The Republic of Duvain

*Racial Breakdown*: 65% Human, 10% High Elves, 10% Hobling, 15% other.
*Major Industries*: Trade, Finance, Fishing.
*Military*: Powerful naval forces, small land forces, little magic.
*Government*: Democratic Republic
*Current Ruler*: A council of twelve, headed by Chief Spokesman Witt

South of the continent, and between the Kingdoms of Tiefanue and Berphaunt, lies the small island nation of Duvain. Ruled by a council of twelve with an elected Chief Spokesman, the nation quickly became an economic powerhouse over its short existence due to its virtual monopoly on trade. This monopoly was largely attained through its perfect location for such enterprises. Citizens of Duvain have become master diplomats, and they lay claim to a major embassy in each known nation. Their navy rivals even the great Royal Navy of the Kingdom of Tiefanue, and their merchant fleet consists of thousands of ships. Although Duvain prides itself as being a friend to all civilized nations, the Kingdom of Berphaunt looks upon the Republic of Duvain with hostility.


At one time, Duvain was a colony of the Eastern Kingdom. But after suffering from what many saw as a harsh and oppressive rule, the people of Duvain revolted, spearheaded by a small group of lower-class militarists called the House of Orange. After ten long and bloody years of guerrilla warfare, the Kingdom of Berphaunt, pressured politically by outside sources, was forced to recognize Duvain's independence. The House of Orange ruled Duvain for just three years afterwards, but as with most military governments who have no wars to fight, they were peacefully (if stubbornly) removed from command. A new Republic was formed. Right away, all effort was placed into economic and diplomatic pursuits and the Republic has not looked back since. The current Chief Spokesman is a man by the name of Witt, although the House of Orange still exists and is always nipping at the heels of government.

Over the past 20 years, Duvain has expanded its naval might, and holds virtually all waters on their side of the continent. The Republic has few active enemies aside from pirates. In response to this maritime threat, the nation has amassed a fleet of privateers. It has been rumoured that some of these privateers are pirates in their own right.

Until Clan Sprawn was finally forced into submission by the Conclave, Duvain was the Clan's most powerful ally. Duvain provided half of its naval fleets to aid the Clan Sprawn cause, successfully defeating Tiefanue's Royal Navy and forcing them to abandon the Eastern War.


The new republic is very popular with the people of Duvain. It is run by council of 12 (at last note, Paddington Bottlesworth, Durienne Mistbloom, John Blackthorne, Marelle Dunlop, Arabelle Silverskin, Mary White, Aragano Lynch, Candide Gomorrah, Norbert Figbottom, Dayton Beachhead, Longo Peapodder, and Thran Lytton), and headed by chief spokesman Harold Witt. Before the council took its place, the country was led by the House of Orange, which believes property belongs to all equally.

In Duvain, the merchant houses are the source of all power. The vast majority of finance going into Duvain is controlled by the merchant houses, which hold enormous influence over both the populace and the council.


Although major churches can be found in every Duvainian city, the nation generally holds a strong separation of church and state. The only exception to this rule is the Church of Abacus. Many merchants are fervent followers of Abacus, as are those who hold power as money-lenders, usurers, and financial advisers. In addition, several churches to Roland are scattered throughout the island nation.

Societal Views

The most important moral code of Duvain is the need to uphold a high standard of business. Those who conduct business in a shoddy or unprofessional fashion are vilified.

Marriage is the standard of family relationships in Duvain, and the unions are based on love. The society is mostly egalitarian, and a woman may propose marriage to a man, but she must first have the permission of her father (or closest male relative). Dowries are necessary to legitimize a marriage. Without the transfer of the dowry, the wedding is considered null and void.


Duvain is renowned for its open trade routes, large merchant houses, and competitive pricing. Its major industry is exporting/importing, primarily through its enormous merchant fleets.

Duvain receives much sun, and its hills and valleys are home to some of the finest vineyards and olive groves in the known world. The nation is also renowned for its cuisine, and Duvainian pies (with their assortments of vegetables, meat, cheese, and rich red sauce) are considered a delicacy by many.DuvainFlag.png

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License