by Max Barry

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The Kingdom of
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Short Overview

Map of Tarvelia showing provincial names and borders.

The two major cities is also shown.
Disregard the diacritics on the "‚'s," they are absolete to the revamped language.

Tarvelians
As of the 2015 census, there were 10,391,081 Tarvelians living in the country. Approximately three million live in the two major cities of Shan Gevržg and Seradon. Most people in Tarvelia live in smaller towns and rural communities.

Ethnically, they are considered caucasoid, typically having fair skin and blond hair. They also tend to have grey or blue eyes, and prominent noses. There is an unusually high percentage of left-handedness and ambidexterity in Tarvelians. They do not share ancestry with Indo-European peoples, and speak various dialects of the isolate Tarvelian language.

History

The people that would become Tarvelians migrated from the Ob watershed, out of the (slightly) wider Obo-Taric peoples. These peoples were hunter-gatherers whose religion seemed to center on henotheism and ancestor-worship; shades of the latter seem to be found in the emphasis on family and lineage in Tarvelia's modern culture.

Ethnic Tarvelians in ancient times belonged to numerous clans under three kingdoms; Kaidan, Norodin, and Chardan. According to legend, during the early middle-ages, the kingdoms united under the banner of the warrior Bram I, from whom the Tarvelian royal family is believed to have descended. In the year 1008 AD, the King Kesl made Christianity the official religion of Tarvelia bringing the Tarvelian people into communion with the pre-schism Catholic church. During the Great Schism of 1054, the Church of Tarvelia fell into communion with the Eastern Church. Despite that, the national church saw some western-inspired changes in rite and aesthetics encouraged by King Leonit II, most likely influenced by his Polish-borne queen.

During the Enlightenment, Tarvelian leadership embraced a non-isolationist outlook, as well as parliamentarianism. This lead to Tarvelia remaining neutral during both World Wars. Tarvelia's military power was greatly diminished under the leadership of smooth-talking chancellors and complacent monarchs.

During the onset of the Cold War, when Tarvelia was integrated into the Soviet union. Soft-pacifism and isolationism was all but eliminated in Tarvelia during the decades of Soviet rule. The royal family went into exile, parliament was dissolved and replaced with a Soviet framework. The royalty (up to and including the current Queen Madga), was said to have funded the vigilante group, Tori Brams, to provide prudent resistance to the local authorities. Though the T.B. made no significant rebellion to Soviet power, they were looked up to as heroes by many commoners. When the Soviet Union fell, the T.R. organized a convention to reinstate Tarvelian sovereignty. The convention reinstated Madga II as queen, and established a the unique system of parliament used in Tarvelia today. Post-Soviet Tarvelians were eager to embrace free-market economics, as well as embracing the military, all while clinging to their beloved traditions and soft-communitarianism.

Economy and Exports
Tarvelia's main exports are oil and firearms. The local economy is driven by the lumber, fishing, agricultural, and coal mining industries. Tarvelians of all economic brackets enjoy low taxes, and a lightly-regulated liberal economy.
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A street in the pedestrianized historical district of Sh‚n
Gevrig.

Arts
The most popular in medium of art in Tarvelia has always been story-telling; mostly in the form of novels. Tarvelia has an unusually high amount of authors per capita. Recited narrative poems (both sung and spoken) from modern artists are commonly sold on CDs. Stained glass is also distinctly prevalent in Tarvelian culture.

Sports
Hockey is the unofficial national sport. Shooting, archery, and martial arts are also popular.

Education (primary and secondary schools)
Tarvelian public education is administered by provincial governments. Curricula is organized via locally-elected Education Boards. For parents not satisfied with Tarvelia's public schools, most provinces provide vouchers for private schools or grants for home-schooled parents. These funds are handled in a special, government-monitored account to prevent misuse. The Tarvelian government is constitutionally prohibited from owning a monopoly on education.

Universities
Tarvelia has three major Universities: St. Clement's College is the leading STEAM (as opposed to mere STEM) university and is located in the capital city of Shan Gevrig, and is the most prestigious university in the country. The University of Seradon is a liberal arts college. Also in the city of Seradon, is Pavl Trentor University, which boasts to be the country's "progressive" university.

The Capital - Shan Gevržg
Also called Džn Gevržg in northern Tarvelia (Džn is the native Tarvelian word for "saint," while Sh‚n is borrowed from European languages, and is favored in southern dialects) is the current and historical capital of Tarvelia, named after St. George. During Soviet occupation, it was called Ozerograd.

It is the second-largest city in population, home to about 1.2 million citizens. Shan Gevržg is the cultural and historical center of Tarvelia, as well as its capital. It is situated on the coast of a lake (hence its Russian name). On the northern edge of Shan Gevrig is the pre-Soviet seat of the Tarvelian government, the Tkhal Gevržg Castle stands on a large hill; it is the country's largest tourist attraction. At the foot of this hill is the Shan Gevržg Historical District. It is high-security, pedestrianized, and expensive to book an apartment or shop therein. This is also a hot tourist spot.

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