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Aeria (Kingdom of)by Hervé Musseau
Location: Alatian Islands, the Sea of Dawn, southeast of the Isle of Dawn.
Capital: Featherfall (population 10,000, including university staff and faculty and 5,000 students).
Area: 49,384 sq. mi.
Coinage: Alphatian Standard.
Taxes: Headmaster Aiklin imposes an income tax of 10% on everyone, a tax of 5% on the wages of Aerian wizards, and an import and export tax of 2% on magical items and components and 1% on all other goods (this tax only concerns goods coming from outside the Confederation and does not concern goods from Karameikos due to a trade agreement between that nation and the Confederation). Aeria also makes money with the admission fees to its school of magic. 10% of it goes to the Imperial Treasury.
Government type: Semiautonomous monarchy owing loyalty to the New Alphatian Confederate Empire since Yarthmont 10, AC 1013. Formerly part of Alphatia, then Thyatis.
Industries, Description, Notable Sites, History, Flora and Fauna: See the PWAs.
Important Figures: Aiklin (King of Aeria and General and Headmaster of the University of Air Magics).
Updates for the years 1013 and 1014 AC: Aeria has switched side many times those last years. When Thyatis sent its legions to conquer the former Alphatian territories after the sinking of the continent, Master Aiklin decided to owe fealty to the Empire. But when Thothia kicked the Thyatians out of most of the former Alphatian territories (but not Aegos), the Isle of Dawn Treaty gave control of the island to the Thothians.
Aeria regained its independence when Thothia agreed to become member of the New Alphatian Confederate Empire. Thothia granted independence to the island after having put Headmaster Aiklin back on the throne, and after having forced it to become full member of the Confederation.
Aeria also has close ties with Karameikos, thanks to Master Terari. The two countries have set up an exchange program that allows students that have graduated from one school to follow complementary courses in the other school if this is the specialty they want to study. It is obvious that King Stefan hopes to build his own sky navy, and neither Aiklin nor the Council oppose the idea. The agreement is a threat to both Thyatis and Glantri, and the Council is thinking over generalising the exchange program to the whole Confederation.
See Also: DotE, PWAs (esp. PWA3 for latest information), nace1314.