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Lake Sigismund

Lake Sigismund
Sigismundmeer (Hesurian)
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LocationCuthland-Waldrich, Lilienburg, Mascylla, Temaria
TypeGlacial lake
Primary inflowsLanne River, Wehle River, Adel River
Primary outflowsBlaugold River,
Catchment area128,000 km2 (49,300 sq mi)
Basin countriesCuthland-Waldrich, Lilienburg, Mascylla, Temaria
Max. length408 km (253.5 mi)
Max. width118 km (73.3 mi)
Surface area32,324 km2 (12,480 sq mi)
Average depth112 m (367 ft)
Max. depth567 m (1,860 ft)
Water volumeX km3 (X cu mi)
Residence time8.1 years
Shore length11,600 km (994 mi)
Surface elevation260 m (853 ft)
FrozenOccasionally in winter
Islands9
SettlementsBuchenau, Brunswald, Innkirch, Konreid, Lannbrück, Tinz am Sigmund
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Sigismund (Hesurian: Sigismundmeer) is a lake located in the centre of the Telmerian peninsula, south-west of the Weißenhaupt mountains and north of the Central Temarian Basin, shared between Temaria and Cuthland-Waldrich to the west, Lilienburg to the south-west, and Mascylla to the east. With a size of 32,324 km2 (12,480 sq mi), it is mainland Berea's largest inland body of water, the largest lake in Telmeria and the world's biggest freshwater lake. As an anomaly, the lake has two equal primary outflows to the north as the Blaugold River and Mogd River, however the latter one is caused by the X Canal connecting both waterways. It has also one of the largest catchment areas for a lake worldwide, the single largest in Telmeria, and its shores are globally the most populated with around 17 million inhabitants.

Its creation can be attributed to the last major ice age, as glaciers carved out the basin to form the depression that would later be filled by the melt water of the ice cap as it melted away around 11,500 years ago. The sea bed in the northern part reaches as low as 567 m (1,860 ft) below sea level, which makes it the third lowest natural depression in the world.

Its shorelines are governed by the Mascyllary states of Elpsland, Sigismund, Holnia and Gotia, the Lilienburger districts of Lilienwald-Sigismundsee, X, the Cuthish provinces of Alderportshire, Linghopeshire and Middlepoolshire, and the Temarian cantons of Haaptstadtkonton-Tinz and Südgassern. Lake Sigismund is generally regarded as one of the major locations of Telmerian culture, history, religion, and economic development. The lake is tied to an extensive waterway system and thus is the largest transportation hub in Telmeria, and a key economic region for all neighbouring states. Striving for hegemony over the lake has led to multiple conflicts and wars, the most notable of which include the Second Cutho-Mascyllary War and Great War. Maritime borders in the lake have been subject to diplomatic debate and the exploitation of resources an ongoing political, economic, and ecological issue. Template:Aurorum