The Sarmatian Commonwealth

 

To the far south and east lie two kingdoms united
by a single crown: what most Théans refer to as “the
Sarmatian Commonwealth.” In the mid-1500s, the
King of Rzeczpospolita (more commonly known as
“Rzeplita”) was also the Grand Duke of neighboring
Curonia. He united the two kingdoms, which also
united the aristocracy, leading to a series of compromises,
limiting the King’s power, and creating a parliament:
the Sejm (pronounced like the English “same”).

Golden Liberty has given every citizen of the
Commonwealth the right to vote in the Sejm. This
change has caused a dramatic shift in power within
the Commonwealth, lifting common peasants to the
same relevance as the nobility. Every person has the
same voice, the same authority.

Rzeczpospolita's (reh-ZEHKS-pos-poh-lee-tah)
climate is usually temperate. The summers are warm
and the winters are cold but there always seems to
be a chilly wind coming in from the North. Rain is
a constant companion during the summer and snow
in the winter.


Due to its size, the Commonwealth has many
distinct geographical features. Politically, the land
is divided into two Nations: Rzeczpospolita in the
southwest and Curonia in the northeast. Most of
Rzeczpospolita is made up of plains and marshes with
forests dotted across the countryside.


The largest river, the Sejm (renamed after the
governing body in a unanimous vote fifty years ago),
runs the entire length of the Nation. It begins near
Sousdal in Ussura, runs down to Bodorigum, south
to Wawelec and into Vodacce, providing a fast trade
route to the southern waters. After that, the Sejm
turns east toward the Bay. Ussura uses the river to
transport goods across the Commonwealth, paying
hefty fees at every stop. In the northeast, Curonia
is almost all marshes, save for the Sandaras Forest,
a haunted place that only the most brave ever
dare enter.

The Sarmatian Commonwealth

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