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FRISLAND (Kingdom of)

Location: Northwest corner of the floating continent of Alphatia, bracketed by Arkan and Foresthome in the east and Blackheart in the south. HW

Area: 160,000 sq. mi. (414,720 sq. km.).

Population: 80,000, including Shiell (pop. 15,000). [Population figures are tentative, pending census. Ed.]

Languages: Alphatian (Frisian dialect).

Coinage: Alphatian Standard: crown (gp), mirror (sp), judge (cp). Frisland mints no other coins.

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. Frisland also imposes export fees on timber, agricultural produce, and livestock.

Government Type: Monarchy, member of the Alphatian Empire.

Industries: Agriculture, fishing, logging.

Important Figures: Edjer the Twisted (King, human, male, M17).

Flora and Fauna: See Alphatia.

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

Description by Gerta Knutsdotter.

Frisland is another large but sparsely populated kingdom, where the people live almost like my own Antalian people. It is said by some that their lifestyle was strongly influenced by a people known as the Yanifey, who are said to have once inhabited Alphatia in the distant past. This might explain why their lifestyle is different from that of most Alphatians, and the Yanifey must have lived much like the Antalians do. The city of Shiell, built on the shores of the lake of the same name, is an exception to this generalisation, as it is more like other Alphatian cities. Frisland's other settlements are mostly built between the mountains and the continental rim, just like most Antalian villages are built between the mountains and the shores of the Ostzee. The lands of Frisland, despite its temperate climate, even resemble those of the Antalian Wastes in some respects, with evergreen forests and scrub plains prevailing.

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While not the source of mineralogical wealth like the southern portion of the range, the northern Kerothar Mountains are majestic, with river valleys cutting into them which almost made me homesick. This is a largely unspoiled wilderness, with varieties of flora and fauna usually found in colder regions seemingly acclimatised to thrive in temperate Frisland.