Duchy of Topaz

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Duchy of Topaz

Hertugdømmet af Topaz
Principality of the Northern Forests Outpost
Flag of the Duchy of Topaz flying alongside the Forest Flag
Flag of the Duchy of Topaz flying alongside the Forest Flag
The Flag of the Duchy of Topaz
Flag
The Coat of Arms of the Duchy of Topaz
Coat of arms
Motto(s): 
Her Hviler Vi
(English: Here We Rest)
Location of the Duchy of Topaz in North America (click on map for a larger viewing area)
Location of the Duchy of Topaz in North America
(click on map for a larger viewing area)
CountryPrincipality of the Northern Forests
Grand DuchyGrand Duchy of Deodara
Founded2020
Founded byPrincess Cedrus I of the Northern Forests
Named forTopaz (Feline Pet)
GovernmentMonarchy
Government
 • Duchess of TopazVacant
Elevation
1,545 ft (471 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total3
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central-sommertid)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)785
E-Mail Addressduchy.topaz@northernforests.info

The Duchy of Topaz was established on 12 January 2020 by Princess Cedrus I of the Northern Forests as a Principality outpost located in the Midwestern area of the United States. A Duchy in regards to the Principality of the Northern Forests is a domain ruled by a Duchess or a Duke - a high-ranking nobleman hierarchically third to the Princess. This is currently one of the Princely Family's estates they spend about 3-6 months of the year at. The Duchy of Topaz also serves as the headquarters for government correspondence. There are permanent subjects that live at the estate year round not including the Princely Family.

History

The Duchy of Topaz was founded on 12 January 2020 so its history is limited. It was established to honour the memory of the Royal pet named Topaz that died in the Duchy. There is a protected grave site for Topaz in the Duchy that is a restricted access historical site. The Princely Family spends a great deal of time in the Duchy during various times of the year. The Autumn season is beautiful with the broad-leaf tree leaves turning colours and sunsets in the Spring are a sight everyone should see in their lifetime. It is windy most of the time and very rarely is it still outside.

The House on the property was built in 1910, the same year George V becomes King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland upon the death of his father, Edward VII. As of 2020 the house is 110 years old. The Princely Family keeps the house in a "rustic" state to preserve its long history. There is rumour that people were kept in chains in the basement of the house. The presence of such items in the basement for shackles and chains would seem to validate the rumours of its history including the discovery of a secret room accessed by a closed off crawl space.

The surrounding area was originally settled in 1869 and was never very populated. Today it is a farming area with extensive amounts of farmland as far as the eye can see. Most of the roads are dirt and gravel. It is quiet, windy, and peaceful with endless fields of grasslands. The Duchy also has a lapidary workshop and produces refined minerals and gems. The Duchy produces some of its own power, but must import water due to its own water producing facilities being long neglected.

Geography

What it looks like around the Principality Outpost in the Duchy of Topaz.
The grave site of the Royal pet Topaz in the Duchy of Topaz.
A close up of the gravestone of Topaz in the Duchy of Topaz.

The Duchy of Topaz is bordered in all directions by the state of Kansas in the United States.

Geology

The Duchy of Topaz is underlain by a sequence of horizontal to gently westward dipping sedimentary rocks. The residuum and soils of the Duchy of Topaz contain abundant cherty gravels. The Duchy of Topaz is a flat or undulating surface, with sporadic trees and vegetation. The land gradually rises from east to west and is almost completely covered by grass and shrubs. The soil is good for growing a variety of fruits and vegetables and has a long growing season.

Vegetation

The Duchy of Topaz has a variety of trees. There are large Oak, Red Maple, Norwegian Spruce, White Fir and Eastern Red Cedars. There is also a small honey-crisp apple orchard with lowland tallgrass prairie: big bluestem, prairie cordgrass, switchgrass, and sedges. Grapes, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries all grow in the Duchy.

Climate

According to the Köppen climate classification, the Duchy of Topaz's climate can reach 90 °F (32 °C) or above on most days of June, July, and August. High humidity has the ability to send the heat index into life-threatening territory. Although temperatures of 100 °F (38 °C) or higher are not as common. During the summer, nightly low temperatures struggle to fall below 80 °F (27 °C). Also, combined with humidity between 85 and 95 percent, dangerous heat indices can be experienced at every hour of the day.[1]

Precipitation

Precipitation ranges from about 47 inches (1,200 mm) annually. Snowfall ranges from around 5 inches (130 mm) to 35 inches (890 mm). Frost-free days range to around 200 days a year making the Duchy of Topaz the sunniest area of the Principality of the Northern Forests. However, the Duchy of Topaz is prone to severe weather, especially in the spring and the early-summer. [2]

Severe Weather

Due to the Duchy's location at a climatic boundary prone to intrusions of multiple air masses, the Duchy is vulnerable to strong and severe thunderstorms. Some of these storms become supercell thunderstorms; these can produce some tornadoes, occasionally those of Enhanced Fujita scale of 3 strength or higher. The surrounding areas average more than 50 tornadoes annually.[3] Severe thunderstorms sometimes drop some very large hail over the Duchy as well.

Furthermore, these storms can even bring in flash flooding and damaging straight line winds. The property has seen an F3 tornado that passed within 3 miles of the property in 2008 and an F4 tornado about 25 miles south in 1957. On average, the immediate vicinity generally sees approximately 1-5 tornadoes a year. In 2015 there were seven tornadoes in the immediate vicinity including two F2 and one F3 tornado. The area regularly gets tornado warnings and severe high wind warnings with winds reaching 60 MPH being a regular occurrence.[4]

Historic Site

The Duchy of Topaz contains the grave site of Topaz which was a cherished pet of the Royal Family. Any people who live in the Outpost have to respect the restricted site containing the grave of Topaz. There is a small granite tombstone at the grave and it is surrounded by small iron fencing. The grave site was created in 2020 after the death of the Royal Pet and is now a heritage site. The grave site can be seen from the Border and requires no appointment to view so long as nobody enters the Duchy of Topaz illegally.

Security

The Duchy is regularly monitored by security cameras, motion detectors, PIR Sensors and routine patrols at the border. Illegally crossing the border will result in common law arrest, detention and transfer over to law enforcement in the United States to face possible criminal trespassing charges. It is therefore, not adivsed to illegall cross the border without an appointment of some kind. If you desire to come to the Duchy please contact the Government beforehand.

References

  1. Araya, A., Kisekka, I., Lin, X., Prasad, P. V., Gowda, P. H., Rice, C., & Andales, A. (2017). Evaluating the impact of future climate change on irrigated maize production in Kansas. Climate Risk Management, 17, 139-154.
  2. Dye, C., Howard, I., & Harrington Jr, J. (2018). Temporal and Spatial Variation in Precipitation Seasonality for Kansas. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, 121(1-2), 153-159.
  3. National Climatic Data Center. Annual Average Number of Tornadoes. Retrieved from: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/climate-information/extreme-events/us-tornado-climatology/tornado-alley
  4. Molloy, M. S., & Paul, B. K. (2018). Analyzing tornadic frequency and regional climate change relationships in Kansas, 1950–2016. Geographical Bulletin, 59(2).