Kyrkraut's highest elevation is the FaʻApotopotoga, 19 metres above the water's surface. Due to that, climate change is one of the greatest challenges the country currently faces. The majority of the people speak Kyrian, a language remotely related to Samoan.
Kyrkraut consists of a total of 29 atolls of various descriptions and five islands, covering nearly two million km² of ocean with around 250 km² of land mass.
above sea level
|Aiga Island||58 km²||19 m (FaʻApotopotoga)||15,223|
|Oneone Island||30 km²||8 m||8,325|
|Malie Island||39 km²||12 m||10,667|
|Pipisi Island||19 km²||16 m||4,339|
|Vae Island||15 km²||8 m||9,967|
|Atolls||89 km²||6 m||4,817|
|Totals||250 km²||19 m||53,338||Council of Island-Heads|
Kyrkraut is firmly located in the tropics, the tropical rainforest climate zone to be precise. As an example, the climate atop the FaʻApotopotoga:
|Daily Mean (°C)||19||20||21||22||24||26||28||28||26||24||22||19|
|Average Percipitation (mm)||131||140||132||155||210||215||130||265||260||205||159||130|
|Average relative humidity (%)||72||75||77||78||79||81||79||77||77||76||71||69|
|Mean Monthly Sunshine Hours||88||83||115||125||163||210||266||237||195||160||119||100|
The summers are hot and the winters are warm, with little difference between them. Precipitation is abundant, some even say too abundant, as cyclones frequently ravage the Islands. August and September are usually Cyclone Season, July and December the driest months.
While Kyrkraut did have a small defense force until 1956, but that was dissolved. Instead, Kykraut nowadays has a small coast guard with 5 small vessels, four helicopters and six seaplanes, as well as a few drones. It is known as the Coast Guard of Kyrkraut and is technically the closest thing Kyrkraut has to an armed force.
Ulu / Heads
The Islands maintain cordial relations with the Free Lands of the Selkie, though not to the extend as with Shikonjima, and various other nations.
The major protecting power of Kyrkraut is Shikonjima. In centuries past, during the times of the Shikonjimanese Colonial Empire, the Islands arranged themselves with them to the point of docking and stationing rights being granted to Shikonjimanese Vessels - a right, which they have to this day.
In return for the basing rights, companies from Kyrkraut have an easier time exporting especially tropical fruit to Shikonjima, being excluded from the high trade barriers of the country.
Politics and Religion
Politics and Religion in Kyrkraut are closely related, not only in the ceremonial aspect, the Ulu is the head of the islands both in ceremonial functions and in political functions,
Over the last few years, this close relationship was put into question and doubt time and time again.
Legislation in Kyrkraut forbids fishing with trawls and other large machines, basically making it impossible to conduct industrialized fishery. That is good for the country, as the vast fish populations are famous and beloved tourist attractions, but bad for the fisheries industry, especially from abroad.
- See Main Article: List of People from Kyrkraut.
The entirety of Kyrkraut is inhabited by 53,338 people,
It has often been noted, that the majority of the people of Kyrkraut have light skin for people living in a tropical country, which has a rather easy explanation: When in the 17th and 18th centuries white settlers arrived sporadically, literally blown off course and into the Islands, they were the minority and assimilated into the culture. However, still rather early in the entire process, they also brought diseases with them, for which the local population did not have any cures or any form of immunity - which almost led to them dying out. Nowadays, the FaʻAleatunuʻU, literally Native People, are a minority going more and more under. Of the entire population, around 3 percent can still claim to be FaʻAleatunuʻU (around 1,600 people). Instead of the native culture vanishing and the settler-culture replacing it, though, the settlers were already assimilated into the native culture and continued it, mixing their own influences (pigs, for example) into it.
- See Main Article: Lotu.
The vast majority of the people in Kyrkraut are followers of Lotu, the native, shamanistic faith,
- See Main Article: School in Kyrkraut.
The Government of Kyrkraut puts a huge emphasis on education.
Students in Kyrkraut wear School Uniforms.
The cuisine is dominated by what is available on the islands, from coconuts to fish. Livestock is limited to primarily chickens and pigs. Bananas, breadfruit, taro and arrowroot play an important part in traditional cuisine as well.
Fashion and Design
When walking the streets of Kyrkraut, one could easily come to understand, that the swimsuit in many different variations is the preferred clothing for the day, at least in free time, and that is not entirely untrue. However,
Water and Beach Sports are very popular in Kyrkraut for some odd reason.
Kyrenaian Footvolley enjoys more and more popularity over the last few years, but other beach sports played include, but are not limited to beach ball and volleyball. Popular as well are water gun fights, which has been described as "basically Paintball with Water Guns."
Water sports such as surfing, kitesurfing, waterski and of course swimming are popular as well.