by Max Barry

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Environment of Crockerland


Crockerland's environment is dominated by arctic tundra and boreal forests. Crockerland's LinkEnvironmental Performance Index rating is 88.34. Crockerland's founding date placed it close to a number of environmental reforms in the United States (a key point of origin for early immigrants to Crockerland) such as the founding of the National Audubon Society and National Park Service as well as the influence of scientists in early Crockerland lead to protection of the nation's natural landscape from the country's early history.

Crockerland's environment is similar to that of the Canadian provinces of Nunavut and the Northwest territories, with forested southern regions and tree-devoid tundra grasslands in the north, and the regions share a variety of flora and fauna, though Crockerland's southern coasts are more similar to the northern coasts of the US state of Alaska given their shared body of war, the Beaufort Sea.

Biome distribution


Koppen climate map
  • DFC - Subarctic climate; coldest month averaging below 0 C (32 F) and 13 months averaging above 10 C (50 F). No significant precipitation difference between seasons (neither abovementioned set of conditions fulfilled).

  • DSC - dry-summer subarctic climate; coldest month averaging below 0 C (32 F) and 13 months averaging above 10 C (50 F). At least three times as much precipitation in the wettest month of winter as in the driest month of summer, and driest month of summer receives less than 30 mm (1.2 in).

  • ET - Arctic Tundra

  • EF - Ice Cap

Note that the DSC, DFD, and DWD climates are entirely restricted to regions affected by the Siberian Anticyclone, the DWC climate is largely restricted by the same parameters but there is one small area in Alaska and another small area in Canada where this is not the case, and that the DSD climate is theoretical and not widely accepted to exist anywhere on Earth.

Volcanic Activity


Crockerland is volcanically active, heat seeps up from deep in the Earth through fissures and volcanoes, warming many areas of Crockerland and making them comparable to more southerly regions; Geothermal heat is what allows Crockerland to host Boreal Forests despite surrounding Polar Islands being entirely unable to do so (with the exception of Greenland's LinkQinngua Valley).

Crockerland's relative warmth plays an important role in expanding it's biodiversity, both in flora and in fauna. Geothermal electricity is an important source of power for the citizens of Crockerland as well. Volcanoes can also be dangerous, however, for a number of reasons; Noxious volcanic fumes may poison birds and reduce air visibility, while lava flows can start forest fires, and volcanic eruptions could cause avalanches depending on their location.

Animals
Birds:


The Snowy Owl is
the national bird


The Glaucous Gall flies
South for the Winter,
but breeds in the arctic

Non-predatory land/freshwater mammals


Muskox are an important big game animal

Predatory land/freshwater mammals


The Polar Bear is the largest
terrestrial predator in Crockerland

Saltwater Predatory Mammals


The Sperm whale is a fearsome predator, but
only the strongest bulls can venture into
the arctic and survive the cold

Fish


The Pacific Sleeper Shark is the most
prolific shark in Crockerland's waters

Shellfish


Sea Spiders often grow to
large sizes in polar waters

Cnidarians and Ctenophorans


Marrus Orthocanna Siphonophores
can reach up to 10 feet in length

Terrestrial Arthropods


The Arctic Pseudoscorpion joins the sea
spider and a few mites as the only
Chelicerates of Crockerland

Miscellaneous


The Sea Peach is
a soft filter feeder

Plants
Woody plants

Enviornmental protection and politics
The Green Party has been a minor force in Crockerland's politics for several decades now after it's founding in 1996, pushing for environmental-focused legislation. Crockerland has worked towards obtaining energy independence from oil and natural gas following the 1974 Arab oil embargo, and as a result has invested heavily in alternative energy sources, mainly solar and nuclear power, but also wind, geothermal, biomass, and tidal power.

Crockerland was founded during the American Conservation Movement, shortly after the founding of the US National Park Service, and thus has historically sought to protect it's wilderness from overexploitation. Crockerland has a law enforcement agency, the Crockerland National Park and Forest Service (NPF), which was created to protect the national forests and parks.

Crockerland is a member of the LinkInternational Whaling Commission but does not abide by the moratorium on commercial whaling as it goes against the IWC's stated goal of promoting sustainable whaling. Crockerland is also a member of the LinkNorth Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission.

Further Reading: Power in Crockerland

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