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Surshield (Kingdom of)

Location: Southeastern Bellissaria, west of the Straits of Minaea, east of Horken and Turmoil. AS

Area: Approx. 150,000 sq. miles (382,500 sq. km).

Population: 51,200, including Spearpoint (pop. 30,800), Fort Ballarat (pop. 2,100) and Fort Merrelin (pop. 2,100).

Languages: Alphatian (Bellissarian dialect).

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

Taxes: 15% income tax on everyone of servant status or higher, and an import/export tax of 2% on magical items and components, and 1% on all other goods (Naycese kingdoms, Karameikos and Thyatis excluded). 10% of tax revenue goes to the Naycese treasury, and an additional 10% is spent on military forces in the name of the confederation

Government Type: Monarchy, member of Nayce.

Industries: Military, agriculture, fishing.

Important Figures: Gratia (Queen).

Flora and Fauna: Like its neighbouring Bellissarian kingdoms Surshield boasts little indigenous animal life. Most animals and plants were brought in from elsewhere and correspond to the terrain, both domestic and wild.

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

Last Year's Events: None to report.