What will your first character in Eorzea be and what nation-state will you start in? Why?
Miqo'te - Keepers of the Moon & Gridania
Why Miqo'te? I like the aesthetic implications, the description of the race (Keepers of the Moon specifically) fits with how I would see my ideal character, and because there is mention that they excel with shortbows, which is what I would like to use as a primary weapon type.
Why Gridania? Again, it fits more in line with how I'd see my ideal character's surroundings. It's not the bustle of the big city that Ul'dah is, and it's not the waterfront that Limsa Lominsa is. It's more forest/nature based and the description emphasizes trades such as leatherworking and forestry - two skills I'm interested in.