Anonymous said: Okai, so this may sound somewhat stupid but I'm very confused with the term "POC". So, I know characters from South America are considered PoC. Then, characters from SPAIN are too considered PoC or not? Because most part of the time people seem to forget about Spain and when they say "hispanic" they just mean Latin America. Also, Portuguese and Italian people are PoC or...? This confuses me so much, I'm so sorry.
You’re confusing nationality and ethnicity. Nationality is where someone lives, e.g. I’m from the US. Ethnicity is where your ancestors came from, e.g. I’m Korean and Scottish.
POC refers to people whose ethnicity isn’t (mostly) Western European in origin. There are a number of groups within Spain - sizable populations of immigrants from Central/South America, Africa, and the Middle East (in addition to people of Middle Eastern descent who moved there during the Islamic takeover) - who are not ethnically white (POC). There are also Spaniards and immigrants from Western Europe who are ethnically white (not POC). You’ll find the same if you look at Portugal and Italy.
All the people with a Spanish citizenship are Spanish - that’s their nationality. Not all the people living within Spain are POC, because that depends on their ethnicity.
Anonymous said: How does one start a rebellion? In many stories (i.e. Eragon, Star Wars) the Chosen One JOINS a rebellion, one that already exists. Since my story takes place in the far future, I find it hard for a rebellion to form against an Empire that is omnipotent/omnipresent, with almost infinite resources, etc., without being found out and stepped on. Thanks in advance.
To form a rebellion, you need:
- A group of pissed off people. Discrimination and prejudice are often causes of rebellion - get a large enough group angry enough and they will rise up. Economic loss is another motivator. One of the reasons the French Revolution began was the soaring price of the food staple, bread. Finally, a new ideology may arise that violent contradicts the existing order. The ideology’s followers may want to spread it or they may fight to preserve it.
- A spark. Or, rather, several sparks. You need a few instances where the oppressive force does something that really riles up the population - shooting a child, denying certain people access to healthcare, an overnight fourfold increase in the bread prices - to the point at which there is a small uprising. This inspires others to do the same.
- Organization. Organization can make or break a rebellion. At the very least, a rebellion should have a leader or four who can give orders. The rebellion also needs a core of dedicated, determined dogmatists who will stiffen the spine of the other rebels. The rebellion will need a set of values or goals 75% or more of the rebels can agree on - this is their objective.
As for your setting, you’ve worldbuilt yourself into a corner. Surely the Empire cannot have eyes absolutely everywhere. Even if they do, they won’t have enough super dedicated jingoists to watch. Many of the Empire’s employees are there for the money, not the GLORIOUS PURPOSE OF SERVING KING AND COUNTRY or whatever. There will be places where the Empire’s authority is lessened or even nominal, because it’s far from their center of power, the people have rebelled in the past, or the Empire had to strike a deal allowing them more autonomy for some reason.