[Richard Boyé, Sam McGee, Pam Korda, Trent Goulding, Linda Antonson]
Obviously, the various countries and nations of Randland draw some the their characteristics from real-world nations and cultures (both current and historical). Here's a list of Randland countries and real-world countries which may have influenced them. The ones labeled "RJ" are ones which have been stated/confirmed by RJ. The rest are just reasonable speculations.
RJ has said in interviews, "I live in the Two Rivers - check a map!" Charleston, South Carolina (RJ's hometown) nestles in the fork of the Cooper and Ashley rivers. [Michael Brown]
In March of 2000, Paul Ward received a letter from RJ in which he listed what some of the regional accents of Randland sound like:
("Y'all bow down to the Empress, y'hear?" - Johan Gustafsson)