Location: In central Amallon, occupying the peninsula south of Akaryth.
Major Population Centers: Sitadori
Government: Elected Republic
Kingdom Alignment: Neutral Good
Sitadori is a large city state on the northern shores of Maraseri. It occupies the lower fifth of the Almeidi Peninsula. Its urban population is concentrated in the Sitadori itself; the majority of the people live in small villages and towns in the countryside. Political and military power are also concentrated in the city. Sitadori is considered one of the great cities of culture in Amallon and is one of the 'Three Jewels of Maraseri', along with Matlisan and Deici. Musicians of incredible skill are drawn to the city; there artisans produce some of the finest instruments in the world.
Sitadori has been inhabited for a very long time; when the Alindoreans came they found it a full city waiting for conquest.
Sitadorian society is divided into three essential categories. At the top of the list are Citizens, who possess full rights and privledges under the laws of the land. They are entitled to participate in selecting their leaders; may own property and businesses; and are free to move about as they will. All children born to a Citizen are themselves accorded the same status. The second class of citizen is the Freemen. While not full citizens of the land and therefore unable to vote or own land, the Freemen are often artisans, farmers, herders, and other similar occupations. The lowest class is that of the slaves, who cannot vote or own property, and who are free to move about only with a writ of permission from their owner. A slave may be become a freeman by gaining his or her freedom. This can be granted by the slave's owner as a gift or a slave may purchase themselves if able. Moving from freeman to citizen is much more difficult. Citizens must meet specific requirements: they must be of the age of majority; of good reputation; have three citizens as sponsors; and be fluent in Almeidian. A freeman who meets these requirements may petition a Magisterial Council for citizenship.
Freemen often tend land owned by citizens in a semi-feudal arrangement, or rent space for a workshop, store or other venture. Slaves in Sitadori are not without rights. A slave has his material needs provided for by his owner, including food, clothing and shelter. A small wage is also paid. The life of a slave is considered valuable and there are penalties to be faced by an owner who mistreats his slaves.
The arts are well developed and celebrated in Sitadori but none so keenly as music. The artisans of the city produce some of the best instruments in the world, and some of the greatest composers of recent centuries have hailed from Sitadori. A great college of music exists in the city; Sitadorian musicians were the first to devise a means of writing music.
Sculpture, painting and architecture are also well represented; Sitadori is famous for its domed temples and magnificent palace.
Sitadori is a republic, controlled by the elected members of a body known as the Assembly of Councillors, or simply the Assembly. The Councillors that make up this body are elected to five year terms by the people of the city. Beneath the councillors are the Magistrates. These individuals serve as judges and interpreters of the laws the Assembly puts forth. The Magistrates also direct the City Watch and are therefore keepers of the peace.
Any citizen of Sitadori may put themselves forth for election.
Citizens gather once every five years to vote for their Councillors. Any citizen may attempt to hold office.