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Trouble in Little Kalnija (IC Expansion)

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Kalnija, a Republic situated snugly in the expansive Kunijan Mountains. Blessed with mineral wealth and safety it thrived as the irrelevant third brother of the Southern Gintarian States. Yet despite its recent economic revival as the wheel of the Baltican Reconstruction, it faces deep political strife that has haunted it ever since it transitioned into a Federal Republic. The Kalnija South, for all its wonders, is entirely inhabited by Ras. One of the most fertile and Industrious regions of Kalnija, “Rozija”, is made up of over one million Ras, who respectively make up one-third of the total population of Kalnija, something that Kalnijan officials have been steadily tackling for the whole of the 20th century. Back then, the Baltican Republic ensured the protection of this minority, threatening Invasion if action was to be taken against them and as such, the Kalnijans for a time, left this Ras group alone. Of course, with the collapse of the Baltican Republic, the politicians in power have yet again taken this opportunity to harass and suppress the Ras minority once more. In the wake of May, the government induced a bill barring the Ras language from the court, and as of November of 2022, the Capital Territory (The province containing the capital city Grobija) will no longer be operating any Ras language schools, requiring that 80% of the curriculum be taught in Kalnijan. Whilst this was met with backlash and minor protests, most have been subsequently put down by police, military and Gripa, Kalnijas Intelligence Agency. But from the looks of it, it's questionable if the current situation in Kalnija will last for long. 


Rigav and the NRF

Rigav is the largest Ras Majority city in Kalnija. Out of its over 50,000 people, over 90% Identify as Ras. Historically Rasija and Ozija (Collectively Rozija), were once part of the Kingdom of Raskia, but were lost after the Kalnijan Unification wars after which the territory came under the collective ownership of the Kalnijans, who even established their new capital, Grobija, along the Balandeli river. Rigav (Which had been established before the Unification Wars) was one of the largest cities of the region and as such also acted as the epicentre for rebellion against Kalnijan rule. Although not succeeded, the constant threat of Ras rebellion has fundamentally shaped Kalnijan domestic policy since its conception, and the 21st century is finally putting this policy to the test. Emboldened by the recent formation of the Baltican Federation, many Ras communities outside of Baltica have been pushing towards reintegration with their homeland, and they in term have been receiving large sponsorship from many Baltican groups, such as the Baltican Armed Forces, which have been using excess equipment to supply many Ras independence groups. In Kalnija, the National Rozuvijan Front has largely taken the mantle of the largest and most centralised pro-Independence Ras group, specifically based around Rigav and its surrounding countryside. For many among the NRF, the strive for Independence is not one of hostility, but a necessity. If the wheels of time continue turning as they are, the Ras community of Kalnija is destined to be reduced to ruin, and just like the Ras in fellow Baltica, it's time to retake their land for themselves!


(Flag of the NRF and Ras Independence Movement in Kalnija. Inspired by the colours of the Batican Federation)


Revolution under the Yellow Sun

Rise my brothers and sisters, for today we march under the banner of the Golden Sun” -Kipras Vileikis

Although the months leading up to January had been turbulent, not many expected any real incidents so soon after New Years. Little did anybody know that what started the revolution would not be the sound of gunfire, but a single empowering speech. On the 10th of January, a radio presenter, Kipras Vileikis (Native Baltican) would end up relying on a quote from the first days of the Baltican Civil War. What was meant as a simple message of support, saw the NRF, and members of the public rally in the streets, waving a banner of yellow divided by a stripe of blue, adorned with a Southern white star. The Kalnijan armed forces were once again called up to disperse what was thought to be a fairly minor protest, but shortly upon their arrival the protest turned violent. Armed members of the NRF, as well as regular civilians, began firing upon Kalnijan troops, and the small force had to retreat soon after. Thus Rigav and its surroundings soon came into the collective ownership of the Ras rebels, who therefore shortly came under the combined leadership of the NRF and a small civilian group. A broadcast would be sent out for the Rasija Territory, urging residents to stay indoors as the Kalnijan army would be sent in to deal with the uprising. As tensions escalate, and yet a second revolution is within eyesight yet again in Southern Argis, the Ras of Greater Gintaria rejoice. In neighboring Baltica, the news of the rebellion have seen nation wide support (Except in the Dolch majority South), and already people have begun smuggling in supplies through the Kalnijan-Baltican border. Although the Central Government in Kauni has refused to make any statements, its no secrete that many politicians in the nations see this as an opportunity for Baltican expansion...


(Map of the Developing situation in Kalnija. In Green, the current uprising led by the NRF.)







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