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The Kingdom of Galicia was founded in the aftermath of the Russian Civil War by members of the fleeing White Army. Despite Soviet ambitions to bring the nation to an end, the surrounding nations refused to allow it, and many Soviet campaigns west of the Ukraine faltered.
The nation declared independence on February 19th, 1921, by members of the White Army and the House of Romanov. By this point in the Russian Civil War, many members of the White Army knew that outright victory was impossible, and even a partial victory was unlikely. To preserve any chance that they had, the army retreated to the region of Galicia in Eastern Europe.
Over the nation's twenty-five year lifetime, the Kingdom was only recognized by a few nations. Many believed that the nations either was illegitimate or the Soviet Union would collapse and the Russian Empire could rise again. The nations that recognized Galicia were Belgium, Denmark, and Spain.
Galicia was officially a constitutional monarchy with Alexei I at its head. Due to the dangers of the Soviet Union bordering the nation, Alexei rarely stayed in the country long. When he was the target of a failed assassination attempt in 1928, Alexei would not return to the country, instead writing to the government in Lviv from Great Britain.
In Alexei's absence his sister Tatiana often took his role in deciding court matters. She maintained mostly cordial relations with Galicia's neighbors, and worked with the Duma and military to protect the economy and state. Despite being wounded in an assassination attempt in 1926, Tatiana remained in Galicia year round.
The military of Galicia was divided into two sections, the Royal Galician Army and the Royal Galician Air Force. The military was dependent on the aid of surrounding nations, and most of their equipment was surplus from the last world war.
Members of the Army often equipped with Mosin-Nagant bolt-action rifles or other weapons supplied by the West. The Galician Army inherited about twelve tanks from the war, eight British Mark Vs and four French Renault FTs.