There are hundreds of major influencers in any universe. This thread is to help break down key players in the world. They are divided into several major groups. As they are created and thought up we will begin to place the boundries on them. State powers- Those cities, groups of cities, nations and empires and their associated land holdings. Religious powers- Every deity has influence over the world. Some are stronger some are weaker. Religious powers include deities, temples, shrines, priests, populations that serve or worship the deity. Their beliefs, sacraments, methods, teachings, influence. Merchant powers- Trade is important in any economy. Merchant powers include major merchant groups, pirates, brigands, trade routes, resources, types of goods traded. Goods differ in needs from region to region and governments may even control or restrict trade. Some merchants can have wide influence and holding equal to a city or nation. Natural powers- These include all natural occuring phenomina that affect the world. They include Magic, geography, monsters, natural/important/rare resources, and weather.