Gears of Panea
The Akiyshna Empire
The guys you’re secretly working for. Russianish empire of the people, large military, tendency to conscript and trample the rights of Savants.
Akiyshna is traditionally a monarchy but three generations ago Havald IV, in imitation of Bedra, decided to adopt an heir. His own daughter was displaced in line to the throne. She led a brief lived and ill fated revolution, before she went into exile in Cabadra, where she bore a son. They still make a claim to the throne while in exile, and they are not entirely without support in the country.
Hazal I introduced a new system whereby he kept the truth of his children’s parentage, be it his own or adopted, secret from them, raised them as true equals, and let an assemblage of administrator’s, not nobles, from each province to choose which child should be the heir.
It is only one of the ways in which the nobles have been undercut in an effort to centralize power.
The current ruler is Garad I.
Akiyshna has a rather vast inland tract of land, though they are currently entirely inland.