The Western Marches, or Vastmark in the Kustmann (Coastlander) language, are territories nominally ruled by Coastlander chieftains (jarls) who owe allegiance to the Crown of Zerithia. The truth is that the Minister for Western Affairs, a position of the Court of Zerithia, dictates all Vastmark policies, including laws, taxes and trade. The geographic boundaries for the Marches are the Cold River to the north, the Raka Forest (north-east) and Raser River (south-east) on the east. Unsurprisingly for a people called “Coastlanders”, the western and southern coasts are home to most communities. Their economy is based predominantly on fishing, although there is a tradition of Kustmann mercenary companies serving in Zerithian realms that is alternately encouraged and suppressed (depending on which end of a Kustmann axe the current ruler has found themselves most recently).