The nation of Arratika takes its name from the glaciation of the area. To a geologist, an erratic is a large boulder that rides on a glacier and then, as the glacier retreats, is dropped far from its source. Arratica was once covered with them, to the extent that it was, in some places, difficult to farm. Even the Tehachapi had to shape their roads around some of the larger (now gone) boulders. Over time however, most of these erractics were broken down by hand to use for building. Being of a different stone than the local geology, they often provided a structures perfect stylistic grace note. Today few remain, but their beauty and drama remain undimished.