The Democratic People's Republic of Vorona, commonly referred to as simply Vorona, is a Proletarian Dictatorship located in the Anantonese Ocean. The island is located to the south of Statrica and west of Ntoto. Little is known about the nation's origins prior to the 5th Millennium, but the modern DPRV originated with the 4957 Revolution that overthrew the State of Vorona and made the Worker's Party the sole ruling organization. Culturally, Vorona is a melting pot of different, primarily-Dovanian ethnicities, but the common language is Luthorian.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography and Climate
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
The name Vorona comes from the Trigunian word "Voron" (ворон) meaning "Raven". It is believed Deltarian explorers used the name, upon which it entered international and domestic lexicon.
Geography and Climate
Vorona is a single island located off the west coast of the continent of Dovani. It is located east of Gaduridos and north of Indrala. The center of Vorona is mountainous while the outer edges of the island are flat and densely forested. Sandy beaches cover most of the coast of the island. On the north end of the island grasslands cover the landscape. The grasslands have been cultivated into good farming land that fuels the dairy and agricultural industry.
Vorona experiences cold winters and mild summers. Rain occurs mainly in spring and winter, with summer and autumn being generally dry. Temperatures vary from season to season. In the summer, temperatures have been known to reach 35°C but usually average around 20°C, while in the winter, temperatures have been known to plummet to -15°C. The average yearly temperature is 15°C. Rain falls on average 103 days of the year. In the mountains snow is common and ski resorts and tourism is popular there.
Vorona is a Unitary Socialist Republic under One-Party System. The Worker's Party has a monopoly on power, and all officials must be approved by the WPV. Unlike in liberal democracies, there is no visible or stated separation of powers. The head of both government and state is the Supreme Leader, nominated by the Central Committee of the WPV and formally elected by a heavily-constricted popular vote. As of 4958, the Constitution has been suspended, with rule coming from decree of the Supreme Soviet; Vorona's legislative body.
Vorona is an isolationist nation, having cut off all diplomatic ties with it's 4957 revolution. The first nation to recognize the new DPRV was the erstwhile Rowiet Union, with the Mpakoalan Communist Councilist Republic to follow. Vorona has since re-established some basic relations with neighbors, but these remain bare-boned and the nation is still cut off from the rest of the world - which has earned it the nickname of the "Hermit Kingdom".
Vorona is separated into two Provinces: Occidentia and Orientia. Each Province is governed by a premier who is elected by the Provincial Soviets.
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The Voronan People's Army consists of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Elite Forces. The Commissariat of Defense, lead by the Commissar of Defense, is responsible for oversight and administration of the VPA and all matters relating to the military and national security. The Supreme Leader is the Commander-in-Chief of the VPA.
Equipment Used In the Voronan Army
Equipment Used in the Vornan Air Force
Ships In the Voronan Navy
The currency is the Veronan Telar (VT).
Vorona specializes in agriculture, shipbuilding, fishing, and manufacturing. Cotton, sugar, and wheat are the main crops grown extensively on farms covering parts of the island. Fishing is the primary industry in coastal towns, while manufacturing is most prominent in cities. Vorona imposes a tariff on imports to keep Vorona manufacturers competitive within the nation's markets.
Verona's north is mainly farmland. The traditional cheese makers of that region are world renown for their cheeses such as the Stinking Godwinchester, the Sharp Campham and the Voronan Cheese are some examples. The cheese industry is supplemented with milk and other dairy products and so the country exports dairy products. Along with grain, wheat and sugar agriculture is the largest export in Vorona.
The new and fast-growing industry in Vorona is energy. Oil is the primary form, and following the acquisition of oil rigs off the coast of
Vorona, oil prices dropped considerably and it became the second-largest export.
Vorona, given it's geographical position, is home to a wide variety of ethnicities, diaspora, and enclaves. As a result, no definitive information is available about its' ethnic demographics, though they appear to be rather Gao-Showan.
The official language of Vorona is Luthorian, but most residents will also speak their ethnic language as well. Luthorian is used everywhere and is taught to all children as their primary language.
As religion and culture is so diverse in Vorona, no definitive demographics concerning religion have been produced as of the present.
The most famous piece of Voronan literature is "Nothwulf", written by Waerbeald Leof in 2783. The story is a fantasy and describes how "Nothwulf", a peasant, defends "Mund", a king, against a hideous mythical monster known as "Wyrm". Another famous Voronan writer, Hygebeorht Acwaldingas, wrote a dystopian political novel in 3291 which was translated into Luthorian and became known as "Two Thousand Three Hundred and Eight". The book denounces the politics of rule on the island and denounces slavery and other tyrannical laws.
More contemporary works of literature have also gained prominence and fame, such as Mary Abrams "Henry Hare", a satirical novel about Voronan life told through the setting of an animal village, written in 3633. "Sir Sheldon Sherwood" by Denis Crawford, and written in 3724 is a comedic novel about the journey of Sir Sheldon Sherwood around the various uninhabited islands off the west coast of Dovani and his eventual return to his home in Vorona.
Poetry has long been a cultural staple of Vorona, but many records of them have been lost and the remaining few are passed along only by word of mouth. It has often been suggested that there were more poems in Vorona than there are people. The most famous recorded poem in Vorona, however, is a text written in the Doron language known as "Soldaten" (The Soldier).
Music is heavily regulated by the Worker's Party, and classical music is heavily promoted against "capitalist influences". There is little freedom of expression or art under the current government.
The sole legal newspaper is "Revolution", a broadsheet/digital publication of the Worker's Party. No criticism of the government is allowed, and disgracing it in any way is punishable up to death. Vorona is oft considered one of, if not the worst violators of press liberty in Terra.
Many buildings on farms and in rural areas are made of wood, whereas urban areas now create buildings made of brick, stone, and concrete.
Vorona's capital city, Godwinchester, features many classical styles and the buildings there are made predominately of brick, stone, and concrete. More modern structures, such as skyscrapers and glass buildings, can be seen throughout Vorona's largest city, Inverdale.
The most popular sport in Vorona is competitive swimming, which enjoys a large following.