The world of Meier is only half explored. It has two long continents in its northern hemisphere, an island chain near part of the equator, and a completely unexplored southern hemisphere.

Old World

The northern hemisphere of the planet, consists of two continents, Occident and Orient. (Collectively, the two are sometimes called the Old World.) They’re both much longer in the east-west direction than in the north-south direction, with about 800 miles of ocean between the east cost of Orient and the west cost of Occident, and another 800 miles of ocean between the east coast of Occident and the west coast of Orient. The two continents form a rough band around the northern hemisphere.

It is incorrect to speak of one of these as being “East” and one as being “West,” because the conventionally agreed-upon Prime Meridian bisects both continents, forming a great circle around the planet. (OOC: This is in contrast to Earth’s Prime Meridian, which is only half of a great circle.)

The Orient is about 50% larger than the Occident (so the Occident goes 2/5 the way around, and the Orient goes 3/5 the way around). Historically, the Orient and the Occident have enjoyed peaceful relations with each other as far as it goes. Wars are much more common between powers on the same continent.

The Old World is very well explored and mapped, although information on the other continent is always sketchy at best. Conventional wisdom, until a few dozen years ago, was that the world is a dome of infinite size, all of which was water except for the very tip (where the continents are). Thanks to recent learning, it is now conclusively known that the world is in fact a perfect sphere, and is not after all infinite.

The northernmost point in the planet is called the Apex of the World, and is known to be permanently frozen.

New World

To the south of Occident is an enormous island chain known as the Bocan Islands. This area of the world was totally unknown by any civilized people until its discovery about 150 years ago in 315 OC by the Gardish explorer Boca Freemund.

Only a small percentage of the Bocan Islands has been colonized. The number of islands is at least 200, but possibly much higher than that. One estimate is that the combined land area of the Bocans is about two-thirds as the land area of Lasant.

The climate in these islands is tropical, much hotter than anywhere in the Old World. A mix of savage fey, giants, and savage elfoids known as jujulings are indigenous to the area, although they have recently been experiencing massive die-outs.

Southern Hemisphere

The Southern Hemisphere of Meier was completely unknown until fairly recently. Scholars were not even sure whether there was anything there apart from water. But in 456, a new continent in the south was discovered, In fact, this continent had been locked in an alternate demiplane for hundreds of years, by ancient, forgotten magic. When the plane was restored to reality, its discoverers named it Freedland.

Freedland is still mostly unexplored. Only the northern coast has even been charted. Several humanoid races indigenous to the interior of Freedland have been discovered, and there may be many, many more.

Meier in the Cosmos

Meier has an roughly circular orbit around its sun. It makes a full revolution every 365 rotations. It has seasons, and an axial tilt. Meier has a single moon, which goes through phases every 30 days. There are five other planets in Meier’s solar system.

North East South West

(OOC: If you are confused about the geography of Meier, and I do not blame you if you are, please see this diagram giving a top-down view of Meier. It is not to scale and does not give a good idea of the outline of Orient and Occident; it serves only to illustrate the four cardinal directions. If you sail west from Occident you hit the east coast of Orient. If you sail east from Occident you hit the west coast of Orient.)

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