Geography of the Kingdom of Sierra
|• Total||1,473,799 km2 (569,037 sq mi)|
|Coastline||5,632 km (3,500 mi)|
|Borders||4,831 km (3,002 mi)|
4,421 m (14,505 ft)
−85 m (−279 ft)
3,767 km (2,341 mi)
Great Salt Lake|
5,483 km2 (2,117 sq mi)
|Climate||Diverse. Interior: mostly semi-arid to desert, Mountains: alpine, Northeast: humid continental, Southeast: humid subtropical, Coast: Mediterranean, Pacific Northwest: cool temperate oceanic, Hawaii, the Yucatán exclaves, and the territories: tropical|
|Terrain||Vast central plain, mountains and valleys in the mid-south, canyons, basins, plateaus, and mountains in the interior, rugged, volcanic topography in Hawaii and the territories|
|Natural resources||coal, copper, lead, molybdenum, phosphates, rare earth elements, uranium, bauxite, gold, iron, mercury, nickel, potash, silver, tungsten, zinc, petroleum, natural gas, timber, arable land|
|Natural hazards||tsunamis; volcanoes; earthquake activity around Pacific Basin; typhoons in Hawaii and along the Baja California peninsula and Pacific territories; mud slides; forest fires; flooding|
|Environmental issues||severe water shortages, air pollution resulting in acid rain|
The term "Kingdom of Sierra", in the geographical sense, which includes Federal Sierra, the Deseret, Hawaii, Bajaría, the interior territories of West Colorado and West New Mexico, the Pacific and Caribbean territories of Bénieîle, Camp Maiden, the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, the Isles of Pines, the Pacific Crown Islands, Rapa Nui, Saint Andrews, Providence, and the Corn Islands, the Sierran Antarctic Territory, and Sierran Samoa, and other minor outlying possessions. Sierra shares land borders with Astoria, Brazoria, Mexico, Superior, and Tondo and maritime borders with the Antilles, Australia, Central America, Cozumel, France, Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, and the United People's Committees.
The Kingdom of Sierra has a vast geography which encompasses a large section of Western North America. The contiguous Sierra stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the west to the Continental Divide to the east, while portions of Sierra include exclaves on the Yucatán Peninsula, as well as overseas territories across the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and Antarctica. By total area, Sierra is the 18th largest country in the world. Of Sierra's forty-five provinces, states, and areas, 23 directly border one of two oceans, while the rest are landlocked. Sierra's coastline is the 22nd-longest in the world, with a total length of approximately 3,500 miles (5,632 kilometers).
Sierra is divided into four major groups of ecoregions, which are subdivided into several dozen of distinct ecoregions and communities. The ecology of Sierra is one of the most diverse in the world and is home to over 7,000 endemic flora and fauna species. It is home to some of the world's most exceptional trees, including the tallest (coast redwood), the most (Giant sequoia), and the oldest (bristlecone pine).
Sierra is geologically active and is located on the Ring of Fire, with many earthquakes and potentially active volcanoes. Climatologically, Sierra is diverse, ranging from the semi-arid Mediterranean climate along the Pacific coast to the desert climate of the interior to the alpine climate of the most mountainous sections of the Kingdom to the tropical climate of the Hawaiian Islands and the Yucatán Peninsula.
Area[edit | edit source]
By total area (water and land as well), the Kingdom of Sierra is larger than Chad, making Sierra the world's 18th largest country. The total area of Sierra includes all four constituent countries and overseas territories except the Sierran Antarctic Territory. Sierra's claims in Antarctica are usually excluded from official figures as it is not recognized by the majority of the League of Nations' member states. If the Sierran Antarctic Territory was included, the total area of the Kingdom of Sierra would be 1,190,661 square miles (3,083,799 km2), making it the world's 8th largest country, after India and ahead of Argentina.
Overview[edit | edit source]
Sierra shares international borders with fourteen sovereign countries. It shares land borders with five countries: Astoria and Superior to the north, Brazoria to the east, Mexico to the east, and a land border with Tondo through Camp Maiden. The remaining nine countries share maritime borders with Sierra. It shares territorial water borders with the following: Australia (Norfolk Island), Central America, Cozumel, France (French Polynesia), Fiji, New Zealand (Cook Islands and Niue), the Solomon Islands, the United Commonwealth (Cuba), and the United People's Committees. The Sierran mainland borders the Pacific Ocean to the west, while the Sierran exclaves on the Yucatán Peninsula and territories in the Caribbean Sea borders the Atlantic Ocean. Hawaii and Sierra's various Pacific territories are spread across the Pacific Ocean. If the Sierran Antarctic Territory is included, it occupies the western section of the Antarctic continent and borders the Southern Ocean.
Sierra is officially known as the Kingdom of Sierra. It is divided into four constituent countries: Federal Sierra, the Deseret, Hawaii, and Bajaría. Although the geographic term "Sierra" refers to the Kingdom of Sierra, in common parlance and political definitions, Sierra may also refer to Federal Sierra exclusively. Federal Sierra comprises the twenty-four provinces of the Kingdom, although some definitions may also extend it to the the provinces and the territory of West New Mexico and other territories (while excluding the other three constituent countries and West Colorado).
Thirty-five of the PSAs, as well as two territories, are in the single, contiguous region on the North American West Coast; this group is referred to, with varying definitions and distinctions, as the Sierran mainland. This includes all of Federal Sierra, the Deseret, and the western states of Bajaría. The eastern states of Bajaría: Cancún and Mérida, which is included in the term continental Sierra, is located on the Yucatán Peninsula along the Caribbean Sea.
The Kingdom of Sierra is located in all four hemispheres. Nearly all of Sierra lies within the Northern Hemisphere. Bénieîle, Sierran Samoa, Jarvis Island (part of the Pacific Crown Islands), parts of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, and the Sierran Antarctic Territory are located in the Southern Hemisphere. Likewise, the majority of Sierra lies within the Western Hemisphere. Bénieîle, Camp Maiden, and parts of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands are within the Eastern Hemisphere.