Freecity is the name given for the loose congregation of fishing villages and small ports that spread to become a coastal community. Freecity is governed by a Council of Captains and swears allegiance only to itself. It is supposedly based on trade but that takes the form of regular trade, piracy, smuggling and small amounts of raiding. The piecemeal “navy” is made up of trading companies and individual crews but they tend to work together to maintain their own freedom from nations that would bring them under a more formal government structure.
All matters of law are handled by the Council of Captains or their servants and sentences tend to be brutal to keep the anarchic citizens in some sort of line. Sentences tend to financial more often than capital as Freecity runs entirely on trade and the acquisition of wealth.
All governments of the world have officials in Freecity doing their best to establish trade routes and pay bribes to have Freecity pirates target their competitors.