Iceland (Ísland) is the westernmost nation of the known world. It is also the most populous, with over three quarters of the total population residing there.
Thanks to being the first nation in the Pre-Rash world to close its borders, and subsequently having the coast guard taking radical action against refugees seeking entry, the Icelanders have not lost a significant part of their territories to the apocalypse; only the non-immune need to stay a certain security distance away from the coast and the sea monsters that may appear there.
- Reykjavík (capital)
There aren't many details known about nowadays' economy of Iceland, but considering that the island possesses the largest area of non-silent land, the majority of people, supposedly superior retained knowledge of "the technology of the old world", almost boundless amounts of geothermal energy, houses the central academy for non-Finnish mages and the joint administration of the Nordic countries, etc. etc., it is safe to assume that their influence across the Nordic countries is overwhelming. Iceland is mostly self sufficient in year 90 but relies on imports of metals and timber. Long distance trade in timber has been set up between Finland and Iceland using an enormous and heavily modified Timber cruiser.
The population of Iceland was reduced from 325,000 in year 0 to 190,600 in year 90, presumably a consequence of the international supply routes being cut. In addition, the Icelanders reportedly have moved back out of the cities and back to smaller communities in numbers. reducing the capital, Reykjavík, from 120,000 (city) / 205,000 (metro) to currently 41,750 inhabitants. The next largest settlements are Akureyri (29,300), Selfoss (27,100) and Ísafjörður (11,400).
Due to the Icelanders' survival not being tied to pre-existing immunity, only seven percent of them are immune. The Dagrenning genetical program aims at raising their immunity. The Icelandic society consists of 64% peasants, 26% academics, and 10% military.
Known Icelanders Edit
- Reynir Árnason and his family
- Ása Harðardóttir and her crew (the only named one being the cook, Ólafur)
According to their own findings, you name it, they have it. Except maybe things not worth having, like the variant of magic practiced by the "least advanced people" in Finland.
Post-Rash Iceland continues to form persons' last names according to the patronymic system; i.e., the children of prologue character Árni Þór Reynisson and his descendant Árni Ragnarsson have "Árnadóttir" (daughter of Árni) or "Árnason" (son of Árni) as their "family" name, etc.. (Note minor spelling change mandated by Icelandic grammar's flexion rules, too.) In certain cases - from choice, particularly for daughters, to the father being unknown -, a child may be given a matronymic name instead. Consequently, last names are not changed upon marriage, as that would literally name someone as the person's parent who isn't.
| The Known World|
Countries: Denmark (capital: Rønne) - Finland (Saimaa) - Iceland (Reykjavík) - Norway (Aurland) - Sweden (Mora)
(See the countries' individual pages for a more extensive list of their settlements.)
Other: Öresund Bridge - Shetland and various other small islands