Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Pfalz-Kognat-Obersayn Gazetteer

Pfalz-Kognat-Obersayn is a largely contiguous fiefdom of the Empire sprawled along the left bank of the Rhein between the Moselle and Nahe confluences formed primarily from the territories of the secularised Bishopric of Kognat and the estates of the Counts of Obersayn inherited by the Emperor upon the extinction of the Obersayn family.

The Duke of Pfalz-Kognat-Obersayn holds court at his palace--still under construction--on the outskirts of the restive city of Hunsruck, a free city until the Peace of Westphalia dissolved its imperial charter and yielded it to the control of the Counts of Obersayn just over a century ago. Hunsruck is also the chief commercial centre of the duchy, and the Burgerverein of Hunsruck works continously to restore the old privileges of the city. Other settlements of note include the cathedral city of Kognat, and the old Roman colony of Bad Sankt Nikolaus, renowned for its mineral baths.

The chief vocation of the people of the duchy is agriculture, especially viniculture, and Hunsruck is famous for its annual harvest festival in November, the Neuweinsfest. The current duke has removed his patronage from the festival, though, since the Hunsruckburgerverein has repeatedly used the festivities to agitate for additional liberties and restoration of the privileges the city enjoyed under its imperial charter.

Industry in the duchy tends to be centered around the glassworks in Hunsruck which serve the duchy's vineyards, although the current duke has taken an interest in the recent Saxon innovations in pottery and hopes to encourage similar advances within his own fiefdom.

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