Final Fantasy XIV takes place in a world called Hydaelyn and then players start their adventures into the region of Eorzea, the home of the 6 city-states. The land of Eorzea is on the contintent of Aldenard. Eorzea contains several independent city-states:
The commercial hub of Ul'dah is located in the desolate desert landscape of southern Aldenard. The city is organized strategically around the dome-shaped citadel at its center. Its towering fortifications and protective outer walls are visible for malms in all directions, and serve as a stark deterrent to would-be besiegers. Historically, it is the sultan who claims sovereignty over Ul'dah, but true power is wielded by the Syndicate, an elite group of six of the most influential and richest members of society. Nald'thal is the patron deity of the city, and two great halls devoted to his two aspects can be found in the eastern and western sections of the city.
On the southern coast of the island of Vylbrand, lies the water city-state of Limsa Lominsa. Said to be blessed by the goddess of navigation, Llymlaen, the city is spread out over several smaller islands, each connected bridges, earning her the name the "Navigator's Veil" from traveling bards who have witnessed the city's beauty from afar. To maintain the safety of its maritime routes, the city employs a formidable navy known as the Knights of the Barracuda. However, even in the waters nearby the city, pirate bands run rampant, reaving and pillaging.
In the eastern reaches of the Aldenard landmass lies the forest nation of Gridania. The cityscape is a mosaic of labyrinthine waterways and great wooden structures, so gracefully constructed they seem a part of the surrounding environment.
Mor Dhona is an inland region of Eorzea, and the site of the first aerial battle in recorded historyâ€"a conflict that took place above Silvertear Lake. In the Year 1562 of the Sixth Astral Era, five years after the invasion of Ala Mhigo, the Garlean Empire finally rose from apparent inactivity to resume its attack on Eorzea. A fleet of airships was deployed to Mor Dhona, led by the massive flagship Agrius.
The Holy See of Ishgard is a city-state within the region of Eorzea, Ishgard sits atop the Northern mountains, in the center of the Aldenard continent. The city-state is accessible only by bridge, with passage granted only to those who pass the Gates of Judgement and climb the Steps of Faith. Ishgard's Guardian Deity is Halone the Fury. Ishgard is constantly at war with the Dragons, and much of their military is made up of Dragoons. Among other reasons, this is why they are reluctant to join the Eorzean Alliance against the Garlean Empire.