The Black Hand stepped into the outer world with devastating impact in 1248 (i.e., a little over 200 years ago)
Not a country per se, this isolated valley in the Shards of Lor mountain range is however a major diplomatic player and Minarian power broker. Zards is the home of the Black Hand, an undead warlock of tremendous power. The ancient tower is shunned by all but the boldest of diplomats and travelers for the lich does not encourage visitors. There is no settlement here per se, nor citizens of a nation, unless one counts the disgusting creatures of undead propagated by the reclusive master of the tower.