ISLAND GEOGRAPHY

The Island measures approximately 1800 Sq mi and has a current population of 1,182,372 (2030); the main languages spoken are French and Arabic. Other languages spoken widely amongst the population include:

English,

Hebrew,

Spanish.

Climate and Biodiversity

The Island has three distinct geographical regions due to its position in the lower Mediterranean. The island is bisected by a mountain range that runs East to West forming a spine along the islands back. It is the mountainous region, combined with island characteristics of Anthalonica that make it a uniquely biodiverse and multi-climated country. The mountain ranges, due to their altitude offer themselves to both winter and summer pursuits. An abortive attempt to establish a ski resort on the mountainous slopes above Isola failed after eco saboteurs detonated makeshift bombs, destabilising the main cable car hours before the inaugural press conference was due to take place.

 

The north of the island is affected by the heat present in many near equatorial countries; however, it is also humid and contains several large rainforest regions. Initially planted in the 18th century by the royal gardeners as multisensory, botanical gardens to showcase the plats of the 'new world'; the gardens have grown, turned wild and spread as the flora introduced thrives in the northern climate. Under the patronage of Philipe VIII fauna from both South American and African rainforests were introduced to the rainforest basins; with the mountainous terrain around Royan, one of the last sanctuaries of African lowland gorillas.  

The lower reaches of the rainforest regions (around Crestatx and the for Nazi installation at Atatra) have characteristic mangrove swamps; plated to allow the aristocracy a new place to hunt, the swamps lend themselves to langoustine cultivation.

The vegetation on the north of the island includes many non-Mediterranean plant life including but not limited to:

-Evergreen trees: Burseraceae, Ebenaceaem Fabacae, Myristiceae, Iians and some bamboo plants.

Below the mountain range, the climate, tempered by the cloud break afforded by the mountains  is far more typically Mediterranean. The vegetation on the lower reaches of the island includes but is not limited to:

-Evergreen trees: Bay Laurel, Pine and Cypress trees.

-Deciduous trees: Sycamore, Oak and Buckeyes.

-Fruit trees: Olive, Grape and fig.

Religion


There are three dominant religions, still practised across the island of Anthalonica.

 

Islam is still (2030) focussed around the North East of the island; however prior to the civil war there were large Islamic populations in many of the northern towns as well as within the 'old town' quarter of Ekdikisi. A refugee camp outside the town of Halat is home to the remaining displaced Muslims, however almost 15,000 are still unaccounted for after the civil war.

Judaism was once a major religion in the region but several pogrom periods in the islands history, including during the civil war mean that there are now believed to be less than 5,000 practicing Jews within the region (2030). Approximately 2,000 of the remaining Jews within the island are currently concentrated in the southern refugee camp (Resilience). The refugee is under the protection of the IEDF and UN forces on the island after International Development workers on the island identified possible massed grave sites  near the town of Bono.

Christianity is still the dominant religion on the island of Anthalonica. Allegiances are split between Roman Catholicism (predominantly in the costal regions) and Anthalonican Orthadox practice (predominately in the highland and more remote regions).

Towns

Island Settlements with populations of greater than 1000.

Topography

Topographical features with altitude map.

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Religious observances across the island.

Island geography pack.