At one time Citrus Island, in contrast to the rest of the Northern Isles, had reasonably fertile soil, as a result of the volcanic eruptions that formed the island. This, coupled with its generally warm climate, led to it being covered with lemon and lime groves, the citrus trees that led to its name. This industry brought it relative wealth, from imports to the Ostentian mainland. However, that was long ago, and the changing currents worsened the climate, until the quality of the fruit was no longer good enough to compete with the superior products of other, more tropical countries. The inhabitants of the island were forced to change to other trades, primarily fishing, but the name remained, an ever-present reminder of their lost fortunes. This caused the inhabitants to adopt a generally resentful attitude to most things, leading them to be one of the main advocates of secession from the Union.