The Summer Empire
Themesong: Living Dolls
Characteristics: The first thought most visitors to Beriah have is that the population is insane. Bright-colored clothing, dancing, singing, fights, the sound of music or things breaking—the cities are like a carnival of fools, except for the sudden periods of random quiet. In fact, “random” is probably the best description of Beriah. Where most nations went from Noble rule to democracy, the Balseraphs decided that the best antidote to oppression was random chance. Their legislature is determined by lot from the entire population, including children (and, notably, at least two infants), and the legislators’ votes have unequal weight. Weighting can be won or lost through games of chance, but can never be voluntarily traded away.
Most of the rest of the Summer Empire expects Beriah to collapse into complete anarchy or revolution any day now under the weight of its innumerable festivals and ever-shifting laws, but they’ve been waiting for decades now and it doesn’t seem to have gotten any weaker. Maybe there is something to their approach, as bizarre as it looks to outsiders.