I thought I'd help scribblemoose's questions (even thought they're deathly old) here:
1. Is there a definite 'year' system for FF8 (like GW's AC 197 etc) and if so, do we have a year date for the events of the war?
As far as that's concerned, I don't rightly know. However, and I remember clearly because of how shocked I was, I was crusing around some FF8 fansite and they mentioned something about 3800+ years of a certain date happening... like, I think that was Crystal Pillar falling or destruction of the Centra. And I was like 'WOAH, that's some far time in the future!' Just like what bloodsin mentioned in the previous post of http://www.livejournal.com/community/rou
2. Do we have any canon info about how GFs are created?
It was created by Dr. Odine, when he began his Sorceress research. Using her magic, it became possible for normal humans to equip GFs to their mind and use 'para-magic.
3. What are the official birthdays for the major characters?
The official birthdays, as you could find, are listed on the site scribblemoose mentioned (http://www.bishink.org/bishink/cal.html), but as for the year, that ties in with question 1.
4. do we have the names for both the birth and adoptive families for the orphanage kids?
Supposedly, Edea was all the orphans' parents until they were older and moved, to which only two got adopted (knowledgeably); Zell and Quistis. Zell had the Dinchts; who knows about Quistis. But in the GY calender, it said in GY12 Quistis was sent to her adoptive parents.... so she was something like 6, or something. But who, I'm sorry, I wish I knew. BLAST!
5. Do we have official ages for when the kids were
-sent to Edea?
-sent to Garden?
Squall was a newborn. Probably Laguna was still away and the townspeople decided that was the best plan of action? Perhaps? It also appears that the rest of them appeared at around the same time.. Quistis would be older.. not by much, though.. perhaps that isn't too clear. BLAST!
Obviously, only some of them were adopted. Zell was adopted at 5 and Quistis was 6. The rest were transferred to Gardens. Irvine probably got adopted at the same time, because he doesn't go to Garden... though I don't remember well if he said he had foster parents, or not. Gotta play that part again. x__x
sent to garden:
Squall and Seifer went when they were 5, as well, Quistis enrolled at 14... Selphie at the same time, and she was 17 when she was transferred. Zell came at 13. They all seemed to go at about the same time. Irvine, well... I have no idea about him. And Rinoa never went to Garden. Maybe that's why her TACTICS SUCK!!
6. Is there any official information about government (other than Galbadia and Esthar)
Dollet is a dukedom with parliament (what a combination). They are not technologically nor militarily advanced like Esthar, and their formation is poor compared with that of Gabladia. But, according to GY, it was one of the first governments to erupt shortly before the Sorceress War, so you can imagine they'd still be behind. That's about it. I could go on and on about Galbadia and Esthar, but you just expressed the fact that you have all you need. :3
Oh, and I wanted to comment on one of vigilante's comments made forever ago:
"We can see it clearly when you're walking around as Squall directly outside the Garden in Disc 1 -- the area sticking out which would be the ballroom -- yet we can't actually find it in the game. We saw the curved area with the windows right beside the Quad where Sefie's stage used to be, but there's no apparent entrance to it... the balcony of the ballroom -- if you recall from the beginning black and white photos -- is also definitely up and to the right of the quad, but there's no actual entrance at all to it."
...is the quote in bold. Um, yeah... I dunno about you, but I'm fixated on the idea that that is part of Ultimecia's castle. :\ People have claimed it's Dollet and apparently, the Garden's balcony. But... I think it's part of Ultimecia's castle. The structure of the building, itself, neither matches Dollet's nor the Garden's. It's that Roman gothic style that is Ultimecia's, says I. But I can probably says a lot of crap. O_o
Also, these are the statistics of the Ragnarok. I figure some person unknowledgeable to FF8 can appreciate these:
It is the fastest vehicle in flight.
More than 20 years ago, it helped take Adel to space. It existed only to assist 3 other flight ships; two of which eventually were destroyed.
2.850 tons (without turbines and charge)
3.134 tons (with full loading and full crew, and a third of turbines installed)
3.450 tons (all turbines installed, entire crew, and full charge)
54 meters (in flight), 65 (with landing gears down)
Main crew of 4:
Up to 6 additional members may be accepted.
609 mm loaded particle cannon
152 mm double-barreled lasers
11.8 kms >>> 42480 km/h
If you ever need that in non-metric, I'd be willing to do that, too. O_o As stated below why...
And with all that being said, I would be willing to do all your research for you! ^____^ All the monsters and magic skills, levels, et cetera.... I have no life. Plain and simple!
And, also, pleased to meet your acquaintance! X3