The Cimmerian setting contains many cities which are setup as independent city-states, much like Classical Greece. A few kingdom states exist and occasionally the city-states ally against a greater threat, but usually they spend their time fighting amongst themselves.
Each city-state has a different method of ruling. Royal lines, republics, caste systems, and even magical systems of government exist in the Cimmerian cities. Each city description details the method of governance in that city.
Cimmeria contains two large kingdoms which rule over multiple cities, the Aractrashan Kingdom and the Xorian Kingdom. Aractrash exists within the Aractrashan Jungle and along the eastern shore of the Caspian. Xoria dominated the western half of Cimmeria and until recently was expanding into the east.
Persia is the other major player in Cimmeria politics. Due to problems on their western borders with the Greeks the Persians have stayed out of Cimmeria since the First Alliance War. However, Xoria’s weakening after losing the Second Alliance War may provide an opportunity for the foreign juggernaut.
Over the last fifty years Xoria rapidly expanded its borders. Starting with the control of just three city-states the Kingdom’s influence spread to encompass half of Cimmeia in just two generations of rulers. This expansion was begun by King Jevaninada the First. The events of the First Alliance War resulted in Jevaninada’s death, but his pregnant wife, Queen Anajakaze, continued the war in his absence. She gave birth to a son, Jevaninada II, during the war and she swiftly concluded hostilities. The Queen continued to add to Xoria’s borders during her regency for her son.
When it came time to relinquish her regency, Anajakaze refused. Prince Jevaninada II resorted to violence to reclaim his throne, but the battle between him and his mother was interrupted by a draconic intruder. Blendegad the Reaper, the vampiric human turned red dragon, attacked the royal pair, slaying Anajakaze and draining Jevaninada’s blood. Jevaninada’s divine royal blood mixed with that of Blendegad forming a new type of daywalker vampire. Jevaninada II arose as the first dragovinian and the new King of Xoria.
Blendegad established himself as the new god of Xoria with Jevaninada II as his living avatar. The two dubbed their new religion Dragoviniysm. The strong were rewarded with dragovinian status. The weak were fed upon once a week by those gifted with immortality. With the Olympians in disarray, the new Xorian hegemony was free to push into eastern Cimmeria, taking ground from the Second Alliance.
Aractrash is a kingdom in its infancy. King Staynard is only the third in his royal line to sit on the throne in the capital of Yuettencal. His father, King Ballard, died recently in an assassination attempt. Ballard had hoped to keep Aractrash out of the Second Alliance War with Xoria, but his death has forced Staynard to join the Second Alliance. While inexperienced, Staynard is surrounded by many competent and loyal advisors who provide guidance as his leaderships skills develop.
The Second Alliance
The Second Alliance was formed by Amalganus of Jipangu in response to the rise of Dragovinyism in Xoria. Over time the organization grew to include Jipangu, Bradel Fields, Shalerton, Restnor’s Point, Shalemstead, Jord, and Phoenix. After war broke out with Xoria, Mars’ Oasis, the rest of the dwarven people, and the Aractrash Kingdom also joined the fight.
During the war the Second Alliance was a loose cooperation between the allies to provide aid and assistance as possible. The terms were loose enough that committing soldiers to particular battles was essentially voluntary. The strongest contrast is between Shalerton and Bradel Fields. Shalerton kept most of its forces at home for defense, while Bradel Fields participated in battle after battle and ultimately was wiped off the map in the destruction of the Second Alliance War.
Throughout the war, Arendil of Jipangu and Astyanax of Bradel Fields were the guiding forces for the Second Alliance, but at the conclusion of the fighting two new men came forth to take the spotlight. These were Amalius of Jipangu, son of Amalganus, and Danar the Hero of the Dragon War returned to life.