After centuries of warring between the cities, the Great Charter was signed in 682 YP. Written on a hundred dragon skin scrolls, the treaty basically boils down to “don’t invade me and I won’t invade you”, though there are a few other subtleties in there about trade and taxes and so on.
The chief condition is that, in the event that any city takes arms against any other city, all signatories are committed to uniting against the aggressor. Since there is no one city strong enough to defeat the combined might of the others (contrary to what each of them secretly believes) this guarantees peace in the human realms – or it should do.
Hailed by some as the beginning of a new age of peace and prosperity, the treaty is also almost universally disliked, because every city agreed to share something that they had previously considered exclusively theirs, such as land rights, mining claims or fishing grounds. Some rationalists point out that what they all gained was of considerably more value than everything they sacrificed, but that’s not the point. This was another idea intended to promote harmony; by sharing their wealth in this way, some lunatics felt, the cities would all be drawn together in a network mutual self interest. What actually happened is that each city began to undermine these clauses immediately, and at the same time fostered resentment against their neighbours for doing exactly the same thing.
It is in Gambrinia that the most fervent hatred for the accord is felt, closely followed by Musard; though it was the aggressive behaviour of Gambrinia that the treaty was chiefly intended to curb, since the people of Gambrinia never attempt to hide their belief that they are the capital city of Paregor, or at the very least that they are first among equals.