Little more than a decade ago, before the civil war began, Winston was the fourth province in the empire to have a population of over 600 thousand. Despite having only, a seventh of the area of The Northlands, the trade developments were well known across the empire.
The province used to be one of the empire's largest livestock markets, with merchants from The Northlands, Eastwild, Wild Husbandry, Southern and the seven central provinces all flocking to Winston and bringing with them lots of different products and supplies.
It was said that a baron in Winston was richer than a Duke in The Northlands. Not only was the saying a point of pride for the people of the province, it also signified the mocking manner the people there viewed Northlanders. After all, even though The Northlands was the largest province of the empire, it was the poorest.
The tides of time, however, turned the whole situation around. Only ten odd years had passed since Winston was at its peak, and it was now far more desolate than The Northlands had ever been. It was probably in part thanks to the second prince's rampant scouring of resources and his military failures, but Norton Lorist's intentional encouragement for his allies to sabotage the vitality of the province certainly played the largest part.. Lorist had Houses Shazin and Felim raid and pillage the whole Winston precisely to make the place barely habitable, especially the stretch of road from here to the capital. They swept the area many times. They hung most of the nobles. That's why so many commoners have been flooding into their dominions. Even though Windbury's nobles weren't worth much, standing behind them was Duke Fisablen, and Lorist could not be too careful when dealing with such a dangerous adversary.Those that controlled the province now didn't have the might to mediate between the quarreling nobles, battles raged without end.
Winston had been relatively peaceful, however. No nobles had gotten caught up in any territorial disputes. It was due to Duke Fisablen's deployment of two cavalry divisions to Windbury. With the one known as 'The War God' even when the empire was still around present, even the most arrogant nobles had to think twice before acting. Most did not dare to make a move and were on their best behavior.
Since the reason for the duke's presence was nothing alarming, the nobles were content to wait out the months of the duke's stay before taking up the feuds once again. It was also a welcome reprieve for the nobles, most of whom had been exhausted from the years of conflict. They could make the best of the short break in hostilities to prepare for their new offensives.