Korinthos is run as an oligarchy, with the Council of 100 deciding and running affairs for the rest of the nation. This council appoints the Marshall, who acts as a figurehead for the nation, and who is given the mandate to lead Korinthos' Legions in war. The Marshall, despite their position, does report into the Council of 100, which does not itself have an official lead. However, the tight factions and abundance of political intrigue that surround its activities mean that a single individual can easily gather a large number of votes behind them through bribery and coercion. The Council of 100 dictates policy to the huge civil service that operates out of the Capital, Scapoli, who them implement policy throughout the rest of the country.
The area that Korinthos now controls, the Isthmus of Xana was once known as the breadbasket of Reinhart, as it is an incredibly fertile strip of land that is ideal for arable farming. This is still the case, and a huge amount of the available land in the north of Korinthos is given over to the farming of crops to feed the Legionnaires and Auxiliary troops. The south of Korinthos is mostly given over to pasture for cattle and sheep, as well as several large areas of heavily managed woodlands, to provide lumber for Korinthos’ military activities. The hills that lie in the south central area of the Isthmus of Xana harbour lucrative veins of iron and other metals and minerals useful to the Korinthian war machine. Unlike the other nations of Turoza, Korinthos actively participates in trade across the Estrill Ocean with the continent of Tafran beyond. Korinthos has perfected their design for oceangoing ships, which gives them the confidence to regularly take to the waves of the Estrill Ocean, and sail far away from the coast of Turoza. Unfortunately for them, the frosty diplomatic relationship that the other nations of Turoza maintain with Korinthos means that they have little knowledge of what commodities the Korinthians are shuttling back and forth, or who they are trading with across the Estrill Ocean.
Demography and Population
The majority population of Korinthos is made up of Hobgoblins, who all originated from the continent of Tafran to the east of Turoza. Because of Hobgoblins close genetic link to other goblinoids, a large number of Goblins and Bugbears have flocked to the region, to offer their services to the Korinthians as auxiliary troops and additional labour. These races are rarely to be found living openly in the other nations and settlements of Ulskandar, but are treated with some respect in Korinthos, and Bugbears are especially welcome due to their large size and natural inclination for stealth. There are few non-goblinoid folk living in Korinthos, and those that do are often exiles or criminals who have fled from other nations to seek refuge in Korinthos. They are often treated with suspicion by the Korinthians, and non-goblinoids in Korinthos will regularly find themselves being tailed by agents, to ensure that they have not entered Korinthos under false pretences to spy on the Hobgoblin Kingdom.
Korinthos is a highly militaristic society with an incredibly large standing army, with its Hobgoblin warriors divided into Legions, often supported by a force of Auxiliaries accompanying each legion, comprised of Goblins and Bugbears who act as skirmishers and reconnaissance units for the Legion. Each Legion has around 1,800 troops operating as part of the unit, with 1,000 forming the Legion’s core force of foot soldiers, 400 archers, 300 cavalry, who can be mounted on a variety of mounts including horses and wargs. The final hundred individuals in the Legion being comprised of the officers staff, a small corps of engineers and spell casters, and support staff. It is unknown to the other nations of Turoza how many Legions Korinthos has at it’s disposal, but the ruthless efficiency with which each Korinthian Legion operates makes a encountering a single one incredibly challenging. The other nations of Turoza are rightly fearful of Korinthos’ military potential, and all of the nations that border its territory have begun to bolster their own defences in the region, lest Korinthos launches another campaign to expand its territory. Korinthos’ navy is also rightly feared, as its large oceangoing vessels allowed them to strike from the open ocean at the coast of Turoza before they landed to claim land for themselves.