Restorers of the True Death
Of all the Five Nations, Breland has made the greatest social and economic recovery following the war. Breland has vast tracts of workable land-it is one of the major food producers of Khorvaire-as well as a society of great personal freedoms, which has inspired immense loyalty and patriotism in its citizenry. The Brelish are proud of their heritage and consider themselves cosmopolitan, and the nation currently leads all others in social progress. Breland’s people are convinced that their social and economic advancements will keep them at the forefront of the Five Nations for generations to come.
The people of Breland are fond of their venerable Sovereign. King Boranel allows his people an unparalleled degree of freedom. The parliament supporting and enforcing Boranel’s rule is elected by popular vote, and this level of civic participation translates into a powerful loyalty on the part of the citizenry. However, King Boranel’s health is failing, and some UJ Brelish are uncertain i f any of his potential heirs can ~ live up to his example.
Breland’s social advancements come at a cost. Its thriving industries and wide social freedoms are a breeding ground for crime and corruption. Although the abuses of Thrane’s theocracy are more widely known, Breland’s various government agencies are more generally corrupt. Organized criminal guilds and crime families operate throughout the nation’s cities, manipulating the country’s finances and even its legislation.
Although Breland’s farms aren’t individually as productive as the richest of Aundair’s, the nation boasts a greater amount of quality farmland than any of the other Five Nations. This agriculture, combined with Breland’s thriving manufacturing industries, makes the nation economically self-sufficient and stable. This status has resulted in the greatest concentration of dragonmarked enclaves and businesses in the Five Nations. The People
After humans, gnomes make up the largest proportion of Breland’s population, especially in Wroat and the various communities along the Zilargo border. Half-elves, elves, and dwarves appear in reasonable numbers, and other races—including changelings, the various goblins of Darguun, and the occasional eladrin—live in Breland as well.
As in Aundair, Breland’s population is devoted largely to the Sovereign Host, with a significant minority worshiping the Silver Flame. Brelish aren’t especially devout; they prefer to put their faith in themselves, their neighbors, and their government rather than in deities. In the major cities, cults of other faiths—particularly the Blood of V o l – c a n be found.
Breland’s urban population lacks a unified style of dress or decoration, instead focusing largely on utilitarian garments or on whatever foreign fashions strike their fancy. In some cases, this variety of personal display seems like a deliberate effort, as though » k Breland’s aristocrats are demonstrating that their fashions cannot be restricted any more than their other personal freedoms can be.