Nominal Culture

A nominal culture is definable, but does not satisfy the fundamental criteria for other types of culture. A Tier I culture is called nominal because it essentially is a culture in name only.

Definability is necessary for all cultures. It is important that a culture maintains a high level of definability; this should be one of the top priorities when a culture is being redesigned.


such as language, traditions, etc.

The uniqueness of a culture is determined by the distinctiveness of its cultural elements and/or how those elements are integrated (dependency, emphasis, etc.). Unique distinguishes a culture from other cultures.

Two rules may be followed to ensure cultural uniqueness: the minimum core rule and the first right of refusal rule.