ThemesThe world of Zihæt allows for the exploration of several themes that are often difficult to address in "real world" situations due to complex interactions and deep-seated bias. Many of these themes intersect and are challenging to examine individually. This article attempts to provide a general framework for exploring these themes. Each theme summary provides links to background materials. Each theme summary also identifies other Akadimía articles that contain stories (prose), characters, and other set pieces related to the theme.
Age AppropriateAlong with the shared storytellers, I designed Akadimía for players/readers in age ranges from late teenage years to adult.
Explicit ConsentWe assume a model of explicit consent. For RPGs, Gamemasters must ensure players/readers are aware that these issues will be explored and have agreed to participate in such a setting.
Theme SummariesForms of government, including direct democracy via city-states, tribal (clan-based), feudal and imperial
Oligarchy and persistent material inequality
Slavery and human rights
Discrimination, particularly misogyny and homophobia
Abuse and dehumanizing behaviors
Impacts of Neurodiversity and Mental Illness, particularly those with a biological basis
Religious violence, demonization, and "othering."
Afterlife and its impacts on the living
Syncretism in religion and culture
Shame versus Guilt Based Societies competing in the formation of new cultures