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The Principality of Esmeralda

Location North America
Nation Esmeraldan Empire
Confederation 4972
Capital Esmeralda Prime
Government Monarchy
Head of State Prince of Esmeralda
Head of Government Regional Lords
Legislature Regional Sheriffs
Prefect Horst Heijman
Imperial Senate 29 Seats
Curiate Council 2 Seats
Military First Imperial Fleet
Major Species Human
Sodraasian
Praepositan
Population 993,000,000
Languages English, French, Sodraasian
Culture North Folk
Currency Imperial Kilo

The Principality of Esmeralda, also known as the Northern Duchy or "The North", is a province of the Esmeraldan Empire located in North America. It's boundaries are somewhat representative of what was known as the Kingdom of Esmeralda before it's expansion into an empire.

The people of this region are properly known as the "North Folk", though its people are sometimes simply referred to as "Northerners".

Cities and Strongholds Edit

It's major cities and prominent fortresses include:

People and Culture Edit

The capital city of Esmeralda Prime is the driving force of the region, with the largest population in the Empire. Trade and taxes flow into the capital from every corner of the realm acknowledging the Emperor and as such, it is the richest of the five provinces. It is the centre of government and policy for the empire. Virtually every craft and trade are practiced here.

The people of the region are known as the North Folk. English is the dominant language although French is spoken in many cities, particularly Labelle City. The Sodraasians have their own language and history, but have culturally assimilated to the rest of the province. As the founding and dominant province of the Empire, the Northerner nobles and even the commoners consider themselves to be superior to their counterparts from the other regions. The North Folk are known to have a strong sense of entitlement and a fierce sense of patriotism for empire. The dominant political ideology is Royalist.

The nobility is the centre of all power and influence within Northern society, and advancement is only possible for an individual if they are either a member of a House or connected to one. The patronage of a noble is the easiest and often only way for a commoner to achieve success, and the trading of favours for mutual profit is par for the course. The more influence a noble is seen to have, the more sought-after and consequently the more expensive are his or her favours.

The Houses themselves constitute the province's chief societal unit and are formed from old families of varying power, wealth and influence. Most North Folk are allied to one House or another by way of blood relation, arranged marriages or in service as retainers. The few families that have no such alliances - known as Houseless families - are considered beneath contempt. Such unfortunates often end up in such predicaments when they refuse to play the game of inter-House politics—gathering secrets, gaining leverage and trading in favours to form alliances.