The Cove of Freeport, known more simply as Freeport was a free Duchy located in the Southern continent of Nyrheim. It was a large port city that maintained a great deal of independence from other nations. It was historically home to a great deal of privateers, sailors, and merchants who didn't wish to travel through the port on their way to the greater seas or returning from a long journey.
Founded in 1 SA by Captain Leopold de Helena and Theodore Mane Freeport was established to provide a safe haven for all freemen who wished to sail the sea without being shackled by any overlord or greater power. The port-city's original Captain Constitution of Freeport had been re-written to make the authority of the Captain, now the Lord Admiral, greater in 15 SA with the announcement of the Admiralty Establishment Edict. This solidified the executive authorities of the Lord Admiral and the Helm positions below him.
Culture and Society
The Cove of Freeport at its inception was made to act as a travel and trade hub for all people. Merchants, sailors, and other seafarers would naturally travel through or by Freeport in their movements between the river deltas of the Northern continent and the East-West corridor to the greater seas. All sorts of commodities and valuables were traded or moved through Freeport due to its location and the local government's extremely loose restrictions on trade. One of the most profitable and common exports in Freeport was rum, whiskey, tequila, and other spirits. Owing to the abundance of alcohol in Freeport the free citizens of the Cove had taken up drinking as a favored pastime. Be it a citizen drinking casually in a social setting to a great party with one's crewmates a free citizen would commonly always welcome the offer to drink. It was not rare for the local tavern to run dry by the end of a week as sailors returned from the seas. Being a predominantly sailor community many of the wealthy residents of Freeport own and maintain a ship and crew. The shipwrights of the port were widely renowned for their skills; getting to exercise their trade daily.
Freeport maintained a unilateral system of government composed of the Admiralty of Freeport which enables a secondary executive authority known as the Sea Senate. The Admiralty was headed by the Lord Admiral who acted as the head of state and autocrat tasked with administering the Cove of Freeport in all matters. The Sea Senate was a body of representatives afforded ducal prerogative by the Lord Admiral. It was comprised of various representatives from the jurisdictional bodies of Freeport known as the Sea Lords who each held a single seat known as a Helm. The Sea Senate was usually responsible for electing new Lord Admirals and vote on any matter of state.
The economy of Freeport was known to be extremely unrestricted. Many free citizens of the Cove made wages through serving as privateers, crewing ships, shipwrighting, and selling their own goods. The largest export of Freeport was alcohol but fishing comprised a large sector of the economy as well as selling resources found in the deep waters and the cove itself.
The Cove of Freeport sits along the Eastern coast of the East-West middling sea between the Northern continent and the Southern continent. A great desert, rocky shoreline, and deep bay define the geography of the port-city.