The Night Watch
Here is a brief overview of all campaign locations. Areas needing more specific detail will be detailed in their own pages.
The Merian Federation (colloquially “the Federation”) is an alliance of 26 member states. Each state has its own policies and culture, and the Merian federal government takes a very light hand in the administration of its members. The Federation has a constitution and is led by an elected prime minister, who serves as head of state for a term of 5 years. Each state is run by a governor, who usually has its own specific state title (many are ‘princes’ for instance, and those states are hereditary monarchies), and each state sends representatives to a senate. The number of representatives from each state roughly correlates to population.
The federal government oversees the following:
- A court of appeals, mostly for appealing state legal rulings that may not be legal under the Federation constitution
- The Federation military, which is fed by volunteers from already-serving state militias
- Taxes, tax collection, census taking, and similar economic duties
- Regulation of federal law, including enforcement of said laws (mainly wage and indentured servitude laws, as well as antitrust laws, some ethics law enforcement such as interstate murderers and similar)
- The maintenance of the federal government itself (paying salaries to federal employees etc.)
Located in southeast Merian, Lepontin is one of the most important centers of international trade in the Federation. It was one of the first to be colonized by Karlstein and one of the first states to declare its independence. Its capital city, Walz, is a coastal city with one of the largest ports in the world. Lepontin is the economic and cultural center of Merian, with one of the highest GDPs of any state.
Due to its role as a massive trade city, Walz is a multicultural melting pot with a blend of many different races. It is one of the centers of Merian culture, and it is referred to as “The Great Tree,” where everything begins. The city has a rich night life, and it is nearly as active at night as it is during the day.
The southwestern continent of Paolo is fraught with conflict. Wars and revolutions are almost an annual occurrence here. In spite of this, it has one of the richest cultures in the world; Paolo is famed for its fiercely independent culture. Frequently called “The land of the free,” most of the conflicts in Paolo stem from radically independent groups disliking the administration of its current government and taking up arms to overthrow it. Due to this, Paolo is sharply divided between the relatively stable countries that are highly developed (such as Vega and Santos) and the constantly warring countries with poor industrial and economic development, (such as Arulco).
The economic center of the entire world, Vega is among the most powerful nations in the world; its economic might rivaling that of Midgard or the entire Merian Federation. Due to its low taxes, Vega is a popular home for international companies. The Vegan language is the dominant language in all of Paolo and is frequently used as a trade language throughout the world.
Vega’s government is an elected senate, but potential senators must pay an exorbitant sum of money to earn a nomination, and must pay an additional large fee to remain in office. As a result, the government largely pays for itself, and most senators are sponsored by wealthy private organizations. Voting is held annually for any open seats for that year, and each senator serves his seat for three years unless he becomes unable to pay for his seat (upon which it becomes vacant during the voting for that year). Senators cannot serve repeat terms, and thus there is a lot of political churn as corporations attempt to gain the popular vote with new candidates as seats open up.
Vega is highly cosmopolitan, and is urbanized to an extent that is unheard of elsewhere in the world. Roads and railways bridge nearly every town and city, and telegraph lines and power stretch across the country. The capital city, Carcalla, is the world’s cultural hub; film and phonograph records from Vega are enjoyed nearly everywhere in the world.
Santos occupies most of the western coast of Paolo, and is a religious oligarchy. Power is held by the Trinity Church and the senior bureaucrats hold their positions until they choose to retire. The vast majority of these positions are held by women. Santos has not suffered major internal political upheval in over 300 years (since the formation of the modern Eglise de Santos-Venard) and is one of the most stable governments on the planet.
The center of the Santos-Venard Church is in Santos, and its leader is the head of state. Her title is Church Mother (La mere d’eglise) and she leads not only the nation of Santos, but also the entire Church (which is global).
Santos-Venard is not the only Church of the Trinity, but because its followers are so pervasive, Santos-Venard doctrine ends up having an impact in the politics of nearly every nation in the world. Even Vega usually has several of its senators openly worship the Church, but priestesses in Vegan office are fairly rare.
Arulco is a new republic; it has only been a democracy for about 6 years. It has an elected president and an elected senate. Arulco is rich in mineral wealth as well as an enormous amount of workable land.
The recent Arulco Civil War (10 years ago) caused significant infrastructure damage to the country, and Arulco is still very dependent on foreign industrial investments.