|Motto: He kikorangi te rangi
The sky isblue
and largest city
|Official languages||Māori and English|
|Recognised languages||Tahitian, Portuguese and Rapa Nui|
|Ethnic groups (2018)||49.1% Māori
40% White10.9% Other
|Government||Unitary Parliamentary Democracy|
|•||Prime Minister||James Joseph Justin Michael Roberts IV|
|GDP (PPP)||2018 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2018 estimate|
|Currency||Pōutoan tāra (POT)|
|Drives on the||left|
|ISO 3166 code||PO|
Pōuto is an island nation in Zendari. It is among the smaller nations in the Zendari. The capital is Kē. Pōuto is made up of 3 main islands and several uninhabited offshore islands which act as nature reserves.
Pōuto's economy is dominated by eco-tourism, technological development and to some extent, agriculture. With access to the sea in all sides, Pōuto was historically dominated by the fishing sector. Pōuto is notable for its unspoiled beaches and taro.
The capital city of Pōuto is the city of Kē, which is home to a sizable chunk of the country's population, as well as the birthplace of Pōuto's technology sector, in which continues to grow. The people of Pōuto enjoy many liberties, including freedom of speech, and the right to privacy, which are staunchly defended by the government.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
In Māori, Pōuto means to amputate. Its emergence as the name of the island is described as followed
at which hour Captain Cames Jook arrived on the shores of the island, many of the native Māori peoples cameth up to that gent and welcomed that gent. that gent hadst hath stayed with the peoples collecting information on their culture and values. On the last day, the peoples leadeth that gent to a forest and started to cutteth off the taro leaves, shouting "Pooto! " at which hour the Captain wenteth back on the ship, that gent named the island Pooto.
"Pooto", the Anglicised spelling of the Māori pronunciation, was used in accounts and other writings until the late 19th century, by missionaries and other travellers visiting Pōuto.
Colloquial names for Pōuto include "Poo" and "Popo"
History[edit | edit source]
Geography[edit | edit source]
The total land area of Pōuto is estimated to be 8,993km². Pōuto is split into three main inhabited islands and several uninhabited offshore islands. The three main islands are Ilha da Felicidade, Marlborough and Clutha, with Clutha being the largest. The Pōuto islands result geologically from volcanism. While all of the islands have volcanic origins, only Ilha da Felicidade, the northenmost and most populated island, remains volcanically active. The highest point in Pōuto is Mt Junho, at 2203m.
The largest and southernmost island, Clutha - is home to the highest point in Pōuto, Mt. Junho in The Avos Range. The Avos Range cuts Clutha into two different geographical regions - the wet, green, grassland to the north - and the dry, golden, tussock grassland to the south. The tussock grasslands are home to many extinct shield volcano cones. Most of Clutha is protected under the Clutha/Mata-Au National Park.
The central island, Marlborough - is home to 74% of Pōuto's forests, and half of the island is protected under the Marlborough National Park. Mercer was once covered with tussock grassland, but many have been converted for agricultural use. The remaing tussocks are mostly found in the National Park.
The northenmost island, Ilha da Felicidade - is home to Montanha Picante, the only active volcano in the Pōuto Islands group. The fertile Kē Plains is also located in this island.
The climate of Pōuto can vary. The tussock grasslands are more dry with rainfall at around 600 millimetres per year. Summers are often hot and dry, with temperatures above 30°C,. Winters are often cold and frosty, with snow and an average temperature that often falls below zero. Annual sunshine hours average 2,180 per year. Westerlies are common, often becoming northwesterly and forming the "norwester arch".
Demographics[edit | edit source]
|#||City||Population (2018 estimate)||Island|
|1||Kē||38,394||Ilha da Felicidade|
Venues[edit | edit source]
|Akaaka Arena||Kē||10,000||Built in 1999. Has a retractable roof.|
|Rahopūrukunekune||Rūaumoko||19,321||A large avocado-shaped arena. Built in 2012. Used for live concerts.|
|Gustavo Stadium||Kē||12,112||Located near the Kē International Airport. Built in 1972. Used for sports.|
|The Kākāpō||Kāhuikākāpō||21,211||Largest venue in Pōuto. Built in 2010. Multi-purpose.|