Qadir by the Bihyal
Everyone knows of the Imperial Republic of Zahanim, it is the invading force that seeks to impose order on the region. The Zahanim homeland is across the sea far to the northwest, and rumored to be a nation that stretches over hundreds of territories and city-states. Little is known about the Republic outside of these shores, but they function with governors here. Each conquered city-state is ruled by said governor, supported by a small standing army and a class of elite civilians, who being Elves may or may not be potent fighting forces.
The ultimate authority in the region is the First Governor, but he has appeared less frequently as of late. The cities of Baqal, N’Habaz, Yeneh, Murradin and Teyloh fell to the invading force, in that order, with Baqal being a piece of the republic for nearly a decade now, and Teyloh having fallen only recently in a spectacular strategic coup.
Life for non-elves in the Republic is ordered, many of these people being treated as full citizens after years of paying taxes and contributing to support positions or fighting positions in the armies of the Republic. They are left alone, their temples are left intact, and the laws protect them from abuses from above as it controls their behavior as well. In the long conquered cities, the populace has a specific view of the Elves as inscrutable strangers who are beginning to teach them and aid them in daily life. In the recently conquered ones they are an interminable foe that must be tolerated or defied at every step. There are underground rebellions in Teyloh and Murradin.