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- 1 Etymology
- 2 Timekeeping
- 3 History
- 4 Population
- 5 Geography
Coracan comes from the ancient Proto word "Corac" meaning dust combined with the "an" suffix to mean a complete and unified body.
A year on Coracan is 360, 24-hour days, and is the exact same length as an average Earth year (365.2425 days). This year is traditionally divided into eight 45-day months, (which are upset by leap-years) corresponding to the eight constellations of the Coracan zodiac: Janus, Charu, Kadel, Apar, May, Serul, Arum and Okta.
Each day is divided into twenty-four hours, which are subdivided into 60 minutes and 60 seconds for each minute. These seconds are equal to 1.0145625 seconds on Earth.
In the very beginning, there was nothing but Mist. The Mist was separated into the Empty and the Full. The Empty was separated into Void and Fire and the Full into Water and Dust. The Fire became the sun and the stars, the Void became space and the Night, the Water became Coracan's twin planet Serulus and the Dust became Coracan itself.
The Primanna cluster, which Coracan is in the centre of, is known to be billions of years old. The precise age is up for debate, but the consensus is that it is at least 10 billion years old, perhaps far older. Coracan's age, too, is uncertain, but it is thought unlikely to have formed less than five billion years ago.
Start of the Anthropocene (0-3373 Human era)
Humans arrived in the Primanna over 33,000 years ago, bringing with them plants and animals from other worlds. Coracan's native dragons, other animals and purple flora were greatly reduced in range and many native species became extinct. This era became remembered by humanity as the Heroic Era, when humans fought nature and monsters to survive. Historical artefacts are few and far between in this era due to its incredible antiquity with barely any written language of any kind surviving.
Despite this, linguists have managed to reconstruct the most widespread of the early human languages of Coracan, Proto, which is believed to have been the last common ancestor of almost every single living language on the planet today.
This era would come to an end 3,373 years after it began when a final confrontation between humanity and the old spirits of Coracan resulted in a massive acceleration of the warming of the planet. This warming caused the giant glaciers that had covered up much of the planet to recede, large swathes of coastal land to be retaken by the sea and numerous land bridges submerged for the rest of the anthropocene.
Golden, Classical and Silver eras (3373-28,975 Human era)
Over the next twenty-five thousand a pattern emerged on the scale of millennia of birth, growth, greatness and apocalypse. The Golden Era is the first era from which substantial written records survive. This period of nearly three thousand years is commonly the set of myth and legend.
Coracan's longest era, the 16,000-year-long Classical Era is sometimes regarded as the high-water mark of civilisation on Coracan, even surpassing the technological achievements of the present. While shaky, estimates of the population at the end of this era range in excess of 1 billion. Regardless of what the population was, the evidence for large-scale urban settlements, resource extraction and ecological footprint at levels rivalling or exceeding today is undeniable. Ischerite, known for its property to store memory in crystalline form, has an unknown chemical makeup and is believed to have invented in this period.
The method for the creation of Ischerite, which generations of chemists over the millennia have tried in vain to replicate, and the great civilisation of the Classical Era was wiped out in mere hours in a cataclysmic human war. In this war, known as the Sagambel, many Primanna dreamworlds were torn from their foundations and hurled at the planet, killing many and covering the planet in massive dreambleeds that would take centuries to heal. Shattered remnants of dreamworlds from this era and before form the Shattered Ring in the Primanna, while some dreambleeds from the brief war have persisted through to the present.
Following the Sagambel, which remains the most devastating of all Coracan's apocalypses, humanity eventually regrouped and began the Silver Era. Despite picking up the pieces of the old time humanity in this era lived in the shadow of their forebears.
The Silver Era was ended by a war against a human warlord called Mrotdal, who had possessed the body of a dragon and amassed a large army of humans and spirits, promising to bring his followers into a utopic Coracan once the old order had been swept away. While Mrotdal was eventually defeated, a century of warfare once again ravaged the planet.
Early Iron era (0-3811 Fa)
The current era began with a fifth stone age. This era has seen a slow decline in dreamwalking knowledge and spirituality among humans.
Early modern history (3811-4241 Fa)
Modern history (4241-present/33,295 Fa)
The first human to orbit Coracan was Ceran Torridotter on 25 Apar 4241. As of 45 Serul 4315, 1,582 people have visited outer space and reached orbit and of these, 367 have walked on Serulus.
Coracan's population growth has not been even throughout its history. Due to the cycle of apocalypse, population has followed a saw-tooth pattern for the last 33,000 years, declining massively after each major disaster and rebuilding in between.
In the current era, advances in medicine and technology began to make an impact three hundred years ago. Food production increased due to improved agricultural techniques, allowing populations to boom. By the 4100s, the steam engine caused a period of rapid industrialisation and urbanisation on the planet. As medicine advances enough to combat infant mortality and curb plague, population growth massively increased. This growth in population growth, interrupted by the demographically disastrous Panthalassa War, peaked in 4273 at 1.8% per year for the planet. A combination of high birth rates from returning veterans starting families, lower infant mortality than ever before and mass birth control methods yet to be implemented resulted in a distinctly large generation of individuals now aged between 40-60 who are known as 'Baby Boomers'.
From its peak in 4273, population growth has declined rapidly as more of the planet is educated, and has access to adequate transport, sanitary and medical facilities. Since peak population growth, Coracan's human population has more than doubled from 2.5 billion to 5.1 billion as of 4320. The most recent billion milestone was on the 11th of Apar 4317, when the population of the planet reached five billion.
Independent sovereign nations claim the entirety of Coracan's surface. No sovereign government has ever controlled the entire world, although some nation-states have tried and failed to achieve world domination.
The Conglomerate States is a worldwide intergovernmental organisation that serves as a platform for peaceful conflict resolution and a platform for international diplomacy and international law.
In Coracan, there is a layer of reality called the metasphere. Experiences and memories have an impact in the areas they are formed and last for varying periods. Metabeings are created by collective belief. Other metaorganisms help in the process of dreaming. Id are also prevalent in Coracan, especially since the Panthalassa War, causing unexplained disappearances and phenomena.