"No man may tread upon me, for I am the sea."
-- 77th Admiral of Limsa Lominsa, N'bolata Tyata
On the southern coast of the island of Vylbrand, under the shadow of ancient cliffs worn by the relentless onslaught of the Rhotano Sea, lies the marine city-state of Limsa Lominsa. Said to be blessed by the goddess of navigation, Llymlaen, the city is spread out over countless tiny islands, each connected by brilliant ivory bridges. It is this that has earned her the name the "Navigator's Veil" from traveling bards who have witnessed the city's beauty from afar.
Limsa Lominsa is a traditional thalassocracy, with power lying in the hands of the ruling party and its leader--the Admiral. Its economy is driven by shipbuilding, fishing, and blacksmithing, bu the majority of wealth comes from the lucrative shipping industry.
To maintain the safety of its maritime routes, the city employs a formidable navy known as the Knights of the Barracuda. However, even in the waters nearby the city, pirate bands run rampant, reaving and pillaging.
Legend holds that Limsa Lominsa was founded shortly after the remnants of a giant armada fled its homeland following a crushing defeat. Llymlaen is said to have taken pity on the plight of these brave sailors, and guided them to the shallows of a rocky bay where their ships were grounded upon the sharp rocks. With no home to return to, the sailors chose to settle in this newly-found land, and used the remnants of their vessels to begin construction of a city.
However, the sailors never forgot their nautical backgrounds, and once a new fleet was in order, they would take to the waters again. It was only a matter of time before their influence had spread and they ruled the five seas of Eorzea. Thus the Limsan thalassocracy was born.
Remnants of this legend live on even today in the nation's ruling party, whose members still address their leader as Admiral.
While fishing and shipbuilding are prominent, a majority of the city's wealth comes from the shipping industry, with over half of the city's population being employed in logistics. To maintain shipping routes, the thalassocracy employs a powerful navy known as the Knights of the Barracuda, who patrol the Eorzean seas, ensuring safe passage for all those who do business with the nation.
However, even in the waters nearby the city, pirate bands run rampant, reaving and pillaging, leading neighboring nations to suspect that the Knights of the Barracuda and the local bandits are in some way working together to profit off of unwary traders.
|The term, thalassocracy, comes from Ancient Greek and means "rule of the sea". The word is applied to states with primarily maritime interests. The Phoenicians are an example of this. The influence of a thalassocracy rarely extends into the interior of the lands whose coasts they rule.|
|ZAM credits the official Final Fantasy XIV Online site for information on Limsa Lominsa.
Date Retrieved: Aug. 7, 2009