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Republic of Belarus
Рэспубліка Беларусь
Timeline: Great Nuclear War
OTL equivalent: Belarus and parts of Poland, Russia and Ukraine
Belarus flag by Hellerick.svg Coat of Arms of Belarus (1991).svg
Anthem: 
My Belarusy
Belarus Map GNW.jpg
Location of Belarus (dark green)

– in Europe (green & dark grey)

– in the Baltic Union (green)
CapitalMaladzyechna
Other cities Mahilyow, Vitsyebsk and Hrodna
Official Languages Belarusian ♦ Russian
Demonym Belarusian
Membership Baltic Union, ILoN (as part of the Baltic Union)
Government Unitary presidential republic
 -  President Ivonka Survilla
 -  Prime Minister Petr Masherov
Legislature Rada of the Republic of Belarus
 -  Upper house Council of the Republic
 -  Lower house House of Representatives
Area
 -  Total 262,798 km2 
101,467 sq mi 
Population
 -   estimate 7,385,000 
The Republic of Belarus (Belarusian: Белару́сь, tr. Bielaruś; Russian: Беларусь, tr. Byelarus) is a sovereign state in Eastern Europe, formed from the former Byelrusian SSR. It is a member of the Baltic Union, which holds a joint seat in the International League. Belarus borders fellow BU member Lithuania, Novgorod and Poland.

History

Pre-war

Flag of Byelorussian SSR

Flag of the former Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic

Prior to the Great Nuclear War, Belarus was governed by the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, one of fifteen constituent republic of the Soviet Union.

Post-War

Belarus's capital, Minsk, was hit by a missile in the War, and the SSR immediately fell into disarray. However, in Maladzyechna, in the North-West, a democratic city state, began to annex the lands around it, including several minor city states, and by 1980 controlled much of the West, declaring a new Belarusian Republic. Indeed, in 1984, the Belarusian Military, assisted by several thousand Baltic, Polish and Ukrainian mercenaries, moved into and annexed the remaining parts of the nation under their rule, and slowly returned civilian rule. The remainder of the century was spent rebuilding infrastructure.

1987 brought contact with Lithuania, and relations immediately showed promise. Several trade deals were soon signed, and Belarusian traders made good use of Lithuania's ports and sea access. Over the next few years, contact with Estonia and Latvia was also made, as well as Novgorod. The turn of the Millennium brought new hopes to the Belarusian peoples, with expansions and influence spread to many areas, including a joint push with Lithuania into Poland to establish order. In 1991 news entered Belarus that Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Moonsund were forming a new Baltic Union, to be formed in 1992. With the Belarusian economy relying further and further upon trade with the Baltic states, in 1994 Belarus joined the Union.

In 2007 the Baltic Union as a whole entered a formal application to join, and in 2008 joined.

Politics

Administrative Divisions

Belarus is split into eight regions:

Region Area (km2)
Barysaw 40,217
Białystok 20,180
Bryansk 35,000
Brest 32,791
Gomel 40,362
Grodno 25,119
Mogilev 29,079
Vitebsk 40,050

International Relations

Belarus is a member of the Baltic Union, an economic bloc. Its main trading partner is Lithuania, but also trades with Estonia and Latvia. It has generally good relations with its other neighbours, including Novgorod, though relations with Ukrainian and Polish states are sometimes rocky.


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