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What is Fo'ur?

It is a large moon orbiting the gas giant Althea.  (The name is a corruption of English four.)  The moon is naturally habitable but the surface is only five percent land.  It is mainly warmed by magnetic and tidal forces from the planet which the moon orbits.  The heat is then trapped by one of the layers of the atmosphere.  The magnetic poles of Fo'ur are very close to the geographic ones.  The result is the moons climate being as warmest near the poles.  Around its equator is a belt of ice which is hard to cross without aircraft.
Fo'ur was colonised by humans in 2499 AD.  The largest group of colonists was Britons followed by Japanese and Eskimos.  There were also Chinese, Dutch, French, Germans and Thai.  A few years later also came a group of iynisin.  Except for the latter group there was only one wave of colonists.  It did not consist of much more than 10,000 people.  The different groups simply had to interbreed to avoid inbreeding.  The result is a human population largely vary along a spectrum.  At one end of this spectrum lies a typical European look.  At the other end of it lies a typical East Asian one.  The largest aberration form this pattern is on the island of Khenoke.  More than half of the humans there are of mixed Eskimo–Thai origin.
The moon's iynisin speak a language (Suriyani) descending from Japanese.  There is one more indigenous language (Nihon) of the same origin.  It is most closely comparable to Japanese what Israeli is to Hebrew.  There are eleven indigenous languages descending from English.  Six languages are spoken by the thrakindes, a species which arose there.  Two are spoken in the northern hemisphere and four in the southern one.  The ones used by northern hemisphere thrakinde lack a traceable common origin with the remaining four.  On the other hand, one of the southern languages (K'klih'iss) have been heavily influenced by one of the northern ones (Si'ghoatt).
In the northern hemisphere are the following areas:

• Imasu archipelago lies around the North Pole and belong to the nation of Imasu which originally arose there.
• Ekatera is an archipelago divided between Santovasku (lager part) and Southern Ekatera (smaller part).
• Khenoke is the moon’s largest landmass which is no larger than Greenland.  It and its closest neighbouring islands belong to the nation with the same name which has its origin there.
• Lamark archipelago is divided between Pejora (smaller part) and Lamark (larger part).
• Tikana is an archipelago which is almost uninhabited.  It is so contaminated by weapons of mass destruction it is a danger to health to stay there.
• Setovar is comprehensive term for all islands between Tikana, Imasu, Ekatera and the Equator.  The area belongs to the nation named after it.
In the southern hemisphere there are the following areas:
• Sumitratti archipelago is divided between Hhekh (smaller part) and Sumitratti (larger part).
• Klihiss archipelago belongs to the nation of Klihiss which originated there.
• Sihiss archipelago belongs to the nation of Sihiss which originally arose there.
• Atjiss archipelago belongs to the nation of Atjiss which traces its origin there.
In 4170 Fo'ur has a population of about 10,000 millions.  This means 5,500 million humans, 3,300 million thrakinde and 1,100 million iynisin.  The rest consists of a mix of many different species.  However, different varieties of genetically engineered humans are the most common.
© Krister Sundelin & Lena Synnerholm.
Last changed the 14th of October 2019.