"County", "province"

Classical Period

For administrative purposes the empire of Gehennum is divided into 39 provinces, which are termed "episkopies" because the title of the official who governs them is "episkopos". The episkopos is appointed by the emperor, reported to the anakritēs, and supervises imperial government in his episkopy on behalf of the Boulē.

For provincial eupatridai who would have little chance of attracting attention and patronage in Thekla, the capital of their episkopy is the focus of most ambition. It is there that gentlemen are appointed hypokritēs, it is there that crucial leases on imperial estates are let.

The average population of an episkopy is about half a million people.

Decadent Period

In the decay of imperial government the episkopies have become quasi-autonomous domains, barely subordinate to the central government. In point of law the episkopoi are still appointed by the emperor and subordinate to the anakritēs, but in practice the office is routinely passed from father to son, and the episkopoi answer only to the polemarkh, and then only if he can make them. There have even been border wars between neighbouring episkopies.

The average population of an episkopy is about a million people.

List of the episkopies

  1. Aden
  2. Apris
  3. Asthmara
  4. Bethan
  5. Borillis
  6. The Central Isles
  7. Damaris & Damaros
  8. Efyra
  9. Epanethon
  10. Eumoria
  11. Galeria
  12. Gla
  13. Guinmō
  14. Harmon
  15. Kaplan
  16. Korfyra
  17. Kybo
  18. Lakon
  19. Laris
  20. Leuktros
  21. Matris
  22. Mela
  23. Meliander
  24. Merion
  25. Moran
  26. Orio
  27. Panay
  28. The Pentepolis
  29. Periander
  30. The Propontis
  31. Samars
  32. Sarrask
  33. Skyra
  34. South Tinkana
  35. Sylvain
  36. Thekla
  37. Thekla Exoteikhos
  38. Thespay
  39. Valina

Map of the episkopies


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