Here Be Dragons
If the realm exemplifies the state, the Guild exemplifies enterprise. This organization will achieve great financial profit at absolutely any cost to human life when left to its’ own devices. With the realm focussing most of its might and political strength in the heartland, the hinterland is largely left to fend for itself. This is a fact that the Guild was quick to exploit, press ganging entire western populations into service to feed their greed.
In the west, most nations do not have any frame of reference for the supply and demand of their natural resources outside of their region. This leaves the guild in a position of extreme power.