Continental Excursions; Fanolania

While it doesn’t border Slothjemia, or even any of Slothjemia’s immediate neighbors, the Kingdom of Fanolania is a powerful entity on the continent of Partum. Unlike the primarily human Geldenreich, Fanolania enjoys a largely homogenous political environment. Fanolania is also the most stable country in the continent, having had the same king for almost one thousand years; King Carloman, an elven noble that helped guide and protect this region when the Third Imperium collapsed. His son, King Carlobar Martel, took the throne after Carloman made the trip to the great beyond as elves are known to do. In much the same way that Romillia is a blend of dwarves and humans, Fanolania is a mix of elves and humans. Unlike Romillia, the bond between the humans and elves of Fanolania is much more equitable. While very much a feudal nation, Fanolania can boast a content population of elves, humans, and of course half-elves.

One of the central pillars of Fanolanian life is the Church. Led mostly by human clerics, and overseen by the powerful Archbishop of Avondace, the capital of Fanolania, the Church has a somewhat rocky relationship with branches in other countries. There is a solidarity, though, enough to have cemented the mutual interests of Geldenreich and Fanolania in a loosely knit alliance. The primary goals of this alliance is to make sure that the Forkanzan city-states don’t get too big for their britches, and that the small, chaotic countries of The Wenigzustand are prevented from sowing their peculiar brands of corruption and evil all over the continent. The third member of this alliance is Lusatia, an eastern realm that boasts an even stronger Church, and devotion to preventing the spread of lawlessness. The Church in Fanolania, however, has become increasingly wary of the governance of the elven king as the edicts issued from the throne often run contrary to the traditions and values of the archbishopric. Despite the fact that King Carlobar Martel has always been a staunch defender of the Church there is growing concern that a rift between the two stabilizing forces of the realm is eminent.

Fanolania is a rich, vibrant nation with few internal political fissures and virtually no foreign enemies that can pose a reputable threat (the rising power of Lombardia in Forkanza has begun to create some concern in the southeastern portion of Fanolania, though). Outside observers caution that this has made Fanolania weak, and that there is no indication that if threatened with a strong foe, the nobility would not have the stomach or the backbone to resist. Fanolania would argue that their pride alone would compel them to stand united, and Geldenreich would probably suggest that Fanolanian arrogance is a weapon in itself, but most everyone on the continent hopes that nobody ever has to find out.