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Aquas (Sea-Kingdom of)by Hervé Musseau
Location: Sea of Dawn, due south of Alphatia's former location.
Capital: Seashield (population 30,000).
Area: 498 sq. mi. (only 2 sq. mi. covered by domes).
Population: 41,000 (30,000 in Seashield, 11,000 in outlying domes). Numerous sea-people living within the area claimed by Aquas are not included in the census figures.
Coinage: Alphatian Standard.
Taxes: Aquas uses the old Alphatian taxes system, i.e. an income tax of 15% on everyone of servant status or higher, and an import tax of 1% (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). 10% of this goes to the Imperial treasury. The Kingdom of Aquas uses the old Alphatian social system, which grants higher status to spellcasters.
Government type: Semiautonomous monarchy owing loyalty to the New Alphatian Confederate Empire since Kaldmont 13, AC 1012.
Industries, Description, Notable Sites, History, Flora and Fauna: See the PWAs.
Important Figures: Zynnia (Queen of Aquas), Sheemus Tayg (General).
Updates for the years 1013 and 1014 AC: Since the creation of the NACE, Aquas has lost its status of centre of Zandor's New Alphatian Empire, but only for the best. After some sporadic battles within the domed city, Zynnia's troops have put an end to Zandor's despotic reign over the city, and the small kingdom is now very stable.
Aquas, which stands in a central position within the Confederation, much enjoys the new order in the region. Trade is booming, as the undersea city is on the main shipping routes linking the members of the Confederation. Some trade, however, including that brought by the old central government, has been lost to Ionace, the new imperial capital. But the city has no reason to complain, since it is still the most secure, prosperous place of former Alphatia, with the highest quality of life (although Thothians would probably disagree with that opinion).
Aquas' army is now under the command of the NACE, and constitutes the very backbone of the Imperial army-thanks to the fact that Aquas' submersibles were neither destroyed during the sinking of Alphatia nor stranded on the continent. The troops that remain in the city to defend it are placed under General Tayg's command, since Broderick has been promoted Commander in Chief of the confederated forces.
See Also: DotE, PC3, PWAs (esp. PWA3 for latest information), nace, nace1314.