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Come to Kronova! An official bulletin from the Office of the Diplomatic Corps in partnership with the Councils for Trade and Ministry of Energy and Transportation

Come to Kronova!

The Office of the Diplomatic Corps of Kronova invites you today to apply for a tourist visa to visit our glorious Socialist Republic! Discover heart-warming moments and spectacular sights as you tour a nation that uniquely combines centuries of tradition and cutting edge technological advancement. The Republic authorizes a limited number of tourist visas every year, so apply today to get your chance to visit! Just send in a personal statement outlining your plans upon visitation, copies of three forms of identification, and a small sum of cash. If you are a member of your local Communist Party, write your national leaders to possibly get your application fast-tracked.

There are a wide variety of activities to enjoy in Kronova, ranging from the natural to the urban and from the ancient to the sparkling new. Tourists can stay at state of the art hotels run by the government or secure lodging from private individuals if it is certified in writing by that individual. Tourist visas last from 21 days to three months.

Information and tips for tourists traveling to Kronova:

~Do not tip waitstaff, drivers, etc. Kronovans pride themselves on making living wages and consider it very offensive if someone attempts to bribe them.

~Be sure to walk on the left at all times and step aside if you wish to read a sign, Kronovans may be polite, but they do not care for disruption of foot traffic. When in urban areas, do not walk several abreast.

~Adhere to the rules of public transit when utilizing the nation's trains and buses: don't take up too much leg room, don't block the doors, and don't stare at others.

~Pack warm clothes. While temperatures are fairly warm during the summer, Kronovans are naturally resistant to the cold, so many buildings feel chilly to foreigners.

~Adjust to the schedule; most Kronovans wake up at 6 am and go to bed at 9 or 10 pm, and most institutions follow this schedule. Outside of cities, next to nowhere is open past 10 pm.

~Buy a pocket wifi hotspot if you plan to leave Kronova's urban areas, as they are readily available, and internet is needed for public transit navigation and schedules, along with other necessities for travel

~Carry any trash you make in your pockets. Kronovans are a tidy people and waste bins are often limited to distribution depots or stations, so wait and bring it to one of these.

Popular Attractions
Kronova is home to many popular sites for tourists, each with their own unique qualities and draws. While each are managed by local entities, they are commonly linked in travel guides released by the Kronovan government.

The National Cultural and Historical Institute Museum of Kronova, or The National Institute as it's commonly called, is the foremost museum of history in Kronova. Found in the nation's capital of Novagrad, on display it has exhibits encompassing the duration of Kronova's natural, cultural, and political history. Admission is free to all, citizen or no. The National Institute is run by the Novagrad Cultural Institute, one of the foremost educational facilities in the nation.

The Green Market of Deshevsk is the largest meat market in Kronova, renowned nationally and internationally for its selection of traditional Kronovan meats, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and fine craft Kronovan wine and beer. Founded -60 F, it currently functions as a distribution center for locals to get their groceries, as well as for tourists to come and sample the nation's delicacies. Along with an outdoor farmer's market, several canteens are run out of the location, allowing anyone to get a bellyful of good food in the process. Perhaps the most famous of the canteens is the Old Fashioned, run as it was when the market was first opened, serving traditional dishes from that era.

The Tobokala Cultural Institute Museum of Art is considered to be the finest institution dedicated solely to art in all of Kronova. It features the work of many renowned painters, photographers, and so forth, including possibly the best known Kronovan painter of all time, Dmir Yvetko. Perhaps the most unique thing about it, however, is the fact that it is built into a section of Tobokala's subway system that was at one point sectioned off, but now repurposed to display the nation's finest artworks. Devotees to Kronovan realism from across the world flock to see their favorite pieces in person, while the works themselves are kept in the tunnels' naturally cool temperatures in order to better preserve them. No matter one's personal tastes, the Tobokala Cultural Institute Museum of Art has something for everyone to enjoy.

Self Portrait by Danir Yvetko

Boiler Room by Nikita Aminev

Market Near the River Bank by Oleg Makis

New Life by Maxim Azarov

Schoolwork by Luka Potap

Drafting of the First Constitution by Vitomir Gena

Evening in the Village by Tima Drugova

Portrait of Leonid Gorova by Danir Yvetko

Portrait of First Lady of Daewon Song Juk upon her State Visit by Yuriena Kotinka

Self, Sketch by Yuriena Kotinka

Full Canteen by Diana Yeva

Chairman Galina Lerinova by Fetsovia Kutuzova

Youths at a Cornerclub by Rollan Streltsov

Historic Skansgrad is a town perfectly preserved in time, originally dating back to - 273 F. Beginning in 16 F, a tour was set up, allowing visiting workers from the nearby city of Magniskovsk to see what their ancestors lived like. Today, the scale has been ramped up, allowing up to 1.5 million to visit at record years. At the site itself, one can see a wide variety of things. Trained experts fill roles such as blacksmith or woodsman, tending to their stations while answering curious visitors' questions in character. Although the site is mainly geared toward foreign tourists today, one of the largest attractions for domestic ones are that the town's ponchinit stenu, or helping walls, are still standing. Helping walls are networks of low stone walls that sometimes run for miles that were used to indicate boundaries for communes or freeholds in the past. Most since have been destroyed, but their preservation is a current fascination of Kronova's historically minded citizens, so many make pilgrimages here themselves to visit the best preserved examples. One of the most famous symbols to visitors are the wooden paving blocks on the streets, once common but now almost completely replaced. Historic dining is included in the experience, with the canteen filled with foods of the past enjoyed today, as well as those forgotten.

Frosya Valley is a formation found to the northwest of the city of Toluga that is a popular site for locals and tourists alike. In the year -540 F, Toluga was captured by invading Chalian crusaders, prompting countless Kronovans to flee inland from the battle. One such group of around 400 were led by a community elder named Frosya Dasha into the foothills outside the city. However, rather than move on further inland, she instructed them to settle in the crags and caves of the valley. There they built new homes and lived off the land, frequently hosting raiding parties from inland on their way to and back from attacking Chalian positions. Frosya Dasha's foresight of a need for a friendly position assisted Kronovan forces in the Crusades, and the community would continue there for over a century until being forced to flee. Today, the site is home to guided tours telling the history of the site, as well as being a popular choice for hiking. A cable car is available to be taken up and down the valley for those wishing to get a bird's eye view as well.

One of the lowest natural points in Kronova, Lake Iskiyev's shores rest at 28 m (92 ft) bellow sea level. Due East of the city of Anazran, the lake is perhaps the most drastic example of land being shorn away by retreating glaciers at the end of Kronova's last ice age, its effects made more drastic by the fact that the lake itself was formed by an ancient rift valley prior to the retreat of the glaciers. At its deepest, Lake Iskiyev is 1,642 m (5,387 ft) deep, containing 23,615.39 km3 (5,670 mi3) of water. Nicknamed by many to be the "Jewel of Kronova," the spot is popular for Kronovans and foreigners alike to visit year-round. Five Deskaheh Nuuk communities make their homes around the lake, and it is these groups that manage the region's economic interests at the local level. In summer tourists swim and hike the trails around the lake, while in winter the primary attraction of the lake are the many resorts, spas, and saunas on its shores. The Deskaheh Nuuk communities of the region hold the lake to be sacred, and while they invite peoples from all over the world to enjoy it, there are many local ordinances that must be followed. The stewards of the land forbid and arguing, gambling, or swearing within eyeshot of the lake, believing it to be inhabited by spirits that have guided their ancestors for generations. Many of the locals also give tours of their communities, showing what life was like in centuries past.

The Via del Cacador, or Way of the Hunter in Cavalian, is the site of the remnants of a hunting lodge built by Cavalian banker Azeleo Ulderico in the year -331 F in the forests north of the city of Zarebuga. Ulderico had the manor and adjacent buildings built atop holy ground of the Isi Naron tribe of the Deskaheh, who he and his men had driven off violently. Although the site was abandoned some 70 years before the Revolution ever occurred, it remained a symbol of the occupation and the wounds it had left. While many wishes to tear it down, the leaders of the Republic knew that they would need to remember their past while building their future, and turned the complex into a museum of what life was like during the occupation. Today, individuals can visit the site and learn about the brutality that Chalian capitalism visited upon Kronova, while also visiting the remnants of the native holy site and paying their respects at the standing stone circle. Guided tours are available, with some parts of the grounds being off limits due to being in too poor of repair.

The Garden of the Fae is a whimsical name for a National Park found northeast of the city of Anazran, making one of the northernmost attractions in Kronova. According to the Nuuk natives of the region, the rocks of the Garden were painted by spirits when the world was created. While not as fantastic, Kronovan geologists attribute the region's coloring to the rich clay and iron deposits in the region that oxidize when exposed to open air. Because of their spiritual affinity with the region, the Nuuk built several sites across the region, some decorated with intricate petroglyphs. The Orga River flows through the region, turning reddish brown by its end. The region is popular for hikers as well as artists, particularly painters and photographers. Cultural Institutes and other educational facilities will often organize field expeditions to show the beauty of the area.

Medyy island is the largest of several islands found off Kronova's southwestern coast, near the city of Kachensk. Like the other islands of the region, Medyy is humid, marshy, and full of life. Small Chiloquin Nuuk communities have existed in the chain for millennia, along with a few scattered Kovac villages on the northern side of the big island. Local guides show tourists around the islands, regaling them with local legends and showing them a side of Kronova few ever see. They discuss drinking from fresh springs and hunting and eating the unseen animals that lie hidden in the swamp, and in the next moment, they’ll tell you about their pickup truck and their favorite bars. They hold the greatest aquatic species diversity in all of Kronova. There are between 120 to 140 species of fish, almost 40 types of mussels, old-growth hardwood forests covering the breadth of the islands, birds, turtles, and more. One particularly popular site on the big island is the Empty Cup, a lake which has something of a misnomer for a name. The lake seasonally fills and empties in relation to the water table, making it one of the more geologically interesting local attractions. Local peoples for centuries have held that it is an area of immense spiritual power. Another famous attraction from the region is the Sow Whirlpool between some of the region's smaller islands, named for the noise escaping the whirlpool resembling that of an old sow. Guided boat tours pass by the whirlpool which has been forming daily with the tides for nearly two centuries, according to some estimates.

Built in -57 F by occupying Chalian forces to serve as a rail bridge to carry coke from the northeast to the iron and steel furnaces north of the city of Koloysk. Built of locally quarried limestone, the bridge continued to serve this function through the Revolution, and was ultimately closed in 44 F when iron production in the region finally ceased. After production ended, the bridge was restored as a footpath over the valley. Woodlands grew up up around the bridge, the abandoned foundry, and the open pit mine nearby, now filled with water. Near the ruins of the foundry are multiple old kilns left behind like skeletons once the site was abandoned. The site itself is very popular with hikers and ramblers, and the former mine has since filled with runoff and rain water, making it a popular site for swimming as well.