Redania, a wealthy realm which profits from trade and agriculture, is one of the Four Kingdoms. The capital city of Redania is Tretogor. Other prominent cities are Oxenfurt, with the largest university in the Northern Realms and the free city of Novigrad. The kingdom's neighbours are Kovir, Caingorn, Kaedwen, Aedirn and Temeria.
The Kingdom derives enormous profits from trade with Novigrad and grain exports, it may be said that monarchy is a granary of the whole Continent, and even other parts of the world. Therefore, the dominant landscape in Redania are huge, undulating fields of grain. Currently, the state economy is seriously threatened, because coming into the country with cheap goods Nilfgaard and other countries, which constitute serious competition for local artisans. In addition, there is a very little manufactories.
For ages, Redania has fought a customs war with Temeria, its primary rival in the North. The country possesses the best intelligence network in the world. The government of Redania is also heavily influenced by sorceresses.
King Vizimir II of Redania was assassinated during the Second Nilfgaard War. During the interregnum, the country was ruled by a Regency Council headed by Sigismund Dijkstra, the head of Redanian Intelligence, and Philippa Eilhart, head of the Lodge of Sorceresses.
Quite specific is the social structure of this country - the cult of the nobility runs strong in Redania. That social stratum possesses more privileges here than in any nearby realm. Great differences in wealth exist among the gentry, but Redanian law cares for birth not property, making a well-born beggar the legal equal of the richest magnate. Those of high birth and great wealth draw the latter primarily from the grain trade and pedigreed horse husbandry. The last Redanians excel at, outdoing all other nations - Redanian steeds are unsurpassed. The Redanian cavalry is thus among the best formations of its kind in the world, and with the country’s nobility filling its ranks, it is the heart of Redanian armed forces.
As a consequence of nobility’s privileged position, the peasantry is treated worse here than in any neighbouring states, and only the king’s iron fist keeps them from rebelling.
National emblems Edit
- The colours of the Kingdom of Redania are white and red, and the coat of arms from time immemorial has been the silver eagle in a red field. Of this eagle, the ancient emblem of King Abrad the Old Oak, various motions and forms were, notwithstanding presently the insigne is like King Radovid IV had determined and approved in edict: Gules, an eagle displayed Argent crowned, beaked and membered Or, grasping in the dexter claw an sceptre Or. The eagle is charged on the breast with an escutcheon: Sable a cross Or. Escutcheon is arms of Jamurlak, country located in the interfluve of rivers Buina and Braa ultimately vassalized by Crown of Redania during reign of Radovid the Bald.
- Jan of Attre, Coats of Arms of the Respectable Royal and Knightly Houses, their blazon and history
First two coats of arms were created by our users Mboro and SMiki55, third is from The Witcher 2. First is the historical coat of arms belonging to king Abrad Old Oak, second and third are from times of Radovid IV after anexation of the Kingdom of Jamurlak. For the unofficial concepts of coats of arms used by previous monarchs, click here.
This flag was created by our resident heraldry and witcher expert Mboro, based on the description in the novels.
Known Redanians Edit
For the main article on Redanian monarchs, see List of Redanian monarchs.
Cities, towns and keeps Edit
- Tretogor (capital)
- Free city of Novigrad (former capital, independent of Redania)
Regions and landmarks Edit
Redania borders Temeria in the north. It is ruled by King Radovid V, also knows as Radovid the Stern, son of the murdered King Vizimir. The monarch was thirteen when his father was killed, so the Royal Council assumed power until the prince came of age. After his coronation, Radovid gained notoriety for dealing brutally with anyone who had previously mistreated him or his mother Hedvig. The most important cities in Redania are the capital of Tretogor, the Free City of Novigrad, which enjoys far-reaching autonomy, and Oxenfurt, with its famous university.
One of the Northern Kingdoms, Redania is a wealthy realm which profits from trade and agriculture. For ages, it has fought a customs war with Temeria, which is its main competitor in the north. The country possesses the best intelligence service in the world. The government of Redania is heavily influenced by sorceresses.
Journal Entry Edit
Situated between the Braa River in the north and the Pontar in the south, Redania is one of the North's more important kingdoms. Its coat of arms is a crowned silver eagle on a red field. The eagle grips a golden scepter in its talons and a small black shield bearing a golden cross adorns its proudly protruding chest. Despite recent unrest, the country survived, unscathed and intact, the crisis that followed the death of King Vizimir the Just. Tretogor, King Radovid's seat of power, is the country's capital, though the Free City of Novigrad is its largest population center. In fact, Novigrad is something akin to the capital of the world - a center and cradle of commerce and culture, where an enlightened man can breathe his fill as long as he does so away from the back alleys. Old, musty and scholarly Oxenfurt, the home of this author's alma mater, is another of the kingdom's noteworthy cities. During the last war with Nilfgaard, Redania joined with Temeria, Aedirn, Kaedwen and other northern realms to repel the invaders, and the Royal Redanian Corps played an important part during the Battle of Brenna.
In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Redania, ruled by Radovid V, is poised to take over Temeria.
- Coat of arms of Redania is very similar to the emblem of Polish, also resemblance to the Polish is that one can see a few names and nomenclatures of Redanians (especially kings). The same Arcsea (Lukomorze) is perhaps a metaphor of Pomerania (Pomorze), and the unitification of Redania and Jamurlak is like Polish union with Lithuania.