Capital: Aquatropolis (approx. translation for pl. “Mexalapan”)
Head of state (Šayar): Sadeyo Leyon
Head of government: Tlílla Tšaitšycahíytli (administrator of Mexalapan)
Languages: Mexala-talámy (Palanian)
Climate: Steppe, arid, tundra, saltpan
Colonies: Doliax, New Palania
Former colonies: Earth
The name “Palania” derived from the name “Palangónia”, which is the planet on which the Palanian civilization evolved before conquering Íphael. Palan (“palan”) means “wise” or “scientist” in Mexala-talámy, and “Palania” can be translated as “Land of the Wise” or “Land of the Intelligent”. It can also be translated as “advanced”.
The ancient realm of Palania used to be composed of the states of Šelšaia, Šaia, and Šelmith; later, Íxtal joined these states. The state of Šelšaia is the state where the culture of the conquerors started; back then, the state looked different. The name “Šelšaia” derives from the pal. word Šelšay, which means “sea foam”. The colonists, when they were flying above the continent in their spaceships after arriving on the planet, looked down at the white salt desert and called it Šelšaia because the white reminded them of sea spray.
The oldest part of the city that is today Mexalapan, the governors’ district Qatlan, once was not part of Šelšaia, but an island, several miles away from the coast of Šelšaia. In Mexala-talámy, the name átlan means “out of”. The first name of the city was actually Átlan Mexala, “out of the sea / the water”. When Qatlan began to grow and the Palanians grew short of land, they decided to create more land. They started to build artificial islands and connected them. After many years, Qatlan had grown so much that it touched the shore of Šelšaia. The city and the smaller towns such as Mexala and Áxcala at the shore merged and formed Mexalapan, which became the new capital.
Relations to Alonia and other tribes
Before the Colonists’ War I, Palania and Alonia were never seriously at strife. When starting to conquer the planet, the Palanians first settled in east Farfesta, avoiding the south. However, when they started to conquer southern Farfesta, states such as Ética asked the Alonians for help, which led to battles between Alonia and Palanian conquerors. Palanians and Alonians continuously had several conflicts, including Alonians that stopped Palanians from conquering independent Farfestian states or settled battles with enemy tribes in Palanian territories. But when the Palanians started to conquer lands all over Eqilonia, the Farfestian tribes asked the Alonians for help, and started the Palanian-Alonian War 1.
The border of the tectonic plate on which Palania and Alonia sit leads through the state of Mexetalpha, along the eastern mountain range of Farfesta and then through the south of Qarqai. It is easy to see that the bottom of Qarqai seems “dishevelled”, as though there had been a huge volcanic explosion that formed the country. Further, there are hundreds of islands located in the sea below Qarqai, which appear to be making up at about the mass that seems to be missing in Qarqai. Because the region is so tectonically active, a large part of the country detached from Qarqai and turned into the Qarqaiisian Islands. Of course, these islands were formed over millions of years, but Íphaelian records mention one huge eruption about 100’000 years ago, which disrupted Qarqai and caused the country to lose copious amounts of land that floated towards direction of Tehería.
It is also clear that the west of Palania has faced a lot of erosion, and that it might have once been connected to Doliax and Dolieux. Streaming and floods that are related to the three moons, and a Jetstream that causes fierce wind from the west, have also contributed to forming the iconic shape of Palania’s west coast. The erosion is still tearing at the country’s coast and Palania still loses land, although it is only a few inches per Íphael-year. The erosion is one of the reasons why the ancient city Mérimarad in Meryan had to be abandoned as it was being flooded and sinking in the ground, and rebuilt further land inwards. The ancient ruins of Mérimarad are still visible in the Bay of Šelšay, now completely submerged in water. But Palania also gains land in some places, which makes the geology of the country even more fascinating. Šelšaia, Šaia, and Íxtal actually gain land through salt sedimentary deposition that balances the mass of land that is being eroded. The west of Palania may have been covered in water, once, and when either the plates drifted or the sea-level declined, all that remained of the ocean that had covered the west of Palania was the saltpans.
Steppe covers most of the states of Xúpan, Úxulpan, Arisoy, Mištan, Ángo-Séney, and Séney.
Big animals are something that was not found on the whole planet of Íphael before the colonists arrived. The Alonians, however, had brought animals with them, and even tough there are no big mammals on Íphael like they exist on Earth, they have evolved and adapted to the conditions on Íphael. Most life forms that can be found in Palania are reptiles, algae, medusa, and plant-animal-hybrids.
Palania founded the Realm (“Eqilonia”), and later united with Alonia. There is a copy of the laws of the Realm in every household in Palania, Alonia, Farfesta, and the colonies.
Palania is ruled by a Šayar (“king”) that is responsible for political decisions in Palania and Eqilonia. Each part-state is ruled by an administrator called Mîtir. Since Palania united with Alonia, all military decisions concerning the Realm fall to the Búcanar, which is located in Alonia. This is to prevent that Palania and Alonia, which had been at war repeatedly after the Palanians colonized Íphael, could ever be in a battle with each other again.
The “Wisest” watch over politics in Palania and prevent leaders from abusing their power for decisions that could harm the Palanian ambition for progress.
The largest, most dense cities in Palania are:
Aquatropolis (Mexalapan) – 930’800’000 (Greater Mexalapan urban region: 1 billion)
Rúddha – 88’400’000
Ákolay – 80’000’000
Viyénkih – 77’000’000
Lárisol – 70’000’000
Napharell – 70’000’000
Mîtskiht – 60’000’000
Mérimarad – 40’900’000
Rúbin – 30’000’000
Šelga – 20’000’000
Quaad – 10’000’000
Vérisu – 4’000’000
Capital: Mexalapan (The Water City)
Šelšaia was the first state to be colonized by the Palanian colonists. The name derives from Šelšay, sea foam, because the saltpan looked to the colonists in their spaceship like sea foam. It is funny that the Alonians had pretty much ignored the saltpans in the west of Palania, and preferred to settle in the arid region of Alonia. While there were ruins found that prove that the Alonians used to harvest salt in pre-Palanian Íxtal, they set west Palania aside as “not suitable for colonization”. And while it would have been palpably harder to colonize the saltpans without the advanced technology of the Palanians, west Palania was the hotspot for the Palanian civilization. The soil in the saltpan is not suitable for any kind of vegetable, so the Palanians settled along the coasts to thrive on seafood and sea vegetables, like the sea potato.
The state is also known, of course, for Mexalapan, the largest city on the planet and capital of Palania.
What to visit
Aquatropolis (Mexalapan – The Water City)
Welcome to Mexalapan, the monster of a city with nearly a billion people.
Mexalapan, the largest city on Íphael, is definitely worth a visit for everyone visiting the planet. Mexalapan means literally “Water-town”. The city that had many thousands of years’ time to grow is the cultural and political melting pot of Palania. Mexalapan is for Palania like London for Europe—only larger.
Mexalapan can get slightly intimidating for a visitor—because this monster of a city doesn’t seem to have any borders. You can travel throughout the city for days, without getting anywhere near the border. Mexalapan does have Alonian districts, shopping districts, industrial districts, Scaleskin districts, repeated throughout the city. Whilst the part around Qatlan is still considered the main city, the rest of the districts have developed their own cities within the Greater Mexalapan region. Mexalapan was erected in a saltpan, and outside the city lies a wide saltpan, which means that all agriculture needs to be inside the city, because the land outside just isn’t fertile enough. This is why there are wide districts within Mexalapan where algae, grain, and vegetables are grown in vast farms. These farms have to be so gigantic because they have to feed millions of people. There are also farms within the city, and in the reef, where water vegetables are bred. All meat and most of the seafood are made artificially and no animals are bred or slaughtered for this purpose, because there wouldn’t be enough animals to feed the whole city. Šelšaia is one of the most arid regions on Íphael, with hardly any rain, and all fields and parks in Mexalapan—and Šelšaia—are only possible through irrigation.
Mexalapan used to evolve from Qatlan, which used to be the capital of Palania. Qatlan is still the base of the government in Mexalapan, although it is not a city anymore, but only a small district within the capital. Qatlan also can still hover into the air in case of a threat. Qatlan grew so large that land had to be reclaimed. Where today is the district of Mexala, a bridge led from Qatlan to the shore. This bridge was used to reclaim the land that later formed the district Mexala, and then torn down. The new city was called Mexalapan—water-town—and started to grow.
The wild beach of Šelšaia
Between Mexalapan and the beginning of the Šelšay salt flat, there lies one of the most beautiful beaches of Palania. The Léxulpan Beach is famous for its white sand, and huge rocks covered in pink and yellow coral and anemone- like species. Whilst all beaches in Palania face way stronger tides than on Earth, what with the power of three moons pulling on the water, the tides in the region around Léxulpan Beach are even more forceful than in the rest of the country. The rocks with the coral and algae are submerged in water during flood, and completely void of water during low tide, because of the steep slope of the beach.
If you’ve had enough swims in hot springs and beaches and are looking for a bit of history and a bustling city, visit Napharell in the north of Šelšaia. The city of Napharell is called the ‘city of ambassadors’, and that may actually not be exaggerated at all, what with more than 70% of all ambassadors being instructed at the ambassador school in Napharell, the oldest ambassador school in Palania.
Coral reef in the Bay of Šelšay
The reef in the Bay of Šelšay is so large that it spreads from the beach to the island outside Mexalapan, which makes it more than three times larger than the Great Barrier Reef. The reef was nearly destroyed in a surge of climate change a few thousand years ago, but was reconstructed by scientists.
Šelmith is one of the most ancient states of Palania and was part of Ancient Palania. It is recognized for its wide saltpan (most of the state is composed of salt desert), which supplies a huge part of Eqilonia (together with Šaia) with salt.
Most of the state is saltpan, and people only live in the cities. The wind- and sea- caused erosion causes Šelmith to part with several millimetres of coastline every year, although salt sediments win the state some of the land back.
What to vist
Šelmith salt flats and hot springs
Šelmith is composed of salt flats and limestone desert. The palace of the Šelgtúas in Viyénkih was actually built on a white travertine cascade. Viyénkih itself is a completely white city that is worth a visit only because of its buildings and temples. In the salt flats, there are dozens of hot springs.
Capital: Šaia City
Šaia is the state with the largest saltpan of Palania. Almost all of the state is saltpan, with only a small part of the state being used for cities. The state supplies the Realm with salt.
Šaia salt flats
The state of Šaia is actually made up of up to 90% of salt flats, so actually, the whole state is one enormous salt flat. Whilst Šaia does not have the pink salt lakes of Šelšaia, it has the largest salt flat in Palania, and the largest quarry to extract salt of whole Palania.
The “White State”, one of the most ancient states in Palania, and with the largest lime desert of Eqilonia. Íllhíyatepetš is one of the cities most affected by erosion, and parts of the city had to be torn down and built again further away from the shore as the bay grows larger every year due to erosion.
What to visit
White cliffs in Íxtal
The state of Íxtal in the west of Palania is, like Šelšaia, Šelmith, and Šaia mostly covered in salt flats. The cliffs made of limestone are some of the most beautiful in whole Palania.
The state is most recognized for the city Mîtskiht, the city with the largest Hámomy district in Palania. The state is known for its vast steppe.
What to visit
Mîtskiht in Xúpan
The city of Mîtskiht is famous for its Hámomy districts and Hámomy schools, and of course the lanes on which you can find Silvers. But the city is also known for its completely white buildings, the golden temple, and as a hotspot for artists in Palania. The state of Xúpan lies above the Tláltelólco Line, which means that the state is part of the vast steppe region in the north of Palania.
The state of Meryan is one of the first states that were formed in Palania. The state is known for its arid landscape with red sand. After Ancient Palania had been formed, Meryan used to be independent for a few centuries, but then joined Ancient Palania.
The ancient Mérimarad has been flooded because of the sea level of Íphael rising, and was abandoned. The city was erected again further away from the shore. The remains of the ancient Mérimarad was left in the sea. Most of the city is decayed, and covered in water.
What to visit
Desert and orange travertine cascades in Meryan
The orange travertine cascades in the desert of Meryan are something a tourist flying to Palania shouldn’t miss. They are in the plain and can be approached by spaceship from Mérimarad.
Mérimarad in Meryan
The city of Mérimarad is one of the most ancient cities of Palania. The city is so ancient that it already has been submerged by the sea, once, because of sea level rise. The ruins of the ancient Mérimarad are still in the bay, with most of the city decayed or covered in water, and only the turrets of the temples looming out of the water at low tide. The city is also known for its red buildings that look as though they had been formed out of sandstone.
The state Úxulpan lies in the steppe climate zone, and nearly all of the state is covered in steppe and prairie. The state got its name (“place of ochre”) for its ochre slopes.
Arisoy, the “Land of the Wind”, is known for its wide fields of grass. It is one of the most visited states in Palania, and you can take tours in an aircraft that will fly over the impressive landscape while you can take photos. Arisoy is also the location of the high court of Eqilonia. The landscape of Arisoy is flat, with sharp, round rocks looming out of the grass—which can become man-tall—and soft slopes.
Lárisol is the location of the High Court of Eqilonia.
What to visit
Grass lawns in Arisoy
Arisoy is known for its wide lawns with man-tall grass. The violent wind in the region has caused the mountains to erode, so that only pinnacles loom out of the grass.
This state is covered in red sand, like Meryan, and does have salt lakes that can be visited.
The “red state” is known for its red sand, and saltpans in the depression in the north. Rúddha is one of the largest and most densely populated cities in Palania. The city is known for its red buildings.
This mountainous state is known for its metals that can be extracted in this region.
The largest state of Palania is also the wildest. Whilst the north does have a few cities, the southern part of the state is almost void of any settlements. The southern part of Húmba is covered in rainforest, mountains, and fog forests, and some parts of the state are so isolated that they can’t be visited at all.
What to visit
Húmba does have many national parks, and one park where visitors can try to cross a precipice.
Capital: Ákolay (Aekkoli)
Mištan, the “grey state”, is the only state ruled by a Scaleskin estate. The state has the largest Scaleskin population in Palania. The region of Mištan was given to the Scaleskin population to settle after they had been freed from slavery.
The state actually isn’t grey, but green, and covered in steppe.
What to visit
Ákolay in Mištan
Mištan definitely is a very fascinating state, and the only state in Palania ruled only by Scaleskins. Ákolay, or Aekkoli, as it’s called in the Scaleskin native tongue, is one of the most interesting cities in the steppe region of Palania. Mištan is the only state in Palania where the Alonian religion is practiced, so visitors have to keep that in mind. The city is located in the middle of steppe, so visitors can visit the steppe after visiting the city.
This small state once served the Palanians to extract minerals (gold, Íphaelium, silver). It is covered in steppe, and minerals are still extracted in some parts of the state.
The greenest state of Palania does have the largest prairie of the country. Séney is known to be very resourceful, and the Alonians had extracted Íphaelium here before the Palanians settled on the planet, but abandoned the cities they had erected later.
What to visit
Prairie and steppe in Tláltelólco, Séney
Séney isn’t mentioned a lot in tourism in Palania, which is sad, because Séney does offer fascinating views. The north of Séney is covered in steppe, while the southern part of the state is prairie. It is actually the greenest state in Palania, maybe with the exception of Arisoy with its vast lawns. Séney does have the description that it is deprived and bleak, amongst other things because it used to be—and still is—the main state in Palania to extract and refine resources such as Íphaelium and ore. But outside the industrial towns, the views in the state are astonishing.
The name of this state derives from “Land of the Snow”, and known for quantum technology being tested in this region of the country, which caused large strips of the state to become devastated and bleak. The state also does have some power plants and supplies the country with minerals.
Nérys is actually far away from the restricted areas where quantum weapons were tested. The Lake Region can actually be visited, although only with protective suits. The depression used to be one of the largest and deepest lakes in Palania, until it was dried. The soil is covered in toxic dust, which can cause damage when inhaled. The illness caused by this dust caused the city to be evacuate. The city became known for the ominous plague that caused the lungs of people to be damaged, but actually, it was caused by the dust from the Lake Region. It mainly affected workers that had been working near the lake (most of them Scaleskins).
This state does have a large depression, where fire storms (“Tsúyo”) are very common. The state is flat, with only small slopes near the borders of Nénšay and Húmba.
Capital: Áyu Úon
The state is at the border between the depression, and the mountains of north Alonia. The state is very isolated.
The smallest state of Palania actually used to be a Farfestian settlement, but then was conquered by the Palanians. The city of Weïk was erected at the foot of a waterfall, and near a precipice. After thousands of years, the erosion has made most of the dais on which Weïk sits disappear, and the city now appears to sit just at the verge of the precipice. The city is one of the most isolated in Palania, and can only be approached by spaceship or chariot. There had been a train once, which was abandoned after erosion and slides had damaged the ways.
One of the northernmost states of Palania. Mexetalpha is a very special state; the Mexetalpha climate border between the steppe in the north of Palania and the cool Tundra climate in the north of Mexetalpha leads through the middle of the state. The climate border even leads through some of the cities. Some cities lie on the climate border, with one part of the city lying in the steppe, and the northern part most of the times covered in snow. The border of the tectonic plate coincidently leads through Mexetalpha, too, which makes the state very volcanic.
The city of Quaad (“cold”) is known for its prison. The Insurmountable Bay is used to extract methane from the sea.
What to visit
Black sand, Mexetalpha
The state is known for its completely black beaches, sometimes with ice covering the sand because of currents moving the ice across the Insurmountable Bay.
The northernmost and coldest state of Palania, with the coldest city in Palania. The state is in the Tundra climate zone.
The Palanian culture embraces success, progress, and evolution. Success is very celebrated, although it can be hard to achieve, because the expectations—and the competition—can be huge.
It might seem understandable, that the thought of the Palanians that progress is the most important thing of society, and the tradition of the Alonians that no rules must be changed, led to the Palanians and Alonians being at strife for several times.
The very peculiar economy of Palania, which slowly conquered whole Eqilonia after they had arrived on Íphael, was developed during their stay in outer space as civilization without a home planet. After living in a spaceship colony for generations, the Palanians recognized that a society in which people could get prices for their work, but not use them (because the spaceship colony could not offer many opportunities where they could have used them), would not work. People would not have enough motivation to work hard, but without a price, they would have no motivation. This is when they introduced what has been translated into English as the “Utopian system”, because of the complete absence of any physical money. With the new system, people could profit, but given that there weren’t many opportunities to use money in a spaceship colony economy, and no space to store it, the system rewarded people with things such as larger spaces to dwell.
Palania is recognized for its Hámomy, which can be compared to our influencers on the Earth. The Hámomy used to be artists at the court of the Palanian ruler, most of them dancers. They later started to become mistresses at court, and they were recognized as mistresses for thousands of years, until they started to wear clothes that were handed to them by the shops selling clothes. People started buying the clothes the Hámomy were wearing, and so the Hámomy became ambassadors for brands.
Palania doesn’t have a religion the way we understand it (anymore). The Palanians are a civilization of scientists and conquerors, considering the progress of the civilization as the most important thing. They do have a collection of wisdom that could be interpreted as rules the way the Instructions are for the Alonians. The most important (and one of the most famous) wisdoms is “The progress of the community is the utmost asset”, which means that nothing must prevent progress and development of the civilization, including religion. So, whilst the Alonians have customs that have not changed over thousands of years because the Instructions must not be changed, the Palanians have adopted and ceased culture and customs since they arrived in Palania.