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An introduction to Baltirow-woud


Newcomers to our nation may reluctantly wonder why so little of Baltirow-woud's surface is covered by forest, in contrast to what it's name suggests. For this we must go back to the origin of this fine country.


A Short history


Today's thriving economy in Baltirow-woud is largely accounted by the area in which it was founded. When Baltirow the Dutch first discovered this area some 1,500 years ago, the land was covered with a dense forest, full of ancient oak, redwood and pine. Part of the forest was mangrove; slim and flexible trees in a bed of water. Herding in this mangrove was our beloved national creature; the left-handed water cow. This creature seemed to flourish in this area, while other forms of fauna, even rats, were only rarely spotted.


Baltirow, a carpenter of trade, was able to use the diverse wood types to construct a formidable home in the woods and whatever tool he needed. Only food remained a problem and in the first harsh winter, he had nearly starved to death, if it hadn't been for a left-handed water cow that wandered of from the mangrove in search for warmth. Not only was the cow exquisite of taste, it appeared to be rich of vitamins and minerals. Living mostly on a left-handed water cow diet, Baltirow lived to the then formidable age of 99.


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Figure 1: The left-handed water cow in its natural environment.



The remarkable quality of left-handed water cow beef has resulted in the large beef-based industry of today. The appreciation of the creature (for you outsiders, referring to him as an animal is found an insult and can lead to life inprisonment) also translates to the treatment of them. Special mangrovial farms of hundreds of acres have been made to make the life of the cow as pleasant as possible.


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Figure 2: New mangrove sapplings are grown for new habitat.



Initially Baltirow started a logging enterprise, making many a teduro profit, but more people got word of this land and started moving to it in great numbers. The ground that had been logged by Baltirow's industry, was very fertile, bearing many sons for the nation. Also the incessant logging had uncovered the wild river Wildebras leading to the sea. A few settlers travelled down river to uncover the large Baltirow-bay. Here the second largest city after are nation's capitol Woudbaken was founded: Brashaven.

If one looks at the large docks of this metropolis, one can hardly imagine that the first habitants had a hard time. But also in this region fauna was rare, even fish were hardly seen. The pioneers quickly learned to adapt the shallow parts of the bay to the needs of the left-handed water cows which were used for transport of their goods (nowadays it is illegal to use these creatures as pack animals). Again it was the left-handed water cow that saved Baltirow-woud's habitants.


Baltirow was the first elected king of Baltirow-woud and eversince the bloodline of Baltirow has determined its nation's course. In the years of his kingship, Baltirow made large parts of land protected natural areas, to ensure that future generations can appreciate the magic of the woods. Also the privilages that left-handed water cows have these days are a direct result of Baltirow.



The National flag


A lot of Baltirow-woud's history can be found back in the National Flag. At first one can see a tree on a red-white-blue background. One can see that the roots of the tree are in the blue, symbolising the mangrove forest. The top part of the tree also resembles the inprint of the left-handed water cow. Red is also the colour of redwood and of meat and white symolises purity and enigma; the magic of the woods.


More will be posted on Baltirow-woud later, check your local travel-agency for more information!


The royal secretary of King Jacobian IV of the Baltirow

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Well, if you've got a large beef based industry, I suggest guarding your borders against our resident pie-man. I'm sure he'll be along soon




I would be delighted in sampling some of your LEft handed cow meat, and would be willing to open up boaders for trade very soon if possible, i am always looking for new oppertunities

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