The Confederacy of Allied Republics: Kuanas

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Today we continue our series on the Confederacy of Allied Republics with the far Western Republic of Kuanas.

Republic Name: Kaunas

Capital City: Skuodas

Cities of Note: Venta, Salantai

Major Commerce: Produce (Spices and Herbs), Banking

Minor Commerce: Fishing, Tourism

 

Description: Far to the North West lies Kuanas, home to The Golden Temple, the headquarters of the faith of the Holy One.  The Golden Temple was designed by Nisse Architects, built by Dur Masons, and maintained by Blackthorn Empire for thousands of years.  It is not uncommon for those of the faith to visit the Temple in the Kuanas capital of Skuodas on pilgrimage.  

The Kuanas harbor is home the the most pristine waters in all the north, and the wealthy and powerful within the Republics are known to vacation here.  The city of Venta in the center of the Kuanas Republic is also home to the Rose Bank, the head branch to the most powerful and influentian financial institution in the Republic.  

The common folk of Kuanas are typically employed as servants within the resorts, fishermen or in the spice fields of Venta, growing black pepper, basil and dill. Renowned botanist, Mika Olsow, operates the largest research greenhouse in all of Sha’Uru on the border of Kuanas and the Western Barlethan Wildlands.  They are a graduate of the Rose Citadel in Occitane and have published several papers on the efficacy of plants.

Occitane Republic

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Today we will take a look at the home of the Occitane Gazzette!

Republic Name: Occitane
Capital City: Herault
Cities of Note: Montpellier, Bordeaux
Major Commerce: Distillery (Wine, Spirits, and Alchemical Components), Publishing
Minor Commerce: Fishing, Mills (Wheat and Paper)


Description: If Chester is the Jewel of the Confederacy of Allied Republics, Occitanie is the jeweler that gives that gem form. Where as Chester is the leader in Science and Technology, Occitane is the leader of Arts and Philosophy. It began with the invention of the printing press by a commoner, Jacques Germain during the height of Silverthorn Empire in the year 1440. Jacques changed the written word from his small shop in what is now downtown Herault, and since then Occitane has been the center of art and learning for the written word. The greatest journalists and poets of human history hail from Montpellier and Herault. Occitane is also the home to many liberal arts colleges and universities, the greatest of which is the Rose Citadel in Bordeaux. Occitane would likely be the strongest and most powerful Republic if not for it’s long standing uneasy relations with Blackwater. Occitane, along with the republic of Kuanas are separated from the rest of the Republics by wild land and the Blackwater Sea. The Republic of Blackwater has taken advantage of this by levying heavy taxes and tolls on goods coming from and going to the west. Occitane, in turn, has done its part to smear Blackwater in print, though sometimes unfairly. Since the unification of the Empire into the Republics it has often been these two Republics that find themselves butting heads in Parliament. Though the wine in Occitane is not as delectable as that of Segobriga, Occitane whiskey and brandy is second to none.

Segobriga

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Today we continue to provide more lore content for the Confederacy of Allied Republics. So let’s talk Segobriga:

Republic Name: Segobriga
Capital City:Leon
Cities of Note:Malaga, Bilbao
Major Commerce: Produce, Distillery (Wine, Oil, and Alchemical Components)
Minor Commerce: Oil, Textile


Description: The people of the Republic of Segobriga are renowned for their love of wine, dance and sport. Segobrigans are as likely to join into a melee as they are to break into song. This free-wheeling attitude could be attributed to being one of the few Republics that can flout the stranglehold that the Republic Blackwater has on the western strait, as they have easy access to the northern ocean and the Blackwater sea. Fruits from Segobrigan orchards are shipped all over the known world, with Segobrigan Oranges and Olives regarded as the best in the world.

Life for the Segobrigan peasantry is hard, as most commoners spend their days laboring for the Dons, Segobrigan landlords and nobles who profit from the labor of their servants. The DePaloma family, owners of the largest number of Olive orchards in Segobriga, is also the most politically connected. The patriarch of the family, Don Alberto-Jose DePaloma represents Segobriga in the Republic Parliament and is widely regarded as a devout follower of the Herald of the Sun. His son, Don Adrian-Carlos DePaloma is governor of Segobriga and has a reputation as a hedonist. The ancient practice of honor duels is still legal in Segobriga, and it is not uncommon for Segobrigans to challenge others to a fist fight or a sword fight to protect their honor against any perceived slight.

Askersund

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Today we continue with our 13 part series into the Republics of the Human lands.

Republic Name: Askersund
Capital City: Rogaland
Cities of Note: Telemark, Alesund
Major Commerce: Oil, Fishing
Minor Commerce: Textiles, Mining (Minerals)

Description: To the far north of continent of Lerna is Askersund. The rough mountains and cold climate have bread a hearty and hard drinking people in this republic. They do a brisk trade in fishing, especially in whaling, as the blubber of whales has a great many uses. The mountains of Askersund are home to a great many creature, and some of the finest furs in the Sha’uru come out of the tanneries of Alesund. The northern most port city of Rogaland also serves as the capital to this republic. Askersund is Governed by Lord Igor-Nikolay Kuznetsov, though rumor has it that his husband, Lord Matvei-Konstantine Kuznetsov, may be the true ruler of Askersund. Matvei-Konstantine owns the largest fish cannery interest in all of Sha’uru and controls a good deal of the ports from Rogaland in the north west to Telemark in the north east. Kuznetstov canned tuna and salmon is traded as far south as the Vand Nisse lands in the southern continent of Calydon. Crude Oil is the second largest export of Askersund, and it is the main trade of the city of Telemark.

Greisslund

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Today we are going to take yet another look at one of the 13 Republics, Greisslund (pronounced Gro-ice-luund).
Republic Name: Greisslund
Capital City: Ingolstadt
Cities of Note: Aschaffenburg, Rorsenheim
Major Commerce: Metal Refinery, Manufacturing
Minor Commerce: Chemicals, Artifice

Description: Greisslund is located to the west of Chester on the eastern side of the Blackwater sea. It is located on the north shore of the Parma strait and is separated from Chester by a large swath of wild lands. Greisslund has a varied landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and Sorth Sea beaches. It has deep history and is the second oldest of the republics. Ingolstadt, its capital, is home to art and nightlife scenes. Aschaffenburg, it’s second largest city on the north end of the Republic, is home to renowned physicist Dr. Eddard-Ludwig Von Isenbart and the Republic Institute of Physical Sciences. The mountains of Greisslund are very rich in ore and the republic is known for its high quality metal products. The people of Greisslund are known for being very organized and disciplined, which is reflected by how highly bureaucratic the republic is as a whole. Merchants transporting goods into Greisslund often find it more cost effective to bribe local officials rather than to spend the time filling out the various forms and carrying the appropriate permits to do business.

Blackwater Republic

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Today we are going to take another quick look at one of the 13 Republics, Blackwater.

Republic Name: Blackwater
Capital City: Newcastle-upon-Blackwater
Cities of Note: Gateshead, Salford
Major Commerce: Shipping
Minor Commerce: Chemicals, Fishing

Description: Blackwater is the only Republic that spans the two continents of Lerna and Calydon. The capital city of Newcastle-upon-Blackwater is built on both ends of the Blackwater strait, that connects the Blackwater Sea to the Western Ocean. The Greystone Bridge is one of the greatest achievements of ancient Imperial engineering, and it is what has allowed Blackwater to grow rich on tolls both overland and via the sea. All mercantile sea traffic from the west must pass through the Blackwater Sea in order to reach the Eastern Ocean. Goods traveling to and from the Elven and Dwarven settlements via land from the western Republics must also pass through the Greystone Bridge. As the Republic occupies the land directly east and west of the strait for several hundred miles they have grown rich on the tolls and levies, as well as offering their shipping and ferry services. This has garnered humans from Blackwater a tarnished reputation among the Vand Nisse and Vuono Dur, as well as other humans from Occitaine, Kuanas and the western Barlethans.

Chester

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Today we feature some information on the Human Republic of Chester, which is also contains the capital seat of the republic. Enjoy!!!

Republic Name: Chester
Capital City: Brighton (Republic Captial)
Cities of Note: Rochester, Hove
Major Commerce: Manufacturing, Chemicals
Minor Commerce: Alchemy, Artifice

Description: Chester is the Jewel of the former Empire. Though not the largest of the Republics, it is the most influential and the most developed in terms of technology. It boasts several major cities, including the seat of the Republic, Brighton. All of these cities are connected via railway, though some minor airship traffic has developed in recent times. Brighton and Hove are the major port cities, with Brighton located on the far west of Chester and Hove at the far east. But being so densely populated also comes with certain drawbacks. Brighton itself has several slum neighborhoods, where the common folk toil in manual labor to survive. Whether that is done at factory jobs, in shipyards or the refineries, the wealthy routinely exploit the poor in their businesses. Many turn to crime to make ends meet, and some of the largest criminal syndicates were spawned from Brighton street gangs. Cities in Chester boast a large number of chemical refineries that are essential in mechanical and medicinal manufacturing, which means that they also have a higher incidence of pollution. The Agrinion River (which runs from Chester’s northern neighbor, through the City of Rochester, and down to Brighton along Chester’s western border) is often referred to by the common folk of both Rochester and Brighton as the Grand Latrine, because of the pollution it picks up along the way.