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The Principality of Romanovskaya
Княжество Романовская



Motto: "Съ нами Богъ"
"God is with us!"

Anthem:
Боже, Царя храни!
(English: God Save the Tsar!)
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Population

262,941

Capital

Vyborg

Largest City

Vyborg



Official Language

Russian

Demonym

Romanovan



Religion

Eastern Orthodoxy



Government

Unitary
semi-direct democracy
parliamentary
constitutional
monarchy

Princess

Zephyrine

Prime Minister

Daria Shchegolyayeva

President of the
Imperial Duma

Aleksandr Ulyukayev



Legislature

Imperial Duma



Independence

• From Russian Empire

21 September 1898



Area

11,054km²



Currency

Imperial Ruble
(RIR)

GDP

$15.752 Billion(Per Capita) $60,120.28

HDI

0.871(High )



Time Zone

UST+3

Calling Code

+77

Drives on the

Right

ISO Code

RM

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.rm

Romanovskaya


Romanovskaya, officially the Principality of Romanovskaya, is a country in Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by Finland, to the west by the gulf of Finland, to the east by Lake Ladoga and to the south by the USSR. The territory of Romanovskaya consists of a mainland and a number of islands, mostly located in the Gulf of Finland, covering a total area of 11,054km². Romanovskaya is influenced by a humid continental climate. The official language of the country is Russian.

The sovereign state of Romanovskaya is a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy divided into two regions, Vyborgsky District and Korelasky District. The capital and largest city is Vyborg. With a population of just over 260,000, Romanovskaya is the least populated country in Northern Europe. It is a developed country with an advanced, high-income economy. Since the 1970s the country opened up to international markets and reduced taxes, meaning it now ranks very highly in terms of economic freedom. Much of its wealth is due to its very low corporate and income tax rates which has drawn many business people, mainly of Russian and Ukrainian origin, to reside in the country and base their companies there.







































History


Early History

The western part of the Karelian Isthmus, inhabited by Karelians and Finns, historically lay between Russia and Sweden (later Russia and Finland) and changed hands on a regular basis. Vyborg was founded in 1293 as a Swedish fortress for protection from the Novgorod Republic. In 1323, the Treaty of Nφteborg established the border between Novgorod and Sweden along the Sestra River. This border corresponds to the current southern limits of Romanovskaya. In 1403, Vyborg was chartered. The Novgorod Republic besieged Vyborg in 1411, and the Grand Duchy of Moscow, which by then annexed Novgorod, besieged it in 1495, but on both occasions the fortress was not conquered. According to the Treaty of Stolbovo, the whole Karelian Isthmus was ceded to Sweden and the border moved southeast. In 1710, during the Great Northern War, the troops of Tsar Peter the Great conquered Vyborg, and eventually the whole area was annexed to Russia. This was confirmed by the Treaty of Nystad in 1721.

In the course of the administrative reform carried out in 1708 by Peter the Great, the area was included into Ingermanland Governorate (known since 1710 as Saint Petersburg Governorate). In 1719, it became a part of Vyborg Province, and in 1744, Vyborg Governorate with the seat in Vyborg was established. In 1783, it was transformed into Vyborg Viceroyalty, then in 1801 back into Vyborg Governorate.

Foundation of the Principality and the fall of the Russian Empire

In 1898, Tsar Nicholas II, the Monarch of the Russian Empire, gifted the regions of Vyborgsky District and Korelasky District to the Tsesarevich his younger brother, Prince George. The two regions were merged together to form the Principality of Romanovskaya (meaning belonging to the Romanovs). The newly founded principality was de-facto independent, but in reality relied heavily on the Russian Empire for almost everything. Throughout the early 1900s Princess Xenia set about deporting members of Finnish or Swedish descent from the principality and replacing them with Russians and Ukrainians. The Imperial Russian army remained the official army of the Principality, staying inline with the Russian Empire.


Imperial Army in Vyborg. 1940

At the beginning of the Russian Revolution, life in the Principality remained largely unchanged until the Red Army started making gains and in particular took over Petrograd. After that, many of those loyal to the Russian monarchy, the "White Movement", retreated into the Principality. The White Army which was the military wing of the White Movement, dug in along the borders of the Principality. Under the command of Vladimir von Glasenapp, the some 15,000 strong military engaged in heavy fighting with the Red Army who came from the south through Petrograd. The environment and conditions favored the White Army and eventually lead to a stalemate into the 1920s. While Princess Xenia was keen to capture Petrograd (renamed to Leningrad), the sheer size of the Red Army made it impossible to launch any sort of a counter-offensive.

Throughout the rest of the 1920s, Princess Xenia reached out to many of the European Imperial nations for support and supplies to arrive through the Gulf of Finland. But it was too late to push back the Soviet army and the Principality remained in an uneasy position of accepting the loss of the rest of the empire. Into the 1930s, the now Imperial army of the Principality had made the border between itself and the USSR an effective no-mans land, covered in trenches and fields of landmines and anti-tank barriers. At the outbreak of WW2, Romanovskaya remained neutral although it did enter into contracts with Nazi Germany to supply military equipment. By the 1940s, the Imperial army had a very similar look to the German Wehrmacht.

Economic reform and the end of the USSR

After WWII, through the 1950s and 1960s the Romanovan economy stagnated, emigration had become quite high as many citizens headed west for better opportunities. Restrictive laws on foreign investment, high tax rates to try and maintain a strong military and Romanovskaya's isolation and precarious position next to the USSR all contributed to the struggling economy. While fighting had ceased between the USSR and Romanovskaya, there was absolutely no diplomatic relations between the two nations, neither even recognising the legitimacy of the other. Crossing the border was next to impossible by land and still very difficult by sea or air.

Princess Irina II in 1973, introduced a number of economic reforms to try to attract foreign direct investment to the country. It included removing barriers to international investors, privatising a number of national industries and reinvesting that money into updating Romanovskaya's ageing infrastructure. Princess Irina II recognised the need to align Romanovskaya to the western world, and through the 1970s various western brands slowly started to appear in Romanovskaya. The reforms worked but growth was slower than expected with foreign investors still concerned about the future between Romanovskaya and the USSR.

Into the late 1980s, and with nationalist movements growing in the USSR, Prince Vasili instructed the government to get the military to return to the borders to ensure the security of the state from any potential spill over from a violent revolution. As Soviet republics began to declare independence, Romanovskaya was one of the first countries to recognise their independence as a way to try and establish positive diplomatic relations with the former Soviet regions, particularly those close by such as the Baltic countries. By the time the USSR collapsed in 1991, there had been no violent clashes within the region surrounding Romanovskaya although the army did act as border guards as some Soviet citizens tried to flee to Romanovskaya.

As the 1990s rolled on, the economy of Romanovskaya began to rocket. Business men and women from the former Soviet republics, with the exception of Russia, came to reside in the Principality due to its lucrative tax breaks set up in 1973. The financial services sector quickly became the driving force behind the Romanovan economy, although internationally Romanovskaya was commonly labelled as a tax haven where business people had the right to not declare their finances publicly.

Government


The Monarchy



Top: H.S.H. Princess Zephyrine
Bottom: Prime Minister Daria Shchegolyayeva

Romanovskaya is a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy. The reigning Princess is the head of state and represents Romanovskaya in its international relations. There is a national parliament called the Imperial Duma which can vote in new legislation however the Princess must sign off on any legislation that is passed by the Imperial Duma. Political parties are not officially recognised in the Principality but every citizen is free to run in elections for the Imperial Duma as an independent. The age at which citizens can begin voting is 18.

The Prince/Princess can call referenda, propose new legislation, and dissolve the Imperial Duma. Succession to the Romanovan throne is determined by descent, legitimacy and religion. There have been 2 princes and 5 princesses since the foundation of the state, the current being Princess Zephyrine who ascended to the throne in 2009. The monarchy can be voted out via referendum should the majority of the people wish. A referendum may be called if citizens can collect 9,500 signatures from other citizens. This has not happened however and the approval rate of the monarchy remains very high.


Imperial Duma Chamber

Imperial Duma

The Imperial Duma is made up of thirty deputies. Three Deputies are nominated by the Princess while twenty-four deputies are democratically elected. The final three deputies are elected by graduates of the Vyborg University. Those elected by the university must themselves be graduates of said university.

There are a few requirements for who can be a Deputy in the Imperial Duma:
• Be at least 25 years old.
• Be a citizen of Romanovskaya
• Must have no criminal history

To be eligable to vote in the Imperial Duma elections you must be:
• Be at least 18 years old
• Be a resident within the Principality for at least 18 months.
• Graduates of University of Vyborg also have the option to vote for candidates for the three University constituency seats alongside their right to vote in the general election for the other twenty-four seats.

Citizens of Romanovskaya who reside outside of the Principality are allowed to vote via postal voting.

Elections to the Imperial Duma take place every five years although early elections can be called by either the Princess or by a majority vote in the Imperial Duma. The last election took place in 2020 and the next one is due in 2025.

The current President of the Imperial Duma is Aleksandr Ulyukayev who has held the position since 2020.

Geography


Romanovskaya occupies the northern part of the Karelian Isthmus. The landscape is hilly and forested, with many rock formations. The northern part of the district lies in the basin of the Vuoksi River, which drains into Lake Ladoga. The Vuoksi itself crosses the Principality from northwest to southeast. Other rivers in the country, the largest of which are the Gryaznovka and the Sestra, drain directly into the Gulf of Finland. There are many lakes in the district, especially in the basin of the Vuoksi.

Climate

Similar to many other areas along the Baltic Sea, Romanovskaya has a humid continental climate with large temperature differences between summer and winter but too mild to be classified subarctic with five months above 10 °C (50 °F) in mean temperature. Winter temperatures are being somewhat moderated by maritime effects compared to Russian cities further inland even on more southerly latitudes, but still cold enough to be comparable to areas much further north that are nearer the Gulf Stream.

Demographics



The Romanovan Flag Flying in Korela

The population of Romanovskaya, according to the latest Census, was 262,941, of these, 118,586 men (45.9%) and 144,354 women (54.1%). About one quarter of the population were foreign born (mainly coming from Russia and Ukraine). Ethnic Russians make up the majority of the population, but Ukrainian and Finnish minorities also reside in Romanovskaya.

Religion

Eastern Orthodoxy is by far the dominant religion in Romanovskaya with just over 90% of the population identifying as such. According to the Romanovan constitution, the Romanovan Orthodox Church is the official state religion:

The Romanovan Orthodox Church is the State Church and as such shall enjoy the full protection of the State

— Constitution of Romanovskaya.

Romanovskaya offers protection to adherents of all religions, and considers the "religious interests of the people" a priority of the government. In Romanovan schools, although exceptions are allowed, religious education in Romanovan Orthodoxy is legally required. Tax exemption is granted by the government to religious organizations.

Culture


As a result of its small size, Romanovskaya has been strongly affected by external cultural influences, most notably Russian culture. Despite this, Romanovans have very much established their own identity.

Vyborg's most prominent landmark is its Swedish-built castle, started in the 13th century and extensively reconstructed in 1891–1894. The Round Tower and the Rathaus Tower date from the mid-16th century and are parts of the Medieval Vyborg town wall. The castle now acts as the official residency of the Princess of Romanovskaya.

There are also Russian fortifications of Annenkrone, completed by 1740, as well as the monuments to Peter the Great (1910).

Sprawling along the heights adjacent to the Gulf of Finland is Monrepos Park, one of the most spacious English landscape gardens in Eastern Europe. The garden was laid out on behest of its owner, Baron Ludwig Heinrich von Nicolay, at the turn of the 19th century. Most of its structures were designed by the architect Giuseppe Antonio Martinelli. Previously, the estate belonged to the future king Frederick I (Maria Fyodorovna's brother), who called it Charlottendahl in honor of his second wife.

Vyborg Castle

View of Vyborg skyline

Lake Zerkalnoye

Sport



The Gorodskoy Stadium, Vyborg

The most popular sports in Romanovskaya are football (soccer), tennis and ice-hockey. There is a Romanovskaya international side which played its first international match in 1934. The international team has enjoyed very little success, mainly due to the lack of players available to choose from and so the side has never qualified for a major tournament.

The main stadium in Romanovskaya, The Gorodskoy Stadium, built in 1961has a total capacity of 10,000 seats. It serves as home to Vyborg FC and the Romanovan international football team. It is also known to host some local tennis tournaments.

The Romanovskaya ice hockey team plays in the smaller Stadion Avangard, which holds approximately 5000 people.

Security & Defence


The Principality of Romanovskaya currently maintains 3 military battalions around the country. There are currently around 2,523 active personnel in the military with some 3,135 reserve personnel. Since the 1990s Romanovskaya has been gradually reducing the size of its military. Much of its equipment has been sourced by western countries. Conscription is in place for men of the age of 18. Those attending 3rd level education will spend 3 months in the army while men who do not go onto 3rd level education must spend a full year in the military.

Firearms are legal to buy for any Romanovan citizens, subject to some background checks (criminal history and mental illness). So while the Romanovan military is quite small, the citizens are well armed which would complicate an assault by any potential invader.


The Imperial Guard

Ministry of Police & Defence

The Minister for the Department for Police & Defence is appointed by the Prime Minister with permission from the Princess, and is mainly responsible for both policing and military activity inside Romanovskaya.

The current Minister for Police & Defence is Aleksandr Eybozhenko, who was appointed to the position in 2018.

Border Patrol & Patrol Boats

Some military roles are assigned to the police department, such as border patrol and border defence, which are the responsibility of a special police unit officially named the "Maritime and Heliport Police Division," and which operates on land and sea using patrol boats and high-speed surveillance boats.

Imperial Guard

The Imperial Guard (Императорская Гвардия) has a total force of two hundred and sixteen, consisting of three officers, fifteen non-commissioned officers and nineteen enlisted men (with another fourteen civilian employees). Each officer has trained and served with the Romanovan military. Its primary duty is the defence of the Princess and the Princely Palace. By extension, it also has a role in guarding members of the judiciary, who administer justice in the name of the Monarch.

There are a number of specialist units within the Imperial Guard, which include a motorcycle section (for rapid-response and motorcycle outriding); a bodyguard and protection unit; a diving unit with military, rescue and scientific capabilities; a military first-aid unit that provides first aid and ambulance cover at public and sporting events; and a military band, which includes state trumpeters, a brass ensemble and a small orchestra, as well as serving as a marching band for ceremonial purposes.


RPF members during a training exercise

Romanovan Patriotic Front

The Romanovan Patriotic Front (Романовский Патриотический Фронт) is the name of the unified paramilitary armed forces of the Principality of Romanovskaya. The RPF is a paramilitary defence organization whose aim is to guarantee the preservation of the independence and sovereignty of the Romanovan state, the integrity of its land area and its constitutional order.

The RPF was founded in 1917 in response to the Russian Revolution and played a key role in ensuring Romanovskaya maintained its sovereignty. It was engaged in a number of conflicts, with help from retreating White army forces and remnants of the Russian Imperial army, along the Romanovan-RSFSR border combating the Bolsheviks and later the Red Army.

The RPF possesses arms and engages in military exercises, fulfilling the tasks given to it by the law. The organisation is divided into two brigades, the 1898 Brigade and the Saviour Brigade, operating in Vyborgsky and Korelasky districts respectively. The RPF has over 11,000 volunteers, with the affiliated organisations of the RPF the combined total is over 18,000.

Education


Education in Romanovskaya is compulsory until the age of 18 (the age at which a persons secondary education ends.). The literacy rate in Romanovskaya is 100%.

Within Romanovskaya, there are 2 universities:

• Vyborg University.
• Romanovskaya Naval School.

There are also numerous primary and secondary schools to cater for the age groups of 5-12 and 13-18 year olds respectively.

Economy



RGT Group HQ, Vyborg

Despite its limited natural resources, Romanovskaya has managed to create a thriving economy. It has developed a prosperous, highly industrialized free-enterprise economy and boasts a financial service sector as well as a living standard that compares favourably with those of the urban areas of some European cities.

Romanovskaya taxation policy is quite favourable towards big business and wealthy individuals. The Principality operates on a low corporate and low income tax rate model. Furthermore, Romanovskaya's gift and estate taxes vary depending on the relationship the recipient has to the giver and the amount of the inheritance. The tax ranges between 0.5% and 0.75% for spouses and children and 18% to 27% for non-related recipients. The estate tax is progressive.

Industries include electronics, textiles, precision instruments, metal manufacturing, power tools, anchor bolts, calculators, pharmaceuticals, and food products.

Tourism is also a significant contributor to the economy, a sector which recently the Romanovan government has been looking to expand on.







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