My latest Goodreads blog asks How Influential are Book Titles for You? and the idea for this post sprang from that.
Firstly, do books as we know them exist on your fictional world? If yes, but not as we would recognise them, what form do they take? Can everyone read or is that the right of a privileged few? Is reading encouraged or considered dangerous?
Secondly, does your fictional society confer titles on those that have served it well? Is the system a monarchy or republic and how would that affect titles given? Again, are titles only given to those from the "right background" (and what would that background be?).
Thirdly, how is land title passed on? Can anyone own property (and what form does it take)? How does selling land/property or bequeathing it work in your world? Do you have a system where the government automatically takes a certain percentage of the value of the property as its "inheritance tax"?
Last but not least, I love titles which are open and give me plenty of possibilities to work with. This is a good example of that!