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Vinalia

United Republic of Vinalia

Об'єднана Республіка Віналія
Flag of Vinalia
Flag
Motto: "Об'єдналися під одним загальним прапором" "United under one Common Flag"
Anthem: "The March of the Vinalian"
MapofVinwithborders.png
CapitalVinalinsk
Largest cityOrlavo
Recognised national languagesSoravian, Vinakian, Volynian
Ethnic groups
Vinalian 40%

Soravians 38% Vinakians 15%

Others 7%
Demonym(s)Vinalian
GovernmentFederal Parlimentary Republic
• President
Ersnt Rupold
• Minister-President
Omelyan Pavlov
LegislatureVinalian Parliament
Senate of the Union
House of the People
Establishment
1572
• Union with Chistovodia
1863
• Independence from Chistovodia as North and South Vinalia
1935
• Reunification
1993
Population
• 2020 estimate
25,878,816
• 2013 census
24,632,731
GDP (nominal)2020 estimate
• Total
$268,615 Million
• Per capita
10,420
HDI (2020)0.76714
high
CurrencyVinalian Zolota (VZ)
Date formatdd-mm-yyyy
Driving sideright
Internet TLD.vn

Vinalia (Soravian:Віналія) officially the United Republic of Vinalia (Soravian:Об'єднана Республіка Віналія) is a sovereign state in Asteria Superior. It borders Chistovodia to the north, Nuxica, and Marirana to the West. With a total area of X, and population of 25,778,816 million people. Vinalia is the smallest country in mainland Asteria Superior. Vinalia's capital is the planned capital city of Vinalinsk, which became the capital after 27 years of a split government between Orlavo (legislative) and Velkarichka (executive, and judiciary)

Inhabited since antiquity by the native Vinakians, the Vinakians are the name given to a collective of 12 different ethnic groups, sharing characteristics with the Zapoyan's of Marirana, and the Úuchmáan's of Nuxica from where the Vinakian Language is believed to have originated from. The Vinakians usually came under control of larger and more powerful neighbouring states, usually the Zapoyan kingdoms to the south, primarily the Oaexicun Empire in the south.

With the arrival of the Eucleans and the collapse of the Oaexicun Empire, Vinakian tribes seeked independence, and maintained an independent state until 1572 when Soravian explorers and settlers reached Vinalian coasts, soon establishing trading posts which furthered expanded into colonial holdings.

Soravian colonizers flocked to the colony establishing plantations and mining operations by the turn of the century. In 1865 Vinalia sought independence alongside Chistovodia, which resulted in the establishment of the autonomous Vinalian provinces inside Chistovodia.

Vinalia saw under the auspice of Vadym Babych a rapid industrialization and modernisation of Vinalia, primarily in the North where manufacturing exploded do to the abundance of iron and coal deposits, in the South large agricultural plantations kept resemblance of the old colonial regime. Following Babych's death in 1925, Chistovodia began to slowly disintegrate without his central authority, growing radicalisation of the worker culminated in a general strike and revolution in 1928. Northern Vinalian revolutionaries seeking to separate themselves from Babych and his oppressive past, sought independence for the whole of Vinalia and established the People's Republic of Vinalia. Much of Babych's former administration and many fleeing prosecution from the revolutionaries would find refuge in South Vinalia. Repeated Northern attempts to take over the south would fail and in 1935 peace would be signed establishing the Republic of Vinalia.

Both nations would prosper but conflict would erupt between both republics in a period known as the Vinalian Struggle, where both countries would wage 5 wars against one another. Following their defeat in 1975, a period of peace and prosperity came in the north as the state began to break away from it's Socialist allies and liberalized it's economy. In 1987 the final war would see the Southern decisively defeated and democracy returned to South Vinalia after 20 years. Both nations would begin the process of reunification in 1990 and would become a single country in 1993, following 60 years of separation. The nation would devolve itself into a campaign of rebuilding the nation.

Today Vinalia is a federal parliamentary republic, led by a Minister-President. With 10 Provinces, and 3 Federal Districts, the country is divided between two legal entities the Northern Republic of Vinalia, and the Southern Republic, each with it's own devolved parliament. The nation has prospered and is a rapidly growing economy with a gdp of 268 Million and increasing, with a large manufacturing, services, mining, and agricultural sectors. Although low in regards to other Asterian nations in economic, and human development, the nation has been praised for it's stability and development following it's tumultuous history. The nation today is a member of the Organization of Asterian Nations.


Etymology

The name Vinalia comes from the Vinakian word Vinaki which means people. It's believed that upon contact with Soravian traders who misunderstood the name believing it be the native name for the area which the Vinakians call Axakaqa (Red Bay) which named it after the reflection the sun gave to the water, instead of the name of the people Q'ij Vinaki (Sun people).

History

Pre-History

Ruins of Vaj Taj

Signs of human habitation can be traced to around 10,000 BCE, when the first hunter-gatherers mainly Zapoyans from the South entered into the region sticking mainly close to the coast, settling down and beginning the growth of agriculture in the region, this followed with the establishment of the first settlements. The oldest identified so far is that of Kaj Kaj in the south of the country, traced to 3,500 BCE where signs of agriculture indicate the growth of beans, and maize, while in the coastal regions fishing was most prevalent. Zapoyan civilization began to expand along with the growing influence of the Tetuolmec Empire, which nominally ruled over the region and it's tribes, under the Tetuolmec's the Zapoyan tribes converged into numerous city states, and had by the year 100 BCE nominally earned independence forming small confederations of city states which waged war against one another. The biggest of this cities was Vaj Taj near modern day Apajia, which based on archaeological evidence grew to some 50,000 inhabitants.

Around the year 300 CE migrations of Úuchmáan's coming across the mountains of the Juyu Ruwach, from the eastern Meyaletun Empire which established themselves and waged war against the Zapoyans. By the year 500 CE, with further Zapoyan infighting in the south, Úuchmáan city states were successfully established and both Zapoyans and Úuchmáans began fighting, and by the year 900 the Úuchmáans had established themselves as the dominant force in the lowlands, following the defeat of Vaj Taj.

Oaexicun Empire and the Confederacy

Tor'k ruins

The Oaxicun Empire from the south in modern day Marirana, would in the 13th Century assist the remaining Zapoyan cities against the Úuchmáans, and had by the 13th century fully submitted the region to their control, the Úuchmáans were forced to convert in almost all aspects to the Zapoyans only keeping their language, the Zapoyan minority easily retook control of the region under the Oaexicun. During this time the coastal city of Tor'k in modern day Vevetsia became the largest capital of the region growing to rival the Oaexicun capital of Moctezuma. Growing tension between Tor'k and Moctezuma led to conflict inside the empire in the 1300's, as Tor'k had grown rich from trade and created fears of another rival to the power of the city. This led to conflict between both cities, it is unclear but by the year 1350 a revitalized Vaj Taj joined into the conflict.

By the 1400s both cities had been decisively defeated and order was restored to the region but not before Úuchmáan revolts in the north had established a Confederacy of city states which banded together to combat the Oaexicun Empire. As the Oaexicun Empire struggled with internal issues from their greater centralization following fears of rebellion from outlying regions, the Confederacy was able to expand it's influence and power, reaching it's peak expansion pre-Euclean arrival sometime in the late 1400's, but the renewed oppressions of the Zapoyans had triggered uprisings and rebellions, and by the turn of the century the Confederacy had lost most of it's gains.

The sudden arrival of the Eucleans to the Oaexicun Empire in 1523, and it's quick collapse following their arrival gave an opportunity for the confederacy to quickly reconquer lost territory and establish itself in the region, the Confederacy which had been able to isolate itself from the collapsing Oaexicun Empire and the Euclean diseases well into the 1540's, the arrival of Poveglian explorers although initially repulsed brought the diseases which had been ravaging the Oaexicuns into the Confederacy decimating it. The Confederacy had by the arrival of the Soravians been reduced to just 15 cities, from which the name the Confederacy of 15 Cities arose.


Polianian Colonization

Soravian colonization of Vinalia, and the death of Teq'un

Polianian explorer Alexander Alexandrov arrived off the coasts of Vinalia in 1572 and established a trading post in modern day Chervona establishing New Poliania, Alexander explored further inland through the Red River but had little success in discovering uses for the land other than to establish timber operations. Alexandrov would return back to Poliania in 1573, and the slow colonization of Vinalia began. In 1575 explorer Orlav Ognianov, arrived to Vinalia after being blown off course by a storm, he would arrive to modern day Orlavo and name it after himself, unlike with Alexandrov Orlav remarked at the fertility of the land and the friendliness of the natives which traded animal furs with them.

Fort Vevetsia in 1599

As news reached Poliania of the opportunity in the new land more settlers came in, by 1590 over 20 coastal settlements had been established in Vinalia, the Confederacy seeking to avoid the same fate that had befallen the Oaexicun Empire initially submitted to Polianian demands for land and trade, but fear arose at the ever encroaching presence of the Polianians. In 1591 the Confederacy would burn and loot several trading posts, which would trigger a Polianian expedition the following year, the defeat of the Confederacy in 1592 near Chervona and the death of their King Teq'un in battle would result in the collapse of the the Confederacy, do to inner fighting as to who should become the next king between Teq'un's two male sons.

Polianians initially interested in the profitable trade with the natives found little interest in exploring further inland, but with the discovery of silver in the north by expeditions, and a desire to expand into the profitable business of sugar plantations brought hundreds of settlers into Vinalia from 1630 onwards, with slaves beginning to be imported to work on the plantations in the south, during this time the North of the country lagged behind as it lacked the attractiveness of the plantations in the south. Polianian colonizers usually found themselves in constant combat with indigenous populations, with the start of the Yellow Tree War in Chistovodia Polianian colonizers sought to push further inland but lacked support from the central government. With the conclusion of the Yellow Tree War in 1636 conflict between New Poliania and Chistovodia increased as settlers fought over unsettled borders. Polianian raids into Chistovodia proved to be highly profitable with Polianian settlers usually returning with large amounts of product taken from the Soravian settlers, such raises caused concern for colonial authorities which feared a war could explode between Soravian Empire and Poliania, and outlawed such raids in 1653, after one such raid had left 30 Soravian settlers dead. Tensions between colonizers remained, with Polianian settlers reaching the South Juyu Ruwach mountains in 1698, blocking further interior colonization by the Soravians.

The explosion of the Ten Years' War in Euclea, and a state of conflict existing between Poliania and the Soravian Empire, settlers began conducting cross border attacks against one another, with Polianian raiders being known for their skill with launching daring cavalry attacks deep inside Chistovodia. With the tide of the war turning against Poliania and it's allies, the colony came under increasing Soravian pressure, and an expedition was launched in 1713 to capture Orlavo. Polianian settlers put little resistance, and with a worsening situation back home including major naval blockades, Polianian settlers were left to their own devices. Further expeditions into the country, met sporadic resistance, Soravian offers of peaceful interaction with the landowners divided support for continual resistance, with the surrender of Poliania however, and with little reason to believe their fates would not worsen, the colonial governor invited Soravian diplomats to discuss a surrender. New Poliania surrendered to Soravia in 1714 with occupation of the territory being enforced, and the Ten Years would end in 1721.

Soravian control

The Congress of Cislania, confirmed the annexation of New Poliania into the Soravian Empire, as the Colony of Vinalia. The capital was moved from Vevetsia in the coast to Velkarichka which allowed far greater control of the interior, as Soravian policy soon oversaw the [[massive migration and importation of indentured serfs into the territory to work in its plantations. Polianian landowners converted en masse to avoid sanctions from authorities, and workers and natives were either allowed to convert or were to be returned back to Poliania to work on it's reconstruction. Many Polianians were deported back to their homeland, but the massive arrival of serfs made up for those that had left. Vinalia benefited from the Euclean attention which brought thousands to work in plantations, and brought security to the colony which had long feared from enemies in Marirana, and across the sea. Vinalia's population grew from 50,000 to 350,000, with stronger control on the Vinakian populations being enforced by colonial authorities. In the North the mining of silver and other mineral goods were embraced fully by the colonial authorities which mined the resource extensively.

Vinalian cavalry in the Sora-Mari war

Independence and Union with Chistovodia

After achieving independence in 1865 from Soravia following the First Soravian Civil War, Vinalia gained independence from Soravia, but immediately applied to join Chistovodia as a Federal Autonomous state, granting it autonomy regarding some economic, and social policy. This was done to dissuade possible Mariranan interests in the south of the nation, many opposed this move as it was not truly earning the Vinalians independence. The united country quickly came under the control of a military junta led by Vadym Babych in 18xx, perceived as a progressive, and industrialist leader, Babych began the process of industrializing the North of Vinalia along with aiding Soravian landowners in South Vinalia, Babych enjoyed a high popularity in Vinalia do to the vast wealth invested into the region.

A Coffee майно in Catherinsk

With the near immediate emancipation of the serfs upon independence, and the slow reconstruction of Soravia, greatly impacted the Vinalian workforce, specially the agricultural sector. With the start of industrialization many former serfs moved to the north to work on it's expanding industry causing a labor shortage in the south of the country. Many landowners struggled to compete with Northern industries for laborers, and the agricultural sector required subsidizing to continue, the farms which had grown mainly sugar, kokhineal, and rice focused more extensively on Kokhineal which required less manpower than other crops. But the development of artificial textiles threw many new kokhnieal farms into disarray, the prospect of growing Coffee a crop that had a growing market in Euclea and abroad attracted attention from the farmers which sought to grow the crop, however coffee required large amounts of land and laborers and required investment into the Juyu Ruwach mountains where the coffee could be grown perfectly. Colonial authorities established the майно system which granted sizable plots of land to landowners in exchange that they construct the necessary utilities to maintain their plantation, laborers were also provided by the government through a process of day laborers called the Trudivnks. The Trudivnks worked in the plantation and were granted basic items along with housing, which the laborer was required to pay for, with their labor, many Trudivnks were former serfs and indentured slaves which could not obtain another occupation, predatory anti-Vinakian laws in some northern factories forced most Vinakians into predatory Trudivnk contracts which sometimes resulted in debt passed down to children. Former serfs and international workers such as the Gowsas, were granted highly competitive Trudivnk contracts in the hopes of attracting thousands into Vinalia.

By the turn of the century Vinalia was becoming reasonably wealthy, with a thriving industrial sector in the North, but desires to improve the economic situation of laborers in the North saw the establishment of unions, which oversaw strikes organized against the unfair working conditions. The Great Collapse of 1913, saw the agricultural sector of Vinalia the largest at the time crippled by the collapse in foreign trade, immediately concerns arose over the safety of loans given to now bankrupted майно landowners which could now no longer pay. Requests for more support and aid to the landowners was fulfilled in February 1914, with the passing of the Stability Law which saw large sums of money granted to landowners to maintain their crops, which only dwindled the states budget. Many poorer laborers saw their conditions worsen and began organizing strikes throughout the nation demanding better conditions, in October 1914 an agricultural strike and rally in the city of Vevetsia was brutally suppressed by Chistovodian soldiers leaving 15 dead. During this time the Vinalian Committee was established, the committee sought to establish an independent Vinalia. The Vinalian Autonomous Government would in December 1914, with news of worsening conditions in Soravia, defaulted on it's debt, forcing central Chistovodian authorities to intervene. Brutal crackdowns on strikes, primarily in the Black Friday of Orlavo, further angered workers which flocked to the Committee, which maintained strong support in the North but found little headway in the south, as money maintained майно support.

Strikers in Orlavo 1915

With the 1920 decision to outlaw Union and worker gatherings resulted in the armed uprising of some now banned Unions, this uprisings created tension between the Committee and central authorities do to the Committee's ties to Unions. Following the 1922 Battle of Vunet which saw members of the banned Morechia Hills Union massacred by Chistovodian soldiers, saw the immediate establishment of the Vinalian Council a more radical underground group which sought the forceful removal of Chistovodian control over the country.

Vinalia struggle (1935-1993)

Northern troops in Nazica 1961

Following independence in a period known as the Vinalian Struggle, saw both Vinalia's engage in a state of animosity and open conflict to overcome the other. The North Vinalia first attempted to take control of the South of the nation in 1933, the First Vinalian Civil War saw both nations accomplish little between 1933 and 1935, when peace was reached after stalemate between the two. Both nations sought support from foreign powers, in an attempt to overtake the other. The native Vinakian population was highly sympathetic of North Vinalia and conducted a guerrilla war against the South under the Vinakian Liberation Front, called the Dirty War. In 1941, the Second Vinalian Civil War between 1941 and 1942 began, and saw the North nearly defeated by a stronger Southern army, which quickly gained large amounts of land, it was only stopped after the involvement of foreign powers in aid of the North. Further Northern attacks, including the Siege of Mollas saw thousands dead, but after some offensives had reconquered lost land in 1942 the war ended inconclusively with Southern forces still occupying large sections of land from the North. A Community of Nations mission maintained a Demilitarized zone between the two following what was stipulated in the Cuanstad Agreements which served as the basis for all subsequent agreements, following peace oppression and war between the South and the VLF intensified. Both nations again with foreign support rebuilt their forces and prepared for an eventual war. Such war would result in the 1955 31 Day War, which saw North Vinalian forces occupying the strategic heights of the Voly Na, and regaining some of the lost territory of the previous war.

Both Vinalia's would crash again in 1961 in the Third Vinalian Civil War, which saw the North launch a pre-emptive strike against the South, as had been done against them in 1941. The war was characterized by a rapid Northern push regaining all the lost land since 1941, the Siege of Nazica, and the civilian bombings carried out by both sides resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths. The Siege of Nazica was among the deadliest battles of the entire conflict, with the city under siege and intensive shelling since the start of the war in November, the surrender of the city the 18th of March broke Southern more and the North was able to launch multiple attacks however by 1962 with a worsening situation in Asteria Superior between Nuxica, and Chistovodia supporting opposing sides of the conflict, peace would be reached between both Vinalia's as foreign support stopped do to the conflict between the both regional powers, the North providing aid to it's Chistovodian allies. The September Coup saw the end of the South Vinalian democratic government with the installation of a military junta led by General Stefan Tretyak, in 1966 the New Nation Movement of Danylo Palij reached leadership of the North following Swetanian ideals of the same time, denouncing religion and other Southern ideals. The Dirty War switched to it's most brutal state as systematic killing of Vinakian populations by the Southern government resulted in the deaths of over 3,000 Vinakians and what is called a Genocide. In the North the radical Episemialist League conducted terror attacks in the North during this period, most prominently those aimed against the Orlavo Metro. The Kotenko brothers would in 1968 organize a coup on Tretyak overthrowing him, with Dmytro Kotenko "the elder" becoming president of the nation.

Southern vehicles in 1987

In 1975 the 31 Day War began after Northern forces invaded the South, initially a Northern rapid advance was experienced but with support from Marirana, the South was able to counter attack inflicting heavy casualties and obtaining large swathes of land, soon the North had been decisively defeated, ending the New Nation movement. The South would undergo a period of political isolation as coverage on the Dirty War brought the reduction of support from Southern allies, the North of Orest Ishkan began a process of economic recovery and reconstruction which was highly contrasted by the economically depressed, and isolated South which was beginning to crumble do to internal strife between the juntas, following the death of Dmytro in 1980 and Artem "the younger" being perceived as weak. Artem would face coups in 1982, 1983, and July and December 1986. In 1987 the South would launch the 12 Day War, which would see a Southern attempt to knock out the North, which it perceived as weaker following reduction expansion of it's army and a perceived worldwide Socialist retreat. Northern forces however were able to resist such attack, and soon launched a counter attack quickly pushing the South inflicting heavy casualties and opening the road to Velkarichka. Facing imminent collapse from inner issues do to large scale democratic protests, and Northern armored columns approaching, the South signed an armistice the 12th of July 1987, with the North. The July Revolution would see the return of Democracy to the South under the leadership of Julia Narlow, the daughter of a murdered Southern politician in the September Coup of 1962. The Treaty of Vina reached a peace accord between both nations.

Reunification

With the end of the war, and the Treaty of Vina establishing peace, both nations seeked common ground to ensure no further conflict in the region, in 1988 a Partnership was established to further relationships between the two nations. The concept of Vinalian Reunification which had been revived in the North following the downfall of the New Nation, and had regained prevalence, and in the south with both nations now full democracies with little to wager war with grew, the establishment of a Vinalian Unionist Party in both states in 1987 under the leadership of Narlow. In the 1988 elections the Unionist Party would gain large victories in the North and South. The 1989 Reunification referendum would earn in favor of reunification 78% support in the North and 70% in the South.

Gary Druzus and Julia Narlow

Reunification between both governments would take until 1993 when the Treaty of Vinalian Reunification or TVR, with the decision to create a new nation, split into two constituent states North and South, along the lines of the Vina Treaty. It was agreed that the branches of government would be split between Orlavo (Legislative), and Velkarichka (Judicial, and Executive) in the south, a new capital was to be found to house all 3 branches in the middle of both states which ultimately became the planned city of Vinalinsk. To ensure proper representation the President and the Minister-President would be split between North and South, along with a constituent parliament following the rules of the federal parliament for the states. The TVR would be signed on the XXXXX of XXXX, to come into effect the following day ending 60 years of separation for both nations. Northern Minister-President Gary Druzus would become Minister-President with Southern President Julia Narnow becoming president, until elections next year.

Vinalia had following reunification large scale poverty and economic inequality in the south, it also found most of the South's infrastructure in a bad state following years of neglect and the civil war. Vinalia at first attempted to bridge the economic gap between both sides through large scale investment programs in the south, but downturn in the North forced Vinalia to seek other routes. Hallandic interests in the country primarily it's mining industry established the first of a series of economic partnerships between both nations in 1998. By the year 2002 Economic downturn had been replaced by a resurgent South which through years of investment had recovered and established itself as a prosperous market for investment by governments in the North. Vinalia has maintained a steady growth and reduced poverty from 30% in 1995, to just 10% in 2005, and reduced income inequality, establishing itself as a low cost prosperous nation, under the guidance of the Unionist Party.

Modern Day

Parliament of Vinalia in Vinalinsk

In 2008 for the first time since reunification the Unionist Party would not be the largest party in Parliament instead with the mainly southern Conservative party of Ulyana Hryhorivna surging ahead, maintaining the tradition of the Grand Coalition of the Unionist-Workers-Conservative party intact establishing 7 years of uncontested conservative control. Vinalia under the leadership of Ulyana had begun the process of re-arming of the Army following tensions and the latter Civil War in Marirana, which overwhelmed the immigration system of the nation as large amounts of Zapoyan refugees moved to Vinalia in 2015. The Conservative party opposed such large acceptance of immigrants, while the Workers Party supported the acceptance of refugees to bolster the declining birthrate. Tensions over the issue were the first large scale problem for the Grand Coalition as many announced their intention to leave the Coalition depending on where the quota of immigration was set. Following a Worker's Party friendly quota, parlimentaries of the Conservative Party established the Freedom Party, effectively ending Conservative Party control, and the ascension of the Southern born Turden Najic of the Unionist Party the next year. Turden's leadership would maintain the prosperous conditions of the Ulyana Government, and would in 2018 lead to the largest Unionist victory in history. Turden would step down from leading the party, and Omelyan Pavlov would be elected as Minister-President.

Vinalinsk the planned capital city of Vinalia, established in the Treaty of Reunification had remained a contentious issue, as many believed a split division ensured stability. Under the leadership of Ulyana the building of the city had increased, but funding and delays had moved the movement of government institutions to 2022. Turden in 2015 began the process of replanning the city to reduce costs, and move the opening date to 2020. With the establishment of a new capital the last unfulfilled commitment of the Treaty was completed.

Geography

Mount Vulna

Vinalia is located in eastern and Southeast Asteria Superior, on the coast of the Alexandrian Gulf. It borders Chistovodia to the north, Nuxica to the east, and Marirana to the southeast of the country. Vinalia is a country divided by the Juyu Ruwach Mountain chain which divides the country in two. Lowlands near the coast with large rivers such as the Bin river, and the Suri river transverse the lowlands, with big flat plains. In the north, hilly regions surround the Red river, and are dominated by the sleeping Mount Vulna a volcano associated with Vinakian mythology and culture, it is also the tallest peak in Vinalia at 3760 m (12,336 ft). Behind the Juyu Ruwach mountains the Tziran Desert is one of the driest in the continent with the Noki steppe to it's north both surrounded by tall mountains.

The Suri river is the largest river in Vinalia coming down from the Juyu Ruwach and emptying out in on the Vevetsia coast. In the Alexandrian Gulf exist some 40 to 50 islands under Vinalian control, the largest of which is Norinskia off the Norin strait. Vinalia has in it's territory 5 volcanoes, the previously mentioned Mount Vulna, Mount Cathara (active), Mount Wo'o (dormant), Mount Karjov (dormant), and Mount Kujua (active). Mount Cathara last erupted in 2015, and Mount Kujua in 2019.

Fauna and Flora

Vinalia holds a large variety of bio diversity in it's borders with the region besides Marirana in the south also known for it's vast bio diversity. Vinalia holds a large amount of mammal, fish, reptilian, avian, ambphibian, and plant species in it's borders. Soravian scientists held large interest on the country and in 1799 established the Royal Vinalian Biology Center in Velkarichka, today the Biology Center is owned and operated by the Vinalian government, and a the largest nature reserve in Vinalia the Royal Vinalian Reserve was established in it's honor in 1999 along the border with Marirana. Large sections specially in the south are classified as Nature Reserves with the largest one outside of the south being the Grey Mountain reserve in the north alongside the border with Chistovodia.

The Ministry of Agriculture and the environment has made strides to prevent the illegal hunting of endangered species, which ran rampant in the 60's to 80's and nearly drove the Quetzal to extinction. Following a decree in 1995, wide spread action to defend Vinalia's flora and fauna has resulted in one of the worlds most aggressive anti poaching and reforestation campaigns, which had paid off by the 2010's with the reduction of Vinalia's Endangered list from 200 species, to just 15.

Government

Minister-President Omelyan Pavlov

Vinalia is a federal, parlimentary, representative republic. Made up of the two constituent states of North and South Vinalia. Federal legislative power is vested on the Vinalian Parliament made up of the Senate of the Union (Upper House), and the House of the People (Lower House). The Senate of the Union is a 39 members with each province and Federal district assigned 3 members, which are elected by closed list proportional representation. The House of the People is a 183 member assembly elected by the same method, each province and federal district is alloted a seat based on population, seats are added based on the province or district with the smallest population. The Northern and Southern parliaments follow the same rules as the federal legislature.

The president currently Ersnt Rupold, is the head of state, and invested primarily with representative responsibilities, and powers. He is elected from a list of likely presidential candidates made up of former governors by the Senate. By law the president and Minister-President may not be from the same constituent state, and the presidency changes to follow this law. Ernst Rupold is the longest serving president so far do the fact the last 3 Minister-Presidents have been southerners, accounting for 12 years of presidency. The Minister-President currently Omelyan Pavlov is the head of government and is appointed by the House of the People based on the party or coalition with the most seats.

Since reunification the Unionist Party has dominated politics, with the other two parties the Workers Party, and Conservative Party are the two regional parties in north and south Vinalia respectively, the Unionist party has established coalitions with both of the parties, and the 3 parties rule in a Grand Union Coalition, which has been maintained by all parties. Other parties such as the Green party have gained success in the region, while the Freedom Party the 4th largest party in the nation has earned support across both Vinalia's in it's opposition against immigration and foreign interests in the nation, while the Southern Nationalist party seeks Southern independence while the Red Workers United Party seeks Northern independence. Currently the Unionist Party is the largest in Parliament with 69 seats.

Political Divisions

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Vinalia is split into 10 Provinces, and 3 Federal Districts. 5 Provinces and 1 Federal District per constituent country exists. The Federal district of Vinalinsk was made from territory from North and South Bin, in the respective North and South Vinalia, making the district neutral.

Name Capital Population Constituent
Orlavo Federal District Orlavo 2,122,521 North
Juyu Ruwach North Lija 273,743 North
Rigalia Morechia 4,527,112 North
Zamana Chervona 2,759,215 North
North Bin Norelinsk 2,517,053 North
Zdavro Apajia 1,151,730 North
Velkarichka Federal District Velkarichka 1,951,125 South
Kirkonia Catherinsk 963,631 South
Juyu Ruwach South Juxuca 134,600 South
Vevet Vevetsia 4,711,060 South
Norinskia Chisla 536,732 South
South Bin Nazica 2,633,057 South
Vinalinsk Federal District Vinalinsk 351,152 Neutral

Military

Vinalian soldiers training

The People’s Defence Force is tasked with the defence of Vinalian Sovereignty and interests, it’s divided into the People's Army, People’s Navy, People’s Air Force, and the People’s Guard. The People’s Guard is a provincial level unit under the command of Provincial Governors. Although the Army has been fully professional since 1993, the People’s Guard relies on Conscripts to fulfill its role, this is to ensure that there will always be a 50/50 split between Northerners and Southerners, but Military Service is not required of those conscripted with civil duty jobs available. Vinalia has undergone rapid demilitarization from the Civil War going from around 750,000 between both Vinalia’s to some 40,000 plus 35,000 People’s Guard, for a total of 75,000, plus 50,000 reservists. By law expenditure may not exceed 1.8% of GDP in peacetime, unless approved by both houses of Parliament and the Constituent state Houses.

The Vinalian Army the largest of the 4 branches with some 30,000 personnel, the Vinalian Army is well equipped do to large stocks of weaponry from the Civil War, and foreign acquired equipment. The Vinalian Airforce is well equipped with Vinalian made, and foreign bought planes, specially Nuxican bought. The Vinalian Navy has seen considerable growth as the government aims to establish a competent navy for the nation, with some 25 vessels. The People's guard serve as a reserve component of the army, but are not classified in the General Reserve of some 50,000 men.

Vinalian helicopters

Vinalia has contributed to Community of Nations peacekeeping missions, as a repayment to the multiple missions held in Vinalia. Vinalia has stated it's intention to maintain at the minimum 200 peacekeepers deployed worldwide at any given time, as a commitment to peace and the organization. Vinalian peacekeepers have been active in X, since X.

Vinalia during the civil war developed a strong local military industry, locally producing licensed products from other nations. The TYI-80 is locally produced being in production since 1980 in Northern Vinalia, based on Chistovodian and Swetanian models. Following the civil war Vinalian exportation of military equipment accounted for an average of 10% of all Vinalian exports between 1993-1995, as large scales of mechanized equipment, aircraft, and small arms were sold, today the nation maintains strict control of military exportation, with only limited exports of the TYI-80 allowed.

Foreign Relations

Vinalia maintains close economic, military, and cultural ties with Chistovodia do to their shared heritage along with being it's main trading partner. Halland is another important partner, as it's the second biggest importer of Vinalian goods, Hallandic companies have been investing in the nation since the 1960's, but Hallandic mineral interests in Vinalia are a topic of contention for many Vinalians. Vinalia maintains close cultural ties with Soravia do to their shared past. Vinalia maintains economic and trading agreements with the AFDC, along with ASTRA, with which the nation has seeked closer ties since the 2000's in a variety of areas with support from Halland. Vinalia maintains ties with both East Miersa, and West Miersa, citing the common struggles with reunifying two separate nations, as Vinalia experienced before it's reunification. Vinalia is also a member of the OAN, calling for the neutrality of the organization. Vinalia by law may not enter into Military Alliances, but maintains Military agreements with it's Northern neighbour.

Demographics

Demographic Groups of Vinalia (2013)

  Mestizo (40%)
  Vinakians (15%)
  Other (7%)

An estimated population of 25.87 million people, makes Vinalia one of the smallest countries in Asteria Superior by population, being the smallest in the mainland. Vinalia holds a population density of X, with a life expectancy of 72.6 years. Most of the population lives in Urban areas with some 51% living in urban areas, the largest of which is Orlavo in the north with a metropolitan population of 2.12 million people, and Velkarichka in the south with 1.95 million people.

The biggest demographic group are those of mixed Euclean, and Vinakian descent, making up 40% of the population. At second are those of Soravian Descent at 38%, who trace their heritage to serfs which arrived to Vinalia from the Soravian Empire throughout the colonization of Vinalia. Following them are the Vinakians at 15% which make up the native population of Vinalia prior to colonisation, Vinakians can be divided into 5 major groups divided by culture and language, the largest group being the {wp|Kʼicheʼ_people|Apjai}} at 45% of all Vinakians. Finally at 7% a wide variety of descents can be traced, one such group are those descendants of the Gowsa from Southeast Coius, which migrated to primarily Southern Vinalia in the 19th and 20th centuries to work in agriculture, and the mining sector. Today some 60,000 people claim heritage from the 5,000-8,000 original immigrants which remained in Vinalia, primarily from Dezevau. Mariranan immigrants and refugees fleeing the civil war have come to make up a population of 350,000 people in recent years.

Health

Orlavo National Heart Hospital

Vinalia has a Universal health care system, which can trace it's history to North Vinalia's policies which established a universal system in 1938, the North's system was adopted upon reunification to serve as the basis for it's implementation in South Vinalia, where health coverage was provided mostly by private entities with government owned hospitals lagging behind and located mostly in the rural regions of the country. Vinalia maintains basic universal insurance for all people, other plans exist which expand the range by which the insurance can be maintained, this insurance is applicable for private and public institutions in the country. Vinalia has been praised for it's advanced health system, which stands as highly developed for a nation of it's size and economic power. Spending on the health system accounts for about 7% of the gdp of the nation, life expectancy in Vinalia stands at about 72.6 years which stands under the global average but has seen a steady increase over the years.

Upon reunification Des nutrition and undernourishment were the main health concern areas for the Ministry of health and were only resolved in 1997, after the government improved the state of rural food distribution, and established multiple clinics in the country side. It has also moved to reduce the amount of cultural and natural medicine in the country, with the establishment of some 3,000 small and mid sized clinics in areas where coverage is considered lacking or insufficient. Vaccination campaigns throughout the country, have raised vaccination rates, tropical diseases have suffered a steady decline, some diseases such as Typhoid Fever have been all but eradicated. Vinalian programs attract foreign internationals to study health related subjects in the country, to improve it's doctor-citizen ratio recommended by international health organizations which reached the average recommended by the organization in 2008. Vinalia has also earmarked technological growth as one of the necessary pillars of the system with Vinalian hospitals in urban cities being considered highly developed, the country has in the area of Cardiovascular disease (CVD), been a leading figure in development of technologies to combat the disease, with the Orlavo National Heart Hospital being marked as one of the leading hospitals in regards to CVD around the world.

Vinalian Mental Health coverage is considered as among the best in the world, mainly do to efforts of Northern politicians to reduce the levels of "Combat Fatigue" in soldiers and civilians caught in war zones. Studies conducted after the wars established higher than normal levels of Mood Disorders primarily in Vinakian populations directly affected by the genocide, and populations subjected to long sieges or bombings. Such discoveries pushed authorities to expand mental health access to all Vinalian citizens, and has been marked as among the leading methods of managing the subject. Tough restrictions on tobacco products, have reduced the amount of smokers from 33% in 1999, to around 20% in 2015.

Education

University of Vevetsia library

Literacy rates in the country have grown to about 98% of the population, an increase from 78% in 1993, this do to large scale government investment in rural schooling primarily Vinakian areas. Over 1,000 institutions were built throughout the country between 1993 and 1997, which helped the literacy rate in the country. Education in Vinalia is split between public and private institutions with some 30% assisting private institutions, most private institutions specialize in the teaching of foreign languages primarily Gaullican and Estmerish and are sought after for their academic achievements. Vinalian school years run from September to June, schooling is mandatory for all 12 years of primary and secondary education, with the option for an additional 2 years in specialized schools existing. Some of this specialized schools are considered to be pre-university education and are mostly private institutions found in rural areas educating in areas such as agriculture, animal husbandry, and woodworking. All Vinalian students must take a standardized National Education Test, or NET which questions on a variety of subjects including Mathematics, History, Biology, Chemistry, and Soravian.

In Vinalia 10 public universities exist: the University of Apajia, University of Catherinsk, University of Chervona, University of Morechia, University of Nazica, University of Norelinsk, University of North Orlavo, University of Orlavo, University of Velkarichka, and the University of Vevetsia. Along with 3 private universities: The University of Bin, the Episemialist University of Chervona, University of the Interior, and the University of the Sciences. The University of Vevetsia was established in 1693 and is among the oldest in the Asterias, closely followed by the University of Orlavo in 1711. The University of Nazica was established in 2001, and has grown to be among the most prestigious institutions in Vinalia. The private University of the Interior was the first university to be established in Vinalinsk, when it opened its doors in 2019. Vinalian institutions run numerous programs in other developing states with the goal of attracting foreign students to Vinalia, with the intention of making them remain in the country, Medicine, STEM, and Technology related areas have been specially targeted by institutions with some 68% of students staying in Vinalia after completing their studies, with many pursuing further education and many entering the job market in Vinalia.

Religion

Religion in Vinalia (2013)

  Irreligious (42%)
  Other (5%)

Religion in Vinalia goes back to colonization, with Soravian colonizers bringing with them the Episemialist beliefs, the largest in Vinalia, Solarian has always maintained a minor presence mainly do to the influence of Marirana on the country. Irreligion in Vinalia has grown considerably, one of the concepts of the Northern Vinalian New Nation movement was the rejection of religion, which has led to differences between both former states with 65% of Irreligious living in Northern Vinalia, with 75% being originally from North Vinalia. Other religions are practiced in Vinalia, with some Vinakians maintaining their pre-colonial indigenous beliefs. Small pockets of Irfan, Badi, and Satyists exist in the country.

Many Episemialist churches exist in Vinalia, most notably the Vevetsia Cathedral first built in 1743 by Soravian settlers, along with the Orlavo Cathedral which has been reconstructed 3 times, as it was destroyed by fire in 1799, 1845, and 1911. Cathedrals are based on cathedrals found back in Soravia, usually built in similitude to cathedrals in the regions from where the migration took place, with the Vevetsia Cathedral taking inspiration from the Meredosia Cathedral in Uzyn, Soravia. The oldest church in Vinalia being that of the Orlavo Cathedral being built in 1602 and destroyed in 1723 in a fire, in 1739 the cathedral was rebuilt.

Language

Vinalia by law may not mantain an official language, but Soravian is spoken by 98% of the population. Volynian is spoken by 5% of the population, while Vinakian languages such as Apjai which is spoken by 7% of the population, Quejua is spoken by 2% of the population, with another 5 different languages spoken among the Vinakian population.

Gaullican is spoken by 15% of the population as a second tongue, as the government has pushed it's learning to better incorporate Vinalia in the foreign community. Vespasian has grown considerably do to Mariranan immigration and some 2% of the population speak the language.

Cities

Largest urban centers by population

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Orlavo
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Velkarichka

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Chervona
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1 Orlavo 2,122,521
2 Velkarichka 1,951,125
3 Chervona 869,377
4 Nazica 663,356
5 Vevetsia 662,753
6 Norelinsk 533,152
7 Morechia 500,152
6 Apajia 473,152
9 Vinalinsk 351,152
10 Catherinsk 213,631

Economy

Orlavo Financial District

Vinalia is a mixed economy with private and public enterprises. Vinalia is a developing country, with a relatively poor economy when compared with the rest of the Asteria's, but it has showcased strong economic growth, and recovery from the 2005 Crisis, posting good economic growth around 4% and peaking at 6% in 2014. With a GDP of $268 Million, one of the lowest in the Asterias, with a GDP per capita of just $10,420, among the lowest in the region.

Vinalia has a strong manufacturing sector most notably it's auto manufacturing, agriculture remains an important area of the economy with it being 35% of it's exports, but it has been on decline as the services and manufacturing sectors have been benefited by increased government support. Mining along with oil drilling are conducted by publicly owned companies, alongside the construction industry where the Government maintains a strong presence. Vinalia has shown growth by it's stability and attraction to foreign investment, as many companies previously based in Marirana have moved to Vinalia to avoid the civil war and instability of the country, while still obtaining low production costs. Vinalia's main exports are manufactured goods such as cars, airplane parts, among others, natural resources such as Iron, coal, Uranium, lithium and Phosphorus, agricultural products such as sugar, coffee, bananas, and others.

The Vinalian auto industry is heavily protected by tariffs, and favorable laws. The Red Coast Auto Company makes up about 73% of all car manufacturing in the nation, where foreign brands struggle to enter as just 15% of cars sold between 2015-2019 were foreign made. Red Coast is the largest company in the country and employs over 650,000 people over a variety of activities from airplane manufactory, to steel making, to retail. Red Coast has been described as having a quasi-monopoly in some markets in Vinalia, and has seen little growth outside of the nation do to tough restrictions and inspections.

Transportation

Dunas International Airport

Transportation and infrastructure have been a focal point of the Vinalian government since it's inception. The Dunas International Airport in Orlavo is the largest airport in Vinalia after opening in 2019 replacing the Palij Memorial International Airport as the major airport for the city of Orlavo, with Kila International Airport in Velkarichka serving as another important airport, and Chervona Union Airport in Chervona. Unity International Airport on the outskirts of Vinalisk is expected to become the hub of travel in Vinalia once it opens in early 2020, with it's expectation of handling major international as well as domestic connections. Although Vinalia does not have a national carrier, Armadillo Air is the largest Vinalia based carrier with flights to neigbouring nations and across the Arucian.

The National Railroad Commission of Vinalia or NRCV, is a direct successor to the Northern National Train Committee, which had established in North Vinalia a vast system of public owned passenger train services, with over 75% of the population utilizing passenger train in the North to commute by 1980, freight was equally handled through railroads with 65% of all freight being moved by cargo trains. The Southern train system was more lacking with only minor passenger services between the major cities, and with large amounts of freight being moved through a system of roads. Since unification the NRCV has expanded the rail system by over 1000 km's of track mainly in the south of the nation.

Trains in Chervona

Vinalia operates a vast motorway netwok which in contrast as rail transportation, most construction has focused in building road networks in the north, motorways are divided into 3 categories the M Category is the highest and 4 roads hold such distinction primarily in the South, the T category is found in 8 roads, while the Y category is found in 15 roads. The M1 connecting Orlavo-Velkarichka through Vinalinsk is the most transited motorway in the country, with it's 6 lanes. Vinalia holds a varieties of ports with the ports of Orlavo, Chervona, Vevetsia, Catherinsk, and Norelinsk being the major ports of the nation, with Orlavo and Vevetsia sharing similar amounts of freight transported.

Following reunification large scale infrastructure projects were launched with the goal of improving and rebuilding the now combined transport system. Around 20 billion have been invested by the government since 1993 into projects aimed at improving it's infrastructure and are the reason for such large expansion experienced in the country. The Національний план інфраструктури (National Infrastructure Plan) NIP, which ended in 2015, after having taken 22 years to fulfill. Another NIP is expected to expand further on the national infrastructure, with plans for the expansion of the countries rail system, and the introduction of possible High-Speed Rail into the country. With the proposed Orlavo-Vinalinsk-Velkarichka link expected to serve as the central piece to the new plan, using Senrian high speed train technology. The NRCV seeks to establish in the future 3 Coast-Interior links one going from Vevetsia to Velkarichka, another from Norelinsk-Vinalinsk-Nazica, and a Chervona-Orlavo-Morechia link.

Energy

Chisvin Nuclear Power plant in Chistovodia

Vinalia consumes 49 billion kilowatt hours per year, which is covered about half with Nuclear power at 47%, with 38% being fossil fuel power plants mainly natural gas, and Coal with 65% and 30% respectively, with Oil providing 5%. Renewable sources provide for the remaining 15% with 60% being wind, 20% solar, 15% hydro, and 5% geothermal power.

Vinalia owns and operates the Cirnan Nuclear Power plant with 2 reactors near Vevetsia, and partially owns the Chisvin Nuclear Power Plant in Chistovodia with 4 reactors, where Vinalia is entitled to 40% of the produced energy. North Vinalia and Chistovodia had built the Chisvin plant near the border so as to maintain it's safety from possible Southern attack. At the start the North owned 40% of the power plant and thus 40% of it's energy output, in 1995 it bought a further 30% of the plant. Vinalia began construction of the 2 reactor Cirnan Nuclear Power Plant in 2005, with help from Chistovodia it entered service in 2012. Vinalia has expressed interest in further increasing it's reliance on nuclear power, with the intention to build a further 2 reactors in Cirnan in 2015 but the motion was defeated. Vinalia utilizes Heavy-water reactors, acquiring most of it's heavy water from Chistovodia, while its nuclear waste is stored on site for up to 10 years it also operates a joint long term storage facility alongside Chistovodia which was built in the 1990's.

Vinalia completed the retirement of large potions of mainly oil power plants in 2012, and has in it's goal the reduction of fossil fuel powered plants from 35% to 5% in 2050, with debate over whether the needed makeup will be through nuclear or renewable resources. Vinalia imports all of it's natural gas from Chistovodia, while it utilizes locally mined coal for it's power plants. Vinalia has invested in renewable resources, mainly wind power as it operates offshore wind farms, solar has been a sector of great interest as it's share in the powergrid grew from 5% in 2010, to 20% by 2020, this due in large part to private sector investment, in January 2020, the Ministry of Energy announced it's intentions to install solar panels in over 50,000 houses by 2030.

Tourism

Vina Dina

Tourism is a relatively new sector in the Vinalian economy, as it could not be developed during the Vinalian struggle. Vinalia moved to establish itself as a low cost summer vacation getaway for tourists from other nations, the hotel district of Vevetsia had grown from 3 hotels in 1993 to 20 in 2013, with many tourists taking advantage of the low cost. Eco tourism has been pushed by the government as an alternative solution to destructive and mass tourism as in other countries, the establishment of environmentally friendly lodges, hotels, and activities have earned Vinalia praise from the international community. Tourists can enjoy in Vinalia aside from ecologically oriented tourism, Vinalia holds numerous archaeological sites, along with historical sites. Soravian colonial architecture can be seen in towns such as Apajia, Vevetsia, and Catherinsk which attracts many tourists

Culture

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Painting

A Dario Salino painting

Painting in Vinalia can be traced back to early Zapoyan murals in some ruins discovered, the oldest of which can traced to the 1st century BCE in Kaj Kaj. The largest of this murals is in Tor'k, and is dated to the 15th century. Many murals were destroyed or decayed throughout the centuries, but movements to restore and preserve the few remaining murals has been undertaken.

Colonial art in Vinalia, is centered around Euclean artistic movements that made their way into Vinalia through the passage of time. Art was mainly undertaken by Soravian nobility or other persons originally from Soravia, and had little in the way of Vinalian born artists. Daria Salino a Soravian-Etrurian was the first of the "Vevetsian School" artists born in the new continent, the Vevetsian School refers to the school established by Salino in his native Vevetsia which established Vinalian artistic culture in the country. Dario Salino is remarked for his paintings of the Red Bay in Vinalia, and of his trips to Coius where his paintings became the first sights for Asterians of the wonders of the continent. The Vevetsian School produced a variety of artists, and is still considered the most prestigious artistic institution in Vinalia.

Cuisine

A Frikace dish

Vinalian cuisine is a mixture of Vinakian, and Soravian cuisine. Few dishes define the country as it's cuisine is highly regional with many types of dishes restricted to specific regions, but the main difference exists between the coastal regions and the inner regions of the country. In the coastal regions dishes involving fish and other marine creatures are popular, most notably Rybhu and it's variations which incorporates eating a fish inside a soup made of a special sauce. In the central regions specially the highlands consumption of Frikace a dish usually made with chicken, pork, or beef, vegetables, and fricassee in a soup is common. It's common as a side dish to consume Lystivo a dough with filling, thats wrapped and cooked in banana leaves, along with beans are served.

Music

Playing the Marimba

Music in Vinalia is a mix of Vinakian and Euclean sounds, the national instrument is the Marimba a Vinakian instrument which has become synonymous with Vinalia. Bands involving the marimba alongside other instruments are quite common in Vinalia, being an usual sight upon social events such as weddings, parties, funerals, etc. Flutes are also extensively used and employed in the country, the flute has been incorporated into Episemialist proceedings. Euclean pop music is highly famous in Vinalia, specially among the youth, with numerous Euclean artists primarily those from Soravian holding large followings in the nation.

Literature

Ikal Peruski

Literature in Vinalia is rich with many renown authors the most notable of which are the Arturivna sisters Nina, and Oksana both world renown authors for their writings during the warring years, their books "Winter in Bir", "A tale of 10 wife's", and "100 Leagues from you" are registered by the National Vinalian Museum of the Arts and are of mandatory reading in schools throughout the nation. Other important authors are Ikal Peruski, Polina Myroslavivna, Nazar Leont, and Chac Sulai. The National Museum of the Arts has over 1,350 books by national Authors, alongside 400 poems, it includes a small section of 30 books and 5 poems written by foreign authors or by exiled Vinalians, this include all of Ikal Peruski's literary work of 7 books which were written while in exile. His most famous work being that of "Dumb Dumb" a book criticising the split between both Vinalia's, written in 1957.

Cinema

Vinalia maintains a small homegrown film industry, inherited from Northern and Southern propaganda films. Films depicting the realities of the civil war have been successful in the nation with movies such as німий німий (Dumb Dumb), and Сто ліг від вас (One Hundred Leagues from you), which are adaptations by the famous books of Ikal Peruski, and the Arturivna sisters respectively, both films have won at the Montecara Film Festival in 1991, and 1969 respectively. Other films include Червона троянда (Red Rose) from 2000, зламана стріла (Broken Arrow) in 2015, and Дами Річки (Ladies in the River) in 2019 the currently highest grossing film in Vinalia, and the only one to not be based on the Civil War in the top 10 highest grossing films.

Sports

Sanzo Vukovenic and Ester Yurka celebrate a goal in 2014

Sports in Vinalia are a common past time for the people, the government subsidies public sports in Sporting Clubs for children and adults alike, in the North Workers Clubs persist from their Socialist origins in the 1940's. A national sporting week is held the week after reunification day after the first iteration in Nazica 1996, also known as the Vinallian Invictus Games. As many sporting events are held, including the Novikov Cup Finals, the National Basketball Championship League finals, the Vinalian Marathon, the Vinalian Athletics combine, and the National Swimming Competition, are held in back to back days in the hosting city of that years Vinalian Sporting Competition. Vinalinsk is to host the week in 2020, and Catherinsk in 2021, following Nazica's 5th host in 2019.

Football is the most popular sport in Vinalia with some 350,000 people being part of the Football Sporting Clubs as of 2019. The most popular football league is the Vinalian Superliga which was established in 1999 following the merger of the top Northern and Southern Leagues the First League, and the Sporting League respectively. The Superliga consists of 14 teams, with the biggest clubs being that of the Orlavo Red Stars, Velkarichka FC, and Chervona Coyotes who combined have won 14 out of 20 cups. The second tier league is that of the Super Combine with 20 teams, and the third tier is the United League with 40 teams. The top 8 teams in the Superliga, top 7 in the Super Combine, and the top 5 teams of the United League classify to the Novikov Cup. The national team plays in the National Stadium in Velkarichka.

Orlavo Falcons

The Orlavo Falcons of the Asterian Hockey League were established in 1992 and are the only professional Hockey team in Vinalia, the Vinalian Hockey League is considered an amateur league and has 8 teams throughout Vinalia, with the Chervona Foragers being the most dominant team in the league with 6 titles. The Vinalian National Hockey team plays in the Orlavo Dome, and is currently a member of the 1B Division.

Basketball is also an important sport, as 100,000 people play the sport in Sporting Clubs, the only Basketball League is that of the National Basketball Championship League with 20 teams established in 1995, following incorporation of the Southern Basketball Super League with the disbanding Northern Vinalian Basketball League. The Velkarichka Flying Lemurs have won 9 out of 24 championships with their rivals the Chervona Bulls having won 7 championships. Other important sports and leagues is that of the United Handball League established in 2004 with 10 teams, the National Field Hockey League with 8 teams established in 2002, and the National Fieldball League with 6 teams established in 2009.

Although practiced mainly by amateurs Zadany, is an important sport specially in the south of the country, where it's been practiced since the 16th Century. Brought by Soravian settlers, it remained an important sport in rural and agricultural communities and was the most important sport in the country until the entry of other sports most prominently Soccer, Hockey, and Baseball. Vinalia maintains a national Zadany team which competes worldwide in a variety of championship, the team has been relatively successful claiming various championships and titles during its history, most recently in 2018.

Holidays

Date Name Native Name Public Holiday Notes
January 1 New Year's Day Новий рік Yes Celebration of the new year.
February 14 Valentine's Day день святого Валентина No
moveable Sunday Easter Sunday Пасхальна неділя Yes
May 1 International Workers' Day Міжнародний день працівників Yes Celebrate the workers of Vinalia.
July 12 Peace Day день миру Yes Celebrate peace in Vinalia, following the Treaty of Vina which ended the 10 Day War in 1987.
July 25 Reunification Day День возз’єднання Yes Celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Vinalian Reunification, reunifying North and South Vinalia
August 1-7 Sports Week Тиждень спорту No Celebrate sport, and it's history in Vinalia
September 1 Independence Day день Незалежності Yes Celebrate the independence of Vinalia as part of Chistovodia from Soravia.
October 5 People's Day день людей Yes Celebration of the people of Vinalia primarily the native Vinakians.
November 27 Army Day день армії Yes Celebration of the Armed Forces of Vinalia
December 31 New Year's Eve Переддень Нового року Yes Day before the new year.