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Ferelden is a relatively young kingdom located in southeastern Thedas. It was formed by King Calenhad nearly four hundred years before the start of the Fifth Blight by uniting Alamarri clans. The Venatori, led by Gereon Alexius, used time traveling magic and were able to manipulate and conscript the rebel mages before the Inquisition could reach them. Arl Gallagher Wulff evidently allied with the Venatori with good intentions. He believed the rebel mages if they were co-opted by the Venatori, would withdraw to Tevinter where they would lead better lives while their absence restored peace and stability to Ferelden. The Venatori, however, take over Redcliffe Castle in Redcliffe Village and kill Alexius once he stops being useful. Bolstered by brainwashed rebel mages, the Venatori act as Corypheus' army during the attack on Haven. Even four years after the events at Haven, Ferelden is still trying to rebuild.
The Orlesian Empire, or simply Orlais is currently the largest and the most powerful nation in Thedas. It was founded by Kordillus Drakon I and its capital is Val Royeaux, which also serves as the Chantry's seat of power and home of the Divine. Orlais is ruled by an Emperor or Empress.
The Free Marches encompass a group of city-states situated in eastern Thedas (south of Antiva and the Tevinter Imperium, east of Nevarra, and north of Ferelden). The three real cities with any semblance of power in the Marches are Kirkwall, Starkhaven and Tantervale, each led by a titled official with the special right to name their city's Champion. The "Marchers" are independent-minded descendants of tough barbarians. Their cities have formed a loose confederation that rarely unites on any matter. In the event of aggression from larger neighbors, however, the Marchers can assemble a joint military front that even the greatest powers cannot dismiss. During the Fifth Blight, many Fereldan refugees fled to the Free Marches.
Nevarra is a nation in central Thedas, west of the Free Marches, south of the Tevinter Imperium, and northeast of Orlais. It was originally one of the larger Free Marches city-states before it expanded rapidly to become a nation proper in the Exalted Age. Thanks to enormous wealth and a strategic central location in Thedas, some claim Nevarra's power rivals that of the Orlesian Empire. A citizen of Nevarra is called a Nevarran.
The Tevinter Imperium is the longest existing human country in Thedas and is ruled by a powerful magocracy. The leaders of the Imperium are called magisters, and are led by the Imperial Archon. In ancient times, the Imperium's power was unrivaled and its borders stretched across nearly the entire continent. In modern times, while Tevinter is a shadow of its former self in both size and power, it is still relatively powerful, and a major nation of Thedas.
Antiva is a plutocratic nation in north eastern Thedas. Although it possesses few resources of its own, Antiva's location makes it a center for trade in the north. Antiva's wine trade, buoyed by its fruitful vineyards and an aggressive approach to trading practices with other nations, is one of the country's main resources, allowing for a relatively prosperous life for its citizens. Its capital is Antiva City, which lies on the middle of its coastline and is one of the wealthiest in Thedas.
The nation of Rivain is located in the northeastern part of Thedas. Its capital city is Dairsmuid, which is on the southern end of the Rivain peninsula. Being a peninsula, it is almost wholly surrounded by water except for a bridge of land connecting it to neighboring Antiva.
The Anderfels is a kingdom in northwestern Thedas. It is located north of Nevarra and Orlais and west of the Tevinter Imperium. The Anderfels is best known for being the birthplace of the Grey Wardens and the site of their headquarters, Weisshaupt Fortress.
Seheron, the largest island in Thedas, is a humid jungle nation in the Boeric Ocean directly north of the Tevinter Imperium. The largest city is also called Seheron.
Par Vollen is an island noted for being the largest known home of the Qunari. It is a tropical island chain, which is covered mostly by rainforests and jungles, and located far north of Rivain in the Boeric Ocean. A primitive, yet sapient, race called the Fex has inhabited this island since before the Qunari arrived. Its largest city, and capital, is Qunandar, on the southern coast.