There have been some comments regarding the size of Initium Novum after the earthquakes. When I started to research the size of the island after the aliens caused the earthquake I wanted it to be large enough to support a small group of people for many years. When I looked at the size of the states in the continental USA I saw many states were to big to be caused from a planned earthquake. seeing West Virginia was the 41st largest state and Maryland was 42nd. I picked a round number between these two states, and this was the method used. I do not know if this is logical but after all this is fiction.