Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

State Magazine (Department of State)

State Magazine (Department of State)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What is life like overseas?
  • What are some current initiatives to care for State Department employees and their dependents?
  • What might the obituary of a Foreign Service Officer look like?


Magazine for employees of the State Department. Issues are available online from 1998 forward. Issues prior to 1998 are available in paper at many Federal Depository Libraries. Issues feature current programs for State Department employees, post descriptions and occasional employee profiles. Also carries obituaries of recently deceased personnel and retirees.

Post information in State should probably be cross checked in other sources, including the State Department’s own Travel Information site at http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html. A case in point is the article on the US Embassy in Katmandu, Nepal in the May 2013 issue of State. Nepal generally and Katmandu in particular are described in glowing terms. As of June 2013, the travel page for Nepal at http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/nepal.html was much less generous and detailed crime against foreigners. See also the description of Nepal’s government in the June 2013 National Geographic article Everest Maxed Out.


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