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Merry Pirate Seas

Location: Equatorial waters of the Atlass Ocean, due west of Iciria. HW

Area: 56,811 sq. mi. (147,140 sq. km.), including Island of Baraga, 24,942 sq. mi. (64,600 sq. km.).

Population: 103,500 (90% humans, 10% hin).

Languages: Neathar, Traldar, Thyatian (archaic dialect), Heldannic, various other languages.

Coinage: The eight (8 gp), the triangle (gp), the tenth (sp), the hundredth (cp). Various foreign coins also in wide use.

Taxes: Varies. Examples include port fees for visiting ships, duties, tariffs, excise tax on vessels, income tax, or sales tax. Some islands will have no taxes whatsoever.

Government Type: Anarchic plutocracy; autonomous cities ruled by the wealthiest pirates and ex-pirates.

Industries: Piracy, shipbuilding, fishing, some agriculture, rum production, management of sheep, goats, and some cattle.

Important Figures: Necco the Black (Pirate-King of Baraga), Handlebar Emilio (Pirate-King of Puerto Morillos and Captain of the Black Raven), Carola the Grappler (Captain of the Leap of Faith).

Flora and Fauna: The islands are home to tropical birds, reptiles (including dinosaurs), and small mammals (especially rodents), plus feral versions of larger animals that have escaped captivity. Fruit trees, grasses, vines, ferns, and agricultural grains and crops all grow on the islands. The fruits found on various islands include pineapple, mango, papaya, and guava. Besides grain, sugar is the most common crop, but produce is also grown; coffee is found on some islands. The seas hold abundant fishing stocks, crabs, dolphins, whales, sharks, rays, aquatic dinosaurs, and even the occasional dragon turtle.

Further Reading: Hollow World boxed set, previous almanacs.

Last Year's Events: The usual entertainments for merry pirates: races and games, searches for lost treasures, raids on nearby empires, pirate rivalries (including a show of strength and skill by female pirates), and other such activities.