Stretching across the northern reaches of the Centric Sea and protecting the Kelrik Isles from the harsh weather that whips down from the northern pole, Langstrom Province is a land of resilient folk, well used to the harshness of the Grunwald Forest that dominates their home. Langstrom has found a place within the Imperial system through being the centre of the Empire’s metal working industry, and the skilled craftspeople of the province ensure that the Emperor's troops are always ready and equipped for war.
Like all provinces with the Empire, the administration of the Province is overseen by a Satrap, who is theoretically responsible for management of all areas of Langstrom. To aid them in this, the Satrap of Langstrom Province has a staff of provincial officials and administrators who oversee the bureaucracy of all things, from the state of the road network to the taxes levied on fish imported to the province.
Demography and Population
The predominance of the metalworking industry in the province means that Langstrom has a higher percentage of those defined as being ‘middle class’ by the Imperial Bureau than most other provinces, because of the predominance of so many skilled craftspeople. About 40% of the population are classified as thus, with 20% being defined as ‘upper class’ and 40% being classed as ‘lower class’. The ‘lower class’ tend to work in herding, mining or logging.
The territory that is administered by the Province is the entirety of the peninsula that stretches out from west to east from the northern tip of the continent of Hunar. This area is almost entirely covered by the area of the Grunwald Forest, whose name is also generally used to refer to whole are of the peninsula.
Like all Imperial Provinces, Langstrom has access to its own standing army of Provincial troops, who are dispersed across the province in garrisons, ready to be called upon as needs be. For the most part, these troops act as town and city guards and police forces for the areas they are stationed to. In times of crisis, the Satrap can mobilise units in the Provincial Army from their garrisoned stations to become mobile units that can be deployed were necessary. The Provincial Army has units of infantry, cavalry, artillery and Firewings at its disposal, as well as a dedicated naval force to protect its coasts. The Command Headquarters for Langstrom’s Provincial army is in the Provincial Capital Jotunmarkt.
Agriculture & Industry
The densely forested, hilly landscape of the province means that there is little land suitable for arable agriculture, whilst the harsh and long winters that Langstrom suffers means that only the hardiest of animals can be reared there by farmers. This means that the majority of the agricultural activity that goes on in the province, is pastoral, principally revolving around the rearing and herding of caribou. In addition, hunting is a big industry in Langstrom, with the large seal and walrus populations that inhabit the province’s northern coastlines being hunted for their meat and walrus ivory which is both exported raw and worked by craftspeople within the province itself. The largest non agricultural industry in the province by far, is metal working. Though Langstrom Province itself is not flush with naturally occurring supplies of metal ore, the Jotun people are renowned for their metal working prowess. This means that, wanting to draw on and benefit from their expertise and natural affinity, the Empire of Turelion have established countless industrial forges across the province to churn out weapons, armour, Firewing components and any other metal product that they need in bulk. Other industrial activity, principally logging does take place across the province, with most of the coniferous lumber that is produced being turned into charcoal to feed there furnaces, or being exported across the Empire for use in construction. The Jern Peaks in the far east of the province are also home a mining industry, principally revolving around the extraction of iron and copper.
Trade & Transport
As the province is the heart of the metalworking industry in the Empire of Turelion, it is well connected to the rest of Kelbonnar. On the one hand, there are a plethora of sea routes connecting the southern and eastern coasts of the province to the rest of Kelbonnar, facilitating the movement of goods to and from the province. On the other hand, road connections through the province tend to be rather neglected, with what roads there are being rough and ill maintained, there is no land route connecting Langstrom with either Norgantho Province, or Greltor Province. There are number of purpose built Firewing ports in the province, which connect Jotunmarkt in the centre of the province to Pelenar Province and to the continent of Euristan by a route via Bronstadt in the far east.
Although Langstrom Province is not flush with schools, which have to be paid for and are only present in the larger communities, it ranks higher than most other provinces in terms of the amount of educational opportunities available to its inhabitants. This is because there is a very widespread apprenticeship programme throughout the metal working industry in Langstrom, and every workshop, whether that be a well staffed commercial concern or a lone village blacksmith are expected to take on at least one apprentice per year, to ensure that the Province’s specialist industries remain alive and well. As part of this programme, apprentices will not only be taught the vagaries of metalwork, but will also be taught how to read and write and whilst they are not paid, they do not have to pay for this education and are housed and fed at the expense of the workshop. For those more academically minded individuals, Langstrom has two Houses of Learning, one in the Provincial Capital of Jotunmarkt and one in the Province’s second city, Bronstadt.
The Jotun Peninsula / The Forge
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