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A small Eastern European nation bordering Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. The nation has struggled for years with war, corruption and a communist regime which was ruled with a iron rule....

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Located in southwestern Valvania, Johannesgrad is the country's second largest city. For some time Johannesgrad served as the nation's capital after the Ottoman invasion and due to the fact that no war or conflict has ever reached Johannesgrad the city has numerous examples of centuries old architecture and is reknowned for its canal system. During the communist-era Johannesgrad served as the unofficial secondary capital city of Valvania and although the majority of the government offices were located in Valenna, places such as the People's Palace (the headquarters for the defense and other smaller ministries) and the National Court were located in Johannesgrad. Today, the city is the most popular tourist city in the country and thousands flock annually to see Johannesgrad's beautiful architecture and more laid back lifestyle.

People's Palace. The building's huge size can be seen when compared to the Central Station in front of it.Today, the building houses additional government administration offices and is still the headquarters for the Ministry of Defese. However, the left wing of the building has been converted into a museum.



This communist era office building once served as the headquarters for the former Vladya Automotive company. However, when the company went bankrupt the building was converted into a hotel.


These houses are just an example of the beautiful architecture that can be seen throughout the city.


These two buildings known were originally both used for the National Court of Valvania however, when the communist-era ended the majority of the government offices and national organizations were moved to Valenna. Today, the building on the right is the Johannesgrad Art Gallery and the one on the left now serves as a convention centre.


Even Johannesgrad wasn't able to escape the pop up of pre-fab apartment blocks during the communist era. One can see the contrast with the centuries old houses and buildings around them.


Freedom Park


The Academy of Sciences.


The Church of St.Nikolas


The Indepence Monument


Johannesgrad Concert Hall is one of the greenest and most environmentally friendly buildings in Eastern Europe


Making up the northern half of Valvania is the autonomous region of Czechvia. Despite recieving autonomous status Czechvia is continuing to fight for complete independence. For nearly thirty years the region and Valvania have been at war and in the process thousand of soldiers and civilians have been killed. However, as the conflict is only taking place along the Czechvian and Valvanian borders and within Czechvia itself the rest of Valvania remains mostly at peace with the exception of the odd bombing in a Valvanian city. The reason why Czechvia is going to such lengths to recieve indepence is supposedly because of its "distinct" and "unique" culture which is a mix of Slavic,Balkan and even Arabic heritage.The conflict itself began on Febuary 6 1983 after a number of bombings in Valenna, Valvania believed this to be the responsability of the Czechvian army and declared war on the region. Following this a bombing occurred in Bordska and the Czechvian government believed this to have been the responsability of the Valvanians. Although, neither Czechvia or Valvania claimed responsability for the attacks the war continued and it wasn't until 2000 that the group who were resposible for both attacks were the Czechvian Rebels terrorist group who claimed to have performed the attacks to begin a war between the two areas. Following, this the Czechvian and Valvanian army's both allied(bitterly) and turned the war against the Czechvian Rebels. Although, the Czechvian government claims that they are not affiliated with the group many believe they are. For now the war continues and the region remains violent and corrupt. However, many citizens on both sides are hoping for a peaceful end to the long conflict.

The Autonomous Region of Czechvia

Capital City: Novistajia (formerly Bordska)

Other Towns: Fedrinova, Chescov

Official Languages: Czechvian (uses cyrillic script)

Population: 65,263

Highest Point-Mount Petrovic

Religion: Islam,Orthodox






Throughout the entire course of the war the majority of the conflict has been centred in the former capital of Bordska which is situated on the Czechvian-Valvanian border. Today the city lies in ruins and the vast majority of citizens have fled either to Valvania or the new capital of Novistajia.


The city from above.


Fires spread through an industrial district following an airstrike.


Mirosovic Tower(The headquarters of the Czechvian government) on fire following a missile strike. Surprisingly the building survived but all that remains is its burnt out shell.


Central Station prior to it being destroyed by a bombing. The bombing occurred during an attempt by the Valvanians to capture the station from Czechvian hands. However, the ones responsible for it is neither the Czechvians or Valvanians but a rogue terrorist group known as the Czechvian Rebels.


The station after the bomb was set off.


The station after it collapsed.


The once beautiful Vladimir Hotel burns to the ground following the explosion of a shell.


A concrete wall now divides the city into the Valvanian sector(Top) and the Czechvian sector(Bottom)


The former City Hall stands relatively unharmed thanks to the high apartment blocks that surround it.


These once crowded apartment buildings once housed thousands of people but now they serve only as sniper nests.


This army base, which was constructed by the Czechvians at the start of the war has now been captured by the Valvanians and now lies in the Valvanian Sector.


These once beautiful rowhomes now lie abandoned and in ruins.


Miri Kadrinov Square.


Missile silos recently constructed by the Czechvian Army in a destroyed neighbourhood.


Wreckage of a crashed plane on the outskirts of the city.


The Al-Shariz Mosque is a sign of the large islamic Czechvian population.


Located about 30 kms from Bordska is the town of Stravipol. Although it is small, the town is known for being the site of Vladimir Kjiric Airport and also a hub for humanitarian and media activities. Stravipol is also one of the few places in Czechvia that hasn't been badly damaged due to the conflict and because of this many think of the town as a safe haven.


The town of Stravipol and Vladimir Kjiric Airport. Due to the conflict the majority of passenger flights and airlines have left the airport however Air Czechvia runs flights to Valenna,Johannesgrad and two seasonal flights to Bucharest,Romania and Belgrade,Serbia. The rest of the operations at the airport are military and humanitarian.


An Air Czechvia plane.


The region's new capital. Originally a tiny town known as, Mishva it was renamed Novistajia(new city) and a massive relocation project was undertaken to relocate evacuated citizens from Bordska. In this period prefab apartment blocks went up, skyscrapers were constructed to house the Czechvian government and various companies. In addition to this a mosque was built in the centre of the city, heavy security was placed around the city to prevent attacks from the Valvanian army and also from the Czechvian Rebels(who during the course of the war were responsible for numerous bombings and attacks on both Valvanian and even Czechvian soil) and the historic Mirigrad Monastery was converted into an army base complete with missile silos,tanks and barracks for soldiers. Due to the fact that Novistajia is away from the border and away from the centre of conflict the city has remained fairly safe from any invasions or attacks with the exception of the occasional bombing and gunfight which are usually the responsability of the Czechvian Rebels and not the Valvanians.


City of Novistajia


The Polumesec Mosque


The University of Czechvia (The main university building is the oldest in the city and was built in 1763.


The Government Tower houses the administrative offices of the Czechvian region.


Hotel Nadiemo is famous as the building that housed the thousands of evacuees from Bordska before being assigned a house or apartment.


A munitions plant in the industrial district.


The Mirigrad Monastery is now a makeshift army base.


An area of Novistajia is destroyed by a fire following the explosion of a munition factory.



Capital City: Valenna

Official Languages: Valvanian

Population: 2,023,005

Major Cities and Towns: Petrovosk,Johannesgrad,Nizhny Vorostok, Sertovyet,Smyrvosk,Proznya,Jaroslava.

Autonomous Regions: Czechvia

Highest Point-Mount Jaroslavic

Religion: Valvanian Orthodox

Independence Day: June 15 1990

Major Exports: Oil,Minerals,Cars,Machinery,Consumer Goods,Foodstuffs.

Major Imports: Textiles,Fruit,Transportation,Electronics.

National Anthem: Marca Vpradmi Valienska! (March Onward Valvania!)

Currency: Valvanian Dinara

Flag of Valvania


Coat of Arms


NOTE: Although Valvania is now a democratic nation the communist-era symbols are still being used.




The time which Valvania was founded remains unsure but most historians believe it to have been around 1600. Following its founding Valvania suffered quickly from both Ottoman and Austrian invasions. However, the newly created nation remained independent and managed to keep a hold on its land. In 1723 the infamous King Ferdinand II came into power and drove the country into great wealth by establishing the country as a trading post between the Ottoman Empire and the rest of Europe. Ferdinand II also took on massive projects such as the construction of numerous towns and cities including the capital of Valenna, canal systems, and a road network which at the time was considered to be one of the most advanced. After his death the throne was taken by Ferdinand's eldest son Prince Josef. The newly crowned king is also infamous, for the near collapse of the Principality of Valvania. By 1800 King Josef had sold off a large piece of Valvania (Now Czechvia)  to the Ottoman territory in exchange for a large sum of money and the country was now at risk of being entirely captured by the Ottomans. Then in 1812 the expected Ottoman invasion occured and the Valvanians fought fiercely against them while King Josef fled to Constantinople(where he was later captured by Valvanian soldiers and sentenced to execution for treason). After a bloody war the Valvanians surprisingly had won and the entire kingdom was returned to them. The country remained at peace for most of the 1800s and the nation began to rebuild itself and thrive. During this period a railroad was constructed, the capital was moved to Johannesgrad(since Valenna was destroyed during the Ottoman invasion) and for the first time, a woman took the throne,Queen Anastasia. The years of peace and economic stability began to crumble at the beginning of the 1900s when Valvania joined Romania,Greece, Serbia,Montenegro and Turkey against Bulgaria in the Second Balkan War. When the World War 1 broke out Valvania declared neutrality even when its neighbors went to war. While Europe rebuilt itself from the war Valvania continued to prosper. When World War 2 broke out Valvania again declared neutrality and even served as a sanctuary for Jews and other groups fleeing prosecution in Nazi Germany. However, when the Germans learned of this they planned an attack on Valvania. At this time, although being neutral Valvania allied itself with the Soviet Union for protection. This proved to be a wise decision as after two years of fighting the Germans retreated. However, it was at this time that the Soviet Union used its position to influence Valvania into becoming a communist nation and after a large referendum a new communist based government was put into place and Valvania now became the Democratic Republic of Valvania (Republiski Dyemokratsk Valvienska). At this time new state companies were formed, farms were collectictivized and the industry sector was re-organized. The ruling of the Valvanian Communist Party seemed to change Valvania into a new and more powerful nation and with the creation of Yugoslavia and communist Romania the nation was in a secure location. However, on January 16 1963 Frederik Kostorovic took total control of Valvania and became the nation's dictator. During his rule the capital was moved to Valenna and Kosotrovic began his Ten Year Reform. This period was probably the worst for the country and was marked by events such as the Great Famine in 1968, the start of the Valvanian-Czechvian conflict and the increase in tensions with Eastern Bloc allies. Then in 1978 Kosotrovic was overthrown and imprisoned and the new leader,Miri Ferdinov took his place. Ferdinov was soon praised for his re-structuring of the country and the lessening of restrictions imposed upon the Valvanian citizens. Despite his praise a group of Czechvian opposers of Ferdinov(who would later form the Czechvian Rebels terrorist group) launched an attack on Valenna and in the process killed President Ferdinov. It wasn't until 1990 that the country regained proper control thanks to a referendum held by the new acting president, Mikhael Roschev. The referendum was to establish whether Valvania should remain communist or become a democracy. The results were obvious and on June 15 1990 the Republic of Valvania was established. Following this, the newly elected parliament began the long process of repairing the effects of communism on the country and slowly companies and farms were privatized, western companies moved in and new treaty's were signed with western nations. Today, the country is continuing to move forward although it is still a long way from repairing itself completely and the Czechvian-Valvanian War continues to be a problem for the country's growth.


The Valvanian transport system is considered to be one of the best in Eastern Europe. The national transportation agency,  Dopravny Autskostav Valvienski (Valvania Transport Authority) serves as the umbrella company for the Predniva Zeleznik Valvienski(Valvanian Railways Company) and the national airline, Valvanian Airlines.


The Republic of Valvania has three international airports. Valenna-Pradiema International Airport is by far the largest in both passengers and flights. The airport serves as the main gateway to the country and serves over 82 destinations. The next largest airport is Johannesgrad International Airport which is the country's southern airport and with the exception of a few international flights most of them are domestic. The third airport is Vladimir Kjiric Airport located just outside of Bordska in the Czechvian Region. Due to the war most airlines have ceased their operations to Vladimir Kjiric with the exception of the local airline Air Czechvia. The national airline is Valvanian Airlines and its hub is in Valenna. The airline flies to many major cities in mainly Europe but also runs seasonal routes to New York,Cairo,Tbilisi and Astana..


Valenna-Pradiema International Airport.


Valvanian Airlines


The Valvanian rail network is one of the countries most popular forms of transportation. Thanks to the upgraded system one can reach any town or city in the country on one of the system's new trains. There are two main rail hubs in Valvania, the main one is in Valenna and the other is in Johannesgrad.

The logo of the Valvanian Railway Company (Predniva Zeleznik Valvienski)



Following the fall of communism a massive highway project was undertaken in order to upgrade the deteriorating and outdated highways throughout the country. Today the highways are organized into three classifications, the A highways(Autyostraska) are the national highways and consist of the A3(North-South),A6(East-West) and the A12(Northwest-Southeast). The next classification are the R highways(Regionalya). These are smaller and slower speed highways and primarily only run for a distance up to 100 kms. They are divided into the R2(Southern region),R4(Eastern region),R6(Western region),R8(Northern region or Czechvia). The last class are the very congested and slow M Highways(Meznyam). These are the local highways that run within the cities. Some of the major local highways include the Mv(Valenna),Mj(Johannesgrad),Mp(Petroprovosk) and Mnc(Novistajia,Czechvian region).

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