The Land of Corra
The Independent City-State of Tapur operates the largest port in all of Muogamarrah. It is situated centrally on the southern coast. The city’s bay is continuously teeming with vessels, all wanting to trade, and all paying port fees. The city has enjoyed such success for over 100 years, taking full advantage of the naval industry boom of the past 85. It was one of the first functional ports to be built in Corra, and is the oldest historical port in Muogamarrah. The booming economy is evident in the architecture. Aesthetic stonework, wrought iron handrails, and sturdy infrastructure are standard on most homes and storefronts.
Infrastructure is indeed important on the southern coast, where heavy winds and high waves are prevalent. The Plutocracy in control of the city has always understood the importance of well anchored buildings, and good city maintenance. The main focus of the government is to keep the business flowing. Well designed streets allow visitors to find their destinations, while minimizing congestion. An organized, government controlled, port keeps naval traffic moving smoothly, and the menacing Tapur Flotilla bristles with warships and frigates.
Tapur is governed by a board of 8 elected delegates who pass law and ordinance, and 1 mediator who casts tie breaking votes and resolves disputes. The delegates are all influential members of the community, and all have a vested interest in it’s continued success. The mediator is viewed as Head-of-State, and represents the delegation in foreign affairs. Every citizen of Tapur is allowed to vote for a delegate to represent their district every 5 years. In addition, a new mediator is voted to the board every ten years. Campaigns are non partisan, and privately funded.
A citizen is classified in Tapur’s constitution as a man or woman, human or demihuman, who owns retail property within city limits, or has served in the city’s military. This system excludes non-residents, children, vagabonds, and many women from the election. The number of votes allowed per citizen varies, depending on their military service record and their land holdings. Serving in Tapur’s army earns a citizen between 100 and 400 votes, depending on rank. Serving in Tapur’s Navy earns a citizen between 200 and 600 votes, also depending on rank. Land owning residents receive a number of votes depending on the size and value of the property and home/business located therein. A nice home can earn a citizen 1000 votes or more, while a wildly successful business chain can earn it’s owner upwards of 4000 votes. All earned votes stack as well, allowing for combinations that allow for a single citizen to cast nearly 6000 votes, or hypothetically more.
This system has been in place for the past 250 years, during which time Tapur has been completely reshaped from it’s original plan. Not a single building or road remains from it’s original establishment. Every poorly anchored building has been razed, every less-than- aesthetic detail made over. Tapur has truly become the jewel of Muogamarrah, offering everything a captain, sailor, or buisnessman could want.
The demographic of Tapur includes a heavy concentration of Whisper Gnome clans, as well as a larger than average percentage of half-orcs. This is likely to do with the race neutral policy of governance. Lacking an oppressive caste system, citizenship here is coveted by demihumans under the thumb of dictators and tyrants.