Odacep is a tropical swampland. It is in constant high humidity and precipitation is frequent.
Temperatures range from 75F to 87F
There is a wet and dry season, but temperatures remain mainly the same.
Monsoons are common in the wet season as well as hurricanes on the coasts.
While originally a very dense rainforest, settlers have cleared many areas to build homes.
Do to frequent rains, flooding is a major concern.
There are no mountain ranges in Odacep.
The great lakes and swamps are the most notable features of the land.
Tourists come from around the world to view the rainforests.
While the forest lands are extremely fertile, farming is difficult to many invasive plant species that strangle the roots of helpless crops. Most farming is done on the coasts in less fertile, but safer land.
Ores are quite rare in Odacep and often imported.
Water is abundant and many other countries import rainwater from this country.
The forests are filled with thousands of rare plant species, many of which are used for medicines. They are however, very dangerous to obtain.
For fear of destroying the forests and the creatures within them, many laws are in place to prevent deforestation and the extinction of species.
Tensions between Zahbian and Saqa are high over land disputes. Zahbian settlers, who claimed many of the neighboring islands to Asaq as well as the nation Mala, have grown much interest in Odacep’s resources. The border between Odacep and Mala changes depending on who is asked.
But because of the high amounts of resources, Odacep has gained much wealth and status. It is the richest Saqa nation.
There are thousands of plant species native to Odacep, many of which are not yet well researched. It has the highest population of carnivorous plants in the entire world, ranging from plants that strangling and cannibalize other plant species to plants fear to lure and devour a small child.
Primary crops of citrus fruits, coconuts, yams, gourds, suagrcane, and pumpkins.
Odacep is the most populated Saqa nation with most settlements along the coasts. Small rural areas exists in the forests and along crossroads to other Asaq nations.
Asaq is the original home of the Saqa people and they make on the majority of the population. Many Zahbian settlers can be found as well.
Due to the harsh conditions in the forests and swamplands, very few choose to live in them unless that is their place of work.
The Saqa people are known for being very festive and social. It is very rare for them to eat alone and any chance to throw a feast is usually taken. In clear weather they will usually dine under outdoor awnings that are connected to most larger homes and public buildings. Cities and large towns always usually have recreational parks that are sometimes used for dining. In storms, people will often have their meals at community centers or families will host meal parties.
It is considered rude in Saqa culture to brag about higher status so in meal party settings the host will never sit at a fancier chair or dine from fancier plates, doing so is seen as incredibly tacky and is an easy way to get uninvited from other Saqa festivities.
Formalities are often few, however, and dining is seen as very casual. There aren’t many set table manners and depending on the occasion guests can get quite rowdy, particularly when alcohol is involved. Emphasis is usually always on fun and acting uptight at a meal party is often mocked.
Common eating utensils include skewers, two-pronged forks, and small ladles for soups.
Eating areas are set up buffet style, allowing diners to pick and choose their food and eat at any pace. Course-style meals was introduced from Zahbian settlers and exists in Zahbian-owned resturants, but is never used otherwise.
Food in Odacep is known for being very sweet. Lots of fruits, sugar, and sweet vegetables are used.
Common dishes include grilled fish coated in citrus fruits, roast boar, mashed vegetables (often baked with a layer of sugar on top), pumpkin soup, grilled pineapples, roasted eel, candy, and coconut milk tea.
On special occasions, more rare delicacies such as charred sailfish, octopus, and teas made from uncommon herbs are made.
Four meals are usually eaten on most days: a light early morning meal, a large midday meal, another light meal after work hours, and then a night time meal that is very small and mainly just drinks such as tea, rum, and beer, as well as candies.
As many animals are considered sacred, eating them out of season is considered taboo. The time of month determines what meat is proper to eat.
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