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The Constitutional Monarchy of Baikala, officially known as the The Baikalan Confederation of Kozak Hosts, is a country primarily located in the Kuath region of Northern Amnis, consisting of 19 states and 80 million people. The capital city is called Tulska, which has a population of 6.7 million and located in the Zapatniskaya province. Following a coup against the communist government in 2021, Vladimir Sluzhin is the incumbent president.
Baikala is derived from the Baikalan word "Baykaly", which means "Land where the plains are endless."
The language of Baikalan is a part of the Ancient Kozak family, alongside Tansitoian. They use the Kozak alphabet as opposed to the Artevenian one. However, notable exceptions is that there is a Thorne letter (Zh) and also no equivalent for J; instead they use Ys in their place.
The Official Religion of Baikala is Zvedzdite Orthodoxy. It was founded in 1465 by Charon the Preacher following his betrayal and overthrow of Gaavril the Mad. Gaavril was a Confessor of Zvezdite faith. Through firebrand preaching, he had amassed a horde of loyal followers and one by one overthrown the Kozak hosts of Baikala. When only two northern hosts remained, the King of Tansitoia pre-emptively declared war against Gaavril. While the organized and well drilled soldiers of Tansitoia could defeat Gaavril's zealots 1-on-1, they made up for it numbers and fanaticism. During the Battle of Erozha Plain, numbers had seen it through, and Tansitoian forces were on the run. It was at this point that Charon the Preacher stood before his men, and gave a rousing speech as to how Gaavril was a tyrant who dishonoured the Zvedza's wishes. This caused the men to turn on their one revered leader. From this war both the faith of Zvedvite Orthodoxy and the Kozak Empire were formed, the latter very heavily sponsoring Charon's works to wipe away any trace of Gaavril's faith.
Zvedzite Orthodoxy is incredibly similar to that of Pontifical faith except for Zvezda, a massive crystal which was supposedly sent by God to directly communicate with the faithful and carry out his will. When God's son was executed (and rose again), Zvezdites believe he also left behind the Zvezda in the Baikalan mountains. The Church overall is led by the Patriarch in Tulska, who is currently Koldan Shipirov. The numerous different churches and bishophirics all owe a large amount of authority to the Patriarch. The church is also incredibly rich and has been granted a position in the new Baikalan government, further allowing them to exert their already considerable influence.
Parties and Elections
United Baikala Party
Supporters in last election: 53%
Party Leader: Valery Legatov
Policies: Strong central government, more power to the church
Other Parties -
Supporters in last election: 47%
Party Leader: Sergei Buranov
Policies: Socialist, better representation to the poor, more decentralization, less church influence
The new Baikalan constitution, written in 2021 following the coup, is supposed to invoke a revitalized national fervor by laying claim to all Kozak lands, but also help move power away from the heavy centralization of the party. Furthermore, it reinforces the new theocratic structure in the Biggonian government:
We The People, under the amnesty of The Zvezda, do find, when in the course of human and historic events, it may become necessary for drastic changes in a society to commence. Forthwith, this document has been created to protect the individual rights and freedoms to all citizens in Baikala, guarantee the authority of the church, to establish common security, maintain law and order, ensure the voice of the people is heard, and preserve our liberty to future generations. Under the guidelines, and principles outlined above, we do ordain this assembly to have been established of unity in the historical Kozak lands, on the basis of the unwavering will of a Baikalan nation.
The Peoples of Baikala."
The Baikalan Military is one of the few institutions since the coup which is still respected by the public, as they were personally involved in bringing the tyrannical government to a close. They occupy a massive amount of Baikalan public spending, mostly due to still being surrounded by hostile and suspicious nations. Their current Minister of Defense is Leon Kovalev, who was appointed when Vladimir Sluzhin came to power.
The newly formed Baikalan Federal Land Forces have a lot of similarities to their predecessor, the People's Army of Baikala. This extends through to the equipment, organization and even some military command chiefs, since it was largely a military coup. The new army continues the process of conscription, however now new recruits are heavily screened for possible communist sympathies.
The army numbers around 676,000 combat personnel, with the main causes for this large army being the need to keep the people in check, as well as deterring hostile anti-communist powers like Tansitoia and Mitte harchilania. Due to hawkish army commanders now holding massive sway in the new Confederation, this is unlikely to change for the foreseeable future.
According to the Baikalan government, the nation has never lost a war. Some international historians dispute this. The Baikalan Army is commanded by Generalissimo Grigori Kazmatov.
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