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Arkan (Kingdom of)

Location: Northwestern corner of the floating continent of Alphatia, inland from Ambur, west of Frisland and north of Foresthome, bracketing Crystal Lake. HW

Area: 41,652 sq. mi. (107,880 sq. km.). The town of Arreghi and the southern part of Crystal Lake are now part of Foresthome, and the eastern part of Ambur; the rest is what is left of Stonewall-controlled Arkan.

Population: 130,000, including Ceafem (pop. 8,000). About one third (45,000) are Stonewaller settlers, and more are coming every day. There is also a large occupying Stonewaller force in addition to the listed population.

Languages: Alphatian (Arkan dialect).

Coinage: Alphatian Standard: crown (gp), mirror (sp), judge (cp). Arkan lost its own mint when Skyreach was unaccountably left on the surface, and makes due with coins minted in other kingdoms, especially Ambur.

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. Prior to the sinking, much of the kingdom's tax receipts were generated from the floating islets. With those left on the surface, the new king has tried to turn to other means of generating revenues to restore finances, imposing severe duties on agricultural exports.

Government Type: Monarchy, member of the Alphatian Empire.

Industries: Agriculture (mainly grain), animal husbandry.

Important Figures: Qinn (King), Selcomad (Stonewall Army General), Rogart (Stonewall Historian), Etesse (Arkan Priest), Amagast (Stonewall Priest), Wolf-Hunter (Foresthome Ranger), Lotaran (Arkan General), Arbandas (Arkan Druid), Trallans (Foresthome Army Commander).

Flora and Fauna: See Alphatia.

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

Last Year's Events: None to report.

Last Year's Events: After several more battles in Arkan, the kingdom finally fell, and little remained of Arkan. Arreghi became part of Foresthome, Ailpon and the whole western part of the kingdom became part of Ambur, and the rest of the country remained a kingdom only in name, with King Quinn having little power in the Stonewall-occupied Arkan. Ceafem, which surrendered to and sided with Stonewall, became a semi-autonomous city-state. In effect, Arkan has become Stonewall's farm, with Stonewaller occupying troops and settlers coming in droves.