Modern Exalted: Bring back the Light
The borders of the Kingdom of Calin extend from Good-harbor in the north to the Yanaze in the South, from Port Calin in the west to the River of Tears in the east. Historically a great Threshold power, Calin lost much international standing when its Blessed Isle colonies rebelled, then was subsumed into the Guild Coalition after the war against Sijan. But when the Coalition disintegrated, Calin declared independence. Despite heavy exports of luxury goods—food, fashion, automobiles—and an enormous tourist industry, cultural flaws undermine Calin’s potential economic strength. Discrimination against Linowan and Haltan immigrants results in ethnic strife. Corruption is commonplace, with bribery, kickbacks and nepotism treated as normal. In overthrowing the Guild Party and restoring a constitutional monarchy, the Calinese didn’t follow through and purge Guild loyalists from the administration and the military. Said loyalists form a network of officials who cover for one another’s abuses of power.
Marin Bay, Calin’s oldest city, makes the most of its history. Tourists come to sample the cuisine, view ancient marble façades and visit famous ruins, museums and holy sites. Most notable is the Church of St. Cecilia, named for the Immaculate Church’s founder and ecclesiastical seat of the Church’s Matriarch. St. Cecilia’s contains a vast collection of art, literature and ecclesiastical relics—including such things as the blood-stained funereal shroud of the martyred saint Isidor and a basalt feather from the wings of the arch-angel Hyacinth.