Palazzo, the city of canals
Firenze is in an uneasy time. A large peninsula jutting into the warm sea, it is fractured and split into many parts, many powers, and many ambitions. In the north, attaching it to the continent, is the Ursarchy, a vast wilderness of thick forest and mountains. Between it and Palazzo are the Fractured States. The Fractured States make up most of Firenze, networks of fiefs, towns and petty cities vying for power next to the powerhouses of Palazzo, the Patria Unitae Populi (the nation of united peoples), and Sacra.
Patria was once the name for the whole of Firenze and beyond, into the wider continent, ruling over it with an iron fist. The arrival of the Ursarchy changed this forever, cracking apart the rotten empire into the peninsula of Firenze. Patria still exist, as does the role of Principis. But much has been conceded, and it has become crippled with corruption and organised crime. It currently occupies the south east of Firenze, jostling with Sacra for control of the rich southern territories.
Sacra is the holiest place in Firenze, and perhaps the continent – its capital is one sprawling mass of cathedrals to all the saints and gods, where each building blurs into another. Surrounding it is a mass of vines and farmland, where every kind of crop and wine can be found. It occupies the tail of Firenze, along with a strip of coast leading up into the fractured states, preventing the Patria from blocking them off from the rest of Firenze.