Duke Elory Staggreig is the ruler of the South Western most Provence of Verland. He is the rightful heir of the original Duke Staggreig who was granted title over these lands by King Arcon. The current Duke had his title reaffirmed by King Krieg in a ceremony where the Duke renewed his oath of fealty. Staggreig later joined with the Northern Warlords to overthrow Krieg. This was high treason in itself, but the Staggreig took the extra nefarious step of murdering almost the entire royal family. Though he has never been formally divested of his title.
Staggreig is different from the petty warlords who carve out their own empires not just in that he comes from nobility but in his rule. His taxation does not come with an overt threat of imminent death and it does seem to buy a measure of protection from invading warlords. Though this is probably the Duke protecting his economic interest in the people rather than out of some motive to protect them for the sake of humanity. Staggreig also allows the King to maintain the highway and the accompanying military checkpoints through his lands. While he may chaff at the thought of the king deriving revenue from economic activity across his lands, the Duke has wisdom enough to know that those taxes go to the preservation of the roads and the patrols that maintain a modicum of safety which allows for trade. Which he can then tax.
There is no law enforcement in his lands. Staggreig does not provide for a Sheriff or civil courts. The port city of Pearl Reef has established law enforcement out of economic necessity to protect the personal property and chattels of merchants.