How deep do you go when you create a culture? How detailed are your details? The reason I ask is this: I am a person who comes from two cultures (maybe even three) at the same time. Walking the fence that I walk constantly makes me look to either side and compare the differences. Can’t help it. *shrug* The American Me recognizes the importance of deadlines and dates; memorized bank account #’s, social security #’s, pin #s; birthdates, times, places; every little thing in folder, every folder in a box, every box in a stack, every stack in a room, every room in a building…. Blah, blah, detailed details ad infinitum. The Spanish Me recognizes none of these things, but instead a whole host of other things: Propriety and politess in a conversation; recognizing and acknowledging social standing of individuals within a group; body language; the importance of chillaxing … blah, blah, detailed arbitrary social structure ad infinitum. *Deep breath* When you create your fantasy/sci-fi/weird fiction world/culture/race, how much of this do you take into account? Are your created cultures just Yanks/Brits/Aussies/ (fill in your particular culture) in disguise? If not, what have you done to make them not so?