For the novel, see The Thousand Cities
As the soil was so fertile, there were many cities and towns in the region henceforth the name. Also, due to its fertility it was very valuable to Makuran and heavily guarded from the Empire of Videssos, whose border was just a few mile west of the region.
The Thousand Cities was not originally part of Makuran because it was conquered long before the days of Peroz King of Kings and the people were not ethnic Makuraners. Therefore, the region was an important part of Makuran but not really of it, making the King of Kings worried about the region's allegiance in times of war. It was, however, considered Makuran's economic heartland and the capital was located in the region.
The Thousand Cities is based on the fertile Mesopotamian region between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates, which was the economic heartland of the Sassanid Persian empire despite being a conquest.
- pg.204, The Stolen Throne
- pg.191, Ibid.