The Kingdom’s borders extend north along the coast from Dogwood to the site of the pre-Rifts town of Gainsville, then arcs south and west through Warrenton, Culpeper and Gordonville before headed directly south along the old state highway to the James River which marks the border with the Republic of Vesper.
Within those borders the kingdom is divided up into duchies, subdivided into counties and further subdivided into estates each owned and protected by a noble of the appropriate rank – Dukes rule over duchies, Counts over counties and Knights over estates. Much of the land is given over to farming, ranching and shepherding though in the western reaches of the kingdom some mines and lumber camps can be found. Towns and villages often serve as markets and centers of culture. Some also serve as the seats of particular counties or in some of the larger examples Duchies.
The town of Ashland – eight thousand strong – is the seat of the Southern Marches Duchy, presently ruled over by Duchess Elsinore Brandt. Though one of the more secure of the outlying areas thanks to the presence of a civilized nation to the south, the Duchess is responsible for maintaining a close eye and military control over the border with the lawless no man’s land that is old Richmond. The knights of the Southern Marches see regular urban combat with scavengers, revolutionaries and bandits, and also frequently encounter patrols from Vesper sweeping for the same.