The Palatinates is the collective term for the three counties of north-eastern Ustalav which deposed their hereditary ruling families and replaced them with citizens' councils: Palatine Councils. These are Canterwall, Lozeri, and Vieland. The other counties of Ustalav continue under noble rule, and are known collectively as the Soivoda. The adjective describing the Palatinates is Palatine.
The first of these counties to overthrow autocratic rule was Lozeri, in 4670 AR, in a relatively non-violent coup. The ruler of all Ustalav at that time, Prince Valislav Ordranti, was disinterested by this political manoeuvre and quickly recognized the new arrangement in Lozeri. Shortly thereafter, the two counties of Vieland and Tamrivena followed suit, the latter county re-established itself and changed its name to Canterwall. These three counties became known as the Palatinates.
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