Attica
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Attica is part of a region called The Three Nations. These are the monarchies of Galla, Miristan, and Attica. Attica is the smallest of the three, and also the most access to the Sea of Falling Stars, which gives them an advantage over their larger and more militarily powerful relatives. However, there are few wildlands left in this country, as all land has been turned from wilderness into farms or ranches under tight control and regulation. This has resulted in an extraordinarily small number of wild pokemon in the country. As such, Attica tends to have large numbers of breeders, and there are an unusually large number of psychics and martial artists in the Attican military. The Attican government has found itself responsible for walking an important line that spans war, trade, and development. The country is one big scale. If it stays balanced, it has the potential to grow rapidly in the coming years, especially when its northern neighbor Galla is going through troubling times. However, if this scale becomes lopsided, the entire structure could come tumbling down.

Regional History: At one point in history, Attica, Galla and Miristan were all one nation. Then, in year 337, King Drydan died, and his three children split the nations among themselves. Over time, the borders have shifted to reflect the power that each country wields, and they are almost constantly at odds with each other. Attica is the most mercantile and business oriented of the three monarchies, with a good position to trade with Port Said of Carthak. However, fortune has not favored it in recent years, and the past half decade have seen Attica losing much of its territory to Miristan. To counteract these losses, Attica has made a bold move by allying both in trade and military with the world superpower Carthak. However, this has lead to an increased friction with the Court of the Rogue, whose leader escaped from slavery in Carthak, and the Court has been extremely hostile toward the government, moreso than usual.

Culture: Though all three countries have similar values of chivalry, service to the crown, and the glory of war, Atticans are slightly more business oriented than their brethren to the north. This is primarily due to their large exposure to the Sea of Falling Stars. While the other countries can remain largely self sufficient, Attica finds trade a necessity in order for the country to function correctly. Low wild pokemon populations have led to a decreased dependence on the pokemon, and many of the jobs done by pokemon have been replaced by innovative inventions in irrigation and farming. They constantly send ambassadors to the courts of the other two nations in an attempt to gauge their current strength and political stability, and their business sides have learned to spot and exploit opportunities faster than other countries might. Independence is a valued trait in individuals, and they generally dislike relying on others, although it is more than willing to take advantage of others to gain an advantage.

Geography: While the borders of Attica have shifted a great deal over the years, in its current state Attica is a coastal country. The entire nation is a strip of land that follows the coastline to the Sea of Falling Stars, which could be considered the most distinctive feature of the entire country. It's wide coastline allows it to trade with coast cities along Harena and transport goods to other Attican cities. This has lead to the large amount of international trade that courses through the nation, differentiating it from its neighbors. The sea has also allowed the country to remain at least partially self-sufficient, and seafood comprises a large portion of an average Attican's diet. However, not all aspects of being a coastal country are beneficial. The country has an unfortunate habit of being hit by unusually large and powerful storms, which can shut down entire cities for days on end. Additionally, the dependence on sea transport has lead to a less efficient road structures, which hinders any attempt to mobilize military attack. Finally, every single coast city in the world is prone to attacks from the pirates of the Syreni Islands, and this coastal nation is extremely susceptible to these attacks.

Demographics Atticans come from the same fold as Gallans and Miristans, but deep historical differences make each group consider themselves different and superior, even though the physical and cultural differences between them are very small. However, Attica tends to have a larger influx of cultures and nationalities than its sister countries. There is a healthy Carthaki population throughout Attica, especially after the trade alliance was signed. Additionally, people from many other nations bordering the Sea of Falling Stars emigrate to Attica. However, there is still one main language, and foreigners are expected to assimilate to Attican culture. A small percent of the population is comprised of nobles and knights, but the majority of Attica is split between a thriving middle class and a large lower class that performs manual labor. This divide is growing, as are the frustrations of the lower class who sometimes feel used by the merchants and by the military generals.

Economy: Trade is a major part of Attica's economy, especially in the city of Gillea. Their position makes it possible for them to trade easily with the rich resources of Harena through the Sea of Falling Stars, and with Galla and Misrtran across the lengthy border it shares with the two countries. They trade a variety of items including grain, animal products, pottery, and weapons. They import most of their wood from Miristan, and try to avoid deforesting their portion of the Darken Forest, which serves as an important defense mechanism against invasion (and last remnant of wilds in the country). From Carthak they receive valuable minerals and engage in a healthy dose of pokemon egg trading, as they receive exotic and powerful species in exchange for pokemon not seen in the wilds of the Haranese Desert. They have strong economic ties with Gavent as well, and their ships are constantly darting across the Sea of Falling Stars to various coastal cities.

Politics and Government: Attica is a relatively strong monarchy, with the ruler a direct descendant of King Drydan. The King is relatively free to pass whatever laws he likes, as the nobles in Attica have relatively little power compared to other comparable countries. Instead, the real check on the King's power are the powerful merchant guilds who ensure that their interests are protected in the decisions of the rich and powerful. The court of Attica is smaller than in the other two countries, mostly because it has less lands for fiefdoms and is set up in a more city-state manner. The recent trade and military alliance with Carthak has proved a popular decision with all the nobles and merchants, but it severely upset the underground government in the Court of the Rogue, who has been acting in opposition to the government since that decision.

Pokemon: Wild pokemon are rather scarce throughout Attica due to the small number of wildlands left. The land has all been changed into domesticated farmland, and breeding remains the main way that new trainers from Attica obtain their first pokemon. Thus, Attica places more importance on human warriors in their armies than pokemon. The main source of pokemon are bred for war, and the pokemon trade is thriving. The one major source of wild pokemon left to Atticans are water types from the Sea of Falling Stars, but water type pokemon are not generally useful in the land wars it engages with its neighbors. However, they do strengthen the navy, which struggles constantly with the raiders of the Syreni Islands. Due to this shortage in pokemon and the increased focus on human battle ability, it is rare for more traditional pokemon battling competitions to take place compared to other countries.

Important People:
Rikash Moonbeam: A seasoned trader, Rikash is one of the most influential people in Attica. Many nobles owe debts to Rikash, and he has supplied transportation for Attican troops more than a couple times on his ships. He ensures that the nobility passes favorable laws for the merchants, and the merchants pay him well for it. Over the past 40 years Rikash has gained control of over 1/3 of all transactions in Attica. He is also rumored to have connections in the Court of the Rogue. However, this connection has become strained with the Court's recent actions in opposition to the Carthaki treaty.

Kyanna Jendrassi: Kyanna is an ex-slave of Carthak who currently rules the Attican branch of the Court of the Rogue (see that page for more information on Kyanna and the Court). When the trade merger was announced she began an aggressive and violent push back against the government in protest, burning Carthaki ships, intercepting trade shipments, and destroying the lives of the nobles and merchants who arranged the alliance. She has hosted several public rallies in Gillea accusing it of supporting slavery with this new treaty. She has gained popularity, and rumors have it that she is planning on taking control of Gillea if the treaty isn't revoked soon.

Nereus Dartwin: Nereus is the governor of Gillea, a large a ferocious man with an intimidating mustache. He is one of the main people responsible for the alliance with Carthak and is currently in the middle of trying to exterminate Kyanna and her rabble rousers. He and his city guard have tried to capture her at her public appearances, but to no avail. He recently put out a reward for anybody willing to sell her out. With a powerful swampert as his main companion, Nereus is willing to do anything to defend Gillea from what he sees as Kyanna's unjust reign of terror.

Important Areas:
Fairbale: Attica's capital, Fairbale is a moderately sized city. Like all of urban Attica, it has a bustling port with goods coming in and leaving from its waters daily. The King's palace sits on an island offshore, and is connected to the city by a large bridge. Wingull roam the city roofs and skitty the streets looking for food. The city is relatively calm in comparison to Gillea, and some say that the King is too isolated from the events in his kingdom. Fairbale also hosts quite a few large breeding guilds that sell eggs to the military and general populace. It receives noticeably less trade than Gillea, but it remains a prosperous trade city nonetheless.

Gillea: Gillea is the largest city in any of the three lands. It has flourished due to large amounts of trade with Harena, a strong Navy training program, and a governor who is famous for defending his city from attack with the ferocity of a dragon. It is a bustling city with the Attican branch of the Court of the Rogue, and is partially the center of all commerce in this portion of Aatos. The saying is "all roads lead to Gillea," and its true. Most products that pass country borders go through Gillea at some point. This has made it the worst possible place for a potential uprising to spring up. Kyanna and her rogues have been opposing what they see as an endorsement of slavery, which Kyanna herself suffered through. After several public demonstrations, the public is beginning to side with Kyanna. With a little more of a push, Kyanna could throw the city into a crisis of war, completely destabilizing Attica's largest asset. If this happens, Attica would likely fall to an opportunistic attack from one of its northern neighbors and become assimilated into the other nations. In short, the Three Nations would become Two - if Kyanna gets that push of course.

Attica in your Campaign:
Attica can find its place in your campaign in a couple of different ways. For a campaign based in the country, the PCs could be budding merchants, struggling to find competitive trade contracts abroad, protect their cargo from pirates and thieves, and finding places to sell their wares for a profit. Or they could be a part of the Court of Thieves, or even an emissary from Carthak to see how the trade agreement is unfolding. They could get wrapped up in the mercantile atmosphere, or they could find themselves struggling to save or overthrow the local government of Gillea as Kyanna sparks a rebellion.

Alternatively, the PCs might simply be visiting Gillea as part of a larger journey. Perhaps they are travelling to or from Carthak for whatever reason and Gillea is a stop at port. They arrive in the midst of the uprising, which could have been triggered by any number of things. Perhaps an organization the PCs are fighting (the Ring of Shadows perhaps) are manipulating Kyanna or Nereus to create a situation of death and destruction that benefits themselves. It could be an accidental, but key, step in accomplishing their larger goals.

Finally, with the preponderance of breeders, players in search of a specific breed of pokemon should look no further than Attica, which produces more eggs than perhaps every other country in Iussus. Nearly every species in the world can be found here as an egg, although those not sold by thieves often run extremely high prices, especially those rare species like scyther that cannot be found on the mainland naturally.

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