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Republic of Belarussia
Timeline: Principia Moderni III (Map Game)

OTL equivalent: Belarus
Flag of Belarus (1918, 1991-1995) Coat of Arms of Belarus (1991)
Flag of Lithuania Lithuanian Coat of Arms
Belorussia IN Baltic PMIII
Belarus Located in the Baltic Sea Region.
Other Union of Kõnigsberg Nations in Lighter Blue

Motto
N/A (Belarussian)
("N/A")

Capital Minsk
Largest city Minsk
Other cities add later
Language
  official
 
Belarussian
Russian
  others German
Religion
  main
 
Russian Orthodox
  others Catholic
Western Church
Ethnic Groups
  main
 
Belarussian,
Russian
  others Lithuanian
Demonym Belarussian
Government Parliamentary Republic,
Constitutional Elective Monarchy
  legislature National Duma
Grand Prince(sse) Elena Mikhailovna Kondratieva
Head of the Duma Some Guy Later
Area
  main
 
later km2
  water (%) later
Population 1 235 547 (1680 census)
Established 1668
Independence from Poland-Lithuania
  declared October 4th, 1666
  recognized Treaty of Bratislava, March 12th, 1667
Currency Zolotnik
Reichsthaler

The Republic of Belarussia is one of the nations in the Union of Konigsberg, and is pretty much almost identical to OTL Belarus. It was formed after the Great March South in 1666, when Pskovian forces effortlessly captured and conquered much territory in Poland without firing a single shot, and after Minsk was captured, the Republic of Belarussia was proclaimed.

History

Pre-1668

During this period, Belarussia was officially part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, see that page for more details about this period

Formation of the Republic

The Republic of Belarus was formed because of the Great March South, when, without declaration of war, the Pskovian, Narvan, Latvian, and Lithuanian Armies marched south into German territories to begin an occupation, and form a front line to attempt to stop Croatian advance and capture of the entire Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Many cities surrendered, and when Minsk was surrendered, the Republic of Belarus was declared. When it came time to negotiate the treaty fo Bratislava, the Pskovians conceded the Republic of Silesia, and granted the Croats a "special administrative privilege" in western Danzig in order to get international recognition for the territorial gains of Pskov, Eesti, Latvia, Lithuania, and the formation of the Republic of Belarus. The acquisition of the Republic around the 10th anniversary of the treaty of Konigsberg merited the Elevation of Grand Duchess Elena to the title of Supreme Duchess.

Shortly afterwards, the newly-proclaimed republic, under Supreme Duchess Elena, proceeded to create governmental structures using those already there, and using the old Lithuanian nobility as administrators(as this was their job before the conquest). After many years of hardships, a state was finally ready for the first elections of the Duma in Minsk, who would appoint a Head of Government and "recommend"(which really meant appoint) a Knyaz-Namestnik to act in the stead of the Head of State, which would be the Supreme Prince/Duchess of the colloquially-named Union of Konigsberg. One of the first acts of the Duma was to synchronize the census with the rest of the union. After the first synchronized census in 1680, the heads of government of the union nations would meet in what would be known as the first "Grand Summit". In this first Grand Summit, the nations agreed to split the 1000 member electoral council to give each member stae representation based on their population(whereas before it was only Pskov who would send members). This first Grand Summit would be the day that the Union of Konigsberg would truly become equal, and while there was no electoral council until Elena's Death in 1703(and they had a new council by that time), the symbolic inclusion of Belarus was the final step into admitting them as an equal to all the other nations. 

During the Electoral Council meeting in 1703 after the unfortunate Death of Supreme Duchess Elena the Great, the Belarussian delegation helped the election of Bajan Ivan I of Croatia to the position of Supreme Prince of the Union by overwhelmingly voting for him. He would stay alive, and with the help of Belarussia Supreme Prince, until his death in 1745.

Alexander's Rebellion (1747-1749)

The Death of Bajan Ivan I resulted in the calling of an electoral council two years after they reaffirmed his position. The electors were chosen by the constituents, and after nearly a week of discussions, 532 of the 1000 members voted for Nikolai Feodorovich Zaytsev, gaining him a majority and thus the position of Supreme Prince. Not everybody was happy with this arrangement, and none more so than that Belarussian statesman Alexander Lukoshenko, who with 243 votes felt cheated as his support was primarily from the Belarussian delegation. Lukoshenko's ambition and anger led him to start spreading sedition amongst the people, and after seeing the unrest about Kievan Rus', became a spokesperson for Belarussia joining. Ignoring the system, and not even trying to attempt to reject the Supreme Prince, he went straight for violence, and started a rebellion in southern Belarus in support of the Kievan Rus' ideal and to join (and then hopefully become Prince of) Kievan Rus'. He was soon denounced and branded a traitor by all those who held the democratic ideals of the union, even Erik von Einzbern, who came third in the amount of votes with 203, made a public address condemning the revolt and the actions of its leaders. The rebellion quickly escalated, with Pskov, Eesti, Belarus, and Latvia mobilizing their armed forces. in 1748, Belarussia amended its constitution allowing for temporary suspension of rights in extraordinary cases (thus de jure allowing the implementation of marshal law). Martial law was then declared in southern Belarus for the remainder of the rebellion the day after the amendment.

After two years and a string of defeats, the last remnants of the rebel forces surrendered when Alexander Lukoshenko and his inner circle were captured, tried and convicted of treason in 1749 after the battle of Saligorsk, and sentenced to life in the PIC prison in OTL East Kay (Bahamas). Marshal law was lifted in 1750 after the government was assured that the rebels were stamped out or granted amnesty. The Belarussian state then went on to give out about 50 000 zolotniks in compensation to those wrongly imprisoned or otherwise punished over the next 15 years.

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