National Coat of Arms
Nation Name (Longest Official Form): Socialist Republic of Syldavia
Nation Name (Native Form): Syldavia
National Anthem: Where the winter start: the Ocean of the East!
National Motto: Where the winter start: the Ocean of the East!
Government: Socialist Republic
Head(s) of State:
Offical Language(s): Russian
Population: 9 millions
GDP ($ - Per Capita): 23,242 $
Drives on the: right
Internet TLD: .syl
Telephone Code: 5+regional code+phone number
Soon after the establishment of the Qing Dynasty, the territory of today's Syldavia was made part of the Government-general of Jilin, and along with the lower Amur area was controlled from Ninguta (a garrison town south of today's Mudanjiang).
Syldavia in the Russian Imperial expansion
Russian Empire in Eastern Asia during the 19th century
In 1860, after several centuries under Qing control, Syldavia was ceded to Russian control. The area was traditionally part of the Jilin province.
Beginning in 1863, Koreans emigrated from the Korean Peninsula to the Russian Far East, some of them in order to wage guerilla warfare against Japanese colonial forces in Korea and others who considered Siberia a land where they could lead better lives. The numbers of Koreans in the province dramatically increased and by 1869 Koreans made up about 20% of the province's population. By 1897, Koreans had outnumbered Russians in the Russian Far East and by 1902, over 310,000 Koreans lived in the region alone. Korean communities and towns began to become established throughout the province.
In the early 1900s, both Russia and Korea came into conflict with Japan. Following the end of the Russo-Japanese War in 1907, Russia enacted an anti-Korean law at the order of the Japanese government, under which the land of Korean farmers was confiscated and Korean labourers were laid off. Russia continued to serve as the centre for the Korean independence movement against Japan. Koreans continued to escape to the Russian Far East and Northern China.
Soon Siberia was home to Koreans that had organized into armies to oppose Japanese forces in Korea. In 1919, the March First Movement for Korean independence was supported by Korean leaders who gathered in Vladivostok's Sinhanchon (literally, "New Korean Village") neighbourhood. This neighbourhood became a centre for nationalist activities, including arms supply and trading. The Japanese attacked the settlement on April 4, 1920, leaving hundreds of nationalists and civilians dead.
Between 1937 and 1939, the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin deported over 200,000 Koreans to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, fearing that the Koreans might act as spies for Japan. About 100,000 Koreans died on the way in cattle trains due to starvation, illness, or freezing conditions. Many community leaders were purged and executed, Koryo-saram were not allowed to travel outside of Central Asia for the next 15 years. Koreans were also not allowed to use the Korean language and its use began to become lost with the involvement of Koryo-mar and the use Russian.
Today 125,000 Koreans continue to live in Russia, about a quarter of them in the Russian Far East and in Syldavia. Russia has the second largest Koryo-saram population behind Uzbekistan. Most of Koryo-saram in the Country [syldavia] today have few command of Korean and generally speak either Koryo-mar or Russian. Buddhist temples and churches serve as community centres for the population.
Russia was in constant pursuit of a warm water port on the Pacific Ocean in the early 1900s for the navy as well as for maritime trade. The recently established Pacific seaport of Vladivostok was operational only during the summer season, but Port Arthur would be operational all year. From the end of the First Sino-Japanese War, and 1903 negotiations between the tsar's government and Japan had proved futile. Japan chose war to protect its exclusive dominance in Korea. Russia, meanwhile, saw war as a means of distracting the populace from government repression and rallying patriotism in the aftermath of several general strikes. Japan issued a declaration of war on 8 February 1904. However, three hours before Japan's declaration of war was received by the Russian Government, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the Russian Far East Fleet at Port Arthur. Eight day later Russia declared war on Japan.
The war ended in September 1905 with a Japanese victory following the fall of Port Arthur and a failed invasion of Japan through the Korean Peninsula and Northeast China and a threat of Japan invading Syldavia via Korea. The Treaty of Portsmouth was later signed and both Japan and Russia agreed to evacuate Manchuria and return its sovereignty to China, but Japan was leased the Liaodong Peninsula (containing Port Arthur and Talien), and the Russian rail system in southern Manchuria with access to strategic resources. Japan also received the southern half of the Island of Sakhalin from Russia. Russia was also forced to confiscate land from Korean settlers who formed the majority of Primorsky Krai's population due to a fear of a invasion of Korea and ousting of Japanese troops by Korean guerrillas.
Establishment of Soviet control in Syldavia
Border clashes with the Japanese
The Soviet–Japanese Border Wars were a series of border conflicts between the Soviet Union and Japan between 1938 and 1945.
After the occupation of Manchukuo and Korea, Japan turned its military interests to Soviet territories. Conflicts between the Japanese and the Soviets frequently happened on the border of Manchuria. The first confrontation occurred in Syldavia, the Battle of Lake Khasan was an attempted military incursion of Manchukuo (Japanese) into the territory claimed by the Soviet Union. This incursion was founded in the beliefs of the Japanese side that the Soviet Union misinterpreted the demarcation of the boundary based on the Treaty of Peking between Imperial Russia and Manchu China. Syldavia was always threatened by a Japanese invasion despite most of the remaining clashes occurred in Manchuko. The clashes ended shortly before World War II's when a weakened Japan found its territories of Manchukuo, Mengjiang, Korea, and southern Sakhalin invaded by Soviet and Mongolian troops.
After the Soviet invasion, Manchuko and Mengjiang were returned to China and Korea became liberated. All but the 4 southernmost Kuril Islands and southern Sakhalin were returned to the Soviet Union following the end of World War II. The Soviet Union soon established a sphere of influence and eventually took over the northern half of the Korean Peninsula in 1948 and established the communist state of North Korea, which sparked the Korean War.
Role during the World War II
Syldavia was a strategic location in World War II for both the Soviet Union and Japan and clashes over the territory were common as Soviets and allies considered it a key location to invade Japan through Korea and Japan viewed it as a key location to begin a mass invasion of Eastern Russia. Between 1941 and 1945, Japanese and Soviet troops often clashed over the territory sometimes deep within Syldavia or within Manchukuo. Syldavia also served as the Soviet Union's Pacific headquarters in the war to plan an invasion for allied troops of Korea in order to reach Japan.
Independence of Syldavia
In 1945, Syldavia proclaim its independence from the soviet federation. In 1947, Stalin, seeing this as an outrage to the new Cominform, Stalin invade Syldavia with the Red Army. Syldavia hadn’t a big military at the time, so USSR takes over control of Syldavia by force. Syldavia remain in the USSR until the fall of the Berlin Wall, in 1989, where it became independent again. Today, we can see on the actual parliament of the Republic, a socialist red star with a hammer and a sickle with the year 1945, representing the independence of Syldavia.
Today, Syldavia is a socialist country of about 9 millions of inhabitants. It has good relations with its neighbours and is trying to be in the AIN.