Federated Commonwealth of Malatora
Territory
FedCom's spiritual homeland is an island near western Africa, which we call "Malatora".  At the present date, even though we have a strong connection to this land and call it our home, no member of our group actually lives in the region... yetCurrent plans establish a timeline for permanent colonization within the next eight to ten years.

Although FedCom hopes to eventually control the entire island, we are currently focused on the southwestern two-thirds, which are the least populated, least developed, and most mountainous.  Several valleys in the island's interior are the central focus of our interests: FedCom's ultimate control of those valleys is essential.
Geography and Geology
Malatora is a mountainous island, forming the top of an extinct volcano.  Virtually all rocks are tholeiitic basalt.
Climate
Malatora's climate is typical for equatorial tropics.  The island's topography creates two major climate zones:
  • Lowland regions around the coastline are fairly hot and humid, with a year-round daily temperature averaging about 30 °C.  Nights are cooler, with average temperatures closer to 22 °C.  The ocean helps to regulate the temperature.

  • Above an altitude of about 500 meters, the average daily temperature hovers near 20 °C year-round, and nights are slightly cooler.  Humidity is also much lower, making this area very similar to interior climate-controlled spaces.
Malatora has a tropical wet and dry climate, with only two seasons.  The wet season runs from October through May, during which most days will be overcast or feature light rain.  Upwards of 1000 mm of rain per year is normal, but rains are usually light and warm. 

Gentle winds typically blow from east to west.  The mountains produce numerous regions of ridge lift, wave lift, thermal columns, and other meteorological phenomenon that are ideal for gliding and soaring flight.
Natural Hazards
The most severe weather is the occasional mild thunderstorm.  The rotation of the planet forces tropical storms to move away from the island, and none have ever been recorded coming close.  Flash flooding is a remote possibility in some locations.

Tropical diseases must be managed by proper shelter and medications.  The primary threats are malaria, typhoid fever, hepatitis A, and bacterial diarrhea.  Rabies is present in some pockets of animal life.  FedCom will take appropriate steps to rid its territory of these threats, and provide appropriate medical care to treat and prevent infections.

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