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The Alpine Frontier Territory of Znojmo-Moravia
Znojmo-Morava Hranice Uzémi/ Grenzgebiet Znaim-Mähren
— Subdivision of Alpine Confederation
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday

OTL equivalent: Parts of Znojmo and Břeclav Province
Znojmo vlajka Znojmo vlajka
Flag Coat of Arms
Capital Znojmo
Largest city Znojmo
Other cities Mikulov, Valtice, Hrušovany nad Jevišovkou, Břeclav
Language Czech, German (official)
Ethnic group Czech, Austrian German
Legislature Civilian Advisor Council
Military Governor Ferdinand Zuser
Civilian Chairman Karel Sobotka
Area approx. x km²
Population approx. 215.000 
Established 1997
Currency Alpine Franc
Time zone Central European Time (UTC +01:00)

The Znojmo Frontier Territory is a small military district operated by the Alpine Militia in the former South Moravian Region of former Czechoslovakia. This region has been claimed by the Moravian state based in Olomouc and kept relations frosty with the AC, though the relations began to warm up in recent years. It currently controls part of the former Austro-Czechoslovak border.

History

Doomsday

The events of Doomsday largely spared the region, because radiation from Vienna blowing in the direction of Bratislava's ruins, radiated only the eastern extreme of the Frontier around Břeclav. However, much of the region fell into chaos and many deaths occurred due to food shortages, widespread panic or due to the mass of refugees from Brno, Třencin and Bratislava that either died because of radiation, disease, murder, suicide or killed themselves the natives in despair. Many were also killed trying to contact other communities by bandits and rogue Soviet troops.

1983 - 1984: Hunger and Famine

While smaller cities like Mikulov and Valtice had already deposed the Communist officials, Znojmo and Břeclav, however, were still held by the local communist officials, who were imposing strict rules, which imposed confiscation of all food that was in the households, due to the Warsaw Pact-Austria conflict, which was already little, due to Communist laws and principles. The corrupt government officials mostly fed themselves and their families and the common folk were left to starve. Many people were angry and most elderly and a lot of children died of famine and other hunger-related conditions.

At the beginning of the year 1984, Austrian troops began to march in Czechoslovakia, taking first Hrušovany nad Jevišovkou, one of the strongholds of the remainders of the Czechoslovak army. This frightened the governmental and military officials, which were already on high alert due to the recent fights with Austria. Through an official war declaration, they put more of a strain in the feeding of the population. Many people died in a new wave of famine and disease. One person who was opposed to this new laws was Karel Sobotka, a taught man that was under supervision of the government and house arrest for denouncing the 1968 attack of the Warsaw Pact on Czechoslovakia. He with other persons, which called themselves the Moravian Liberation Circle (Czech: Moravská Osvobození Kroužek), planned a coup against the corrupt government. Meanwhile, the towns of Mikulov and Valtice joined Austria.

On 26th January 1984, a massive riot began occurring on the streets of Znojmo, because the people wanted food and medicine. While the city was in a crisis, Austrian troops, which were already 1 km from the city, saw this an opportunity to take the city for themselves. As Austrian troops marched in Znojmo, the members of the MOK joined the fight of the Austrian troops against the police and militia of the Znojmo Governor. After two days, the city was finally taken and the Znojmo Governor as well as seven other high ranking officials were arrested and were taken to an Austrian prison. Their fate is unknown. The region was occupied by the Austrian army. Two days later, Břeclav fell in Austrian hands.

1984 - 1997: A Bright Future

Already at the beginning of March 1984, the Austro-Swiss military began to employ Znojmo residents and refugees for the building of several military bases for the protection of the region. The bases was finished in 1987 with the military headquarters based in Znojmo Castle.

With the taking of the region, the question where to house all the refugees, came to the Austro-Swiss government in Bern. While some lucky refugees took the houses of the dead and some locals taking survivors in their households, there were still many survivors living in tents in cold winter temperatures. The government decided that natives with warmed cellars and attics, or ones that have guest rooms in the towns are obliged to take families in their households, and many farms were constructed for refugees for two reasons: To give the refugees a roof and to produce more food locally. 

At the beginning, raids on villages by rogue Soviet troops destroyed a lot of the countryside, but after the sacking of the biggest Soviet base in Jevišovice in 1985 things calmed down. If not for the destruction of the HQ of the rogues, the region would be an impoverished region, constantly facing destruction, rape and murder.

Electricity, and with it television, came back to the region in 1985, first in the towns only, but less than a month later, the whole region had electricity. In 1989, KTM motorcycles powered by biodiesel were made available for the region. This is the way most people travel around the region at this point.

After the Austro-Swiss Union became the Alpine Confederation, the region remained under Austrian possession. One of the first acts of the AC was to establish or repair train routes either for transport towards the other parts of Austria or locally, with a track being build from Hrušovany nad Jevišovkou to Břeclav for local use and with tracks being built from Znojmo to Linz and Graz.

In 1997 in the occupied regions around Znojmo and Sopron (today the Sopron Frontier Territory) were made own entities: The Military Frontier Territories. The ÖSVP (Austro-Swiss People's Party), in which the MOK now was largely integrated into, was granted the civilian chairman seat. Reinhold Mittellehner from Upper Austria became the first chairman of the Frontier.

1997 - 2000: The Own Way

The beginning was not a good one for the Znojmo Military Frontier: A flood destroyed parts of Znojmo and Hrušovany nad Jevišovkou in July 1997. For this reason, the capital of the Military Frontier was temporarily moved to Mikulov until October of the same year.

Soon, people began to rebuild the wine farms for production. In no time, the so called Znaimer Wein (English: Znojmo Wine, Czech: Znojemská vinařská) became one of the most popular ones in the AC.

In 1998, a party from the city of Olomouc arrived at the border, declaring themselves the 'Harbingers of Moravia'. They demanded access to whoever ruled Southern Moravia. The party was escorted to the government in Vaduz. Given that the nation was a Communist one, relations between Moravia and the AC were frosty and general opinion of the inhabitants of the Frontier was negative.

Seeing that aggression was more likely coming from Sicily than from Moravia and the Soviet rogues of Czechoslovakia and the Pannonian plains, the Alpine Confederation moved many troops to Northern Italy and South Tyrol from the Znojmo and Sopron territories

2001 - present: The New Century

The new year was for the first time in many years greeted with firework, like everywhere in the AC. This happened because the AC government in Vaduz wanted to greet the new century, which was also dawning, with respect. Since the warmup in relations with Moravia, many traders began to establish themselves in Znojmo, transforming Znojmo in an economic center.

A new flood destroyed parts of Znojmo and Hrušovany nad Jevišovkou again in 2002. This time, the capital was moved to Valtice. To prevent more destructive floods, dams were built to keep the water out of the cities. In 2006, a third flood visited the Znojmo Frontier, however this time, most damage was in the orchards and farms surrounding Hrušovany nad Jevišovkou. A new dam was built for the protection of the surrounding countryside. Recently, factories began to be reopened in the region, mostly around Břeclav and Znojmo.

In 2011, the AC government allowed the people of the Znojmo Frontier to elect the Civilian Chairman. After a long political debate, Karel Sobotka of the now-called AVP won the elections. A governor has also been allowed to only serve two terms, each term being five years. Given the fact that life has been so peaceful in the region since 2007, Znojmo Chairman Karel Sobotka organised an event called 'Life in Znojmo' (German: 'Znaimer Leben', Czech: 'Život ve Znojmě'), in order to celebrate 5 years of peace in the region. The event took place during the summer 2012 and attracted tourists from the rest of the AC, Prussia, Slovenia and Croatia, and to a lesser extent from Nitra, Bavaria, Bohemia and Venice. In the spring of 2012 inns and museums were refurnished and even a evacuation of the beggars in the Znojmo Catacombs was organised. Because of this, tourism began to flourish in the summers following.

Geography

The Znojmo Frontier Territory controls the southern extreme of the former Southern Moravian Region of Czechoslovakia around the former border with Austria.

Topographically, the region is mostly hilly, making it perfect for orchards.

The region is split into several municipalities, of which the most noteworthy are Mikulov-Valtice, Znojmo, Břeclav and Hrušovany nad Jevišovkou.

The people of the Frontier wish that the Alpine Confederation conquers more territory in Moravia and eventually annex or puppet the state of Moravia, although this is likely never going to happen.

Culture

Language

The official languages of the region, Czech and German, are spoken by virtually everyone in the region. Language polls show following:

  • Czech - 15%
  • German - 2%
  • Czech and German - 81%
  • Others (mainly Slovak) - 2%

Religion

The Frontier is considerably atheist, and religion is only including a small part of the population. The present religions are:

  • Roman Catholicism was once the most prominent Christian sect in the region, it has largely disappeared, with only a few still holding to the religion.
  • Rodnovery or Rodnověří is the native religion of the Slavs, to which the Czechs belong to. It has appeared after Doomsday, when many began to think that Doomsday only happened because they were worshipping the wrong gods or not worshipping any at all. It is now the largest organised religion at in the Frontier at this point.
  • The Evangelical Church of Czech Brethen or ECCB is the largest Protestant group in the region. Like Catholicism, it also suffered from Doomsday.
  • The Hussite Church is a Christian sect, which had split from the Roman Catholic Church after World War 1. It has grown since Doomsday, mainly because it has been praised for it's help for the refugees, with church members bringing food to the tent cities and generally giving money for the refugees.
  • Judaism, especially Ashkenazi one, is only worshipped by a small Jewish minority. It is however, in decline, as the minority is leaving towards the rest of the AC.
  • Atheism is the main belief in the Frontier. It had already been high pre-Doomsday and has only risen since 1983.

Polls have shown following:

  • Rodnovery - 10%
  • Hussite Church - 9%
  • Roman Catholicism - 4,5%
  • ECCB - 2%
  • Judaism - 0,2%
  • Atheism - 74%

Lifestyle

The lifestyle in the Znojmo region is a mix of the Czech and German culture, along with the secularism that the region offers.

Religion is not very important, due to the high numbers of atheists. People are usually forward-thinking, with many people disregarding religion as a belief that has been disproved by Doomsday itself. However, there are no signs of racism against religious people. The Rodnovery community greatly influenced the culture in the region, with regional Czech slang now using the Rodnover god Rod instead of God in swearwords. Most people in the Military District usually grow food for themselves, and people in the villages even own most of their animals, making most Znaimians largely self-sufficient. The military presence in Znojmo has also shaped the culture, with every able men and most women taking military training, and paramilitary training, although illegal, is prominent in Znojmo.

The typical Znaimian work day begins at 7:00 AM and usually ends at 7:00 PM, with a lunch break in between. This is followed by dinner, which consists mostly of cheese and grapes. Lunch is usually cooked legumes with meat (usually poultry), while breakfast is typically the classical Viennese breakfast.

The holidays in Znojmo are following:

  • 1st January - New Year's Day
  • Changes from year to year - Easter and Radunica Holiday (consisting of Black Friday, Easter's Eve, Easter Sunday,  Easter Monday and Radunica)
  • 1st May - Labour Day
  • 5th July - St. Cyril and Methodius' Day
  • 3rd and 4th week of July - Summer Holiday
  • 26th September - Doomsday Memorial Day
  • 24th to 26th December - Christmas Holiday (consisting of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St. Stephen's Day)
  • 31st December - New Year's Eve

Racism is not a part of the life of the people of the frontier. However, people do have a bias against Slovak people and Czech from the Moravian state, however, people from the Bohemian state are largely welcomed.

Sports tournaments, especially in soccer, are held in the summer. Although no team plays in the Alpine Football League, the refounded 1. SC Znojmo is pushing towards participation in the Alpine League. Paramilitary clubs, training in warfare in case of a feared Communist invasion, are very popular in the region, and it is considered the unofficial sport of the Znojmo.

Life expectancy is from the early-sixties toward the early-seventies, though some exceptions have been noted. Most deaths are caused by old age. Other causes of death are disease, and heart attacks. Usually every child survives the age of five, thus leading to a growing population. The health situation is visibly lower than the Alpine standard, but it may just be the best part of the former Czechoslovakia regarding health.

Services

Virtually everyone has electricity, with only the poorest not having, thus leading to a 95% rate of electricity.

Water is also aplenty, with 99% of the population having running water, and the water in Znojmo, as in most Alpine territories, is considered the best in Europe, and possibly, the world.

Gas, however, is not that widespread in Znojmo. Only around 50% of the population uses gas to heat, with the other 50% relying on stoves, fueled by wood and pellets. This happens not due to lack of gas, but due to the growing Alpine trend to use stoves and pellets.

Law and Order

Laws in the Frontier follow the Frontier Law Act, which are more severe than in the other parts of the Alpine territory.

Capital Punishment

In 1997, with the establishment of the Frontier, the first set of laws was implemented, which re-implemented the capital punishment for murder, pedophilia, rape, treason, abortion and armed theft, and increased the life sentence to 99 years. Since then the law changed several times, the current situation is following:

  • Murder is punished with either life in prison with hard labour (mostly consisting of road building and demolitions) or execution by hanging, depending on the age of the victim and brutality of the murder.
  • Paedophilia is punished with five-year reeducation with hard labour.
  • Rape is punished with either life in prison with castration and hard labour or execution by hanging, depending on the age of the victim.
  • Treason is automatically punished with execution by long drop hanging.
  • Abortion is punished with either execution by hanging or 10 years in prison with hard labour, depending if you are the doctor or the mother.
  • Armed Theft is punished with 10-20 years in prison with hard labour.

Corporal Punishment

The same 1997 laws also punish mugging, theft, burglary, public drunkenness and disorderly behavior. The current situation is:

  • Theft, burglary and mugging are all punished with one year in prison with hard labour.
  • Public drunkenness and disorderly behaviour are all punished with either 12 to 48 hours of public humiliation in shifts of six hours a day, where the prisoners are cuffed at the feet in a roofed stock, and on the roof there is a banner which tells the name and the crime of the person, or community service, which means recycling at a garbage dump or working on state-owned farmland. Such stocks exist in all major cities and towns.

Other Laws

Marriage is only allowed from the age of 16 and up, and is only possible between heterosexual couples.

Drinking alcohol is only allowed from the age of 16, though some alcoholic products, such as moonshine, may even have restriction up to the age of 25, due to common intoxication of the younger people.

Driving a car is only allowed from the age of 18 with supervision and from 20 alone, while motorcycles can be used from age 16.

Special Laws

These laws are for border trespassers:

Border trespassing is illegal. Anyone who wants to cross the border must go to one of the checkpoints and let their wares and/or luggage checked.

Trying to smuggle guns will get you imprisoned.

Courts and Prisons

The Court of Znojmo is currently located in Znojmo Castle.

Prisons are usually held in military bases, which are aplenty in Znojmo.

Military

Army

The Alpine Army has a considerable amount of soldiers in the region. Usually, youngsters doing their service serve here or in Sopron. 

Government

The Military Frontier has a military governor, who controls the region. However, the region has a chairman, who controls the civilian needs of the Frontier.

Education

Education is mandatory from the age of six until they finish the eighth grade. An exception to this rule are the children of caravan members, who are home-taught.

From there on, children can choose to either take a trained apprenticeship in fishing, carpeting, metalworking, industrial working or farming, or to continue their education until the tenth grade.

In twelth grade the scholars need to take the Matura (baccalaureate in German) to continue further. They must write the exam on basic German and Czech, basic mathematics and basic Gaelic and/or Norwegian. Students also must write the exam from a choice of another four subjects, which can be following:

  • Advanced German and Czech language and literature
  • Advanced mathematics
  • Advanced Norwegian and Gaelic language (students can choose one of them - or both)
  • Science (with a specialisation choice between biology, chemistry and physics)
  • Theology and ethics
  • Geography
  • World History

Those who have mastered the Matura need to leave the region, as the region has no university. Most however, go to Linz to study. There have been called for the establishment of a Czech-language university or at least college in Znojmo.

Economy

Most of the economy of the Znojmo Frontier comes through agricultural means, either by the AC-renowned orchards or by simply the farms. Trade is also an important part of the economy, as all trade from Moravia needs to flows through the region, as the AC government refused to build train tracks towards Moravia, meaning that traders need to come to Znojmo first before being able to leave towards the AC proper. The military employees a relatively big number of the population. Tourism is also steadily on the rise, but it still is only a small part of the economy, as the industry also is.

Communications and Trade

Newspapers are mostly spread through trains and/or trucks. The region has one newspaper, the Znaimer Anzeiger (Znaimian News), which is issued in Znojmo using  printing machines. It is issued every second day. It is issued in both German and Czech.

Internal trade is mostly is done through trains and/or trucks. External trade on land is made towards Moravia. Travel inside the frontier is made by either hiking, biking, train, car or motorcycle.

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