The Embargo of Taphis and the Dark Plague
A kingdom made almost entirely of dwarves, they have put all there trust into there king. The people of Rankov grew no food themselves, but instead traded with there neighbor for provisions.
After the outbreak of the dark plague there no longer was anyone to trade with. Without trade with their neighbor Taphis the country has experienced a great famine. This is perpetuated by the government wasting the resources of the country on outrageous public works projects, such as the 20-foot thick solid iron wall on the perimeter of the country.