Geography of Brutland and Norden

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The United Kingdom of Brutland and Norden is located in the South Pacific.


The United Kingdom of Brutland and Norden has a total land area of exactly 997,312 sq. km. It is composed of two huge islands, Brutland (512,009 sq. km), and Norden (484,552 sq. km) separated by the 250 km-wide Union Channel (Canalo Unnona). The Union Channel also contains the Channel Isles or Union Islands (Esolu di l’Unnone), an archipelago of about 24 islands, half of which is inhabited. The largest Channel Isle, Union Island (Esolo Unnona) at 52 sq. km, was formerly called Barren Rocks. It is where the capital is located. Union Island is a heavily urbanized island, as is the neighboring islet of Santelleria (42, which serves as a residential suburb of the conurbation of the capital. Other inhabited islands include Stampione (46, Brugnatella (41, Piscieretto (35, Campedusa (30, Liparegna (28, Fiorgamino (22, Berríalva (18, Tonzivibbia (12, Santobricco (9, and Librugnie (7 The remaining islands form the Union National Park (Parco Naziona di l’Unnone).


The two islands differ markedly in their origin. Traditionally, they were considered part of the Northern South Pacific Island Arc, formed by the subduction of the South Pacific plate. But only Brutland satisfies this criterion, as its core is composed of extinct volcanoes and its rock formations are composed of granite and basalt. Its rich soils are made by volcanic eruptions, and the bedrock of the island is heavy basalt. Timberland has different bedrock composed of schist and its hills are composed of marine limestone, suggesting that its formation was due to uplifting of a portion of the seabed.

Norden, on the other hand, was formed when a former thrust fault (the Norden fault) pushed blocks of crust above the sea level. The thrust fault is marked by the Norden Ridge, which separates Normark from Dennland. The two have differing soils and rock formations. Though the ridge is composed of marine limestone and some parts have metamorphosed into marble, only Normark has alkaline soil. Soils of Dennland are typically of a neutral loam type and its bedrock is of heavy seafloor basalt. Copper, manganese, and nickel deposits abound in Dennland, likely due to its former position under the sea.

Brutland and Norden was also situated above an area of extreme pressure, but those pressures that drive volcanic eruptions and thrusting in the area have long subsided, as the South Pacific plate reversed its direction of movement.


The Kingdom has a few lakes, the largest being Brute Lake (Lago Brutellia) in the middle of Brutland. Brute Lake was formed when water filled in a caldera. Most Brutish lakes are formed in this way, while Nordener lakes are typically sinkhole ponds brought about by the collapse of caverns that were made by the erosion of the limestone bedrock underlying much of the island.

Rivers in Brutland tend to run in a radially, like spokes on a wheel. Normark rivers generally run northward, and Dennland rivers run southward. The longest river in the Kingdom is the Padania River system in Brutland (1,852 km.)