Maybe you're starting too big? Judging by the posts, this was intended as a writing collaboration, but there hasn't been much writing because building a world is a huge undertaking (evidenced by the volumes of fabulous content you've all generated). I've been reading the posts and it's all a bit daunting... I haven't gotten through half the material yet and it doesn't seem right to try and jump in without honoring the source material. I have a suggestion... take it or not, but it might ground things and shift the focus back to what was originally intended. I offer it purely in the spirit of someone who would very much like to join in, okay? Many years ago, Robert Aspirin and Lynn Abby came up with the idea for "Thieves' World," a simple anthology of stories written by different writers all set in the same city. There were locations that had a basic commonality (like the Vulgar Unicorn tavern in The Maze) and a few shared characters, but by and large, they agreed only on the bare essentials of government and politics and then let the STORIES do the fleshing out. It was the first shared-world literature I had experienced and it was brilliant! Why not pick a city in the Archipelago and just open it up to whoever wants to write in it? The "buy in" to play is to come up with a business, a religion, a landmark (with brief background), and three diverse characters (also with brief and incomplete backgrounds). Throw 'em all on the table and then challenge everyone to come up with a short story using some combination of those elements as the foundation. Everyone's contributions are fair game for everyone else (this whole "I own this thing and you can't use it" is very limiting and territorial). You want to stake your claim on something? Earn it by writing a complete story about it. Yeah, it'll be mayhem and chaos for a bit. In the event that two authors come up with conflicting content, the the founders (or a community vote, even) can decide which is "canon" and which is "apocrypha". Nothing forbidden, all's fair because WE WANT TO WRITE, not dicker over details. We can still use all the awesome source material that everyone's come up with as "the world" around the city, but the stories focus on a narrower scope. A central, neutral city, a melting pot where wanderers and diplomats and merchants and adventurers inevitably pass through coming from or going to "the next big thing". What do you think?