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Kingdom of Galicia
Королевство Галиции
Timeline: Age of Kings
Semnoni flag Galicia COA
Flag Coat of Arms
Map of Galicia
Location of the Kingdom of Galicia
Capital Lviv
Largest city Lviv
Language
  official
 
Russian
  others Polish, German, Slovakian
Religion Christianity
Demonym Galician
Government Constitutional Monarchy
  legislature State Senate
King Alexei I
  Royal house: Romanov
Independence from the Soviet Union
  declared 1921
  recognized Officially never, de facto 1923
Annexation to Russian Empire
  date 1946
Currency Galician Ruble
Organizations League of Nations
The Kingdom of Galicia, often just called Galicia or, less often West Russia, was a nation located in Eastern Europe from 1921 to 1946. It was the state founded by the White Army after its defeat in the Russian Civil War. The new state was created from the ashes of the Romanov monarchy, and despite continued threats of Soviet invasion, the state survived under the constant protection of Poland, Romania, Czechoslovakia, and Post-WW1 Germany.

History

Founding

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.

International Relations

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.

Government

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.

Military

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.

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