Anatis

Anatis is the second-largest continent and the politically most diverse. It is over 6000 miles from north to south and 3000 miles from east to west, though those distances are misleading as it has an irregular shape.

Geography

The continent bears a large northwestern peninsula cut off from the rest of the continent by the Malveyan Alps. Traveling down the wast coast the climate warms considerably and contains fair weather and forests. A southern cape boasts a warm and nearly tropical climate while the eastern seaboard is broken into two sections. The first rises north from the cape and stays warm and dry as it approaches the Gynari Desert. As it reaches the desert the coast turns and runs eastward with a large eastern peninsula. It’s a fairly temperate continent overall.

The Malveyan Alps, as mentioned above, run east-west across the north-west portion of the continent, sealing off most of Manscell. A smaller range, the Norin Mts jut northward from the western Malveyans. Down south another range, the Dalien Mountains, run east-west across the continent from the western coast across the northern border of the Gynari Desert. Said desert consists of a variety of sub-biomes, but takes up the majority of the central continent.

Political

The country of Manscell takes up the north-west peninsula and occupies all lands north of the Alps and some land south as well. The capital is Bluesky City which rests on the eastern coastal mountainside. The western coast and forests are occupied by the country of Calisaele. The capital city of Caer Jaenelle sits astride a river on the western coast. The south cape contains the country of Jeberra, whose lands extend north to the Gynari Desert. The capital is in Agrabah in the Incendis Caldera. Several foothills exist around the caldera and are collectively known as Incendis to locals. The entire eastern portion of the continent is made up of city-states that exist in a vague alliance. They call themselves, and the region, the Esterlands and are a major mercantile power. In north central Anatis, between the Emerald Sea and the Daliens, and between the Esterlands and Manscell, lies Lyrise, a mysterious country long ruled by an immortal queen.

Together the various countries co-exist in a tense peace. Lyrise’s recent freedom from her queen has allowed the country to flourish, but that means conflict. Land in between Lyrise, Manscell, and Calisaele often changes hands in small skirmishes and raids. Fortunately, the Daliens and Gynari prevent Jeberra from becoming involved. The southern country has had its fair share of conflicts with Calisaele, though. Both coastal and interior regions of Anatis lie in the claim of each country, though the distances often keep them from getting too greedy.

Economy

The economy of Anatis is mostly internal with limited trade to the other continents. It mostly relies on minerals, metals, and farming. Magical goods, gems, and art objects supply the wealthier markets. Each country mints its own currency as a form of taxation.

Production

Anatis sees a variety of goods produced. The plains of Western Lyrise, southern Calisaele, southern Manscell, the Esterlands, and northwestern Jeberra are all fertile farmlands. The eastern coastline between Jeberra and the Esterlands is also fertile but not exploited much, as is the area of land between Manscell, Lyrise, and Calisaele (aka the Trivium). The Malveyan Alps contain a lot of iron, cobalt, and nickel as well as some miscellaneous metals. The Norin Mountains to their north have some coinage metals as well as zorite. The Daliens contain some iron, coinage metals, and the occasional deposit of zorite and are claimed by Lyrise, Calisaele and the local drow. Lyrise also contains some gem mines along its north-eastern border. The Incendis Caldera of Jeberra contains iron and manganese but little else.

Each nation produces sufficient agriculture to sustain itself while exporting just a little. Jeberra produces citrus fruits, tropical fish, and horses. Calisaele produces temperate fruits, some fish, and an elvish spirit known as metheglyn. Manscell produces warm furs and wools, tuna and salmon, and potatoes. The Trivium region is known for its wine and tomatoes and saffron. The Esterlands produce rice, silk, and strong beers. Lyrise produces little but maintains strong trade networks.

Trade

Lyrise is the hub of trading for the continent. Jeberran merchants trade with Ominian and Manscellites, Esterlanders trade with Calisaeli and Manscellites, and Lyrisians trade with everyone else. Wyltine Fair is a sight to behold. The Esterlands also maintain a strong trading port with Ominia, stronger even than Lyrise’s, and trade with Jeberra along the eastern coast. Calisaele trades with the countries adjacent to it, but also is the only source for goods from Kal’renth. Goods from Marth come through either Calisaele or Jeberra while the occasional ship from Lurecia comes, if ever, to Jeberra. Generally speaking, Jeberra and Manscell export metals while Calisaele exports magical supplies. Lyrise offers the cheapest tariffs.

Currency

Each country mints its own currency in four denominations: copper, silver, gold, and platinum. In most cases each currency is treated with the same value anywhere in the continent except in times of unusual economics (wars, famines, booms and busts, etc.). Most local merchants will not accept foreign money, however. Those that do charge a 10% fee just as the money-changers. The only exception to the standard is Wyltine Fair, where the oligarchs of Aventurine and the church of Echoe keep the money-changing fee down at 9%. This motivates additional spending and customer loyalty at the fair. Money-changing services are run by Prime Meridian and the Temples of Travyn. Smaller shops and banks are quickly out-competed or simply bought by one of those two. Currencies from other continents may be treated to a higher exchange rate (except at Wyltine Fair) depending on the markets at the moment. Ancient currencies are usually worth more than face value and eventually either end up in the hands of collectors, dealers, or melted down and restruck as modern coinage.

Post-Zerstorung

In the days since Zerstorung, the economy has fallen apart. Currency is accepted most everywhere at the same value and much of it is being restruck in the image of the Wyrd. Ur-Lord Sithern has halted most external trade and internal trade routes are now supply lines. For the merchants running it, not much has changed except the taxes. Both Prime Meridian and the Temples of Travyn have been mostly wiped from the continent. They still operate in secret and cooperate, but are now run by Wilhelm from Kal’renth as part of the Resistance of Manny.

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