medieval game takes place in Northern Germany it would prove useful to have a
sense of the geography known as the North German Plain. This is bounded by the
coasts of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea to the north and Germany's Central
Uplands (die Mittelgebirge) to the south. Poland and the Netherlands bound it
to east and west.
points are low moorlands and old marshland on the edge of the ridge of dry land
in the west of Schleswig-Holstein (the Wilster Marsh is 3.5 metres below sea
level) and in the north west of Lower Saxony (Freepsum, 2.3 metres below sea
points– e.g. on the Fläming Heath (200 metres above sea level) and the Helpt
Hills (179 metres).
formerly widespread but much of this terrain has now been drained or otherwise
areas consist of Holocene lake and river marshes and lagoons, wind-borne sand
often formed dunes, which were later fixed by vegetation.
intervention caused the emergence of open heath such as the Lüneburg Heath.
fertile soils are the young marshes (Auen-Vegen) and the Börde areas
(Hildesheim Börde, Magdeburg Börde, with their fertile, loess soils).
eastern part of the plain contains a multitude of lakes (e.g. the Mueritz lake
in the Mecklenburg Lake Plateau).
Ems, Weser, Elbe and Havel are the most important rivers which drain the North
German Lowlands into the North Sea and created woods in their flood plains and
folds, e.g. the Spreewald ("Spree Forest").
Sea coast and the adjacent coastal areas of the facing East and North Frisian
Islands are characterised by a maritime climate.
microclimates occur in bogs and heathlands and, for example, in the Altes Land
near Hamburg, which is characterised by relatively mild temperatures year round
due to the proximity of the North Sea and lower Elbe river, providing excellent
conditions for fruit production.
vegetation complexes of moors, riparian forests, fens and water bodies
originally stretched along the rivers Ems, Weser, Elbe, Havel and Spree.
salt marshes, tideflats and tidal reed beds in the estuaries existed
permanently in the tidal zone of the North Sea coast.
vegetation of the North German Plain is thought to have been forest formed
mainly by the dominant species European Beech (Fagetalia).
application to the campaign
of participating entities would have arable as their home terrain with littoral
for the Scandinavian lands and forest for Poland, Lithuania and Russia.
A number of
North German locations listing arable as home terrain could add littoral. these
would most likely be members of the Hanseatic League.
Of the items
listed for arable difficult hills should be wooded as would gentle hills.
roadways may be elevated so as to serve as sea-walls or causeways.
does not play a role in DBA, however campaigning in the winter season was a
strategy favoured by the Teutonic Order. Definitely something to consider.
North German plain
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