Podolian Republic

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Podolian Republic
Podolьska respublika
FlagCoat of arms
Motto:
"Slavnise, naŝa krasna rodina"
Be glorious, our lovely motherland
Anthem:
My, podoljane, slobodny narod
We, Podolians, the free nation
The position of Podolian Republic in Uletha (1) and in Egalia (2)
Capital
and largest city
Ĉervonograd
Official languagesPodolian
Ethnic Groups
(2015)
Podolians
GovernmentUnitary Republic
 • President (Predsednik)Nikola Komaroviĉ
 • The Head of Ministeries Cabinet (Hlava upravlenckoha kabinetu)Danila Nemonta
 • King of Holmsko and VzmorskoAlexij II
LegislatureNarodne Sobranie
Area
 • Total32'504 km2
 • Water (%)2.2
Population
 • Estimate (2017)4 869 000
 • Census (2012)4 847 352
 • Density148.8/km2
GDP (PPP)
 • Per capita29 800
HDI (2011)Increase 0.71
medium
Timezone+5
CurrencySerebrenik (PS)
Internet TLD.pd


Podolian republic (pod. Podolьska respublika) or Podolia (pod. Podolje) is the country located in Central Uletha on the shores of Egalian Lake. It is bordered by Chira in the south, UL109 in the west and north and Meciara in the east.

Podolia is unitary presidential republic with the capital situating in its biggest city, Ĉervonograd, which has population of 630'000 inhabitants. Other big cities include Mariner and Aleksandria, with 220'000 and 195'000 residents respectively. The population of the country is estimated at 4.87 million people as for 2017, with approximately two thirds of them living on the southern part of the country close to Egalian lake.

Rural landscape of Podolia, which served as flag proposal for the country.
Main biomes of the country are the forests and forest-steppe, and some steppe grasslands on the south. The biggest river within the boundaries of the country is Ikŝa (Iksha), which has vast delta in its mouth, and the biggest river by total discharge is Ina, which serves as the international border between Podolia and Chira and also the sole outflow of Egalian Lake. The climate of the country is temperate, being under big influence of Egalian waters. Winters are cold and often frosty, especially in the northern mountaineous regions, summers are warm but short.

The present day Podolia is originated in times when there were several Slevic tribes. This peoples often fought with each other, but also had alliances to resist external threats. The Podolian statehood begins at year 1139, when Holmsko (i.e. Hill country) and Vzmorsky (i.e. Near-sea country [1]), which were the most mighty among those peoples, signed the Velyka Unija and emerged into one country. The first monarch of newborn state was Mihal I. Since then the official title of monarch in Podolia is known as Kralь Holmsky i Vzmorsky (i.e. King of Holmsko and Vzmorsko).

However, the most part of its history Podolian nation was not independent, being under the rule of neighboring powers. Podolian kingdom gained independence from Egalian Empire only in 1825, while big political crisis struck the empire. The years of independence were marked with both significant cultural development, in particular the renaissance of Podolian Language & literature, as well as major industrial growth.

In the first half of 20th century communist and other leftist movements were strong in Podolian kingdom, as in many other countries worldwide, especially because of neighboring socialist Suria. In 1943, revolutionary takeover took place, that made the reigning king Nikola VII to leave the country. Newly formed Podolian republic became one-party socialist state and one of the satellites of Suria (particularly, in the Great War).

The political events in 1980s, including students' and labour unions' protests, made the government to transform the state. In 1986, after 43 years of communist rule, Podolia became parliamentary republic with many parties in Narodne Sobranie (i.e. People's Assembly — the Parliament) and joined the community of democratic countries of the world. This year also was marked with the return of the King (who was Bratislav II at the moment), though, since than this title is only ceremonial and traditional head of state without even nominal political powers.

However, the position of socialists and social-democrats are still strong in our days, and today's polical regime of the state is center-left. Podolia became presidential republic in 2009 with the new constitution.

Etymology

The name of the nation as well as the name of the country is originated in West-Slevic (Suric) roots.

The most relevant version says Podolia is derived from word "dol" (in other variants "dъl" and "дол"; compare with modern-day Drabantian údolí, Shilesian and Suric dolina, долина), which means "valley", "lowland", "dale" in modern Ingerish. Actually, the ancient West-Slevic tribes, when they came to Egalia in 6-7 centuries AD, founded their settlements at the shores of big rivers, such as Iksha and Ina and fertile meadows that surrounded them. The prefix po- means "along", and that can be explained that ancient Slevs live, travel and trade along those rivers.

Another version tells us that the origin can be not so straight-forward. The root "dol" might be derived from "dal" or "dal'" (compare with modern Surian "даль" (dal' - ing. "distance", "something too far"), "далеко" (daleko - ing. "far", "distant"), which reflects how much did Slevic tribes migrate before settling on the place of modern Podolia.

History

Arrival and establishing of proto-Podolian tribes

Rough scheme of old Podolian tribes' distribution in 7th century AD

The Western shores of Egalia were quite desolate and uninhabited even after Suric invasion in 3rd century AD, as they travel along southern shores and spread as far as modern Drabantia.

The second wave of migration began by the end of 5th century AD simultaneously from west and east. Suric and Gaermanic tribes arrived and established in the source of Ina river. Proto-Dranic and Sandrian pepoles also had certain influence on Podolian ethnogenesis.

By the end of 7th century there were 6 tribal unions. The life and relationships often were not peaceful, and internecine wars happened regularly. However, the unions and alliances also happened, for example in 890 AD, when Gaermanic barbarians attacked Podolian lowlands.

The Great Union (Velyka Unija)

Under Egalian Empire protectorate

Modern era

Independence. Podolian kingdom

Overthrow of monarchy. The Republic

Geography and climate

Ina river not far from its sourse. The surrounding terrain is covered with taiga.
Podolian Republic lies in the Central Uletha. The extreme southernmost point of the country is Black Cliff Cape [1] on the latitude of 54.1, the northern is located on 56.2 parallel.
View of business district of Mariner.

The main water arteria of the country is river Iksha with its big tributary Sogoda. The big cities located on this river system, including 4 of 5 biggest cities of the country — Ĉervonograd, Mariner, Aleksandria, Surov. The rivers played important role in the history of Podolia, as both the sources nutrition and huge transport ways.

The southern and central parts of the country are flat plains, mostly covered by forests and farmlands. Average altitude tends to slowly increase to north. The northern limits of the country is Northern Mountains with the highest peak of 2387 m. Those mountains are covered by glaciers in several places and also are the main source of Podolia's rivers, flowing from north to south. The eastern regions of country are covered by small hills, not exceeding 500 m in height, comprised with ancient strata of chalks and limestones.

The climate is temperate continental with short but warm summers and cooling, sometimes frosty snowy winters. The borealic climate due to the location in the center of the continent is softened by big masses of water of Egalian Lake. Average precipitation is 800 mm on the shores and 400 mm in mountains. Such a climate is good for distribution of mixed and coniferous forests. The timber is one of the most important national resources of Podolia. However, the forests of the southern part of the country are mostly cut down, as the area is being used as agricultural lands for centuries.

Demographics

Main article: Demographics of Podolian Republic

Religion in Podolia
Catholic Christic
  
44%
Ekelan Christic
  
37%
Atheist
  
15%
Muslim
  
2.5%
Other
  
1.5%

Podolia is mostly mono-ethnic nation, with 91% of people being Podolians. The population of the country is estimated to be at 4,869,000 people as for 2017. The census is held every 8-10 years, while the last one was in 2012 (4,847,352 inhabitants). The annual natural population growth is ~0.08%, while total fertility rate is ~1.65 as for 2017.

The distribution of the population is quite even. The most densely populated okrugs are Juhovy (Southern) and Vzmorski (Near-sea). Most people live close to river valleys, shores of Egalian Lake, and on the shores of northern mountain lakes.

Graph of Podolia's population dynamics throughout 1960-2015 years
Total fertility rate in Podolia throughout 1960-2015 years


The biggest cities

 
Largest cities and towns in Podolia
Podolьska demografiĉna sluẑba
Rank Okrug Pop. Rank Okrug Pop.
Ĉervonograd
Ĉervonograd
Mariner
Mariner
1 Ĉervonograd Ĉervonograd 612,400 11 Medna Ruda Severny okrug 57,260 Aleksandria
Aleksandria
Ehalьska Pristanь
Ehalьska Pristanь
2 Mariner Juhovy okrug 218,700 12 Ẑivino Ikŝinski okrug 50,770
3 Aleksandria Aleksandrijski okrug 196,300 13 Koĉetov Inaĉni okrug 45,490
4 Ehalьska Pristanь Vzmorski okrug 131,230 14 Godunov Juhovy okrug 39,340
5 Turov Ikŝinski okrug 103,100 15 Elovy Bor Vzmorski okrug 36,960
6 Inagrad Inaĉni okrug 86,110 16 Jankovec Inaĉni okrug 33,380
7 Rodin Juhovy okrug 78,280 17 Berezovec Ezerni okrug 28,710
8 Borisov Zahodni okrug 70,900 18 Svetopavlovsk Zahodni okrug 24,500
9 Ezerny Dar Ezerny okrug 66,540 19 Belograd-na-Ezercah Ezerni okrug 22,180
10 Naftagorsk Zahodni okrug 64,380 20 Osinovec Inaĉni okrug 20,290

Economy

Economy of Podolian Republic can be classifed as mixed type. On the one hand, numerous liberal reforms were done in early 1990s such as introduction of free trade within and outside the country for rapid market filling of consumer goods (some of which were deficit in socialist era). However, the haste and lack of competency of reformators quickly led to big inflation, increase of unemployment and eventually crisis in 1994. The parliament and government was dissolved, and coalition of leftist and central-leftist forces took the power.

Nowadays Podolian economy is predominantly industrial with highly developed heavy&light industries, mechanized agriculture. However, post-industrial sector and services sector is yet to be expanded and financed. The Gross Domestic Product (calculated by Purchasing Power Parity) of country is $147 billion, and averaged over 5 years annual growth being ~1.5%.

Heavy industry

Apnohorti machine factory.jpeg

The country inherited numerous heavy enterprises from socialist era. The most known ones are Godunov machine factory, which produces many kinds of machinery, such as automobiles, trucks, engines, power turbines, metal- and wood- cutting machines and many other.

Light industry

Energetics

Wind farm in Juhovy okrug

The main producer of electroenergy in the country is thermal power stations, working on obsolete fuels, such as coal, charcoil and even turf in rural swamp places. The government spends a lot of money for renowation of energetics, building gas power plants (working on imported gas) and wind farms.

The northern region has several rivers with big hydropotential, and the local hydro power stations produce elecroenergy for that provinces.

Transport

Government

Parliament (Narodne Sobranie)

Current composition of National Parliament
  Social-Democratic Party of Podolian Republic: 41 seats
  Podolian Labour Party: 32 seats
  National Renaissance: 21 seats
  Liberal Democratic Party of Podolia: 17 seats
  National Front: 10 seats


Ministeries Cabinet (Upravlencki kabinet)

Administrative divisions

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Flag Region name Translation
in Ingerish
Code Administrative center Area
in km2
Population Population density
in residents per km2
Chervonogradflag.png Gradska uprava Ĉervonogradu City council of Chervonograd 1 Ĉervonograd 396.2 612,471 1 544,7
Aleksandrijski okrug Region of Aleksandria 2 Aleksandria 3672.47
Ezerny okrug Lake region 3 Ezerno 2930.40
Gorny okrug Mountain region 4 Medna Ruda 9197.19
Ikŝinski okrug Ikŝa region 5 Surov 2443.96
Inaĉni okrug Ina region 6 Inagrad 2899.72
Juhovy okrug Southern region 7 Mariner
Vzmorsky okrug Near-sea region 8 Ehalska Pristan
Zahodni okrug Western region 9 Borisov 4600.60
Total 32,504 4,847,352 148.8

Culture

References

  1. Egalian Lake is often referred as the sea due to its big size.