Great Derwent

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Great Derwent
—  County of Sorrenia  —

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Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Pennines, Greater Consett
Motto: Unbridled beauty
Country Sorrenia
County Capital Lanchester
Area
 - Total 1,200 km2 (463.3 sq mi)
Website Map of Sorrenia

Great Derwent is a county located in the Durham Area in the Kingdom of Sorrenia.

History

Derwent Reservoir is one of the largest of its kind in England

Before Sorrenia

Small settlements and market villages have long been interspersed within the region. Upon the increase in sheep rearing during the reign of the Tudors, the Pennine region largely became deforested in favour of wild moorland.

Now, the moorland is a tourist attraction due to its unique ecosystem - many birds migrate into and out of the area, as well as a wide array of other wildlife such as farmed sheep, foxes and adders.

By 1960, construction of Derwent Reservoir had begun and was completed in 1967.

Sorrenian Federation

Blanchland is one of Great Derwent's oldest settlements, and is known for its tranquillity and sights

Claims on the area first began upon a Sorrenian military expedition to Muggleswick; this was followed by a series of several hikes throughout the region. Because of its strategic importance as a training area, it was ultimately claimed during the Federation.

Kingdom of Sorrenia

Great Derwent remains important to both the Royal Army and the agrarian element of Sorrenia's identity; military operations are routinely carried out in the moors.

Politics

Derwentside has historically been more conservative than the rest of the north-east. The vast majority of the county votes for the monarchist parties, with some degree of support for The Republicans in Consett. In June 2018 The Republicans had their worst result in the Eastern Pennines constituency, winning just 5% of the vote despite being a leading party.

Party Vote Percentage Seats +/–
Lanchester (June 2018)
New Monarchists 42% 1 0%
The Republicans 38% 0 5%
NDLP 20% 0 5%
Eastern Pennines (June 2018)
New Monarchists 52% 1 52%
Old Monarchists 43% 0 5%
The Republicans 5% 0 5%

Geography

Great Derwent is one of Sorrenia's sparsest counties in terms of population. The only large settlement (Consett) is located to the east of the county, as is its capital, Lanchester.

Most of the county consists of the Pennines, a mountain range that runs throughout all of Sorrenia. Within the Pennines, one can find some of the best examples of moorland in the world, as well as several reservoirs and natural lakes.

Several small market towns dating back to the medieval era still exist. Blanchland and Stanhope are two such examples, known for their quaint beauty and natural geography.

The A68 runs alongside the Pennines, effectively acting as a border between the more populated part of Great Derwent to the east, and the Pennines region to the west.

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Economy

Great Derwent's economy is rather unique given its similarly unique geography. Significant number of tourists visit the area throughout the year for hiking. During certain periods, local land-owners use the area for grouse hunting.

Derwent Reservoir, owned and managed by Northumbrian Water is the principal water source for the entire Tyne and Wear metropolitan area.

The various small villages throughout Great Derwent also attract many tourists, both from within Sorrenia and beyond.

The economy of Consett, a town of 25,000 initially boomed due to local iron ore, limestone and coal mining which allowed for the local production of iron and steel. Now, many residents commute to Durham and Newcastle. Several regeneration programs have led to population growth in Consett and the nearby area, although a significant proportion of inhabitants still commute to other settlements.

Sights

A glacial valley found in the Pennines region

 • Muggleswick - a hamlet commonly used by the Sorrenian military
 • Blanchland - a quaint market village in the centre, commonly visited by tourists and hikers
 • Edmundbyers - located on a large hill, the village is slightly larger than Blanchland and continues to have farm animals wandering through the streets
 • North Pennines - the local geography allows for beautiful hikes, with moorland, forests, lakes and reservoirs, and quaint villages awaiting the visitor
 • Derwent Reservoir - one of England's largest inland waters, the reservoir distributes water to much of the North-east