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Geography of Polar Svalbard [WIP]



Overview
The Geography of the Zazchey Archipelago has had a profound impact on Polar Svalbard throughout its history, from its beginnings in city-states to the modern day. This impact has mainly manifested itself in a maritime tradition among the people and the nations that have inhabited the Archipelago in its time. From the multitude of islands, to the Dorlec Mountain range, even down to the many lakes that dot the main island; the people's who have inhabited the Zazchey Archipelago have needed to subsist off of the sea.

The Zazchey Archipelago
The Zazchey Archipelago consists of 28 islands and numerous atolls and reefs and whatnot. Not all of the islands in the Zazchey Archipelago are under Svalbardian control, and other nations may say that they are part of different things or just a different name, but Svalbardian geologists place all these islands under the Zazchey Archipelago.

Of the islands, the most notable must be Amarin, named after what legends and myth say was the founder of the first city-state on the island (By mythical accounts), Amarinceus (It should be known that the city-state was also known as Amarin). This island is the largest by far and home to the majority of the Svalbardian population. It was also the epicenter of Svalbardian culture throughout its history, connecting the many city-states and many foreign kingdoms as well.

Also notable must be the Wake Islands, which have recently been a spot of contention. In historical terms the Five islands were usually under native kingdoms, subjects of Svalbardians, or under foreign rule. They were originally inhabited before Amarin had gained humans, although most of the natives died off due to unknown causes to this day. The islands would again be resettled by Svalbardian city-states and would play a role in the Svalbardian political climate for many centuries.

Another notable island would be the island of Kadmo, the second largest island in the Archipelago. This island played a huge role in the Svalbardian political sphere in the Svalbardian Classical age. It was here that the best Svalbardian navies were formed and it would be an island unified under one government long before Amarin would be. At many points it would be a rival to the city-states on Amarin. Kadmo was very fertile and was heavily forested. With no huge mountains, more like large hills, the island was better able to be unified. This is unlike the island of Amarin which is broken in many places by lakes, rivers, and especially by the Dorlec Mountain range.

The Island of Amarin
The Island of Amarin is the largest island in the Zazchey Archipelago with an area of 39,073 square miles (101,199 square kilometers). It's most defining feature is the Dorlec Mountain range which splits it East and West with a large range of tall mountains and volcanoes, most of which are inactive. Along with that the island has four major lakes and four major rivers with a multitude of minor ones of each. The island contains many natural bays and coves quite suitable for naval endeavors.

Part of the Dorlec Mountain Range

The Dorlec Mountain range can be seen on the horizon in many places all across Polar Svalbard. In reality the Dorlec Mountain range is comprised of a complex of mountain ranges, plateaus, upland areas and escarpments with an ancient and complex geological history. The physiographic division name for the landmass is called the Central Svalbardian Cordillera. In some places the terrain is relatively flat, consisting of very low hills. Typically the highlands range from 350 m to 1,500 m in height. The highest peak in the Dorlec Mountain range would be Mt. Klytemnes (2,133 m).

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