Seven Seas of Rhye
The Seven Seas of Rhye is a major body of water in the Colony of Calsahara. It forms the western border of Calsahara and the United States and is almost entirely within the Principality of Rhye.
The Seven Seas of Rhye is comprised of a series of shallow pools of heavily alkaline water. The actual number of pools or "seas" varies from season to season— the designation "seven" is arbitrary.
The Seas are subject to seasonal flooding, and during the early spring or late fall they are transformed from individual shallow pools into a river that flows into the Soda Lake of San Luis Obispo County.
Due to the heavily alkaline nature of the water in the Seven Seas of Rhye, the only life found there are brine shrimp or fairy shrimp. These are most prevalent during the early spring when the Seas are full of fresh rain water and the shrimp eggs from the previous season suddenly spring to life. This type of brine shrimp is popularly known as "Sea Monkeys."
At certain times of the year, the Seas become a popular feeding ground for migratory birds looking to enjoy the massive numbers of brine shrimp.
The name of the Seven Seas of Rhye was chosen by Grand Duke Travis in honor of the song "Seven Seas of Rhye" by the British rock band Queen. It was written by Freddie Mercury, a personal hero of the Grand Duke.
Warden of the Marshes
The position of Warden of the Marshes is not a part of the peerage of Calsahara, but is a ceremonial position reflecting the responsibility of the leader of Calsahara to manage and protect this important waterway.
The office was created in 2017 by Grand Duke Travis in his capacity as Overlord of Calsahara and designated as an honorific for the Head of Government. He held the title from 2017 until 2023 when the function of the office was modified. At this time, Warden of the Marshes became an office in the Royal Household of Grand Duke Travis reserved for the ceremonial head of Westarctica's military forces. It was bestowed upon the Duke of Waesche on 28 April 2023.