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Durakia, officially the Miner's Republic of Durakia is a Socialist Democracy in West Norvaris. It comprises the Island of Durakia and the Torya Isles, as well as the Cernov Islands and the North-western Region and Central of Irnac Island. Wesnov is the Capital, while Arnstal is the largest city.

Miner's Republic of Durakia

Flag of Durakia
Flag of Durakia (1938-Present)
Coat of arms of Durakia
Coat of arms
'Motto: 'Sveit, Ravenglik, Yient! Staynish: Liberty, Equality, Unity!
Anthem: Af de kus vu Sveit Staynish: On the Course to Freedom
CapitalWesnov
Largest cityArnstal
Official languageDurakan
Recognised regional
languages
Vakarian, Ernokish, Rydanian
Ethnic groups
(2018)
46% Human
38% Dwarf
12% Ursine
4% unspecified
Demonym(s)Durakan, Durakian
GovernmentUnitary Syndicalist presidential democratic republic
• Direklieter of the Durakan Government
Klarissa Antonov
• Head of the Union Council
Tarov Hyla
• Deputy of the Union Council
Emil Petrov
LegislatureCouncil of Trade Unions and the Durakan Revolutionary Council
Establishment
• The Great Miner's Revolt
1915
• Wesnov Landing
1916
• Arnstal Agreement
1917
• Beginning of the Durakan Civil War
1934
• First Durakan Election
1937
Population
• 2020 estimate
43,273,474
GDP (nominal)2020 estimate
• Total
$537.5 Billion
• Per capita
$12,420
CurrencyKohlnoty (DRN)
Time zoneUTC-11 (Arnstal Time)
Date formatDD/MM/YYYY
Driving sidethe right
Calling code+197
ISO 3166 codeDR, DRK
Internet TLD.drk

The territories that are now Durakia were relatively sparsely populated until the formation of Durakia, with Dwarven states dotting the islands, often in conflict. The islands were generally left alone by the empires of the world, with it not being seen as strategically valuable enough to set up a colony there, with only Norgsveltian missionaries taking any semi-permeant settlement on the islands. What is now referred to as the Island of Durakia was settled by the Asendavian Miner's and Labourers' Front during the Great War, after a retreat following the Battle of Tungrad. The AMLF founded the settlements of Wesnov and Arnstal, eventually declaring themselves as the Miner's Republic of Durakia under Arith Linski.

History of Durakia

Native Period of Durakia (?-1916)

Little is known of the Dwarven settlements of Durakia, though archaeological finds date the earliest permanent settlements to around 750 AD. These Dwarves, known as the Pivnich spread across the islands of Durakia and Irnac. (referred to as Ernok by the Dwarves)

Theses settlements still remain or Irnac today, remnants of the conquered Pivnich States. The Feudal Dwarvern regions of Irnac often made agreements to pay tribute to Empires such as Asendavia or Norgsveldet for protection.

AMLF and the Wesnov Landings (1913-1916)

The Great War had put a lot of strain on the Working Class Population of Asendavia. To fight for better working conditions and social reform, Arith Linski formed the Asendavian Miner's and Labourers's Front. The AMLF spread quickly with the unhappy working class, soon getting the attention of the nations fighting against Asendavia. Funding from Norgsveldet was essential in the arming and organising of the AMLF. Whilst small strikes and uprisings happened across Asendavia, the main conflict was the Battle of Tungrad, which saw the AMLF briefly attempting to take the city. This did not last as Asendavian Forces moved into the City, forcing the AMLF to flee by sea, going east towards Norvaris. They landed at the site of Wesnov, officialy declaring thenselves the Miner's Republic of Durakia with notable Syndicalist Tarov Hesse as Leader of the Union Council and Linski as Head of Government.

Durakia and the Great War (1916-1917)

After the Wesnov Landings, the newly declared Durakia was forced into mainly focusing on internal affairs. However, Durakan volunteer groups provided assistence in weapon manufracture and had briefly fought on all fronts until the end of the war. The most effective meqns of which Durakia helped was with AMLF agents working their way into convoys and redirecting the supplies to Durakia and its allies.

On the 10th July 1917, the Arnstal Agreement was signed between Asendavia and Durakia, which saw Durakia internationally recognised as an Independant state and saw Durakia exit Great War.

Martov Era (1917-1934)

By the end of the Great War, Sariv Martov had gained full power over the Durakan Revolutionary Council, solidified by the Death of Linski in December 1918.He was voted in as the second Head of the Durakan Government, thoigh there is some evidence of electoral fraud, with Martov winning 90% of the vote. He then passed the Civil Defense Act in May 1919 after the murder of Hesse, which is commonly believed to have been orchastrated by Martov.This act allowed Martov to appoint Union Council members as he saw fit and ended elections in Durakia. He appointed Martovist Politician Talin Himler as a puppet leader for the Union Council.

Martov's Dictatorship was Totalitarian in nature, and perscuted anyone who was deemed a traitor to Durakia. These included known followers of Ademarism and other religions, those previously of upper class - regardless of political views - and anyone deemed to be showing Asendavian culture or anti-communist beliefs. Those who were caught doing this were executed or put into forced Labour to construct cities like Urnst and Lynal, known as the Arbeistok System.

These ations, while rapidly urbanising the nation, brought along Anti-Authoritarian Groups such as Sviet od Smer (English: Liberty or Death) and Republika Za De Mench. (Codexian: Republic for the People) These groups gained a lot of popularty in the early 1930s after Conscription was introduced to fight the Durakan-Dwarven Wars.

The Durakan-Dwarvern Wars were fought from 1924-1933, where the Conscripted Durakan Army fought the Dwarvern Settlements for their lands. The First War (1924-1926) saw a resounding success for the Durakan Army, who usedmodern arms purchased from Great Morstaybishlia easily defeated the Dwarvern Settlements on Durakia and the Toria Islands.This also saw heavy investment in the Hailyk Military Fortress, seeing the Hailyk University of Warfare producing some of the best Military Commanders in Novaris, such as Symak Haya, who was awarded the Defender of the Proletaroat Medal at only 23 for his skill in the Battle of Ostrom. The Second War (1928-1929) saw the capture of the Cernov Islands.The third Durakan-Dwarvern War (1931-1933) was not as successful as the first two, with the tired and demoralised Durakan Army failing to conquer the huge Irnac Island, with the seizure of the Northwest Territories only being successful after the unlikely victory of the Battle of Ostrum.

The Conquered Territories were organised into Martovist Puppet States, drawn on vague ethnic lines. These states of Vakarastan, Eteristan and Grestanallowed Dwarven Cultue ro somewhat remain on Irnac, but were plagued with instability and resistance.

Durakan Civil War and Economic Collapse (1934-1937)

The Third Durakian Dwarvern War hit the Durakan economy hard as well as bringing the previously silenced population to start mass strikes, which were met by firing squads. These strikes made the failing economy to accelerate. Amgered by the government mistreatment, armed revolts began in Arnstal, Kultin, Marlo and Weltam, declaring themselves the Sveitefront (Liberty Front). Martov called the Army to intervene, but Haya, now head of the Army, defected to the SF. This saw a large portion of the Army defect, beginning the Civil War in earnest, between the Svietefront, made of anti-martovistss from all sides of the political spectrum, against the Truv Kommunist (Loyalist Communist), Made up of Hardliner Communists and Martovists.

The Durakan Civil War was a three year long brutal war between the Liberty Front Militia, aided by the Kingdom of Tretrid, fighting against the Government Forces and Red Militia.

Recovery Period (1937-1984)

Meremaa Crisis

With the military failures in the later stages of the Meremaa Civil War and the sanctioning of Durakia by Norgsveldet - a once close ally - The Council of Trade Unions called a vote to end envolvement in Meremaa, led by the more moderate factons of the Durakan Labour Front, the main opposition to the Durakan Communist Party.The vote passed by a good margin, only to be vetoed by Bertov and the Revolutionary Council. Allegations of corruption among the council were commom, with anti-war protests ran by the DLF increasing. On the 6th of April, 1994, tensions came to a head when Andrei Vehr, a prominent figure in the Anti-War faction of the DLF, demanded the resignation of Bertov and the end of involvement in Meremaa. The Council of Trade Unions sided with Vehr, with Bertov agreeing to stand down to avoid a second civil war. This caused a split in the Labour Front, creating the Social Democratic Party - who followed more with Social Democracy and Anti-War policy and Durakan Worker's Party - who followed the more traditional DLF policy of Democratic Socialism. Vehr served as Head of Government until the leadership election next year.

Modern Period (1984-present)

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Politics

The two main bodies running Durakia are both seated in the capital, Wesnov. The Durakan Revolutionary Council handles the executive branch of the country. It is headed by the Direklieter, the head of state of Durakia, which is a position elected every five years. Currently, the position is held by the SDP. The Direklieter has the power to appoint the Secretaries of Durakia, with approval of the legislative branch, which make up half of the DRC, working as an effective cabinet of sorts. The Direklieter is also in charge of approving some legilature actions, such as appointing Department overseers, the other half of the DRC.

The Departments make up the legislative branch of Durakia, through the Council of Trade Unions. The Council of Trade Unions is an elected assembly of 300 Union Representatives. Union Representatives (SRs in Durakan) are members of the Trade Union led Departments, with each department having two elected officials from each of the 15 Provinces of Durakia, elected every two years. Union Representatives elect the leader of the department, so long as they are approved by the Direklieter, and the Council as a whole elect a Head of the Union Council and Deputy of the Council to oversee the legislature and decide which laws shall be voted on. These two positions are currently held by DWP Leader Tarov Hyla and SDP member Emil Petrov, with both accountable to their parties and the Council as a whole, as Leadership could only be held with a majority of the Union Council's support, leading to many coalition governments.

It is most often that Union Councils were led by the same party that held the executive, with maybe a coalition partner as deputy, but this is not always the case. With the differing term limits of Direklieter and Union Council, a Ruling Party can lose favour and seats in the Union Council during their five year term, leading to governments where the legislative and executive branches are led by different parties. The current government is a lighter example of such, with an SDP Direklieter and a DWP-SDP Coalition led Council.,