Eberron: Equilibrium's End
Excerpt from Eberron Player’s Guide:
Of all the Five Nations, Breland has made the greatest social and economic recovery following the war. Breland has vast tracts of workable land—it is one of the major food producers of Khorvaire—as well as a society of great personal freedoms, which has inspired immense loyalty and patriotism in its citizenry. The Brelish are proud of their heritage and consider themselves cosmopolitan, and the nation currently leads all others in social progress. Breland’s people are convinced that their social and economic advancements will keep them at the forefront of the Five Nations for generations to come.
The people of Breland are fond of their venerable sovereign. King Boranel allows his people an unparalleled degree of freedom. The parliament supporting and enforcing Boranel’s rule is elected by popular vote, and this level of civic participation translates into a powerful loyalty on the part of the citizenry. However, King Boranel’s health is failing, and some Brelish are uncertain if any of his potential heirs can live up to his example.
Breland’s social advancements come at a cost. Its thriving industries and wide social freedoms are a breeding ground for crime and corruption. Although the abuses of Thrane’s theocracy are more widely known, Breland’s various government agencies are more generally corrupt. Organized criminal guilds and crime families operate throughout the nation’s cities, manipulating the country’s finances and even its legislation.
Although Breland’s farms aren’t individually as productive as the richest of Aundair’s, the nation boasts a greater amount of quality farmland than any of the other Five Nations. This agriculture, combined with Breland’s thriving manufacturing industries, makes the nation economically self-sufficient and stable. This status has resulted in the greatest concentration of dragonmarked enclaves and businesses in the Five Nations.