The World of Kern
The Kingdom of Etheria consists of 9 independent fiefdoms that have elected a single, dominant king. During the Hariimic invasion the fiefdoms came together and elected Sir Ethra Vikarian, a respected and well known lord independent of political allegiances. To keep Sir Ethra in line the remaining 8 Lords of Etheria were each granted a governing seat and well defined boundaries between the nations. Although they make up a single national entity, there are still numerous squabbles and even wars that occur between the states, however, when the king or council call for aid, they generally band together under the Royal Crest.