The Northern Kingdoms are a catch-all term for independent states to the north of Takara. They are alomost entirely made up of the successor states of the Calligian Empire. The majority of these states are small island trading nations. Although they are relatively wealthy, they were traditionally considered technologically and culturally backward compared to the Takarans and the Kian. The two most powerful northern kingdoms are the Dominion of Antar and the Unified Kingdom of Tierra. Antar being considered a great power in its own right, and Tierra something of a strong second rate power. Smaller kingdoms include Azulae, Callindria and Mersdon.