Once a great power and the breadbasket of the Old Empire, now fallen to infighting by its barons and a succession of weak kings. Mountains to its east and oceans to the north and south protect it somewhat from invasion, as do the years of infighting—the barons have experienced troops, by and large. Some baronies have been de facto annexed by Layyia or Cervan, but their nobles still technically swear fealty to Pexate’s king.

Another great power, Layyia warred with Pexate for a generation before both turned their gaze inward due to crises. The Layyia Plague devastated the west of the country and hit its nobility especially hard, resulting in a disputed succession and an uneasy truce. In year past, Layyia regarded itself as the foremost champion of the Sepulcher of the Creator, and many grand Sepulchers remain unfinished in the wake of the plague.

The disorganized city-states across the southern sea. At times they have been dominated by the Old Empire or even earlier states; they tend to be mercantile concerns serving all parties as traders and mercenaries. The primary city, Gizan, has been besieged 17 times in the last 200 years, but has impressive fortifications and economic resources to fall back upon. The majority of the Naix hinterland is an incredibly harsh desert.

The Crimson Empire
A shadow of the Old Empire that once was, the Crimson Empire is now no larger than Pexate or Layyia. While it clings to a few outposts over the sea, its glory had faded and it is in what most believe to be a terminal decline. Nonetheless, the Crimson Emperor is still nominally the first among equals at the Electorate, the body that nominates candidates to lead the Sepulcher. The various petty kings and other nobles of the Empire are independent in all but name, and the line of Emperors, the Fifth House, is a page shadow of those that came before.

If the Crimson Empire seems destined to disintegrate, Vacij is what it has to look forward to becoming. Once the most intractable foe of the Empire, it is now a series of small kingdoms. While all of Vacij pledges fealty to the High King, in practice their authority is limited to an arbiter of disputes. The most recent High King of Vacij, Saksa VII, spent the majority of his reign working with the Vacij Academy to produce a dictionary of Old Vacijaen.

The small kingdom of Cervan lies west of Pexate and has served as both a steadfast ally and a doughty opponent of the larger kingdom for centuries. Despite being unified several times over the past 500 years, the kingdoms nevertheless have always split due to irreconcilable differences and the difficulty of occupying Cervan’s dry and mountainous terrain. It maintains a strong central authority and exports its mining products with a large fleet, but remains suspicious of outsiders and refuses entry to the majority of travelers.

The Hamurataal
This Orcish-majority state is relatively new, and has expanded at the expense of the Crimson Empire and the city-states of Naix. It is unique in that its ruler, the Alu-Hamur, is elected by a council of notables and that it is officially atheist. The Hamurataal is ruled by the precepts of the Hamurabash, a uniquely Orcish philosophy that stresses tolerance, unity, and strict societal order. Many believe that the Hamurataal is an expansionist threat to the other nations, though it has shown little appetite for footholds on the mainland thus far, preferring diplomacy and veiled threats.

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