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Federal Republic of Stalgora
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KEY STATISTICS
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Capital: Havgard
Largest: Havgard
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Official Languages: 
Norse, Common(Anglish), German, Dravian
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Demonym: Stalgora
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Government: Federal Republic
Premiere: Kariana Vinterness
Vice Premiere: Rikard Alstrom
Senate President: Sagan Bresoranov
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Area: 282,151 km^2
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Population: 19,283,405
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GDP: 761 Billion - 39,502 (Per Capita)
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Gini: 34.2 Moderate
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HDI: 0.705 High
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FACTBOOK INDEX
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Etymology

Geography

History

Government

Military

Economy

Demographics

Culture

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ETYMOLOGY

The name Stalgora is derived from the Dravian Slavic name for the Jormungandr Mountains - Stalgora - meaning "Steel Mountains." Once a name invoked in fear by the Dravian locals during the invasion of King Edvard the conqueror, the name was adopted by the new King as a badge of honor follow his conquest of the Havden Peninsula. It was formally adopted by the Republic following the People's Rebellion and the rise of the democratic state under the new Federal Republic system.

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GEOGRAPHY

Stagora is situated on the edge of the Argic circle and on the north eastern edge of the Argic plate. Three climates dominate the landscape of the region - The Argic Mountain climates of the Jormungandr Range, the Temperate climate of the Hinterland, and the Argic Tundra of the Havgen Peninsula. The relative harhness of all but the Hinterland region has contributed heavily to the current population of the nation despite its relatively large landmass. 

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HISTORY

0500-1200 - Nomadic Tribes and Indigenous People

Settled by nomadic tribes thousands of years ago, the region that would become known as Stalgora is nestled at the top of the world - nicknamed the Crown of Eurth by the locals. With three major historic regions that have an interwoven history, Stalgora proper didn't exist in its current form until Edvard the Conqueror unified the Kingdoms of Stalgora, the Slavic Tribes of the Havden Penninsula, and the Germanic Warlords of the Hinterland in 1628. 

The first settles of the region were the ocean clans of the Scandinavian people traveling up the coast from the west. The first tribes landed in the region that would one day become known as Vadagard, and the Vanfjord. Vadagard tribesmen were the first to build a permanent settlement in the region, farming the harsh land and carving their gods into the stone walls of the fjord - the ancient sites known as the Jotuns. Over the next couple centuries, new tribes sprung out of the Vadagard, expanding up and down the coast. The vast fjords and mountains were named for the great serpent in Norse mythology - the Jormungandr. 

Over the centuries, these tribes grew into their own regional powers up and down the coast.

1200-1600- Rise of the Six Kingdoms

The majority of Stalgora's history can be traced back to the Scandinavian Earls who ruled the vast, harsh, and rocky landscape that gave the nation its name.  From the early settlement of the region to the expansion of the Scandinavian tribes in the harsh area, the states of Vintergard, Scandinaviskrike, Jotunfjell, Vadagard, Rondheim, and Riagard grew to dominate the landscape. These historic Earldoms often unified in battle against their neighboring Germanic and Slavic states, frequently engaged in loosely defined conflicts that would spring up and die down every quarter of a century. 

The Scandinavian people of the region were unique among their brethern in that they held both a strong naval tradition and organized military. Driven by their climate, unification in the face of the harsh world led to a strong established aristocratic hierarchy and unique to the region building programs. Among some historians, the people of the region have been referred to as the "High Nords" for their advancements in both navigation, engineering, and science. 

It was these attributes that helped build the dominant powers in the region. However, infighting was still common. 

No rivalry was greater than those of Vadagard and Scandinaviskrike. Representing the "old" and the "new" (relatively speaking as both were hundreds of years old at this point), the harsh plain people of the Scandinaviskrike and the powerful mountain warriors of the Vadagard rallied the other great Earldoms to their causes of the course of dozens of conflicts from 1200-1600. That all changed when Edvard of House Brandt rose to power in Vadagard. 

1612-1678- The Reign of Edvard the Conqueror

Edvard Brandt was an unassuming heir to a drunk of a father. Rising to the throne at a young age following his father's untimely death, Edvard was quickly thrown into chaos when - seeing blood in the water - the aging Earl of Scandinaviskrike -Tovin Holt - invaded the eastern fold in an attempt to conquer Jotunfjell. Answering the call of the other great house, Edvard rose his army with unprecedented swiftness. However, the attack had come at a calculated time and as ice pack settled into the Argic Sea, Edvard was without a way to relieve the besieged Jotunfjell. 

The only answer was to move south and around the great Jormungandr mountains. It was this deep push beyond the mountains - to a region very few had seen - that Edvard and his soldiers discovered the Hinterland. The vast, fertile region was a veritable paradise to the Nords, and the campaign left Edvard curious about this "Gronnverden." 

Following the retreat of the Scandinaviskrike host, the Jotunfjell people pledged their fidelity and loyalty to Edvard. However, during the ceremony, Edvard broke with tradition and demanded that they swear their loyalty to Vadagard, not Edvard. By pledging their loyalty to the city and its heirs, rather than just Edvard, the bond would extend beyond Edvard's life. With the massive Vadagard host beyond their walls, the Jotunfjell Earl had no choice. King Edvard was crowned upon his return to the capital.

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