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[Vision Statement] Kingdom of Rinava

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1. Geography

Rinavan geography is characterized by hilly terrain, which is cut through several rivers, the largest of them being the Nava River. The hills are extensively covered with mixed forests that are at higher altitudes replaced with coniferous forests. Rinava lies in the humid continental climate zone and as such is characterized by warm summers, wet springs and autumns, and snowy winters.

2. History

I will leave most of the history blank until I secure a place on the map, to better integrate it with the rest of the region. However, some important points, mostly regarding internal matters of Rinava are summarized below:

7th century: Slavic (Yasic?) tribes migrate to the area of modern-day Rinava. The land also gains its name: from the yasic ‘pri Nave’ meaning  ‘near Nava’.

9th century: During this period, the Yasic tribes are split among numerous settlements, each ruled by its own ruler called vladyka, with the most influential of them being the vladykas of Jelšava. According to one legend, the town was once saved from an impending raid thanks to an early warning of its dogs, earning them a place as a symbol of both Jelšava and its ruling family. However, this account is highly mythologized, and its historical authenticity is being questioned by modern scholars.

10th century: Vladyka Radovít of Jelšava subjugates surrounding settlements and is crowned as Radovít I, the first king of Rinava. The new king then converts to Orthodox Christianity to legitimize his rule in the eyes of surrounding Christian rulers. Following his example, most of the kingdom is Christianized by the end of the century.

12th century: German (Dolchic?) settlers arrive from the east and start to tame remote forests of south and eastern Rinava.

14th century: Thanks to advanced prospecting techniques brought by Dolchic settlers an abundant gold ore deposit is discovered in eastern Rinava. The town of Ghelburg (Kelpurk in Rinavan) is founded and given royal town privileges, becoming a center of mining as well as the site of the royal mint, which is still functional to this day.

16th century: Being constrained by natural barriers that once protected it, Jelšava starts to stagnate. King Dalimil II moves his court to Kalava, making it the new capital. Dalimil’s University is founded, attracting numerous scholars and artists.

19th century: A golden age under the rule of Queen Jelena I. The first Rinavan constitution is written, transforming the traditional assembly of noble houses into a modern parliamentary system.

The second half of the 20th century: Ongoing crisis (hopefully tied to the lore of the wider region) causes instability within the Rinavan government. King Radovít VI asserts his royal prerogatives and dismisses the current cabinet. A new party, the Rinavan National Coalition, is formed to serve as the king’s proxy in the parliament, while all other parties are banned. After the crisis passes, opposition is allowed again, but RNC's stranglehold on politics persists well into the 21st century.

2019: King Radovít VI dies at the age of 92, being the oldest and longest-reigning Rinavan monarch. His granddaughter Jelena II becomes the new queen of Rinava.

2023: The first election in which the Rinavan National Coalition fails to gain a majority and is relegated to the opposition, while a coalition of reformist parties forms a new government.

3. Government

Rinava is a unitary constitutional monarchy with a multi-party system. The legislative powers are vested in the bicameral Parliament of Rinava, with its lower chamber elected under proportional representation and its upper chamber consisting of unelected delegates of nobility, Rinavan Orthodox Church, and the two largest Rinavan universities. The upper chamber has a ‘revising’ function, being able to propose legislation or amendments to bills, but not stop them from passing into law.

The constitution grants executive power to the ruling monarch of Rinava. He or she can pass or veto bills, dismiss government members, and ratify international treaties, although these functions are mostly done by the ruling cabinet in modern days, with the monarch’s assent. The monarch also serves as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and a diplomatic official in international affairs.

4. Economy

Significant income for the Rinavan treasury comes from the mining industry, especially gold from the Kelpurk area. Another important aspect is the timber industry and the production of wood products. The abundance of historical and natural landmarks attracts an ever-increasing number of tourists each year, hinting at a promising tourist industry.

5. Ethnicity & Culture

Ethnic Rinavans are of Slavic/Yasic descent and form around 75% of the population. Rinavan Germans/Dolchics comprise around 20%, making it the largest minority. The remaining 5% is divided between various other Slavic/Yasic minorities.

Orthodox Christianity is the most widespread religion in Rinava, although the Germans/Dolchics follow their own denomination.

Rinavan national dish is šúlance.

6. Vision

Although Rinava may seem peaceful it will soon have to deal with several issues:

  • After being somewhat isolated during the royal dictatorship era, the kingdom will have to reconnect with other countries in the region and the wider wurld.
  • Address issues with the constitution to prevent future royal dictatorships.
  • Address grievances of the German/Dolchic minority.
  • Attract foreign visitors and capitalize on its budding tourist industry.

7. Stats

  • Population: 1
  • GDP: 2
  • Land area: 1
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