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Ayan Korean Autonomous Oblast (Cherry, Plum, and Chrysanthemum)

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Ayan Korean Autonomous Oblast
Аянская kорейский автономная область
阿燕高麗族自治州
아연 고려죽 자치주

— Autonomous oblast of Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic
Timeline: Cherry, Plum, and Chrysanthemum

OTL equivalent: Ayano-Maysky District
Map of Ayan Korean AO (Myomi Republic)
Location of Ayan Korean Autonomous Oblast (in red)
Capital
(and largest city)
Ayan
Language Russian and Korean
Area 340,247 km²
Population 479,105 
Established December 10, 1930
Currency Ruble
Time zone VLAT (UTC+11:00)
Abbreviations AKAO
The Ayan Korean Autonomous Oblast (Russian: Аянская kорейский автономная область Ayanskaya koreyskiy avtonomnaya oblast; Korean: 阿燕高麗族自治州; 아연 고려죽 자치주 Ayŏn Goryŏjuk Jachiju) is a federal subject of Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (an autonomous oblast), the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, located in the Soviet Far East. Its administrative center is Ayan.

History

The oblast was created in 1930 as the part of Soviet policy of national delimitation. By 1926, Koreans represented more than a quarter of the rural population of the Primorsky Krai. Soviet official policy toward national minorities demanded the formation of a Korean autonomous territory for the large Korean community in the Soviet Far East. The option for establishing a Korean national territory in the Soviet Far East was seriously debated in Moscow before it was finally adopted in 1928.

The first state-sponsored Korean settlements were established in Ayan, a little port on the bay of the Sea of Okhotsk in 1928. The Soviet policy of korenizatsiya (indigenization) resulted in the creation of 39 Korean village soviets at the area of Ayan. By decree of the Soviet government, the Ayan Korean Autonomous Oblast was officially formed on December 10, 1930 by combining the areas of Ayan and Nelkan

In the 1930s, the Soviet government began forming state and collective farms and opened local Korean-language schools and hospitals intended for local Korean settlers. Ayan was become the centre of many East Asian communist parties or similar revolutionary movements activities as well as the prominent economic and cultural centre on the Soviet Far East between 1930s and 1940s. After Japan established the extensive trade relationship with the Soviet Union in 1934, Ayan became one of important ports in the Soviet Far East and while the Koreans grew significantly as a majority in Ayan, other ethnicities such as the Japanese and the Chinese also began to reside in Ayan.

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