I chose the second option, being the empire hidden away in the lush paradise. The lush paradise would have to have lots of water and natural resources available for it. My inspirations were mayan art and architecture for the structural aspect. I was also inspired particularly by the series Last Exile and the book Skillful huntsman. I created transportation, and many pipes and other tubes in order to act as giant plugs to power the entire city with the plentiful resource of the liquid, which is bountiful like water in their society.