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Federal Republic of Russland
Федеративная Республика Россия
Timeline: Fidem Pacis

OTL equivalent: Northern Russia
Flag of Russia No coa
Flag Coat of Arms
Europe (Fidem Pacis)
Location of Russland
Capital
(and largest city)
Novgorod
Other cities Moscow, Rostov, Arkhangelsk, Vladimir
Language
  official
 
High Russian
  others Lithuanian
Religion Islam
Demonym Russian
Government Federal republic
  legislature Duma
President
Prime Minister
Independence from Lithuania
  declared 1922
The Federal Republic of Russland (High Russian: Федеративная Республика Россия/Federativnaya Respublika Rossiya) is a sovereign state located in eastern Europe. It is the largest state in Europe, being almost twice as big as Lithuania, and is also the poorest having a GDP per capita of just R$7,926. Russland was once part of the Lithuanian-Polish-Russian Commonwealth and still shows signs of Lithuanian cultural influence to this day.

Russland borders Finland, Estland, Lithuania, Crimea, Tatarstan and Altai. It has shorelines along the Baltic and White Seas, though the latter is often ice-bound during the winter.

History

Russland has its origins with the Republic of Novgorod, a successor state to Kievan Rus' with its capital at Novgorod. After the fall of Kiev to the Mongol invasions, a number of independent city-states and principalities arose, including Novgorod, Moscow, Ryazan, Vladimir-Suzdal, Kiev and Galicia-Volhynia. In 1413 Novgorod formed an alliance with Lithuania and Poland to defend against Muscovite aggression, enabling it to destroy Moscow and restore its dominance among the northern Russian states.

In 1420 King Vytautas II of Lithuania and Poland was elected Prince of Novgorod, and his insistence on hereditary succession transformed Novgorod into a constitutional monarchy. In 1569 Novgorod, Lithuania and Poland were formally united into one state by the Union of Riga, forming the Lithuanian-Polish-Russian Commonwealth.

From then until independence, see the history of the Commonwealth.

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