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Federated Republic of Castine
National Flag of CastineHeritage Flag of Castine, flown only on Heritage Day
FlagCoat of arms
"Venite, Iter Simul"
Come, Let Us Journey Together
CapitalSainte Ermentrude
Largest citySainte Ermentrude
Official languagesTBD
 • Upper houseTBD
 • Lower houseTBD
 • Total532750 km2
TBD sq mi
 • Estimate (2016)12,300,000
 • TotalTBD
 • Per capitaTBD
GDP (nominal)TBD
 • TotalTBD
 • Per capitaTBD
HDI (TBD)0.8
CurrencyCastine Ecu (Colloquially called the 'Cecu') (∈) (CEC)
Drives on theright
Internet TLDTBD

Castine, officially the 'Federated Republic of Castine' and 'République Fédérée de Castine' in its two official languages, Ingerish and Franquese, is a country in northwesternTarephia. Its capital and largest city is Sainte-Ermentrude.

History and Current Events

The history and politics of Castine are shaped by the union between the country's north, colonized by Brocéliande and other Franquese-speaking nations, and its south which was colonized by Ingerland. Each half of the country (and they are almost perfect halves in both geography and population) is represented by its own emblem and preserves its heritage. The emblem of the north is a star styled after the ten-petaled star flower. The flower is found in only in the valleys of the north's Choc-Chic mountains. The south displays its six-reed pipe flute with equal pride, and so the halves of the country are almost universally referred to as the Pays de L'Étoile (north) and the Lands of the Pipes (south).

Lands of the Pipes and Star


The colonial-era inhabitants lands that are now the Star and Pipes of Castine were enemies, acting as proxies of their warring parent countries through their skirmishes and raids. The boundaries between what would become the Star and Pipes were never clearly demarcated, although then as now the fuzzy division ran along the north face of the valley of the River of Haunted Flutes. Nobles of Brocéliande and Ingerland were routinely awarded grants of land far on the other side of this boundary, theirs for the taking if only they could find a way to 'convince' the current inhabitants to leave.

The most famous example of one of these embedded enemy outposts is the still-standing (and now a well-preserved national park) estate and grounds of the Penthièvre family, which are located deep (well over 100 km) inside Ingerish-inhabited territory. The head of this Brocéliande-descended noble family was for over a hundred years styled as 'Count of the Belles Plaines.' In fact, the Count's domain rarely reached beyond Sentinel Hill, the isolated feature where the first Count built his estate. But the commanding location of Sentinel Hill in the midst of some of the most fertile farming lands of Castine meant that no Ingerish settlement could survive within fifty kilometers of the Hill without being garrisoned to the teeth as a ward against raids. Now, hundreds of years later, the bad blood is gone. In fact, the name 'Penthièvre' routinely gets attached to upscale areas in the cities of the Lands of the Pipes, and the family is famous for bringing the sophisticated arts of its parent country to the thinly-settled new nation. The parish that contains Sentinel Hill bears the name Belles Plaines as well.

Most historians agree that north and south were brought together through the greed and cynicism of the leaders of Brocéliande and Ingerland of two centuries ago. The two monarchs and the governments they oversaw came to see their colonies as targets for exploitation. Taxes could be increased to enrich the parent country and skirmishes fomented to weaken its enemy. The enmity between the inhabitants of north and south was thought in the courts of Winburgh and Valoris to run so deep that their unification was unthinkable. History shows how misguided this thought has proven to be. The Independence and Unification War began as a local rebellion in the far north of the future Castine but quickly spread across the north. It was far from the first rebellion against colonial authority, but this time the lords of Brocéliande, stretched thin due to other wars and foreign adventures, sent agents across the south of Castine whose mission was to distribute small bribes and tell stories of the rich plunder that awaited if only the militias of the south raided north to crush the Franquese-speaking rebels. The cynicism and greed of this policy provided the last and strongest push toward the unification of the peoples who were already finding they had more in common with each other than their distant colonial masters.

Political and Administrative Structure

Castine is divided into approximately 30 administrative regions known as 'parishes.' Although maps often depict a line dividing the Lands of the Pipes and Star, there is no formal administrative division between them and both Ingerish and Franquese are widely spoken in all regions of the country. Any politician wanting to be successful at the national level knows that he or she needs to sound like a native in both languages to reach the top levels of government. If there is a recognizable regional accent in both languages, all the better. For decades comedians have gotten laughs at the expense of politicians who sound like they were born and bred on the Deux Plateaux one day only to speak like native of the Fruitful Valley, 500 km to the south, on the next.

Geography and Climate


Geographic Regions of Castine

Geographic regions of Castine.

Largest Cities

City Metro Area Population
2 Tarkenton (Jade Coast Metropolitan Area) 1 505 000
4 Abella d'Or Prairie 562 000
9 Éroÿ 208 000
10 Ten Groves 193 000


Geographic Regions of Castine

Köppen climate zone map of Castine.

The south of the country is much wetter than the north because it spends longer in the path of the Intertropical Convergence Zone and has a much longer summer wet season (6-9 months vs. 1-3). The mountains and highlands squeeze water from the humid air flowing eastward from the Hesperic Ocean, enhancing precipitation along the coast and contributing to the aridity of the Helion Desert that stretches far beyond Castine to cover most of northern Tarephia. Climate data for the three marked cities is given in the article.


Highway and Road Network

Main Article: National roads in Castine