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Киевская Русь (Kiyevskya Rus), Kievan Rus'

Early History:

Rus'
The Kievan Rus' (Киевская Русь)
Timeline: Medieval World (Map Game)

OTL equivalent: Kievan Rus' and parts of Poland
Capital Kiev
Largest city Kiev
Other cities Novogrod, Moscova, Warschau
Language Russian, Slavic, Greek
Religion Norse Paganism, Islam
Ethnic Group Slavic, Norse, Rus'
Demonym Russian
Government Absolute Monarchy
  legislature The Duma of the Rus'
Grand Prince Prince Oleg I
  Royal house: Rusiyya
Established 889 after movement to Kiev
Currency Kievan Spytr

The kingdom of the Kievan Rus' was officially founded by Prince Oleg (Helgu in Khazarian records) about 880. The territory of his state was much smaller than the later state of Yaroslav the Wise. During the next 35 years, Oleg and his warriors subdued the various Eastern Slavic (Smolensk and Liubech) and Finnic tribes. In 882, Oleg deposed Askold and Dir subordinating Kiev directly to himself and choosing it as the capital city.[22] In 883, Oleg conquered the Drevlians imposing a fur tribute on them. By 884 he managed to subjugate the Polians, Drevlians, Severians, Vyatichs, and Radimichs while at war with the Tivertsi and the Ulichs. The latter were located in the area known among the Greek historians as the Great Scythia (lands of lower Dniester and Dnieper rivers). In 907, Oleg led an attack against Constantinople with 80,000 warriors transported by 2,000 ships, leaving Igor, son of Rurik in Kiev. Through a treaty, Oleg managed to impose a tribute upon Greeks of no less than one million grivna. In 911, he signed a commercial treaty with the Byzantine Empire as an equal partner. After the death of Oleg later in 912, the Drevlians managed to break away, but were conquered again by Igor. In 914, Igor concluded a peace treaty with the Pechenegs, a nomadic tribe that was passing through Rus' towards the Danube River in order to attack the Byzantine Empire.

The new Kievan state prospered because it had an abundant supply of furs, beeswax and honey for export and because it controlled three main trade routes of Eastern Europe: the Volga trade route from the Baltic Sea to the Orient, the Dnieper trade route from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea, and the trade route from the Khazars to the Germans (see Raffelstetten Customs Regulations).

Current Relations:

Trade Pact/ Abbasid Caliphate(spice for gold)

Religion:

Old Norse mythology, with a growing Muslim infuence

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