Plum Seat Hall


Plum Seat Hall

This ostentatious palace located on the sea cliffs of Waton is the seat of government and policy for the hobs of Ait. The Hall was built one hundred and eighty years ago at great personal sacrifice (and personal expense) by Yulbecht Nunfin, the then-district governor of Warfa, Convinced that "the proudest seat of the greatest district of the mightiest land deserved the most scintillating of houses", Yulbecht had this sprawling estate designed, built, and then promptly handed over to the people of Ait, along with the lands it sat upon, as his gift and legacy. Construction did not complete until four years after the governor's death, but the binding demands of his will provided a place for the district governors to meet and preen before one another and any constituency that cared to witness.

Within the halls, the Chamber of the Unclaimed Throne is a symbolic attraction for tourists and visiting foreigners. The Plum Seat -a pile of cushions and pillows of varying purple hues which form the shape of a plum blossom flower in the middle of the room- represents the lack of a single (often corruptible) central authority. It is the symbol of the hobs' government in Ait.

Around the Chamber of the Unclaimed Throne and throughout the halls and grounds, normal Ait governing carries on apace. Most economic policy and disputes are settled here, and the combined navies of Ait are headquartered on site as well. Records are kept, two colleges of diplomacy and conduct run their students through vigorous classes, and shipbuilding apprentices scour histories and accounts by the maritime masters before applying their theory to practice across the nation.


 

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