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|Democratic Republic of
|Motto: "We're never going to run out of paper-based wordplay."|
|Largest city||Papyrus Plains|
The Democratic Republic of Foolscap, commonly referred to as simply Foolscap or Foolscap Island is a new penguin-run country, having become an official nation in early 2016. It is famous for having an odd and mostly impossible range of different microclimates that can't be easily found elsewhere in Antarctica other than other dimensions entirely which largely helps the economy of the country, being both a source for rare materials and plants and a tourist bait.
Long, long ago Foolscap Island used to be a the testing site for a highly dangerous machine designed by Sanity Human scientists. This machine could mess with nature in almost impossible ways, from choosing weather itself to changing the entire biome of an area, both terrestrial and aquatic.
Knowing that it would be reckless to test this machine in public, the scientists soon decided to sail to Antarctica (as in the continent) to test out the machine. Luckily for them, they found a moderately large island, left untouched by both man and nature. Able to completely rearrange nature as they pleased, the scientists were able to create the impossible weather patterns and biome combinations Foolscap Island is now known for.
They started by entirely changing nearly half of the then snowy island into a plain grassland, with a sector turned into a woodland forest. Quickly, the project turned more and more ambitious, creating a tropical biome near the coast and even a desert, all close to the original snowy area, which was beginning to turn more like a very snowy tundra. They even managed to erect an entire mountain range with the machine, even if they were slightly on the small side for an average mountain.
However, the scientists were very overly fussy on how the island looked. While one could point out many things about this, such as how any flower field will have a noticable pattern or how the rocks on the tropical beach was arranged, the most interesting thing was the flatness. The ground in all biomes was completely leveled. Even the hills, the underground, the near-coast seabed and the mountains, which may be on a different height, were mostly flat on the top, or at least had a "path" to their summits. This odd perfection was what inspired penguins in the future to call it the Foolscap Island.
The scientists all died due to sudden changes of temperature on their bodies, all caused by the machine. Without anyone to help, they were left rotting unburied, eventually desintegrating entirely. Even the bones, somehow. The machine itself kept running and keeping the environments how the scientists left them. Years later, the machine eventually stopped working, but it had made its mark. The island's environment was permanently changed to its current state, with a variety of biomes and flat surfaces.
The origin of the Paper Wild Puffles are still unknown to this day.
Current Future Status
The island was first discovered by an odd chick wearing a silly cap in early August of 2015, who quickly and excitedly went to report his discoveries in the United States of Antarctica. It was at first thought to just be his imagination, but with boats and the amazing power of annoying others to get what you want, the islands were indeed confirmed to exist.
Foolscap Island became officially recognized as a country in February 29th of 2016, with its first president being a penguin called Player Elgnis. Ironically enough, Player is not an actual Player.
While the main island is populated, new citizens or tourists often stay on the penguin-made Craft Penguin, a port town which was created as a tribute to Club Penguin Island, yet designed to be similar to the plateau-like geography of Foolscap.
Due to the actions of the machine, Foolscap has a varied, odd mess of microclimates, with only one urban area which was built later in celebration of becoming a nation. Each microclimate area is considered a "state" or "city" of its own. Every single one is also notable for having a variation of Paper Wild Puffle that inhabits that area.
The most iconic of the areas, Papyrus Plains is a wide grassland which often has what could be described as a "cool summer breeze". Fields of grass and sometimes flowers cover about everything. Surprisingly pleasant villages are common to find and a river crosses through the whole area. Papyrus Wild Puffles are pretty tame when compared to other types of Paper Wild Puffles. They are pretty weak and flee from danger, but they will still attack when pushed too far.
Often seen as the poorest of the areas, Scrap Sands has a desert climate, which many penguins, both visiting and residing, have a hard time adapting to, often leading to it being a very unpopular destination. At the center of everything lies a beautiful city that never has droughts, ironically. Scrap Wild Puffles are determined to survive the heat of the desert and often ignore any other thing, even the penguins that other species tend to attack.
This tropical area consists of both the beach, named Origami, AND a shallow section Ocean itself, thus the full name of Origami Ocean is often used to refer to it. The coast often has a warm weather which is summer-hot for most penguins but the water is always a bit cool. Floating wood houses are a normal sight here. Origami Wild Puffles are excellent swimmers and somewhat territorial, not being hostile to penguins unless they get too close.
The mountain range of Cutout Cliffs is not all that high to be honest, but the view is amazing nonetheless. However, it is very cold, even for penguins. One must also be careful to not fall of the various cliffs. Plateaus are the most common variety of mountains found here. The Cutout Wild Puffles excell and jumping and are not particularly hostile, although they often go out of their way to bother hikers.
The overly dangerous Folding Forest is found at the edge of Papyrus Plains. It dense woodland forest area that is not inhabited by any penguins, due to its extremely hostile Folding Wild Puffles. These tend to be overly aggressive and WILL protect their forest at all costs. It is, unfortunately, home to trees of high value and rare plants. Only the most experienced explorers could possibly have a chance to go in and harvest some materials and return safely.
Left almost untouched by the machine's actions, the Tapa Tundra is a large, snowy area, almost resembling the island's original form, albeit leveled quite a bit. There's nothing particularly special about this area, but it is popular due to reminding others of their own homes. Tapa Wild Puffles, which are considered to be the "Original" Paper Wild Puffles, often mind their own business, but become hostile when bothered.
The smallest area. It's an artificial island created to celebrate the fact that Foolscap became a nation. Modeled after Club Penguin Island by geeks as a tribute, Craft Penguin is an urban city kind of place. Tourists and citizens alike reside here. Craft Penguin's small size has rendered roads built there mostly useless. Craft Wild Puffles do not exist.
Foolscap's culture fluctuates quite a bit from region to region, but one thing that has stood out is the amount of paper-related puns that are used when naming things. The collection of stamps or stickers is also one of the more popular pastimes of inhabitants. It has ben estimated that 1 out of 2 local penguins take part on this activity.
The economy of Foolscap is mostly sustained by two things:
The large amount of climates of the island's different areas allow for a variety of raw materials to exist. For example, the warm weather of Papyrus Plains allows for soil-based agriculture that would wither on colder areas. Scrap Sands and Cutout Cliffs are also known for their ores and minerals. Arguably the most profitable area is the Folding Forest, but the Folding Wild Puffles make it a dangerous job.
The wonderful and rare environments make tourism another leading business in the country. It is often said to be like "traveling to different lands in less time than it takes me to actually do it and with no border tolls". It is also common for tour ships traveling around the island, though the shallow coast of Origami Ocean does provide a bit of a risk.
Because Foolscap trades with other nations so much, Foolscap does not officially have a unique currency. It is common practice for residents and tourists to use about any currency there is, though it is advised to stick to Fishes or Coins.
- Caseusopolis - Excellent - Caseusopolis constantly works with Foolscap to provide the highest-quality cheeses possible. As mammals such as bovines can't naturally exist in Antarctica's normal weather, Foolscap is able to both export mammals and produce the technology to keep them alive for long enough.
- USA - Excellent - Producers from the United States of Antarctica adore making trades with Foolscap, since normally scarce materials (specially ones related to hot weather) are common. It should be noted that most tourists come from the USA