Sentient Creatures, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today we continue our republic spotlight series with the biggest, little republic in the Confederation of Allied Republics. Today we talk about Remsford.
Republic Name: Remsford
Capital City: Cardiff
Cities of Note: Newport, Bangor
Major Commerce: Manufacturing, Mining
Minor Commerce: Shipping, Fishing.
Description: The republic of Remsford is the smallest in the Confederacy, as well as the most contentious. In the early days of the empire it was a known refuge for pirates, outlaws and ne’er do wells that were escaping justice from the imperial capital. The lands were nominally considered part of Chester until the start of the Orc Wars. At that time, the emperor granted an infamous outlaw known as Remsford the Black sovereignty over the area and the title of Baron in exchange for uniting the people to assist in the war effort. Remsford the Black renamed himself Baron Jonas-Corey Remsford and began a five year long press gang campaign in order to bolster the Imperial Army known at the time of the Black Hand. The people of Remsford were now considered citizens of the empire, so Baron Remsford could not simply slaughter those who refused to sign up. However he did have the power to levy and collect taxes for the Imperial Crown. He raised taxes to an exorbitant rate and gave those who could no longer pay a simple choice, enlist or suffer the penalty for tax evasion. Those who refused to enlist had every bone in their right hand pulverized via maul and released. The injury was grievous enough that most were crippled for life with a mangle hand, assuming they didn’t lose the appendage outright. Ever since then Remsford has had quite the history of political upheaval that has carried on to this day both within the Republic itself and those just outside of it. To the East and Southeast of Remsford is the Gulf of Sidra which shares most of its coastline with the Goblin state of Pocheoa. To the Southwest are the Grayscale mountains which demark the eastern border of the Forged Kingdom. Having to contend with the Dur for mining rights, the goblins for fishing rights, and the descendants of their oppressors to the north has made the people of Remsford surly, contrary and pragmatic. With modern times the labor force of Remsford has shifted away from farming and fishing towards manufacturing, as it is simply easier than attempting to eek out a living from the rocky terrain. Labor Unions and political parties replaced the pirate crews and robber bands of the olden days, and the people became extremely proud of their labor and goods. The republic capital of Cardiff is on the southern coast, as far from Chester as physically possible. It is built on the ruins of Remsford the Black’s old pirate hideout. To the north is the main shipping hub of Newport, controlling the southern half of the Eastern Blackwater Strait. Bangor is the largest mining town in Remsford, located at the very center of the Greyscale mountains to the southwest. The highest peak of the Greyscale mountains within Remsford’s borders is found there, and although it’s official name is Tobehn’s Point, the locals refer to it as the Point of Contention, as the mining rights deep within the mountain are constantly being contested by the Vuono Dur.