After the Summoning Wars
The Gold Duchies are a loose conglomeration of city states or duchies that were once a single kingdom.
The Duchies: Yurian, Vaneo, Aiegon, Carma, Wuunder, Chargoth, and Hargoth.
Capitol: Each of the seven Duchies is ruled as a city-state with its own capitol of the same name as the Duchy.
Government Organization: Monarchy. Each Duchy is ruled by an independent Duke and/or Duchess. Originally the Gold Duchy had a central monarchy, but it ended, keeping the old Duchy system.
Religion(s): Mostly the Churches of Pelor and Heironeous. Kord has a greater following in Chargoth and Hargoth, while St. Cuthbert is dominant Carma. While these are not theocracies, religious freedom is often pretty restricted based on which Duchy you’re in.
War: Yurian and Vaneo are allied with the Iron Kingdom against Peloria. Aiegon, Carma, and Wuunder occasionally have battles with Valcoria over various islands. Alliances and conflicts between the Duchies are complex and ever-changing. Despite this, the Duchies rarely maintain their own armies (Wuunder being the exception) and rely on mercenaries from Valcoria and Kordia.
Views on Non-humans: Unfriendly. Non-humans are usually deported to Valcoria or the Freelands. Not many non-humans try to set up shop in the Gold Duchies, so the issue of non-human rights is fairly mild. Slavery and killings of non-humans vary between the Duchies, though none have serious laws against it.
Views on Arcane Magic: Unfriendly. Much like Valcoria, most of the Duchies have found the value of arcane magics. It’s usually kept under wraps, though, and mostly only allowed for the particularly rich and/or rulers. Arcane casters, other than bards, are usually pursued by the law. Often they vanish (though some suspect into the service of the Duke or Duchess)
Interesting notes: If the Gold Duchies were to unite and raise troops, they would easily surpass all other nations in wealth and military might. It’s very difficult to even get two of them to work together for one end, though. Also, their reliance on mercenaries makes any large military campaign infeasible. Since each Duchy is different, it’s difficult to give a comprehensive description of each one here.
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