“The Republics” is a term used for a collection of realms on the north-west coast of the continent. Their unifying characteristic is that they are not monarchies, instead they have historically favored having various forms of republics. The realms tend to be a bit ‘different’ from the rest of the continent. They generally don’t go in for the whole absolute monarch, nobility, and serfdom thing. The people in this area think they have rights, equality, or some such. So government forms like the merchant republics, common law, elections of Jarls, and such flourish there.
These realms have tended to stay small and separate thru the centuries because there are serious natural barriers between them (untamed forests, mountain ranges, monsters, and such).
“Now I may not be a big-city lawyer, but I reckon…”
“Listen — strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.”
Various forms of Republics. Often ruled by parliaments, executive councils with parliaments, presidents with legislatures, and such. Although sometimes they are ruled by Princes for brief periods.
(A region for more ‘modern’ systems and governance to exist in this world)