REGIONS

Altera is made up of three landmasses separated by great oceans. Each can be divided into continents, and furthermore, regions.

Select a region.

EUROPEA

NORTHWEST BOREALEA
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EUROPEA

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ASEA

SOUTHWEST BOREALEA
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ASEA

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SIBEREA

NORTH BOREALEA
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SIBEREA

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SERICA

EAST BOREALEA
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SERICA

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INDEA

SOUTH BOREALEA
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INDEA

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POLYNESEA

EAST GANDRASEA
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POLYNESEA

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SUMATREA

WEST GANDRASEA
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SUMATREA

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TAMIREA

SOUTH GANDRASEA
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TAMIREA

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LIBYA

NORTH AFRICA
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LIBYA

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ERYTHREA

EAST AFRICA
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ERYTHREA

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GUINEA

WEST AFRICA
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GUINEA

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AZANEA

SOUTH AFRICA
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AZANEA

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CETECEA

NORTHEAST ANTARCTICA
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CETECEA

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MALVINEA

NORTHWEST ANTARCTICA
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MALVINEA

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PLATINEA

SOUTH CRUCEA
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PLATINEA

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MERIDEA

NORTH CRUCEA
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MERIDEA

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COLUMBEA

SOUTH SEPTENTREA
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COLUMBEA

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HANUNEA

EAST SEPTENTREA
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HANUNEA

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THULEA

NORTH SEPTENTREA
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THULEA

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HESPEREA

WEST SEPTENTREA
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HESPEREA

THE

PAINTED

EARTH

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Northwest Borealea

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Southwest Borealea​​

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North Africa

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East Africa

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South Borealea

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North Borealea

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East Borealea

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West Gandrasea

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South Gandrasea

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East Gandrasea

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Northeast Antarctica

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Northwest Antarctica

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South Crucea

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North Cruea

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South Septentrea

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North Septentrea

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East Septentrea

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West Septentrea

ASEA

TYPES OF EXONYMS

SOUTHWEST BOREALEA

Being the cradle of the Neolithic Revolution, which saw hunter-gatherers transition to agrarian lifestyles, Asea is regarded as the birthplace of Western Civilization. It was here that alphabets and abjads were pioneered, and the region was also centre stage for the development of the Abrahamic religions, which have since engulfed more than half the world through proselytism, conquest and later, colonialism. 

 

For millenia, Asea was a nexus point where cultures, faiths, and ideas from far-flung corners of the landmass of Ecumina came into contact, and the region benefited from often being the focal point of empire-building. The dry subtropical climate of much of the region spurred the development of wind towers, complex underground canal systems, and advanced dredging techniques, allowing for the continued habitation of many great cities and populated plains, even through calamitous events such as the Mongol Invasions. 

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ON TOPONYMS

Ethnocentrism has always dogged geographers. Atlas Altera is written in English for those of the Anglosphere, who have generally inherited neighbouring European traditions. Here, countries and regions are rendered as if it is the tradition most familiar and accepted in practical usage by native English-speakers in Altera. Thus, the political map of Altera is rendered with exonyms, and the atlas draws deep from situated knowledges while simultaneously attempting to push the boundaries of those knowledges.

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TYPES OF EXONYMS

The names of earth’s landmasses, continents, regions, and toponyms in Libya, Asea, and Erythrea were normalized by Venetian cartographers, who readily brought west maps of the south and east via their contact with the Grecians in Constantinople, a critical nexus point for trafficking things and knowledges across Borealea and Africa until the Age of Discovery. Toponyms of western continental Europea, generally corresponding to historically European Catholic areas, are derived from the naming conventions of the Dieppe school, which was influential until becoming eclipsed by the mapmakers of Antwerp. The Antwerp School made places of the Arctic and Norway known to the rest of Europea. Thus, the -ny, -land, and -ia suffixes generally correspond to these three schools of cartography influential to the English tradition.

The Dieppe School also began to incorporate the less systemic toponyms of the Spanish and Portuguese, which came out of early conquests in Septentrea and Crucea, most of which broke from the practice of naming places after native inhabitants but instead came from the Doctrine of Discovery. The Antwerp School fully normalized the practice of transliterating foreign toponyms through the lens of the regional hegemons in places where there was closer power parity between Europeans and natives, especially in Indea, Serica, and in the parts of Septentrea and Crucea that retained autonomy. The transliterations made in this time preserve the local pronunciations in the 18th and 19th centuries and may now be quite distant to the modern endonyms.

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