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Real and Fictional Geography Preview

As I mentioned before, I’ll be working on Geography Quick Facts and the Ariadne Encyclopedia’s country profiles at the same time. So, here’s a comparison between Earth and Ariadne.

CIA_WorldFactBook-Political_world.pdfEarth

Number of countries (official): 193

Total land area: 148,326,000 square kilometres

Largest country: Russia (17,075,200 square kilometres)

Smallest country: Vatican City (0.44 square kilometres)

Number of continents: 7 (Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, South America, Australia/Oceania, Antarctica)

Number of oceans: 5 (Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, Southern)

20140926-182944-66584034.jpgAriadne

Number of countries (official): 249

Total land area: 150,930,246 square kilometres

Largest country: Name to be revealed (3,336,638 square kilometres)

Smallest country: Name to be revealed (630 square kilometres)

Number of continents: 4 (Ipeiros, Voreios, Tropikos, Notos)

Number of oceans: 4 (Tethys, Thetis, Proteus, Nereus)

As you can see, the land area is surprisingly similar. I didn’t plan it this way, it just turned out like that after measuring the land area of each country. There are also fewer continents and oceans on Ariadne, though its largest continent, Ipeiros, is huge. At 103,001,817 square kilometres, it’s larger than Asia’s 44.58 million square kilometres, and Eurasia’s 54.76 million square kilometres. It’s a supercontinent!

As I go through each country on each planet, you’ll get to discover many more stats, facts, and information that should be interesting. What are you interested in finding out?

Real and Fictional Geography

I think it’s about time I get started on this. I’m going to be showing you both real and fictional geography at the same time. What does that mean?

First of all, I’ll be working on Geography Quick Facts, going through each country in the world alphabetically, providing you with various facts and figures about each country. I won’t be going into depth about culture, the people, or history of the countries, but I’ll be focusing more on statistics, such as population, largest cities, and tallest mountains, as well as physical characteristics, such as bordering countries, climate zones, and geological zones. I will provide pictures whenever possible.

As for fictional geography, I’m going to do something similar for Ariadne. But these will be the start of the country profiles for the Ariadne Encyclopedia. As I haven’t published anything yet, I’ll only focus on the physical geography of the countries. You can see the names of them, but you won’t get to learn about the cultures, history, or any demographics. Only physical geography, including climate, geology, and ecology. These profiles will grow over time, as I write the books, and I can flesh out the countries, including minor spoilers (these will be marked as spoilers, so you can skip over them).

So, which one are you interested in seeing?

Ariadne Country Profile Outline

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m going to be writing the country profiles for the countries on Ariadne.  This is all part of my worldbuilding process, and will mainly involve physical geography for the time being.  I will be doing the entire planet, which may seem like a lot.  Well, it is a lot.

In the beginning, I will go through the countries in alphabetic order, and I’ll be giving the following information:

  • Basic stats, including country area, latitude, longitude, length of the coastline, and extreme points (highest and lowest altitude).
  • Describe the topographic regions.
  • Describe the Koppen climate classifications and general habitats.
  • Neighbouring countries.

I will not be including any political, demographic, or historical information at this time.  The story hasn’t even begun on the planet, so that’ll come in the future as I publish the books.  Eventually coming will be maps of the countries.

All profiles will be posted in the Ariadne Encyclopedia on my author blog.

Ariadne Country Profiles

In my most recent update on my official author website, I mentioned that I’ll be writing country profiles for Ariadne.  I would like to expand on this.

I’ll be doing this in conjunction with the next Worldbuilding post, which will be about making political maps.  This will be good timing to start on the country profiles.  For now, this is what will be involved in the profiles:

  • Description of the landscape and regions of each country.
  • Major rivers and lakes.
  • Major mountains, mountain ranges, hills, volcanoes.
  • Geological activity (seismic and volcanic risk).
  • Shared borders with neighbouring countries.
  • Climate zones.
  • Types of habitats.
  • Country maps, though this will come at a later time.

I will later be updating the country profiles with the following information, as I’m writing the books:

  • Major cities.
  • Political subdivisions (states, provinces, etc).
  • Major industries.
  • Population.
  • Demographics.
  • Highlights in the country’s history.
  • Possibly some information about culture.
  • Sketches of the landscape, cities, and famous buildings.

It looks like a big undertaking, but this is the kind of thing I really love doing.  I’ll have fun with it.

Anything else you’d like to see in the country profiles? Let me know in the comments below.