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United Subjects of Romanova
Объединенные Предметы Романовы
Timeline: The Green North
Romanova Lesser Coat of Arms of Russian Empire
Flag Coat of arms
Map of Romanova
Location of Romanova

Motto
Король продолжает жить! (English)
("The King lives on!")

Anthem "Hymn of the United Subjects"
Capital Peter City
Largest city Peter City
Other cities Gagarin, Kolomeitsev, Anjou, Wrangel
Language
  official
 
Russian
  others English, French, Greenlandic
Religion
  main
 
Orthodox Christianity
  others Inuit religions
Demonym Romanovan, Romanovic
Government Constitutional monarchic federal republic
  legislature Romanovan State Duma
Tsar Alexander IV
President Andrey Vaiushenko
Prime Minister Semyon Toverkin
Population ~10,765,130 
Independence from the Russian Republic
  declared September 19, 1917
  recognized 17 June 1922
Currency Romanovan ruble (ROB)
Internet TLD .rm
Calling Code +21
Organizations United Nations, Union of Greenland, Commonwealth of Independent States

The United Subjects of Romanova (Russian: Объединенные Предметы Романовы, Ob"yedinenniyye Predmetyy Romanovyy); also known as Romanova (Романовия, Romanoviya), the United Subjects, and abbreviated as the U.S.R., (О.П.Р., O.P.R) is a nation located in northern Greenland.

The land that is now Romanova was inhabited for thousands of years by various groups of Inuit tribes. It wasn't until Russian colonialism in the late 17th century that Russian expeditions explored, and later settled, in the Arctic coasts of Alaska and Greenland, known as the Russian-Greenland Company. Modern day Romanova was formed in 1917, after the collapse of the Russian Empire, and the military leaders of the Russian-Greenland Company decided to create a government to protect the Company from a proposed takeover from other powers.[1]

Etymology

Romanova was originally known as the Russian-Greenland Company. After the Russian-Greenland Company was without a government, their own government was created, along with their declaration of independence. A referendum to decide what names would be used to call the new country took place . The word Romanova comes from Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov (Russian: Пётр Алексе́евич Рома́нов, Пётр I, Pyotr I, or Пётр Вели́кий, Pyotr Velikiy), the ruler of Russia and later the Russian Empire from 1682 until his death, the ruler who expanded the Tsardom of Russia into a 3-billion acre Russian Empire.[2] Other names the Russian Greenlanders considered were Pyotria, Pyotraland, Petria and Annaland.[3]

History

Humble beginnings

The area that is now Romanova was once inhabited by Inuit tribes, who lived by hunting seals and the occasional polar bear. Russian explorers first spotted the land in 1741, and colonized it three years later. They named it Romanova in honor of Tsar Peter the Great of the House of Romanov. The Tsar created the Russian-Greenland Company to govern the new settlement and represent it to the Russian government, with notable explorer Fyodor Peleviev as the leader of both company and colony.[4]

Russian Greenland was a popular destination for both the wealthy and the poor, which helped to increase the colony's population. By the 19th century, Russian Greenland was populated by at least 1 million people. The capital Pelevievo was also renamed Peter City during that time.

In 1803, at the outbreak of the Napoleonic Wars, the Russian Greenland had expanded enough to attack the French colony Louisville, which was itself attacking the Russian Empire's de facto ally Britain, beginning the Russian Greenland-Louisvillian War. Thirteen years later, in 1815, Louisville was forced to cede its northern part to Russian Greenland, expanding the latter's territory even more.[5]

The Russian Revolution

Romanovs in greenland

The Romanovs, surrounded by officials of the Russian-Greenland Company, pictured in Peter City after their escape from Russia

When the Tsar fled to Romanova during the Russian Civil War after the fall of the Russian provisional government to the Bolsheviks, he was met with mixed reactions. Some were overjoyed, while others were furious. It was soon decided that he would become the head of the constitutional republic as more White Russians also arrived in force to Romanova.[6]

With the Revolution over by 1922, Romanova declared independence and became a country in its own right. But the Soviets still followed the White Russians to Greenland, even coming as far as to occupy the part of Romanova located in Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg Islands and rename it Soviet Greenland. The Bolsheviks attempted to stage an invasion on Romanova from the island, but the presence of British Greenlander and Canadian forces along the western Greenland coast deflated the Reds' desires to "conquer the Tsar and his last pocket of bourgeois capitalist loyalists."[7]

World War II

Romanova sided with the Allies at the outbreak of World War II, and when the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, they begrudgingly agreed to side with the Communists, and they signed a temporary truce during which they would assist each other while they faced a common enemy: Nazi Germany. But the Romanovans still didn't trust the Soviets enough to let them inside their territory, and the two countries' forces barely worked in cooperation with each other, if at all.[8]

The Vichy French-controlled government of Louisville invaded Ludvigsgrad Subject on August 1940, overrunning the Romanovan Army and capturing the subject capital of Yanlupovoe. The Romanovans and British North Greenlanders worked together to recapture the city, but it would not be until June 6, 1944, D-Day, that the Romanovan flag would fly over Yanlupovoe once again. Louisville officially returned the annexed territory on September 2, 1945.[9]

Throughout all this, Romanova was fighting a Nazi rebellion in the city of Glusenberg (now Gagarin), led by Dormidontiy Tezryk, his wife Amanda, brother-in-law Julian Perry Oswald, and close friend General Lev Blotsky. Their revolution lasted until 1948, when all four Nazi leaders were caught, tried, and executed.

Alexey Sniper

Tsarevich Alexei with his sniper rifle in the streets of Yanlupovoe

Colonel Tsarevich Alexis Nikolayevich Romanov was one of the greatest Romanovan war heroes of Romanova in the Second World War.[10] He began the war as a second lieutenant in the Army, fighting under the 206th White Russians Regiment who defended Yanlupovoe, and ended it as a full-fledged colonel commanding an entire regiment. He was also a noted sniper, with 197 confirmed kills under his belt before he was forced out of the front lines by a bullet wound that because of his hemophilia quickly became the cause of his near-death.[11] He did not recover until three months after his coronation as tsar in 1946.

Cold War

After Nicholas II died of natural causes in 1946, Tsarevich Alexei was crowned the new Tsar of Romanova. A year later, he declared his support for the United States and its ideals of freedom, openness, and capitalism. He was one of the signatories of the North Atlantic Treaty, and Romanova was one of the founding nations of NATO.

Romanovan Navy ships and submarines based out of Kolomeitsev kept watch on Soviet naval activities in the newly established Greenland Soviet Socialist Republic, and many minor incidents involving both navies' ships resulted in many tense times between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. Luckily, none of these events resulted in an armed conflict, but the B-455 incident came awfully close.

Because of the Greenland SSR's proximity to Romanova, and because both nations speak the same language, it was the most common destinations of defectors trying to leave the Soviet bloc, along with New Dorset, at least until the Soviet Navy increased their patrols of the waters. Even then, a few brave souls still managed to slip through the tight net and provide valuable information to the NATO forces. Some famous defectors include Anton Lazarev, Georgiy Kozyrev, and Feofiliy Gludin.

Collapse of the Soviet Union

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Romanova restarted their relations with the fledgling Russian Federation, as well as the newly independent states formed out of the USSR's collapse,[12]. Romanova was the first to recognise Donskoya after its war for independence in 1978, and began official relations. The Canadians also claimed Donskoya, but with Romanovan support, it now has sufficient backing for other countries to think otherwise.

Recent times

Taking the idea from the British Commonwealth, the Commonwealth of Independent States was established in 1996. It consists of Romanova, Donskoya, and most of the former Soviet republics with the exception of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Georgia, which left the Commonwealth because of the 2008 war on South Ossetia. It has the Tsar as the head, like their British counter-part but countries can have their own head of state.

Nikolai Kovnovsky became the first Communist president of Romanova, running under the banner of the Democratic Party of the Left of Romanova for 2002 to 2010. He was followed by Andrey Vaiushenko, who was the frontrunner of the National Socialist Romanovan Workers' Party (which is not affiliated in any way to the now infamous NSDAP).

Ruslan Vaiushenko, a great-uncle of President Vaiushenko, was revealed to be one of the group of Communists that tried to assassinate the royal family during their boat ride to Romanova in a tell-all book by co-conspirator Fyodor Danilov.

Government

Romanova's government is modeled on the government of the Russian Empire with a few changes: first, the tsar is now merely a ceremonial figurehead, and the symbol of the unity, people, and eternal struggle of the state under a form of a constitutional monarchy, and is the head of the Romanovan Imperial Family as head of state. The president and prime minister are now the heads of government, and carry out most of the executive duties of the state.

Executive

The Romanovan Council of Ministers is the main executive body of Romanova. It is currently made up of the Prime Minister, five deputy prime ministers, and twenty ministers of their respective ministries.

Legislative

The State Council of Romanova acts as the upper house of Parliament. Half of its members are chosen by the Tsar and/or President, and the other half elected by the people. The lower half of Parliament is called the State Duma of Romanova, with all members elected by the people. The current Duma is composed of exactly 200 seats, with the ruling National Socialist Romanovan Workers' Party holding a slim majority with 102 of the seats (51.00%). The Democratic Party of the Left of Romanova is the second biggest party with 50 seats (25.00%), and the Long Live Romanova Party and People's Party of Romanova at 28 and 20 seats respectively.

Judicial

The Romanovan Supreme Court is the highest appellate court in the country. Composed of twenty judges (one for each judicial subject), the chief justice is sometimes appointed by the tsar or the president; at other times, he or she is elected by his/her fellow judges. Each judicial subject is subdivided into judicial oblasts, further subdivided into districts.

Flag

The flag of Romanova is a navy blue field with two polar bears back to back with each other, a reference to the double-headed eagle that is the main component of the country's coat of arms, and a single seven-pointed star on the canton. Before their declaration of independence, the Russian-Greenland Company officials declared a contest to choose the country's new flag. One of the other chosen proposals was the current Romanovan flag with just a single bear.

Territories

Map of Romanova Subjects

Subjects of Romanova. Name of the subject corresponds to the number on the list.

Romanova is divided into thirteen subjects:

  1. Kolomeitsev Subject
  2. Lvovsky Subject
  3. Nukavalov Subject
  4. Arafimov Subject
  5. Wrangel Subject
  6. Belyy Subject
  7. Severnyy Subject
  8. Peleviev Subject
  9. Ludvigsgrad Subject
  10. Pepelyayev Subject
  11. Gagarin Subject
  12. Anjou Subject
  13. Kolchak Subject

The Peter City Capital Subject, although named as such, is not considered as a subject of Romanova. In government records, it is classified as an autonomous governmental entity.

Foreign relations

Romanova has mainly good relations with the rest of the world, although its relations with neighboring Donskoya had been cold if not downright frigid until very recently.

Even though Louisville had to cede the territory that is now Ludvigsgrad Subject to Romanova, the two countries have excellent relations with each other.

Romanova is a vocal supporter of the United States during the Cold War, sometimes attributed to the White Russians' defeat in the Russian Civil War to the Communists, and the attempted assassination on the royal family in Yekaterinburg. But in a surprise twist of fate, Romanova became one of the biggest assistants of the fledgling Russian Federation and the other former states of the Soviet Union when it broke apart.

Military

The Armed Forces of the United Subjects of Romanova is divided into three components: the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force. Both the Army and Navy retain the structure of the Imperial Russian Army and Imperial Russian Navy, but surprisingly (or unsurprisingly to some analysts) Romanova's air force copied the structure of its hated rival, the Soviet Air Forces.[13]

All citizens of Romanova are obligated to serve four years in any armed forces branch of their choosing. Before, only men could join frontline combat units, and women were commonly assigned to auxiliary forces like ambulance corps, but this changed in the early 1980s, when the Romanovan Armed Forces began accepting female recruits. After an initial tour of duty, citizens will become part of the reserve until they are 45-50 years old (reports vary), unless they voluntarily reenlist, in which they are considered career soldiers. The total peacetime strength of the entire armed forces is estimated at 23,000 fully combat-trained troops. An estimated 20,000 more are in the reserves.[14]

Economy

In the early days of Romanova, its economy depended on fishing and the trade of seal and whale blubber, but as the world's technology began to advance, Romanova found its blubber exports beginning to wane. The government ordered the Ministry of Natural Resources to search for exploitable resources, and it later discovered that there were lots of precious stones and metals underneath Romanovan soil. Romanova's economy is now based on the export of these stones and metals, and ecotourism is also netting large gains for the country since its introduction following the initialization of controlled fishing.

Footnotes

  1. Ulyanov, Ferdinand, The History of Romanova (Peter City: United Romanov Publishers, 10 March 1991), p. 74.
  2. Ipatiev, Nikolai, Romanova: The History of the Newborn Country (Peter City: Romanov Publishers Associated, 10 March 1989), p. 12-14.
  3. Ipatiev, p. 15
  4. Ipatiev, p. 2
  5. de Lourry, Jean-Anton Michel, The Russian Greenland-Louisvillian War (Cartier: Bonaparte Publishing Houses Associated, 7 May 2008)
  6. Ipatiev, p. 50
  7. Gavrilov, Anton, History of Mistrust: An In-Depth Analysis of the Strained Relations Between the United Subjects of Romanova and the Socialist Republic of Donskoya (Wrangel: Bulganin Books, 23 October 1992), p. 23
  8. Fedorenko, Ruslan, Romanova and the Second World War (Peter City: United Romanov Publishers, 16 May 2006), p. 30
  9. Fedorenko, pp. 45-48
  10. Fedorenko, p. 155
  11. Bagranov, Nikolai, The Tsarevich's Companion: The Story of Tsarevich Alexei's Exploits as a Sniper as Seen Through the Eyes of His Ammunition Bearer (Peter City: United Romanov Publishers, 31 January 1977)
  12. Olluvanov, Pavel, Romanova and Russia: A New Beginning (Gagarin: Tsar Nikolai II Publishing House, 15 January 1993), p. 1
  13. Ganachev, Vasily, The Romanovan Air Force (Wrangel: Bulganin Books, 15 July 1999)
  14. Yeguntsev, Anatoly, Analysis of the Romanovan Armed Forces, (Peter City: United Romanov Publishers, 8 August 2006)

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