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Siberian Republic (Russian: Сибирская Республика) is a nation located in northern and central Asia, formed out of part of the old Russian Empire's remnant. It is one of two independent Russian-speaking nations in the northern hemisphere. The capital of Siberia is located at Novosibirsk, and it has a population of about 37,000,000. From 1935 to 1984, Siberia was a communist state, and prior to that, it was home to the exiled Romanov monarchy that had fallen with Petrogard in 1813. Siberia is a major oil and natural gas producer and as a result is an economically wealthy country, despite its low population density. Siberians consider themselves the successors of the old Russian Empire even more so than the Alaskans, which is reflected in their use of the old Russian standard as their own, except for the period during the People's Socialist Republic of Siberia.
Siberia and France has a long history of contentious relations, most notably in the immediate wake of the Russian Exodus. In 1834, the Ural Uprising was generally regarded as being backed by the Siberians, and the 1862 Franco-Siberian War was fought over control of a mountain pass between Europe and Siberia through the Urals, resulting in a French victory. Deep into the 20th century, Siberia remained a thorn in the side of the French, who refused to recognize the Siberian state and instead regarded the territory as a protectorate of the more docile and friendly Alaskans, especially at the turn of the century. France finally recognized the Novosibirsk government in 1952 as an "exile state," and in 1986 Siberia finally relinquished its claim over eastern Europe, over a century and a half since the French conquest of Russia. In 1993, State Minister Alexander Neveshkin became the first French State Minister to visit Novosibirsk, and in 1998 Siberian President Gennady Lustunayenkov visited Paris on an official state visit to meet with Emperor Albert II. In 2008, Maurice Napoleon I became the first Emperor to visit Siberia in French history, in order to finalize a deal to import natural gas from western Siberia to the Eastern Department.
Since 1984, Siberia has generally been regarded as a client state of China, in particular after the election of Gennady Lustunayenkov in 1995. In 2004, the world's longest natural gas pipeline was completed from Tsar Aleksandr to Shanghai. Nearly 60% of Siberia's exports are to China. In the wake of the 2009 Tian Shan incident, domestic critics contended that Lustunayenkov was little more than a Chinese puppet.