Introduction

Yuriba is an island located near the Japanese archipelago, somewhere in the latitude of lower Honshu. It is not close enough to be seen as part of Japan proper, but the island was most likely created by the same volcanic activity along the edges of the North American, Philippine, Pacific, and Eurasian plates. Both the island, as well as the village are collectively referred to as "Yuriba".

The adjectival and demonymic forms for Yuriba is Yuriban.

The island possess no cities and is very loosely ruled by a small Town Council that handles disputes, land management, and immigration issues. Formal government structure is almost nonexistent, with the only real government building being the local school, Rinkei Gakuen

Geography

It is all but impossible to find Yuriba marked on any map, largely due to the presence of unusually powerful ley lines that pass through the vicinity of the island combined with it's location within the Devil's Triangle, an area of cartographic and navigational uncertainty much like the better known Bermuda Triangle. Due to the inability of cartographers to properly map it, Yuriba can only be placed between 200 and 400 kilometers off the southeast coast of Yokohama. While typically not seen as part of Japan proper, the island itself was most likely formed by the same volcanic activity that shaped the rest of the islands.

Terrain

Three mountains lie nor the northern half of the island; Akibimi-san in the west, Engetsu-san in the east, and Inishie-san in the far northeast. The last, Inishie-san, is a semi-active volcano, associated in the native religion with a perpetually angry deity.

At the base of these mountains, the land is heavily forested. Further out towards the edge of the island, between the beach and forests, is what is typically referred to as the "village" of Yuriba. It should also be noted that the island has an outlying islet, called Maboroshi, where Yuriba's largest public beach and boardwalk is situated.

Climate

Outside of the occasional effects of tarot cards and other ‘outside influences’, Yuriban weather is very similar to Japanese seasonal patterns; cold winters, hot summers, and large amounts of precipitation year round.

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