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Ostrozava

Prime Republic of Ostrozava

Primární Republika Ostrozavská
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National Emblem
Motto: "Dělníci se spojují, aby se dařilo!"
"Workers, come together to thrive!"
Anthem: "Probuď své bolavé srdce, Ostrozavane!"
"Awaken your aching heart, Ostrozavan!"
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Ostrozava's Location in Belisaria
Ostrozava's Location in Belisaria
Political Map of Ostrozava
Political Map of Ostrozava
Capital
and largest city
Karsko
Official languagesOstro-Ludzic
Recognised regional languagesGariman, Livalian
Ethnic groups
(2009)
Ostrozavan (57.9%)
Livalian (15.5%)
Rheigener (13.2%)
Tungrian (4.8%)
Ludz (4.1%)
Polnitsan (3%)
Other (1.5%)
Religion
Demonym(s)Ostrozavan
GovernmentFederal socialist two-party premier-presidential constitutional republic
• Primar
Benedict Král
• Facilitatorá
Nela Repkov
• Supreme Justice
Alan Michálek
LegislaturePeople's Congress
Area
• Total
256,160 km2 (98,900 sq mi)
Population
• Estimate
77,204,940
• Census
2009
GDP (nominal)2018 estimate
• Total
1,076,896,988,300
• Per capita
28,945.98
Gini (2018)36.9
medium
HDI (2018)0.729
high
CurrencyHaler (Ͱ) (OZH)
Time zoneBelisarian Central Time (+1)
Date formatDD/MM/YYYY
Driving sideright
Calling code+14
Internet TLD.oz

Ostrozava, officially the Prime Republic of Ostrozava (Ostrozavan: Primární Republika Ostrozavská), is a country in central Belisaria. It is bordered to its west by Cynereth, to which it is totally isolated, to its north by Suvarova, and to the south by Garima through the former nation of Polnitsa and the historically important region of Tungria. It also shares maritime borders with Suvarova and Drevstran. The Prime Republic has a landlocked and hilly landscape that covers an area of 256,160 square kilometers (98,904 sq mi). Consisting of the majority of the region of Transkarminia, Ostrozava hosts a temperate and hilly climate dotted by the Ardullian and Tyvarian mountain ranges arising on its borders with Garima and Cynereth respectively. A large part of the nation borders Lake Kupalnitsa, giving it several hundred kilometers of beaches. It is a federal presidential republic that has operated in a spiritual-scientific consensus known as the Third Compact since 1955. with 77.2 million inhabitants. Its capital and largest city is Karsko, with 2.1 million residents; other major cities are Valegoria, Levigorsk, Táborov, and Libebor.

Ostrozava is a developed country with an advanced, high income social market economy. Ostrozava is often considered to operate in the political paragdim between a socialist state and a traditional presidential democracy. It is a federal republic and a representative democracy anchored in worker's rights and left-wing ideology, although it does not consider itself a socialist state officially; one of the two major politically active parties in Ostrozava is the Socialist Party. Economically, Ostrozava is a welfare state with a Socialist model, universal health care, and tuition-free university education. It ranks as the ninth safest and most peaceful country, though it performs lukewarmly in democratic governance due to alleged existence of a powerful deep state.

The territory of modern Ostrozava was inhabited by the Proto-Gothic people from the 2nd millennium BCE onwards, an distribution which culminated in Tervingia. Following several migrations of Eastern Latinic and Slavic peoples, several new states formed after Tervingia's collapse, including the Kingdom of Livalia and the Duchy of Karsko. From the 9th century onward, it was further occupied by migratory Slavic and Germanic peoples, the latter putting the region in the periphery of the nascent Holy Aulian Empire. The Grand Duchy of Ostrozava formed in 1142, and the Alban-majority state engaged in several expansionist wars, adding Polnitsa to its territory. After the arrival of Fabrianism and Doceticism, the region became marred by intermittent religious wars for several centuries, with periods of peace often coming through control of the Lake Kupalnitsa trade area or alliance with the Lushyodorstag. The Ostrozavan Declention led to the seccession of substantial parts of the regions of Livalia and Rheigen, and the entirety of Polnitsa. United by marriage and Alban faith, the state of Livalia-Rheigen served as a fulcrum against the reigning Fabrian Váskory and later Belododia dynasties. The Protestant reformation greatly influenced the ideas of many throughout Transkarminia, including those of traditional nontrinitarian persuasion; by 1721, a coalescing of several Protestant nobles and cultural forces led to the establishment of the now-infamous Vykopal dynasty. Influenced by all major denominations of Belisarian Christianity in the region, Karminian Christianity anchored the Vykopal dynasty's power.

Following some decades of growing movements, the 1st Worker's Convention overthrew the Grand Duchy in the 1909 Crimson Revolution and established the current Prime Republic of Ostrozava. As a fragile newcomer to the Belisarian political stage, in 1921 Ostrozava attempted to strengthen its political system in order to appease more traditionally Wernerist elements arising in the nation, which established the two-party paradigm known as the Second Compact. Known for a careful and often clandestine foreign policy stance, the Prime Republic went through several more reforms through its history, including the formation of the Third Compact, the abolishment and subsequent re-legalization of religious education, and the declaration of neutrality in 1990. Since 1990, the state has been governed by the Progressive Party, though the Socialist Party also holds considerable power. In 2020, Ostrozava formally rescinded its "hard" stance on neutrality, and resumed operating under rules enshrined in the original Social Contract. Ostrozava is a member of the Kiso Pact and Forum of Nations, and is the headquarters of the ITU through the latter.

Culturally, Ostrozava is considered part of both central and eastern Belisaria. Though primarily a country of Ostrozavans, the nation has sizeable minorities of Livalians, Garimans, Tervingian Goths, and Ludz, as well as many immigrants from an international diaspora centered on Ottonia, Tsurushima and Jhengtsang. The official language of the country is Common Ostrozavan, a standardized variety of the Karsko dialect of Ostro-Ludzic, with influence from Gariman and Valenian contributing to the Ostro-Ludzic dialect continum. The most distinct variety of Ostro-Ludzic within Ostrozava is Simerian, which is spoken on the coastline of Livalia and holds closer similarities to Polnitsan. Gariman is a recognized regional language in the S.W.R. Kolava, and Livalian is a recognized regional language in S.R. Livalia.

History

Early history

Humans have inhabited the Transkarminian basin for millenia. Ostrozava's prehistory is predominantly marked by a variety of small Germanic polities in the basin, which eventually coalesced around the Western Gothic City-Kingdom of Saragetra (modern Valegoria), which in turn became the nexus of the collosal Tervingian High Kingdom and the site of its proclamation in approximately 323 BCE. The Tervingians often warred with the Gaets, as well as the Kingdom of Hétumoger under Janos I, and the outermost reaches of the Latin Empire, which at one point reached modern Livalia.

Starting in 428 CE, the second migration of eastern peoples arrived in an increasingly-bloated Tervingian system; this time, the Slavs had arrived, and began to alternatively integrate into, trade with, or raid the rapidly-fracturing empire. With the arrival of new peoples from all directions also came the arrival of several new religions, chief among them the nontrinitarian Christian Alban Emendatic Church, which often combined with, and superceded, local pagan religions through a liberal use of syncreticism. The Transkarminian basin was one such point of convergence for both Albanism and Slavic migratory tribes, along with the eastern coast of Lake Kupalnitsa, in modern day Drevstran. The Kingdom of Karsko, formed around the self-named new settlement of Slavs north of the repeatedly-pillaged Saragetra, soon established itself as the predominant force in the basin, as both a military power using innovative tactics of the Slavic peoples, as well as a prolestryzing Alban religious power, which often gave smaller polities ultimatums between inclusion under conversion, or eradication. Several new dialects emerged in the region, primarily the Proto-Ostroludzian dialect of the Kingdom of Karsko and the Proto-Livalian language, formed from a combination of Latin, Slavic, and Germanic influences.

Politically,Livalia, then a nascent kingdom coming out of the collapse of Tervingia, also converted to Albanism, and established itself as a dominant trading power in the south of the lake, trading with the newly-arrived Lushyodorstag as well as Morinia. By 600 CE, the Transkarminian region had stabilized into the Kingdoms of Karsko and Livalia, as well as several smaller city-states, duchies, and other polities, among them the important cosmopolitan harbor of Levigorsk and the Saxo-Gothic Duchy of Rheigen.

Medieval Period

Eastern Renaissance

Declension and Tungrian War

Vykopal Era

Growing Unrest and Crimson Revolution

Second Compact

New Society and Progressive Era

Modern History

Geography

The Ostrozavan landscape is varied. Kolava, to the west, is host to the Tyvarian mountains, a low mountain range on the border with Cynereth; the Ardullian mountains, on the other hand, constitute the border with Garima and are considerably higher through their tectonic formation through the pressures of the Karminian and Belisarian plates. Ostrozava's highest peak is Oglav, at 3,574 m (11,725 ft). Litonín, in the central part of the country, is also quite hilly. Ostrozava has two main waterways, both flowing eastward into Lake Kupalnitsa. The first and largest river is the Karmin river, which flows through Karsko. The nation's second largest waterway, the southeastern-flowing Balrog River, merges into the Karmin in at the Great Fork, currently the focal point of the city of Valegoria.

Phytogeographically, the vast majority of Ostrozava is located inside the Central Belisarian Plain. According to the IBEST Conservational Fund, the territory of the Prime Republic can be subdivided into four ecoregions: the Central Belisarian broadleaf forests, Karminian grove forests, Tervingian mixed forests, and Ardullian montane conifer forests.

Ostrozava has one of the largest areas of undisturbed forest in Belisaria, covering almost 30% of the territory; recent lumber drives have significantly cut back this number. Some 4,200 plant species have been identified in the country, from which to date 15 have been declared natural monuments, 26 missing, 123 endangered, 340 vulnerable, and 2,150 rare.

Government and politics

The Prime Republic is a unique form of federation, officially describing itself as a "People's Federation", or "Worker's Federation" (Ostrozavan: Dělnická federace). It is a representative democracy, "in which majority rule is tempered by minority rights protected by law". The government is regulated by a system of checks and balances defined by the Ostrozavan Social Contract, which serves as the country's supreme legal document and constitution. For 2018, the P.R.O. ranked 39th on the Democracy Index and 12th on the Corruption Index. In the Ostrozavan socialist-federalist system, citizens are all unilaterally subject to three levels of government: Prime, Subprime, and Local. The local government's duties are typically split between city governments and county governments, with the former holding jurisdiction over urban areas while the latter hold jurisdiction over rural and suburban areas. In almost all cases, executive and legislative officials are elected by a plurality vote of citizens by district; representation at all levels is typically first-past-the-post in nature, though some areas have local variation or proportional representation.

Nela Repkov
OstrozavaFacilitatorEmblem.png Facilitator
Nela Repkov

The Prime government comprises three branches:

Legislative: The unicameral People's Congress, headed by the Facilitator, makes federal law, declares war, approves treaties, has the power of the purse, and has the power of impeachment, by which it can remove sitting members of the government. It also has the ability to amend and change the Social Contract. The Primar selects the Facilitator, but only the People's Congress may approve the selection. The Minister of Finance is selected by the Facilitator; if the dominant party in the People's Congress is not the Facilitator's, the Facilitator may issue a two-week delay on any bill passed by the ruling party, after which it shall be sent to the executive, unless it is of a financial matter, in which case it will pass automatically. Since 1970, this state of affairs is commonly called an Unfacilitatorship.

Executive: The Primar acts as the head of state, chief diplomat, and head of Foreign Affairs. As Ostrozava is a semi-presidential system, the Primar names but cannot dismiss the Facilitator. The Primar also holds the power of dismissing the People's Congress, calling a Worker's Convention, naming but not approving various executive officials, and exercise a one-time suspensive veto of six months. The Primar also has control over internal executive matters, administering and enforceing Prime laws and policies; all of the Primar and Facilitator's decisions are subject to Congressional override.

Ostrozavan People's Congress c.2019
  Socialist: 174 seats
  Progressive: 165 seats
  Independent: 7 seats
Ostrozavan Governmental Organization c.2019
The Prime Government's Organizational Chart.

Judicial: The Supreme Court and lower Prime courts, whose judges are appointed by the People's Congress, interpret laws and overturn those they find unconstitutional; they are considered to have the final say on all matters relating to the Social Contract. They collectively hold jurisdiction over the Ostrozavan Defense Force, though the Prime Commander is self-selected.

The Ostrozavan Cultural Palace in Karsko houses the People's Congress and Supreme Court.

The People's Congress has 350 voting members, each representing a congressional district for a two-year term. Congressional seats are apportioned among the subprime voting districts by population every twenty years. The Subprime governments are structured in a roughly similar fashion as the Prime, though the Social Contract allows them leeway in organization. The executive of each state is directly elected, with most consisting of committees instead of individual positions. Most state judges and cabinet officers are appointed by the governors of the respective states, while others are elected by popular vote; many municipal governments, especially those traditionally belonging to the Socialist Party, have organized themselves as Worker Collectives or organized unions.

Law

Ostrozava is a federation with a civil law system based on the continental type, rooted in Bauerist and Tsurushiman legal culture; Ostrozavan law is considered a distinct subset of Belisarian law. The basis of the legal system is the 1985 Legal Amendment to the Ostrozavan Social Contract. The court system includes municipal, subprime and prime courts and is divided into civil, criminal, and administrative branches. The Supreme Court consists of 15 constitutional judges and oversees violations of the Constitution by either the legislature or by the government. It also has jurisdiction over many political matters, such as the formation and closure of political parties, jurisdictional boundaries between government entities, and the eligibility of persons to stand for public office. As the Supreme Court has full jurisdiction over constitutional interpretation, and as such they are considered to have jurisdiction over the Ostrozavan military, which is itself semi-autonomous.

Federal subjects

Internally, the Ostrozavan state is divided into nine constituent republics, established in 1928, and three autonomous areas consisting of the federal capital of Karsko and the megacities of Valegoria and Levigorsk. In descending geographical order, these subprime constituencies are:

Subprime republics and autonomous provinces of Ostrozava
Name Capital Flag Coat of Arms Location
Karsko Autonomous Urban Zone Karsko
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Valegoria Autonomous Urban Zone Valegoria
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Levigorsk Autonomous Urban Zone Levigorsk
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Subprime Socialist Federation of Baderia Buděrec
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Subprime Socialist Collective of Strakosko Kostromo
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Subprime Republic of Vamo Táborov
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Subprime Republic of Litovía Libebor
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Subprime Republic of Orloşka Orlorec
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Subprime Republic of Kolava Hodonov
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Subprime Commonwealth of Siecobia Brastra
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Subprime Republic of Livalia Balta
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Subprime Worker's Republic of Rheigen Helbarstätt
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Foreign relations

Traditionally, Ostrozava has avoided formal alliances that might entail military, political, or direct economic action; the Ostrozavan Social Contract outlines a general policy of non-interventionism, though the nation has bent this rule many times in the past. Under Primara Eva Sedláková, Ostrozava formally adopted a policy of neutrality in 1989, further bolstering its non-interventionist rhetoric. Only in 1990 did Ostrozava become a full member of the Forum of Nations; it was the first state to join it by referendum. In 1995, Karsko became the headquarters of the newly-created Intercontinental Telecommunications Union, a then-controversial move, given the recency of Ostrozava's admission to the organization.

Owing to its ideologically mixed base, Ostrozava has maintained solid diplomatic relations with a variety of ideologically diverse nations since its reconstitution. A primary ally of Ostrozava since its reconstitution has been North Ottonia. Ostrozava also maintains warm relations with Vardana and Valgtea. Though tentatively indifferent towards each other, Ostrozava has enjoyed positive trade relations with Jhengtsang and Tsurushima; Ostrozava has special trade partnerships with Tsurushima and North Ottonia. Though not formally entangled in opposition to the Western Monarchies or the prospect of Belisarian monarchy, Ostrozavan foreign policy has been cool to the bloc since its creation. Ostrozava has recently expressed interest in expanding relations with the international socialist community, though it has shied away from endorsing totalitarian states such as Valgtea on a political level. Ostrozava's neutral stance and position between socialist and non-socialist spheres has led to the nation serving as a diplomatic intermediary between other nations in the past, such as during the conclusion to the 2005 Polnitsan War.

In 2020, in response to a percieved renewed boldness of the Western Monarchies against republican thought in Gran Aligonia, and increasingly stratifying ideological lines throughout Scipio-Belisaria, Ostrozava formally ended its neutrality after almost exactly thirty years of having formally committed to the policy.

Military

Ostrozavan infantry and armor on patrol during an exercise.

The Ostrozavan Defense Force consists of the Ostrozavan Army, the Ostrozavan Air Force, the Ostrozavan Coastal Force, and of specialized support units. The armed forces are managed by the Department of Home Defense. The Prime Commander is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces; he is elected by all active service members every five years. In 2004 the army transformed itself into a fully professional organization and compulsory military service was abolished. Defense spending is approximately 1.19% of the GDP. The Defense Force is charged with protecting the Prime Republic and its allies; since their reconstitution in 1982, they have generally operated with non-interventionist goals.

Economy

In 2018, Ostrozava had a nominal GDP of around $1.08 billion and a GDP per capita of $28,945. According to the Mercantile Society of Sor, Ostrozava is a high income country with an evolving mixed economy. According to the Belisarian Institute of Economics, Ostrozava's GDP per capita was at 64% of the Belisarian average in 2018, an increase from 41% in 2007, making Ostrozava one of the fastest growing economies on the continent.

The Ostrozavan Ͱ100 banknote.
The Ostrozavan Ͱ100 banknote, featuring Vladan Vítek.
The Ostrozavan Ͱ50 banknote.
The Ostrozavan Ͱ50 banknote, featuring Baudry Zÿler.

After 1980 the country experienced a decade of economic instability and decline, led in part by an obsolete industrial base and a lack of structural reform. From 1995 onward, however, the Ostrozavan economy was transformed into one of relative macroeconomic stability, characterized by high growth, low unemployment and declining inflation. According to The World Bank, the GDP per capita purchasing power parity grew from $13,442 in 1990 to an estimated $20,124 in 2010. However, Ostrozava still has one of the lowest net average monthly wages on the continent and an inflation rate of −1.1% as of 2018. Unemployment in Ostrozava was at 8.3% in August 2018, which is fairly high for Belisarian countries.

The Delia 1300 was one of the most sold Belisarian cars of the 20th century and is still produced today.

In 2018, 35.1% of Ostrozavans were employed by state-controlled companies, 55.5% were employed by private companies, and 10.4% were employed by foreign companies, particulary of Ordennyan origin. The country relies on its neighbors for various imports, primarily energy imports such as petroleum and natural gas. Important agricultural products include dairy and meat products. The largest local companies include car maker Delia Automotive, Kadlec Electrical, Nováček Telecom, and the Belisarian Worker's Bank. Exports have increased substantially in the past few years, with a 18% annual rise in exports in 2010. Ostrozava's main exports are cars, software, clothing and textiles, industrial machinery, electrical and electronic equipment, metallurgic products, raw materials, pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, and heavy machinery (especially trains and tramways). Trade is mostly centered on Belisaria, and more particularly North Ottonia and the Messidor Union, with Tsurushima and Pulau Keramat consisting of the most important intercontinental trade partners.

The currency of Ostrozava is the Ostrozavan Haler (Ͱ), which was redominated as a result of inflation in the mid-1980s. Therefore, on 1 January 1985, amid broader economic reforms, 10,000 old Ostrohaler (OZO) became one new Haler (OZͰ). Since then, the currency has been relatively stable, with an exchange rate fluctuating between 3 and 4 Haler for one Schilling.

Demographics

This view of the city of Deva in Livalia showcases Ostrozavan 20th century urban planning mixed with more recent commerical developments.

According to the 2010 census, Ostrozava's population is 77,204,940. Like other countries in the region, its population is expected to stabilize in the coming years as a result of sub-replacement fertility rates and a neutral net migration rate. In October 2010, Ostrozavans made up 57.9% of the population. The largest ethnic minorities are the Valenians, 15.5% of the population, the Rheigeners, with 13.2% of the population, and the Tungrians, with 4.8% of the population. Rheigeners and Tungrians, both closely related Germanic groups, constitute a near-majority in the Subprime Worker's Republic of Rheigen-Kolava, with Litonín also holding a sizable minority. Valenians constitute a majority in about three quarters of the counties in the Subprime Republic of Livalia. Other minorities include the Polnitsans, Ludz, Lush, Siverians, and Tsurushimans. In 1930, there were 745,421 Siverians in Ostrozava, but only about 72,000 remain today. As of 2009, there were also approximately 434,200 immigrants living in Ostrozava, primarily from Tsurushima and Jhengtsang.

Ethnic Groups in Ostrozava
Ethnicity Percent
Ostrozavan
57.9%
Livalian
15.5%
Rheigener
13.2%
Tungrian
4.8%
Ludzian
4.1%
Polnitsan
3.0%
Other
1.5%

Languages

The official language is the Ostrozavan standardization of Ostro-Ludzic, a West Slavic language, which presents a consistent degree of similarity to Ludzian and Tervingian Slavic variants of the larger language, but also holds substantial influence from Gariman and Livalian. Ostrozavan is spoken as a first language by approximately 60% of the entire population, and fluently by over 98%, while Rheigen-Gariman and Livalian dialects are spoken by 38% and 14% of the population, respectively. Livalian has remained the primary language of its respective minority, roughly 16% of the population. There are also approximately 50,000 native speakers of Polnitsan and 32,000 native speakers of Siverian living in Ostrozava.

According to the Social Contract, subprime councils ensure linguistic rights to all minorities, with localities with ethnic minorities of over 20%, that minority's language can be used in the public administration, justice system, and education. Foreign citizens and stateless persons that live in Ostrozava have access to justice and education in their own language. Gariman, Latin, Lush, Tsurushemese, and Anglic are the main foreign languages taught in schools. According to the 2010 census, Latin is spoken by 35% of Ostrozavans, while Anglic is spoken by 21%.

Religion

Religion in Ostrozava
Religion Percent
Unaffiliated or None
42.2%
Alban Emendatic Church
33.8%
Fabrian Catholicism
13.9%
Docetic Church
9.2%
Other
0.9%
The Docetic Balotaru Hermitage in Livalia, established in 1410 after the Council of Pyrovegny.

Ostrozava's history is marked by a diverse legacy of religious beliefs, from Tervingia's state cult of Tyr to the later introduction of various denominations of Christianity, chiefly among them the Fabrian and Alban churches. Christianity remains the dominant religion in Ostrozava in the modern day; historically, Protestantism, chiefly the syncretic Karminian Christianity of the Vykopal era, held a majority in the latter half of Ostrozavan monarchism at the expense and oppression of formerly-popuar denominations, particularly Doceticism. After the Crimson Revolution, Ostrozavan frustration over generations of religious warfare came to a head, and the populace and government both underwent a rapid secularization, spurred by the banning of religious teachings from general school curriculums in the mid-1930s.

Today, Ostrozava is one of the most irreligious nations in the world and the most irreligious nation in Belisaria, with 42.2% of the population declaring themselves as being either Unaffiliated or having no religion, with 33.8% of the nation remaining Alban, 13.9% Fabrian, and 9.2% Docetic. The Ostrozavan people have been historically characterized as tolerant and even indifferent towards religion. According to the 2010 census, 13.9% of the Ostrozavan population belong to the Fabrian Catholic church, 9.2% to the Docetic church, and 0.9% followed other forms of religion both denominational or not (of which 1,063 people answered they are Pagan). Before secularization, Ostrozava's population was split between denominations; many in Ostrozava see growing irreligion as a method of avoiding religious and ethnic conflict.

Education

Education in the Prime Republic is compulsory for 10 years and citizens have access to a tuition-free university education, while the average number of years of education is 13.1; there is a high cultural merit placed on attaining high levels of schooling, leading to a generally higher rate of education especially among the middle class. Additionally, Ostrozava has a relatively equal educational system in comparison with other countries in Belisaria. Founded in 1458, the University of Litonín was the second university in Central Belisaria. Other major universities in the country are the Institute for Republican Political Science, Ostrozavan Worker's University, Karsko University, and the Ostrozavan Academy of Humanities. The International Bureau of Education, Science, and Traditions, coordinated by the Forum of Nations, currently ranks the Ostrozavan education system as the 15th most successful in the world, higher than the FoN average.

The Ostrozavan Academy of Humanities in Vamo ranked 37th in the world in 2015.

Healthcare

Healthcare in Ostrozava is similar in quality to other Belisarian nations on a social model. The Ostrozavan universal health care system is based on a compulsory insurance model, with fee-for-service care funded by mandatory employment-related insurance plans; until 1985, Ostrozava operated on a single-payer system before all healthcare was fully nationalized. According to the 2016 WOHD Report, the Ostrozavan healthcare is 18th, ranked behind Latium and two positions ahead of Belfras. The most common causes of death are cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Ostrozava has been increasingly affected by a mental health epidemic since the mid-90s; rates of depression have skyrocketed. As a result, Ostrozava is now considered to have one of the best mental healthcare systems in the world.

Culture

Art

The lands which came to constitute Ostrozava have contained important milestones and pieces of prehistoric and pre-Slavic art, including the art of Gothic tribes which inhabited the area of modern Kolava. Chief among ancient Ostrozavan art is the Gothic chieftain Ariemir's burial site, which contains important examples of ancient Gothic fashion, architecture, and sculpture, dating back to roughly 635 BCE.

Portrait of a Girl is one of Jan Zacpal's most famous oil paintings.

More contemporary Ostrozavan art, dating back from Slavic times, primarily include religious art, including the famous church murals of northern Znomo. Famous artists that lived during the Renaissance era in the Grand Duchy of Ostrozava or neighboring lands which would later constitute it include Boris Matoušek, Andrea Váňová, and sculptor Dominik Pavlík. Later artists living during the waning years of the Grand Duchy contributed to international movements of post-impressionism, chief among them were brothers Filip and Jan Zacpal. With the Crimson Revolution in 1909, Ostrozava entered into a new era of popular art with socialist influences. Though drawing from socialist and democratic revolutionary iconography worldwide, Ostozavan revolutionary art is notable for incorporating elements of abstract art, including cubism and post-modernism. Today, Ostrozava has continued its rich artistic tradition with several incentivised programs for modern artists; popular contemporary Ostrozavan artists include Linda Švecová and Oliver Vlach.

Architecture

A wide variety of architectural styles can be seen in Ostrozava, owing to its long history and proximity to many differing cultures. Ostrozavan architectural styles are considered to be a fusion of eastern and central Belisarian styles, with some religious influence from the Alban and Fabrian legacies, as well as substantial brutalist influence from socialist movements and urban redevelopment programs, particularly the New Society program of the 1960s and 70s. Many medieval castles, particuarly in Romanesque style and Gothic style, dot northern and central Ostrozava, dating back from the time of Velikoslavia. Most famous among these castles is the Gothic Kadlec Castle, which is also one of Ostrozava's most visited tourist sites and most recognizable castles in the world.

Ostrozavan revolutionary architecture is considered predominantly modernist, with later developments including brutalist and functionalist elements. Though considered controversial and even ugly in the eyes of many international vistiors and architectural critics, Ostrozavan brutalist and panel-based buildings have a certain allure within the Ostrozavan cultural conceptions, with many gaining a sense of nostalgia and identity from said architectural developments. Many artists have also played with the contrast between new and old architectural styles, creating the Society Fusion movement of the late 1990s.

Media

Ostrozava has a number of major media outlets, chief among which are the national public television channels. PTV (Ostrozavan: Prvotřídní Televize) is Ostrozava's public broadcasting corporation; about a third of its income comes from a broadcast receiver licence, while the rest is made through revenue from political sponsorships and commericials. State television operates two mainstream channels, PTV 1 and PTV 2, as well as regional programs for each of the country's 7 subprime states (as PTV 3). In addition to these general channels, PTV runs a number of genre-specific programmes such as PTV Sport, PTV Dějiny, PTV Kultura, PTV Seriály, PTV Liothidisch, and PTV Ostrozava, the latter is a state-run channel dedicated to the transmission of Ostrozavan language television for the Ostrozavan diaspora abroad. Additionally, Ostrozava has several commercially run 24-hour news channels, many considered to be ideologically based infotainment channels: Bohunec News, Karsko News Network, Sobice Info, and TV Socialistická.

Ostrozavan media also includes nationally syndicated newspapers like Primární Posel ("The Prime Courier"), Karsko Časy ("The Karsko Times") and Optimista ("The Optimist") which provide traditional opinion and news, and tabloids such as Lopatka and Šepot. Primární Posel, founded in 1911, is one of the oldest newspapers still in operation in the country. Premium entertainment channels and streaming services include both international and domestic options; the most popular service for Ostrozavan local media is Filmforma.

Cinema

Ostrozava was one of the first Belisarian nations to adopt the growing medium of Cinema at the turn of the 20th century; during the Crimson Revolution, filmmakers such as Demec Karacev pioneered the genre of Ostrozavan Montage, which sought to illustrate the daily life of an average working person; the genre is considered an important touchstone in the developing genre of the documentary. After the revolution, films were made depicting a wide variety of subjects, including early forays into cinematic science fiction in the genres of Ostrozavan Optimism and Ostrozavan Techno-Film; both of which reached their high water mark in the late 1930s with Belisaria's first hit movie filmed in full Vetricolor, The Alley, made by controversial auteur and Socialist critic Josef Charvát.

With growing regulations on the arts in the 1940s with an increased authoritarian-socialist grip on the government, films reverted to realism and propaganda before a resurgence during the Progressive leadership of the 1960s in the Ostrozavan New Wave, which involved the release of several controversial and briefly-banned films such as the pro-democratic Girl with Paper and the crime thriller Horned Wasp.

With increasing liberalization and opening of the social sphere in the 1980s, auteurs such as Joren Kalishvek and Mihai Muracec launched Ostrozavan cinema into the international eye yet again, with a notable example being The Red Count's Mansion by influential filmmaker-turned-revolutionary Albin Volf, released in 1996. Cinema and filmmaking continues to be a viable industry in Ostrozava, with imposed quotas limiting the number of foreign films, particularly blockbusters, being shown domestically, thus allowing the national film industry to flourish. Ideological controls have waxed and waned in recent years, however, no outstanding laws limiting free expression continue to exist in modern Ostrozava.

Cuisine

Ostrozavan has a variety of distinct regional influences owing to the various peoples living within the nation. Rheigener and Livalian cuisine has been influenced by both Gariman and Tungrian cuisine, while northern Ostrozavan cuisine has more of an eastern character, with Lushyod and Cyneric influences. as a beneficiary of the Jade Road during antiquity, Ostrozava also is known for having the best spicy peppers in Belisaria, though this is a more recent trend owing to a cosmopolitan cuisine, especially in big cities. Seafood remains popular in Baderia and across the southern coast of Lake Kupalnitsa, though fish is only the #4 most consumed meat, after chicken, pork, and beef. As a mycophilic culture, Ostrozavans across the nation also regularly consume edible mushrooms, particularly morel and button mushrooms, or, more recently Tsurushemese shiitake mushrooms. Ostrozava was home to one of the earliest vegetarian movements in Belisaria, coinciding with meat-packing workers' participation in the Crimson Revolution.

In international culture, Ostrozavan cuisine is often noted for its distinct use of horseradish over the more traditional mustard for spicing dishes; Ostrozava exports various horseradish-derived condiments internationally, especially Zurivoșt, a popular tabletop condiment at various Belisarian restaraunts worldwide. Erscolena, Batar, and Patronki cheeses are all native to, and associated with, Ostrozava. Ostrozavan alcoholic drinks include the Rheigener method of brewing beer, as well as, Palinka and Bochet liquors.