We will only briefly touch on the subject of Dal Riada in this blog for now. It’s what remains of pre-destruction Scotland, and what makes it interesting in the context of the setting, is that Dal Riada is rapidly modernizing and becoming an important player that also gazes toward the Baltic.
For the longest time, Dal Riada remained a loose confederation of towns and villages eking out a living in the Highlands, keeping one eye on what used to be England and one eye on the Irish. A national revival had brought back Lairds and clans, though the historical pedigree for them was not very convincing in many cases.
When the Pomeranians opened the wool trade in the late 23rd century, a new faction arose to dominate the economy: the Crannogmen. The Crannogmen were a group consisting mostly of coastal traders and fishermen who had set up shops wherever one could build a port. Much like Gotland, they ended up controlling a significant amount of trade without even making the effort. Skirmishes between inland groups and Crannogmen were fought occasionally, with Pomeranian traders bringing mercenaries from Riga and Bornholm to fight for the Crannogmen.
In 2301, a leader appeared among the Crannogmen. A tall man called Rafel Shaugns took control of several important ports and rivers, collecting information about how the world looked overseas. Of the continent, no one knew much, but the Baltic region seemed vibrant enough. Shaugns found himself an ally in Kirkoslet.
Now the Crannogmen and Kirkoslet have allied in secret. The Kirkosletian military advisors are modernizing the forces of the Crannogmen so Rafel Shaugns can unify Dal Riada for himself and his Crannogmen. In exchange, Kirkoslet gets access to Dal Riadan mercenaries and the wool market.
Shaugns rejects the title of Laird or King. Instead, he’s called The Boss of Bosses.