A state is an organized political community living under a single system of government. States may or may not besovereign. For instance, federated states that are members of a federal union have only partial sovereignty, but are, nonetheless, states. Some states are subject to external sovereignty or hegemony where ultimate sovereignty lies in another state. The term "state" can also refer to the secular branches of government within a state, often as a manner of contrasting them with churches and civilian institutions.
Many societies of the peoples of Aiers have been governed by states for millennia, but many have been stateless societies. The first states arose in the about the 14.000 a.a.H among the Hake and Drow elves in conjunction with the rapid growth of urban centers, the invention of writing, and the codification of new forms of religion. Over time a variety of different forms developed, employing a variety of justifications for their existence.