The city of Theastead is the financial center for the region. It is a thriving metropolis whose business is based on it’s ideal placement for trade.
Once the capital of the Valurian Empire, it was conquered by an alliance of nearby nations and free-cities. The city was built on the back of slavery and conquest. The slave population consisted almost entirely of Dwarves and Halflings.
The city, and by association the surrounding smaller villages and towns, is governed by a delegation of representatives, of which there are currently around 80. Any group, whether that be a community of citizens, a religious group, or a business consortium, can petition to have a representative in the Assembly of Magistrates. When this government was established 100 years ago, the idea was that no people group should ever be marginalized the way the small people had been under the Valurian Empire.