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QEODHAR (Kingdom of)

Location: Northern Alphatian Sea, northeast of Norwold and west of the Yannivey Islands. AS

Area: 88,791 sq. mi. (229,969 sq. km.), including Icehop Island 5,487 sq. mi. (14,212 sq. km.), Qeodhar Island 82,307 sq. mi. (213,175 sq. km.), Whaler's Island 997 sq. mi. (2,582 sq. km.).

Population: 20,000, including Farend (pop. 5,000). [Population figures are tentative, pending census. Ed.]

Languages: Alphatian (Frisian dialect), Heldannic.

Coinage: Alphatian Standard: crown (gp), mirror (sp), judge (cp).

Taxes: 15% income tax on everyone of servant status or higher and an import tax of 1% (Naycese kingdoms and Karameikos excluded). 10% goes to the imperial treasury. The "baron" has been known to levy additional surtaxes on occasion, which are used to support his unusually large fleet.

Government Type: Monarchy, member of Nayce.

Industries: Fishing, trade, raiding, whaling, seal-trapping.

Important Figures: Norlan (King, human, male, F15).

Flora and Fauna: Seal herds, boars, giant crabs, dolphins, white dragons, dragon turtles, giant fish, frost giants, mermen, sharks, whales, and wolves (including some of the two-legged variety).

Further Reading: M1 Into the Maelstrom, Dawn of the Emperors boxed set, previous almanacs.

Description by Allstrick.

Yanifey and disreputable types that were no longer welcomed on Alphatia proper settled this cold, barren island. Despite several attempts to achieve respectability, Baron Norlan is more known for continuing these traditions than for stamping them out. An island of rugged seamen, the people of Qeodhar are known for their whaling and sealing, but also for less respectable occupations. Farend, the capital, is known for shipyards that build stout vessels, well able to survive the severe weather of this area. The people themselves are largely of typical northern stock, taciturn and suspicious. They were long a thorn in the side of the empress, and I don't doubt that Norlan, his protestations of loyalty notwithstanding, will end up causing the Naycese Council no end of trouble.