St Austell

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St Austell
Flag
Flag
Motto:
Ex Oriente Lux
Light from the East
StatusProvince of Vodeo
Capital
and largest city
Saviso
Official languagesIngerish
DemonymSt Austellian
GovernmentConstitutional monarchy
 • MonarchAdelaide II
 • GovernorEmma Richardson (Liberal)
LegislatureParliament of St Austell
 • Upper houseProvincial Council
 • Lower houseProvincial Assembly
History
 • Colony established25 June 1651
 • Independence from Ingerland26 September 1725
 • Consolidation21 April 1860
Population
 • Census (2017)6,041,313

St Austell (/sɪnt ˈɔːstəl/, Beha: Toraha, abbreviated as SA) is a province on the south coast of Vodeo. It borders Havilland to the north-west, Rabe to the west, and Gerrise to the south, and has a coastline with the Sea of Uthyra on its east side. St Austell is home to the nation's capital and largest city, Saviso, which is also the provincial capital. In 2017 St Austell had a population of 6,041,313, of which 85% lives in the Saviso metropolitan area; other main towns and cities include Orbera, Wahala, Hunterton, Storbada, and Batley. Inhabitants of St Austell are referred to as St Austellites.

Prior to Ingerish contact in the 1560s the area now constituting St Austell was home to a number of native tribes collectively known as the Beha. Ingerish colonisation began in 1623, with the colony of St Austell encompassing the southern half of modern-day Vodeo. St Austell declared its independence on 26 September 1725, and became an independent republic until it merged with Cambria on 21 April 1860 to form the Dominion of Vodeo.

The economy of St Austell is highly varied, albeit dominated by that of Saviso. The service sector is the largest, led predominantly by financial and property services, health, education, retail, and hospitality; manufacturing remains one of Saviso's primary economic sectors. The province is generally resource-poor but enjoys fertile soil, which has geared the rural economy toward crop growing - of these, the largest are sugar, tea, tobacco, and fruit. Historically one of the fastest-growing provinces in terms of population, in recent years it has been overtaken by Avalon and Cambria, although Saviso remains the fastest-growing of the ten provincial capital cities.

Etymology

St Austell is named for a Rhysiogan saint of the 6th century. Contrary to Ingerish-language conventions, the name is always written as "St Austell", its extended form having disappeared from common usage by the 1770s. The province is known in the Beha language as Toraha, meaning "fertile mother".

Geography

St Austell is primarily comprised of rolling hill country divided by the Waitacs and Voces ranges, the latter of which is the northerly continuation of the Gerrise Mountains. The two ranges are divided by the Grable Plains through which flow the Grable, Ingham, and Hunter Rivers, and which opens up into the Wahala Tableland in the province's southwest. The highest peak is Mount Warkworth at 1,487 m (4,879 ft).

St Austell's inland borders are almost entirely defined by rivers and lakes. The longest river in St Austell is the Grable River, which rises in southwestern Gerrise near the town of Castlegar; other significant rivers include the Ingham, Hunter, Avar, Ledesma, and Voces. Notable lakes include Lake Razorback on the western border with Havilland, Lake Victoria in the south on the border with Gerrise, and Lake Audhill, the largest of the Audhill-Tohill lake system southeast of Saviso.

The province's coastline is typified by large, sweeping bays, principally those along the Gulf of Havilland, the Cape Morley Peninsula, and the eastern side of the Gardiner Peninsula. The coastline is broken by the smaller Gulf of Basford, into which the Saviso and Caipah Harbours drain. The Caipah Harbour in particular is notable for its large number of islands, of which the largest is Cobalt Island, the only inhabited island in the harbour.

Climate

St Austell has a warm equatorial climate with two distinct seasons – a warm and humid "dry" season with little rainfall between October and April, and a cooler "wet" monsoon season known as the mahr between May and September. Owing to its position within the Equatorial Convergence Zone there is little wind but nearly continual cloud formation, even during the dry season.