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Kerendas (Duchy of)
Location: Southeastern coast of the continent of Brun, north of the Sea of Dread, east of Vyalia, west of the Duchy of Thyatis and south of the Altan Tepes Mountains. OW
Area: 7,560 sq. mi. (19,580 sq. km.).
Population: 522,500 including the city of Kerendas (pop. 104,500; 95% human, 4% elven, 1% dwarven and hin), the towns of Bayville (pop. 5,200) and Bridleton (pop. 10,500) and Chonae (pop. 1,000) and Kerendas Outpost (pop. 1,300).
Languages: Thyatian (Kerendan dialect), Elvish (Vyalia dialect).
Coinage: Thyatian Standard: emperor (pp), lucin (gp), justiciar (ep), asterius (sp), denarius (cp).
Taxes: 20% income tax collected quarterly on the aristocracy, nobility, and wealthy; 15% 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: Dominion, member of the Thyatian Empire.
Industries: Agriculture, ale, common metals, crafts, fishing, hides, mounts, preserved meat, trade, wine.
Important Figures: Maldinius Kerendas (Duke), Vincentius Hallicarnasas (Magist), Cyril Christophorus (High Priest).
Flora and Fauna: Mulberry trees (for sericulture), grape vines, olive trees, cedar, peach, pear, orange, and cherry fruit trees in cultivated orchards, maple, birch, and oak trees. Herds of cattle, sheep, horses, goats, and mules. Bees kept for honey. Bears, boars, centaurs, lycanthropes, mountain lions, foxes, dryads, wolves, unicorns and goblinoids can be found in the wilds of the empire. Hill giants and ogres in the hills.
Further Reading: Dawn of the Emperors boxed set, DDA1 Arena of Thyatis, DDA2 Legions of Thyatis, previous almanacs.
Last Year's Events: The town of Chonae was founded along a bend in the Trevanion River in the hills on its western bank.