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THERANDEROL (Kingdom of)

Location: Centre of the floating continent of Alphatia, north of the Aaslan void, sandwiched between Haven and Theranderol. HW

Area: 123,710. mi. (320,410 sq. km.).

Population: 183,000, including Errolyn (pop. 20,000). [Population figures are tentative, pending census. Ed.]

Languages: Alphatian (Theran dialect).

Coinage: Alphatian Standard: crown (gp), mirror (sp), judge (cp). Theranderol mints no other coins.

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.

Government Type: Monarchy, member of the Alphatian Empire.

Industries: Agriculture, cattle and sheep herding, logging.

Important Figures: Eldrethila (Queen, human, female, M20).

Flora and Fauna: See Alphatia.

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

Description by Zweibelterm.

If I were to pick one word to describe Theranderol, it would be "typical." Save for the fact that it is the ancestral homeland of Alphatia's imperial family and is ruled by Eriadna's daughter, there is little which makes Theranderol stand out as exceptional. It is governed effectively, taxes are collected in a timely manner, corruption is kept in check, and the nation's armies have managed relief projects with aplomb. But Theranderol's people do not stand out when compared to those of Haven or even Arogansa. They are diligent, but somewhat dull. Similarly, the land itself is pleasant and productive enough, being composed of pretty lowlands that hold prosperous plantations, and of fair forests and pastures. The land is clear of monsters except around the Grey Mountains. But even these features, nice enough as they might be compared with other lands, do not stand out as exceptional in Alphatia. The forests of Foresthome are more impressive than those of Theranderol, the grasslands of Arogansa more beautiful. Alphatia does need a place to provide people of sound disposition and good breeding to provide effective government, so Theranderol has provided a vital role (again, with the lapses of Tylion IV and the notorious Zandor excepted), but this does not make for much excitement.

[Though these descriptions are essentially correct, I'm not sure the people of Theranderol would appreciate Zweibelterm's comments. The fact is that the nation is one of the few places in the empire where there is little trouble, so this nation should really be seen as a standard for other nations to follow. The authorities are minimal, yet perform their duties effectively with little or no trouble, so many Alphatian nations could learn a thing or two here. Aritmanes.]