Bare Hälfričes (gn)
|— District of Gerenia —|
|• Total||625 km2 (241 sq mi)|
|• Density||13.24/km2 (34.3/sq mi)|
Origins and etymology
Helfrich Island has existed since Series One.
The island received several names, depending on the nations that successively owned it. The Gerenian People began calling the island Garlan, which in Gerenian mythology is the name of the aspect of the Nature Forces related to the «unreachable». The current denomination results from a settlement of the same name in the southern shore founded by Gerenians who had left mainland Apollonia, but never claimed the island for their nation. The natives, by their part, call the island Leeria or Leerina.
Helfrich Island is located in the Northern Sea. It is separated on the south from the mainland Maremedres by the Valera Strait, and on the west from the rest of Apollonia by the Ornada Strait. The island is 25 km long and 10-21 km wide. Its coastline is 72 km, and it is rocky and dangerous, especially in the north and the east.
Most of the island is a lowland area, not exceeding 120 metres in elevation, while there is a central highland forming a plateau that rises to just over 350 m.
The climate of Helfrich Island is maritime sub-boreal, tempered by the maritime influence of the Northern Sea which reduces the temperature differences. The average annual temperature is 3ºC. Snow precipitation is abundant, usually accumulating over 300 centimetres in the central parts.
The first settlers came from Treesia, which colonized the island and ruled it for many years. After the collapse of Treesia, Helfrich Island became part of Slobovia, and later Novaya Zemlya and their respective successor states. Helfrich Island also belonged to the United Empire and Amoria.
Since the foundation of Gerenia, during several times of its history, there have been many citizens who left the country to inhabit Helfrich Island. However, the Gerenian government never claimed sovereignty over it. Finally, in early 2013, Gerenia declared their intention to annex Helfrich Island, and organized a military expedition.