Gildarem (gild-a-reem; proper) (gil-dare-em; colloquial)
Capitol – Hammertor
Ruler – Lord Maximilian Lio
Population – 3,150,000
Notable Products: Timber, Wax, Amber, Resin, Furs, Rye, Wheat, and Herring.. oh my fucking god Herring.
The people of Gildarem have a long and storied history. Before the Age of Kings they were undefeatable coastal raiders, besieging lands all along Faridar, Gantau, and as far as the Old Luhari. The silver attained from maurading in addition to native gold mines provided prosperity and culture. However, during the Age of Kings, Gildarem would decline in strength, prestige, and be outpaced by the other powers. Order and [enforced] national peace proved antagonistic to the Gildarem lifestyle, and they saw thier mines exhausted in support of various interests of the Emperors. Long before the collapse they had lost themselves and become a mere backwater.
But things are turning around for the better. The renaisance has perhaps helped no country more than Gildarem. While still behind the other major countries in living standards and military strength, they do not trail in wealth(although it is isolated to fewer hands). Modernization is spreading as fast as chorus reed, and every year these gaps narrow. Gildarem possess the largest fishing fleet in the known world, selling torrential quantities of inexpensive salted herring all across Faridar to meet the meat needs of the lower classes.
Not all is good and gravy. Many Gildarem ports were fouding memebers of the Hanseatic League, and all since have come to join it. Where once longships cut the waters, merchant ships now sail to return wealth again to the land. Althogh they are not yet Free city-states as Budakai or as in Granadar, the League continues to grow stronger and win concessions from the monarchy every season. The old nobility have to struggle harder in Gildarem than anywhere else to maintain their power, and they are losing. It may only be a matter of time until Gildarem resembles Granadar in political structure, but certainly someone will do something desparate before then. But maybe it is for the best. The renaisance has turned hopeless lives around, and allowed them to look to their past and rediscover their own identity and culture… and the dark secrets of the past.