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FORESTHOME (Kingdom of)
Location: Northeast rim of the floating continent of Alphatia, between Bettellyn in the south, Arkan in the north, and Frisland and Alphas'ar in the west. HW
Area: 296,554 sq. mi. (768,075 sq. km.).
Population: 85,000 (90% human, 10% elven), including Greenwood (pop. 15,000). [Population figures are tentative, pending census. Ed.]
Languages: Alphatian (Arborean dialect), Elvish (Shiye-Lawr dialect).
Coinage: Alphatian Standard: crown (gp), mirror (sp), judge (cp). Foresthome also mints an electrum coin called the arbor.
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. Logging is limited, due to elven influence, with permits and licensing fees required beforehand before any timber can be culled.
Government Type: Monarchy, member of the Alphatian Empire.
Industries: Agriculture, fishing, logging.
Important Figures: Kikania (Queen).
Flora and Fauna: See Alphatia.
Further Reading: Dawn of the Emperor boxed set, previous almanacs.
Description by Gerta Knutsdotter.
Foresthome is a heavily timbered kingdom and one of Alphatia's largest in size, though smallest in population. The elves keep to the forests, while the human Alphatians live along the coasts of Llyn Lake and the banks of the Eastfollow River. Many also reside along the rim of the continent, though migration from that precipice to the interior lands of Foresthome seems to be happening. The forests are heavily regulated to prevent over-culling and depletion of these resources, with strict punishment of those who fail to observe these restrictions. The region between Llyn Lake and the continental rim is devoted to agricultural plantations, while the lake itself is the source of much of the fish caught in Alphatia these days. Those looking for relaxing pastoral beauty need look no further than Foresthome, one of the most naturally beautiful parts of Alphatia. Foresthome has started a heavy program of canal-building to link its navigable rivers and lakes.
The city of Greenwood is unusual in several respects. Built along the Eastfollow River, most of its large buildings are constructed out of stone, but shaped to resemble towering redwoods. The more humble structures are built amidst live trees, so that from a distance Greenwood almost resembles an elven city, appearing as part of the forest. What gives it away are some of the more extravagant artistic touches the Alphatians are known for. This gives it a distinctiveness all its own, a blending of two aesthetic styles.