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Arterus is a continent in the northern hemisphere. It consists of two large, populated landmasses split by the Gravic Sea. It is bordered to the south by the Axackal Sea, to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Ingenic Ocean, and to the east by the Oryontic Ocean.

Arterus is the birthplace of the Romance and Germanic civilizations. It is the ancient homeland of the Antarterans, whose influence is strongest in southern Arterus. Arterus flourished between the 17th and 20th centuries, in a period of peaceful and rapid civil development called the Arteran Enlightenment. Arteran states tend to have limited suffrage, efficient civil services, low levels of corruption, and independent and predictable judiciaries.

The Arteran states were some of the first to industrialize. During the Arteran Enlightenment they outpaced development in the Wallasean states, which faced the Suffering of Trogg, and Crataean states, which faced the Ulannic Invasions. Northwestern Arterus is somewhat more isolated, and less developed than the south and east.