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The Domain and Realms National Site

"There's magick in believing..."

Welcome to the Realm of

Western Divisia

       The twenty-first Realm of the Domain, Western Divisia is known as the Beautiful Desolation of the Domain, in reference to its relatively unspoiled and rugged landscape where it sits along the Western edge of the Great Divide. It is this position on the great spine of mountains that gives the Realm its name.

       Western Divisia has only had one Ruler, which was its First Ruler: Crown-Princess Melody DarkFyre. She held the Realm long enough to found it and give it its spirit, before she herself left. The Beautiful Desolation has remained so ever since.

       Despite its nickname, Western Divisia is full of life and dynamic natural power shaped by the land: from the host of rivers led by the great Snake River, to mountains such as the Seven Devils leaving their mark where they stand. Formed by volcanoes and upheaval between the Great Divide, the Cascades, and the Sierras, the Realm holds many wonders: from an inland sea you can float in (before it dries up and away), to one of the oldest trees in the world.

Divisian

Stats and Information

Full N ame: The Realm of Western Divisia

Entymology: Named for where the Realm sits on the Western side of the Great Divide

Date Founded: October 31, 2010

Demonym: Divisian, West Divisian

Population(current): 0

Ruler(s): Imperial Administration

House(s): None at current time

Flag: Draíocht Gleann (Magick Valley) - The upper-left square is in two halves, showing the Cliffs of Moher on the left and the Dublin Castle Grounds on the right: signifying the First Ruler's ancestral home of Ireland, from one coast to the other. The upper-right square shows the flag of Idaho rising up from behind a mountainside: signifying where she made her home: the American state of Idaho. The lower-left square holds a silver medallion depicting three dogs or wolves, with triquetras in their midst: showing the First Ruler's spirit animal, as well as her Celtic heritage. The lower-right square holds the Triple Moon symbol, with a wand in the center: signifying Crown-Princess Melody being a practicing witch and guardian of her Realm. The An Bhratach Náisiúnta - the Irish TriColor - in the middle further signifies the First's Ruler's pride in her Irish and Celtic heritage. The silver pentacle signifies the five Elements - Spirit, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth - and their use in service to the Realm. The Tara Harp at the heart of it all represents the rousing anew of both land and people.

Anthem: None at current time

Provinces: Caldar (Idaho), The Saltlands (Utah)

Royal District: None at current time

Royal Court: None at current time

Royal Home: None at current time

Divisian Provinces

Name of province: Caldar

Location: Idaho

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: A variation of the Welsh Calder (violent stream). Also Old Norse for "calf valley", and Old English for "cold stream" or "cold well". In reference to the mightly rivers of the province: the Snake River among them.

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Name of province: The Saltlands

Location: Utah

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: In reference to the lands surrounding the Great Salt Lake: for which the area of the province iss known for.

Ruler(s): None at current time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Places of Interest, Power, and Enchantment

The Snake River

      The Snake River is a major river of the greater Pacific Northwest region in the United States. At 1,078 miles long, it is the largest tributary of the Columbia River, in turn the largest North American river that empties into the Pacific Ocean. The Snake River rises in western Wyoming, then flows through the Snake River Plain of southern Idaho, the rugged Hells Canyon on the Oregon–Idaho border and the rolling Palouse Hills of Washington, emptying into the Columbia River at the Tri-Cities in the Columbia Basin of Eastern Washington.

       The Snake River drainage basin encompasses parts of six U.S. states (Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming) and is known for its varied geologic history. The Snake River Plain was created by a volcanic hotspot which now lies underneath the Snake River headwaters in Yellowstone National Park. Gigantic glacial-retreat flooding episodes that occurred during the previous Ice Age carved out canyons, cliffs and waterfalls along the middle and lower Snake River. Two of these catastrophic flooding events, the Missoula Floods and Bonneville Flood, significantly affected the river and its surroundings.

 

      Native Americans have lived along the Snake for more than 11,000 years. Salmon from the Pacific Ocean spawned by the millions in the river, and were a vital resource for people living on the Snake downstream of Shoshone Falls. By the time Lewis and Clark explored the area, the Nez Perce and Shoshone were the dominant Native American groups in the region. Later explorers and fur trappers further changed and used the resources of the Snake River basin. At one point, sign language used by the Shoshones representing weaving baskets was misinterpreted to represent a snake, giving the Snake River its name.


       By the middle 19th century, the Oregon Trail had become well established, bringing numerous settlers to the Snake River region. Steamboats and railroads moved agricultural products and minerals along the river throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. Starting in the 1890s, fifteen major dams have been built on the Snake River to generate hydroelectricity, enhance navigation, and provide irrigation water. However, these dams blocked salmon migration above Hells Canyon and have led to water quality and environmental issues in certain parts of the river. The removal of several dams on the lower Snake River has been proposed, in order to restore some of the river's once-tremendous salmon runs.


      (from Wikipedia)

Big Rock Candy Mountain

       Located a few miles north of Marysvale in Piute County, Utah, Big Rock Candy Mountain consists of altered volcanic rock in various shades of yellow, orange, red, and white. 


Shortly after the release of the song in 1928, some local residents, as a joke, placed a sign at the base of a colorful mountain in Utah naming it “Big Rock Candy Mountain.” They also placed a sign next to a nearby spring proclaiming it ‘Lemonade Springs.’ These names stuck, and the mythical Big Rock Candy Mountain of the song became perhaps one of the most recognized geologic sites in west-central Utah.

      Approximately 22 to 35 million years ago, a cluster of stratovolcanoes (volcanoes similar to Mount St. Helens) erupted, depositing large volumes of lava and ash. Known as the Bullion Canyon Volcanics, these volcanic rocks are more than 3,000 feet thick. 


       Approximately 21 million years ago, at least six magma bodies intruded the overlying Bullion Canyon Volcanics. Through a complex chemical process involving hydrogen sulfide, steam, ground water, and oxygen, the original volcanic rock was partially altered or totally replaced. The vivid colors that one sees at Big Rock Candy Mountain are the direct result of this mineralization.


       (from the website)

Pando, the Trembling Giant

         Across the planet, there are gods of many forms that walk, flow, or "stand still" among us. Most make us seem microscopic, and the nature and vast age of their spirits' existence makes us forget that they're more than just things. Few forget when it comes to the ancient trees of the world.


       Some are more godlike for their age than others... So far, few surpass the quietly-immortal and ancient Aspens. And none older or elder than the Trembling Giant of Fish Lake Forest, Pando.

       Pando (Latin for "I spread"), also known as the Trembling Giant, is a clonal colony of an individual male quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) determined to be a single living organism by identical genetic markers and assumed to have one massive underground root system. The plant is located in the Fremont River Ranger District of the Fishlake National Forest, at the western edge of the Colorado Plateau in south-central Utah, United States: around 1 mile Southwest of Fish Lake. Pando occupies 108 acres and is estimated to weigh collectively 6,000 tonnes: making it the heaviest known organism. The root system of Pando is estimated to be several thousand years old, placing Pando among the oldest known living organisms.

       

      Due to the progressive replacement of stems and roots, the overall age of an aspen clone cannot be determined from tree rings. In Pando's case, ages up to 1 million years have therefore been suggested. An age of 80,000 years is often given for Pando, but this claim derives from a National Park Service web page that does not provide a source for its number and is inconsistent with the Forest Service's post ice-age estimate. Glaciers repeatedly formed on the Fish Lake Plateau over the past several hundred thousand years and the Fish Lake valley occupied by Pando was partially filled by ice as recently as the last glacial maximum. Ages greater than approximately 16,000 years therefore require Pando to have survived at least the Pinedale glaciation, something that appears unlikely under current genetic estimates of Pando's age and modeling of variation in Pando's local climate.


        (from Wikipedia)


       Despite the apparent debate as to the old god's age, Pando may very well exceed every expectation, as trees of all kinds are often underestimated. They worry that he is dying due to climate change and other factors, but with the longevity of the Giant - having seen ages come and go in the world - it will likely be several dozen of our lifetimes before this world loses him.

Western Divisia

is ruled under an

Imperial

administration

An aerial view of downtown

Caer Paradise Valley,

Former Royal Court of the Realm of

Western Divisia

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