The Republic of Skrovja (Skrovjan: Republika Skrovja; Mantellan: Republica di Scrovia) is one of the two entities of New Republic of Mantella, the other being the Mantellan Republic (Mantellan government still claims the city of Cristina as the Mantella's third constituent entity: the Special District of Cristina). Its largest city and administrative centre is Ikary (437,560 inhabitants), lying on the western banks of the river [?name], 49 km north from the Byzantine Sea.
The entity encompasses most of the Skrovj-populated portions of Mantella and situated in the southeast of the country. Formed in 1850 at the outset of the breakup of the Kingdom of Skrovja, Republika Skrovja, following the Cartago Accords between Mantella and Emakera, achieved international recognition as part of the Republic of Mantella.
Today, Republic of Skrovja maintains a presidenciary-style government, with the president being appointed by the High Chancellor of Mantella and National Assembly holding legislative power within the entity. Republic of Skrovja is relatively centralised, although it is split into 2nd-level administrative units—municipalities—of which there are 18. The legislature holds 83 seats, and the current session is the thirtieth since its founding. The current President of Skrovja is the retired army general Janko Blavic, a long standing ally of Mantellan High Chancellor Tito Vero.
The Skrovj are a Buranic people that came to the region of the river [?name] valley following the migrations of the Iron Age.
With the end of the First Migration Period and the following wars with Italgrian tribes such as the Mantellans, most of today's Mantella region came under Aroman control within the province of Mantalia. In this period, the Aromans consolidated the region through the construction of a dense road network and the "Aromanisation" of the local population. Among these roads was the Via Marmor, or 'Matble Way', which transported silver from the eastern mines of Mantella to Aroman population centres. This rule was not uninterrupted, however; with the suppression of the once-dominant Skrovjan population came revolts such as the Sanguinem. After 20 CE, however, the entirety of the country was conquered by the Aromans and it was split between Mantalia and Escrovia provinces. The most prominent Aroman city in Skrovja was the relatively small Servitus, near modern-day Godiška in the central part of the entity.
Empire of Hémus
Christianity spread to the region relatively late at least partially due to its lack of large settlements. In the fourth century CE, however, the region began to be Christianised en masse. With the split of the Aroman Empire in 200 CE, modern-day Republika Skrovja fell under the Empire of Hémus. Testament to it and Mantella's later religious polarisation, it was later conquered as a frontier of the Emakerans, a harbinger for religious division to come.
With the loosening of Aroman grip on the region came the Second Migration Period which, given Skrovja's position in Europa, involved a wide variety of peoples. Among the first was the invasion of peoples from the east and north, and the territory fully became a part of the Emakeran territory in 476.
By 535, the territory was taken once again by the Empire of Hémus. At this time, the Empire's grip was relatively loose and tribes from the steppes invaded the surrounding area, followed by the Emakerans. Modern-day Skrovja was therefore split between the mediaeval Kingdom of Ikary (western banks of the river [?name]) and mediaeval Emakera (eastern banks of the river [?name]).
Kingdom of Skrovja
With the dissolution of the Eternal Empire of Hémus, Mantella became independent by the end of the 11th century. Skrovja was known under the Kingdom of Mantella rule as the Province of Ikaria. Later, however, with the rule of Governor Korec Banic, who is regarded as the founder of Skrovja, the region became de facto independent. In 1377, the Province of Ikaria became the medieval Kingdom of Skrovja, under Taricic I of House of Dromanić. Although modern-day Republica of Skrovja was an important part of the kingdom, its capitals were all located in the centre of the country, while the northern periphery of the country remained under nominal Mantellan rule as the region of Yugania. Architectural legacies from this period include Castel Tvadava in Ikary, as well as castles, churches, and monasteries across the country.
With the Mantellan-Skrovjan conflicts of the 17th and early 18th centuries, parts of southern Kingdom of Mantella, including the city of Saint Christ, became a part of the Kingdom of Skrovja for relatively short periods of time. Rule on the conquered regions, notably Saint Christ, was weakened following the death of King Goran Dromanić in the Skrovjan Revolution (1713) and the fall of the Dromanić dinasty. In 1714, Teodoro Korvini the Lord of Saint Christ, took advantage of the Goran's death and of the family feuds in Mantella to consolidate Korvini's possession of Saint Christ, declaring it an independent city-state in the same year. This is the origin of the Kingdom of Saint Christ (today's Kingdom of Cristina). Teodoro was crowned king of Saint Christ in the same year.
Characterised by economic and social development not seen in the by-then backwards Dromanić dinasty, the new Mandic dinasty rule was welcomed by many.
From 1753, the Kingdom of Mantella gradually fell under Emakeran influence, and its coastal region fell once more under Skrovjan domain by 1779. However, Skrovjan king Petrus Mandic allowed the Kingdom of Saint Christ to remain independent in a truce with Queen Cristina Maxima Korvini of Saint Christ after the Korvini's victory in the Battle of Sabatini (1780).
By the 1840's the Kingdom of Skrovja was weakened by many international conflicts between noble families, Mandic supporters and republican movements. In 1848 the Kingdom was on the verge of a breakup when it was invaded and annexed by Emakera and merged with Mantella into the Autonomous Province of Mantella in 1850. Later same year, following the Cartago Accords between Mantella and Emakera (November 1850), Mantella became independent and and the western half of Skrovja achieved international recognition as Republic of Skrovja, a constituent entity of the Republic of Mantella. The eastern half of the old Kingdom of Skrovja continued as part of the Emakeran territory.
In 1913, the Republic of Mantella's failure to accomplish some of the Cartago Accords prerogatives, such as the concession of preferential commodities trade with Emakera and the non militarisation of the borders between the two countries, prompted a second Emakeran invasion and annexation of the Mantellan territory. The Emakeran occupation ended on 15 March 1936 in the late stages of the Mantellan Wars, won by the House of Mantellini armed supporter movements. The Third Kingdom of Mantella was founded under the reign of King Luca Mantellini.
New Republic of Mantella
After the overthrow of the Mantellan monarchy and the creation of the New Republic of Mantella by Tito Vero, the now Constituent Republic of Skrovja adhered to Vero's New Order and many Skrovj generals of Catholic origin, such as Pietro Jovic and Janko Blavic were grant significant roles and authority in the Mantellan government since then.