The hub of all international trade, Kerch relies on sea transport and its own neutrality in world affairs to maintain its position in the global economy. It is protected by a strong navy.
Kerch is also home to a teeming criminal underworld centered in the capital city of Ketterdam. Although slavery is illegal in Kerch, Grisha and others are often bound to wealthy merchants as indentures under terms that sometimes amount to slavery.
Kerch is an island nation comprised of one large island, three smaller islands, and many additional islands. It is connected to Shu Han via a land bridge, but the Council of Tides keeps the bridge submerged in water, preventing land travel between the two countries.
- Eil Komedie - a tiny island off the coast of Ketterdam, near Imperjum.
- Imperjum - a small island off the coast of Ketterdam, home to the the city's shipyards.
- Terrenjel - a tiny island off the coast of Ketterdam, where the prison Hellgate is located.
- Newfoort - a small island off the coast of Ketterdam.
- Vellgeluk - a tiny island, one of the preferred meeting places of thieves and smugglers.
- Droombeld river
- Ketterdam - the capital city
- Belendt - second oldest city in Kerch
- Girecht - a city famous for its barley beer and beer. Sankt Emerens was martyred here.
- Lij - a city in southern Kerch
- Zierfoort - a port city in south Kerch
- Main article: Kerch language
Kerch has no royalty. It is governed by the Merchant Council, a group of merchants representing the oldest and wealthiest families in the country.
The Kerch government is represented by three flying fish, which are printed on Kerch money, incorporated into architecture, and flown on ships alongside trading company flags. The national color is purple.
- Kerch was inspired by the Dutch Republic of the 18th century, with some influence from New York (New Amsterdam), Las Vegas, and Victorian London.
- Six of Crows, page 61
- Leigh Bardugo on Re-Entering the Grishaverse in Six of Crows – September 28, 2015