|10, -8.7826, 50.1237|
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|Largest city||Tąpi Rā Dąk|
|Ethnic Groups||Lkąrăk (97%), Others (3%)|
|Government||Constitutional Socialist Monarchy|
|• Tąpi||Tąpi Đū|
|Legislature||Council of Monarchs|
|• Total||c4 km2|
|Drives on the||left|
|Internet TLD||.tr .oo|
Tąpi Rā is a small territory composed of three islands in the Asperic Ocean west of Tara. It lies around 35km north of the Latinan island of Hadonda. The islands have a unique culture and history. They are a constituent territory of the Organisation of Independent Oceanic Islands (OIOI), technically being a state within this Federation.
Geography and Climate
Tąpi Rā is a basalt outcrop with a fringe of lower land and reefs. It covers less than 4 square kilometres in area. The island is covered with a mixture of scrub, dunes and shingle and there are few large trees and little agricultural land. Just 8 degrees south of the equator, its climate is mostly hot with temperatures averaging above 30 °C for 5 months of the year, and rarely falling below 15°C. Average annual rainfall is around 400mm with a peak in June and July.
NatureTarephia mainland there are no native mammals except bats. There are two species of endemic tortoises and a flightless crake, the Teek Gallirallus raa. The endemic Tąpi Rā Brown butterfly is held in great esteem as its hind wings are thought to resemble the map outline of the islands. A number of unusual trees are found on the island, including the absinthe tree, Dendrosicyos absinthica. These trees used to be located on the area the present day airfield occupies. The trees take hundreds of years to mature but only small seedlings have been found here in recent years.
Name and Language
'Tąpi Rā' means 'King's Land' or 'Queen's Land' in Lkąrăk. Lkąrăk is a language spoken only in Tąpi Rā. Until the mid twentieth century it was thought to be a language isolate, but research by Arksbury International University has linked it clearly to the language Lkąrăkānd spoken on the island of of Ūdzđąnąrąt (Udenarrat}. This places it in the Utz language family of Asperic Ocean languages. The island of Udenarrat is known as 'Ufăkn' in Lkąrăkānd which means 'place of trees'. Tąpi Rā itself has very few trees. The islands continue to use a unique alphabet, Nunufanu which is of ancient origin. In this alphabet (which is semi-syllabaric) the name of the island state is written: .
The island is run under a constituted socialist system where there is universal suffrage but political parties are outlawed. The 'President' - also known as 'Tąpi' - is one of the 'Community of Monarchs' (that being every islander over the age of 15) chosen at random every 3 years.
The eastern island is dominated by the ancient fortress of Tąpi Rā which is located on a massive granite outcrop reaching 153m above sea level. The outcrop is surrounded by cliffs and a series of walls which have defended the island through history. The old port and wider settlement were in former times also defended by walls. Within the old walls are many old houses and small winding streets, along with wells and reservoirs which collect all rain water which falls on the islands. Water is re-distributed by a series of canals and channels to fields and allotments. Most of the rest of the island was formerly scrub and dunes and most islanders depended on seafood for sustenance.
Population and Economics
The present-day islands have two centres of population in the old town and new town. The total population fluctuates around the 7000 mark. There is a modern airstrip and marine research facility, much of the industrial base being provided by contributions and investment from Kėzėpölān. The Council of Monarchs does not have funds to provide universal education to tertiary level, but support from Academic Support International allows many students to attend university overseas. There is also a facility affiliated to the University of Yshon in Shadze-Ma and the International Seismological and Oceanographic Research Council based in Gobrassanya. A solar plant and offshore wind turbines provide electricity and along with natural gas power a large aluminium smelter where many islanders work. Baxite is imported from around the world and processed aluminium is exported to southern Antarephia. The bulk of the export goes to TFH bv in Forrintia and is used in the production of tinfoil for hats. The remaining small quantities are exported to Latina and other countries. There is also some tourism from Latina and a regular ferry service connects with the island of Hadonda. Many Tąpis speak Latinian and other languages. A permit is required to visit and most Latinians and tourists of other nationalities come to experience the strange local customs, food and language.
The Nunufanu alphabet is used throughout the island, generally mono-lingually, which can make navigation in the winding streets of the old village difficult.
Text in Nunufanu is also displayed on the pennant of Tąpi Rā, a form of which has been flown continuously from the tower of the fortress since 1407, when an attack by pirates was fended off.
- 1.There is no distinction between sexes in the Lkąrăk language