World Without End
The islands were settled by a group of peasants fed up with the Commonwealth. They suffered losses on the way over, but the ships – built by master shipwrights they had taken with them – helped to keep them alive. When they settled they place no bonds on teh group, allowing each to find their own niche. Eventually all of the peasants came together to form a democratic government.
Eventually, once a government had been formed and all farms were producing surplus, the Straehans took a small fleet to Bridgetown to open trade negotiations. Grudgingly they have been recognised as a free state, and produce some of the best ships in and around the Commonwealth.