Laishtek is the capital of the Freed Maha'i nation of Gemsharia, which includes the vast majority of the sparsely populated Northern Gallidan Desert. While the nation itself is majority Maha'i - due to their almost exclusive residence in the desert - Laishtek, which was a sleepy port town at the time of the charter which granted Gemsharia its nominal independence and sovereignty, is now mostly populated by non-Maha'i, even though Maha'i hold possession of the highest offices. Hammerdine, which provided the charter centuries ago, has gradually been growing in influence over Laishtek, especially with the influx of other races into the city.