Queen Sheebaak rules as regent for her young son. Her husband died of poisoning.
The average Dostian is a typical peasant. They live their lives, pay their taxes, and are slightly more patriotic than might be typical.
The elite are a different matter entirely. It’s well known that Kranardost has the best spy network in the lands. They are diplomats without peer.
Far from the Final Empire they are spread across their kingdom, making the most of land unlikely to be troubled by enemy troops. Travel and trade are robust, they have industries to turn raw materials into finished goods, and they grow a decent amount of food. It’s widely speculated that the Queen brokers information, either selling it or using it to blackmail, and getting favorable trade status.