The Bright Lands, properly known as the Empire of the Bright Lands, is a dictatorial political state of the Flanaess, located within the Bright Desert.
In 584 CY, Rary betrayed The Circle Of Eight at the Day of the Great Signing in Greyhawk, which marked the end of the Greyhawk Wars. When his attempt to disrupt the signing failed, he fled into the Bright Desert with his co-conspirator, Robilar, and marshalled the local tribes to create a nation-state. Robilar went on foot with those troops that followed Rary while Rary transported his tower in Ket to the middle of the Bright Desert.
Geography and climate
The boundaries of the Bright Lands are contained entirely within the bounds of the Bright Desert. The Abbor-Alz form the northern and eastern borders, while Woolly Bay and the Sea of Gearnat form natural boundaries to the country’s west and south. The desert boasts only one major geographical feature, the Brass Hills in its south-western region.
The desert itself gives way to scrub near the Abbor-Alz.
Temperatures in the desert can reach 120°F and can dip into the low 30s during the night. Sandstorms are not uncommon.
As of 591 CY, the population of the Bright Lands totaled 26,500 persons, the vast majority (almost 80%) being humans of mainly Flan descent. Dwarves account for the next largest group, with the remainder of the population (barely 1%) consisting of mostly centaurs.
There is no state sponsored religion within the country. Among the Flan tribesmen, worship of Beory, Obad-Hai, and Pelor is most common. Geshtai and Istus are most popular with the few Paynims in the region, while a few scattered goblin tribes worship Maglubiyet and other deities of the goblin pantheon.
The most widely-spoken languages in the Bright Lands are Flan and Ancient Suloise (by the native tribesmen), and various Baklunish dialects (by the Paynims).
The Empire of the Bright Lands is a dictatorship with Rary of Ket as the head of state. The realm functions as a minor city-state administered from Rary’s tower in the Brass Hills. Rary maintains his power with the assistance of Robilar, a powerful warrior who serves as commander of Rary’s forces in the Empire.
The state’s coat of arms is blazoned thus: Gules, a gauntlet proper gripping a crescent or; on a chief azure three mullets argent.
The Bright Lands does not currently produce its own coinage.