Sarpen is an advanced nation, with a democracy in place. It is also, unfortunately for it’s neighbors, militaristic and hungry. There is an elected rank structure that seems only available to successful military officers- and it is these people who, in the main part, rule Sarpen. Sarpen has invaded Karsuli no less that twice in the last century, and the border between the two is always tense.
Sarpen consists mainly of arid plains and scrub-forest hills; it’s only really fertile agricultural land is along the heavily irrigated Ripa Majis, along the shore of Lakis Valterra, and along the south border it shares with Karsuli. West of the river, the land quickly turns swampy towards the border with Tingus. It is famous for it’s huge strip-mine quarries.
Sarpen is primarily Dragonborn, with a moderate human population. It exports fish, coal, lumber, and hard stone. It imports grain, animals, and ore. Sarpen also taxes all traffic along river- either on river boats or along the Via Ripa.