The Road Less Travelled
Brevien is a mountanous land, home to a hardy breed of men with a reputation as superb warriors, which faces the constant threat of orcish invasion. almost every summer without fail, orcs will test thier northern border, resulting in frequent skirmishes and probing raids. in any year where the orcs find a weak spot in the defenses, they raid as a full scale horde and try to break through to the more vulnerable human nations to the south.
Brevien is the only human kingdom to maintain a standing military in all seasons. every male is required to perform 2 1/2 years of mandatory military service at the age of 16. these form the Kings Watch. most of these conscripts are sent to man a post along the northern border and repel orcish scouting forces. after thier mandatory term is up, they are free to leave, remain, or join some other noble’s guard (often better pay)
brevien is often seen as aloof and somewhat resented by many of the nations south of it, but the few military campaigns ever tried against it have been defeated handily, so they are rarely bothered anymore