Spira (スピラ, Supira?) is the world of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. Resembling a large island, Spira is composed of a mainland continent with several smaller islands to the east, west and south. Spira's climate is diverse with the tropical seaside islands of Besaid and Kilika, the temperate locales in the Mi'ihen Highroad and Mushroom Rock regions, the polar extremes of Lake Macalania and Mt. Gagazet, the deep, mystical forests of Macalania Woods and the arid deserts of Bikanel.
Spirans operate in weaving, working in shops, bars and travel agencies, playing blitzball, raising chocobos, sailing boats, managing shoopufs, working in archaeological digs, working as mercenaries/sphere hunters, and performing in entertainment troupes. One assumes some Spirans fish and grow produce to supply their fellow Spirans with consumable goods. Another form of occupation is in voluntary works, such as the summoner/guardian pilgrimages, and various religious temple work.
The church of Yevon dominates Spiran life, spreading its teachings and acting as a benevolent protector of a much diminished world — a world where no more than forty million people live and technological and social progress has stalled for 1000 years. Yet, beneath the surface, unity of the Spiran mainland, distrust and old anger still boils leading one to wonder if the various warring factions wouldn't blow each other to smithereens without Sin's pacifying presence. Only blitzball truly unites the world around a common passion, and annual tournaments are held in Luca, left untouched by Sin's wrath mostly due to the Crusaders' efforts.
Two years later, the moral teachings of Yevon have been revitalized in the form of the New Yevon party under Praetor Baralai. Although technically a splinter group of Yevon, the New Yevon party is not a religion, but a way of life, their motto and position on Spira's advancement being "one thing at a time". A rival faction has emerged, the Youth League led by Meyvn Nooj, and their rivalry harbors conflict in Spira until they are unified after the Vegnagun crisis. (more...)
Screenshot of Cloud snowboarding from Final Fantasy VII. The player must snowboard at Icicle Inn to reach the Great Glacier, but on Disc 2 when the Gold Saucer reopens, the snowboarding minigame can be replayed at the Wonder Square. In addition to prizes for the player's performance on three courses, they can unlock a Time Attack mode, where Cloud will race against his best time, represented by a ghostly Moogle or Cactuar, depending on the time to be beaten.
The minigame was made into a spin-off for mobile phones, Final Fantasy VII: Snowboarding, in 2005.