|Motto: Бӳг обмочӣ Бӳг тѥж осушӣ
Bůh območí, Bůh též osuší
He woundeth, and His hands make whole
|Anthem: Saint Kiril Chorale|
|Ethnic groups||79% Prekovar
|•||First Minister of the State||Řehoř Krejci|
|•||Kingdom of Opava||789|
3,301,067 sq mi
|GDP (PPP)||2018 estimate|
|Currency||Vojek, pl. vojáky (Ⱌ)|
Prekovy is the homeland of the Prekovars, a Slavic people that settled northern Wallasea around 1,000 BC. Prekovy's law and religion are modeled on the norms of early Prekovar civilization, as recorded in the Příská Pravda (trans. Prekovar Justice, or Prekovar Law). Prekovars elect social leaders to local veches, which proceed from the tribal leadership of the early Slavs. The veches share power with a national legislature called the Rynek, and with a supreme leader called the Gospodar. Custom dictates the balance of power between the different parts of the state.
A cult of Slavonic Oswinites called the prostъ (literally “straight” men, or “simple” men) unified Prekovy during the Suffering of Trogg. The Wars of the Covenant from 1701-1727 devastated Prekovy and marked the beginning of a long social and economic decline, which was arrested only after the Great War. Today, Prekovy is a major Wallasean and Ingenic power.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Society
- 6 Economy
- 7 Foreign politics
The word "Prekovy" derives from the Old Slavic prsъ (across) + Kožva. It refers to the Slavic tribes living north of the Kožva River, the ancient border between North and South Slavs.
The first humans to inhabit Prekovy crossed the Jotlund Land Bridge from Arterus to Wallasea during the Last Glacial High, c. 40,000 BC. They went south as the glaciers receded, to farm 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 proto-Slavic peoples inhabited the Sázava Marshes of central Wallasea 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 2000 to 500 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 foreign 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.
Prekovy occupies the northern half of Wallasea. It is the largest country in the world by a substantial margin, covering a greater land area than the continent of Veridis.
The Tárov Mountains divide arable plains in the south from vast boreal forest and bogland in the north. The Tárovs arose from a shallow subduction of the Leonine and Great Wallasean Plates approximately 80 million years ago. They were carved by glaciers during several great ice ages. In the Dyky Islands of northwestern Prekovy, the Tárovs are dissected by dramatic glacial valleys known as fjords, where Varnian raiders settled during the 9th century AD.
Southern Prekovy is covered in plains and birch-aspen forest. It is cut by a number of major rivers, chiefly the Uslava, Tepla, and Kožva, which define the borders of a densely populated region known as the Prekovar Basin. Rivers in eastern Prekovy flow into a large internal sea located in the far southeast.
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.
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, with patches of tundra.
During winter, polar air masses blow south from the Arctic, causing very cold temperatures in northern and eastern Prekovy. Eastern Prekovy routinely sees temperatures below -30 °C in winter. 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 Tárov mountains, where humid air from the Oryontic rises and expels its moisture. The Tárov mountains shield western Prekovy from arctic air masses, and ensure that winter temperatures remain above -10 °C.
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 Příská Pravda (Prekovar Justice, or Prekovar Law), contains constitutional norms, and directs lawmakers to the rightful political order.
Prekovite law is derived from ancient Slavic sources, chiefly the Příská Pravda. Laws are recorded into fourteen written "books"
Prekovy is divided into 422 volosts and eight pogosts. Volosts are lands where Prekovars lived before the Suffering of Trogg. Pogosts are regions brought into the Prekovite state through conquest or exploration; they include, for example, the Ingenic Island Territory and the former Uzur lands.
Each volost is governed by its own veche, which makes law and assigns rights and entitlements to Slavic people living there. Several old and famous volosts, such as Ostrava, are governed by veches with authority rivaling that of the federal Rynek. The borders of volosts are set by federal law, and correspond approximately to the borders of principalities and states that existed before the Suffering. A domain overlapping a city may be called a city-state (мѣстскѷ стꞟт, trans. městský stát), but this label does not connote a different administrative structure.
A pogost has no veche and is governed directly by the Gospodar. In a pogost, only Slavic men may acquire the rights and entitlements available to full legal persons at Prekovite law; women and non-Slavs are automatically legal children (otroks) of the Gospodar or Slavonic Church (depending on the history of the pogost).
Several races inhabit Prekovy, but Prekovars are by far the most numerous (79%), and exercise the strongest influence on public life. Transtarovs are the most numerous non-Prekovar race (11%).
Prekovars mostly descend from the Slavs who settled the Prekovar Basin around 1,000 BC. Modern scholars refer to these early Slavic settlers as North Slavs (or Kirilics, after their patron, Saint Kiril), to distinguish them from the Slavs who settled other parts of Wallasea. The patriarchal North Slavic culture displaced the Rope Culture that had predominated in northern Wallasea for approximately 10,000 years, leaving very little genetic trace of the Rope settlers. Modern Prekovar ancestry is approximately 90% Slavic. A subrace of Prekovars with greater Transtarov admixture inhabits Prekovy east of the Karskar Sea.
Transtarov peoples make up the largest ethnic minority within Prekovy. Transtarovs have lived in northeastern Wallasea for at least 20,000 years. They are relatively undifferentiated from the original settlers of Wallasea, because of their physical isolation on the northern side of the Tárov Mountains. The largest Transtarov groups in Prekovy, in order of size, are the Uzurs, Olyars, and Minus.
Prekovy is a Slavonic Oswinite country. A Slavonic cult was instrumental in the formation of the modern state of Prekovy, and the Slavonic Church continues to play an important role in government and social organization.
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 the traditions reflected by the Příská Pravda, an ancient and highly legitimate written expression of Prekovar customs.
Although Prekovars are Slavic people, their customs differ substantially from those of southern Slavs. Prekovars retain many of the social and political hierarchies that typified the early Slavic tribes of Wallasea. This cultural division is especially marked in the northwestern parts of Prekovy, where the form of the Prekovar language is much closer to Old Slavic, and where traditional customs such as bride kidnapping are still practiced.
Local cultural influences remain important in areas of substantial non-Prekovar settlement. 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 extraction and sale of natural resources, manufacturing, and the services required to sustain a mature developing economy. Despite improvement over the last three decades, Prekovy's economy is relatively inefficient at producing value per head. It owes its size mostly to its large workforce.
Prekovy was one of the wealthiest countries in the world during the 16th and 17th centuries, but its position eroded following the Wars of the Covenant, as shifting economic forces drew wealth toward Praetonia and Flamaguay. Gospodár Vojtěch Komárek oversaw a period of economic reform and growth in the 1980s, which has been continued by the present Gospodár, Michal Havlíček. Reform led to the growth of a modern service sector concentrated in urban centres. Since 1998, Prekovy's three largest cities, Ostrava, Opava, and Karskargrad, have accounted for more than one-third of the country's economic output. Smaller towns and villages often have little economic activity outside of subsistence agriculture or state-sponsored anchor industries (котєвнӣ пᴩӳмѵсл, trans. kotevní průmysl), and living standards in these rural areas are markedly below average for a Wallasean country.
Prekovy is the world's largest net exporter of gas, oil, and coal. It contains over a quarter of the world's proven and probable gas reserves, and a tenth of the world's proven and probable oil reserves. Energy reserves are exploited by Náprost, the state oil and gas corporation, and sold across Wallasea and the world. Cheap energy fueled Prekovy's modern economic boom. Sale of energy to other Wallasean countries funded foreign exchange reserves sufficient to keep Prekovy's currency, the vojek, at a stable exchange rate with the Oryontic dollar since 2011.