Motto: To Survive Together Is To Thrive Together
Anthem: I Fought The Law
Monno Atoll's location in the Pacific Ocean
Map of Monno Atoll
|Status||former British penal colony, unrecognized nation|
|Location||South Pacific Ocean (48°52.5′S 123°23.6′W)|
|Capital||Thorpe (North), Peregrine (South)|
|Recognised regional languages||Skum (Monno Creole)|
|Government||Anarcho-Socialist (northern counties), Libertarian Monarchy (South)|
• British colonization
• Convict Revolt
|Currency||trading of goods, Monno Pound|
|Time zone||Mountain Time Zone (MT)|
|Drives on the||left side of road|
Welcome to Monno Atoll! This fictional land was created by BrochJam. Monno Atoll is a remote island nation where humans have learned to coexist with dinosaurs. The canon of Monno is not designed to be collaborative, so please refrain from making edits to Monno-related pages.
Monno Atoll, often simply called Monno, is an unrecognized anarchist island nation and former penal colony of the British Empire. It is located at what was once thought to be the Oceanic Point of Inaccessibility (48°52.5′S 123°23.6′W) in the South Pacific Ocean. Monno Atoll is notable for being populated by various species of dinosaurs.
The island is roughly divided into 5 main territories, called counties, based on political and geographical divides. These counties are Thorpeshire, Aussex, Nilmoor, the Hebrides, and the Southern Hebrides, or Soubrides. The large populations and differing political ideologies of Thorpeshire and Aussex make up most of the island's political dichotomy, with the other counties being significantly more neutral.
Due to various reasons, mostly technological and sociological, Monno is very isolated from the outside world. Their strongest diplomatic relationship is with Chile. Most citizens are former British and European convicts and their descendants. The culture of Monno is unique and colourful, and society is shaped by the domestication and training of dinosaurs. Technologically speaking, most of Monno is reminiscent of the western world between 1900 and 1960.
- Monno Atoll Convict Revolt
- Historical figures of Monno Atoll
This fictional nation was created with the intention of being the setting of a young adult novel, or possibly several. Much of the atoll's history would not be explained in such detail within the story, but is written here for the sake of world building.
The book (working title Fierce Deities) would be told from the perspective of 18 year old Astor Brown, an outsider adopted into a dinosaur rancher family in Thorpeshire.
Monno Atoll bore various regional names in prehistory. One notable name, Moke Moke, was given to the island by neighboring Polynesians. The name meant "lonely", referring to the island's remoteness and the unwillingness of any community to settle on it.
Monno Atoll is the name given to the island by early British colonizers. Being the only island inhabiting its part of the ocean, it was named after the Latin mono, meaning singular. A typographical error would cause Mono to take on two Ns, making Monno. While not fulfilling the typical definition of an atoll, the island's shape is rather atoll-like, which is why it is referred to as such.
While lacking the same diversity and coral population of other atolls, the land mass took on the name atoll due it its appearance. The atoll is also incredibly large, approaching the size of Ireland. The formation of Monno Atoll has long perplexed geologists. The shape and soil contents of the island suggests a volcanic origin, with the Monno Sea being the collapsed centre of the dead volcano.
Monno's mountain range is unique it its formation. It appears after the largest vent of the volcano began to die, smaller outlets persisted for some time. These smaller volcanoes would go on to form the Hebrides, the Soubrides, and the mountains. The mountains are large and abundant, forming a wall and border between the North and South. Many of the dead volcanoes are also cavernous - it is in one of these hollow mountains that Dr. MacQuoid would build his time machine.
The main inlet for the Monno Sea is Levi's Gate, which had a canal bridge built over it by convicts when the British still had power on the island.
Monno Atoll's closest neighboring islands are the Pitcairn Islands and Easter Island to the north. While usually considered a part of Polynesia, the island is nowhere near the main island chain.
Due to its remoteness, Monno was seldom visited by the inhabitants of neighboring Polynesia in prehistory. While the island itself has a perfectly hospitable climate, it is ringed with inexplicably rough seas, which deterred seafarers. However, scant evidence of Polynesian inhabitance has been found on the Aussex coast, such as broken tools and the remains of a wrecked vessel, suggesting that local tribes stopped on the shore of Monno to repair boats and resupply. However, there is no evidence of long-term human settlment on the island during this era.
Colonization by the British (1870)
The British first visited the island sometime around 1800, only returning around 1871 to search for exploitable resources. The island was named Mono Atoll due to its remotness, being the only island in its part of the ocean. An early misprint would have the island's name changed to Monno Atoll.
The experiments of Dr. MacQuoid (1880)
In 1880, Monno Atoll became the permanent home of geologist and inventor Dr. Malcolm MacQuoid. MacQuoid would get sidetracked from his original job of surveying mining operations to work on his own scientific experiments, convincing the Empire to fund his endeavors through dubious claims of finding precious metals. MacQuoid's experiments under Monno's mountain range would create an incredibly powerful temporal anomaly, who effects would persist for nearly a century.
The temporal anomaly created by Dr. MacQuoid, called Mynydd y Gorffennol (or simply The Gorf, in modern parlance), was in activation from 1889 to 1976, when it was successfully deactivated by convicts. Built within a hollow mountain using components from a disassembled steam engine train, the large contraption could only be described as a time machine. When activated, The Gorf had the power to draw in life forms from vastly different eras and locations and deposit them in the surrounding island and ocean. The arrival of life forms was gradual, but a vast majority of these animals were dinosaurs and other creatures that once lived between the Late Permian and Early Paleocene. Some of these animals arrived in such numbers that established populations were able to adapt to life on the island. Other animals, however, would only inhabit the island for a short time before dying off due to a lack of genetic diversity.
Penal colony established (1890)
Most British mining activities retreated from Monno around 1890, having only found relatively common minerals which could be sourced from less remote colonies. The island would then be established as a penal colony, used to house prisoners of the British Empire. During this time the Empire showed interest in establishing the island as a rest stop for vessels traveling through Oceania, as well as to secure the sea between Monno and New Zealand. British convicts would continue to be sent to Monno into the 20th century, the remote location of the island offering a level of secrecy to Britain's operation there. Notable waves of convicts were sent to Monno in the late 60s, throughout the 70s and into the 80s. Convicts sent in the 60s and 70s were sent there for a myriad of crimes, some decidedly petty, but an overwhelming majority of convicts sent during the 80s were made up of left-wing protesters. In 1989, the convicts would stage a violent revolt, causing all British authority to withdraw from Monno Atoll.
Human experimentation, temporal anomaly deactivation (1960 - 1989)
Many convicts were able to slip away from British autorities, building hidden communities in the wilderness of Monno. These communities would be the foundation for Monno's future society. Escaped convicts became organized, learned to build houses, grow food, and some even raised families. Around this time, the former convicts also began to learn how to tame dinosaurs. The pioneers of dinosaur taming and traing were a mostly female gang called The Harpy Tamers, or simply Harpies.
Some dinosaurs, particularly inchies and bunkies, had been tamed for a while, but with patience and dedication, the Harpies and their apprentices were able to train larger carnivores and herbivores. Originally trained with the intention of being guard dogs, it was later learned that large predators like wilks, haigries and carpophores could be ridden like horses. However, riding predators is still highly controversial due to the risks involved.
The convicts on Monno were forced to do various kinds of maual labour, often working on the infrastructure of the island. The biggest arcatecural undertaking was the construction of Levi's Gate, the bridge and dam that would cut off the Monno Sea from the wider Pacific Ocean. However, the British army also used the island to test various chemical weapons and information extraction tecniues - often on the convicts themselves. These inhumane experiments were usually overseen by Dr. Clifford Greene, or "Doctor Proctor", as he is often refered to by island citizens when talking about their history. Dr. Greene's experiments were not limited to humans and he experimented extensivly on dinosaurs as well, sometimes pitting humans against dinosaurs for his own amusment. Many convicts suffered lasting injuries, some of which were even passed on to their children. After the events of the Convict Revolt, Doctor Proctor would be hung in the lowland forests to be eaten alive by carpophores.
Convict Revolt (1989)
With the numbers of escaped convicts growing and dinosaur taming becoming a more refined art, the former convicts of Monno decided to stage a violent revolt against their past captors to free the rest of the prisoners.
Following the philosophy of the many left-wing punks that made up the former convicts, a vanguard party was formed out of the most skilled dinosaur riders. While all comprising one large attacking force, the vanguard was composed of five smaller groups, all representing a region of Monno.
The reolt began on November 26, 1989. All major prison encampments and settlments were targeted at once. The British authorities retaliated with arms and chemical weapons, but they were not prepared for such coordinated attacks, especially from trained dinosaurs.
Attacks on these settlements continued until the British surrendered, but soon continued with an order for British authority to leave the island entirley, or else be killed. The British complied, the citizens of Monno taking over the encampments in their absence.
The splitting of the vanguard, establisment of a nation (1989 - 2000)
After the sucess of the Convict Revolt, there was much unease among the newly freed citizens of Monno. It was decided that the dinosaur-training vanguard who led the revolt should swear allyship and help the freed convicts settle. The Guard of Thorpeshire tried their best to convince the party that the former protestors' dreams of an anarchist society was now acheivable. Malcolm MacQuiod and Sean Caulfield themsevles had been proponents of Socialism and had written plans in their spare time of how a Roman-style society with socialist values could be run.
The one Guard who disagreed with this idea was the Guard of Aussex, who wanted to create a nation that ran similar to modern Great Britain, wishing to gain back some sense of societal normalcy. The ideaology that Aussex would ultimalty end up adopting would be a libertarian monarchy.
After much arguing, the once unified vanguard parted ways over their differences. Thorpeshire, the Hebrides, the Soubrides and Nilmoor did their best to create a truly anarchist society, while those who longed for the familiarity of their past home followed the Aussex vanguard to found the county of Aussex.
The exploits of Astor Brown (2012)
Post-2000, Monno acheived an "agreeing to disagree" level of civility with little conflict between counties, although the relationship between the north and south remained strained and their ideologies starkly different.
In 2012, the first outsider in a long time, Astor Brown, would come to the island after her home in Edinburgh burnt down. Astor's arrival would cause little change to the island until her attempts to stop dinosaur bloodsports in Aussex reignighted tension between Aussex and Thorpeshire. While not leading to all-out war, this shakeup would lead to a social paradigm shift and societal progress on a scale that Monno had not experienced in a long time.
This is the era of Monno's history in which most of the story (told from Astor's perspecive) takes place.
For various reasons, including remoteness, having an underdeveloped infrastructure, and Britain's desire to hide its crimes, very few people throughout the world know of Monno Atoll's existence. Monnoans also fear that outsiders would want to steal and experiment on their dinosaurs, and ruin their carefully crafted economy and way of life. The citizens of Monno have so far agreed to limit their interactions with the outside world to a regulated system for getting goods and living supplies into the country. However, as conflicts arise around the demand for various medications, there is greater pressure on the nation to try integrating into the wider world in order to receive medical aid.
While on paper Monno Atoll is still technically a British colony, Monnoans do not consider themselves British. Visits from British authorities in modern years are rare, but always met with hostility.
Various regions of Monno are referred to by colloquial names. These regions are not based on politics but rather land type and their various different agricultural uses.
The Lowlands are found on the west side of Thorpeshire. As their name implies, these lands are close to sea level. The area is riddled with lakes, streams, and lush forests, and many fruit farmers live in the areas closest to the big cities. The interior of the lowlands, however, is mostly uninhabited, and home to a majority of the island's dinosaur population. Citizens should take caution when entering the lowlands, and travel only by vehicle or a large steed if possible.
A signifigant population of farmers inhabit the highlands, the southern edge of Thorpeshire that borders the mountains. Being close to the mountain border, it is a cultural melting pot of sorts. The area was once the location of many interment camps, but is now a center of trade for the island.
A flat strech of land between Thorpeshire and Nilmoor, south of the Monno sea. The land is flat, temperate, and a good place for growing field crops.
Monno has one main mountain range, sometimes called the Monno Mountains but usually just called the mountains.
The Rain Shadow
The southern lowlands that come after the mountain range.
A casual name for the county of Nilmoor, which is primarily desert.
The following is a brief overview of the counties of Monno, their history, and their politics. For more in-depth information, see Counties of Monno Atoll.
Thorpeshire is the largest county, although most of the population is centred in the city of Thorpe and the Highlands region. Its political system resembles that of anarcho-socialism. Its economy is largley trade-based and relies heavily on open and frequent communication between communities.
Thorpeshire is home to some of the most highly regarded dinosaur trainers and breeders on Monno. The use of inchies (Gallimimus) for transportation and farm work is widespread, and dinosaur bloodsports are usually frowned upon. The domestication of large carnivores, including carpophores (Utahraptor) and ankous (Quetzalcoatlus), is usually not attempted due to the inherent risks and challenges, but was more widespread in the past.
Thorpeshire is well known for a specific type of dinosaur training, called "mountain wit", which is unique from the more physical "gully wit" training popular in Aussex. Mountain wit trainers are well known for their patience and understanding of various dinosaur species.
Aussex is the second most populous county of Monno, with its capital, Peregrine, being the second largest city, very nearly matching the population of Thorpe. The county's politics are unique among the counties, its system reminiscent of a monarchy with libertarian ideologies. Peregrine city is home to an elaborate Roman-inspired palace where the royal family live. The royal family's guards and military include the equites, an elite group of highly disciplined dinosaur riders. It is the dream of many young children to become an equite one day.
Beyond politics, life in Aussex is very similar to life in Thorpeshire. Inchies are also commonly domesticated dinosaurs, but the training of large carnivores is not nearly as taboo, and elaborate dinosaur fights are often held in amphitheaters in Peregrine city for citizens' entertainment.
The Hebrides (heb-rih-dees), named after the Scottish archipelago of the same name, are a group of volcanically-formed islands to the Northwest of the mainland. Their climate is subtropical and stable throughout most of the year, and the area is well known for its fishing a fruit farming. Almost everyone living in this area, particularly on islands, own a boat for transportation. The seas around the Hebrides are teeming with life, and the area is one of the best for spotting plesiosaurs, icthyosaurs and other ancient aquatic animals.
The Southern Hebrides, or Soubrides (s'ow-brih-dees) is an island chain to the South and Southeast of the mainland. It contains the only active above ground volcanoes on Monno, although their activity is minimal and not a threat to human life. The area is tundra-like and hosts the majority of Monno's introduced reindeer population. The main industries of the area are fishing, hunting, and raising specific livestock that that thrive in the open land. The Soubrides boast some of the most skilled carnivore trainers on Monno, due to the fact that the inhabitants rely so heavily on hunting grawks (their equivalent of hunting dogs) for food. The Soubrides is also home to a community of very skilled craftspeople. A cultural icon of the Soubrides are sledwilks; Deinonychus trained to pull their masters and cargo on dogsleds. An annual wilk race and festival is held in the biggest Soubrides city, Cairn Doon, to celebrate the region's artistry.
Cities, Towns and Settlements
For information about settlements, see Counties of Monno Atoll (article to come).
Throughout much of its history, residents of Monno Atoll spoke English. While English remains the most common language spoken on the island, a new dialect has sprung up over the decades, created naturally by convicts. This unique dialect of British English is known as Skum, or sometimes Monno Creole in more academic contexts. The dialect arose from the working class slang of the convicts, who were often young or middle aged petty criminals from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The shared proximity of people from similar walks of life - along with isolation from the outside world - reinforced their accents, making them increasingly thick and hard for outsiders to understand. The Monno accent has been described as "intensely Northern", its impenetrability often compared to Old Yorkshire. Words that were once common slang throughout the 60s to 80s have become established vocabulary. This evolving dialect would come to be known as Skum, due to watchmen and officers referring to it as "scum talk".
Different variations on Skum can be found throughout Monno. One variation found in the highlands utilizes words of Slavic origin, seeing as many Russian and Eastern European former convicts settled the area together. Skum spoken in the Soubrides is said to sound more like Northern Scots.
Despite Skum being the preferred dialect of casual communication, books are still often written in proper English. Some citizens, however - particularly members of the South's royal court - speak in an accent akin to Received Pronunciation. More formal language is also generally used during important business and community discussions.
Visual art has long been important to the Monno identity. Graffiti covers the walls of what were once prison compounds, signifying the former convicts' reclaiming of the island for themselves. Some artists developed unique styles and have garnered wide renown throughout the island. The intention of artwork is often more important than the skill or technique of the artist, meaning even "unskilled" artists are encouraged to express their creativity. As a result, Monno is a very artistically inclined society.
Animal domestication and husbandry
Main article: Biodiversity of Monno Atoll
The taming a raising of animals, specifically dinosaurs, is an important aspect of Monno culture and society. The county of Aussex has a well respected legion of dinosaur riders and keepers known as the equites, who work on behalf of the royal family. The dinosaur keepers of the northern counties do not function in a regimented hierarchy like the equites, instead having communities of breeders, tamers and teachers that all share best practices amongst each other. The vast majority of large animals kept and bred in captivity are for food production.