The Alliance of Free Cities is a political alliance between several cities with the intent to protect themselves from the antagonistic country, Duvos. The alliance comprises Portia, Lucien, Atara, Highwind, Sandrock, Tallsky, Walnut Groove, and Vega 5. The alliance borders several non-affiliated countries, such as Ethea, Barnarock, and The Peripheries.
Sometime after the restoration of the world, the Alliance went to war with Duvos in Lucien. There is currently a peace treaty in place, though tensions are rising as Duvos takes more and more aggressive actions against the state of Ethea, which is north of the Alliance's borders. The Alliance of Free Cities was formed in order to protect themselves from the Duvos invasions.
- Main article: Atara
Atara is a country north of Sandrock and Portia. It is the political and financial center of the Alliance of Free Cities.
- Main article: Highwind
Highwind is a country northeast of Portia. It borders Ethea and Barnarock.
- Main article: Lucien
Lucien is in the northern portion of the Alliance of Free Cities. Lucien borders the countries of Duvos, Meidi, and Atara. Due to its close proximity with Duvos, Lucien is known to guard itself from the persistent Duvos invasions.
The Flying Pigs guild headquarters are stationed in Lucien.
- Main article: Portia
Portia is a town located near the shoreline of the Western Sea. Portia was built upon the ruined city of Dubei; remnants of Dubei still linger within the outer walls of Portia, including decaying buildings and sewage plants. The town is governed by Mayor Gale and has its own Church of the Light and a base of operations for the Civil Corps. The Commerce Guild of Portia is located in Peach Plaza.
- Main article: Sandrock
Sandrock is an arid, dry country north of Portia. Due to its climate, the water is supplied by Portia.
- Main article: Tallsky
Tallsky is the southernmost country of the alliance.
- Main article: Vega 5
Vega 5 is an isolated country south of Portia, located on a small island in the Western Sea.
- Main article: Walnut Groove
Walnut Groove is a region southwest of Portia and north of Tallsky. It borders the Peripheries. Presley owns a souvenir that was crafted in Walnut Groove.
The Church of the Light is the main religion of the world, including the Alliance of Free Cities. The Portia branch is led by Minister Lee, who despises the use of technology as it was the main cause of the destruction of the world.
Church Enforcers do not have jurisdiction in the Alliance of Free Cities.
A renowned guild called the Flying Pigs consists of the best fighters and adventurers from the Free Cities. First formed in the Free City of Lucien, this fighting group is committed to world exploration and the protection of the weak.
Trade within the Alliance of Free Cities is accomplished through the Commerce Guild. When a country sends out a commission, it is listed in the Commission Board and commissioned under the countries name. All commissions from these countries outside of Portia are completed by the Secretary of the Commerce Guild, in this case Antoine.
Other trade can also occur. For instance, Sandrock's geographical position and climate lacks water and thus requires water supplied by another party, such as Portia.
The following stories are published in the Portia Times during the game:
|“||A conflict between the Empire of Duvos and the Principality of Ethea is imminent as both states build up troops around the Orzu Ruins region on their border. Sightings by witnesses paint a picture of partial mobilization in Ethea, with almost all of their air assets moved to the border region.|
Prices for power stones have sky rocketed in the capital city of Grace, as the military have received most of the shipments in recent days.
So far, there has been little word from the Alliance of Free Cities. Atara has stayed out of the conflict of words between Duvos and Ethea. Experts point to the recent thaw in relations between Duvos and the Alliance as the main reason.
|— The Portia Times, "Conflict Imminent!" by Dispatch from Ethea Capital Grace, Reported by DuMont|
|Map||Map • Dee-Dee Transport System • Fishing spots • Abandoned Ruins • Hazardous Ruins|
|City of Portia||Portia • Central Plaza • Church of the Light • Main Street • Peach Plaza|
|Within Portia||Amber Island • Amber Island's Cave • Bassanio Heights • Bassanio Falls • Collapsed Wasteland • Duck Pond • Harbor • Haunted Cave • Portia River • Sophie's Ranch • Starlight Island • Tree Farm • Western Plateau • WOW Industries|
|Around Portia||Eufaula Desert • Eufaula Heights • Somber Marsh • South Block|
|Beyond Portia||Alliance of Free Cities • The Great Begeondan • The Peripheries|