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Eastern Sun Emirates
The once-proud Eastern Sun Emirates have become more of an ongoing civil war than a functioning League. The Emirates are governed by a feudal aristocracy. Each city-state is ruled by one or more Emirs, descendants of the officers of the HCS Eastern Sun. The Emirs have traditionally been bound together by their loyalty to each other and to the Patriarch or Matriarch, a descendant of the Eastern Sun’s captain. Since the Southern Republic conquered the Emirates, they have installed a succession of weak, disinterested, abusive or hedonistic Emirs, Patriarchs and Matriarchs, who have strained these bonds to the breaking point. The current Patriarch, Oliver Masao,is widely seen as the worst of the lot. Several Emirs, led by Nigel Shirow of Basal, are in open rebellion and the MILICIA has been deployed to help the Patriarch’s Guard keep the revolt from spreading further.
The Emirates’ aristocratic government is coupled with a strict caste system. Like the bonds between Emirs,the bonds between the lower classes and their Emirs have deteriorated under the Southern Republic’s rule. While the Emirates’ culture is still splendid, it leans more towards decadence than elegance and the lives of the lower classes are frequently squalid, miserable and short. The Emirs have kept the population in line with ready access to blood sports and other visceral entertainment. Popular uprisings have still been frequent, but before Shirow, none had the support of any Emir.