About the Island

The Manta Carlos Islands are a group of clustered islands located in the mid-Northwestern hemisphere of the Pacific ocean. The climate is fairly temperate, with warm and rainy summers and frigid, snowy winters. Much of the Manta Carlos Islands have a slightly humid continental climate. The far northern part of the island features colder weather, consisted mostly of cold mountains and chilled forests, even in summertime. The coastal parts of the Manta Carlos Islands feature a more mild humid temperate/subtropical climate. Summers are usually stormy, with an occasional hurricane every decade or so. The Manta Carlos Islands average 56% of possible sunshine.

Summer is hot and often a little humid through the southern part of the islands, with average highs in Manta Carlos City of 81 °F (27 °C). Although summers are often sunny, summer thunderstorms often bring quick downpours and thunder and lighting. Winters are usually cold from south to north in the islands, ranging from cold to freezing as you reach the northern parts. The average January temperatures range from 38 °F (3 °C) in the coastal lowlands to 29 °F (−2 °C) in the inland and northern portions on the islands. The average yearly snowfall ranges from about 50–60“ in the higher elevations of the northern portion of the islands to only 20-25” along the southeast coast of the main island.

Early spring (April) can range from semi-cool to warm, while mid and late spring (May/early June) is warm to hot. Fall months are mild and bring colorful foliage all across different parts of the island (the southern and coastal areas have more oak and hickory trees and fewer maples) in October and November. During hurricane season, tropical cyclones occasionally affect the region. Thunderstorms are most frequent during the summer, occurring on average 30 times annually.

The island is not located on any map. With the central island at 5,000 square miles, it's of decent size and features forests, cliffs, small lakes and mountains. It is decently populated with most of the population residing in the school and Manta Carlos City, with an overall population of around 200,000.

Island History

Manta Carlos was accidentally discovered in 1769, when a group of East Asian pirates ran ashore during a storm. The island was difficult to find, and it wasn’t on any map at the time, which made it a perfect place for these pirates to hide and to organize their crimes. It developed into a small city-state over time, fueled by the success of their criminal enterprises. Some pirates even started settling down their and building families here, rather than return to their homelands. By the mid 1800s, however, piracy in East Asia was waning as law enforcement became more effective against it. Even more pirates chose to stay and hide on Manta Carlos. The island and its people faded into irrelevance, never interacting with the outside world or even being known by more than a handful of its former inhabitants.

That is, until Cordelia Moor came to the island in 1894. It was Moor’s dream to build a hidden academy and home for the supernatural, and in Manta Carlos, she found a perfect location. It was obscure, it had space, and it had resources. Between Moor’s extravagant wealth, magical gifts from her colleagues, and the promise of free magical education, the islanders quickly assented to her plans for their home. With the help of a growing network of supernatural beings, who each had a vested interest in seeing Moor’s project succeed, Moor was able to have Starlight Academy built and accepting students by 1896. More than half of its first wave of students were islanders. However, as the school’s recruiting and scouting efforts expanded and as more of the islanders learned basic magic, the supernatural students began to vastly outnumber their mundane counterparts. Without many other options, it became increasingly common for graduating students to remain on the island when their educations had concluded – thus, Manta Carlos city began to grow and change dramatically.

A supernatural population gave Manta Carlos an undeniable edge. In terms of economic development and secretive international influence, they were and are almost unmatched. Today, Manta Carlos is only known to an exclusive few – some of them in government, and virtually all of them involved in the supernatural. The island still can’t be found on any maps an ordinary human could expect to find, and a powerful enchantment keeps it hidden from any passing vessels or satellites. A powerful organization called the Veil of Secrecy keeps the existence of aliens and supernatural beings hidden from the “narrow reality,” which is what they have taken to calling our planet’s non-supernatural communities. Manta Carlos has even reached out into space in the last decade, collaborating with other parts of the galactic community to build a space station in the Orion’s Belt region. Cordelia Moor is still alive today, and she remains Starlight Academy’s headmistress as it continues to help the supernatural beings of Earth.

Government

The Manta Carlos Islands government most closely resembles that of a sovereign City-State. The Executive branch of government, composed of the offices of the President and the Cabinet of Manta Carlos Islands, makes up the head of the sovereignty. The presidency is a lifelong occupation, unless they are impeached by the Cabinet. Elections are held when the President retires, either by passing away, impeachment, or voluntary retirement. The President is similar to a Mayor, as they are the highest-ranking official. The Cabinet is made up of individuals elected by the people regularly, and individuals in the Cabinet may be referred to as Minister. The Prime Minister of the Cabinet is presently Cordelia Moor, as she is deeply involved in the islands' well being and is largely responsible for it and the effects her Academy has on it.

The executive authority of Manta Carlos Islands is vested in the President and is exercisable by him or by the Cabinet or any Minister authorized by the Cabinet. The President has both an executive and ceremonial role, in that he must act in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet.

Legality

Manta Carlos's laws resemble those of the Western world in most respects. However, unlike those other states, Manta Carlos is home to many supernatural or extraterrestrial forces, its laws have had to accommodate this reality. More information on Manta Carlos's laws and legal system can be found here. Information about the police department can be found here.

For crimes committed off-island, Manta Carlos has a detailed pardon system for accommodating those who had committed crimes before arriving on the island. The full details can be found here.

Economy

The island has its own currency, with values akin to that of US dollars. These are known as Manta Carlos “dollars” and “coins”. The history of Manta Carlos Islands can be traced through a succession of dominant industries: agriculture, infrastructure, small businesses, construction, and education.

Welfare and Financial Aid

All students of Manta Carlos are eligible for financial aid. Students who show financial need are, generally speaking, granted a place in the dorms, free tuition, access to the schools cafeteria (or equivalent accommodations) and a small allowance for other necessities (clothes, supplies, etc).

Financial aid is provided as-needed. Students who have money (or whose guardians have money) are expected to pay their own way, including paying for schooling. Depending on need, the school pays from anywhere between 0% and 100%.

Non-students on the island are eligible for welfare. Effectively, this means that the island won't allow anyone on the island to starve or go homeless. The island has shelters available for the short term, and small apartments in low-income housing blocks for the longer term. Those that qualify are provided with a stipend for food and other necessities.

Agriculture

The Manta Carlos Islands are far from any nearby country, and as a result they are self sustaining. The wide variety of agricultural products include dairy products and eggs; beef, pork and poultry; tobacco; fish and shellfish; and fruit. The majority of agricultural development takes place on the southeastern part of the central island, though some fruit farms can be found in the forests. It is common for fishers to live on the densely populated southern coast, using their boats to gather fish, shell fish and clams for the local markets.

Infrastructure

The Manta Carlos Islands is a continually developing location, and as a result has a quickly growing infrastructure. Many jobs are available for infrastructure, including engineering and construction, civil defense and economic development (hospitals, emergency services, police, etc), transport and energy, water supply and sanitation, irrigation, critical infrastructure maintenance, land improvement and land development, and public services.

Even though the population is not as large as other countries, the institutions which are required to maintain the economic, health, and cultural and social standards of the island are still needed, such as the financial system, the education system, the health care system, the system of government, law enforcement, and emergency services.

Transportation infrastructure

  • Road and highway networks, including structures
  • Transit systems (trolleys and bus transportation)
  • Seaports and lighthouses
  • The Manta Carlos Airport
  • Ferries

Energy infrastructure

  • Electrical power network, including generation plants, electrical grid, substations, and local distribution.
  • Natural gas pipelines
  • Steam or hot water production and distribution networks for district heating systems.

Communications Infrastructure

  • Postal service, including sorting facilities
  • Telephone networks, mobile phone networks
  • Television and radio transmission stations
  • The Internet
  • Communications satellites
Radio Stations

Manta Carlos has radio stations of all kind, all across the world, but it does have one public radio station exclusive to the island! (name pending) is a radio station that is broadcasting all day long, filling the airwaves with just about every brand of music imaginable. The station has several hosts

- The Big Show with Carlos and Ricky in the morning

They host a generic annoying morning radio show, the majority of listeners find something else to listen to when they re on, and they receive the lowest ratings by far. Unfortunately whenever rumors come up of the show being cancelled their small but, very vocal fanbase start a riot.

-John and Nyarleotep in the afternoon

By leagues the most popular of the three radio shows, John and Nyarleotep rake in the viewers with their prank call segments, and genuinely nice attitude. The two appear to enjoy interacting with their large fanbase, and constantly appear at events around the city.

-Melissa Ball and the Ghost Cousin

Melissa Ball and the Ghost Cousin is a very unusual show. Being broadcast late at night, they usually talk about more PG-13 topics. They will usually read off different creepy stories, and poems. Ghost Cousin has never spoken once, and has also never been seen, some people even deny their existence.

Small businesses

Small businesses are the most common type of business found on Manta Carlos Islands, with only a few chain stores available. Typical examples include: convenience stores, other small shops (such as a bakery or butcher shops), hairdressers, tradesmen, lawyers, accountants, restaurants, guest houses, photographers, small-scale manufacturing, and online businesses, such as web design and programming.

Education

The most commonly known school, Starlight Academy, is the largest school on the island, providing thousands of jobs. It has open admission, so even non-magical individuals can attend the Kindergarten, Elementary, High School, and College classes. Tuition can vary from expensive to free as a result of the sliding scale fees.

Aside from Starlight Academy, the island does offer other schooling options. Regardless of their choice of school, the island government requires that all citizens under the age of sixteen should attend school. Manta Carlos City has a literacy rate of 80.2%.

Race and Nationality

Those who live on the island are known as Islanders. Since there are no indigenous people and it was only occupied until the 1700's, the islands are considered a melting pot with no unique race or title.

Many of the early settlers were of south Asian decent, but as the school began to be built Europeans and Americans came to the island as well. As of now, the Island acts as a melting pot. Sometimes you can find a lax separation of race in their communities as they can all understand each other and their cultures, but many businesses have universal translators installed.

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