This collection of independant realms basically encircle the Middle Sea. Their focus is on trade, and they do that to the far reaches of Gea. Springing up from the ashes of the The Change, most were formed by what could only be called Robber Barons. Thus, virtually any form of government can be found, but the predominant form is a tyranny. There is some cooperation, but this usually only takes the form of a group of “Merchant Kings” deciding they are going to gang up on somebody else for profit.
Their influence is felt throughout the southern portions of Gran Breetan, Aeropia, The Grand Duchy, and they are beginning to push into Oforica and into the deserts of the East. They are the source of the bulk of mercenary bands, that being a lucritive business market. They have powerful fleets of armed merchants that sail, some say, as far as the Indus and possibly even to the Chin Empire and Niponica. From here have emerged rumors of vast lands far across the Atlantean Ocean, though few believe the stories.
All the known world awaits and fears that one state will rise above the rest and form an unstoppable empire, for the resources are there if one leader of sufficint cunning and ability were to make the attempt.