Cities of Tirenia: Staglia

Population: 150,000

Dragon: Staglia has been ruled by bronze dragons ever since the fall of the Auromian Empire. Imperatore Achille is the current leader of the bronze dragons.

Politics: Staglia is a benevolent fascist military dictatorship. The bronze dragons believe that the world was better off when under the control of the gold dragons. Other bronze dragons are generales, who are advisors to the Imperatore. While the bronze dragons do not see themselves as being as wise or capable as the gold dragons, they are a better alternative than anyone else. Should a new gold dragon emperor appear, it would destroy the Staglian empire.

Economics: Staglia was the first city-state to develop its own merchant navy. It is strongly in favour of private enterprise for public good. Merchants are taxed to enrich the state coffers, but those who suffer hardship can apply for support from the state. There is virtually no unemployment: state-owned enterprises and the army mean that everyone has a job. The result of the bronze economic policies is that while there is no one who reaches the dizzying heights of wealth that can be seen in the other cities, the average citizen is much better-off than anywhere else in Tirenia.

Religion: Salvationism is the principal religion of Staglia, as it is in the rest of Tirenia. However, the Staglian church lacks all political power: it is only concerned with spiritual matters. This is in contrast to the highly political nature of the church in the rest of Tirenia. In addition, the Imperatore claims the right to appoint and dismiss members of the clergy at his discretion, which angers the High Ordinarch (and his green dragon sponsors) in Aterni.

Law Enforcement: Staglia's armies are also responsible for law enforcement duties. Special officers called gendarma act as investigators, while military officers act as judges - more serious offences requiring more senior officers.

Military: Staglia insists on mandatory military training by all adult men. There are strong state incentives for military service, and the conscription means that the city can muster an extremely large army if needed. Individual generales can also employ condottieri as auxiliary forces, but they do not rely on them exclusively in the same way that other cities do.

Cultural & Social: The bronze dragons of Staglia invest in the arts to enrich the lives of their subjects, and there are annual prizes for poetry, art, drama, and more. These are chosen for their educational nature, which is often but not exclusively militaristic. Freedom of speech is allowed, but agreeing with the state is simply more profitable.

Allies and Enemies: Staglia is aggressively expanding its territory, and so has a number of enemies. The Tirenian League is highly concerned with Staglia's expansion. Medilano in particular is beset by enemies from all sides, although the silver dragons are strong enough to withstand for now. Staglia and Vanzenia are great naval rivals, and their war is intensifying now that Vanzenia is expanding inland. Staglia is also strongly positioned against the High Ordinarch in Aterni. Most of Staglia's allies are economic, and there is a strong pro-Imperial factions in Fiumenze.

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Image: 'Genoa,' detail from the Nuremburg Chronicle. Michael Wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff, 1493.

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