Area and boundaries Edit
Aluinnia shares a land border with two different countries: Westmont in the northwest and Paskland in the northeast.
The border with Westmont runs through the Bos Hills, while the border with Paskland is not well defined. It runs through the Great Lake which is a great source for mining and fishing, therefore the countries have been fighting about what part of the lake belongs to them.
South of Aluinnia lays the Yric Ocean, it is named after Saint-Yric.
Aluinnia's highest point is, at about 2,500 meters, Mount Onora. Mount Onora is located on the biggest island of Aluinnia. On the mainland, the highest hill is Grimblanc, which is located in the Bos Hills. It is estimated to be at about 520 meters above sea level. The average elevation reaches 40 meters above sea level.
The country has a broad coastline that is marked by numerous beaches and bays. There are many islands that belong to the country's territory. Only the two largest ones, Halin and Zelin, are permanently populated. People from the mainland are often referred to as Aluinnians, while islanders are referred to as Lins.
The smaller islands were once formed by sediment being pressed together in the calm waters in the bays and gulfs. The larger, mountainous islands were formed by the uplift of a tectonic plate.
Halin, the bigger one of the two populated islands, and Zelin are quite similar when it comes to looks. Mountains make up about two thirds of the islands, and forests about a fifth. Other vegetation includes woodlands and shrubs.
There are two major rivers in Aluinnia, the Sarre and the Louvo, both of which are important for travel and trade. In springtime, when snow and ice melt away, these rivers regularly flood the land.
One odd feature of Aluinnia is the mysterious crater found on Halin. It is thought more craters are located on the ocean floor.
Aluinnia is situated in a transition zone between the Maritime and the Mediterranean climate. The average temperatures are therefore often higher on the islands, since they are located a bit closer to the equator. July is the warmest month and February is the coldest month.
It rains more often on the mainland than on the islands, especially in the summer. You will find the highest amount of snow on the mainland in the winter months as well. Snow is also found on the islands, but only on the mountaintops.
Resources and land use Edit
The forest is a very important resource for the people of Aluinnia. The most common tree species on the mainland are pine, spruce and birch. Wood is mainly used in construction. Some areas use it a lot for making fires as well, but usually peat is used for that. Peat is harvested in great quantities.
Around the Great Lake and in the northern coastal areas limestone is being mined. This is used for the construction of bigger buildings, such as fortresses, and for the construction of rounds in and to the bigger towns.
On the island, the coastal lowlands are used predominantly for agriculture and grazing areas for animals. There is a considerable amount of birds living in these cleared fields. Somewhat further up the mountains the weather is cooler and wetter, which supports oak, pine and several deciduous trees. The population that lives this far up the mountain are all shepherds. Higher up the mountain vegetation is sparse.
Halin produces cheese, wine, sausages, and honey to trade with the mainland. It also mines marble. Zelin produces goods for it's own consumption. Besides the goods listed above Zelin has areas that are also good for producing different citrus fruits.