The Povitz (Province) of Caedvin is home to many of the elder races within the Velgan Empire, although the nonhumans do not rule or govern themselves, nor can they worship their ancestral deities nor carry out their cultural practices. The nonhuman peoples of Povitz, and most of the Velgan Empire, are not free, instead they are serfs who must seek boyars permission to move or change profession.
GeographyCaedvin is dominated by thick and ancient forests which are only truly navigable to those who make their home in Caedvin. Rivers flow across the lands, although they are well suited to travellers as creatures haunt the waterways. In the east, across the Bloody Strait, is the Kasari Dominion, south the Tugarin Range, west the Duchy of Donieper and the Imperial City of Oxengrad, and north Armada Bay.
Level of AutonomyCaedvin is a Povitz (Province) of the Velgan Empire, and is directly ruled by a noble representative of the Tsar known as an Imperial Boyar. The Boyar is responsible to the Tsar and has broad authority to rule as they please so long as they keep the peace. The Velgan Empire’s tax collectors have a stranglehold over trade and common tax in the Povitz. The Povitz is subject to a process known as Velganisation of culture and language where practices and language are sought to be destroyed and replaced by Velgan ones; as such all official pledges, documents, and duties are carried out in the Velgan language.
Race RelationsThe Velgan Empire has remarkably and notoriously bad relations between races. The Elder Races have a long history of being opposed, abused, and conquered, a feature that is firmly still the case. Discrimination against nonhumans is entrenched in the legal system of the Velgan Empire, as they are official second class citizens, who are restricted in terms of employment, ownership, and even where they are permitted to live. Additionally, nonhumans have fewer and worse legal recourses when a crime is committed against them by a Human. The majority nonhuman provinces also face much greater taxes and restrictions against them.
Views on Arcane MagicThe Velgan Empire believes that magic is an unpredictable risk, but its use is more than justified in service to the Tsar. The Velgan Empire is a signature to the Toc’vastil Accords, but only tacitly conforms to it, allowing various leniencies; providing Bastille Mages prove their loyalty to the Tsar and Empire they are given more freedom that mages in virtually any other Human kingdom save for Aarelan, they are permitted to leave the Arcane Bastille for pre approved amounts of time, and some are even freed from the confines of the Arcane Bastille system itself. Mages who are not loyal can be subject to the same abuses seen in other kingdoms.
HistoryThe peoples of Caedvin were once a colony of the Elventine, and they suffered during the Age of Conquest being subjugated and their way of life destroyed; throughout the Age of Conquest, Age of Blood, and presently in the Age of Contempt, its people have suffered. During the Age of Contempt peoples of the region were conquered and forcibly incorporated into the Velgan Empire as a Povitz as Caedvin - the elder race name for the largest forest within the region which is now known as the Forest of Broken Bows.
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