|Deities||Athena, Geb, Primus, Segojan|
|Established||4 Brightstar 745|
Gaereaus is an Earth Archon confederation comprised of three ancient city-states, two on the shores of the Heliotrope Sea, and one up the river Belevorn. The confederation was founded in 745, creating a unified defense against raids and attacks by those serving the interests of the Witch Horde and the Drugnod Empire.
In the First Epoch, Gaereaus saw the arrival of peoples from the surface. These merchant families and their staffs, and disenfranchised peoples of the Northern Hordelands and the Lands of Puirty. Most of these were wild Theegans and Tragarans; newcomers to the continent.
Gaereaus is a rich empire. It has a vast trade network spanning the region around, adjacent ones, and those in deeper Subterranean Tiers. One trade route, the Witch Climb, circles around the Witch Pipe to the surface where trade is done with giants and other surface dwellers. Another goes up the Yeenoghus Spittoon into the lands of the Divine Empire and beyond. This latter trade route sees blocks of Dušullu-Ošur and Aurorum sent to Phure-Zil then up ramps and lifts to the surface. From the other way, foodstuffs and goods from the lands above go down, joining the Gnemdos Trade Network where they may still have thousands of miles to go before journey's end.
Gaereaus's capital rotates every three years to a different city-state. Length of service for the nation's three ministers, each from a different city, is nine years.