Ludington is a medium sized enclave with a large area of influence. From its position on the coast of Lakesea, it uses its three operational ferries to tie together most of the enclaves on Lakesea. Ludington has an extensive militia covering both land and sea which keeps raiders away from its many farms and fishing boats. Because of its martial prowess and because it controls the ferries, Ludington is the seat of government for a trade organisation that sets prices and controls tariffs throughout most of old Michigan and throughout Lakesea.
The government of Ludington is theoretically a hereditary oligarchy, but because of extensive political and ordinary assassination, almost none of the seats have ever been occupied by the same line for two consecutive generations. There has often been talk of cracking down on the political game, but the general consensus is that the dangers lead to having very clever rulers. The citizens of Ludington don’t really care because the only people being murdered are politicians.