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Kremlin's Dispatch #03 - Grand Prince Viktor P. Yaroslav

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Viktor Pavlovich Yaroslav
Виктор Павлович Ярослав
Віктор Павлович Ярослав

Grand Prince of Zitravia
Великий Князь Зитравии
Великий Князь Зітравії

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Full Name: His Reverend Excellency, Grand Prince Viktor Pavlovich Yaroslav

Birth date: 6 September 1990 (Age 29)

Place of birth: Yaroslavgorod, Paplonbrianska, Imperial Zitravia

Religion: Eastern Orthodoxy

    Grand Prince of Zitravia
    Museum Curator

Marital status: Single

Spouse: None

Children: None

"For Zitravia, I am her son, I am her father. From the tundra of the Paplonbrianska to the coast of Kasgalamov, I am both the master and the servant of this land and her people." - Grand Prince Viktor Pavlovich Yaroslav


Early Life

Long before the time of Providence's calling, the Yaroslav dynasty ruled Zitravia since the Middle Ages and was partially allowing Patriarch Photius of Lytanzium to bring Orthodox Christianity to Zitravia. The first Orthodox monarchy in the dynasty was Vyacheslav the Pious, who was baptized in 986 and continued to baptize his family and his people. Meanwhile, the baptism of Kozavia was a separate event, but happening roughly around the same time. Since the 10th century on, the Yaroslav held themselves not only as worldly rulers, but also spiritual leaders who were not merely sponsoring the Church, but were considered a part of it. This continued as such until the succession crisis in the 15th century, in which a civil war broke out between two pretenders to the throne, the twin brothers Prince Ivan and Prince Kirill. This only ended when the Kozavian Tsar Alexey intervened and integrated Zitravia into the dominion of Kozavia, claiming the purpose of peace and order and his blood relations to the two Zitravian princes. (They were indeed cousins, but there was a need to stress that fact.) Prince Ivan opposed the Kozavian intervention and was preparing his troops to retake the capital city of Providenska, but passed away due to sickness before he could take action. Prince Kirill accepted, on the ground that Zitravia maintained her "own will".

Since then, the Grand Prince of Zitravia was moved to the northern city of Yaroslavogorod pushed behind the scene of Zitravian administration as a ceremonious and religious leader. The Zitravian boyars soon swore allegiance to the Kozavian Tsar, whether they were willing or not. Gradually, the Yaroslav dynasty faded into the background and could only offer "words of advice" to the Kozavian Tsar. The first breaking point arose in the 1770s when Tsarina Ekaterina "usurped" the throne from her husband in mysterious circumstances. At the time, the Grand Princess of Zitravia was Alyadroma Sergeyevna who gathered an army with the help of her husband Baron Nikolai Kirillovich Lorsavich and ordered a march to the Providenska Kremlin. This ended in a humiliating defeat of Grand Princess Alyadroma and a clear rift between the Kozava and the Yaroslav. The second attempt was in 1905, the year in which the Kozava dynasty was perhaps the least popular they had ever been before the Revolution of 2008 -- they were not popular even in their own Kozavia. At the start, it seemed almost as if Grand Prince Konstantine would be successful in securing "his" people's support, but his plans were exposed by the Okhrana (Tsarist Secret Police) and he had to flee the country. With each blunder, the Yaroslav dynasty backed further and further away from relevance, but could not be eliminated thanks to the dynasty's religious roles... although one has the right to suspect a foul play when Grand Prince Paul and Grand Prince Maria were killed in a "car accident" in 1998.

Born in 1990 in the main line of the Yaroslav dynasty, Prince Viktor was destined for the empty title and ceremonious duties of the Grand Prince of Zitravia. Thanks to it being wartime, the first eight years of his life was sheltered and secluded, involving a routine of studying and praying. Prince Viktor never attended kindergarten and rarely had any company of children his age until he attended primary school. Even as a child, he was noted as "unsettling" in appearance, due to his brown hair which was already beginning to grey at the age of four. He was almost indifferent to his surroundings and was not capable of forming any meaningful relationship with anyone except his parents.

In July 1998, his parents were killed in a car crash, which was a blow to Prince Viktor's emotional stability. As he had no relative left in Zitravia, nor would side branches of Yaroslav dynasty dare to step back into the country. The young Grand Prince was soon relocated from his Yemeretysh Manor to Zrakan Monastery to be raised under the care of Patriarch Fyodor of Zitravia. Thrusted from one form of seclusion to another, Grand Prince Viktor grew up as "a true Yaroslav prince" -- pious, ascetic and unpretentious. He was brought up in this extremely conservative environment, yet he also had to witness the corruption within the Church at the time. While the rumors of the Church’s corrupted actions repulsed him, he remained a devout Orthodox and held some respect for the Patriarch.

The Grand Prince was regularly visited by the Yaroslavian nobility, among them were old names such as the Nedelykov and the Kholmatzhonov. These noblemen and noblewomen helped to bring him up in accordance to the dynasty's traditions, and Grand Prince Viktor soon was accustomed to his ceremonious and religious roles but did not understand the demand for him to take power, except the authority over religious aspects of the nation. He failed to see the reasons why he should endorse a "revolution" against the Kozavian Empire. In his fairness, he was not yet an adult when this topic arrived at him, nor was he explained in details how the workings of this revolution would be -- the noblemen felt as if they couldn’t and shouldn’t mention violence to him. His understanding of the world was narrow and he had never looked at it beyond the monastery's walls. He was soon educated in worldly affairs, mostly by the noblemen who were closest to him.

The Kozavian Empire might have created many noble families to fill into the Zitravian pyramid of power, but the Yaroslavian nobility was still a power to consider. The Yaroslavian noble families are the families that had been in the boyars since before the integration of Zitravia into the Kozavian Tsardom, thus meaning that they were regarded as the senior among the Zitravian nobility. Now in the 21st century, their names could now be counted on two hands -- Ponomarenko, Mykhajlyuk, Shchegolyayev, Nedelykov, Kholmatzhonov, Tsaplin, Karandashov, Kuklin, and Khabalov. These families have been the most ardent of the dynasty's protectors, the most devout of Zitravian Christians and the most powerful of Zitravian aristocracy... until the republic era arrived and turned the world upside down for them.

At the age of 16, Viktor stepped outside of the monastery into the world he barely knew. Attending a high school in Providenska under the Kholmatzhonov's guardianship, he was more like a common man than a royalty. Nonetheless, he knew he was at the seat of Kozavian authority in Zitravia, and the least he stood out, the better. He learned to live in the worldly affairs as a common man and to take care of himself rather than to be taken care of -- something of which Kholmatzhonov was reasonably concerned. Being the Mayor of Providenska, he knew that he was compromising the whole structure of the plan by allowing Viktor to be too independent because this sentiment of independence and humility would mean that the Grand Prince would become even less interested in taking the Sapphire Crown back into his hand. Moreover, the growing republicanism would become his greatest enemy. Meanwhile, Dr. Nedelykov took a rejoice in educating him in mathematics and sciences, something with which Viktor were least familiar.

Baron Lavrentiy Yurievich Kholmatzhonov was two-faced -- he served as the Mayor of Providenska, one of the most important posts in the Kozavian Empire, while he himself worked towards to the return of the Yaroslav dynasty. Nonetheless, he also sought to preserve the culture that the Kozavian Empire had given them over the centuries... all the while he tried to make democracy a thing in this nation. Perhaps his only crime was so much compromise.

Revolution and Civil War

In the last few months of 2007, the Grand Prince refused to give a strong opinion of the plan to reinstall the Yaroslav dynasty in Zitravia, but was willing to host a mass for the Yaroslavian nobility before leaving for his grandfather's Danyroshenka Palace in the outskirt of Providenska to avoid the conflicts. His estate was guarded by men loyal to the far-right (ironically) republican Vice-Admiral Yermirov. He remained safe and sound for most of the conflicts between the Kozavian and the Zitravian forces despite his location being under the range of Kozavian post-modern artillery. For once, he discovered what the nobility tried to hide from him – the sensation of war.

Even the fascists had two sides inside them... Led by Vice Admiral Nikolai Stepanovich Yermirov, the republican fascists were in support of a fascist republic run by a regime of military officers, free from the influence of a monarchy. It had its own struggles before forming into a small, but crucial faction filled with the top brass of the Armed Forces in the early 2000s, with its heart in the Zitravian Navy. Meanwhile, Dr. Konstantin Stepanovich Nedelykov was more of an aristocrat who wished to preserve the shape and form of the Zitravian ruling class -- the old elites. He rooted for the return of the pre-Kozavian monarchy. the Yaroslav dynasty. Although both were covered with the blanket term of "fascism" thanks to their far-right stances, they were drastically different and not even the brotherly bond would hold Nedelykov and Yermirov together to the end.

The Grand Prince was an audience in the Provisional Government, but was not expected or requested to speak. Knowing that there were likely more republicans than monarchists in the room, Viktor knew he had to be quiet until the Church was concerned. He had no hope for Kholmatzhonov's grand plan but chose to remain with him until the end of the Civil War and to give Kholmatzhonov and his family refuge in his palace when they were driven away by the conflicts in Providenska

New Era of Zitravia

When the Workers' Union was triumphant over the fascists, the Grand Prince knew, this time for certain, that republicanism had won the day. Withdrawing into irrelevance, Grand Prince Viktor entered the Yaroslavogorod Community College and graduated with a Bachelor's degree of Science in History and Master's degree of History, Science and Technology, and Society, in 2013 and 2016 respectively. It was during his time with the Kholmatzhonov family that he grew interested in the history of his own ancestors and of Zitravia. For almost ten years after the Revolution, the Grand Prince was a nobody -- a state more irrelevant than a common man. In the streets of Yaroslavogorod, no one recognized him. He went to and fro between his classes, his work at the national museum, the metro, and his own residence a little outside the city -- all without being recognized as the Grand Prince of Zitravia. Arguably, Viktor considers it one of the most peaceful periods in his life, despite the objections of the old aristocracy who still seeks to play their cards under the new regime.

Prof. Dr. Denis Anatoleyevich Mefimsky's opposition towards the Kozavian Rule started from the tamed and reserved environment of the University of Providenska but soon was translated into something people could digest. Essentially socialistic, pro-worker rights and anti-monarchy, the Workers' Union was considered radical and dangerous by the Kozavian authority (and frankly by other factions as well). Since their ideology attracted common people, the Workers' Union's strength was in the number of supporters. The Workers' Union later became the Workers' Party under the leadership of Premier Miroslavsky, but its founders are no longer sure if its ideology still remains.

His role has been ceremonious, cultural, spiritual and religious, but the new regime didn't appear too concerned with ceremony, old culture, spirituality, and religion. He hosts prayers for the founding days of Zitravia and her two capitals, sends his yearly blessings to the new conscripts and works in the museum as a curator. At first, the news of 2016 election did not concern him, but it was soon his business when the new, first democratic government there ever existed in Zitravgrad redrafted the Constitution to recognize his roles in the Zitravgradian society. On the National Day of 2016, the Grand Prince revealed himself to his people for the first time, accompanied by priests. However secular or republic Zitravgrad is, her elected leaders receive the blessings of her Orthodox Grand Prince.

During the three years of his “term”, he has been a major figure in the preservation of Zitravian culture, public charities and religious ceremonies (mostly Orthodox ones anyway). He has little role in other aspects of the administration, namely the defense and the law enforcement run by the Premier and the socioeconomic aspect under the authority of the Prime Minister. Grand Prince Viktor now also works in the Kremlin's Museum Complex as a curator and lives in the Danyroshenka Palace (which was curiously an old church in an obscure of the capital).

Appearance and Health

The Grand Prince is a tall and thin young man who looks somewhat (or perhaps a lot) older than his age. His brown hair has gone white and his skin gone pale due to the stress of living in seclusion. His eyes are grey, cold and unfeeling. His general expression remains at a disapproving frown or a resting "Why, God?" face. Usually dressed in semi-formal, Viktor is always seen with a large overcoat, which he sometimes hangs over his shoulders. (Some say it looks regal, he says it gives him personal space.)

Suffering from low immunity, Viktor occasionally catches a cold and has an allergy to pollen. Also, it does not help that he has the physical condition of a man in his late forties when he is in fact not yet thirty years old. Still, he is capable of holding himself in a polite, elegant manner most of the time. He is rarely ever violent in his physical movement or reaction to anything, knowing that he is likely to strain his back if he moves too quickly. Still, he barely eats a full meal and religiously follows the Orthodox fasting rules – eating almost nothing on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Personal Health Evaluation

What is it about?








Full Human


180 cm (Average)


57 kg (Underweight)

Hair Color

Brown (Greying Prematurely)

Eye Color


Blood Type

HR (Universal Donor)

Hand Dexterity


Physical Health Quotient (PHQ-I)

Epsilon (Below Average Physique and Immunity)

Intellectual Intuition Quotient (IIQ)

Beta (Above Average Learning and Memory Capacity)

Psychological Health Quotient (PHQ-II)

Delta (Slightly Below Average Psychological Health)


Most of the Grand Prince's early education was homeschooling and religious and he had some troubles catching with more worldly subjects when he entered high school. Nonetheless, he is well-versed in history, philosophy, theology and Slavic literature. He obtained a Bachelor's degree of Science in History and Master's degree in History, Science and Technology in 2013 and 2016 respectively. He also has some interest in classical music (a sign of living with Kholmatzhonov for too long, perhaps.) Apart from Russian and Ukraine, he can communicate in English (albeit with a heavy accent), as well as Greek and Latin.

Personality and Personal Life

More often than not, Viktor's extreme needs for privacy and personal space are mistaken for condescension. Quiet but not shy, he talks in frank, unpretentious tone and says exactly what he means, although also very formal in his speech and capable of sarcasm. Despite his serious and mature demeanor, he is also nonchalant and not remotely interested in maintaining a regal, grandiose image outside the ceremonies -- but this is because he is cautious and paranoid. He is known to travel largely by metro (due to his distrust of taxi drivers) and an electric scooter (due to his distrust of cars in general). He cooks by himself or buys ready meals from shops and never asks for anyone to cook for him (due to his suspicion of poisoning). He wears plain semi-formal clothes with large coats (because it is easier to blend into the crowd.)

Even when it comes to domestic staffs, he still prefers (non-sentient) machine over humans. ("AI revolt is still years away, but a human can kill me now.") Thanks to this lifestyle, he still struggles to form meaningful relationships with people. He lives alone with no intention to be married sooner or later, although he recognizes the importance of having an heir to his position and the Sapphire Crown. The Grand Prince remains a devout follower of the Orthodox Church, prefers an ascetic lifestyle and maintains an aura of reverence more associated with a priest than a prince. His only sign of self-importance is in his belief that at least God anointed him through his faith.


    - Now working at the Kremlin's National Museum Complex, he often ignores the existence of the Sapphire Regalia (known as Exhibition 12 on Floor 3 of Building 1, his own regalia.) When asked by visitors, he will flatly explain that it is the Yaroslav Grand Prince's ceremonious regalia, often resulting in the following lines:

    "Yes, yes. This is the Grand Prince's Regalia."
    *pauses* "But are you not the Grand Prince of Zitravia?"
    "No, I am not wearing the crown right now, or am I?"

    - His common greeting is "Bless you, my [something].", whether sarcastic or not. In fact, he generally talks like a young priest.

    - While far from blindly devout, the Grand Prince is still superstitious. He doesn't shake hands over the threshold or arranges even number of flowers (which is for funerals), etc. He is more likely than not to sulk over breaking a mirror.

    - He keeps a goose -- that type of goose that honks at people and wreck minor havoc. No one knows how he got it or got along with it.

Political Views and Works

While religious and conservative, the Grand Prince is still quite comfortable with the liberals and the technocrats in the Verkhovna Rada and does not use much of his role as "advisor of the state", unless called for. His main political activities revolve around the Orthodox Church, the Ministry of Culture and public charities. He is regrettably unambitious in political field, preferring to preserve himself as a role model of spiritual balance. Overall, the public opinions on him are not harmonious -- the more devout population welcomes his presence while the rest believe that he does not make a difference, especially compared to men like Miroslavsky and Dresvyanin. But this is considered the first step of Zitravia's cultural revival after a long pursuit of political and economic stability. If one might ask what he has done for his "republic", Viktor's achievements are more abstract -- he ties the old aristocracy together in a symbolic bond while preventing the breakage of the sudden social changes caused by the revolution (notably the "dissolution" of nobility) and mends the tumultuous relationship between the Church and the State. In his mystic aura, he appears like a patron saint his nation once ignored.

The political party in support for turning the crowned republic to an official constitutional monarchy is the Old Zitravia Movement under, obviously, Lavrientiy Kholmatzhonov, who is not popular under his partisanship but more popular as the Mayor of Providenska. Grand Prince Viktor has voiced his recognition for the party's existence, but not much more. The office responsible for managing the ceremonies involving the Grand Prince, his public appearances and the budgets surrounding them is called the Bureau of the Palace, which follows the state's policy of pinching every penny possible.

Declassified Data

    - At the age of five, Prince Viktor's twin brother named Alexey Pavlovich passed away due to health complications. Any mention or record of this event and even of Prince Alexey himself was destroyed, in order to conceal the questions about Prince Viktor's health and eligibility for his future position, especially to the Kozavian authority. However, there has been a plan to clone him to replace Grand Prince Viktor in case he dies without an heir. The Kremlin itself under the Miroslavsky-Dresvyanin administration does not approve of the plan. The Grand Prince himself does not approve of this either.
    - Viktor has been referred to as the Cursed/Immortal Prince by his friends and foes alike. There have been many unfortunate events surrounding him and his associates, although usually credited as usual occurrences in political turmoils. There have been two assassination attempts against him, one in 2003 by Kozavian royalists and one in 2008 by communists. Both of them, however, were done by strangulation, due to the traditional belief that the Grand Prince or Princess of Zitravia is a person of mystical legends and religious significance -- their blood is sacred and to drop even a single drop on the Zitravian soil will bring the nation into a century of turmoils, famines and wars. Any record of the assassination attempts would be destroyed as well.

Formerly Confidential, Approved for Declassification
Josef Petrovich Trayarsk
Kremlin Archive Librarian

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