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Ambur (Kingdom of)
Location: Northwestern corner of the floating continent of Alphatia, bordered by Arkan. HW
Area: 18,600 sq. mi. (48,175 sq. km.).
Population: 114,000, including Starpoint (pop. 30,600).
Languages: Alphatian (Arkan dialect).
Coinage: Alphatian Standard: crown (gp), mirror (sp), judge (cp). Ambur also mints electrum stars, coins bearing the images of the currently famous.
Taxes: 15% income tax on everyone of servant status or higher. Slaves are counted as the property of the owner and the product of their labour is taxed as income for the owner. There is also a surtax imposed on theatre tickets, as well as licensing fees to operate such establishments and to register acting troupes. There also previously existed a tax on astronomical research structures, but this tax has dwindled to a negligible amount in current circumstances, forcing an adjustment in the kingdom's finances.
Government Type: Monarchy, member of the Alphatian Empire.
Industries: Agriculture, arts (especially acting), exploitation of magic.
Important Figures: Elshethara (Queen), Lodun the Doomed (Fading Star), Beremtol (Lord).
Flora and Fauna: See Alphatia.
Further Reading: Dawn of the Emperor boxed set, previous almanacs.
Last Year's Events: Ambur entered the war alongside Arkan to avoid that kingdom being conquered by Stonewall, but once it appeared that Arkan was doomed Ambur turned its coat in exchange for the western (rimward) part of Arkan, guaranteeing that the kingdom would not be surrounded by Stonewall. Lord Beremtol's region around Ailpon became part of Ambur, also giving the kingdom a larger access to Crystal Lake.