Emblonia was a minor kingdom lying southeast of Pontar Delta in the fertile vale between the Pontar river and its branch Embla. It was known for the incompetence of all three estates as well as for alluvial soil, which would make Emblonia prosperous if not for inept monarchs.

Around 1195, the kingdom was partitioned by its mighty neighbors into Riverside and Pontaria, going respectively to Redania and Temeria.

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Under successive rulers, the entire country of Emblonia fell down in decadence. The ruling class, instead of ruling chose to live a life full of gambling, crime, and debauchery. Social elites were uneducated and generally didn't understand as basic concepts as hygiene. Clergy extorted money and corrupted the juveniles; all the while people working and farming, consisting of shortsighted morons, drowned their problems in alcohol.

Emblonia, though politically an incompetent entity, however, had some wealth. After all, it was located in the alluvial valley of the river Pontar, which for centuries deposited here mud carried by floods. From these, the alluvium arose - extremely fertile and agriculturally productive soil. Due to an inefficient agricultural system, this fertile soil began to change into barren lands overgrown with riparian forests and floodplains. Meanwhile, Redania and Temeria were recording significant growth in populations and agricultural production became a matter of vital importance; Emblonian alluvial soils were tempting. Without further ado, the two kingdoms flanking the river partitioned Emblonia between themselves and wiped its name from the maps. Crowds of settlers were resettled on the alluvial silts. Under the supervision of efficient administrators who introduced rational crop rotation and land improvement into these parts, the acreage, though rather small, has quickly become the veritable agricultural cornucopia.

Soon also the disputes began and ever since the harvest had been more abundant, the disagreement was more bitter. The treaty setting out the border between Temeria and Redania contains provisions allowing for diverse interpretations; maps attached to the treaty were duff forasmuch the cartographers screwed their job. The river itself also added its two pennyworth - after periods of extended rains, it was able to change and move its riverbed about two or even three miles.

Plans of dynastic marriages and alliances had gone adrift, and the time of diplomatic notes, customs wars and trade retaliation began. Border conflicts have increased in strength; the bloodshed seemed to be inevitable. And finally, it happened. And henceforth it happened on regular basis, marking much of the reigns of both King Vizimir II in Redania and King Foltest in Temeria.[1]

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  1. Season of Storms