A Cold Day in Hell
Caladan is the capital of the Kingdom of Writ, named so because of it’s unusual practices of picking the King and Senate. It’s an overly complicated system where heirs do not inherit the throne and there is a regulatory body much like a Senate. Senate and King are not necessarily lifetime positions; they are chosen by select few people in Caladan and Mayors in other major cities in the Kingdom. It works well in the fact that no idiot son or daughter becomes King, but all the red tape does make it work very, very slowly. Therefore, most laws stay the same and little things change despite all the arguing. Which is no surprise since most of the important laws are not allowed to be changed.
Each city can be run by the Mayor’s discretion, but only on small matters. The Kingdom has a few rules set in stone, and most of them deal with trade, trade goods, slavery, and the Kingdom’s budget. These laws are not even allowed to be changed without huge proof of need to change them. Since most of the laws are actually about money, the Kingdom is the most profitable one on the continent. Breaking these laws is considered treason and is punishable by death; sometimes even the death of everyone who had to know it was going on and didn’t report it. They don’t even need much proof of their knowledge, sometimes association is all that it takes to get hanged. They do this to prove that no matter who is King, those laws are final. Therefore, a lot of unofficial officials posing as merchants travel the lands to find out if anyone is breaking them. Once they catch someone, they are removed from that position and given a different job in the government. They never use the same imposter more than once, making it impossible to know who is an official.