System of Government: Feudal State
Head of State: Sheriff, selected from sons and nephews of ruling Sheriff prior to his death
Religion: American Non-Denominational Church
Totemic Symbol: Apple Blossom
Despite its location along the Mississippi, Dyer County remains relatively isolated. The circumstances of the meander of the river has ensured that kilometers of swamp and forest lie in between the river and the highlands. The bottomlands are poorly populated and incredibly swampy and difficult to traverse. And the Sheriffs of Dyer County like to keep it that way. The swamps and forests ensure that merchants lack the opportunity to build a city within their county and thus a foot hold from which their influence can spread. This policy originates from the early half of the new Medieval era.
The flow of the river was different then and it's path took it near Dyersburg. By the time of Sheriff Dale II in 2456 , Dyersburg had grown into a great city of nearly 40,000. The merchant guilds had carved out vast tracts of land for themselves. Special Business Districts they were called. Most of the land was a part of these Special Business Districts. On these lands the merchant guilds grew vast fields of tobacco and cotton. And they paid no tax, had no levy, were totally free to do whatever they pleased. In essence, they were independent. Like his father and great-grandfather before him, Dale had little influence over the merchants, but unlike his predecessors he was not dependent on them either. The merchant guilds had gotten his ancestors addicted to their foul cocaine but Dale was free of its hold. However, when a popular revolt against the landowners began, Dale seized on the opportunity. He assembled men, many of whom were disposed Ohioan lancers and helped the serfs revolt against the merchants, promising them their own land in return. By the end of the year, Dale and his army had retaken the vast majority of land held under Special Business Districts. Dale however reneged upon some of his promises, handing out seized land to his strongest supporters, though many serfs did end up as free farmers.
Since that time, a handful of mercenary armies have been assembled to try and retake Dyer County but those attempts have been stopped by the lancers of Dyer County. Using Midwestern armor and tactics, the lancers have been able to beat back the southern mercenaries. These resources have been provided by the President of Ohio, knowing that a thorn in the sides of Shelby County keeps them from trying to exert influence in Ohio. Recently, under direction from Cincinnati, Dyer County and some Kentucky lancers raided P-G County and the State of Tennessee. The raiders forced the two countries to pledge allegiance to the President in Cincinnati to prevent similar raids from occurring again.