Oh yes, a setting can have conflicts of its own. There are a few person-versus-nature stories where the setting, Nature, has a conflict (such as being polluted), and thus it is fighting back against people. The character as a setting might have another kind of internal and external conflict. Suppose the setting is a certain country. Internal conflict could be those living there who disagree with the ruler. External conflict would be with other countries. Other characters can feel the effects of these conflicts. If a setting is going to be a character, it’s going to need to have internal and external conflict.
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