Breland

“We gain what we give.”
– Brelish national motto


Population: 6,000,000
Ruler: Bortan ir’Wynarn

Breland is a constitutional monarchy that is one of the original Five Nations of central Khorvaire. It is located on the south-southwest portion of the continent, and is a mosaic of farmland, forest, and sprawling cityscapes, including the famous city of Sharn. It is a place of hard-working people with proud traditions of labour, both agricultural and industrial. Breland is ruled by King Bortan ir’Wynarn alongside a parliament that consists of two houses, one for feudal lords and one for elected ministers. The country is still recovering from a brief but bloody civil war that resulted in the loss of nearly half of its land to Korland.

Key Points:

  • Industrious country known for farming and industry
  • Population evenly divided between rural and urban populations
  • Recovering from a civil war

History

Breland, one of the Five Nations of Khorvaire, is a land that combines agricultural tradition with modern industrial thinking. It takes its name from Brey, the daughter of King Galifar I.

After the death of the last king of Galifar, his daughter Wroann ir’Wynarn governed Breland. Though Wroann was the twin sister of Wrogar of Aundair, she was different from him in every way, and promised to make her country a place where people would be judged by who they were, rather than the circumstances of their birth. With her father’s death, Wroann led Breland to become one of the first aggressors in the Last War. Her devotion withstood the test of time, as many of Wroann’s ideals are still held by the Brelish today.

Today, Breland is ruled by Bortan, a descendant of Wroann. Bortan’s father, King Boranel ir’Wynarn, ruled from 961 YK until his death in 1000 YK, when he was killed from injuries sustained in the Starpeaks Invasion. Perhaps Breland’s greatest king, Boranel’s death was met with great upset. Three heirs arose as candidates for the throne, including his oldest sons Aejar and Bortan, and his brother Kor. The parliament was divided and nearly collapsed during this time, leading to a succession crisis and eventually, civil war.

Kor’s military experience and large mercenary accompaniment allowed him to claim a large part of Breland, while Aejar was assassinated early on (believed by many to be his brother Bortan’s doing). Bortan held Wroat and Sharn, two of the most important points of control. The war soon reached a stalemate, and so to avoid more bloodshed, a treaty was drafted which split Breland in two, giving the western half to Kor, who then founded Korland. A small region of land in the east was also given to Eros in exchange for King Zil’dejin’s extensive support for Bortan during the war effort.

Culture & Society

On the whole, Brelish are an industrious and humble people. Brelish culture emphasizes hard work and dedication, and it shows in its society.

Brelish government is unusual in that it is a constitutional monarchy. Voting members of constituencies elect officials to represent them in the parliament, which they share with a semi-separate house of feudal lords. The parliament often butts heads with the power of the throne, and wishes to have complete control, but the monarchy has not yet surrendered it. The ministers nearly seized this control during the succession crisis leading up to the Brelish Civil War, but after the war ended it became clear that it was still premature to try and dissolve the monarchy.

Economy

Breland has a booming economy due to its focus on trade and industry. Its chief exports are weapons, armor, tools, processed ore, metalwork, manufactured goods, heavy industry. It is also home to the West Khorvaire Trading Company, the largest freelance trade company in Khorvaire not associated with a Dragonmarked House.

Breland

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