Taviana Island 3.0
Location and population
Taviana (Officialy: Tavianska Sovjetskaja Socialističiskaja Respublika - TSSRâ€“ The Soviet Socialist Republic of Taviana) is an island country situated in the Baltic Sea approximately 120km off the coast of Lithuania or Kaliningrad. It has a population of approximately 1 500 000 inhabitants of who 90% are ethnic Slavs called â€œRustakiâ€, Russians or Poles and 10% ethnic Lithuanians. The capital and second largest city of the republic is Sabina which is located on the Southern coast of lake Umag, has a population of approximately 150 000 and has the republics main international airport.
For a complete book of information regarding Taviana Island, please refer to the Taviana Island User Guide PDF file contained within the addon archive.
The official spoken language on Taviana is Tavianian (Tavijanski Jazik) which is an Eastern Slavic language written in a variation of the Belarusian Cyrillic alphabet. Lithuanian, Russian and Polish are also officially recognised languages of the republic.
The largest religious group consisting of 70% of Tavianas population are Orthodox Christians, the second major religious group in the republic are Catholics consisting of approximately 15% population where as 15% of the population have no religion.
Independence and the revolution
Following the 1917 uprising against the Tsarist autocracy Taviana gained independence from the Russian empire and established a Socialist government lead by the SPT (Socialističiskaja Partija Taviany â€“ The Socialist party of Taviana) to the present day. A 50 meter statue of Lenin was also built in the capital cities main square called (Sredmestje Vladimira Iliča Lenina - The Square of Vladimir Illich Lenin) to commemorate the 1917 revolution.
Approximately 50% Tavianas economy consists of the extraction of natural resources such as oil and gas which are drilled mainly on the islands North coasts. Fishing and farming form another 35% of the republics economy while heavy industry such as metal works, chemical plants and shipyards from the remaining 15% of the economy.
874 The first recorded conflict on Taviana took place on the site where todayâ€™s port Molotovsk stands in the year 874 between Slavic migrants from the East and native Nordic inhabitants which were eventually forced out of the island.
1240 - 1241 In the year 1240 Norwegian forces invaded Taviana in an attempt to conquer the island but were forced out one year later in the final battle that took place on the fields of Stari Bor.
1015 In the year 1015 the Roman empire launched a series of failed attempts to conquer the island.
1600 - 1611 In the years between 1600 & 1611 Taviana was invaded by Swedish forces during the Polish-Swedish war but where forced off the island by Polish forces in the battle on the fields on Novi Bor.
1625 - 1629 In the years between 1625 & 1629 Taviana took part in the Polish-Swedish war fighting on the Polish side.
1914 - 1918 (World war 1)- Taviana remained mostly untouched by World War 1 although some conflicts were fought in Prussia and Kaliningrad in attempts to seize the provinces from German control. The years between 1914 & 1918 also saw the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 which gave Taviana independence from Tsarist rule and in which the Socialist Republic of Taviana was born.
1939 - 1945 (World War 2) World War 2 was a very dark chapter in Taviana's History. The island was invaded by the Third Reich which forced the Socialist government and the Taviana armed forces in to exile in the Soviet Union where the Taviana armed forces merged with the Red Army and fought against the Third Reich. While fighting continued the Jewish population of Taviana was deported to death camps in Poland while the native population of Taviana was forced in to labour, manufacturing weapons.
In the last phases of World War 2 Taviana was liberated by Red army troops and surviving troops of the Taviana armed forces who reinstalled the socialist government.
1945 onwards From 1945 onwards Taviana saw a large number of Lithuanian, Russian and Polish migrants feeling from the destroyed European mainland who took on the task of re-building the republic.
Today Taviana is still one of the Soviet Union's key allies and serves as an important strategic location for the Soviet Union as well as a important submarine repair base.
Some of the Mod history and background.
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