Always on the cutting edge of innovation, Astrub went first, and now the other four great nations are following suit two years later. More beautiful and more modern, Amakna, Bonta, Sufokia and Brakmar have been given a new look and are beckoning you for new adventures. But why all these changes to the territories?

The small purple bobber danced on the waters of the lake. Under his straw hat, his feet crossed and resting on the edge of the boat, Chairmane had noticed the beginnings of a nibble. He stared intently at his son to see if he was paying attention to his line, but Chung was staring straight ahead, lost in thought. The bobber went under the first time. No reaction. Then a second time… The young Osamodas didn't even twitch. He simply held his rod in one hand and the full weight of his head in the other. Just then the reel started to spin.

"Something's biting!" cried Chairmane, surprising Chung and causing him to instinctively jerk his rod up.

The nylon line flew up toward the sky, splashing the small boat with droplets of water. When it came back down, all they saw was a fishhook. No bait.

"You sure let that one get away, didn't you?"

"Yes, Da'…"
"I saw it nibble, but you had your head in the clouds. What were you thinking about, son?"
"Nothing… It's just my buddy, Jacko. He said that it's a done deal. At the end of summer vacation he's going to join a nation."
"I see! And which one did he choose?"
"Great choice!"
"Dad… Did you ever think about joining a nation?" asked Chung, opening up a box full of sawdust and maggots. "We could come with you! Mommy could sell our fish down on the docks…"
"We'd have to catch some first…" Chairmane joked before getting serious again. "You know… I like to feel at home wherever I go. I like to live in the countryside and head into the big cities when I feel like it, without being too fervently and blindly devoted to any one of them.

"I love the plains of Amakna and its wheat fields, the beauty of Bonta and its forests, and Brakmar stadium! Oh… and the beaches of Sufokia! I remember going there with your mother, strolling in the surf along a deserted beach…"
"I know, Da'. You already told the story. Last time, I wanted to throw myself overboard and swim home just so I wouldn't have to listen to it…"

Chairmane Fifi ruffled his son's hair affectionately as the boy cast his line back into the water.

"You know what, Da', I heard they're even more beautiful than before. Jacko told me he and his family went to visit all the capitals. Ogrest's tantrums weren't all bad, you know. Everywhere Jacko went, they told him that the adventurers' battles against the ogre were so powerful that they caused boulders to fall from Mount Zinit, earthquakes, and storms..."

"Wow! Sounds idyllic, doesn't it?" said Chairmane sarcastically.
"Let me finish! All these disasters also brought something positive to the big cities. They're even more developed, rebuilt on the ruins using the fallen stones, reinforcing areas that were too weak to withstand such onslaughts of nature…"
"Is your buddy a real estate agent, by any chance?"
"Come on, Dad! Just promise me you'll think about it!"
"You just want to follow your friend. That's what this is about…"
"Yes, that's true! But that's also what a nation is all about! Friends, lots of them, both old and new! Anyway, didn't you have a friend who went to one of the nations and you never saw him again?"
"Bowbody… I was about your age when he left for Amakna. I remember packing a bag and hiding in his parents' cart…"

Chairmane realized partway through his sentence that he might be giving his son bad ideas. Clever Chung could tell what was going through his father's mind and grinned slyly.

"You've got one on the hook."
"By Oktapodas!"

The father reeled in the snapper as the boy readied the net. The rod bent under the weight of the catch, and the snapper fought, causing the boat to spin in circles. After a few minutes, Chairmane had managed to reel in enough of the line to see his catch. That day, the Chairmane and his son brought home one of the best catches of their lives. It's said that it was at that exact moment that they first hit upon the idea of going into business with Jacko's family in Sufokia. Chairmane and Chung would deliver freshwater fish to them regularly and return with cargo from the Asse Sea. They quickly made plans to offer their catch across the nations so that they could see the marvels of Bonta, Brakmar, Sufokia and Amakna with their own eyes.