The Cardíz Empire is located in the east of the continent and has been conspicuous throughout the centuries for its annexation of another country or aggressive warfare. Once founded as a city-state, Cardíz spread across the kingdoms of Ikeria, Tangria, Olgaard and Maleria. Parts of northern Wallau and eastern Brno were also taken by force over the centuries. This allowed the empire to expand over the centuries into the largest empire on the continent.
As large as the empire is, as diverse are the cultures and regions of the empire. In the so-called “new regions”, in the west, which before the last war still belonged partly to Brünnen, poverty rules predominantly, while in the capital Cardíz City the rich live in luxury.
The empire is not closed from the other kingdoms, but hardly anything is imported or exported, the lands live mainly self-sufficiently and trade among themselves.
A lot of money and manpower is put into the army, which causes the other kingdoms worries again and again. It is not uncommon for soldiers to meet at the borders of Brünnen and Malerien. Even though the last war was more than fifty years ago, tensions are always present.
The empire is ruled by Empress Galina I, who is the first woman to rule the country. Since her father had no male heir and Galina’s mother, at least some critics of the royal house suspect, had her uncle and only cousin assassinated, the palace council, which is usually only allowed to determine laws of minor political interest, decided that Galina would be the last relative to be placed on the throne.
The Cardíz are also often referred to by the inhabitants of the other realms as blue lions, due to the heraldic animal, or pejoratively as predators, also referring to it.