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The people of Hendrika are gregarious. In general, the traits most admired by the Hendrika are honesty, humor, modesty, and good education. Social status is measured mostly by occupation. Eye contact and facial expressions are important, though one should not stand too close to another person when speaking. It is impolite to pass between conversing individuals. Pointing the index finger to the forehead implies that someone is crazy and is an insult. Unannounced visits are not common, except between very close friends or relatives. It is important to be punctual. Guests shake hands with everyone present, including children. It is impolite to begin eating before others. One leaves the table only after all have finished eating.

The Hendrika have strong families, which are moderate in size. Most have only one or two children. People generally live close to extended family. Many holidays emphasize family gatherings. Male children are expected to be apprenticed and leaving home between ages 16-18, though most return to live near or with their families when their apprenticeships are complete. Female children learn their crafts from their female relatives. Arranged marriages are common, and apprenticeships are occasionally taken with the intended match in mind. The Hendrika celebrate births with rusk, a type of hardened bread topped with either pink or blue (depending on the baby's sex) sugar-coated aniseed.

Bread or toast with jelly, Hendrika cheese or meats, boiled eggs, and coffee or tea are the most common foods for a Hendrika breakfast. The most popular breads include multigrain and dark-grain varieties. Most people eat something sweet on their bread for breakfast or lunch; hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles) or chocolate spread is most common. Children often eat hot cereal for breakfast. Krentenbollen (raisin rolls) are also a favorite. Open-faced sandwiches are common for lunch, as is kroket (a deep-fried sausage). A typical meal may be groentesoep (vegetable soup), gekookte aardappelen (boiled potatoes), karbonade (a pork chop), bloemkool (cauliflower), and yoghurtvla (yogurt pudding). Their pastries are famous the world over.

The Hendrika enjoy their winter holiday. Sinterklaas also rides in parades and visits children. His servant, Zwarte Piet (Black Peter) throws small pieces of pepernoten candy (gingerbread) for children to gather and eat. Family members and friends who exchange gifts at this time must disguise or hide the presents. They are all anonymous (said to have come from Sinterklaas) and are accompanied by an amusing poem about the receiver. Good-natured teasing accompanies this festivity.

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The kingdom is a constitutional monarchy. In spite of the lack of equality between women and men in Hendrika, Hendrika is always ruled be a woman. However, with the constitution and parliament, the queen is barely allowed to decide what clothes she wears each day and functions more as a symbol. The parliament consists of the heads of as many fifty and as few as ten noble families, depending on the rise and fall of fortunes. The only true power the queen has is the ability to say a noble family has the right to a seat on parliament. She cannot however, take a seat away, only a majority vote of parliament can do that, and she cannot decide who in the family takes the seat. Traditionally though, it is the patriarch of the family. The head of parliament represents Hendrika on the amareth council. Nobles hold fairly absolute power within their lands, and are often considered 'above the law'. A peasant trying to bring charges against a noble is usually simply executed for the sheer gall.


Hendrika gets most of it's living from the sea, hunting everything from herring to whales.



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Population: 28,760
Power Center: Conventional
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Gold Piece Limit: 100,000; Ready Cash: 143,800,000
Humans: 20,641; Halflings: 1,752; Elves: 3,176; Dwarves: 1,876; Gnomes: 413; Half-Elves: 1,438; Half-Orcs: 462; Others: 2

Toror (Large Town)

Population: 14,525
Power Center: Conventional
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Gold Piece Limit: 40,000; Ready Cash: 29,040,000
Humans: 12,474; Halflings: 307; Elves: 726; Dwarves: 435; Gnomes: 290; Half-Elves: 145; Half-Orcs: 145; Others: 3

Waron (Large Town)

Population: 5,589
Power Center: Conventional
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Gold Piece Limit: 15,000; Ready Cash: 4,185,000
Humans: 5,365; Halflings: 111; Elves: 55; Dwarves: 0; Gnomes: 0; Half-Elves: 0; Half-Orcs: 0; Others: 58

Adage (Large Town)

Population: 3,429
Power Center: Conventional
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Gold Piece Limit: 3,000; Ready Cash: 513,000
Humans: 3,291; Halflings: 57; Elves: 34; Dwarves: 11; Gnomes: 12; Half-Elves: 0; Half-Orcs: 0; Others: 24

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