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The Horizon Islands is a country located in the South Pacific.

Etymology

The name of the archipelago comes from the Fijian word "tanoa" which translates to "bowl" in English. Its namesake stems from the main island itself resembling the shape of a large bowl.

History

French annexation

With the arrival of French colonists at the height of the colonial era, the Tanoan archipelago became an official territory of France. For the next two centuries, Tanoa would remain as a foreign protectorate of France until its independence.

Independence

Tanoa was eventually granted its independence from France and was now officially renamed as the Horizon Islands. Simultaneously, the fledgling nation became recognised as a member of the United Nations.

Geography

Main article: Tanoa
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Satellite map with the five main islands labelled

The Horizon Islands archipelago covers a total landmass of 100 square kilometres. Most of the islands largely consist of dense jungles and lush tropical flora surrounded by steep mountainous cliffs.

The archipelago's geoposition coordinates are located between 17° 41' 52.8" north and 178° 46' 58.8" east.

Landmasses

Tanoa

Tanoa is the central island where the capital Georgetown is located. It is the most densely populated one out of the five islands, and also serves as the economic hub of the nation.

Besides the capital, other notable locations include the main international airport (Aéroport de Tanoa) in the south, the Blue Pearl industrial shipping port in the north-east, the Red Spring strip mine, as well as the (inactive) volcano located directly in the centre of the island.

A road bridge connects Tanoa to the smaller island of Moddergat to the south-east.

Moddergat

The second largest (though more sparsely populated) island in the archipelago, Moddergat is linked to the Tanoan mainland via the aforementioned road bridge. Most citizens reside in the town of Lijnhaven, which serves as the island's biggest settlement.

Balavu

The third most-populated island, Balavu has three smaller ports for cargo shipping and domestic ferries. Many citizens reside in the villages and towns scattered throughout the island, with a road bridge connecting Balavu to Katkoula island to the south-east.

Katkoula

Located directly south-east of Balavu, Katkoula is the fourth island in the archipelago. Unlike Balavu, most of its residents reside in the larger towns rather than in the smaller villages.

Tuvanaka

The smallest and least populated of the five islands, Tuvanaka mostly serves as a giant military base with only two towns, Belfort, and Tuvanka, being inhabited by civilians.

Tuvanaka is the only island in the archipelago that does not have a bridge connecting it to any other landmass.

Climate

The climate in the Horizon Islands is tropical marine and warm all-year round, with particularly hot and humid summers. Rainfall is variable, though the archipelago typically experiences heavy thunderstorms on a regular basis.

Politics

The Horizon Islands uses a presidential republic framework for its government.

As of 2035, the office of president is held by Benjamin Hope.

Armed forces and law enforcement

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Main article: Gendarmerie

The Horizon Islands does not maintain a standing army.

All domestic affairs and regional security is handled by the Gendarmerie, which serves as the country's paramilitary and law enforcement agency.

Diplomacy

The Horizon Islands government maintains friendly relations with the United States and its NATO partners in the region.

Prior to and during the South Pacific Disaster, the government also held amicable relations with CSAT as well. However, diplomatic relations between the bloc and the Horizon Islands have degraded severely in light of the "Apex Protocol" revelations following the crisis.

Economy

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The Red Spring open strip mine is a prime example of the Horizon Island's flourishing mining industry

The Horizon Islands economic makeup predominately consists of mining and heavy shipping industries.

Many sections of jungle have been cleared and turned into fertile farmlands for agricultural use, while its rich cultural heritage and vibrant surroundings accommodate for a small tourism industry.

Both sectors make up less than half of the economy however, with mining exports still accounting for most of the nation's GDP output.

Society

Demographics

The total population is mostly made up of native Tanoans who account for the majority of its citizens.

Languages

The official language of the Horizon Islands is French, though many citizens are bilingual and can also speak (albeit accented) English as a second language.

Trivia

  • The makeup of the Horizon Islands is largely inspired by the real-world South Pacific nation of Fiji. Other sources of inspiration include the many islands in Melanesia and also some parts of Australia as well.

See also