Ronen is the most populous of the kingdoms of the empire, having the most citizens and largest of cities. It is a hub of trade with its many port cities, and is the naval power of Aylanae.
Rulership and Government of Ronen
The people of Ronen would prefer to have rule be conducted purely via democratic vote, however the law of Aylanae requires that their kingdom have a singular thronehold, to whom they assign the title High Senator.
The actual process of Ronen’s elected officials is somewhat complicated. Each city state (including surrounding region) elects a Mayor via popular vote of that region. The Mayors of a given region (usually 3-4) vote together to appoint a Senator (of which there are 7 total). The senators then cast their vote on a high senator.
The Mayors are in charge of regional city state laws, while national laws of Ronen are handled via the Senate.
The senate maintains a faction of elite professional warriors, called the Myrmidons. They serve senate interests.
The Great Guilds
Some say the true power in Ronen is in the guilds, originally unions of craftsmen, the guilds expanded to be strong mercantile enterprises similar to corporations, with individual guild members owning “shares” of the guild itself. The original intent of most guilds has been largely lost due to guilds branching off into all manner of commercial enterprises, so it’s not uncommon to find inns run by the Guild of Swords for instance.
Major Cities of Ronen
Other Sites in Ronen
Attitudes of the People
The people of Ronen are a hard working lot, believing that with enough perseverance, they can build up their own strong empire. Their beliefs in equality of man generally put them at odds with the other kingdoms and the empire itself, as they generally feel that Rahseld gets too many perks and benefits, more so than their kindgom. They also tend to distrust the Imbued as a whole, due to the image that they’re superior to the common man and stand against the ideals of Ronen.
Still, the people of Ronen have prospered under the magitech developments of the empire, so many have come to accept it, at least partly, realizing the good it has brought. Still many are distrustful of the imperial government, especially the rule by Imbued.
Other Notable Factions
- The Freedom Guild (Revolutionary group)
Before the Empire
Ronen was once known as the Free Lands, a place that had stripped itself of nobility and titles, where any man could earn his own worth through accomplishment. During the Crimson War, in the year 253, where the old kingdom of Cien broke apart. In its place was formed the Free Lands, the first democracy of the world.