I think the Scavenger Lands is meant to fill that role, Nexus in particular.Yeah. The Realm section takes up way too much space compared to its direct utility. They should have used that many pages to define the Near East instead, so that starting groups would have had a semi-usable mini-setting out of the box.
That said, the Kingdom of Harborhead would make an excellent starting location. The mightiest weapon is the spear, armor is that restrictive metal crap worn by oppressive foreigners, and the loincloth wearing jungle natives are the point-of-view characters, rather than the city-dwellers. Evokes a very different image from traditional fantasy in the River Province, and still has all sorts of local threats like clan conflicts, troublesome spirits, a giant shadowland right next door, and most importantly, friggin' dinosaurs!