|8, 55.709, 47.313|
and largest city
|• Total||18715.41 km2|
7226.02 sq mi
- 1 Geography
- 2 History
- 3 Road and water links
- 4 Public transport
- 5 Media outlets
Utterland is surrounded by Shilesia and Welstand-Westrijk to the west, as well as Vinnmark. To the south lies Ventria, with Ísztianország just to the east. The small nation of Kobáň is on Utterland's north border, partly separated by an arm of the Firth of Hetzer. Topographically, Utterland is a land of rolling hills, intersected by many rivers. The Firth of Hetzer dives deep into the west of the country, ending at the old city of Solsburg.
Uisteren is Utterland's capital, which is embedded in the Uisterse Heuvels to the south. Other main cities are Welle, Solsburg, Galmosen and Rijksbergen. Smaller towns and villages dot the countryside, but Utterland is on the whole fairly sparsely populated.
Welle covers the far northeast of Utterland, along the border with Koban. It is a hilly area, with its highest point at the tri-point with Estiensia and Koban, at an altitude of 500 metres above sealevel. The province is thinly populated, with Welle as its main centre of population.
Over Hetzer lies on both sides of the southern end of the Firth of Hetzer, with the city of Solsburg as its main centre. It is the industrial heartland of the country, with centres like Ilmond, Ilvoorde, Putmuiden and the extensive Solsburg Docks. The west of the province, along the border with Shilesia, is mainly agricultural. The eastern shore of the First of Hetzer is the location of two nature reserves, see below.
Uisteren is the nation's capital.
The territory of Utterland was part of Vinnmark until 1885. There was a large degree of autonomy, with the nobility more or less allowed to run affairs as they saw fit. The main landowners were the Duke of Schalmen, who took seat at Welle, the Count of Solsburg, who resided at Fort Solsburg. The Duke of Hemmel had decided to run his estate from Fort Merken, right across the river from, and in opposition to, Fort Solsburg. Following a number of unsuccessful attempts by Hetzer to cross the river and take Fort Merken, around 1712, the boundary line between their estates was made to be the River Utter. The Uisterse Heuvels, in the south, until 1834, was an area ruled by self-proclaimed leaders in the small towns and villages that dot the area.
Although Utterland was not directly involved with Vinnmark's 1934 civil war, the cities of Galmosen and Rijksbergen, which lie closest to the Vinn border took in many refugees, who fled the unrest. The housing estate on the eastern edge of Galmosen, off the Sterrenbeeldpark, was built to house them. A similar estate went up on the northern fringes of Rijksbergen. Although many of the refugees returned to Vinnmark in the late 1930s, a sizeable proportion of those cities' populations remains Vinn in origin.
Utterland has a good road network, linking the major towns and cities. There are nine primary routes, mostly dual-carriageways, which have motorway-like interchanges in the centre of the country. International roadlinks exist to the neighbouring countries of Vinnmark, Shilesia, Koban, Ventria and Ísztianország
The River Utter empties into the sea at Solsburg, after being joined by a number of other rivers and streams. The two major tributaries are the Larie Water (which rises near Stoornenburg and the Mosen, which rises north of Galmosen.
Railways in Utterland consists of a normal gauge railway network in the north and west, and a 950 mm narrow-gauge network in the south. A separate narrow-gauge network runs from Putmuiden to Hetterstrecht on the Firth of Hetzer. The line from Welle to Sterkerheide and on to Peklo (Kobáň) is 760 mm narrow-gauge.
Narrow gauge network
- Connections with Ventria's narrow-gauge network exist at Luikenberg, Mankelei and Oosterheide.
- A narrow-gauge link into Ísztianország runs from the Briechen to Vallenberg spur.
The above lines are all a 950 mm gauge.
- The line from Welle to Peklo, in Kobáň, is a different narrow-gauge, to conform to the Kobáň norm of 760 mm.
- Ventria: from Rijksbergen through the border station at Grammer.
- Shilesia: from Blankendaal to Czechowice, Solsburg to Zaborze (and on to Hanviller in eastern Vinnmark), and Solsburg via Woudendijk to Ligota (and on to Kirchenburg in Welstand-Westrijk).
- Vinnmark: from Rijksbergen as well as Galmosen to Berles and Varlonge, and through Shilesia.
- Ísztianország from Solsburg and Mirkbos, as well as from Welle.
- Ísztianország south through Koban to Welle.
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On-line news from the country can be found at Utterland Utterances.