A nation on the planet Hazimot.

The government is a ruling council made of seven members, each representing a different geographical region of Cyre. The largest of these is an inland area dominated by Cozzen, the capital city. There’re also two coastal areas, a mountain region, and three smaller inland districts, all making up a nation that’s more or less rectangular. It’s bounded on the north and west by seas, on the south by an enemy, and on the east by two smaller states considered allies. The council members purport to represent the entire population of each region, so that the whole council will support the interests of the nation. Instead, the council members really represent a small minority of the wealthiest and most powerful citizens in each region. New councillors are chosen by existing members, and serve for terms of nine Hazimotian years, so there’s little chance of anyone who genuinely represents the people finding a seat. Each council member also serves as the chief executive officer of his or her region, aided by another, similarly chosen council under his or her rule. The main function of the council is essentially to boost the wealth of the elevated social class it represents, this being achieved through the raising of taxes, various fees, and fines for criminal behaviour. This revenue rarely returns to the citizens in the form of services, but is instead spent on a never-ending litany of supposedly important government contracts - awarded to council members and their allies, of course - that rarely have any real impact on the nation. At the local level, at least, some of the money eventually filters down, but not to the degree that the system can be considered fair or beneficial.

By the 2350s, tensions were on the rise. The public, squeezed from the top and with no relief in sight, began to object, and discontent spread through the populace. The revolutionary spirit was, however, slow to manifest. The council remained ignorant of how extensively their actions provoked displeasure. And the population as a whole, though embittered and impoverished by the council’s decisions, didn’t know the full extent of their own unhappiness; public displays of dissent were banned, and the press strictly controlled.