Moving away from the Crossing, one comes across a land with a beautiful climate, fertile soil, and long, flat plains. The cities of this region, frequently called the Verdant Cities, are some of the largest in the Lands of Light, and export their grain to their sister cities and the Concordat. Most interesting--while most of these Free Cities are ruled by hereditary nobles much like the Mountain Cities, they are not all Dukes, and frequently must deal with elected councils that serve as a check on their power. In three cities--Talossa, Cazlona, and Corniglia--these councils have supplanted their nobles entirely.
Something many nobles find... subtly alarming.