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Hungarymap

Map of Post-Doomsday Hungary

Hungary was a landlocked country in the Carpathian Basin in Central Europe, bordered by the former nations of Austria, Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, Romania and Yugoslavia. Its capital was Budapest (which was destroyed on Doomsday). The official language was Hungarian, the most widely spoken non-Indo-European language in Europe, being part of the Finno-Ugric family.

Pre-Doomsday

Following a Celtic (after c. 450 BC) and a Roman (9 AD – c. 430 AD) period, the foundation of Hungary was laid in the late 9th century by the Hungarian ruler Árpád, whose great-grandson Saint Stephen I was crowned with a crown sent from Rome by the pope in 1000. The Kingdom of Hungary lasted for 946 years, and at various points was regarded as one of the cultural centers of the Western world. After about 150 years of partial Ottoman occupation (1541–1699), Hungary was integrated into the Habsburg Monarchy, and later constituted half of the Austro-Hungarian dual monarchy (1867–1918). A great power until the end of World War I, Hungary lost over 70% of its territory, along with one third of its population of Hungarian ethnicity, under the Treaty of Trianon, the terms of which have been considered excessively harsh by many in Hungary. The kingdom was succeeded by a Communist era (1947–1983) during which Hungary gained widespread international attention regarding the Revolution of 1956

Doomsday

Hungary, being a member of the Warsaw Pact, was not spared on Doomsday. Known strikes in Hungary include:

  • Budapest
  • Kecskemét
  • Miskolc
  • Pécs
  • Szeged
  • Szolnok
  • Veszprém

Soviets troops stationed in Hungary used the nation as a base to launch an invasion into neighboring Austria. Soviet forces, however, were unable to overcome the Austrian military and eventually retreated back into Hungary. These same Soviet forces, cut off from any Soviet command due to the destruction of Moscow, went rogue and raided much of the Hungarian countryside. These attacks, along with the destruction of Budapest, prevented any large and organized survivor states from arising in western Hungary.

Things were somewhat better off in eastern Hungary, but the effects of Doomsday nevertheless drove many Hungarian refugees away into the former territory of Romania. Many of these refugees would settle temporarily in the Romanian survivor state of Transylvania, before the establishment of the "relationship" between Partium and Transylvania in 2000 allowed them a Hungarian state to return to.

Post-Doomsday

The Hungarian and Czechoslovakian frontiers, outside the immediate environs of Bratislava/Pressburg and Sopron/Odenburg, remain closed, due to fallout and security risks.

Perhaps the most organized survivor state to come out of post-Doomsday Hungary is Partium. Partium is based at the city of Debrecen in eastern Hungary and is a protectorate of the Romanian successor state of Transylvania, which is currently helping them reclaim eastern Hungary, and recognizes them as the government of the entire area. They are also the internationally recognized successor to the Hungarian state.

Attempts by the Alpine Confederation to explore and rebuild western Hungary have occurred, but these expeditions have been few in number due to the ongoing crisis in Italy. Nevertheless, the Sopron region has long been part of the Confederation, as well as other former border regions.

Hungarian Nationalism

Attempts to find the Crown of St. Stephen (part of the Holy Crown of Hungary) in the ruins of Budapest remains a dream of the more radical Hungarian nationalists. These nationalists hope to use the crown to unite Partium with the small communities of western Hungary to recreate Hungary, while throwing out Alpine and Transylvanian influence. They are generally thought to be a fringe group. A small number of these nationalists have even gone so far as to pay a visit to Karl Habsburg, the senior surviving member of the Hapsburg dynasty and eldest son of Otto von Hapsburg, who lives in Salzburg, to offer him the throne of united Hungary, but he denied their request. Most nationalists are thought to hate this idea, though these few continue to look for more potential heirs.

Hungary in Popular Culture

In the comic Peace World, Hungary is a democracy and part of the European League in a world where Doomsday did not happen.

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