The Banakur Forest and is among the most recently settled. Great Road is rectangular in shape, bounded on the north by the , on the west by the , on the south by the and the on the east. Its eastern half is in the and the west is in the .are a federation of ten self-governing regions. The Great Road Councilate borders the
When the Councilate States were organized, the lands south of thewere formed into the Great Road Councilate, although at the time it was an unsettled frontier province. In those days, the only civilized place in Great Road Councilate was its capital of , far to the east on the . From there, military bases followed the path of the west to . There, on the east bank of the , Nagrepec guarded the ancient crossing point. Settlements followed the military bases and spread north, in the relative security of the lands between the Great Road and the Tumosura.
Over time, the Banakur Forest shrank. In current times, Great Road Councilate is settled and civilized as far west as a line running from to . West of there, settlement thins. is still primarily a military base, as is Abarsha that guards the and marks the edge of security in the south.secured much of the lands between the and . As lands were settled, the
West of Abarsha, the plunges into the Banakur Forest, through lands occupied by and defended by Gens Tamroti. The forest margin is active as a settlement area, supported by financial and material support from the . Great Road Councilate establishes and supports military colonies all along the forest’s edge. Settlement is opposed by the three Banakur Gens, their Rapani allies, war bands from and merchant interests in the Gornarod Working of Gradec. There is constant military conflict along the western and southern borders of Great Road Councilate.
Great Road is one of the larger states, with an area of 479,200 km². The great majority of the Councilate is level, gently rolling land with rougher hill country in the east and several river valleys, primarily in the west. The broad western lowland area gradually increases in elevation as one travels west, all the way to the Banakur Forest fringe still contains intermittent woodlots and forest extensions. Most of the less desirable land west of Abarsha and is still forested. The lands along the Banakur fringe are smallholdings, engaged in subsistence farming.valley. Although the lands have generally been cleared, the arc of the
Great Road has a population of 4,786,000, of which 310,000 live in the major cities. Another 150,000 live in smaller cities and large towns.
(population 143,580) is the capital and dominant city of the Great Road Councilate. It is an ancient place, located at the crossing point on the . It was settled during times, abandoned during the and resettled during . It developed into a minor commercial center and military staging point as forces pushed toward the . Anorah came into its own after the when it became the jumping off point for settlement of the nearly empty western lands. Today it is a regional industrial and commercial center, drawing raw materials down the from the and selling finished goods to its western hinterlands.
(population 62,218) is advantageously situated at the head of the Valley, where the river begins its climb into the and intersects the . It serves as the western outpost of civilization, and the commercial depot for the towns and settlements south of the Great Road.
(population 32,545) is the entirely artificial creature of Great Road Councilate colonial expansion, created to serve and support settlement of the lands north of the . Solisova is near the edge of the , but situated so that its mechanical infrastructure is stable and reliable. Solisova is a commercial center for the south, the last civilized stop for administrators and settlers headed west and manufacturer of basic implements and weapons required for survival on the frontier.
Abarsha (population 23,930) is a fortified military base and administrative center for settlement on the Banakur fringe. It is situated on the west bank of the and the north bank of the , on a protected bluff line, overlooking the Linku valley. Abarsha sits less than 110 km from the forest edge and 370 km, as the crow flies, to the administrative town of Gens Tamroti, in the heart of the forest.
(population 9,572) is an isolated garrison, located on the east bank of the , at the ancient crossing point. Nagrepec is the gatekeeper of . It has no industry and its commerce is limited to the needs of the soldiers posted there and of their families. It has a small docks area used by its military watercraft and the occasional supply convoy from or .
Three rivers flow through Great Road Councilate, to empty into the. From north to south they are the , the , and the . The Tumosura divides from Great Road Councilate and the Linku marks the southern border of Great Road Councilate.
The line of settlement in Great Road runs along the Banakur, then along the edge of the forest about 250 km, then across to the eastern bank of the , filling in the lands between it and the . There are scattered settlements along the south bank of the and along the from the Parduva River to .to the
Great Road Councilate has two main communication routes: its namesake, the Abarsha on the Linku River (300 km).and a second road that connects the valley with the core. The Great Road begins in the and heads west, crossing the at the Great Road Councilate capital of (510 km). From Anorah, the road heads northwest then due west to the military base of (410 km). The heads southwest from Anorah to (250 km) then continues on to