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The Republic of Bohemia is a survivor nation based in the west of former Czechoslovakia.
Bohemia is a historical region, which covers the western portion of what was called the "Czech Lands". It, along with Morovia and Silesia, was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until its dissolution in 1918. The Czech Lands combined with Slovakia to form the state of Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia eventually lost in independence in 1938 as most of Bohemia was absorbed by Nazi Germany.
After Germany's defeat in the Second World War, most of the German residents of Czechoslovakia were forced to flee to Germany and Austria. In 1948, the country was taken over by Communists. Right until Doomsday, Czechoslovakia was a leading ally of the Soviet Union, which stationed significant military forces in the country. This included SS-20 "Sabre" IRBMs.
Czechoslovakia was heavily targeted on Doomsday. Besides the capital and largest city of Prague, there were numerous Warsaw Pact military bases hit, including the three "secret" Soviet SS-20 missile bases. The vasy majority of the country descended into anarchy.
One of the few towns which maintained order was Karlovy Vary. Despite its close proximety with both East and West Germany, its immediate vicinity was spared direct attack. The Ore Mountains provided some protection against fallout coming from the north. The town did receive some refugees from surrounding areas, including some from East Germany.
With the help of surviving military and police, town leaders conscripted almost every healthy adult to various duties. Most were sent to the fields to farm, while some created defensive perimeters along the border.
Establishment of the Republic
Over the next five years, the town of Karlovy Vary would spread its influence over a portion of north-west Czechoslovakia. At that time, expeditions were confined to territory along the borders with West Germany and East Germany. They were forbidden to cross the border or head towards the destroyed cities of Prague and Pzlen. Numerous communities were incorporated into Karlovy Vary's rule.
In March of 1988, representatives of communities around Karlovy Vary proclaimed an independent state, with Karlovy Vary as its capital. They named the new state Bohemia , after the historical land which makes up western Czechoslovakia. Within a year a new constitution was drafted and ratified, and a President and Parliament were elected.
Contact with the Outside World
In 2003, the ban on expeditions outside the borders of Bohemia was lifted. In April of 2005, a expedition party of 200 men crossed the old Czech/West German border to survey the area of northern Bavaria. Leading the way were three advanced units of 10 men each. These units had Geiger counters and protective suits. Their task was to identify potential hazards for the rest of the party.
Within a week, one of the advanced teams made contact with the small farming village of Weidenberg. Through the locals, it was determined that Weidenberg was one of a number of communities centered around the city of Bayreuth. After convincing the leader that this wasn't an invasion, a few German-speaking members of the expedition were permitted to travel to Bayreuth.
From the people of Bayreuth, the party learned of other survivor nations, including Weimar and Northeim.
In recent years, Bohemia has been reclaiming territory towards the former border with West Germany and the territory surrounding the ruins of Prague.
Bohemia's primary product is agriculture. The main crops grown by Bohemians are sugarbeets, fodder roots, potatoes, wheat, and hops. The Bohemians are currently the only source of sugar available to the neighboring German states. The Bohemians have established a healthy hops trade with their German neighbors. They trade the Germans hops in exchange for the Germans trading a portion of the beer brewed with said hops.
Though much of Bohemia's industry was destroyed in Doomsday, enough of it survived to allow the Bohemians to ressurect certain industries necessary to life in the post-Doomsday world. The economy accelerated its recovery when the Bohemians made contact with the Alpine Confederation in the early 90's. Contact with the Alpine Confederation allowed Bohemian resources access into foreign markets for the first time in years. Later contact with Prussia allowed Bohemian resources access to markets outside of Europe. The income from exports allowed the Bohemians to recover a portion of their former industrial might. Though Bohemian industry still has not met pre-Doomsday levels, it allows the Bohemians a rough yet comfortable lifestyle.
Bohemia has regular trade routes with Bayreuth, Northeim and Weimar. It also has relations with the survivor nations of the Alpine Confederation, Prussia, West Poland.
It has applied for membership in the League of Nations. The main issue is the continuing discrimination against ethnic Germans.