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Introduction & the new small country Caladea

Posted by MrMiyagi on 7 June 2017 in English (English)

Hello. I'm MrMiyagi. I'm the owner of Caladea. I made a quick little Wiki page to have a reference to the country with a map directed to the country so you can find it quickly. http://wiki.opengeofiction.net/wiki/index.php/Caladea

I've been drawing fictional non-fantasy maps since childhood, so I'm excited to have found this project. I thought I was essentially alone in this. oneofbeatlefan, the owner of the Kingdom of Wallea brought me here.

As recommended, I've started by planning the topography first before man-made features. I've been reading up on the OGF world and my surrounding countries, and talked with the owners of Castilea Archantea and Angla about their vision for our shared borderlands, so that I could adapt Caladea's topography to work logically with their already-established plans.

In order to be able to work out how their input would shape the topography of Caladea, I drew up a quick, rough 3D mock-up. It just makes it easier to be able to check to see if it looks right, and easier to have it as a reference to draw it in 2D in OGF. It's nowhere near precise and refined, just a very rough draft.

http://imgur.com/a/nfxKv

Castilea Archantea's borders are mostly mountainous, with the Sierra Ibarnea logically continuing into Caladea. Angla's owner's intention to have Dunas de Milta be steppes, whereas Caladea and C.A. are tropical in the White Sea region, my thought was that Angla would need a high range to capture much of the precipitation on the Caladea side, thereby leaving Dunas de Milta in a rain shadow when combined with the Angla Cordillera Salvajo

Input is most welcome, so I appreciate any time you might have to look at the 3D map and give some feedback. I intend to have a river appropriate to the Caladea central valley and its relatively steep descent, but did not draw it in as this is just a rough idea so far.

Between Wallea, Castilea Archantea and Caladea, we've discussed some really interesting ideas for collaboration on things that would be reflected in the maps, like a three-country highway and rail system, multinational institutions like universities, etc.

I speak English as a native language, Spanish as a second language at an advanced level, and German at an intermediate level but with an atrocious grasp of its inflection.

Thanks so much for the opportunity to contribute!

Comment from geoboi on 8 June 2017 at 03:00

Looks awesome! Could you make a 3d map of Leresso? it is in northwest antarephia. So excited to see what Caladea develops into!!!!!

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Comment from Alessa on 8 June 2017 at 05:47

Hi, MrMiyagi. First, welcome aboard. My compliments on starting with terrain first and immediately coordinating with your neighbors. It is refreshing to see this from a new user! Undoubtedly, it will make the country much more real in the end.

Your topographic sketch is great. That means you're basically right on the equator and with a mountainous territory. You're a bit of a distance from the open ocean, and the White Sea isn't going to be a great rain-maker in this location. It'll be a factor, but it won't be the driving force. Instead, the larger-scale equivalent to an intertropical convergence zone is likely to be the primary factor. I say that because the Dunas are going to have their climate controlled by other factors more so than any potential rain shadow. There's no prevailing winds here like in the higher latitudes. I like the idea of mountains along your eastern border (more below); but, given the position on the globe, it might actually promote rain in the Dunas instead of hinder it. Similarly, it means your interior valley would seem to have very wet tropical rainforests (no dry season), and the mountains around it could experience a dry season and a wet season. I believe you're likely to have a dichotomous climate like mountains and interior Ecuador or Uganda/western Kenya. That can be a really cool thing to work with.

I do want to say from a historical perspective the mountains are fantastic. They would form a natural boundary for your country that would historically explain why it was formed as such and became independent in its current shape. There's a lot of great potential here! Go for it and good luck.

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Comment from JBstad1 on 8 June 2017 at 13:50

Great job on your draft. I love how you did the topography. I look forward to see what you do with Caladea.

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Comment from MrMiyagi on 8 June 2017 at 17:54

Thanks so much JBstad1 and Alessa. Alessa, that really helps out a lot! Thank you for that information. I have a follow-up question about climate. I want to research more so that I do this right from the beginning, so could you give me the Köppen scale for your suggestions? Here is Kenya's. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Kenya#/media/File:Kenya_map_of_K%C3%B6ppen_climate_classification.svg I think your suggestion for the valley would be Af, and the other areas Aw, but I'd like to be sure :) Is there something I can do to help Angla keep the Dunas as Köppen scale BS - dry semiarid (steppe). Maybe lower the Eastern mountains and so that the higher mountains of the western border would then promote a little more rain onto Caladea, instead of on the Dunas? Thanks so much for your advice and help!

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Comment from MrMiyagi on 8 June 2017 at 20:09

Hey geoboi I'm so sorry I didn't reply - I didn't see your comment til now. Well, I could, but a country that big would be a challenge. First, your country is really well done from what I see, so I'd not be satisfied unless I really did a nice job on it. That takes time. But what really throws it out of the realm of the possible is that the 1:1 scale in that map editor is 18km x 18km. So, little Caladea was already stretching the bounds of absurdity in scale. Your country is quite a bit bigger :/ Wish I could

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Comment from Alessa on 9 June 2017 at 21:47

Hi, MrMiyagi. You're absolutely welcome, but you may not want to thank me yet. I made a mistake in reading the coordinates of your country and thought you were 10 degrees closer to the equator! My sincerest apologies. Not much changes in my previous thoughts, however, but I think the climate on the whole is going to be much drier in the interior than I was initially anticipating.

I still believe you're likely to have some Af near the western half of the coast, but not too far inland; every time I work it out with the mountains and air/sea currents, I keep coming back to that. I'm not an expert, but that's my best educated guess from my own learned research and previous discussions on the matter. I would place the boundary line from about the middle of the Sierra Betanea southeastward to the outlet of your small gulf. The rest of the coastal area that isn't too elevated would remain Am to about 75-100 km inland. The central valley would likely be split under this scenario. I'd imagine Aw (or possibly a continuation of Am, if it's not extended too far) transitioning to Bs as the elevation rises. The eastern mountains are interesting. Imagine a line from your northwestern point of your country to the middle of your eastern border. I'm very certain the mountains would cause everything east of that line to be Bwk or even Bwh. It's going to be really dry up there in those highlands (like much of western and southwestern Peru). The southern part of the eastern mountains could be either Bs or Am. As you move further west, however, things might change. The western mountains are probably Bs, and the valley in around Basti is probably going to be Aw, rising to Bs/Bw as you go south or east respectively.

I hope that all makes sense. I probably should have just tried to draw an image. My apologies again for messing up your location on my initial discussion.

All the best, A

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Comment from MrMiyagi on 10 June 2017 at 17:53

Wow! I am so thankful for your fantastic very informative analysis! I'm actually very excited to have this new info. I'll send you a PM

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