REGIONS

Altera is made up of three landmasses separated by large tracts of ocean. The landmasses are made up of isolated continents, and each one can be further divided into distinct regions.

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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

EAST CISANTARCTICA
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CETECEA

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MALVINEA

WEST CISANTARCTICA
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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

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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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West Africa

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South Africa

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East Cisantarctica

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West Cisantarctica

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South Crucea

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North Crucea

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South Septentrea

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North Septentrea

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East Septentrea

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West Septentrea

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EUROPEA

TYPES OF EXONYMS

NORTHWEST BOREALEA

Jutting out as a peninsula in the northwest portion of the continent of Borealea, Europea itself consists of a series of minor and major peninsulas, the abundance of coastline allowing for much of the region to be tempered by maritime winds and currents. Europea is a region of historically warring states, shifting borders, and innovative systems of governance. In ancient history, the region's cultural landscape was constantly reshaped by great migrations of peoples, sometimes resulting in abrupt demographic changes, though more often than not resulting in the emergence of new cultures through cultural assimilation. 

In search of better access to eastern spices, kingdoms in Europea launched the world into the Age of Exploration when the Iberian monarchs embraced the technology of oceangoing vessels from Libya and set sail for the far side of the world. Their unexpected discoveries led to the conquering, colonizing, and settling of distant lands, ultimately reshaping the world in drastic ways.

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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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SIBEREA

TYPES OF EXONYMS

NORTH BOREALEA

The continent of Borealea's last megafauna found refuge in Siberea's extreme climates. Here, wild horses, muskox, woolly rhinos, and saiga antelope roam in great herds, and the mammoth survived extinction by being domesticated by Yukaghir herders, who found the last wild herds on Mammoth Island sometime around the time of the construction of the great pyramids in Egypt.

Around this time as well, semi-nomadic peoples in Kamchatka also domesticated the sea cow and river otters for tidal fishing.

 

For much of history, Siberea was the domain of nomads. Hemmed in by cold seas and ancient ranges, the narrow steppe corridor to Europea and Asea long functioned as a highway for west-bound invasions and technology transfers out of the region and also from the Mongolus Plateau just beyond the Khingan Range in northern Serica. Vikings, and subsequently, cossacks, however, later reversed the flow by following the taiga rivers into the heart of Siberea.

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SERICA

TYPES OF EXONYMS

EAST BOREALEA

For much of history, Serica hosted the greater share of the world's population. Favourable climates and fertile river basins allowed for most of the region's kingdoms and empires to be self-sufficient and for some periods in history, withdraw from international trade. But the exotic goods, knowledge, and customs of this rich region always managed to trickle westwards to Asea and Europea.

 

By the height of the Age of Exploration, European ships began to ply the region's seas regularly, and Serica slowly established itself as the centre of global trade, being inevitably linked first to Spain and its control of the outflow of Peruvian silver, and later Portugal and Flanders during the period of Flemish Learning. Through state control of the inflow of foreign influences, Serican rulers were able to develop their own take on European technology, much as how the British and French would later develop new local industries to substitute for Serican goods. Most of the region thus developed conservatively into the Industrial Revolution, despite bloody periods of war centred around the epic centuries-long Ming-Qing Wars, which evolved to become one of the first world wars.

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SOUTH BOREALEA

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INDEA

Straddled by two seas and capped by the world's tallest mountains, Indea has long been the principle source of exquisite spices and goods for Europea and Serica alike, and the gravitational centre of the  Emporic Rim trade. Not only attracting traders from all over the landmass of Ecumina, its shores were home to the most powerful mercantile guilds in the world, many of which were later absorbed into the British East Indea Company during Company Raj.

 

Since antiquity, Indea has also been a refuge point for the world's religions, with many Abrahamic and pre-Hindu beliefs finding fertile grounds in the region, though it was common for outsiders with shared faiths to remark about differences when they visited. Hindu ways of life, after all, not only persist and thrive in the region, but colour much of the lived experience of the people there, regardless of their religion.

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SUMATREA

TYPES OF EXONYMS

WEST GANDRASEA

An impressive array of major and minor island chains, Sumatrea is itself a giant archipelago that, for millennia, acted as both a bridge and chasm for human migration and the spread of flora and fauna. The region's fertile volcanic highlands, dense jungles, and harbour-laden coasts, shot through the tropical zone of the globe, boasts a high degree of ecological diversity, which in turn is the reason why Sumatrea came to offer some of the most sought-after and rare spices and luxury goods for the Emporic Rim trade.

Before the maritime Austronesian peoples became predominant in much of the region, Sumatrea was like Tamirea in being populated with peoples that were genetically quite distinct from the rest of Ecumina. These peoples remain the majority in the east, in Papua, the Rovianas, and the Solomas, where traits like blondism, which evolved here separately than in Europea, continue to be common, and which is also where linguistic diversity is highest in the world.

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TAMIREA

TYPES OF EXONYMS

SOUTH GANDRASEA

Once isolated from much of the world, Tamirea's northern coasts began to be frequented by Indean mercantile guilds during the Chola period, which saw the expansion of the Hindu sphere of influence throughout the Emporic Rim. The parts that shifted culturally towards Indea came to be known as Indoserea in the times of Company Raj, while the domain of the Varanas to the south fell to the settlement schemes of Britain's penal colonies, leading to another layer of division between the north and south.

 

The region is notable for having some of the most extensively managed ecosystems, where almost everywhere fires continue to be seasonally started by humans for the purpose of maintaining the region's vast and iconic savannas and rangelands. Combined with water management practices gained from the contact with Indea for making the best of the short monsoon rains, the land-use practices of the people of Tamirea are a testament to humanity's genius in adapting to environmental parameters.

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LIBYA

TYPES OF EXONYMS

NORTH AFRICA

Hemmed in by the Mediterranean and Sahara, Libya was long a world apart from Asea and Europea, and yet, ironically, early advancements in maritime navigation and the adoption of camels made it accessible and easy game for traders and conquerors from afar. The emergence of Islam, and its spread westwards from Arabia, eventually engulfed desert peoples to the south and pushed the boundaries of Libya further to the marches of the Sahel.

The peoples of Libya share of similar cultural adaptations as those peoples across the Mediterranean in Europea, and the ones in the north even appear to be of the same ancestry. Yet, by religion, material culture, and linguistics, they are quite distant. Long famed for its oasis cities, gold deposits, and mythical rivers and inland seas, Muslim and Christian foreigners alike only began to explore Libya's interior in the last couple of centuries, discovering the Niger's inland delta and the true extent of Lake Chad in time.

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EAST GANDRASEA

TYPES OF EXONYMS

Beyond Sumatrea and the dense trade networks of the Emporic Rim is Polynesea, a collection of remote atolls and islands scattered across the vast Pacific. The region is home to maritime peoples with advanced transoceanic capabilities, and who all speak related languages of the Austronesian family. Some of the most impressive stone-working and canals in human history can be found in the cities of Rapanui and Ponapi.

 

Polynesean people discovered nearly every inch of habitable land in the Pacific, and made it as far as Platinea, perhaps centuries before the Age of Exploration began in Europea. With the transfer of the potato, kumara, oka, and cuy for taro, plantain, and chicken, the peopling of the cooler parts of Polynesea intensified so that Aotearoa, Rekohua, Rapanui, and highland Hawaii became some of the most populated areas of the region by the time of contact with Europeans. 

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EAST AFRICA

TYPES OF EXONYMS

The lands of Erythrea are ancient and likely the home of humans as a species. The Nile and Red Sea run down most of the region's length, and for centuries have acted as key conduits and choke points for trade and conquest. The Horn of Erythrea is also thought to be a major nexus point in the history of human migration, being one of the places where humans first began to trek into the rest of Ecumina from the warm plains of Africa. 

Often on the margins of major periods of conquests in nearby lands, some of the world's oldest religious sects survive and thrive in the harder to penetrate deserts, highlands, and marshlands of the region, and the region is divided quite evenly by the three major Abrahamic faiths. Despite having numerous indigenous spices and being the origin of coffee, local rulers often closed their ports and prevent full integration with the Emporic Rim trade networks.

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ERYTHREA

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GUINEA

TYPES OF EXONYMS

WEST AFRICA

Historically, the Sahara was the major barrier separating Libya from Guinea in the north. The regional divide nowadays begins in the scrub marches of the Sahel, where horses and cattle could be raised beyond the reach of the tsetse fly and associated pestilences. Guinea was thus beyond the reach of Muslim cavalry-dependent armies, and the peoples here developed in relative isolation from the rest of Ecumina, at least until the use of camel caravans from northern Libya became common. Instead, Guinea became the site of independent agrarian and iron-working revolutions, and the home of resilient and innovative settled peoples who adapted to co-exist with Africa's megafauna and tropical diseases.

 

Though the region was marred by slavery and colonialism, in the wake, newly independent states achieved rapid economic growth at the expense of embracing the logic and ideas of modernity, an alienating force which continues to ripple across the region and in successive generations. 

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AZANEA

TYPES OF EXONYMS

SOUTH AFRICA

Beyond the Congo Rainforest and Selena Plateau lies Azanea, which remained the domain of hunter-gatherers longer than most other regions in the world, which remains the case in the League of Nation's Kalahari Reserve. Some of the pleasantest weather and landscapes are found in this region raised by escarpments.

 

In the eastern part, known as Indoacrea, mercantile guilds from Indea traded with and settled among some of the earliest Bantu peoples to migrate to the region. This early contact allowed for the stone cities of the northern Ophiran Escarpment to reach new levels of social complexity and material wealth. The west and south was then colonized by Flemish, along with French Huguenot, and later, English settlers. Unlike the organic convergence of cultures in the east, European settlers treated native Khoisan and Bantu peoples with prejudice, leading to a history of war and social struggles, the exception being the Cape Coloured society that founded Namiba.

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