Business and Trading Reports for the Stolen Land. As the rules on Cross-Border trade and development are progressing, I needed to think about how they would be applied across the game. There areas that could be ripe for trade, at some point – the Lebeda holding at Silver Hall, Stonewall and even Nikvata’s Crossing – BUT those aren’t on the agenda at the moment.
Mivon (Large City)
Political: Mivon is controlled by eight major houses and their allies, who run the city for their own benefit. In their view, everyone else is lucky to receive their protection, and can pay for that privilege. There is a large premium (1bp) for developments in the Central District.
Risks: Mivon is not well patrolled, various Aldori Houses vie for the right to patrol the city, and they patrol the upper city regularly – although you can never be quite sure of who will be on patrol and their outlook on life. The lower part of the city, ins not patrolled by the Aldori, and in the control of various gangs. So long as they don’t encroach on Aldori territory, the patrols leave them alone.
Tax Rate: High
Jovvox (Small Town)
Political: A small town dominated by Gnomes. They are aware that expansion will bring in more members of the larger races, and they want to keep things small, compact and primarily Gnomish. Getting permission to build here is difficult, and will always be restricted.
Risk: Inconsistent government, via and ‘open’ council where every member of the community can take part in decision-making.
New Stetven (Metropolis)
Political: Since the Surtova took over, trading here has become less profitable – Favoured Status goes to those who support The Surtova. They charge a premium (0.5bp) for developments in the city, which even long-term residents pay. It is believed that the Surtova are protecting their Port Ice trade routes.
Risks: The river route along the East Sellen through the Hooktongue Slough and beyond has become more difficult in recent years. Pirate numbers have declined, but attacks by monsters and monstrous humanoids has increased. Many merchant houses use armed vessels to improve their chances of getting through.
Tax rate: Very High.
Brundeston (Large Town)
Political: Run by members of the Al Golka clan of dwarves, to serve as the new Dwarf Home, to replace the mines and holdings in the Golushkin Mountains (Gray Haven) that ‘disappeared’. Leaders of Dwarf Clans are favoured Developers. Humans may be given ‘Standard’ investment rates to provide services the Dwarves need, but other developments are restricted. Somewhat isolationist.
Risk: Very Little. Stable government and a secure area.
Tax: Medium High
The Eastern Region is a political alliance between East Rostland, Restov and House Khavortorov. They share a Chapter of the Brevic Order, in the same way as the Southern States do, but it is unclear whether this arrangement will last, nor quite how the three power groups will work together in the longer term. Both Restov and House Khavortorov seem concerned that East Rostland will simply swamp them.
Restov (Large City)
Political: There has been little change in the City Council’s makeup, since Lady Jamandi was made Countess of East Rostland, but the balance of power has shifted towards a more conservative philosophy favoured established businesses. There is some concern that they will become less influential as Lady Jamandi takes full control of East Rostland. The Mayor and Advocate are both from merchant families, and any Merchant House wishing to get established will be in direct competition with them. There is a 0.5bp premium for developments inside the city walls. Part of the Eastern Region.
Risk: The city is patrolled by independent Guard units associated with the most powerful faction in a district. However, the Guard Unit is consistent and follows the same philosophy every day. There is a risk of hot-headed young duellists fighting in the street.
Tax Rate: Medium.
Sway (Small Town)
Politics: Owned by House Khavortorov, Sway is a satellite town to their main holdings at the Khavortorov Citadel, it sits on the New Steven road and provides access to many of the small estates in central Rostland. There is some concern that they will become less influential as Lady Jamandi takes full control of East Rostland. House Khavortorov get favoured development rates while everyone else is treated as an outsider, and only given limited development permission. Part of the Eastern Region.
Risk: Low. Stable government and a secure area, although with political concerns about their neighbours.
Sirian (New Town)
Politics: Set on the Restov/Brundeston road this destined to be the capital of East Rostland – the county created for Lady Jamandi Aldori after the recent ‘disagreements’. The town is still very new, and it is not yet clear how it will develop. Part of the Eastern Region.
Risk: Lady Jamandi’s rule is not yet fully established. There is still contention with The Surtova, nor has everyone within her new County acted her rule. It could be in for turbulent times.
Tax Rate: Low
The Southern Region
The Southern Region is a political alliance between Midmarch, Tusk and Old Keep. They share a Chapter of the Brevic Order, in the same way as the Eastern States do. The political position in Midmarch, is well known.
Old Keep: Old Keep has broken ranks with the rest of The Southern Region and has a Medium Tax rate, which leads to commercial profitability of 0.4bp. Lady Zelona has stated that Old Keep will stay a rural and wilderness estate, and as such she wants to encourage investors who will help promote those aims by accepting a lower return rate.
The two other colonies remain independent and are not part of a regional organisation.
Politics: The original settlement was sponsored by The Surtova, Lebeda and Khavortorov, although Surtova are the most influential patrons by far. However, Baron Drelev’s reputation has diminished as trade south via the East Sellen has fallen.
Risk: Is in danger of becoming a dead-end trade route.
Tax: Very High.
Varnhold is not currently trading. This is under investigation.