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Blakeway

For SmartbyLaw :)

Can you feel the canals fever in the air! Marvelous smell! ;) Each year at Easter, the canals are colored in a different color at every hour. Actually, the water isn't colored, it's spotlights on the bottom of the canals. The canals that are colored are the recreational canals located in the center of the city. The Klow Channel, the biggest canal that goes from Khanka Lake to the Klow River, isn't colored during Easter.

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Blakeway

Following to the right (South :P ) of the last update, we can see a small update of Klow!! Major thing: Train Station! Modern and Old and the same time, who could expect this from Klow??? Me! Of course... :D With the Convention Centre of Klow to the bottom right of the pic and with the Twin Corn Towers, made by the same architect as the one in Chicago we can see another view of Klow. The ASP Tower (left of the pic) is the best point (at the top of it) to see the whole Klow region. At night, it is illuminated and at the Syldavian National Day, fireworks are threw from the top! Hope you like this small update!

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Blakeway

Here's another mosaic of Klow!

On this pic, you can see the Blue Hart Lane stadium, home of the Klow Monarchs!

Following the canals you jump into one of the oldest district still up of Klow. Typical Klow Houses were built in the 1800's and some were even before in the 1700's. Klow sure was a great capital for the monarchy (Syldavia had monarchy in the 1700's) with its Kremlin (see 2 updates before) and its prestige! Hope you like it!

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Blakeway

The Kremlin of Klow is the place of the government of the Province of Klow. It is built on an antique medieval fort and town. The Black River Bridge is the oldest bridge in Syldavia still up. It was built in 1323. The Kremlin of Klow was built in the times when Klow was the capital of the Syldavian Kingdom.

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Blakeway

Hi! Long time no see folks. I had many problems with my computers and school stuffs.

Well I'm back with this entry :)

Enjoy this teaser of Klow. You can see small houses, typical of the region of Klow. Like you won't find those type of buildings in any other areas of Syldavia. The Marina is the biggest of the Country. From Klow, you can have cruise trips on the Amur River going to Japan or Russia and small Cruise trips on the Klow River going down to Vladivostok, the capital of Syldavia.

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And at the same time. I can show a side project of mine :P

I won't add a description so it'll be a mistery ;) Yeah... I am like that.

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Blakeway

Plaza Hotel Blaketown, a 5 stars hotel established in 1882, so it is one of the oldest hotel in Uroboria.

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Surrounding the Obelisk of Uroboria, there are 4 identical Japanese Gardens. You can visit them for free, but it isn't very known by tourists.

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National Theatre of Uroboria: You can see pieces such as Les Miserables; musical comedy such as Grease, Cats and Sweeny Tood. It is also the place to hear classical music from the UNO, Uroboria National Orchestra.

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Chinatown, stuck in the old town, a changing look and a remind of the multicultural origins of Uroboria.

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National Library of Uroboria. In this famous and big library, you can find over 10,000 books of different types in different languages, but especially in English, Japanese and Russian, but also in French, German, Chinese and Spanish.

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Above the expensive shops, there are expensive lofts. :P

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The Parliament of Uroboria, home of the Chamber of Assembly, the place where decisions are taken for the Province. It's the government.

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Blakeway

This is old town Blaketown, home of the parliament of the Province of Uroboria and major civic buildings. We can see the museum of Uroboria and the Blaketown Court House. Old buildings have been restored in the past years for sanitary issues but also because the demand of residential places has increased a lot lately.

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Here we can see another part of Blaketown Central Business District. It is more residential but we can still see the Syldavia Airways Arena (top right) and the Sea of Japan Complex, known for its Mariott Hotel as well as for its LG Headquarter.

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Marble Arch: it is also a metro/subway station that you can see on my past update. It is a vestige of the Free Masons who build the colony of Uroboria in the 18th century.

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On this picture, we can see the vestiges of different architectures and times going with British, Modern and Uroborian styles.

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This is the House of Visitors, a sort of special hotel reserved for the representatives of allied countries in visit. We can also see by its side the first Church of Uroboria, now in ruins because of World War II.

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Free Masons and modern architects are the authors of this fantastic place. We can see how modern and old is in peace (Ying and Yang) in these beautiful buildings because of the great work of the architects of our time and past times.

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Blakeway

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The Province of Uroboria can be considered as a city-state. It shares an island with South Uroboria, a dependency of Shushtrepistaz, an ally of Syldavia and a comrade in AIN.

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Blaketown is the capital of the province and the biggest city of Uroboria with 98% of the total population of the province in its walls.

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Blaketown CBD

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Next update: Update 14 --> Province of Uroboria part 2 of 3

Blakeway

Well starting fresh means maybe also starting with a new flag:

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And re-doing the capital (Vladivostok)! Enjoy!

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This is the old bridge, I changed it lately.

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Mosaics:

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Sorry for the poor quality, I saved it as JPEG by accident :(

BTW, to end this update, lets take a look to University of Vladivostok!

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Blakeway

National Flag

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National Coat of Arms

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Location

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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!

Capital: Vladivostok

Government: Socialist Republic

Head(s) of State:

Offical Language(s): Russian

Population: 9 millions

Area: TBA

Climate: Temperate

GDP ($ - Per Capita): 23,242 $

HDI: 0.89

Drives on the: right

Internet TLD: .syl

Telephone Code: 5+regional code+phone number

History:

Qing Dynasty

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.

Korean immigration

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.

Russo-Japanese War

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

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.

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