Domcur By Under A Bleeding Sun
The states are one of the major powers, almost like mini nations. While usually occupying a nations territory, their great powers mean they are usually left on their own. They tend to be highly specialized, having generations of wizards, psions or technomancers. While each of the states have relatively low populations, their people are top tier, their citizens are way above average, and many of the most powerful individuals in the world hail from one of the States.