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Post Finem: The Two Californias
It is the year 3000 AD and there rests two Californias where a thousand years ago there was one. In the north rules the President of the Republic of California whilst in the south rules the President of Socal.

This is the beginning of my Post Finem project. There is more to come.

Note, The Atlantis Project will be starting up again next week so keep your eyes open for that.
TAP: Meters
The meters are soft-feathered, brown, flightless birds with long necks and legs of the family, Meteridae in the superfamily Peripatitisoidea

The largest meters can reach up to 2 metres in height. Meters can travel great distances and when necessary can sprint at almost 30 mph; they forage for a variety of plants and insects but have been known to go for weeks without eating. They drink infrequently, but take in copious amounts of water when the opportunity arises. The largest meter is the Martial Meter (Meteridae marssus) which are about 2 m tall and weigh up to 300 kg. The smallest species is the great Runner Meter (Meteridae imperijius) which stands at 1.1 m and weighs 33 kg. The larger meter inhabits the southern tropics of mainland Atlantis where they reach up for high up plants whilst the Road Meter inhabits the Atlantean deserts where their small size and speed allow them to speedily travel across the harsh terrain in search of cacti.

The meter's adaptation to a terrestrial life is extensive. The vestigial wings are small and invisible when not stretched as they blend with the bristly, hair-like, two-branched feathers of the meter's body. The meters, unlike most adult birds, have marrow as they have no need to be lightweight due to flight. With no constraints on weight due to flight requirements, meters also carry and lay a single egg that may weigh as much as 2 kg. They have no uropygial gland whilst their bill is long and sensitive to touch. Their eyes also have a reduced pecten and their feathers lack barbules and aftershafts with large vibrissae around the gape.

There are five historical species of meters with only one driven to extinction through human activity:

Martial Meter: Meteridae marssus
Runner Meter: Meteridae imperijius
Katom Meter: Meteridae katomius
Hegazti: Meteridae vasconum

I will like to credit Seal for the art. You can check his own speculative project at…. Take it from me, it is a very interesting project.

TL-1: The Last Empire - 1946 CE
An ASB got bored with Italy's incompetence during World War 2 and thus intervened in the 20s making sure that Mussolini appointed the right people at the right time in the right place allowing the creation of an army as effective as that of the United Kingdom and France.

With these changes, the Italians could establish a puppet regime in Spain following the Civil War. Following their entrance into the Second World War, Italy seized Greece within a week and by 1943, had ended their expansion within the British colonies and seeing no need to side with the antagonistic Germans, left the Axis and instead formed an alliance with the Anglo-Americans and in return they were granted French Equatorial Africa in return. By 1946, the Germans were defeated with the Italians dominating the Balkans and Central Europe whilst the Soviets under the leadership of a former nobody, Meledin Arkadiy Rostislavovich, marched west following their defeat at Stalingrad which led to a great purge by Stalin which led to his own assassination. In the ensuing succession crisis, a Russian soldier from Kazakhstan rose to become the most powerful person in the USSR. The USSR is trapped and are looking for a path of escape. Troops are building up in the Poland SSR and the puppet state of Zapadoslavia. 
TAP: Rexaves

The rexaves are large carnivorous flightless birds of the family, Rexavidae in the superfamily Peripatitisoidea. Their closest relative is the striglisma.

The rexaves are large sized birds with powerful legs, long necks and the inability to fly. Heights in species range from 1-3 m. The legs are long and strong and unfeathered from the lower femur. Though they cannot fly, reaxaves have noticeable wings with bright coloration during the mating season. The feet of rexave are  powerful with three thick toes sticking out. The bill isn't long but is robust in structure with most species having a rough bill rather than a smooth one. The bill is yellow in colour whilst the rest of the unfeathered body is a pale pink. The wings are broad though not very long. The feathers of the rexaves is usually dull in colour in order to blend into the environment, however, during mating season, the males' wing and crest feathers would flare a bright red signalling how healthy they are to female counterparts.

The rexaves are carnivorous. They are mostly associated with the plains though there are species which inhabit the forests, mountains, desert and even jungle. Their diet includes a wide variety of animals, including large mammals, large lizards and on occasion, smaller prey be it amphibians, reptiles or mammals. Rexaves are also known to consume carrion and occasionally, human meat. The rexave is a generalist hypercarnivore and usually hunts in groups. Its prey consists mainly of mammals. Because of its wide prey spectrum, the rexave is considered to be an apex and they are even debated to be a keystone predator. They usually avoid the megafauna of their habitats as well as small prey. Domestic livestock and even other predators are also attacked and consumed.

There are five species of rexaves with all inhabiting different biomes of Atlantis.

Atlantean Rexave: Rexavidae rexavius
Insular Rexave: Rexavidae occidentalius
Elasippian Rexave: Rexavidae unitius
Humpbacked Rexave: Rexavidae praedatorius
Mountain Rexave: Rexavidae leukosius

TAP: Vestomagos
The vestomagos are aquatic, flightless birds of the family, Megakhalidae in the superfamily Clamoroidea. Their closest relative is the clamor. They live exclusively in the northern hemisphere. Highly adapted for life in the water, vestomagos have countershaded dark and white plumage, and their wings have evolved into flippers. Most vestomago feed on krill, fish, squid and other forms of sea life which they catch while swimming underwater. They spend roughly half of their lives on land and the other half in the sea.

The largest vestomago is the American vestomago (Megakhalidae yiothetius) which are about 1.3 m tall and weigh 39 kg. The smaller species is the great vestomago (Megakhalidae thavmasius) which stands at 1.1 m and weighs 33 kg. The larger vestomago inhabits the the eastern Americas whilst the smaller inhabits the archipelagos off the coast of Atlantis and the British Isles.

Vestomagos are superbly adapted to aquatic life. Their vestigial wings have become flippers, useless for flight in the air. In the water, however, penguins are astonishingly agile. Vestomagos' swimming looks very similar to bird's flight in the air. Within the smooth plumage a layer of air is preserved, ensuring buoyancy. On land, vestomagos are capable walkers. All vestomagos are countershaded for camouflage - that is, they have navy blue blacks and wings with white fronts. A predator looking up from below has difficulty distinguishing between a white vestomago belly and the reflective water surface. The dark plumage on their backs camouflages them from above. Diving vestomagos reach 8 mph, though there are reports of velocities of 20 mph which are in the case of startled flight. They can also catch their prey near the surface in dives that normally last only one or two minutes. Dives have been recording reaching a depth of 600 m for up to 30 minutes. Unlike the penguins of the southern hemisphere, vestomagos do not waddle or slide. Instead they are capable of simply walking.

Vestomagos have an average sense of hearing for birds; this is used by parents and chicks to locate one another in crowded colonies. Their eyes are adapted for underwater vision, and are their primary means of locating prey and avoiding predators; in air it has been suggested that they are nearsighted. Vestomagos have a maximum feather density of about seven feathers per square centimeter. They have also been identified as having three different types of feather: in addition to the traditional feather, they have afterfeathers and plumules. The afterfeathers are downy plumes that attach directly to the main feathers and were once believed to account for the bird's ability to conserve heat when under water; the plumules are small down feathers that attach directly to the skin, and are much more dense in vestomagos than other birds. Vestomagos do not preen and have no filoplumes.

There are only two surviving species of vestomagos with most hunting to extinction by humans.

American vestomago: Megakhalidae yiothetius
Great vestomago: Megakhalidae thavmasius

I will like to credit Seal for the art. You can check his own speculative project at…. Take it from me, it is a very interesting project.



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dsfisher Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the Watch!
AmineGherensi Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2018
Np, your work's great!