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Weekly Fact Sheet: Week 12

Weekly Fact Sheet Week 12-The Moon

Disparia’s natural satellites: 1 (the moon, officially known as Enoma)

Radius of the moon: Approximately 1,300 miles.

Equatorial circumference: Nearly 8,500 miles.

Distance to Disparia: Nearly 300,000 miles.

Escape velocity: 2-3 meters per second

Orbital period: 27 days.

Rotational period: 12 days.

Age of the moon: Unknown, but assumed to be as old as Disparia.

Composition of the moon: Unknown, likely iron and other heavy elements.

Disparia’s moon has been as much of an enigma as the far side of Disparia for as long as records have been kept. The only natural satellite of Disparia, the moon has had a dramatic effect on everything from climate and tides to religions and philosophy.

The moon is approximately 35% the size of Disparia and exerts a noticeable influence on the planet. Though not proven, researchers believe a trace atmosphere exists around the lifeless body and is comprised of the same elements as Disparia’s, though in smaller quantities. Under ideal conditions it is possible to see a faint band of haze surrounding the sphere, which is believed to be the atmosphere, though some think the haze is nothing more than an optical effect of the sun’s light curving around the large satellite.

From what we can tell, the moon is lifeless and barren. Its surface is pocked by deep impact craters and great volcanoes. Rivers run like veins across the surface of the moon, though they once carried lava flows as opposed to water. That being said, through the use of high powered telescopes it is possible to see what looks like signs of weathering around the mountains, valleys, and craters that dominate the landscape. Dust storms are common on the moon and all but prove the existence of a tenuous atmosphere, though some suggest solar winds and electromagnetism are responsible for the storms. If indeed the clouds are caused by local wind and the atmosphere is dense enough to cause the scattering of the fine particles of dust across the surface of the body, the dust alone cannot account for some of the more unique geological formations and weathering patterns. Nevertheless, water has not been discovered, nor has any other liquid, despite what the weathering and atmospheric conditions might suggest.

From Disparia the moon appears to be gray, red, and yellow. The body as a whole is gray with red colors circling the volcanoes, riverbeds, and valleys. Yellowish bands weave through the other regions near the equator and some volcanic areas. This suggests the moon is made up of iron, magnesium, basalt, and sulfide minerals.

The most well-known features of the moon are the pair of craters in the northern hemisphere around the 30 degree north line of latitude. The equally sized craters are approximately 450 miles apart at their nearest points and 220 miles across, giving them the appearance of large eyes staring at the planet. The side of the moon with the eyes is relatively plain compared to the far side which is marked with more volcanoes and rivers. Like Disparia itself, this gives the moon the appearance of being divided into two distinct halves.

Countless volumes of both scientific journals and creative fiction have been written about the moon in an attempt to understand, explain, and dream about its origins and composition. While science has done a great job explaining the massive orb hanging silently in the sky above Disparia, there is still much that is unknown. Perhaps one day humans will be able to send a craft to the surface of the moon and learn what secrets the surface has to tell. In the meantime we must be content looking at it and dreaming from afar.

Weekly Fact Sheet: Week 11

Weekly Fact Sheet Week 11-Types of Railcarts

Number of primary railcart classifications: 6

First type of railcart: Military transport vehicle, which was first operational in 210 EM.

Newest type of railcart: High speed railcart. This cart is being developed as a joint effort between the Silent Light corporation and Atlan military. It is expected to be completed by the end of the decade.

Highest speed ever reached by a commercial cart: 61 miles per hour.

Highest speed ever reached during a test: 98 miles per hour (testing for the high speed railline).

Longest cart ever successfully used: 1.2 miles (which traveled from from Alpine to Arodil City)

Shortest cart in operation: The Ferry, a single engine/passenger combo 30 feet in length. It is used as a short-range transport within Westlake City, usually ferrying workers or shoppers from civic or commercial centers to residential quarters.

Railcarts have been around in one form or another for more than 50 years. However, early carts were not used for transportation but were in fact thrill rides found at the Golden Carnival in Westlake City. The first complete railline was finished in 210 EM and connected the two largest military bases on Atla, Jerrel and Hesiod. Over the past 38 years the machines have grown, spread, and developed faster than any other technology in the world. Now they are found as far as the western edge of Feron and everywhere in between.

Railcarts, though they come in an array of sizes and shapes, are divided into 6 primary segments or groups according to their size, performance, use, and specifications. As per the creation of the National Transportation Administrations Railway Conformity Act (implemented in 225 EM), all carts must meet strict guidelines regarding size, shape, safety, and performance and are certified according to a specific category. If a cart does not meet the requirements for its given category it will either be taken out of service (if changes are made after production) or denied certification (if it is in pre-production). Here are the major types of carts:

RC Type A: Type A-carts are used to haul human cargo and designed specifically to accommodate as many people as possible. A-carts range in size between 35 and 45 feet in length and are less than 10 feet wide. A-carts can reach up to .5 miles in length and reach speeds up to 35 miles per hour. These are the most common carts throughout the nation as they are both inexpensive to build and easy to maintain. Small city carts made of a combined engine and passenger area, though much smaller than the rest of their counterparts, are considered Type A-carts.

RC Type B: Type B-carts are freight carts used to haul everything from construction lumber to heavy machinery. B-Carts are longer both individually and as a train than A-carts and stretch between 40 and 50 feet in length and can be as wide as 11 feet. B carts are permitted to reach one mile in length. Despite their size and power, B-carts usually only reach speeds of 25 miles per hour.

RC Type C: C-carts were once military carts that were converted to medical use in the early 10s. After a few years of tweaking and additions the carts were officially given their own designation and restrictions. C-carts are small, usually 30 feet long and 9 feet wide. It is rare to find more than four C-carts connected together, making them the shortest of all linking cart types. They are designed to ferry the sick and injured to major hospitals and transport valuable medical supplies. Built with speed in mind, they can travel up to 50 miles per hour.

RC Type G: G-carts are the most widely used carts for agricultural purposes. Other than experimental or military carts, they are the largest individual carts that operate on standard rails. Reaching lengths of 55 feet and widths of 11 feet, a G-cart is built to accommodate livestock, farm equipment, and farm supplies. G-carts are permitted to reach lengths of up to half a mile and travel at 30 miles per hour.

RC Type X: X is the designation given to military and experimental carts. The Atlan military uses carts of all shapes and sizes, and as a result, the X classification has no standard size, shape, or use. It is the only designation that does not need to meet the NTA’s standards and guidelines. Many X carts use dedicated rails and rarely, if ever, travel on public lines.

RC Type HS: HS is the designation given to the forthcoming high speed raillines. High speed carts are longer than others, some stretching 60 feet, and are only 9 feet wide. These carts are designed with the latest aerodynamic technologies to push through the air at speeds nearing 100 miles per hour. Though no HS carts are officially in operation (partly due to the lack of infrastructure, as HS carts require special lines that are lower and wider than standard track), test vehicles are setting new records every day.

Weekly Fact Sheet: Week 10

Weekly Fact Sheet Week 10-Holidays in Atla

Number of major holidays: 10.

Number of smaller or local holidays: 15.

List of holidays: Winter Light Festival (22nd of Poe), Gent’s Day (25th of Gent), Spring Festival (23rd of Desanna), Military Appreciation Week (Vos 1-7), Worker Appreciation Day (15th of Peros), Atlan Unity Day (observed 12th of Feron), Equinox for Equality (23rd of Estrana), Eve of Creation/Velwin’s Day (22nd and 23rd of Velwin), New Year’s Eve and Day (31st of Velwin through the New Year).

Oldest observed holiday: Velwin’s Day, which has been celebrated for more than 5,000 years.

Newest holiday: Equinox for Equality. This holiday began in 200 EM to celebrate equality for men and women as well as individuals of all races and nationalities. Businesses are closed for the day and most capitals hold parades and events.

Largest celebrated event: Westlake City holds the nation’s largest New Year’s Eve party in the world. Festivities begin after Velwin’s Day and continue through New Year’s Day. Up to one million people attend the event over the course of the week with 500,000 of those staying for the lighting of the New Year’s Torch at midnight. The event has grown in popularity and attendance since the creation of the national rail system, with attendance growing by a factor of 10 within the past 50 years.

Holidays in Atla are a major event for people of all ages, races, classes, and locations. Atla prides itself as being a unified nation, diverse but equal. Schools, businesses, and government organizations are all closed during the 10 major holidays, while local shops or locations will see closures during the lesser holidays as well.

Most holidays are occasioned by festivals, parades, and feasts. Even more modern holidays, such as Worker Appreciation Day and Atlan Unity Day have specific meals associated with them. Worker Appreciation Day is a day for pastry lovers, as cakes and doughnuts are considered both easy to share and perfect for snacking. Atlan Unity Day is known as much for barbecued meats as the unification of the nation. And the winter holidays, beginning with the Equinox for Equality and through the New Year, include family feasts, get-togethers, and copious amounts of sweet snacks.

The single biggest holiday of the year is Velwin’s Day. While the actual holiday is only one day, beginning the first of Velwin, decorations adorn homes and businesses alike as people celebrate the creation of Atla and give thanks to Velwin. Gift-giving is an integral part of the holiday as well. Children ask for the newest toys and trinkets while adults wish for the latest luxuries. It’s common for most families to spend upwards of 1,000 mig on presents, food, and decorations during the last month of the year. Celebrations tend to continue through the New Year as well.

Of final note, New Year’s Eve stretches through the first of the year as one continuous holiday, which is why there are only 10 major holidays, not 11. Though it is specifically named for the eve of a new year, it encompasses both days. After a night of partying a brunch of fried meats and eggs is eaten in homes and restaurants throughout the nation. Any resolutions for the new year typically begin on the 2nd or 3rd of the month.

Weekly Fact Sheet: Week 9

Weekly Fact Sheet Week 9-Disparia’s YouTube Channelcapture

This week the Weekly Fact Sheet is going to cover something a little different. Instead of listing information about people or places in Disparia, we wanted to answer some common questions about the upcoming YouTube shows on the Disparia Books YouTube channel.

Series title: Disparia Books Episodic Show of Many Things.

Number of shows per month: Two to four.

How often will you interview professionals? At least twice a month.

Who can we expect to see? Publishers, editors, marketing professionals, educators, HR specialists, and many more. If you have a specific suggestions be sure to let us now in the YouTube comments section or by sending a message to info@dispariabooks.com.

Can I be on your live show? Initially I am going to pick guests directly. But if you have something to share and feel you would be a great guest, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know.

Will there be other shows? Yes. The Episodic show will be the main feature of the channel, but look for other shorter videos coming regularly as well.

What will the other videos be called? There will be a few other shows on the channel, each with their own purpose and name. The names are, 1-Quick Tips, 2-Checking In, 3, Random Bits.

Quick Tips: Quick Tips videos will be short, fun presentations that focus on a very specific area of writing. The first show will be available around the same time the channel officially launches in January. Most of the tips will cover things useful to anyone and everyone who writes (as in, every person who uses a computer or sends letters). The first show will cover tips for writing a strong defense in an essay or argumentative paper. It will be geared towards individuals in middle school, high school, and college. Look for videos to cover the quick topics in five minutes or less.

Checking In: Episodes of this show will cover news and updates on the Disparia book series, current novels (End of the Past), and any contributions fans are making. I will take the time to highlight any fanfiction that is accepted or posted on the website as well.

Random Bits: This will not be a regular series like the others. Instead, I will share whatever I feel like sharing, whether it’s a new book or a used game, when I find something interesting. Shows will be as short as a couple of minutes or lead into an hour of streaming.