But, don't you think you have too many international airports?
The map is actually very consistent with most first world countries in regards to international airports. Take Gold Coast for instance, which receives only one chartered flight from Perth, Australia a day therefore making it an international airport. Megopolis and Bayside are by far the biggest and most commonly used.
Awesome map indeed! But why do the smaller towns have German names?
Originally I intended on having a real mix of German, Swedish, Finnish, English and Dutch names, but I found I much preferred German and Swedish names. See the Vikings question below.
How long did that map take you to make?
About three months using Adobe Illustrator.
Mind giving us a short description of the climate, culture or anything else? (And I mean short. I'm a very lazy reader.)?
Due to the layout of the islands, the top right hand corner of the mainland is semi-arid desert (think Nevada) whilst the bottom left island (aptly named Snowy Island), closest to the south pole is very cool with occasional snow falls through winter (think British weather). Everything in the middle is basically mainland Europe/Sydney, Australia weather. To keep things brief!
Culture wise, Koanians are typically very private people, punctuality is high up the list, and can be considered very xenophobic and almost hostile to foreign immigrants, regardless of race, sex or religion (although tourists and visitors are usually welcomed with open arms). Sport is very much a huge part of the nation; baseball in particular, with nearly 180 professional and semi-professional teams spread over a pyramid system of promotion and relegation. Koanians are very proud of their heritage, with very few immigrating overseas annually. Catholics and Protestants are the main religious groups, but both are dwindling at a massive rate, with many high-profile companies accused of rejecting job applicants due to their religious beliefs. This stems from many years of people abusing the discrimination act and taking advantage of companies. Norse mythology, such as Thor, still plays a small part in many family homes.
Do you have a conlang to go with the islands?
Yes and no. I originally started mashing up Swedish and English, but that turned out to be a bad idea and doesn't make sense in the great realm of things. Which is part of the reason I joined this board, to hopefully create a believable conlang.
how the heck did the Vikings get all the way to the Indian Ocean?
History has never been my strong point, and this is really where I need to flesh out the information of Koana. The idea for German and Swedish town names came from the Thirty Years War. With many people fleeing Europe, they sought solace in the Koana Islands and started many small communities, now towns and villages, to avoid conflict in the bigger cities.
Your site says it's Oceanian country in the Indian ocean. Oceania is situated in the Pacific ocean.
I was aware of that. But the nation is just of the coast of Western Australia, and it's too far south to really be considered part of Asia, so I just lumped it in with Oceania purely because had this nation/landmass actually existed I think Oceania is probably the best choice.
The section about the useful phrases in the language is just painful to read with only the "helpful" pronounciation guides. Also, more information about the language would be good, for example, is it descended from old norse, is it a creole of old norse based language and english, or something else?
I know, it really is dreadful. I just threw it together to flesh out the home page. I intend on hanging around here for a while and really diving into the language a bit more. With the help of you guys :-)