore is the physical. I remember the heat of youth to well to ignore such, particularly when I remember the youthful looks of my beloved Maresa. Yet with age there comes a change to one’s perception, and I have come to learn much more of my wife. Much that my younger self never cared about; much that might have turned the fool away from her. To my great relief, his foolishness evaporated with the years. Today I know the profound depths of my Maresa, far beyond the physical, and my bond to her has never been more solid. I love the Maresa whom I married forty years ago; I love the Maresa I have come to know over these decades; I will love the Maresa of the future with the same fervor – or more.
Such it is with the love for the world, the love for a place. There is the physical beauty (or lack thereof, in some cases), yet another layer lies beyond, the people who live there, their ideas, their society, their culture – all that makes people real. All of that is what truly makes a place or nation what it is, and I would like this book to open your eyes for the beauty of Gushémal.
To be perfectly honest, I have never cared much for geographical details. (Aside from the maps guiding me to my destination on my travels, that is.) Although it surely is necessary, I fear these details may not get the fullest of descriptions that they deserve. This I intend to rectify in the future through the help of travellers knowledgeable of the various places.
Alas, a work such as this rarely turns out exactly as previewed by its author. Although the majority of texts in this volume shall probably delve into the ins and outs of society and culture, a number of maps might indeed find their way in.
What I hope it will provide is a good, profound look at Gushémal, and that you will fall in love with your world, knowing its ins and outs, just as I fell in love once more with my wife.