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Weekly Fact Sheet: Week 4

Weekly Fact Sheet Week 4-Modern Atlan Government

Date of official Atlan unification: 10th of Foe, 1 PM.

Name of constitution: Provincial Constitution of Freedom (PCF).

Government Structure: Democracy.

Branches of government: Executive (or Grand Provincial Councilor), Grand Council, Provincial representatives.

Number of provinces with representation: Nine.

Overview of structure: The Atlan government is a republic-style democracy wherein common citizens are able to elect leaders and representatives while also voting on issues themselves. There are three branches of the government and each has a different and unique role.

The broadest level of government is known as the Provincial Council. This branch of government is made up of the citizens of Atla. Each citizen who is 16 years of age or older is able to vote in elections for all areas of government, from local civic leaders to the Grand Provincial Councilor. The Provincial Council is the voice of the people, and the people are able to vote for leaders, submit ideas for laws and regulations, and veto actions done by the Grand Provincial Councilor or the Grand Council. However, since it is impossible for all 700 million of Atla’s residents to actively engage in every debate, hearing, court session, or deliberation, the people are in charge of voting on Provincial Representatives. Provincial Representatives are elected like any government official, though they are not considered government employees. They are citizens who carry messages and the voice of the people to the larger meetings. Each city or region is responsible for electing their own representatives (one for every 5,000 people). Citizens will discuss issues, come to a consensus, and then charge the representative with bringing the voice of the people to any relevant meeting. The representatives will themselves elect individuals who will carry their unified message to other meetings as opposed to sending hundreds of representatives.

The Grand Council is responsible for making laws, balancing and investigating the Grand Provincial Councilor, and maintaining the nation’s infrastructure. Unlike Provincial Representatives, council members are government workers and are paid for their efforts. Council members operate on a provincial basis, meaning each province has its own council and votes for its own members. The leader of each provincial capital is not only in charge of their city but acts as a member of the Grand Council as well. This connection is mandatory for all provincial leaders.

The final branch of the government is the executive branch headed by the Grand Provincial Councilor. The GPC, as he or she is known, is the face of the nation and the head of the government. He or she is known as the chief executive, administrator, legislator, and citizen. He or she is the head of state and commander in chief. The GPC serves in office for five years.

Weekly Fact Sheet: Week 3

Weekly Fact Sheet Week 3-The Ghost Trail

Trail completed: approximately 475 PM

Project duration: approximately five years

Elevation gain: 3, 249 feet from valley to top

Horizontal length of trail: 8 miles

Min/max trail width: 2.5 feet to 6 feet

Number of switchbacks: 15

Number of workers involved in constructing the trail: 107

Number of fatalities during construction: 20-25

Total number of fatalities since opening: 50+

Leading cause of injury or death: Falling or tripping, rockslides and falling debris, and weather related deaths

Length of official operation: 20 years

Original name: The Great Valley Trail

Purpose, construction, and closure: The Ghost Trail was originally created as a way of reducing travel time to and from the Valley of Gent. From Dames, reaching FreePort City would take at least a week, requiring travelers to venture around the outer edge of the cliffs, then north or south to the nearest port city (usually Limerock), where they would take a boat to FreePort. Traveling into the Valley itself to cities such as Sayfend or Redlands would add several more days to the journey, making the entire trip two to three weeks in length (and that was if the weather cooperated). In reality, Dames and the nearest fishing villages within the valley are separated by a mere five miles or less. Despite their close proximity, reaching the areas would require the lengthy trek already mentioned.

The Ghost Trail proved too dangerous to be of any use to travelers. Severe weather, dangerous landslides, and the lack of safety rails meant using the path was akin to inviting disaster. While more than 50 people have been killed or gone missing while climbing the cliffs, it is believed the actual number of fatalities directly or indirectly related to the trail is four or five times that.

Today The Ghost Trail is officially closed to the public. All of the natural history and visitor centers for the Cliffs of Gent are located away from the trail itself in an attempt to discourage would-be adventurers from getting anywhere near it. Large gates have been constructed at the top and bottom of the trail to further deter any thrill-seekers. Though it has been all but removed from the area’s history, every year a few foolish travelers attempt to climb the most dangerous trail on Atla.

Weekly Fact Sheet: Week 2

Weekly Fact Sheet Week 2-FreePort City Arena

Constructed In: 499 PM.

Original Name: Colosseum of the Valley.

Dimensions: 750 feet long, 450 feet wide, 350 feet tall.

Seating Capacity: 100,000.

Construction Materials: Limestone, concrete, brick, and steel (retrofitted during previous restoration efforts).

First Solstice Festival Held in the Arena: 252 PM.

Records: Largest building in the Valley of Gent, longest continually operating events center, largest human-made theater, greatest seating capacity of any open-air structure.

Major Annual Events: Caged Arts Fighting Championship (1st of Gent), Spring Flora Festival (1st of Steyman), FreePort Solstice Festival (30th of Vos through 6th of Peros), Summer Concert Series (Peros through Estrana), New Year’s Even Celebration (31st of Velwin), Autumn Play Series (Estrana through Velwin).

Refurbishments and Upgrades: The arena has been well maintained throughout its life. Save for a few times of financial unrest, FreePort City has employed a crew of workers to clean, repair, and update the facility each day. A few large upgrades have changed the structure and its grounds considerably. The first major upgrade was completed in 200 PM and saw the construction of the upper walkway designed to house vendors and eating areas. In 93 PM many weathered sections of the facility were replaced. In 5 EM the seats were removed and replaced by stone benches to accommodate a larger crowd. In 94 EM the arena grounds were completely replaced and drainage channels were constructed. This also allowed the arena floor to be covered in sand or other materials for specific events. In 150 EM the grounds outside the arena were converted into a large park. This also included the planting of hundreds of baby oak trees. In 193 EM the structure was reinforced with steel support beams in critical areas. This was done both to ensure the arena could handle the ever-growing audiences as well as strengthening areas that were weakening due to age.

Weekly Fact Sheet: Week 1

Welcome to the Disparia Books weekly fact sheet. Once a week we will be posting a quick list of facts and information about people, places, and events from around Disparia. This week marks our inaugural fact sheet, but be sure to check back each week for the new post.

Weekly Fact Sheet Week 1-The Valley of Gent

Population: Approximately 20 million

Area: 170 million square miles

Largest City: Redlands, at 500 square miles

Primary Industry and Exports: Lumber and wood products, most of which come from the city of Sayfend

Climate: Primarily warm-summer-Mediterranean

Historical Events: Attack on FreePort City by the lumber industry, around 520 PM. Construction of the FreePort Arena in 499 PM. The first Solstice Festival in 252 PM. The Great Lumber Fire in 128 EM.

The entire Valley of Gent rests just above sea level and is home to roughly 20% of the population of the FreePort Province. Most historians believe the Valley was first settled more than 5,000 years ago, long after the rest of the province. Its climate is comfortable throughout the year with temperatures rarely straying into the 100’s. However, the northeastern region of the Valley near the city of Redlands, and many areas directly around the Cliffs of Gent, receive more than twice as much rainfall as the rest of the valley.