|By The Phrygian||Part of thecontinuity.|
The planet Samsara is the setting for the fanon . It is a lush, exotic garden world with vast oceans and a warm, humid climate. It is home to a variety of unique lifeforms, many of whom are recent arrivals- migrating to the planet with the help of spirits after the Fall. Although almost the size of our own Earth, from the perspective of the story's principle characters, states and cultures- the "world" of Samsara consists only of the northern continent of Arte (IPA. /æɹte/, En. "art-eh").
Geography and Structure
TerrainSamsara's terrain varies widely across its many continents. Arte is commonly divided into about 9 sub-regions, roughly comparable to the regions illustrated on the image to the right:
- The Northwestern Isles, sometimes also called the Polar Isles, are a rainwashed archipelago located around the North Pole. They consist of the Cispolar Isles (the most easternly isles) and the Transpolar Isles (everything west of the Cispolars). The largest island in the archipelago is the Spain-sized behemoth of Fomatsuna. Most of the Transpolars, including Fomatsuna, are controlled and have been settled by the Eraisahi Empire. The Cispolars, which includes the Abe Islands, have historically been more isolated- though recently they have seen much more contact.
- The North, sometimes also called the Sunlands, is a vast, pleasant temperate region lying between the Daisu, Gokuro Mountains and the Polar Sea. Owing to its size and population, it is often partitioned into two distinct regions, the Western North and the Middle North. The Western North emanates out from the Daisus, transitioning into green hills, fertile prairies and swampy coasts the further north one goes. The Middle North is bordered on its west by Lake Akka and on its east by Lake Daura. Sitting in the rainshadow of the Gokuros, it is rather dry and wooded in its West- not unlike inland California or coastal North Africa, while in its east it is mostly desolate desert, unforgiving steppe or sombre, chilled forests. Though home to many countries and cultures, the regional power is undoubtedly the powerful Chokwuëkai Empire, located in the far Western North.
- The Northeast is to be completed.
- The Northeastern Isles are to be completed.
- The Central is to be completed.
- The Southwest is to be completed.
- The Southeastern is to be completed.
- The Southeastern Isles are to be completed.
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Orbit and Rotation
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Rotation and day-night cycle
Like Earth, Samsara also rotates on itself like a top, though unlike Earth it rotates clockwise (as viewed from the North Pole) and rotates much slower. So slow that in fact, a full Samsarayan day- from dawn until dask, lasts about 121 Earth hours... or just over 5 days. A Samarayan year takes approx. 224.65 Earth days to complete.
Because of the slow rotation, the concept of what constitutes a "day" for Samsarayan humans is much different from our own. On Samsara, a solar day (full rotation of the planet) is distinguished from a solar aspect (where the Sun currently is in the sky). There are approx. 44.5 solar days in a Samsarayan year. These are often categorized into around 11 "weeks" of 4 days (though it varies by week) and 4 months of 4 weeks (varying again).
In calculating solar aspect, Samsarayan calendars tend to group the day into approx. 6 aspects. They are:
- Morning, which consists of the time between sunrise and when the sun is roughly at an angle of 45° in the sky. It lasts about 20:17 hours.
- Midday consists of the time when the sun is between a 45° and 135° angle in the sky. It lasts about 20:17 hours.
- Evening, which consists of the time at which the sun is roughly at an angle of 135° in the sky to sunset. It lasts about 20:17 hours.
- Dusk, which consists of the time between sunset and when the sun would be approx. 18° below the horizon. It lasts about 6.5 hours.
- Midnight, which consists of the time between Dusk and Dawn. It lasts about 47.5 hours.
- Dawn, which consists of the time between when the sun would be approx. 18° below the horizon and sunrise. It lasts about 6.5 hours.
Organisms on the planet have evolved and adapted to deal with the extreme cycle. A majority of animals are strictly diurnial or nocturnal, preferring to be active for long-spurts and hibernate for the rest. Some animals (such as humans) sleep on staggered schedules during both, sometimes being more active in one but learning to cope in all. Many plants are fast-blooming, flowering during the daylight hours and completely retracting during night..
Like Earth, Samsara has an axial tilt (at about 22.5°, just a bit lower than Earth's); meaning that the amount of sunlight that reaches its surface varies over the course of a solar year. This is, as on Earth, the changing of the seasons. During summer, the sun tends to climb in the sky and daylight hours are longer. During winter, the sun tends to climb down in the sky and daylight hours are shorter.
As with Earth, Samsara has three major seasonal zones: the Polars, Tepids and Tropics.
- The Polars consist of all lands north of the 60th parallel north and south of the 60th parallel south. They have only two seasons: polar day and polar night. During polar day, the sun shines almost continually overhead. During polar night, the opposite is true and the sun never fully rises.
- The Tepids consist of all lands between the Northern and Southern Tropics and the 60th parallel north and south. They have the four traditional seasons: spring (around the Spring Equinox), summer (around the Summer Solstice), fall (around the Autumn Equinox) and winter (around the Winter Solstice).
- The Tropics consist of all lands between the Northern and Southern Tropics. They generally have only two seasons, a wet season (around the Winter Solstice) and a dry season (around the Summer Solstice). In some places, the dry season is interrupted by a brief monsoon season (where torrential rains and storms pass over land), while winter is interrupted by a brief tepid season (where it is very warm and dry).
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Natural resources and land use
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Trivia and Information
- ↑ The name comes from the fact that much of the region lies within the Polar Circle, above the 60° latitude and therefore has Polar Seasons (i.e. Polar Day and Night). Because during Polar Day the region experiences almost constant daylight, while during Polar Night the region experiences almost constant twilight, many cultures and languages refer to the lands as the "Sunlands" (as the Sun is a constant presence in the region).
- ↑ In ancient times, humans did have a sleep schedule like this without Samsara's exotic day/night cycle. On Samsara, their patterns are more polyphasic however, sleeping in 4-6 hour spurts several times in a "day", often underground or inside special "sleeping houses" (with no windows, etc.)
- ↑ The Tropics lie aprox. at 23.5° parallel north and south. On Earth, they are called the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, but on Samsara they are simply called by their direction (the "Northern Tropic" and the "Southern Tropic"). To speak of "the Tropics" in the plural most commonly refers to the seasonal region, whereas to speak of the Northern and Southern Tropics collectively one would use "both Tropics".
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