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Aquas (Kingdom of)

Location: Sea of Dawn, northwest of Bellissaria. AS

Area: 498 sq. mi. (1,290 sq. km.); only 2 sq. mi. are covered by domes.

Population: 41,800 (30,600 in Seashield; 11,200 in outlying domes). Numerous sea peoples present not included in census.

Language: Alphatian (Aquan dialect).

Coinage: Alphatian Standard: crown (gp), mirror (sp), judge (cp).

Taxes: 15% income tax on everyone of servant status or higher, and an import/export tax of 2% on magical items and components, and 1% on all other goods (Naycese kingdoms, Karameikos and Thyatis excluded). 10% of tax revenue goes to the Naycese treasury, and an additional 10% is spent on military forces in the name of the confederation.

Government Type: Monarchy, member of Nayce.

Industries: Fish breeding, pearl harvesting, jewellery making (chiefly from local materials), engineering of undersea related items (submersibles, diving suits, waters pumps, drilling machines).

Important Figures: Zynnia (Queen).

Flora and Fauna: Aside from its official human (95 percent) and demihuman (5 percent) population, one may find the kingdom frequented by numerous sea creatures. The more intelligent ones are mermen, tritons, sea elves, nixies, and storm giants.

Further Reading: Dawn of the Emperors boxed set, previous almanacs.

Last Year's Events: Aquas made a lot of efforts to explore and colonise the sunken continent of Alphatia, with projects to build new undersea domes, but encountered unexpected opposition in the many undead that live in sunken Alphatia.