Fire Emblem: The Age of Legend
Southernmost of the Northern Principalities, Miffin is also the most populous with 150,000 dwelling in the city itself and more in the countryside working the cold ground to feed them.
Like most of its peers, Miffin has changed hands and names many times over the centuries as local wars were won or lost. Under this name it was once prominent enough that the whole nearby bay was named after it and this did not change even as the now forgotten prince who had been so successful eventually fell. Probably it is in memory of those glory days that it takes this name again.
The city of Miffin is largely prosperous due to the existence of Yeoria, perhaps a bit ironic since it fought hard against King Dinmerfin of Yeoria to maintain its independence 150 years ago when he was first creating his country. This city was indeed the first to successfully resist both his army and his offers of money and alliance and so marked the northernmost boundaries of the new state.
Miffin is about 8,000 square miles in size, bigger than most of its neighbors. Most of this area is lowland in the narrow sloping plain between the nearby Minalin Mountains and the bay, though they also claim a share of the nearest peaks and some somewhat more northerly land from which most of their lumber comes.
The current ruler is a bit unclear to outsiders. Miffin less than a century ago rose up against and overthrew a particularly bothersome prince and established what they declared to be a democracy. All non-slaves can vote; but in reality prominent, wealthy merchant families are in control behind the scenes.
Miffin has long had a peculiar relationship with Yeoria. On one hand, much of their profit derives directly or indirectly from trade generated by being the closest city to another country. Thus the existence of Yeoria makes Miffin wealthier. On the other, too strong a Yeoria is feared because it might well attack and defeat the city of Miffin. The goal of Miffin’s subtle rulers then is a Yeoria weakened and off balance, but still a viable state and trading partner. Additionally, they are always clever not to attack their southern neighbor directly, for that would obviously hurt their trading relationship. Instead, Miffin merely allows the troops of more northerly lands to pass through it (often taking a cut of any plunder) and otherwise assists enemies of Yeoria indirectly. Now, for example, they are sheltering the fleeing Duke Grenfeld who has betrayed his king and led an uprising against him, causing the Yeorian Succession Crisis of 2A 3214. They probably do not want him to win, but do not want him defeated quickly and easily either. By keeping him safe while his army continues to cause trouble they might be able to extract concessions from Yeoria and end the war on their terms.
Prince Rinvolin of Yeoria and Duke Gardnelle, his staunch ally, will have none of this though. Moving with lightning speed straight through the armies of the rebels and the Northern Principalities, they have encircled Miffin and hope to take it in a quick assault to capture Grenfeld. With him in their custody the rebels will have lost their leader and figurehead and will soon crumble.