I had the pleasure recently to read the Suikosource page about the Geography of Toran Republic. I mean this one: http://www.suikosource.com/history/geog ... ation_id=4
I noticed Blue Moon did comments on what the different regions of Toran look like, comparing "Gouran" to far East and "Kunan" as the Western one. I have to say, I agree, and these feelings are obvious.
I had the thought that other regions can also be seen as an in-game emulation of our own world:
The Lorimar region seems North American to me. Remember this is the somewhat stereotypical vision of a Japanese designer, but being European myself I think I can recognize a few North American stereotypes past the fortress of Lorimar: the Warrior's village is made of log cabins, which is how non-American people tend to imagine a traditional American pioneer village, like in Little house in the prairie and such. Tengaar looks a bit like an archetypal Native American girl, she's a Tiger Lily of sorts. And even when you did this time travel to Ted's childhood, which happens while exploring the Lorimar region, the music then becomes sort of reminiscent of Native Americans.
Yeah I know, there's also Neclord's castle there, but only a rich American could build such a tacky imitation of European architecture
THe Dana region is mentioned on your webpage as "difficult to fit in a mold". Really? It seems pretty obvious to me that this region is the Russian one. The name Kirov, the theme song with sort of balalaikas, the sturdy houses in grey that looks like a Siberian place, and Leon "Trotsky" Silverberg dressed like Lenin... to me this region is the Russian Suikoden.
Oh one more thing, you mention Banner mines are only discussed in publications, but I'm pretty sure it is mentioned in-game: when the Empire threatens Mathiu to send a child in forced labor if he refuses to join them, I'm pretty sure they say they would send the infortunate kid to Banner mines.
Well that's just a few thoughts, do whatever you want with it