The Commonwealth of Gold is almost solely responsible for the existance of the extensive and vibrant infrastructure all across Atanoah. The nation's name comes from the fact that its many banks hold a vast majority of the gold and silver stockpiles of the world in their treasuries.
Intead of changing government models over time, the COG slowly adapted from an alliance of city states into a commonwealth where each mayor of each city, and later each sovereign for each node, acts as a senator of equal vote in the ruling senate of the nation.
The nation has thousands of years of legislative history, resulting in multiple laws upon laws, especially governing commerce. Because of this, lawyers are some of the most influencial and wealthy members of society. As a nation, the COG is extremely wealthy and around 40% of the banks are owned by the state.