Just cross posting the map portion of a story i've been making. Main thing is on SV if you want boring history stuff instead of a basic description.
Far from the days when the Lupang Imperial ruled everything west of the Inland Sea uncontested, the reign of the Empress Tsenkher sees this most ancient of polities in a poor position. The eastern provinces are, with the exception of the capital itself entirely separated from Yablonya's rule. Goblin Pari still control the northernmost of the Great Mountains, and Dwarves, Elves and Draachenflieger states alike pressure its borders.
But the apparatus of state which made the High Stewards Domain great still exists within the Lupang Imperial. Her armies are modernized after many defeats, and are now bolstered by the Empresses own Draachenflieger troops, and whilst civil war has left her poor the rest of the continent is not much better off.
The legacy of Datu Kalasag has survived much, and despite outsiders considering it a fallen titan, it has blood yet pumping through its veins. Time will tell if these are merely the death throes of that legacy, or its rejuvenation.
An old rebellion never fully quashed by the Otsoa based out of the formerly Dwarvish port of Alhub Ras, this state too considers itself the one true successor of Datu Kalasag. Called the Traitor Lands by the Yablonya based Lupang Imperium.
Most of its population are Elves assimilated into the goblinzed High Culture, and unlike the breakaway provinces the Lupang Traydor has few ambitions for the split between itself and the core territories to remain permanent. Albeit, it wants to rule them rather than be ruled. A smaller Dwarvish minority does exist around the capital itself, and the Lupang Traydor does maintain some links with the Diadochic remnants.
The reign of Parsa al-Sakhar, who for a period of some decades ruled a vast swathe of territory called in hindsight the "Sakharian Empire", was a glorious high point for Dwarvish civilisation. From the southern ocean to frost covered peaks of the Great Mountains the entire continent paid tribute or obeyed the whims of that mightiest of Dwarves.
Yet, Parsa al-Sakhar was not invincible, and her defeat and capture in the Hivelands spelled the end of her empire. Without a glorious general, the many subordinate states and governors of the now leaderless territories seized the initiative. Fighting with al-Sakhar's surviving loyal generals in the bloody wars of the Diadochi.
Chief amongst these was Manzil Majariun, a once mighty kingdom which had been amongst the first to fall to al-Sakhars grandfather when he began uniting the Alraas Aleazim, as the continents southern peninsula was then known. Insulated from the fighting over the capital of Qadim Alghanam, Manzil Majariun's elected council overthrew the puppet kings of the city and raised a banner of independence from the rule of the Alghanamese.
Now almost a century and a half hence, the Great Republic of Manzil Majariun is the leading power on the continent, holding almost all of the lands that were once core territories of the Sakharian Empire. The decrepit Hive Cities wallow in their stagnancy, and the Lupang Imperial is one of the last remnants of a bygone age, surrounded by rebels and separatists. The Great Republic considers itself the only free nation on the continent, for whilst one must be of Dwarvish blood to be a citizen, those citizens do in theory have the right to truly select their local rulers who in turn elect from amongst their ranks the "Qadi Sulh", or High Magistrate.
The opinions of non-dwarves are not considered a factor, nor are the associated cities of the Great Republic prevented from ensuring that their elections are reliable in the results they produce.
For now though, this maturing nation faces a continent opposed to its very form of governance, but if the heirs of Parsa could not defeat the Great Republic, then who can?
al-Sakhar's generals did not give up her Empire without a fight. Indeed her armies weren't fully defeated until almost twenty years after her capture, and seven after her death. The Diadochic states which exist now are the remnants of the territories which won by her loyalists, who subsequently turned to infighting. Nominally most of these states consider themselves to be provinces of or the true successors to the Sakharian Empire, but in practice they've been steadily ground back by time and their foes until now they only hold the fringes of said Empire.
It is unlikely that any of these Dwarvish principalities will survive in the long run, but time is a fickle beast and ever prone to changing its mind.
The "Stone Land" as the Northern Elves call their conquered homelands, is not especially conducive to agriculture. The soils are poor, the winters harsh compared to the sheltered south, and the neighbours are even less welcoming. Yet the state established by those first refugees fleeing the Domain of the High Steward remains. Currently at a relative high point after some notable victories over the eastern Draachenflieger hive cities, the Kemennya Zemlya is an oddity amongst the states currently existing on the continent of Lupa.
For the Northern Elves are a theocracy, one guided by the Hierophants of the celestial pantheon. Amongst other curiosities, the teachings of the Pantheon include the categorisation of Humans and Goblins as devils incarnate.
The Southern Elves did not take the path that their cousins in the north or east did. Indeed for several centuries most of the Elvish city states of the rivers and the southern coast answered to the old capital in Cabis. Those times might be gone, but its legacy continues in the notable populations of Goblins and Humans throughout the southern cities, as well as the predominance of Goblin languages over the Elvish tongues amongst the nobility.
Nonetheless, in recent times it is the Dwarves whom these cities isolated by the vast forests look to as a source of inspiration. The Padniovaja Respublika is a confederacy of the various coastal cities of the region, who taking after their inspiration in the Manzil Majariun have sought systems of governance other than traditional aristocracies. This young confederacy is untested, having never seen a serious war and being less than half a century old, but it might yet survive the challenges to come.
Elvish Forest Tribes
Having largely displaced the Trolls from their forest homelands, the Elves who now inhabit the region have turned to a fairly quiet existence. Walking the groves the Trolls once did and farming the forests bounty as best they can. Though a sparsely populated area, the dozens of tribes who inhabit it are fiercely independent, and only send tribute to outsiders when greatly outmatched.
The Eastern Provinces
The Elves of the eastern provinces are finally free of the Lupang Imperial, though many of their kin are still ruled by that polity the major population centres to the east of the plains are not. The collapse of authority under the Otsoa and Ognen dynasties is such that some of the furthest provinces haven't paid taxes in a hundred years or more.
But, such freedoms do not last. The Diadochi, Northern Elves and the newly placed 7th Dynasty all look hungrily at these lands, and are likely to seize them given time.
The Northern Pari
A remnant of a once much greater Goblin separatist movement, the half a dozen city states of the northern mountains have not yet been persuaded to bow to Yablonya. Priestly families govern over cities in a similar way to how things were almost a millennia ago in the time of Datu Kalasag, and when one passes through the region it can be difficult to remember that anything has changed in the south.
The Southern City States
Elves who settled new cities following conquests of Natalo V, these western cities were not persuaded to join the Respublika, and their hallowed families remain steadfast in their desire to ignore the rest of the world. They have fought off the armies of the Emperor in Yablonya more than once before, why can they not do so again with this new Empress?
Old Nest Hive and the Draachenflieger Hive Cities
The greatest of the Draachenflieger Hive Cities, Old Nest stands strong amongst the northern seas. Five times have Elves besieged it, and five times has this mighty fortress thrown them back. But with trade from the Satyr islanders continuing to enrich them, the question of how long Old Nest stays on the defensive is an important one.
The other Hives are as yet undefeated, at least for the most part. But talks are emerging for what might happen should the hives looks outwards, instead of their petty warring amongst each other.
The Minotaur Tribes
Minotaurs live a stone age existence, the bull-men herding their sheep in the hills of their dreary homeland as they have for millenia. Granted, when you stand taller than most buildings you can get away with living peacefully. Certainly, there are good reasons that Parsa al-Sakhar was satisfied with only demanding tribute.
The Horned Men
Satyrs, as the people of the distant islands are known, know almost nothing of the continent to their east, having washed up on the shores of the archipelago almost nine centuries prior. Vessels from the Hive Cities do sometimes dock however, and so their existence is recognised by some of the more learned scholars in the Lupang Imperial.