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The Geography of Kamura
01-28-2018, 10:10 PM
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The Geography of Kamura
A run-down of the geography of my nation. Already on the wiki.

Topography

The Home Islands of Kamura are located on a volcanic island arc that stretches from the Kenhara and Ikhisa islands located in the north, a short distance from the Kisaga Peninsula across the Samu Sea, through the Hanahara islands that form the backbone of the archipelago moving south till one reaches Senoka islands located west of the Janbian Peninsula. This chain of islands separates the Samu and Sensumi Sea from the open waters of the Shangti Ocean allowing access only through heavily patrolled straits between the Kamura Isles and the nearby peninsulas. The typical topography of the islands is generally rugged in the interior with most settlement and agriculture taking place on coastal plains and in valleys. The Greater Kenhara Islands are the only islands in the chain that have predominantly flat terrain.

The Empire of Kamura also occupies adjacent portions of the Kisaga and Janbian Peninsulas as well as the Hwandeon Islands in the Arctic Straits and the Zuchnan Islands near the Furong-Baihe Coast. These have variable topographies though most of these regions also have uneven terrain with most populations residing on the coast.

Climate

The climate of Kamura varies greatly from the north to south though most of her territories sustain an average temperature of between 15 and 20°C and average rainfall between 115 and 155cm throughout a Tireal cycle. This makes Kamura and her environs a relatively pleasant place to live climatically with most of the country enjoying a subtropical climate ideal for a society based on high intensity agriculture. The northernmost territories of the country consisting of the Hwandeon Islands and the coasts of Nyokha has a fresher temperate climate cooled by ocean currents from the Arctic. The Southern reaches of the country around Senoka and Janbian regions have a tropical climate fed by warm currents flowing up from the equator, and have steamy jungles on land and vibrant coral reefs offshore.

The flip side of being located in a subtropical zone however is that central and southern Kamura occasionally gets hit by cyclones which have been known to cause horrific damage to urban areas and infrastructure and great loss of life.

Geological Activity

The Kamuran Archipelago is geologically active along its length and has hundreds of volcanoes mostly along its west coast that erupt from time to time. Despite the danger, farmers who live near the volcanoes insist the ash from the eruptions keeps their soils rich and fertile and leads to good crop yields in subsequent years. This folk rumour has been investigated by Kamuran and foreign researchers and they have concluded there could be some truth behind the farmers' assertions.

The region also has a long history of ground-quakes that are feared for little good comes of them and they often strike without warning. Sometimes if these ground-quakes strike coastal areas they can be followed by a Tsuname, where the sea retreats back before surging forth with tremendous force, swallowing up much land and taking many lives. Researchers in the field of Jishin-gake (Seismology in Hallish) have understood that thousands of small quakes occur in Kamura each year, most unnoticed by all but the most sensitive detection devices and have surmised that it is as if something is grating against the ground somewhere beneath the surface of Kamura producing vibrations. The Jishinan have been commissioned by the Khatunate to try and develop a way to predict large quakes and warn the public of impending disasters.

Biosphere

Due to its mild and lush climate, Kamura and most of it's territories have abundant foliage cover and host many different varieties of plants which contributed to the rich variety in ecosystems to be found in different areas of the country. The fact that much of Kamura exists on an island chain has led to a high number of endemic species developing on each major island. Their is great diversity between her outlying territories also. The Nyochan Boreal Forests in the far north are highly divergent from the Janbian Jungle in the tropical south and provide completely different ecological niches for their respective animals.

Representatives of all major animal groups can be found somewhere in the Empire including thousands of bird species and hundreds of different species of mammals. Some of the many thousands of species found in Kamura include bears, pandas, wolves, tigers, leopards (including the clouded leopard endemic to Hanahara), monkeys, apes (including gigantopiths in Janbian), many ungulates including deer, pigs, buffalo, tapirs and birds such as pheasants, parrots and raptors.
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