Famous for its blustery parliament, the Rimiran Assemblage is prone to as much fierce discussion as the Himlonde in Orithor, if not even more so. It contains a kaleidoscope of parties and interests representing the precincts (which are further divided into wards) of Rimiro and its subjects. Heavy partisanship abounds, with fights between rival party supporters breaking out in the streets on a semi-regular basis.
A Harsh History
RImiro’s proud military tradition stems from a brutal past. Every Rimiran knows of how their corner of Lothienye was particularly lawless, with bandits, monsters and worse running rampant. So one day, a group of people from an obscure village gathered their arms and magic and formed a fighting force to be feared – The Black Crow Company. Supposedly, the name was chosen to evoke the imagery of the carrion-eaters going after the corpses of their fallen enemies; another source says it was named after the unruly hair of its founder, the gnome Pomin Umker. Whatever the case may be, they were the first and foremost mercenary company out of Rimiro, with all others emulating them in some way.
There were losses aplenty, but such was the price to ensure the security of those they loved. Word of their exploits spread, and people fled to this heroic hamlet. Over time, it grew into Rimiro, one of the Nine. Nowadays it is seen as a high honor to be admitted into a mercenary company, even if the countryside has become rather more tame. Rimiro’s participation in the Sacred War did serve to stir the blood of its citizenry, and force the mercenaries out of their complacency. They did not take long to live up to their reputation as fierce fighters.
The common folk give their praise and thanks to serving soldiers and veterans alike. It is widely know that it is through the sacrifices of those soldiers that the Rimiran public has been able to carve out their democratic system, troubled though it may be at times. It is a beautiful story for a harsh land with a harsh history.
The Harsher Truth
As with all stories however, there is the story, and there is the truth. In the case of Rimiro, there is a truth to the story that few ever even hear a snippet of, let alone know the whole of it: Rimiro’s parliament is beholden to the mercenary companies. There is a pageantry involved in each election of course, and there are various freedoms given over to the legislators and the electors. However, the top rungs of the government, in and out of parliament, have their palms greased by the good and steady coin of the mercenary companies.