Beginning with balloons,
|An early balloon|
Because of its geography, Aetheria was divided into a host of smaller states (each controlling a valley). As air transport became more reliable, valleys became connected and larger states developed. Today, the largest of these states is a democratic polity known as the Confederation. Alas, it is not the most powerful. Its members are relatively autonomous so coordinated action is difficult. The most dangerous state is the Empire of the Iron Fist.
|Flag of the Empire of the Iron Fist|