|7, -5.692, 46.192|
|The Free Syndicates of Tamarindia|
Los Sindicatos Libres de Tamarindes (S.L.T.)
"La inutilidad está en el ojo del espectador"
Futility is in the eye of the beholder
Marcha de lo Absurdo (L. de Acordeón)
|Official languages||Tamarindo, an Inglo-Castellan creole language|
|Nationalities||Tamarindo (91%), Latinian (3%), Islatrammos (3%), Natives (3%)|
|• Cartógrafo General||Comrade-Presidente Chu Mango|
|• Segundo General||Comrade Isabella de Llanura|
|• Primer Ministra||Comrade-Ministra Ixinia Bautista|
|Legislature||Sindicatos Unidos (SU)|
|• Upper house||La Casa de Articulos (CA)|
|• Lower house||Congreso Nacional de Sindicatos (CNS)|
|• Total||296,417 km2|
|• Water (%)||3.3|
|• Total||đ988 billion|
|• Per capita||đ56,309|
|Timezone||WUT + 3 h (45°)|
|Currency||(Tamarindo) Doubloon (đ or DT)|
|Drives on the||right|
Tamarindia is a nation of Tarephia, on the northern border of the major political and economic power of the region, Latina. Predominantly mountain, tropical rainforest and river basin country with a large proportion of the population living in coastal urban seats, the long-time egalitarian and shambolic syndicalist country, descended from pirates and liberated slaves, is a burgeoning independent economy emerging from recent internal turmoil, rebuilding the state in the model of it's famous progenitors, the pirate captains James Mission, Francisco el Cisne, Della Swing, Kelso Scrote & Sabriyya Munya, Typhoid Babür, Etienne Makongo and Captain Argent; as well as long time dictablanda, Comrade-Presidente Doctor Iago Luz del Sol.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Pre-history
- 1.2 Dark Ages 1492 – 1650
- 1.3 The Golden Age 1650- 1730
- 1.4 Decline of The Golden Age & The Free Colony 1730 – 1880
- 1.5 The Industrialisation of Tamarindia, 1880 – 1930
- 1.6 The People's New Syndicalist Revolution 1917-1930
- 1.7 The People's Republic of The Golden Tamarin 1930 - 2011
- 1.8 The Fall & Restoration of Tamarindia 2011 - present
- 2 Geography
The isolated, unpopulated and largely inhospitable Tamarindian region was known to explorers in the New World from around 1525, becoming a coastal haunt of corsairs and pirates throughout the 16th and 17th Centuries. It began to be settled in earnest during this time as a collection of self-regulated city-states, predominantly by pirates, fugitives, idealists and freed slaves. Remarkably there was never a claim of jurisdiction by any world power, allowing the generally co-operative coastal communities to act autonomously and to develop independently. In 1752 the Free Colony of Tamarindia was formed under pirate, vagabond and free-thinker Captain James Mission's Articles of Liberty, adopted as the constitution on 6 November 1752. The Free Colony claimed all the uninhabited lands of the Tamarindian Rainforest and the Corazón Basin as far west as the surrounding Muralla mountain range, the vast interior of the Corazón delta system, north to the Río Torrente and south to the Sierra Grande.
Because of it's seemingly low economic potential, the dangers of the coastal waters and the defensive skills of the Free Colony mariners, Tamarindia remained largely ignored by the global powers through to the People's New Syndicalist Revolution of 1917. Under the 'guidance' of anarcho-syndicalist Doctor Iago Luz del Sol (internationally, Jimmy Sunshine), Tamarindia remained staunchly isolationist until recent times, modestly maintaining a growing population through eccentric but seemingly successful programs of self-sufficiency. Tamarindia has remained neutral throughout a twentieth and twenty-first century of global conflicts. Doctor Luz del Sol somewhat suspiciously continued to perform the role of unelected head of state for more than eighty years, though outside agencies have been unable to explain satisfactorily his remarkable longevity – while his date and place of birth remains a mystery, unverified historical information suggested he was over 140 years old towards the end of his governance as benevolent - and most revered - dictablanda, and in media records seemed still to be a whole century younger than that in appearance, attitude and acuity.
Dr. Luz del Sol's eventual death in 2011 marked an immediate and devastating collapse of the state, The Fall of Tamarindia, which lasted through to the coming to power of Chu Mango, in September 2015. Mango, the charismatic immigrant of indeterminate heritage, a self-proclaimed war veteran, gifted peacemaker and stabiliser of the nation, has successfully led a quick and powerful campaign to restore the syndicate union from various tumultuous governments and systems of The Fall, returning Tamarindia toward its former shambolic glory.
The indigenous Arataíno tribe were thought to have lived largely in the Tamarindian Rainforest which stretched through the central eastern area of the continent, with the historic site of Tar-Aphex in Fronterizo, Tara, at the southernmost limit of their historic diaspora. Native tribes were not present in significant numbers and disappeared westward into the heartlands of the Corazón Basin ahead of the slow colonisation of the continent by the Old World pirates of the 15th - 17th Centuries. The deep, largely inaccessible rainforest, the Corazón flood-basin of the great Tamarin, Saguin and Pirata rivers, and the high Muralla mountain range made the region inhospitable to early man, and the hunter-gatherer Arataíno were small in number, widely dispersed, suspicious of incomers and lacking in central governance or major population centres. The indigenous peoples of neighbouring regions rarely ventured into this dangerous territory. There are therefore few records of pre-historic humans in Tamarindia, who for the most part did not integrate with the pirate colonies, and the most populous mammal prior to the establishment of the coastal strongholds of the medieval period were Golden Lion Tamarins for which the country is named.
Dark Ages 1492 – 1650
Key texts: The Wreck of the Lingot Real ~ Tomás Baille, 1620s
Tomás Baille and The Wreck of the Lingot Real ~ Tuw Tyrsson, 1904
With the discovery of the great Plataforma landmass (the southern Tarephian horn, as it is known in Tamarindia) by the early medieval explorers, most of the continent came under the scrutiny of the global naval powers of the time. Tamarindia, however, with it's largely rocky coast, perilous coastal weather conditions and dangerous tides, together with a largely inhospitable and uninhabited interior, offered little by way of economic or missionary gain, and was almost wholly ignored by explorers, settlers or soldiers of fortune. For a short spell in the sixteenth century a staging post was held on the site of what is modern-day Libertad, known then as the Mission of San Gabriel. The post was established around 1525, but never flourished. It was difficult to land there in unpredictable weather and tidal conditions, there were several shipwrecks and its poorly defended supplies meant that when conditions were favourable for landing, it was usually pirates and raiders who came to visit. San Gabriel was abandoned around 1548.
Modern Tamarindia is proudly founded on the Golden Age of Piracy which began over one hundred years after the abandonment of San Gabriel. It is widely believed that no-one willingly set foot in Tamarindia during the intervening century except for a small number of shipwreck survivors and mutinied crewmen. The popular Tamarindian story of the Wreck of the Lingot Real describes the adventures of eighteen survivors wrecked on Daga Punto, or Dagger Point, in 1584, and their epic and traumatic journey over '300 leagues' to San Gabriel only to find it deserted and empty. Only ten of the men made it to the abandoned outpost, where in rage and desperation they had a pitched battle amongst themselves, leaving only two men alive. One headed into the rainforest in the hope of finding an indigenous community to live amongst, and 'to escape the mocking of the ocean'. No more is known of him. The other, one Tomás Baille, was rescued only a matter of days later, near to death, by a passing merchant vessel and went on to write an account of his adventures.
The Golden Age 1650- 1730
Key texts: The Complete History of The Tamarindies ~ Cuthbert J. Rackham, 1967
Por Convención Zapata ~ William Lee, 1981
Pirates, outcasts and idealists founded the Tamarindian state. Captain James Mission, who could easily be described as all three, is considered the Grandfather of Tamarindia (Comrade-Presidente Doctor Luz del Sol holds the title of Father). In fact, the historical accuracy of Mission's involvement in the establishment of the country of Tamarindia is open to question. Mission made his name in the eighteenth century, long after the foundation of Tamarindia. There is one school of thought that Mission was inspired by Tamarindia to form his own 'free colony' in 1748 in Magadaska, even visiting several times. And then there is the less academic idea that in Magadaska he discovered a way to time-travel back one hundred years to help found the Free Colony of Tamarindia. (See the work of William Lee for more on his theory of Mission as a time-travelling buccaneer).
Regardless of the fact, Mission is considered central to the historical foundation of Tamarindia, and certainly his principles and articles form the first lettered constitution of the Free Colony. The capital city, Misión, is named for him, as are the regional cities of Libertad (after his stronghold in Magadaska) and Los Artículos (after his Articles for governance of free colonies).
During the Golden Age of Piracy, from 1650 through to around 1730, raiders, buccaneers and privateers found the relative obscurity and inaccessibility of the Tamarindian coast immensely useful as a haven and base. Several different spots, with deeper waters, naturally sheltered, and less affected by the strong tides of the coastline became favoured bases for a number of pirate leaders, and in time became a loose federation of fortresses on sites that are now Tamarindia's key coastal towns - Misión, Libertad, Hueso Cruzadas (modern Cruzadas, now ceded to Islatramma, Pirata (modern Dolores), Francisco el Cisne, and Tesoro Tito. Such was the sea-going prowess of the pirate Captains and the determination of liberated slaves and idealists in their ranks that several concerted efforts by the naval superpowers of the time to destroy the federation were fiercely resisted and foundered with disastrous consequences. By 1700 the navies had unofficially relinquished all claims on the Tamarindian Coast and were giving it a wide berth, allowing the towns to stabilise and thrive, each one a 'Petty Kingdom' in its own right but all of them enjoying a peaceful federation.
Along with James Mission, some of the legendary pirate leaders of the day founded city-states that were the precursors to the modern urban hubs of the coast, including Francisco el Cisne (establishing Cisne), Rebecca (Della) Swing (Crawshay's Ruin, modern Dolores), Sabriyya Munya (Gran Blasfemia, the river haven that is modern Castro), and her husband and business partner Kelso Scrote (Bahia Bato, now a suburb of Dolores), Typhoid Babür (Pirata, modern Dolores) Étienne Makongo (Free Zenega, modern Libertad) and Captain Argent (believed to be Títi Argento, founder of Tesoro Tito)
During this time of internal peace and stability, and cooperative relations between the multiple city-states, the Inglo-Castellanic mix of languages from the two dominant sea powers in the region were the most common in the federation, and with a whole range of global influences from their cosmopolitan societies thrown in, became the modern amalgam of Tamarindo Inglo-Castellanic that is spoken today.
Decline of The Golden Age & The Free Colony 1730 – 1880
Key texts: The Articulated ~ James Mission, 1748
Cities of The Red Night ~ William Burroughs, 1981
While the Sea Powers could not hope to defeat the Tamarindian federation along it's own coast, out on the high seas was a different matter and with the decline of the Golden Age of Piracy, as the pirate Captains became less effective on open water against the technologically superior state navies, so the source of the federation's wealth began to decline. With the petty kingdoms of the fortress towns feeling the pinch, and their treasure houses emptying, international trade began to freefall, and the townships recognised a need to become more self-sufficient. With Mission's Articles now widely appreciated, and the Tamarindian federation looking both to fishing and exploiting the interior of the country to sustain themselves, the natural evolution for the fortresses was to form a more centralised alliance. In 1752 the Free Colony of Tamarindia was formed and Mission's Articles adopted as the constitution. The Free Colony claimed all the uninhabited lands of the Tamarindian Rainforest and the Corazón Basin as far west as the surrounding Muralla mountain range, the vast interior of the Corazón delta system, north to the Río Torrente and south to the Sierra grande.
Expansion into the interior, the beginning of a small-scale agricultural industry and the wholesale conversion of the military fleet into a fishing fleet provided for the Tamarindians at a time when otherwise they were in great economic decline. They would've been vulnerable during this period had the great naval powers themselves not been pre-occupied in decade-long wars between themselves and the getting of empires in more economically rewarding regions. Tamarindia was largely forgotten and left to its own devices. Under the Articles it managed to sustain itself through a century-and-a-half of slow economic erosion until the late-coming of industrialisation at the end of the nineteenth century.
The Industrialisation of Tamarindia, 1880 – 1930
Key text: The Complete History of The Tamarindies ~ Cuthbert J. Rackham, 1967
The spirit of enterprise which was part of the founding of Tamarindia during it's golden age was to return in the late nineteenth century when the country had all but disappeared as a nation and found itself largely a backwater of agrarian communities united only by an impoverished administration of Articles in the capital town of Misión. Belatedly, and suddenly, the descendants of Pirate Captains saw the potential of industrialisation to bring wealth and pride back to the Tamarindians. Mechanisation allowed for the expansion of what had been almost a cottage industry in mining. Fossil fuels allowed for steam and electric power. Iron and steelworks opened up the possibility of road and railway. Urbanisation of the interior towns from where all these resources were coming – Los Artículos, San Capo, de Soto, Iruela – led to a population explosion and demand for better transport. New technologies across the globe quickly became part of Tamarindian culture – domestic electricity, the car, telecommunications, modern sanitation.
Transport in particular became a chief commercial concern for the Free Colony. Central to connecting the coast with the interior was the vast river network of the Corazón Basin. In the 1890s the Iron Galleons – so called for their industrial usage – were constructed to connect the growing port of Dolores with the iron ore processing and steel production towns of San Capo, de Soto and Cortezuma. Likewise, there was great enthusiasm for he new technology of rail transport. The Golden Railway, started in 1891 and not completed until 1927, connected San Capo with the mountain city and chief gold mine at Los Artículos. The Coastal Railway, built between 1904 and 1909, connected the capital Misión with the coastal towns of Libertad and Tesoro Tito northwards, Dolores and the port of Cisne southward.
The prime highways were also built during Tamarindia's industrial revolution, beginning with the Coastal Highway from Tesoro Tito in the north all the way to Dolores 800 kilometres to the south, and then beyond, another 250 km into the Sierra Grande mountains to the most southerly tip of Tamarindia, at Anoia. The most spectacular road, unsurprisingly, is the Mountain Highway from Iruela to Los Artículos, at altitudes of up to 5000m. Rivers, railways and roads, a comprehensive if often difficult network of systems were developed for the transportation of goods into and out of the interior and to the port of Dolores. The building of a deep water harbour at Dolores was one of the key state building projects of the 1920s.
The People's New Syndicalist Revolution 1917-1930
Key texts: The New Syndicate ~ Dr. Luz del Sol, 1977
Dictablanda ~ Dr. Luz del Sol, 1917
With the coming of great wealth from the industrial revolution, both with the creation of internal wealth from vastly improved infrastructure to the “great restocking of the treasure houses of Tamarindia” [Luz del Sol] through mineral exports to the world, the Tamarindians faced a new challenge to their great co-operative ethic: profit. The Golden Age had been founded on a spirit of rebellion and liberal camaraderie, with idealists and hooligan pirates working together to found a nation. With a small number of men making vast fortunes from industrialisation, and the rest being exploited mercilessly, what the nation needed was a new collective of idealists able to reflect back the Articles of the Free Colony and impart a new spirit of collaboration. That role fell to the New Syndicalists, anarchists and communists for the most part, led by the charismatic young activist 'Jimmy Sunshine'.
In 1917, after a decade of unrest and unhappiness about the growing inequality of Tamarindians, and with the world looking for new solutions to governing urbanised, mechanised societies, Dr. Luz del Sol published his Dictablanda, a synthesis of the great Articles of The Free Colony, anarcho-syndicalism and marxist socialism under the paternal guiding hand of a benevolent dictatorship. Luz del Sol rejected democracy as rule by the lowest common denominator, providing, at best, government of the mundane, and at worst, government by the most manipulative. A popular movement sprung up around Dictablanda, the People's New Syndicalist Revolution, with Luz del Sol at the forefront. The industrialists fiercely resisted the movement, protecting their great wealth and influence, and many new syndicalists were imprisoned or exiled during the thirteen year struggle for freedom. Luz del Sol himself was incarcerated for three years and spent five in exile. Finally, in 1930, after returning from exile, Sunshine engineered a coup d'etat and became the first, and only, Comrade-President of the renamed People's Republic of The Golden Tamarin, or República Popular del Tití Dorado – RPTD.
The People's Republic of The Golden Tamarin 1930 - 2011
Key texts: The Complete History of The Tamarindies ~ Cuthbert J. Rackham, 1967
Modern Revisions ~ Dr. Luz del Sol, 2007
Tamarindia enjoyed it's second golden age during the modern era of Comrade-President Luz del Sol's extraordinary 80-year incumbency as Father of the State. Ever inclined to a predominantly isolationist position in global politics – it is almost genetically ingrained in Tamarindians to view the rest of the world with suspicion – the nation broadened the scope of it's determined self-sufficiency with robust technological and ideological progress. Tamarindia carefully managed resources for an extended boom in population, successfully remained at peace during the great global conflicts of the twentieth century, built a reliable if not ultra-modern transport infrastructure to support growing urbanisation in the interior, and balanced exploitation of great mineral reserves with an environmental and ecological awareness decades ahead of it's time.
In the first age of the Syndicatos Unidos, the growing self-confidence of the nation was presided over by the great leader most beloved of all Tamarindians, Doctor Iago Luz del Sol. Possibly living into his 15th decade, Dr. Sunshine remained vigorously at the forefront of progress both of the nation, and it's widening relationship with the world right up until his strangely overdue death. This brought new challenges: an environmentally wealthy state, largely and erroneously viewed as corrupt in governance by an outside world that has long since rejected the idea that a dictatorship can be anything but proactively counter to the interest of it's people, Tamarindia was at risk of becoming a desirable bauble for the envious and ever-rapacious needs of capitalist superpowers. Indeed, upon Dr. Luz del Sol's death, such rapaciousness has widely been considered the external foundation of the Fall of Tamarindia.
The Fall & Restoration of Tamarindia 2011 - present
Key texts: The Post-Sunshine Apocalypse ~ Donna Maw, 2019
Bastards ~ F. Vasquez García, 2017
Upon the sudden and unexpected - in an entirely overdue way - death of the Father of Tamarindia, the nation fell into a deep chasm of mourning, perhaps imagining that the Dictablanda would rule forever. This immediate and prolonged grieving, creating huge problems of productivity, losses and subsequent apathy, collapsed the economy within a month. The government, unable to name a successor, seemed paralysed. Grief turned to anger and civil disorder, many believe fuelled by foreign governments hoping to gain from Tamarindia's loss by exploiting a once fiercely independent and self-reliant economy. With the government in meltdown, a group of shady unnamed administrators likely backed by global corporations and banking institutions emerged to promote stability, calling themselves The Foundry (La Fundición). It was very soon clear their interests were for their members personal gain of wealth and power, and civil disorder increased. A military solution was sought by La Fundición, but the armed forces were split. So-called civil servants, business administrators and a succession of generals were placed in charge of the chaos, only to be quickly removed and replaced. Opposition gradually crystallised in the mourning population under four charismatic representatives - the legendary Tamarindian footballer Pogue Masvidal, his wife and politician Isabella de Llanura, the nations favourite composer Leonardo de Acordeón, and another popular syndicalist party senior, Francisco Vasquez García. La Fundición moved to wipe out their opposition in an atrocious act that would be the beginning of the end for the faceless administrators - an attempt to kidnap and assassinate them all on one riotous night in Misión, in June 2012. Isabella de Llanura was known to escape and fled into exile, and the other three believed murdered - which only hardened the resolve against La Fundición.
Arthurian legends of second comings grew up around the popular figures, rumours of their hiding out, and they became symbols of resistance. A new leader of the resistance emerged, the foreign - but to many, thoroughly Tamarindian - immigrant Chu Mango, a close former friend of Masvidal. Mango worked hard to promulgate the legends of 'The Bastards' as the four were known, and when Vasquez García did indeed return from a mountain hideout in February 2014, the tide was turned. Civil disobedience was bolstered by the military and police forces aligning behind Vasquez García, Mango and the still-exiled de Llanura. At this time, with the nation at risk of falling into civil war, the economic powerhouse of the region Latina began its support of the opposition, despite having entered the fray much earlier in an attempt to help establish La Fundición on legitimate terms as a means for stability. La Fundición was broken up, vast swathes of arrests made and families of the conspirators interned: they have forever since been known as The Disgraced (Los Deshonrados) and must follow programmes of re-education to make themselves useful to society again, and will remain under custodial guard until their penalty is satisfied.
Taking up the leadership following the end of La Fundición in the winter of 2014, Francisco Vasquez García began the restoration of Tamarindia, the reformation of the governing Sindicatos Unidos, and the redistribution of assets stolen by Los Deshonrados. The government was heavily supported by Latina in the early days of the restoration. Vasquez García was unable to confirm the fate of Pogue Masvidal and Leonardo de Acordeón but declared them likely to have been murdered. Rumours persist of their return and they have become new icons of the Shambolic Tradition, Tamarindia's peculiar syncretic atheism. In September 2015, with the restoration well under way, Vasquez García stood down as interim governor, establishing a new constitution based on Dr. Luz del Sol's New Syndicalism, revised and updated with added protections against rapacious and conniving capitalism. The new dictablanda, with the title Cartographer General, was the elected Hero of the Resistance Chu Mango, unequivocal favourite of the people of Tamarindia who was elected unchallenged. Returning from exile, the formidable Isabella de Llanura has taken the seat of Vice-General and Mayor of Misión.
The civil collapse of The Fall notwithstanding, Tamarindians can boast that there has been no conflict with other nations since the Free Colony came into existence in 1752, and that even their own People's Revolution of 1917-1930 was a peaceful one. This largely peaceful history can be explained particularly by the early inaccessibility of the region – mountains, thick rainforest, unpredictable flooding rivers, and a dangerous coastline – as well as it's perceived economic paucity in the eyes of the great naval powers of the past, the troublesome pirate captains and it's subsequent isolation. World powers have come and gone but Tamarindia has never really been on the map of any nation with militaristic or expansionist intentions. In being allowed to keep itself to itself, and desiring nothing more at a genetic level, Tamarindia has enjoyed two and a half centuries of enduring peace - almost - with immense social, if not material, prosperity.
|Geography of Tamarindia|
|Border countries|| Islatramma 403km
Reino Pablo 199km
|Coastline||1,105km including islands|
|Climate||Mostly tropical rainforest|
|Elevation extremes|| lowest point: -207m (est.) Aguafisura
highest point: 5322m Cerro Oro
|Natural resources|| Cattle, maize, wheat,
potatoes, rice, coffee, tea
manganese, petroleum, uranium,
bauxite, gold, nickel, phosphates,
|Land use|| Arable land: 9.57%
Permanent crops: 4.22%
|Water use|| Irrigated land: 13,000km2
Renewable resources: 2,432km3
Freshwater withdrawal: per capita 653m3/yr
Tamarindia sits in the southern tropic zone from approximately 6ºS for just over 800 kilometres to latitude 16ºS, and from longitude 67ºW to 75ºW, a distance of approximately 400 kilometres. The land area is around 300,000 km2.
Climate & Terrain
Southern & Western Muralla areas subject to earthquakes and rare volcanic activity;
Violent windstorms on the Meseta plateau and along most of the coastline;
Heavy to severe flooding in the south.
Environment – current issues
Environmental problems (urban and rural) typical of an industrializing economy such as deforestation, soil degradation, desertification, air pollution, and water pollution.
Note: Tamarindia considers itself a world leader in setting voluntary greenhouse gas targets, in conservation policy and green mining development.
Named for it's surging tides, the largely inhospitable coastline of Tamarindia is the beating heart and historical core of the modern nation. The total coastline including islands stretches to 1,105 km, most of which is uninhabitable rip-tidal shoreline, high buttress cliffs battered by windstorms and long stretches of dangerous marine where shipping is almost impossible. Along much of the shore between the northern Torrente Delta and the southern Tamarin Delta, the interior is hidden by a vast jungle, an extension of the Tamarindian Rainforest called Acantilado Verde, or Green Cliff; only around the coastal cities of Misión and La Zona Metropolitana does the Acantilado Verde break for modern urban development. Conditions along most of the Costa Resaca are so bad that this was the key defence against the old empire-building superpowers: it was too dangerous to bother with, especially with a perceived paucity of resources and and an abundance of riches to be found along more hospitable shores. Those who settled, however, found many hidden bays and shelters from the worst conditions, carved out the modern cities of the Costa Resaca, and founded a whole country, fertile and mineral-rich, from their early foothold along perilous waters. Today they have mastered the tides and built several great cities in the lee of the storm, as well as a number of successful towns and villages.
Tesoro Tito is the northern-most city, connected to all the Costa Resaca as far south as Dolores at the gateway to the Corazón flood-basin by road and rail. While all the cities on the coast have ports, the biggest by far is in the country's biggest city, Francisco El Cisne, or simply Cisne. Eastward beyond the Acantilado Verde are the Estancia and flood-basin regions of the Great Rivers (Pirata, Tamarin, and Saguin).
Small islands offer some shelter to parts of the Costa Resaca. The two largest of these – Isla Defensa and Isla Fortificado – lie in the central coastal region and their name gives away both their geographic and military advantage: shelter from whatever comes in off the sea. Mostly uninhabited but for a small number of military facilities, they do provide the cover needed for the nation's only real beach region in the area north of Dolores on the mainland, and on the western shores of the islands.
Isla Duende is an uninhabited environmental protectorate administered from the city of Misión.
Las Islas Barciña
There are multiple tidal islands of the great Corazón delta both to the north and south of the large city of Dolores (Dolores itself, comprising several cities and towns, sits on the largely unrecognised delta island of Barciña). Most are uninhabited and protected for environmental reasons, the largest of which is Isla Atalaya, just to the north of the town of Manzanares. Other islands in the delta include Islas Tapá, Hacio, Senaco, Juchuluyo, Conselgá, Coromanca, Montoca, Patirás, Arromero, Moyocama, Currembó, Seresa, San Fetan and Malones.
The five agricultural syndicates established to manage food production in the nation (excluding fishing and marine), Las Estancias, are focused around the two key regions naturally clear of rainforest - the northern Tierra Plana and the central Meseta.
Tierra Plana, the region nestled between the Acantilado Verde and the Río Torrente in the north of the country, is the fertile agricultural 'bread-oven' of the nation, providing for the nation's great drive to self-sufficiency through the late ninteenth and twentieth centuries. Four syndicates – Provisión, Tesoro Tito, Pueblo Grano and Turriatrillos administer this agrarian production, which is comfortably providing for the nation and has an impact on the export economy. South of the Río Torrente within the midst of the Tamarindian Rainforest, the plateau region of Meseta stands above the flood-basin as the fifth Estancia province. The plateau is also high-yield agricultural area, managed through the same system as the Estancia syndicates from the plateau town of Los Taíno.
Approximately 65% of the country is covered by the Tamarindian rainforest, the Corazón, from the northern to southern borders, and from the eastern Costa Resaca to the western Murilla mountain range. Vast tracts of the forest have not yet been developed in any way or explored with any great commitment. The rainforest is not believed to have any history of indigenous settlement largely due to the inaccessibility, protected on all sides as it is by rugged and high mountainous regions, dangerous flood waters and a fairly impenetrable coastline – there is no easy way in. The Arataíno are the only historically recorded indigenous tribe, a widely dispersed and mobile hunter gatherer civilisation with little inclination to settlement, who largely disappeared during the settlement period or integrated into the communities of the pirate City States.
Large wildcats, fish, river dolphins, monkeys, sloths, capybara, parrots, snakes, exotic spiders and other indigenous rainforest-dwelling species are believed to be thriving in the Tamarindian interior, although deforestation is becoming an issue in the regions close to the Muralla where modern inhabitants begin to explore the economic benefits of this vast resource.
Los Grandes Ríos
Los Grandes Ríos is the major river system of Tamarindia, stretching in total to around 2200km of waterways that largely issue from the western mountain range, Las Murallas, converging at the southern delta system around the city of Dolores. The three principal rivers of this system are Pirata, Tamarin and Saguin and are known as The Great Rivers; with many tributaries including some like the Tortuga, Turquesa and Tangai which extend over hundreds of kilometres before joining with Los Grandes Ríos deep in the rainforest. This system is the main transportation artery to the interior, serving large industrial river ports at Marquez, Cortezuma, San Capo and de Soto.
Within the rainforest are large flooded areas of the Corazón Basin, through which the great rivers pass, and the principal of these ever-shifting waters are the wide lakes and islets of the Aguas Illuminadas, Aguas San Isízu, Aguas Corazón and Aguas Ururillos.
As well as the three main rivers of the south, there is a fourth considered one of Tamarindia's principal rivers - the northern Río Torrente, which again issues from the mountain range and meanders north through rainforest and the Tierra Plana to form a delta north of Tesoro de Tito, on the Islatramma border.
- Río xxx approximately xx km
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The deep glacial-formed lake to the westernmost area of the Tamarindian interior is the Aguafisura, 80km at it's fullest length and shared as a border with three nations - Reino Pablo, Ammirice and Luxanco. It is fed by the Río Ninto and Río Irua, and the lake-bed is the lowest-lying point in the country – 243 metres deep at it's deepest and an estimated 207 metres below sea level. A large population are gathered in towns and cities around the Aguafisura, partly sustained by fishing and part by connection to the industrial cities of the interior. On the Tamarindian end of the lake, the city of Iruela is the main administrative centre of the area and connected by water transport to other population areas on the lake across international borders, particularly the city of Puerto Juan Cruz in Reino Pablo.
Fishing is important to Aguafisura. Principle species for fishing are the karachi and the ispi. Trout was once very important, but now only accounts for 0.1% of extraction. Trout is now mostly exploited from fish cages and farms. Aguafisura holds large populations of water birds. Several protected species such as the huge Fisura Water Frog and the flightless Fisura Grebe are largely or entirely restricted to the lake.
The Muralla mountain range forms the southern and western boundaries of Tamarindia in a continuous range of some 800km. In total across the East Tarephian Cone, this range is about 1,600km long, up to 130km wide, and of an average height of about 4,000m. Along its length, the Muralla is split into several ranges, which are separated by intermediate depressions. The highest peak at 5322m is Cerro Oro in de Oro province, 30km south of Los Artículos.
The Muralla range has many active volcanoes, which are distributed in four volcanic zones separated by areas of inactivity. The large part of the Muralla is inactive, while those that are active are diverse in terms of activity style, products and morphology. While some differences can be explained by which volcanic zone a volcano belongs to, there are significant differences inside volcanic zones and even between neighbouring volcanoes.
The Muralla mountains host large ore and salt deposits and some of its northern fold and thrust belt acts as traps for commercially exploitable amounts of hydrocarbons. Some of the largest porphyry copper mineralizations occur in the western Muralla making Tamarindia a potentially very large exporter of copper. Porphyry copper in the western slopes of the Muralla has been generated by hydrothermal fluids (mostly water) during the cooling of plutons or volcanic systems. Other metals including iron, gold and tin in addition to non-metallic resources are also important and there are large-scale mining operations from Anoia in the south-west to Naratañas in the north; the largest of which is the industrial mountain city of Los Artículos.
- 5322m - Cerro Oro
- 5110m – Cerro Arroyo
- 5091m – Cerro Otávio
- 4960m – Corrente
- 4881m – Gottardo
- 4809m – Cerro Hélcio
The capital of Tamarindia is Misión, named for Captain James Mission. The largest city is Dolores, with a population of 4.2 million; Dolores also sits within the metropolis of four cities (with Quitiba, Castro and Marocena) and several towns - Gran Barciña, with a total population of 7.3 million; the second intercity zone of Zona Metropolitana - Cisne, Sesorinto, Machacunga, Taralonia, Calcuranza and Punto Daga has a total population of 4.3 million; thus two thirds of the population reside within these two enormous urban centres.
Cities by size
- Gran Barciña - total population: 7,323,523
- Dolores - population: 4,244,812 - largest single city overall. Key industries –
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- Castro - population: xxx Key industries –
- Marocena - population: xxx Key industries –
- La Zona Metropolitana - total population: 4,356,547
- Cisne - population: 2,798,343 - second largest single city overall. Key industries – export, shipping & ship building
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- Machacunga - population: xxx Key industries –
- Calcuranza - population: xxx Key industries –
- Taralonia - population: xxx Key industries –
- Los Artículos - population: xxx Key industries –
- de Soto - population: xxx Key industries –
- San Capo - population: xxx Key industries –
- Misión - population: xxx Key industries –
- Libertad - population: xxx Key industries –
- Tesoro de Tito - population: xxx Key industries –
- Iruela - population: xxx Key industries –
- Marquez - population: xxx Key industries –