This planet's name is pronounced [alθərna]. The map below shows its original vegetation:
Copyrighted by Lena Synnerholm.
The names on the map above written with letters as widely spaced as words are the names of the continents. The other ones written in capital letters only are those of subcontinents. The rest of the names translate:
Alosjnabasi (refers to the island closest to it).
Akrarot Higlands (refers to the yellow stripe with green on both sides of it).
Arit Gulf (refers to the gulf in which it is written).
Bivanel Bay (refers to the bay in which it is partly written).
Chumrun (refers to the bay in which it is partly written).
Fool's Desert (refers to the orange spot closest to it). It was long considered highly foolish to go there.
Egej (refers to the island closest to it).
Erevor Mountains (refers to the brown line closest to it).
Eribyngi's river valley (refers to the darker green stripe surrounded by lighter green).
Garlomen Desert (refers to the orange spot closest to it).
Geberpisjer Plain (refers to green spot on which it is almost entirely written).
Gere Plains (refers to the yellow and brown spots closest to it).
Giddi Steppe (refers to the yellow band on which it is written).
Cape Toxic (refers to the promotory closest to it). I long remained a forbidden zone due to is reputation of being heavily contaminated with toxic waste.
Gorapasj Bay (refers to the bay closest to it).
Border Mountains (refers to the brown strip closest to it). They are now considered the border between Ilemura and Suvalesi.
Border Desert (refers to the orange spot closest to it). It long consisted a great obstacle for transport between Ilemura and Suvalesi.
No-Lake Land (refers to the orange spot on which it is written). It is named for the large number och dried-up salt lakes in the area.
Cape Efos (refers to the southern tip of the continent).
Cape Honybeng (refers to the south-eastern tip of the continent).
Cape Ongmor (refers to the eastern tip of the continent).
Rock Lake (refers to the lake closest to it). It is named for its particularly rocky shores.
Kongy (refers to the island closest to it).
Mansojn Plain (refers to the yellow spot on which it is written).
Mejer Steppe (refers to the yellow band on which it is partially written).
Modutj Mounains (refers to the brown and white stripe closest to it).
Nerjapran Mountains (refers to the brown line closest to it).
Nokrot Highlands (refers to the yellow line closest to it).
Lake Nosama (refers to the lake closest to it).
Orima Mountains (refers to the brown and white stripe closest to it).
Ornur Bay (refers to the bay closest to it).
Otlongtesh Bay (refers to the bay closest to it).
Rosbudga Highlands (refers to the yellow line closest to it).
Sun Lake (refers to the lake closest to it). It is named for the way the sun reflects in it when it passes directly overhead twice a year.
Tilet Strait (refers to the strait closest to it).
Tjene Mountains (refers to the brown line closest to it).
Tulak Peninsula (refers to the peninsula closest to it).
Lake Ubar (refers to the lake closest to it).
Vannu (refers to the bay in which it is partly written).
Verekost Mountains (refers to the brown line closest to it).
Wind Lake (refers to the lake closest to it). It is named for the way it affects the winds giving its shores the same climate as if they were on the west coast.
The human populations of the different continents and subcontinents descend from different real-world peoples:
• The population of Nokrofa [nɔkrɔfa] descends from different European peoples. These include Albanians (19, 28, 30 – 33), Estonians (5 – 7), Latvians (8 – 11), Lithuanians (12 – 17), Norwegians (1 – 4), Romanians (18, 20 – 26) and Catalans (27, 29, 34 – 35).
• The population of Isifiren [ɪsɪfirən] descends mostly from Jews. These include both Israeli and members of Jewish minorities of Europe and North America. The local languages descend from Yiddish (37 – 52, 54), Israeli (55 – 58, 62 – 65) and Ladino (53, 59, 65 – 68). Since the Ladino-speaking colonists were already too inbreed to form a vivid population they choose to have plenty of genetic colonists. The egg and sperm donors for these were Italians and Spaniards. These were raised by either couples were one or both were sterile or same-sex ones. The resulting population descend from about 60% West European Sephardim and 40% genetic colonists. Most Jews don’t care, but still.
• The population of Illemura [ɪləmura] descends from Punjabi-speaking Pakistanis and Indians.
• The population of Suvalesi [suvalesɪ] descends from different Polynesian peoples. These include Hawaiians (91, 92, 95), Maori (89, 90, 94, 97), Tahitians (103 – 105) and Tongans (93, 96, 98 – 102).
• The population of Hekeno [həkənɔ] mostly descends from pygmies (very short peoples native to central Africa). There were also some other Sub-Saharan Africans. However, those were so few they were culturally absorbed by the different Pygmy peoples. These include Aka (117, 118, 122, 123), Kango (116, 199 – 121), Ngombe (109 – 112, 114, 115) and Ntomba (106 – 108, 113).
• The population of the northernmost part of Ifrabsje [ɪfrabaʃə] (124 – 143) descends from Javanese.
• The population of most of Ifrabsje descends from different European peoples. These include Basques (minorities in 205, 206, 218 and 235), Bulgarians (184, 186, 187, 205, 206), Czechs (188 – 195), Breton-speaking French (201 – 203, 216, 217, 234, 247), Hungarians (165, 166, 171 – 175), Irish-speaking Irishmen (151 – 163, 167, 170), Poles (168, 197 – 200, 215, 231 – 233), Gaelic-speaking Scotsmen (235 – 246), Slovaks (207 – 214), Slovenes (164, 183, 185, 204, 218), Romansh-speaking Swiss (219 – 230) and Welsh (169, 176 – 182).
The he countries numbered 144 – 150 consists the region of Talsernata [talsernata]. Despite its climate being relatively friendly to food production is only sparsely populated. There is a long story behind this. Neither the Southeast Asian nor the European colonists liked the local climate. Most Hungarians and Slovenes found the summers too hot while most Javanese found the winters too cold. Consequentially, the area was very sparsely populated during the First Empire.
After the fall of the First Empire the inhabitants of Altherna used what resources they had to create the separate human species turin [tʊrɪn]. (Crossbreeds between turin and humans are sterile.) As the name suggests these were made to resemble standard fantasy dwarves. The idea was to provide manpower to rebuild Altherna's economy after its collapse. But by the time turin existed in sufficient numbers to impact economy the knowledge of how to rebuild was lost. Instead turin became enslaved by humans. 90% of the population of Talsernata came to consist of such slaves.
When the Federation of Althea found this planet it became possible for turin to escape their slave-owners. More than 80% of them did exactly that during the course of 30 years. As a direct result Talsernata became largely depopulated. The seven surviving towns cut up the region between them resulting in the seven countries on this map.
All maps are based on a world map using the Mollweide projection. The shapes of the landmasses has been sketched with Microsoft Office Picture Manager. These sketches were copied into Microsoft Paint. The rest was made with the later program.
This page was last changed on the 5th of September 2023.
Sweet water lakes.
Mountains which peaks has permafrost.
Cold temperate grassland.
Cold temperate forest and woodland.
Warm temperate forest and woodland.
Warm temperate grassland.
Subtropical grassland with winter rain.
Subtropical forest and woodland with winter rain.
Subtropical forest and woodland with summer rain.
Subtropical grassland with summer rain.
Tropical forest and woodland with seasonal rain.
The map below shows Altherna's political divisions: