Since even before asking my question What human ethnicities exist in other settings besides the Forgotten Realms?, I've wanted to ask a question about how the ethnicities in the question relate to real-life ethnicities.
For example, Shou humans, judging by their physical description and sample names from the PHB, are obviously based on the Chinese, and I'm pretty sure there'll be lore references from the Forgotten Realms out there somewhere that describe a similar culture to real life historical China to strengthen that assertion.
However, I want to know what all the other human ethnicities from the PHB "map to", and some are not as obvious to me as the Shou. Before I ask such a question, I want to make sure that:
- This is not a bad question or an off-topic question (i.e. not enough to do with RPGs);
- This is not a "too broad" question (since I want to ask about at least 9, potentially 19 if I decide to include those from SCAG as well, human ethnicities);
- This is not a "primarily opinion based" question (with answerers just saying "well, I think this one is these people and that one is those people", etc, based on just the brief PHB descriptions of the human ethnicities alone; in others words, what I've said above regarding Shou = Chinese with no backup info);
I should also mention that I'm chiefly interesting in 5e material, but since I'm asking about a setting rather than rules, published material from previous editions would be fine as well.
Would this be a good question for RPG.SE? Should I ask it?