I apologize if someone's thought of this before me... but here's what I was thinking: I was thinking the other night, and I noticed some parallels that can be drawn between Arcanum and our own world. These're just my views, so feel free to argue against them if you don't agree with them. I noticed that the disagreement between magic and technology s rather similar to the battle that constantly goes on between religion and science. I noticed also that Tarant and Caladon were (note: I'm still arguing with myself over this one) similar to Europe (Tarant) and China (Caladon). To me, Dernholm and Blackroot seem similar to USA and the Middle East. Because we're a failing empire, and we're working hard to control the Middle East, and they're contesting our rule. These're just my views, lemme know what you think.