|Republic of Prekovy
|Motto: Бӳг обмочӣ Бӳг тѥж осушӣ
Bůh območí, Bůh též osuší
He woundeth, and His hands make whole
|Anthem: Saint Kiril Chorale|
|Ethnic groups||77% Prekovar
|•||First Minister of the State||Řehoř Krejci|
|•||Kingdom of Opava||789|
3,024,372 sq mi
|GDP (PPP)||2018 estimate|
|Currency||Vojek, pl. vojáky (Ⱌ)|
Prekovy (Prekovar language: Пѧӣско, tr. Přísko) is a constitutional republic located in northern Wallasea. It is bounded by three oceans, and borders Cockaygne, Embrea, Zegora, and Polacekia to the south. Prekovy is the largest country in the world by area, and the third largest by population. It is a major political and military power in Wallasea, and is one of the world's leading energy producers.
Prekovy is the homeland of the Prekovars, a Slavic people who trace their ancestry through myth and legend to the first settlers of Wallasea. Prekovar culture dominates public life in Prekovy, and has played a significant role in the development of Slavic culture in Wallasea.
The earliest known use of the word Přískové (Prekovar) dates to a Slavonic Oswinite missal written in the 860s. It was used to refer to the Slavic peoples inhabiting the low-lying region south of the Teplá River, which is today called the Prekovar Basin. During the Middle Ages, Prekovar merchants and traders made the Prekovar Basin one of the wealthiest regions of the world. The Suffering of Trogg in the 16th century unified the Prekovars into the nation of Prekovy. The Wars of the Covenant in the early 18th century devastated Prekovy and marked the beginning of a long social and economic decline, which was arrested only after the Great War. Today, Prekovy remains one of the poorest states in Wallasea by GDP per capita. Despite its ostensibly democratic institutions and constitution, it widely regarded as an authoritarian state in which power is held by a small group of influential social leaders.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Society
- 6 Economy
- 7 Foreign politics
The word "Prekovy" comes from Přískové, which derives from the Old Slavic prsъ + Kožva, meaning across the Kožva River (today called the Uslava River). Přískové referred to Slavic tribes living north of the Kožva, in what is today Prekovy.
The first humans to inhabit Prekovy were hunter-gatherers who crossed the Jotlund Land Bridge from Arterus to Wallasea in 40,000 BC. Until about 11,000 BC, much of Prekovy was covered by glaciers. As the ice receded, the early hunter-gatherers migrated to the fertile Prekovar Basin. Sedentary civilizations developed in the Basin along the banks of the Teplá and Úslava rivers. The Prekovy river civilizations flourished during the Bronze and Iron Ages, but left few written or archeological records, and are largely remembered for their roles in early Slavic myth.
Arrival of the Slavs
The history of modern Prekovy begins with the rise of the Slavic tribes of Wallasea. Archeological evidence suggests that the first Slavic peoples inhabited the Sázava Marshes in southern Prekovy in 6,000 BC. The Slavs were a tribal people; each tribe was bound by a different deity in the Slavic pagan pantheon.
The Slavic tribes spread throughout Wallasea from 4000 to 2000 BC. The tribes that migrated north of the Kožva River became known as the Prekovars. They displaced the river civilizations of northern Wallasea and introduced Slavic agriculture and culture to the region.
Early Prekovar states
The early Prekovars lived in dispersed self-governing communities. They were led by social leaders called vechniki, and were bound by a common customary law called the Priska Pravda, or "Prekovar Justice." The early Prekovar states resisted Varnian raiders, and fought with the Olyar princes for control of the eastern Prekovar Basin.
By 1200 AD, Prekovar princedoms dominated all of modern western Prekovy. Robust trade in minerals, especially silver, led to the growth of powerful Prekovar polities, and a "Golden Age" of Prekovar civilization. Trade and culture flourished. Prekovar explorers charted routes through the ice floes of the Arctic, enabling commerce with western Arterus.
Oswinism and the Suffering of Trogg
The prophet Oswin appeared in northern Prekovy around 800 AD. His teachings spread throughout Prekovy, and profoundly influenced Prekovar society. Prekovar Oswinism focused on the parts of the Verses recorded by Oswin's two Slavic followers: Radovan and Yaromir. The pair drew on Slavic mythology in crafting the stories of Oswin’s Journey, so that Prekovar Oswinism was much more strongly influenced by Slavic myth than Oswinism in other parts of the world.
In the 15th century, the Oswinites of Wallasea and Arterus met in the Council of Trogg, to settle on a common dogma for the Oswinite world. The Prekovites were ejected from the Council for insisting on the primacy of Slavonic Oswinism.
A century of religious war followed the Council of Trogg. The divergent Prekovar states, united in their belief in Slavonic Oswinism, were forced together in order to repel the armies of the Apostolic and Reformed states of southern Wallasea. This period of strife, called the Suffering of Trogg, is commonly seen as the genesis of the Prekovar nation. Prekovy emerged from the Suffering as a coherent national unit, defined by its adherence to a syncretic Slavo-Oswinite faith, and governed by a hierarchy of vechniki. It forced the Apostolic and Reformed armies out of the country, and became the hegemonic power in northern Wallasea.
The period between the end of the Suffering and the beginning of the Wars of the Covenant is commonly called the Prekovar Golden Age. Following the Suffering of Trogg, Prekovy became one of the richest nations in the world. It exerted influence over a sphere of nations including Minua, Polacekia, and Zaposlavia. Prekovar art and culture became highly regarded throughout Wallasea, and artists and thinkers flocked to Ostrava.
Prekovy's position began to erode following the Wars of the Covenant, as shifting economic forces drew wealth toward Praetonia and Flamaguay. Prekovy's economic base was devastated by the Wars of the Covenant. Its influential vechniki prevented industrial growth and kept power in the hands of landowners. The industrial revolution did not take hold in Prekovy until the late 19th century, so that despite its great size, Prekovy's industrial output fell behind that of its Wallasean competitors.
In an attempt improve Prekovy's position, Admiral-turned-Chancellor Otmar Horák attacked the Estates-General in 1870; the resulting conflict, derisively called Horek's War, ended in a humiliating defeat for Prekovy and spurred cries for national revitalization.
Prekovy entered the 20th century in steep economic and social decline. The humiliating defeat of Horek's War convinced Prekovar leaders that the Commonwealth would usurp their hegemony over northern Wallasea, unless they re-asserted Prekovite authority over the continent. Prekovy attacked Cockaygne and the Commonwealth, and then the nations of southern Wallasea, in what would become known as the Great War. Its defeat ended Prekovite hegemony over northern Wallasea.
The climate of coastal Prekovy is influenced by the Oryontic and Arctic air masses. The westerlies carry the cold, humid Oryontic air mass over western Prekovy, causing damp conditions and low to moderate temperatures throughout the year. During winter, polar air masses blow south from the Arctic, causing very cold temperatures in northern and eastern Prekovy. The Vrabci mountains shield western Prekovy from these arctic air masses, and ensure that temperatures in the west rarely drop below -5 °C. By contrast, eastern Prekovy routinely sees temperatures below -30 °C in winter, with less precipitation. Occasionally, Southeastern Prekovy experiences extreme snowfall from the convergence of warm, humid air passing from the southern Ingenic, and the arctic anticyclone from northern Prekovy. Snowfall is heaviest along the western ridge of the Vrabci mountains, where humid air from the Oryontic rises and expels its moisture.
The influence of polar air masses is less pronounced in the interior of Prekovy, where a humid continental climate prevails, with long and cold winters, and warm summers. The far north is mainly subarctic, and is covered by boreal forest; only the very northwestern parts of Prekovy are treeless tundra.
Prekovy is a quasi-federal Wallasean republic. The government is a hierarchy of legislatures, whose scope of authority is unlimited. Prekovy has no written constitution delineating the structure of government. The first codification of Prekovar customary law, the Priska Pravda (Prekovar Justice, or Prekovar Law), is an important text in determining the norms of the Prekovite political order; it directs lawmakers as to the rightful social and religious order.
Prekovite law is derived from ancient Slavic sources, chief among which is the Příská Pravda. Laws are recorded into fourteen written “books.” The Verses once had a very strong stylistic influence on Prekovite books of law; laws were recorded in qualitative metre and were meant to be read broadly as references for correct moral behaviour. Since the legal reforms of the 20th century, all laws recorded in the common Prekovar language, and take a more conventional prescriptive form.
The basic political unit of Prekovy is the domain (panství), of which there are 417. Except in Přímořský, the borders of the domains reflect those of pre-Confederation Prekovar fiefs and polities. Each domain is run by local social leaders, who exercise authority through a věc (pl. věci), or local assembly.
Most people in Prekovy trace their ancestry to a subgroup of Slavs which migrated north from the Sazava Marshes, and settled the Prekovar Basin around 4,000 BC. The linguistic and ethnic offspring of these settlers are referred to as North Slavs, or Kirilics, after their patron, Saint Kiril.
Prekovars are the most numerous group of Kirilics, making up 77% of the population. The descendants of Kirilics who settled the Karskar Sea area, called the Karskars, make up a further 7% of the population. The different Kirilic peoples share a common ancestry, but are culturally and linguistically distinct because of their distance from one another.
The Transvrabic peoples account for 12% of Prekovy. The Transvrabic peoples share a unique haplogroup (Y), which is not found elsewhere in Wallasea. They developed in isolation from the other cultures of Wallasea for many millenia, shielded by the Vrabci mountains, and so are relatively undifferentiated from the original settlers of Wallasea.
The largest Transvrabic groups, in order of size, are the Uzurs, Olyars, Minus, and Svens. The Uzurs once ruled an large empire stretching as far as Saratovia, and were early and bitter enemies of the Slavic peoples. They live predominantly in northeastern Prekovy, and account for 5% of the population. The Olyar homeland is the eastern portion of the Vrabci Mountains, known as Olyatia. The Olyars differ substantially in language and culture from other Transvrabic peoples, owing to their isolation in the mountains of eastern Prekovy. They make up 3% of Prekovy.
The eastern coast of Prekovy is home to the Minus and Svens. The Svens were traditionally organized into a number of independent principalities, but were conquered by Prekovy in the 18th century. They account for 2% of the population. They have largely adopted Slavonic Oswinism, but retain a strong cultural identity separate from the Kirilic peoples. The Minus were conquered in 1981 after the Minu War, and make up another 3% of the population.
Prekovy is a Slavonic Oswinite country.
Prekovy is home to six major cultural groups, but Prekovar culture is by far the strongest influence on cultural life in the country. The influence of Prekovar norms and customs is felt even in areas where few Prekovars live, as a result of centuries of assimilation and acculturation. Virtually all residents of Prekovy, with the exception of Uzurs, are fluent in Prekovar.
Prekovar culture encompasses the arts, letters, and modes of thinking associated with being Prekovar. It is influenced by the collective experience of the Prekovar people, and by formal written tradition as encapsulated in the Příská Pravda, an ancient and highly legitimate expression of Prekovar customs. Although Prekovars are Slavic people, their customs differ substantially from those of southern Slavs; in particular, Prekovar society prescribes a more rigid and hierarchical structure for gender and race.
Local cultural influences remain important in areas of substantial non-Prekovar settlement. Seventy-five percent of non-Prekovars report fluency in a traditional language; the proportion rises to almost ninety-nine percent in Uzur majority areas. Strict federal miscegenation laws have slowed the process of assimilation, and ensured that ethnic enclaves are not completely subsumed into Prekovar culture.
Prekovy is the largest economy in the world by GDP PPP. Its growth is driven largely by the extraction and sale of natural resources. Prekovy is the world's largest net exporter of gas, oil, and coal. It contains over a quarter of the world's proven gas reserves, and a tenth of the world's proven oil reserves. Energy reserves are exploited by Náprost, the state oil and gas corporation, and sold across Wallasea and the world. Prekovy is also a major producer of nickel, iron, and copper.
The service sector is concentrated in the densely populated Prekovar Basin, and on the eastern banks of the Karske sea. Prekovy's three largest cities, Ostrava, Opava, and Ludíkov, account for nearly a third of the country's economic output.