Flora & Fauna of Dynamo Island

Since Dynamo Island did not experience glaciation in either of the two most recent Ice Ages, the native flora escaped the eradication of many species that occurred in the Northern British Isles. Dynamo therefore has a flora as rich and varied as that of France. Since the beginning of the twentieth century the government of the country adopted a rigorous policy of environmental protection, very few of Dynamo’s native species – plant, animal, bird, fish or insect – have died out. General public awareness of the importance of the natural world – from a scientific, aesthetic and cultural point of view – means that the country’s wide range of species are popularly appreciated and protected. Each of the state’s eight provinces uses a native plant as its emblem:

each of these natural symbols is in turn associated with each province’s favorite sport – Riding, Soccer, Sailing, Rowing, Boxing, Rugby, Cycling and Cricket respectively. These emblems re combined into a circular motif to constitute the national badge or logo.

The Romans introduced many Mediterranean plants into Dynamo in the same way that they did to Britain, and there is a fine herbarium of native plants at the Botanic Gardens in Veloxeter. The state’s strict environmental laws mean however that unwanted exotics – spreading from ports and railway stations – that have in the later twentieth century blighted many sites in Europe, are systematically uprooted so that Buddleja, Canadian Golden Rod, Fuchsia, Russian Vine, Rhododendron and other plants are rarely to be seen outside private gardens. Although certain species of wild orchid and other rare plants are protected, in practice the native respect for all wild plants is in most cases protection enough. The prohibition of the use of artificial fertilizers and insecticides means that the cornfields of Campana and Pugilia are in the summer ablaze with poppies, corn-cockle and cornflower, while the meadows of Velox and Sparta are rich in wildflowers. Similarly, the high standard of purity of all the island’s waterways means that they are rich in native plant, animal and insect life. Chance invasions of exotic species of plant or waterweed are ruthlessly rooted out.

Birds, animals and insects are similarly protected as vital parts of the ecological cycle. The Purple Emperor butterfly is therefore a common sight in the beech woods of Arcadia while the Swallow-Tail butterfly is locally plentiful in the fenlands of Velox. The island’s many seasonal visitors and long coast in the mid-Atlantic mean that there are many seabirds, including Albatrosses and Terns. The wild animals of Dynamo are of similar species to those found in Western Europe, with wild boar still roaming some of the remoter forests, and bears in the high mountains. Dynamo Island’s position in the rich Atlantic fisheries means that plentiful supplies of most species are available, though once again stocks are protected by a rigorous government quota policy. Shell-fish are particularly plentiful along the island’s rocky western coast. The cleanliness of the rivers and island waterways means that angling is a sport that is enjoyed profitably in most parts of the country. Shooting and hunting are also widespread but carefully controlled sports.