Borders Drawn in Blood
Papal States of Rome
The Papal states of Rome are the territories independently ruled by the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church. They are split into two parts. The Areas around Rome are under direct control of the church, while the areas around Ravenna, are owned by the church, but generally ignored. There are no local magistrates or other official to keep order unless something extreme occurs. In which case a Cardinal will be dispatched along with soldiers to see to the situation. These incursions of authority are always temporary. These lawless lands are referred to as the Pentapolis due to the 5 cities that dominate the region (Ravenna being the largest and most secure).
Rome is the capital of the Papal states and is currently ruled by Pope Gregory VII (officially). However, in actuality, it is contested as Gregory has been forced to retreat from the Vatican into Castel San Angelo which is under siege by Emperor Henry IV. He has been confined to his castle for 3 years from which he has managed to continue normal operation of the Church and his lands. However, the Vatican has been taken over by Henry’s own appointee to the station of Pope, Clement III. This has caused a split within the Roman Catholic Church between Pope Gregory and Anti-Pope Clement. The majority remains loyal to Gregory.