Duchy of Cupressus

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Duchy of Cupressus

Hertugdømmet af Cupressus
Principality of the Northern Forests Duchy
The Flag of the Duchy of Cupressus
The Coat of Arms of the Duchy of Cupressus
Coat of arms
CountryPrincipality of the Northern Forests
Grand DuchyGrand Duchy of Deodara
Founded byPrincess Cedrus I of the Northern Forests
Named forHonouring Evergreen Trees in the Forests
 • Duchess of CupressusVacant
1,434 ft (437 m)
Time zoneUTC-10
 • Summer (DST)UTC-9 (GMT)
E-Mail Addressduchy.cupressus@northernforests.info

The Duchy of Cupressus was established on 20 January 2021 by Princess Cedrus I of the Northern Forests as a Principality Duchy located inside the Principality of the Northern Forests borders. A Duchy in regards to the Principality of the Northern Forests is a domain ruled by a BDuchess or Duke - a noble person hierarchically third to the Princess. [1][2]


What it looks of in the Duchy of Cupressus during Winter.
What it looks of deep in the Evergreen Forests during the Winter.

The Duchy of Cupressus is named after trees in the Duchy that provide extensive shelter and food for the Reindeer and Caribou in the region.


The Duchy of Cupressus was founded on 20 January 2021 so its history is limited. It is one of only three Duchies inside the borders of the Principality of the Northern Forests. The Duchy of Cupressus was created in honour of the Arctic Forests and those animals these forests shelter such as Reindeer and Caribou. This is heavily represented in the Duchy's Coat of Arms. 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 Duchy of Cupressus is surrounded on all sides by the Principality of the Northern Forests. 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 Duchy of Cupressus 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 Duchy of Cupressus 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 Duchy of Cupressus
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
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 Duchy is sometimes used generically for any area of land held under the form of feudal land tenure termed Feudal Duchy, or a Duchy by tenure.[3] Principality Duchies are administrative units and the Duchess or Duke who rule them are fiercely loyal to the Northern Princely Family.[4] Duchesses and Dukes 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 Duchy of Cupressus as it should be. The Duchy of Cupressus has two lesser political subdivisions.


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  2. Bloch, M. (2014). Feudal society. Routledge.
  3. Reid, R. R. (1920). Barony and thanage. English Historical Review, 161-199.
  4. Duggan, A. (Ed.). (2000). Nobles and nobility in medieval Europe: concepts, origins, transformations. Boydell & Brewer Ltd.