The Republic of Ossetia and Alania is a country in the Caucasus formed after Doomsday.
Ossetia was nuked at one location, the military airfield at Mozdok in North Ossetia. The capital city of Vladikavkaz was also hit by a non-nuclear cruise missile, though it largely missed.
After large numbers of refugees migrated out of Ossetia, other refugees came to Ossetia. The Moscow Influenza, the epidemic in the Western USSR, reached Ossetia but did not affect it as much as it did elsewhere, for unknown reasons. North Ossetia declared independence on February 24, 1984.
Claim of Independence
In 1991, South Ossetia declared their independence from Georgia. North Ossetia, already independent, joined with it and created the Republic of Ossetia-Alania. Georgia did not have enough force to repress the rebellion completely, due to the aid it received from North Ossetia, and were only able to take back some of South Ossetia. In the fall of 1998, the President of Georgia was thus forced to recognize Ossetia as an independent nation.
The Republic is in the northern Caucasus. The northern part of the republic is situated on the Stavropol Plain. 22% of the republic's territory is covered by forests. All of the mountains located on the territory of the republic are a part of the Caucasus. Mount Kazbek is the highest point (5,033 m), with Mount Dzhimara being the second highest (4,780 m). Natural resources include minerals (copper, silver, zinc), timber, mineral water, hydroelectric power, and untapped reserves of oil and gas. It is extremely mountainous, with most of the region lying over 1,000 m (3,281 ft) above sea level.
The Ossetian Armed Forces consist of over 30,000 soldiers. 12,500 are on active duty, while 17,500 are reservists. The military currently employs a very small air force, consisting of mainly former training planes and 8 Mi-8 helicopters. Other equipment the military possesses is mostly from former Soviet forces and is in desperate need of modernization.
Although Ossetia has a large agricultural sector in its economy. Its economy is primarily agricultural, although less than 10% of South Ossetia's land area is able to be cultivated. Cereals, fruit and vines are the major produce grown. Forestry and cattle industries are also maintained. A number of industrial facilities also exist, particularly around the capital, Vladikavkhaz. However, it desperately lacks any sort of consumer goods, which it mostly imports from other neighbors in the Caucasus, as there are currently only 10 working factories in its capital.
The predominant religion in the republic is Russian Orthodox Christianity, followed by Islam. Many of the native rituals predate both faiths.
A number of large carnivores live in the forests (e.g. Persian leopard, Brown bear, wolf, and lynx). The species number of invertebrates is considered to be very high but data is distributed across a high number of publications.
Government and Politics
Ossetia is headed by a President, and a National Assembly under a Prime Minister.
Ossetia, while not a war with them, cannot stand Georgia, and claims that they committed massacres of Ossetians during the war. However, Georgia makes the same claims with regards to Georgians, so it is likely that both are false. Irregardless, the two only hold relations through Armenia or Azerbaijan, and hold territorial claims upon each other.
They have attempted to join the League of Nations, but Siberia has vetoed their application, on more than one occasion.