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Heldun (Exarchate/Confederated Kingdom of)

Location: Northeastern head of the Isle of Dawn. SD

Area: 175,465 sq. mi. (454,455 sq. km.).

Population: 125,000, including cities of Helskir (pop. 13,000) and Dunadale (pop. 20,900), and the towns of Deirdren (pop. 5,200), and Norkinn (pop. 1,100).

Languages: Alphatian (Hillvale dialect), Thyatian (Redstone dialect).

Coinage: Thyatian Standard: emperor (pp), lucin (gp), justiciar (ep), asterius (sp), denarius (cp); Alphatian Standard: crown (gp), mirror (sp), judge (cp).

Taxes: 25% income tax collected quarterly on the aristocracy, nobility, and wealthy; 20% income tax collected quarterly on everyone else (Va. 1, Ya. 1, Fy. 3, and Ei. 1). Thyatians abroad must still pay their taxes. Expensive and magical items are also taxed 25% of their worth. 10% imperial commercia sales tax on all goods except food, clothing, and fixed assets; levied on imports, rebated on exports. Tax on slave owning equal to 50% of the slave's value annually. Property tax levied based on quality of land, roughly 6% of its value annually.

Government Type: Constitutional monarchy with many elected representatives advising the ruler. Member of both the Thyatian Empire and Nayce.

Industries: Agriculture, fishing, cutting of peat moss, sheep-herding, trade, some raiding.

Important Figures: Asteriela Torion (Exarcha/Queen).

Flora and Fauna: Standard for its climate, notably herds of sheep and goats. Dangerous monsters include goblinoids and bandits that are common throughout the Isle of Dawn.

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

Last Year's Events: After the attempt by the Heldannic Knights to conquer the fledgling kingdom, Heldun started to rebuild and expand its defences, and Queen Asteriela tried to build a brighter future for her kingdom and the region, and for the two empires.