Esquarium

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Esquarium is a world with many diverse ecosystems, and is notable for being one of the few planets currently known to support intelligent life. It is inhabited primarily by the human race, who have organised themselves into organised civilisations during the past four millennia. Since that time, humans, as the apex predator, have evolved and adapted from the primordial hunter-gatherer society to the modern industrial society, at the meantime reshaping the world and its ecology through urbanisation, intensive farming, pollution and deforestation, which are major problems today.

Physically, Esquarium is a planet located within the circumstellar habitable zone of the solar system, and is rocky with a molten core composed of minerals and magma. It is a relatively small geological body compared to gas giants further out the system, and has one natural satellite that is commonly called the Moon. It was created approximately 4 billion years ago (bya) and has gone through a series of profound changes and extinction events to become the planet that it is today. Its atmosphere is largely composed of oxygen, carbon and nitrogen, which makes it uniquely suitable for human life.

The contemporary Esquarium is divided in geopolitical entities, nation-states, administering territories. The world today is linked together through trade and globalised culture, and by international bodies working towards peace, such as the OEN and EC. However, it still remains a very volatile place but since the mid-20th century has seen an unprecedented period of relative peace brought by the advent of globalisation and nuclear deterrance. While large-scale wars of the sort seen prior to the period of peace such as the bloody First and Second Great Wars have not been seen since, significant tensions still remain between groups and ideologies competing for hegemony in an Esquarian Cold War.

Geography

Physical

Human

Esquarium is traditionally divided into multiple regions, known as geopolitical continents. The number varies by source and country but the usual number is nine, eight inhabited and one uninhabited. The continents are defined by convention and do not necessarily correspond to actual physical boundaries. More general regions, Eastern and Western Esquarium, also exist but they do not play a significant role in geopolitics. A North-South divide has been theorised by many geographers, but its existence is still the matter of controversy.

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Name Largest country Population Landmass
Artisia  Kebenajaya 1,132,846,092 76,839,649 km²
Conitia  West Cedarbrook 865,925,422 43,151,915 km²
Hyperborea N/A 01 14,859,967 km²
Lahudica  Tuthina 320,982,070 2,783,552 km²
Nautasia  Ainin 668,803,153 32,605,858 km²
Nordania  Nevanmaa 786,416,953 32,243,940 km²
North Velkia  Koyro 737,631,424 21,826,274 km²
South Velkia  Namor 1,689,837,505 27,842,864 km²
1.^ No permanent population.

Sociology

Societies

Countries