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Verdan (Kingdom of)by Hervé Musseau
Location: Esterhold, continent of Skothar, west of the Jennite Lands, northwest of Minaea.
Capital: Faraway (population 35,000).
Area: 126,000 sq. mi.
Language: Alphatian, Jennite.
Coinage: Alphatian Standard.
Taxes: King Nicodemus imposes an income tax of 20% on everyone of servant status or higher, customs duties of 2%, and a sales tax of 5%.
Government type: Monarchy until Flaurmont, AC 1014, then part of the Republic of Esterhold.
Industries, Description, Notable Sites, History, Flora and Fauna: See the PWAs.
Important Figures: Nicodemus (King of Verdan), then Talin, (Governor of Verdan).
Updates for the years 1013 and 1014 AC: After the fall of Blackrock in the beginning of 1013, King Nicodemus expected an imminent invasion by the New Alphatian forces, and prepared his own troops accordingly. The assault came only one year after-but Broderick's troops were yet more numerous than Nicodemus had expected. It didn't last long before the fortified kingdom surrendered to the invaders-thanks in part to the aerial support of skyships from Aeria and Floating Ar. Broderick established a military command of the land in order to prevent further assassinations of both former Alphatian masters and Jennite slaves, until the country was integrated in the Republic of Esterhold. Nicodemus is in fleeing, while the fate of Xanthus is unknown-whether he perished in his man-of-war crash-landing or teleported before is a recurrent subject of discussion all over Esterhold.
See Also: DotE, PWAs (esp. PWA3 for latest information), nace1314, esterhol.