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Adinerado

Ruled by a King and his feudal lords, the kingdom is located on the eastern shores of the Adi River and is a center for trade and commerce. With all major water and land routes passing along its borders, it is historically the wealthiest nation in the region. Though a recent generations long famine plunged them into a near constant state of war, they are recovering both economically and militaristically.

Structure

Ruled by a King from a central province. The Kingdom is split in three, the Duchy ruled by an Arch Duke, the Demesne ruled by the King, and the County ruled by a Count. All provincial rulers and their vassals have sworn fealty to the King.
Level Duchy Demesne County
13- Kingdom N/A King N/A
12 N/A Prince N/A
11- Province Arch Duke N/A Earl
10- Shire Duke Preceptor Count
09- Fief Baron Margrave Viscount
08- Hide Lord Landgrave Thane
07 Gentleman Gentleman Gentleman
06 Unlanded Unlanded Unlanded
05 Freeman Freeman Freeman
04 Yeoman Yeoman Yeoman
03 Serf Serf Serf
02 Villein Villein Villein
01 Bandsman Bandsman Bandsman

Culture

Their is an etiquette for interpersonal relations that is strictly adhered to. Verbal greetings among the elites are said in the order of honorific, position, title, family name, and given name. The peasantry follows the order position, title, family name, given name, and place of birth. The higher someone stands in society to the speaker the more of their name they must use.
Level Administrative Military Religious
13 Highness/ Noble Grace
12 Grace
11 Most Noble Lordship Most Honorable Sir Excellency
10 Noble Lordship Right Honorable Sir High Eminence
09 Prominence Honorable Sir Eminence
08 Worthy Sir Most Worthy Sir Honorable Worship
07 Good Sir Right Worthy Sir Worship
06 Right Sir Right Sir Learned Sir
Example for nobility and royalty: Full name- Prominence Tenant Baron of house Doe, John. Social circles- +2 Prominence Tenant/ Baron Doe +1 Prominence Doe 0 Tenant Baron Doe -1 Tenant Baron John -2 Tenant/ Baron John Familiarly can be called Tenant/ Baron John   Example for peasantry: Full name- Soldier Sergeant Doe John of Fiefdom Social circles- +1 Soldier Sergeant Doe 0 Sergeant Doe -1 Sergeant John -2 John Familiarly can be called John   Physical greetings are commonly a forearm grasp for nobles and hand shake among peasants. Clergy inclines their head with hands raised and military salutes with right fist over heart, left hand on weapon.   Clothing ranges depending on the weather. Tunics, doublets, robes, and gowns are common. Worn with hose and a variety of shoes, diversely colored. The brighter the color the wealthier the wearer. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, and gray are the most popular colors. Black is expensive and white is hard to keep clean, usually worn by clergy. Brown is viewed as a common color reserved for those who cant afford better. Purple is so rare it is reserved for the highest nobles and royalty.   Men wear their hair from bald to shoulder length, usually shorter at the sides and kept untied. Facial hair varies in every possible style and is often used as a means of self expression. The more hair on top the less is generally on the face. Women keep their hair shoulder length or longer, as far as the waist. It is common to wear it in pony or pig tails. Up in a bun is also seen with brooches adorning and holding complex styles.   Most common jewelry worn is the ring. Mostly fingers and toes, but ears and navels can be pierced as well. The material of the jewelry has meaning as much as the placement. Gold is for royals, silver for nobles, copper for freemen and yeomen, and steel for the lower peasants. The most expensive are bracelets, armlets, necklaces, and tiaras. Anklets represent servitude. Common jewels are amber, pearl, coral, jet, crystal, and diamond. More expensive imported jewels include rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and topaz. Finger rings have different meanings depending on the finger worn. Pinky is for affiliations, ring finger for marriage, middle finger for balance, index finger for power, and thumb for wealth. On the toes rings are worn from the middle to the big toe and mean fertility, fidelity in love, and masculinity respectively. Girls have their ears pierced once they are old enough to wed. Navel piercings are worn by those selling their bodies.   Marking the skin permanently is common amongst the lower classes and military. The wealthy are unlikely to have any such decoration. Tattoos are normally in non visible areas. They can represent guild membership, professions, family loyalties, and military groups among many other things. Magistrates will routinely mark criminals to easily identify repeat offenders.   Most common pet is the cat, especially in cities and towns. Farmers and shepherds also keep dogs. Nobles keep hawks, falcons, and hounds for hunting.   Popular art comes in many forms. Whether all/ ceiling murals, stained glass and mosaics, carvings in the walls, statues and monuments, hanging tapestries, or illuminated manuscripts they are all vibrant and full of life. Topics range from religious, political, military, to a rising romantic trend. Most literature is songs, poems, histories, legal or medical texts. Old legend still persist and take many forms, singers and musicians abound. Bass, alto, and piano are performed by stringed, percussion, brass, woodwind instruments, and singers alike. From the traveling troubadour and jongleur to large choirs and orchestras, entertainment is highly sought after. Smaller scale entertainment includes board games like chess and checkers, dice games like knuckle bones and hazard, and card games like tables and kings. On the larger end there's archery, horse shoes, wrestling, hammer throw, and game ball. While the wealthy entertain themselves with feasts and banquets, jousting and dueling, and horse racing.

Public Agenda

To protect and maintain its citizens and holdings. Pave, repair, and secure roads. Dig wells and sewage/ drainage ditches. Provide security from bandits and invasion. Build, maintain, and secure bridges and ports. Provide courts for high and low justice. Maintain birth/ death records and citizen rolls. Enforce construction standards on homes. Mint coins and catch counterfeiters. Ensure doctors and priests make their rounds. Ensure skilled labor jobs are filled (carpenter, smith, weaver, glazer, etc.) Guard against disasters such as famine, fire, flood, and disease. Provide a mill, either wind or water. Provide grounds and security for fairs.

Assets

Wealthiest kingdom in terms of jewels, silver, gold, and other precious metals. Largest professional military, with moderately well equipped soldiers. Some provinces have tamed monsters for military use. Large exporter of local and exotic fabrics.

History

Founded several generations ago by a trio, two brothers and a sister. The oldest being the first King. They conquered surrounding lands and subdued their warring neighbors to form a new kingdom from the ashes of a once great fallen empire.

Demography and Population

Over half the population of the Kingdom is Arres, with about a third Mauri, and the remaining mostly Einjar. Murasan do live within the borders of the kingdom but are not counted as population.

Territories

Comprised of four distinct provinces occupuying the entirety of Renscroprec, east of the Adi river from mountains to the coast of the Sostaut Sea, and the recently acquired Mauri lands west passed the rivers southern shores. It is by far the single largest state.

Military

The College of Knights is the leadership of the military. They are the heads of units from a Squad up to an Army. Many orders of knights exist within the college and serve at the discretion of the College of Nobles.

Religion

The majority the residents within the kingdom follow the Church of the Great Mother, though the Einjar who reside within still keep to the Druid Circle and have even converted others to their faith. The Mauri practice ancestor worship and do not have an organized religion.

Foreign Relations

At peace with established trade rights to the neighboring Arres kingdoms. The Mauri tribes were perceived to have taken advantage of them during their time of need and have since been subjugated and turned into a vassal state. No official relations exist with The Einjar peoples as their homeland is too far away, but trade does take place.

Agriculture & Industry

Maize is planted in spring, beans planted after the yield, and winter wheat planted last. With legumes and canola rotated in to boost the yield. Whole maize ear can be used as livestock feed, but the cob must be removed for human consumption. Entire community takes part in husking festivals.   Cloth and banking are where the real profits are. Wool is most common, collected from sheep and treated at the merchants home, taken to a weaver, and then a fuller. It can be dyed at any point in the process. Linen from flax, cotton imported from the south, and silk from the Murasan are popular. Merchants use profits to buy other products at the fair and immediately resell to pledged customers, break into smaller lots, warehouse until markets rise, and send out for finishing. They then invest profits in real estate to gain rent, likely to their own employees, in forests for timber rights, fishing rights in a stream or pond, and eventually become a money lender when they can pay for the table license.   Once a table is acquired from the local noble he can start lending money as a pawnbroker. Interest rates vary from 6% to 20%. Lend someone money to build a house and their family will be paying rent for generations. Buy goods at discount with promise to pay remainder, with interest, at next fair. Nobles borrow to wage war and equip armies, and merchants have been known to be knighted for services rendered.   The most profitable mines in the kingdom are those of silver and gold, more than any other.

Trade & Transport

Trade routes follow the river south east and go by land north west. River ships capable of carrying several tons make their way down river, while wagon trains make the return trip as merchants take their goods to market. Once at the mouth of the river at the Sostaut Sea a merchant can continue on ship along the coast in either direction. To go out to the many islands of the sea a different ship is required.

Education

The quality of education varies from place to place, but in all areas students are learning at the age of 7. This is true for both boys and girls. Where they learn is what varies. The wealthy send their sons to the high courts and their daughters to the Church of the Great Mother. The poor mostly rely on the church, they teach academics Monday through Friday mornings and religious studies on Sundays after mass. Until the age of 14 they learn the basics of language and etiquette. After which point they can choose a career path.   At age 14 some students begin the studies of higher learning, starting with the liberal arts. Most major cities have universities and many monasteries offer similar programs. Firstly they learn the trivium of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. They learn the knowledge of things, an understanding of those things, and finally to express ones views on those things. After completing this three year course a student is granted a bachelors degree. Then they learn the quadrivium of arithmetic, geometry, harmonics, and astronomy. This is to learn numbers in the abstract, numbers as they relate to physical space, numbers as they relate to time, and numbers as they relate to both space and time (motion). After this four year course a student is granted a masters degree.    The practical arts are only taught in specific academies or by masters in guilds. Law, medicine, and war are taught at the royal academy. Sartrix are trained at Banupte. And every major city has guilds regulating certain industries. The most common and most powerful are masonry, carpentry, glazing, and smithing. Every profession can be governed by the guilds if there are enough of them in an area. One can begin their formal training at the age of 14, with nothing more than a formal education in language and etiquette.   The creative arts are taught by masters on a one on one basis, these studies are reserved for those with a wealthy parent or patron. The poor can be taken in by a master if they have great talent. The leading fields are painted canvass, woven tapestries, written epics, statues, and painted pots. The younger one starts, the better.   The performing arts are taught by masters in a classroom setting, these studies are most commonly left to the freemen and yeomen. Anyone who can afford the fees is welcome. Acting, singing, and playing instruments are the highest forms of the art. Juggling, acrobatics, and the like are viewed as lesser and require less of a financial commitment to learn. The younger one starts, the better.

Infrastructure

The kingdom has paved roads crossing its entirety to facilitate the movement of both goods and its armies. Walled cities dot the coasts with protected docks and harbors and remote castle towns protect the frontier. There are several major bridges operated by the kingdom to protect river crossing, water mills along the river, aqueducts to bring water to the major cities too far from the shore and sewers to dispose of the water after. And wells and drainage ditches for those with no river access.  The courts exist for both high and low justice, to maintain birth and death records, mint coinage and catch counterfeiters, and provide grounds for fairs.
Founding Date
Year 1157 of the 7th Age
Type
Geopolitical, Kingdom
Training Level
Professional
Veterancy Level
Veteran
Demonym
Dinerans
Government System
Monarchy, Absolute
Power Structure
Feudal state
Economic System
Mixed economy
Currency
The Dinar is the official coin of the kingdom and can be steel, copper, silver, or gold. With the copper Dinar having a value of 1, a steel Dinar of the same size would have a value of .05, the silver of 20, and the gold 320. Coin denominations are Dinar for one, Tudin for two, Thrudin for three Denier for four, and Dirhem for twelve.
Major Exports
Food sent out to foreign lands include black, red, and green beans, peas, olive and olive oil, red grapes, black currant, almonds, oranges, turnips, radishes, wheat, oat, barley, red onion, tarragon, oregano, thyme, kale and lettuce, apples, plums, cherries, and raspberries.   Wool and linen are sent across the world, both as clothing and as armor. Bows and arrows are highly prized, though tightly regulated. Diamonds, potions of various effects, and alchemical constructs are rare and expensive. Tobacco is sent out to all corners of the map.
Major Imports
Much is brought in to feed the people of the kingdom. From Fortunado comes chick peas, white and yellow beans, beets, hops, and brussel sprouts. From Prengrunan comes figs, pears, green grapes, carrots, gooseberries, parsnips, cabbages, yellow onions, brown beans, horseradish, aparagus, and persimmon. From the Einjar tribes come goat milk and cheese, butter, lard, honey, mead, walnuts, hazel, root and tuber vegetables, broad beans, mustard, white vinegar, figs, pears, millet, avocado, white onions, apricots, and peaches. From the confiscated lands of the Mauri tribes comes wheat, green grapes, lemon, eggplant, spinach, sesame, mint, and saffron. From across the Sostaut Sea in the Mauri homeland comes okra, dates, strawberries, watermelon, pineapple, avocado, yams, hot and sweet peppers, tomatoes, and squash. The Murasan that can be traded with provide rice, rice wine, white and green tea, ginger, mangoes, bananas, and honey melons. Shark and whale come in from the sea people, and all manner of exotic birds.   Iron, linens, sapphires, and rubies come in from Fortunado. While Prengrunan provides emeralds, topaz, and scant else. The Einjar provide good wool, and artisan made crafts. The Mauri provide pearl and corral from nearby and cotton from afar. The Murasan bring silk and porcelain.
Legislative Body
The High Council writes laws for the kingdom overall and for the nobles. The College of Nobles is allowed to write laws for their provinces, but they must be submitted to the High Council for review. The King ultimately decides on whether a law is passed or not by decree. The High Council is made up of nobles sent from across the kingdom. Duchy sends nobles with expertise in transportation, commerce, labor, and agriculture. County sends nobles with expertise in treasury, justice, diplomacy, and espionage. The Church and Ivory Tower provide experts in education, health, Vita, and religion. The College of Knights provides experts in defense, veteran affairs, and the interior. Demesne provides a single councilman whose expertise is the law itself.
Judicial Body
Magistrates are appointed to noble and royal courts to adjudicate the laws of their rulers. 
  • Royal courts adjudicate High crimes punishable by mutilation, confinement, and/or death.
  • Noble courts adjudicate Mid crimes punishable by fines, serfdom, mutilation, or confinement. 
  • Lower courts adjudicate Low crimes punishable by fines, serfdom, or mutilation.
  • If a noble is brought to court they face a triumvirate of magistrates, each holding equal or higher rank than him.   Royal courts convene semi annually, around the solstices, and Noble courts do the same at the equinoxes. Lower courts convene the day of a full moon. Those awaiting trial can be confined in a cell within a tower, under the watchful eye of the constable or marshal, until they are brought before the magistrate.
    Executive Body
    The ruling noble appoints knights to enforce their laws. From the Fief and Shire up to the Province and Kingdom, each level has an order of knights whose duty it is to enforce the law. The Kings knights have the highest authority in this regard. All are subject to the College of Knights.
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