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South of Remas, Pavona, and north of Luccini lies the city of Verezzo, hard on the banks of the River Riatti. Sitting atop a natural Hill that serves as the only high ground for miles around, the city of Verezzo grew to dominate the riverine trade out to the sea. Unlike many of the other Tilean city-states which are primarily naval in orientation, Verezzo found its wealth in the rich countryside, dominating the breadbasket of Tilea and monopolizing the grain trade downriver to the merchant cities.

Verezzo is architecturally unique in that the entire city is largely vertical in orientation. Because of the great walls that offer unparalleled defenses and the lack of building space on the narrow hill, the people of Verezzo have built upwards rather than outwards. The towers of Verezzo rise so high above the plains that many domiciles have become natural parts of the city's defenses, as they offer perfect vantage points to fire down upon any enemy foolish enough to attack the city. However, it does mean that the city is rather crowded, and the narrow streets and teeming piazzas are a testament to this unfortunate fact of life.

It was here in 2321 that the great rebellions began when, during a great crop failure brought on by unseasonal drought and unknown intervention by the Skaven, the Prince of Verezzo sought to profit from the disaster by hoarding up grain and selling it to his own people at extortionate prices. Outraged at this ultimate in greed and depravity, the people of Verezzo rose up against their masters and with the help of mercenary armies hired by the city's merchant families overthrew the principality.

To this day, Verezzo remains the Serene Republic, and unlike more elitist or more corrupt Republics, Verezzo is a genuinely democratic city. A broad franchise attracts the city's electorate to any of the city's many political parties - each associated with a prominent merchant family with its own interests and program. The city's political parties are closely associated with local quarters, and each is associated with a specific color and a specific football club. The parties compete and combine with almost dizzying complexity, but the city's political status can be observed quite easily by a passing observer who watches the display of colors at the city-wide matches (many elections have been decided by the outcome of a particular match). The parties are so well known that their color alone is a signifier to outsiders - the Reds being known for an aggressive military stance, the Golds being known for an expansive public spending policy, and so forth.

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