Hi for the first time
Hello everyone! First for the introduction; I'm Wilson, from Singapore; writer by aspiration, soldier by national obligation. Also I'm Chinese by race, which might explain these ideas...
These days I've been working on building a world with an Empire - pardon the capital E, it comes with the territory - and it strikes me that different polities and societies, depending on their size and power, often have fundamentally different views of their identity and how it is propagated or passed on. In that sense it seems to me that empires gravitate naturally towards grandeur as part of their identity, seeking to make their power (which is often over rather reluctant subjects) physically manifest in their culture.
So what are the views of the community on this? And, as a side question since I'm trying to build that imperial culture around that idea for now, what are some things that do awe you?