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Governorate of Kenai
Кенайская губерния
Governorate of Alaska
Timeline: Russian America

OTL equivalent: Anchorage and portions of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and the Valdez–Cordova Census Area.
Flag of Kenai (Russian America)
Flag of Kenai
Location of Kenai (Russian America)
Location of Kenai
Capital Doroshinodar
Largest city Nikolayevsk-Amerikansky
Other cities Valdez, Vasilla, Voskresensk
Language
  official
 
Russian
  others Dena'ina, English, German
Religion
  main
 
Eastern Orthodox Church
  others Lutherans, Old Believers
Ethnic groups
  main
 
Russians
  others Dena'inas, Germans, Norwegians
Demonym Kenaian
Governor Lavrenty Leman (VZ)
Area 111,975 km²
Population 4,012,007 
Admission 1929
Time zone GST (UTC-10)
  summer GDT (UTC-9)
Abbreviations AK-KE, Кен.

The Governorate of Kenai (Russian: Кенайская губерния, Kyenayskaya gubyerniya), colloquially known as Kenai (Кенай, Kyenay), is a governorate of the Alaskan Democratic Federative Republic. The governorate encompasses all of the Kenai Peninsula (which is where the governorate gets its name). Kenai is bordered by New Irkutsk and Yukon to the north, Yakutat to the east, and Kodiak to the south.

The Russian Empire began to established trading posts on the Kenai Peninsula during the 18th Century. The region's economic importance resulted in a population boom under Russian rule. Kenai became a haven for White Émigrés and diehard Christians (including the Old Believers of the Eastern Orthodox Church). In recent decades, the governorate has become the southernmost hub for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Though the oil revenue has seen an economic boom in Kenai, controversies have also persisted. The most noted incident was the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, in which approximately 900,000 barrels of crude oil spilled into the Prince William Sound.

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