The Heroes of Travia
Holy Kingdom of Yehwatzin
The Holy Kingdom of Yehwatzin was originally the first centralized state on all of Travia. However, after the Tiktaalik Civil War, the aristocracy that made up the backbone of the ruling class of the Holy Kingdom was forced into exile, eventually relocating to the island of Castus. There, the Royalists and their allies are consolidating their forces in an attempt to reclaim what they consider to be their rightful land.
While the Holy Kingdom is ostensibly an absolute monarchy, the current government is much more akin to a traditional feudal monarchy. As the Kingdom began to colonize the interior of Castus, the new territory was divided into duchies, counties, and margravates, with a member of the nobility ruling over the territory in the name of the monarchy. The authority of the King was supposed to be enforced in these territories by regular visits from a calpixqui, or royal magistrate, but the territories closer to the royal demesne and those along the coast were visited with a much higher frequency than those in the interior of the island. In fact, some of the more isolated counties and duchies along the border with the Castan jungle (called Huitzyollohtli, or “Heart of Thorns” by the Tiktaalik) never received visits from the royal government, and they were thus able to act with de facto independence.
Within these isolated territories, even the rule of the local teteucti and a tlatoani (a count and a duke respectively) was limited to the settlement from which they governed and the surrounding townships. As long as some sort of tribute was received from a settlement, the teteucti or tlatoani governing the area would not interfere with the local affairs of the people. This meant that many of the frontier settlements had to develop their own system of justice and government. In many of these places, society was defined by a complete absence of government, with unwritten social contracts as the only laws governing these settlements. When a community believed that an individual had broken this social contract in some way, fifteen or twenty members of the community would form an armed group and capture the person who violated the taboo, and then would exact the appropriate punishment upon them. In most cases, this involved public shaming, but physical punishments could be involved in particularly severe violations.