Diplomacy 4: Tale of Ekonia Diplomacy 4: Tale of Ekonia is set in a world similar to our own, yet the technology level is broadly equivalent to the Ancient Era in Europe. Of course there are some differences however, for example, in Ekonia it is possible to construct Gas Vents to channel the gas beneath the surface of the land, this has allowed for the construction of large Airships, which are commonly used to transport army regiments into battle. Sanitation levels are also fairly advanced compared to ancient Europe and large cities are not uncommon. Once upon a time this world was united. It was a time of great peace and prosperity, there were no wars, and even poverty and disease was rare. Yes, those were the days. The Emperor at Nikea was kind and just, a good ruler, but when he found his wife had cheated on him he flew into fit of rage. He killed her and the other man in the bed that they laid in, they died brutal deaths indeed, and the Emperor began to turn to drink. A year passed, and the Emperor had gotten worse, some say he was being blackmailed. They say men in grey robes came to him and threatened to reveal to the people just what had happened to their much-loved Empress. The Empires coffers were bled dry and taxes were raised in every city and town. The nobility were in uproar. They refused to pay, and led rioting in the home towns. The payments had stopped, and the men in grey robes needed payment. That was when the Emperors son was kidnapped. His only son. Heir to the Empire. Of course, a ransom would have to be paid, but the Empire was bankrupt. Taxes were raised. A revolution occurred in Meineria, their noble families promised to change things, to return the run-down city to prosperity. The Emperor demanded that the rebellion must be crushed, but the nobles of the Empire refused to draft their regiments. They refused to pay the new taxes, threatening to also revolt. The Emperor had no money, but the blackmailers still demanded money, as well as the ransom for his yet to be returned son. He couldnt pay, and the men in grey robes threatened him with death if he could not get the money. An assassination attempt was foiled, but the emperor now feared for his life. In response he created several new and highly restrictive laws, no one would go out after dark, lest they be assassins, no trade of food between cities, lest it be poisoned, no autonomy for noble houses, lest they be the men in grey robes. And the Emperor shut the doors of his palace in Nikea, and proclaimed that no one may enter or leave the building. The doors remain closed to this day. Of course, that truly was the end of the empire, and ever since then the nobility have each ruled their city-states. Yet it is prophesised that the Empire will one day return, and rumoured that descendants of the Emperors Son may be living somewhere in the former Empire. But of course, Time will tell.