Skull & Shackles
The nation of Rahadoum (pronounced rah-ha-DOOM) in north west Garund is unusual in that it is the only nation known to have forbidden the practice of any and all religions.
The country’s fine cloth, exotic produce, and gemstones are sought-after by foreign merchants, who generally do not allow any religious scruples to get in the way of profits. Other exports include salt, dates, tropical fruit (from the Eternal Oasis), base metals, tools, and herbal remedies.
Rahadoum’s trade is hindered by Cheliax’s control of the Arch of Aroden. Cheliax supports a number of privateer fleets, which attack non-Chelish shipping using the Arch. In response, Rahadoum conscripted its native merchant vessels into a massive merchant marine fleet.
This tactic has been so successful that merchants of other nations wishing to transport goods westwards through the Arch have taken to using armed Rahadoumi ships to do so. Typically, they hand over their cargo in Manaket, then travel across country to Azir to reclaim it once it has passed through the Arch.
Merchant shipping in the south has suffered heavily from attacks by the pirates of the Shackles. The Eye of Abendego seriously hampers efforts by the navy to chase down pirate vessels, and the navy are offering a large reward for pilots able to provide accurate charts or help navigate around the hurricane.