Dragonriders of Masai
The Kingdom of Callispar is home to three cities and a scattering of villages and independent agricultural settlements. Of the former, two exist in temperate zones (the capitol city Westwatch and the southern coastal haven Amaros) and a third in the Northern Desert (Arkeh). Of the latter there are several dozen, organized into four regions: Crimson, Turish, Whitehearth, and Cural.
Life in Callispar
In each of Callispar’s cities, able-bodied citizens are subject to a compulsory four-year period of City Guard service upon turning sixteen. Those who perform in an exemplary manner or show military proclivity are offered fast track to officerdom in the military, should they show interest. This service is compensated, and expected to be observed in addition to other occupations or apprenticeships.
Government in Callispar
Within Callispar, a fair amount of tact and grace is required whilst governing the general populace. Due to influx of refugees from the exodus from the Black Breath, there are too many people for a single ruler to be truly effective and observant to their needs. Therefore, the continent is broken into smaller segments, each ruled by their own King and council: one within Westwatch, to oversee Crimson and Turish counties, one within Amaros, for Whitehearth and Cural counties, and the final in Arkeh, to guide the few souls that brave the desert. Should a threat arise that affects the entire continent, the Kings and their councils band together and use their combined might and knowledge to assess and overcome.
By necessity, taxation in Callispar is harsh. Maintaining the infrastructure of such an overpopulated nation is difficult, and maintaining a standing army capable of securing the kingdom’s borders against the twisted monsters born of the Breath is extremely costly. The largest settlement in each region is home to a royally appointed tax collector, who in turn is met by the royal bursar, flying out from the capitol at the end of each year to collect the region’s dues.
Those who can not pay taxes are either conscripted or made to assist in public works projects. The same goes for those who commit crimes, although they are not paid for their services for an indefinite period of time. It is simply too costly to support a prison system, so lawbreakers are made to repay their debts more directly.