Despite being a landlocked nation Astaria’s unique position at the center of the surviving continent has allowed trade to flourish making Astaria one of the wealthiest nations in the world. Astaria is a great melting pot, where everyone who can bring comers is welcome. The people enjoy an incredible degree of freedom in all aspects of life, as Astaria’s laws aim always to be welcoming to and tolerant of all cultures the ends of promoting trade. It is more or less the case in Astaria that any one may do anything they wish as long as they are not causing any harm and business is allowed to flow uninterrupted. As such Astaria is one of the few places left in the world that freely welcomes the practitioners of the arcane arts, although it is still encrusted that such practises be done privately so as not to upset many of the foreign merchants who are less tolerant of such things. Astaria is ruled as a sort of republic, governed by a ruling council that is elected from and by the nation’s nobility every five years. That said money is king in Astaria and no and do such nobility can always be bought. Indeed more of the nation’s modern-day nobles come from the wealthiest trade guilds then they do from heredity.