Barony of Roustad
Barony of Roustad
Baroni af Roustad
Principality of the Northern Forests Barony
The Location of the Barony of Roustad
|Country||Principality of the Northern Forests|
|Grand Duchy||Grand Duchy of Deodara|
|Duchy||Duchy of Cupressus|
|County||County of Northbarrow|
|Founded by||Princess Cedrus I of the Northern Forests|
|Named for||Rollo of Normandy|
|• Baroness of Roustad||Laura Theresa Duchesne|
|Elevation||1,434 ft (437 m)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-9 (GMT)|
The Barony of Roustad was established on 16 January 2021 by Princess Cedrus I of the Northern Forests as a Principality Barony located in the Duchy of Cupressus. A Barony in regards to the Principality of the Northern Forests is a domain ruled by a Baroness or a Baron - a noble person hierarchically fifth to the Princess. 
The Barony of Roustad is named after the Rollo of Normandy who ruled Normandy which is located in modern day France. Rollo was a great leader and completely transformed Normandy during his rule forcing people to be honourable and respectable whilst being subjected to the rule of law.
The Barony of Roustad was founded on 16 January 2021 so its history is limited. It was established to honour the memory of Rollo of Normandy. It is one of only a few Baronies located inside the Principality of the Northern Forests. The Northern Forests are a permanent cooperative style social and political experiment as a safe place to live in a pre-14th century medieval manner using as little modern conveniences as possible. Those who decided to live in the Principality grew tired of living around all the crime and violence that has festered in the modern world.
The Barony of Roustad is surrounded on all sides by the Duchy of Cupressus. In the distance, an individual can see four major mountain chains. Each of them is a sizable mass of rock, glaciers and snow, stretching for kilometers. The Northern Range are the defining mountains of the region the Principality of the Northern Forests is situated in. These mountains are huge shield volcanoes mountains. Some of these mountains peak at 16,390 feet tall. The biggest river in the region is a fast, muddy river, moving along at around 7 miles an hour, and dropping a significant 12 feet every mile. It is fed by 13 major tributaries. At one time, the entire region was a large inland lake, blocked by ice dams. Around 10,000 years ago, the ice abruptly melted, and the lake emptied.
Vegetation in the Barony of Roustad has low diversity, as only hardy species can survive the long winters and make use of the short summers. The trees are almost all conifers, as very few broadleaved trees are able to survive the very low temperatures in winter. This type of forest is also known as taiga, a term which is sometimes applied to the climate found therein as well. Even though the diversity may be low, numbers are high, and the taiga (boreal) forest is the largest forest biome on the planet. The process by which plants become acclimated to cold temperatures is called hardening.
Agricultural potential is generally poor, due to the natural infertility of soils and the prevalence of swamps and lakes left by departing ice sheets, and short growing seasons prohibit all but the hardiest of crops. Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chard, Dill, and Fava bean are common crops in the subartic areas. Most areas in the Principality of the Northern Forests use greenhouses to grow more temperature sensitive crops for most of the year.
The Barony of Roustad features a dry-summer subarctic climate (Köppen climate classification: Dsc) The Principality is located in the continental climate zone, with long, cold winters, and relatively warm summers. The mean temperature in January is -10 °F (-23 °C); in July, 56 °F (13 °C). However, temperatures can reach -50 °F (-46 °C) in winter and 80 °F (27 °C) in summer. Snowfall averages 39 inches (1 m), with total precipitation of 9 inches (23 cm) per year. On clear nights during the Principalities winter you can spot the Northern Lights.
|Climate data for the Barony of Roustad|
|Average high °F (°C)||4.3||15.2||30.1||44.2||57.5||67.4||70.6||66.6||55.3||36.1||14.7||7.3||39.1|
|Average low °F (°C)||−17.3||−10.9||−0.6||17.7||29.6||38.9||42.9||38.6||29.9||15.1||−5.5||−13.5||13.7|
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||0.54||0.57||0.35||0.22||0.61||1.45||1.66||1.67||1.16||0.97||0.70||1.22||11.12|
|Average snowfall inches (cm)||7.5||7.3||4.4||2.5||0.5||0||0||0||0.5||8.3||9.9||11.2||52.2|
|Source: Principality of the Northern Forests weather data|
The term Barony is sometimes used generically for any small area of land held under the form of feudal land tenure termed Feudal Barony, or a Barony by tenure. Principality Baronies are mainly cadastral rather than administrative units and the Baronesses and Barons who rule them are fiercely loyal to the Northern Princely Family. Any Baroness or Baron may be selected at random to be Judges in the Princess's Courts should that court be forced to convene. There are no elected offices for any position in the Barony of Roustad as it should be. The Barony of Roustad has two lesser political subdivisions.
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