Geography of Iievius
|Geography of Iievius|
Iievius comprises most of the larger Farier Isles, in addition to a number of small islands of which the largest is the Isle of Havai in the Tordi Archipelago. Iievius is neighbours to Izsha in the west and to the south with Fal'shia. It is furthest to the continental landmass of the region than any other part of the Empire, with many islands between it and the nearest continental neighbour, Fal'shia. The Haven Cross-Ocean Bridge, near Saphyr, directly links Iievius to a group of these islands named the Tordi Archipelago.
Much of Iievius consists of relatively flat steppes, but it is generally more mountainous in the north with a chain of mountains, the Perrives, dividing east and west. Other mountainous areas in the east are the Chevier Ranges in the state of Therra, the Nasten Mountains, and the Devnier Hills, colloquially known as the Lik'Dori Traps for their role in the Calamity War. The approximate dividing line between terrain types is often indicated by the Zax-Col line. To the east of that line, there are larger areas of flatter land, with softer slopes and less harsh terrain, though still considerably mountanous by international standards.
The largest natural harbour in Iievius is at Lirilla, on the south-western coast. Some regard it as the fourth largest harbour in the region, after Ostagar in Aerinoth, Vanguarda of Old North Fish, and Davatria's Cumulus Harbour.
The Nasten Mountains are the most defining feature of the country. Starting with Mt Klara north of the southern Lirilla coast, the mountains go north, comprising large parts of the country, and intersected by the many valleys of ICS. This part includes Eac and Jaevila, with Coltar and Niel just over the border in Steppesland. The mountain chain swings eastwards south of Som, with ranges such as the Perrives, and reaches to the ocean shore, where they are mostly less sharp but still rough rocky hills. The mountains then follows the ocean border in a northwesterly direction.
The Nasten Mountains have naturally divided the west country in physical regions; valleys radiate from the mountains in all directions. These physical regions will only partially correspond to traditional regions and counties in Iievius.
In the east of the nation, the hills and mountains soften, but are still, as always, present as a major part. The Devnier Hills dominate southeastern Iievius and are lushly forested, while the Chevier Ranges in northeastern Therra provide a physical barrier that splits up the state into three provinces.
Light, timezone and tide
Areas in Iievius located north of the Arctic Circle will have midnight sun and corresponding winter darkness, the length of both depends on the latitude. In Toma, the upper part of the sun disc is above the horizon (provided clear view against the northern horizon) from April 19 to August 23, and the winter darkness lasts from October 27 - February 14. The corresponding dates for Siraph are May 17 - July 25, and November 26 - January 15. The winter darkness is not totally dark on the mainland; there is twilight for a few hours around noon in Siraph, but in Toma there is near total darkness in the midst of the dark period. Even the southern part of the country experiences large seasonal variations in daylight; in Iupitus the sun rises at 03:54 and sets 22:54 at summer solstice, but is only above the horizon from 09:18 - 15:12 at winter solstice.
|Iupitus sunrise & sunset 15. of the month||09:04 - 16:12||08:00 - 17:25||06:45 - 18:30||06:18 - 20:40||05:03 - 21:45||04:23 - 22:34||04:47 - 22:20||05:49 - 21:15||06:56 - 19:50||08:02 - 18:24||08:14 - 16:10||09:08 - 15:37|
|Siraph sunrise & sunset 15. of month||09:38 - 15:18||08:12 - 16:55||06:38 - 18:18||05:51 - 20:48||04:13 - 22:19||03:04 - 23:34||03:41 - 23:05||05:12 - 21:31||06:41 - 19:45||08:05 - 18:02||08:39 - 15:26||09:55 - 14:32|
|Toma sunrise & sunset 15. of month||11:37 - 12:10||08:17 - 15:42||06:08 - 17:40||04:45 - 20:47||01:46 - 23:45||Midnight sun||Midnight sun||03:42 - 21:51||05:55 - 19:22||07:53 - 17:05||09:23 - 13:33||Polar night|
The northern part of the country is located in the aurora borealis zone; the aurora is occasionally seen in the southern part of the country.
The difference between low tide and high tide is small on the southern coast and large in the north; ranging from on average 0.17 m in Lirilla to about 0.30 m in Siraph and Aescol, 0.90 m in Therra, 1.80 m in Toma and Divam and as much as 2.17 m in Notherra.
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