Under the Mask

Sicily/Sicilia

Geography

The Kingdom of Sicily controls the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Sicily’s landscape features a prominent volcano that had its last major eruption in 122BC. Sardinia has a pre-historic heritage and despite some of the landmass instability in other areas, Sardinia is believed to be immune to earthquakes. 

Economy

Sicily was a dense forested area, however, as the population has increased, the need for arable land also increased. Sicily has been systematically deforesting it’s land in order to have access to more farmland. Sicily’s top exports are now wheat, pork, and animal hides. 

Maltese Falcons

Each year on All Souls Day, the Knights Hospitaller deliver a pair of maltese falcons to the rulers of Sicily. This gift is offered each year in exchange for the ability to self rule upon Malta. The Knights have long provided tax income and protection for Sicily so the king has been pleased to maintain the arrangement. 

Works of Mercy

The Knights Hospitaller of Malta have infused a number of their beliefs into the Catholic Church in Sicily. Sicilians believe and try to undertake Works of Mercy in their lives. 

The Knights Hospitaller teach that there are seven distinct acts of mercy to be performed to ensure salvation beyond this life. In practice, there are fourteen acts- 7 corporal acts to be performed by laymen and 7 spiritual acts to be performed by clergy and those of greater Faith.

The seven corporal works of mercy:

  • Feed the hungry.
  • Give a drink to the thirsty.
  • Clothe the naked.
  • Shelter the homeless.
  • Visiting the sick.
  • Visit the imprisoned.
  • Burying the dead.

The seven corporal works of mercy:

  • Counsel the doubtful.
  • Instruct the ignorant.
  • Warn sinners.
  • Comfort the afflicted.
  • Forgive offenses.
  • Bear wrongs patiently.
  • Pray for the living and the dead.

Government

Sicily is a Duchy of the Spanish Empire. It is ruled by Cavalo Carro, Emperor of Spain and Italy. Unlike Florence that is protected by soldiers from the Holy Roman Empire, Naples is protected by the powerful Spanish navy and soldiers. 

The king has promoted TBD to the position of duke which was an unexpected move from the king because TBD is a relatively inexperienced head of state who comes from a military background. Presently, Duca di Sicilia maintains alliances with the Holy Roman Empire and the Holy See against the French.

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