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The reason why I am asking this is because before renewed, there has been as of recently, a large focus on the lesser developed part of Middle Earth. I am not saying that it is a bad thing to focus on. I believe that the mod’s primary focus should be on explicitly canon details before moving to the lesser known parts. As of right now, Harad and Rhun have so much detail and more of an emphasis than the more developed aspects of Middle Earth. The reason why the mod should have more of an emphasis on the developed regions is because if the mod focuses on those aspects more then more obscure hints of details of the east and south would likely be uncovered.
What a lot of people misunderstand about Tolkien is that the universe that he created is not incomplete. Tolkien did not lay out details of the more obscure parts of Middle Earth because many of his protagonists would have no way of knowing specific details of those parts. Even though this is the case, there is quite a lot of information that is subtly implied in his works. At first glance, it may seem that on a surface level that Tolkien was inspired by real life cultures. Most likely, he probably did base Harad and Rhun off of real life cultures. However, Tolkien also likely did not want connections to the real world to be explicitly obvious. Before Near Harad in the mod was split into many different factions, I thought that they were very well done (Even though the Umbar faction after the split is now currently the most well done). One aspect of the mod that needs a slight rework is Dorwinion. In the following quote from a wiki website, “In the Third Age King Turambar made conquests in the East, so the lands that was or would be Dorwinion probably became part of Gondor; by the time of Hyarmendacil l Gondor had reached its greatest extent in all its history. In T.A. 1248, King Minalcar and Vidugavia of the Northmen also campaigned in the lands between Rhovanion and the Inland Sea. In the following centuries the Great Plague had hit those lands although it is not known how much Dorwinion was affected.
During the war with the Wainriders (1856), Gondor lost its hold of the eastern lands beyond the Emyn Muil thus excluding Dorwinion from its withdrawing borders.
By T.A. 2941 Dorwinion traded with realms of Wilderland, such as the Woodland Realm. The special wine of Thranduil came from that place in crates. The Elves of Mirkwood returned the crates by way of the Forest River to Lake-town on Long Lake.” In the mod right now, Dorwinion is a neutral faction which is good. I think that their neutrality should be extended to all factions. Dorwinion should not have mortal enemies if their description on this wiki states that they are neutral with Sauron, but not allied with him. They should also not be allies with the Woodland Realm. Obviously they are trading partners with them, but being allies with the Woodland Realm means that they are not neutral. The reason why they should be neutral is for two reasons. During the war if the ring, they do not fight for any side, now does anybody invade them or bother them for anything other than trade. I think that they should be trading partners with the Easterlings and Mordor, only because it makes sense that trade is the reason why Mordor never invaded them. Also, they lie between Gondor and Rhun. Maybe they had an agreement with Sauron that the Easterlings can cross their land if they don’t bother them. I think that they shouldn’t be good just because their are elves in the faction. Also, why would Gondor have a part of its history where it conquered Dorwinion?
My perspective is that Dorwinion should be neutral to every faction (good and evil), trading with everyone who would do business with them, yet not fighting with or against anyone (unless hired by players).
My perspective on Rhudel is that everything about the faction is good, but the name needs to change. The name needs to match the name Easterlings rather than matching Rhun. Despite being a somewhat strange name, I believe that Rhudel should be renamed to Easter. I know that at a glance, the name doesn’t seem like it would fit Middle Earth, but take a minute and look at all the other names of nations in Middle Earth that are nearby. Gondor and the Gondorions, Rohan and the Rohirrim, Druedan Forest and the Druedain, Umbar and the Umbarians, Harad and the Haradrim, Numenor and the Numenoreans, Arnor and the Arnorians, Forodwaith and the Forodwaith (the true name of the Lossoth [Lossoth was the name the rest of Middle Earth gave to them]), and Dunland and the Dunlandings. All of these group names are tied to regions. While this is some of the only evidence to support changing Rhudel’s name to Easter, this is more evidence than using the name Rhudel. Maybe Tolkien simply preferred to write Easterlings opposed to the Easterlings of Easter similarly to how Tolkien preferred to write the bow of Legolas opposed to Legolas’s bow because he thought it looked weird.
What do you think?