1)Kronovan citizens enjoy a mandatory two-week vacation each year! The Ministry of Public Health and Works commonly issues vouchers for citizens to visit local vacation spots, the most popular of which are Kronova’s numerous Pahulay, which serve as combinations of medical institutions and spas to cater to Kronovan workers as they enjoy their rest. Kronovans are permitted to swap vacation times during the year to ensure they can go with friends or family members.
2)Dormitories at Kronovan Universities by tradition leave food and water out for stray cats, often letting them in for the night during cold months. Although the practice is officially discouraged, it is so ingrained in university culture within Kronova that few ever act on such rules.
3)Due to Kronova’s harsh winter temperatures, most restaurants, taverns, and other such public places have cloakrooms. Visitors won’t get very far before an attendant, normally someone either younger or older in age, asks for their coat to be hung or put in a bag.
4)Kronovans are used to colder temperatures than most other peoples, and will often quietly chuckle at visitors who cover their ears in temperatures above -20 C.
5)Most Kronovans have a propensity for collecting small things, such as bottlecaps, stamps, or coins. While these collections are rarely of substantial value, oftentimes they will be proudly displayed in their homes.
6)Kronova’s name comes from the old Kovac word for the northern star, but the Republic also goes by names such as Toosawesh (Beaver’s Tail) in Chiloqin, Satawen (Healing Bed) in Deskaheh, and Guunaqtut (Place Where One Stands) in Yuquot.
7)Kronova is home to over 600 lakes that are over 100 square kilometers in area. Most are found in remote, unpopulated areas in the north and center of the country, but many others are host to towns, resorts, and more. The Republic’s lakes were created by retreating lakes from the region’s last ice age more than 10,000 years ago, the largest of which is Lake Iskiyev.
8)If you walk into the home of a Kronovan in a rural area, especially if they have strong Nuuk roots, for the first time, you may find yourself having a small carved birch cup thrust into your hand, filled with tea or some other beverage. Burl cups, as the name implies, are most commonly carved from birch burls, or bulbous protrusions from a tree, creating a complex interior pattern that is both beautiful and rare. Ideal for their round shape, burls are severed from a tree, carved out to form a basin, and smoothed, revealing fine natural wood grain patterns swirling around the interior.
9)Picking berries and mushrooms is a common pastime for Kronovans and visitors alike, with all foraged plants required by law to be inspected by forest rangers before leaving the park to ensure noone is poisoned. Alternately, many resources are available in digital and printed forms to those who decide to forage outside these areas. This is discouraged, but not outright banned in most instances. One of the most sought-after types of forage are ojkil, or “cloudberries” found in higher altitude mountain areas. The rare, bluish white berries are famous for their sweetish-tart flavors, with their foraging being regulated due to their rarity.
10)Torbica, or “digestive,” is a common Kronovan tradition enjoyed after dinner, especially when hosting company. Technically the term applies to any small amount of food or drink consumed after dinner, but Kronovans normally reserve the term for a pastry and warm drink which can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic. Kronovans encourage visitors to take part in torbica at taverns when visiting the country.