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San Lareado:

The Land

Idweena tuska San Lareado. San Lareado or moj'ya; suma moj'San Lareado.
    -Santa Aimilini, wife of Lareado I

    Although one of the smallest countries in Europe, we here at the Culture Society believe San Lareado to be one of the most beautiful. From the high peaks of the Carpathian Mountains to the indigo-blue depths of Lake Znema, there is more beauty and diversity in the 162 square kilometres that are San Lareado than in countries ten times its size. View from a San Lareadan castle window.  Photo copyright 1994 by Aimin Znapati.

    Over thirty percent of San Lareada's area is made up of the Carpathians, a range of mountains stretching through eastern Europe. Here dwell our native flocks of chamois and our mischievous marmots, amongst the fields of lilies and edelweiss which grow between diminutive evergreen forests. Also native to the Carpathians is one of San Lareado's indiginous peoples, named the Aurumi by our country's later immigrants for their distinctive golden skin tone and love of gold jewelry, made from gold panned from San Lareadan streams. The Aurumi have been goat- and sheep-herders for centuries, although nowadays many young Aurumi leave their villages to join in modern San Lareadan life.

    Below the Carpathians and the deciduous forests at their base are San Lareado's rolling hills, the home of more than 95% of the country's population. Between these hills live the farmers as well as the citizens of San Lareado's only city, San Lareado City. The valleys are also home to San Lareado's many lakes, including the beautiful Lake Znema, the glorious culmination of all the country's tiny rivers and streams.

    San Lareado has a temperate climate, with varied amounts of rainfall depending on the altitude. The hills and valleys recieve about 80 cm. of precipitation annually, while the higher areas have a higher average rainfall which occurs mostly in the form of snow.

    The natural resources of San Lareado are varied. While waterpower is plentiful, it is seldom used, as most of San Lareado does not use electric power. There are small deposits of gold, whose rarity increases annually. Most common are salt, granite, and limestone, followed by iron, manganese, and aluminum. The soil is fertile and provides for prosperous farms, however, as land in San Lareado is limited, agriculture is not the livelihood of most of its citizens.

    Tourism is uncommon in San Lareado, as we do not have an airport or train station. However, those adventurers who travel here by foot are not disappointed. The beauty of our country is breathtaking, and our people are diverse and friendly. There is no country in the world like San Lareado!


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