“When I was a child, the finest tutors in the Empire taught me the history of my nation. As a boy, I was taught how my predecessors, my family, failed to protect their country and their throne. We have established a tradition of passing down decay and division. When my son learns of Figossa’s history, he will not find my name at the bottom of a lineage of mistakes.” -Euliss Tyrce VII, Current Emperor of Figossa
Figossa, the Empire of a Hundred Revolutions, was once the largest empire on the living realm, stretching across multiple landmasses and having a military might that steamrolled all who opposed their expansion. It was the sheer amount of successes that proved its downfall: in order to manage such a monumental nation, the crown needed to appoint regents to maintain sections of Figossa. Almost the entirety of the north was carved up between these noble families. In theory, they still had to bow to the Emperor, but in practice, they had free reign over their separate domains. Eventually, just the thought having to submit to a greater authority offended the noble families, who had become used to absolute powers. One by one, the crown-appointed regents rebelled. Those that didn’t were cannibalized by the revolutions, their lands added to those who cobbled together nations from bits and pieces of what the nobility could secure. So many happened at the same time, that the crown was unable to retain almost any of the noble families. Over the span of 50 years, Figossa lost the entire northern half of its Empire, halving its size and crippling its influence in the world.
Although Figossa is but an echo of a once great Empire, even with half of its land it’s still the largest nation in the world, and arguably still wields enough might to be a global superpower. It stretches along the southern half of the Figossan continent, located on top of the center of numerous trade routes. With enough time and money, a Figossan ship can bring you any good from anywhere in the world (including those at war with Figossa, if you’re willing to finance some smuggling). Militarily, although Figossa no longer has the raw brute force to terrorize its enemies as it once did, it still has enough of a presence that other nations hesitate when taking action that might oppose it. In recent times, the crown has built up the habit of hiring mercenary companies to bolster its forces, and knights of the Emperor's Court frequently team up with eclectic assortments of adventuring parties and sellswords.
Figossa can roughly be broken down into three main regions. Western Figossa is mostly entirely coastal, sandwiched on a thin strip of land between the Sonderhem woods and the Tesarc sea. The three main trading cities (Tirarosa, Meratxi, and Tiranova) are the gems of this region, but due to the dangers of both pirates and creatures that stray out of the Sonderhem, few other settlements tend to last. Southern Figgosa is mostly comprised of relatively small towns located on the plentiful plains and rivers of this area. Often nicknamed The Harvest Region, Southern Figossa is mostly farmland and easily the largest of the three regions. Along the southernmost coast, the city of Nasla is famed for being the only city that has trade agreements with the otherwise closed off nation of Jaosfir.
The third region, Central Figossa, is a bit of a misnomer. It used to be the very middlemost region of the empire during its heyday, but is currently the northern border. Still, seldom call it Northern Figossa under accused of treason. The Cartographer’s guild has lost several mapmakers due to this bit of semantics, as Emperor Tyrce considers it a sore subject. The capital of Figossa, Cynoc Citadel, is located in this hilly region towards the eastern border of the Sonderhem woods. Cynoc Citadel, the throne of the Emperor, is one of the most famous cities on the Living Realm and a staple of Figossan culture. Most of the attention of Cynoc is focused northwards in various relationships with the Northern Nations. Relations are always tense with these regions, but have yet to return to all out war or go beyond brief skirmishes. The Cynocen Diplomats, a small but crown-appointed crew (handpicked for loyalty above all else) are famous for their ability to play off of this tension to benefit the crown. There’s a saying in the Northern nations about Figossan diplomats, “A sword can stab you only so many times, but a broken promise never stops twisting the knife”.