To the Romans, Britain was “the Tin Isles.” The island was the primary source of tin for the entire ancient world until the third century, and nearly all of it came from the territory of the Dumnonii. The mines in Iberia may have diminished the region’s importance somewhat, but the tin trade continues to make Dumnonia rich, and put it in contact with the wider world. Dumnonia is the center of Britain’s trade with the rest of the world, with ships regularly making the journey even from Byzantium.
Though generally more Celtic and sympathetic to the Nationalist cause than most parts of the island, Vorimorus’s wealth and power led him to defy High King Vortigernos. Vortigernos employed Irish and Saxon foederati to overthrow Vorimorus and place on the throne one of his own, Cornovian kinsmen, Lucius Cunomorus. Lucius’s son, Marcus, now reigns in Dumnonia.
Current Issue: Rich & Poor
The Dumnonii are, for the most part, simple farmers. The tin mines require a huge number of slaves and workers paid very little for dangerous, back-breaking labor in the dark. Dumnonia’s trade links bring in luxuries from all around the world. Enough revolutionary sentiment continues to make it dangerous to be too conspicuous about such wealth, so the elites of Dumnonia fortify themselves in places like Din Tagell. The Cunomorii have relied on this to consolidate their power. They bring in a great deal of wealth from trade, which goes primarily to those supporters. Those supporters then become ever more dependent on the protection the Cunomorii can provide for them. Meanwhile, the anger of the Dumnonii at their Cornovian king is only further heated by the class tensions.