Hey it’s a city!

Some random worldbuilding info that likely won’t show up directly in the comic:

The island nation of Paravo lies roughly 80 miles off of the west coast of the Great Republic. The island of Paravo is at this point entirely covered by the city of Paravo. Paravo is a nation founded by merchants and traders, and Paravian businesses can be found all over the world.

Paravo was originally an “Independent Satellite State” of the Clorencian Empire, settled by merchants from the Empire roughly 1,000 years ago.. The Paravians paid a healthy tax to the Empire every year in exchange for remaining largely autonomous. Following the New Dawn Revolution that saw the end of the Clorencian Empire and the rise of the Great Republic, Paravo was granted full independence in exchange for a one time payment to the Fledgeling Republic of one hundred million Marks. To this day, the Great Republic is Paravo’s largest trading partner.  Paravo avoided attack during the Accordance War, remaining officially neutral  but complying fully with all requests from the Great Republic. It’s widely believed that Paravo paid a hefty sum to the Great Republic to avoid invasion. Tensions between Paravo and the Great Republic are straining now though, as Paravo refuses to abide by trade sanctions against the Free Islands.

Paravo is an oligarchy. It’s governed by the Council of Seven, made up of representatives of the seven wealthiest families on the island.  Every 10 years, the national census and audit ranks the business holding of each Paravian family. Members of the so called Sacred Seven families are extremely cutthroat in their business dealings, to hold their positions on the council. But still, the council’s make up has shifted radically over the centuries, as the fortunes of Paravo’s elite rise and fall.

Paravo has almost no natural resources of it’s own, instead importing everything it needs from around the world, and often processing raw goods and selling them elsewhere at a steep profit. It’s well known for it’s fine art and cuisine, as well as occasionally eccentric local customs.

See you next week, where we meet Julius’s family!