Kingdom of Blackheart
Location: Northeast-center of the floating continent of Alphatia, south of Frisland, west of the Kerothar Mountains, east of Alphas'ar and north of Shiye-Lawr.
Area: 74,326 sq. mi. (192,505 sq. km.).
Population: 45,400, including Shraek (pop. 15,300).
Languages: Alphatian (Arogansan dialect).
Taxes: 15% income tax on everyone of servant status or higher. Slaves are counted as the property of the owner and the product of their labour is taxed as income for the owner. Payment of taxes and fees by the mages, including the "tower tax" (which actually applies to all types of structures built by the various wizards) insures that the kingdom will stay out of their affairs and leave them alone. Those who fail to pay often receive unwelcome visits. There are also tolls to enter Shraek, as well as surtaxes on all transactions conducted in that city.
Government Type: Monarchy, member of the Alphatian Empire.
Industries: Magical research, privacy, herbs.