Kandarin is in the realm of Gielinor, ruled by King Lathas of East Ardougne. There is, unlike any other human nation, a democratic government in Ardougne, the Ardougne city council. The council, however is weak compared to the monarchy. It encompasses most of the lands west of White Wolf Mountain. Kandarin is bordered by another mighty kingdom, Asgarnia, to the east, the Fremennik Province to the north, the forests of Tirannwn to the west and the Feldip Hills to the south. Kandarin is the largest kingdom in RuneScape.
Kandarin is a wealthy kingdom, and nearly as powerful as the Kingdom of Misthalin. It gathers much of its wealth through industries in places such as the Seers' Village and Yanille. It also trades with many of its bordering nations. It is even claimed that Kandarin has connections to lands far to the west where not many humans have ventured to.
Despite this, Kandarin faces many problems; in 136 of the Fifth Age the former king, King Ulthas, died in a hunting accident without stating who his heir would be. His two sons, Lathas and Tyras split the city between them. The division in leadership left the city weakened, and threats of ogres in the south increased crime in East Ardougne. Even sea trolls on the North-West coast, are causing problems for King Lathas. Even more disastrously, King Tyras has abandoned his city to a terrible plague after leaving for a crusade in the Elven lands of Tirannwn. West Ardougne is now under quarantine, and many of its citizens believe King Tyras caused the plague somehow.