Republic of Vrtgora
Coat of arms
Motto: "for Liberty and Progress"
"ზა სვობოდო ინ ნაფრედექ"
Anthem: "A Toast"
Political map of Vrtgora|
Political map of Vrtgora
|Government||Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic under a Dominant-party system|
• Principality of Vrtgora
• Treaty of Holmgrad
• Liberation of Vrtgora
|196,300 km2 (75,800 sq mi)|
• 2020 census
|103/km2 (266.8/sq mi)|
|GDP (PPP)||2020 estimate|
|$ 865.2 billion|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2020 estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||Vrtgoran Tolar (თ/VRT)|
Vrtgora (Vrtgoran: ვრთგორა), officially the Republic of Vrtgora (Vrtgoran: რეფუბლიქა ვრთგორა), is a sovereign state located in Central Artemia. Vrtgora borders Samotkhe to the west, Lusjki and Propyrgia to the southeast, and Gradinska to the northeast. It has an overall surface area of a bit above 196,300 square kilometres. The capital and largest city of Vrtgora is Pakadolina, the political and cultural capital where different religious centres commingle and many cafés dot every neighbourhood, which boasts a population of 2,461,563. Other major metropolitan areas include the touristy coastal city of Belapečina, the former industrial heartland turned cultural hub of Reznograd, the steel city of Falnagrad, and the mountainous gateway to eastern Artemia, Vratnomesto. An industrialized, developed and stable nation, the Vrtgoran economy is quite robust and diverse, outshining its small southern neighbor and generally mirroring the prosperity of Samotkhe and Propyrgia. As of 2020, Vrtgora has a GDP of $865.2 billion.
Vrtgora was first unified as a Principality in 1349, with the old duchy of Vrtgora (found in the valley of the river Paka and the areas to the north, up to the Vrtgora Massif) unifying the various small duchies, counties, and lands in the valleys of the river Falna and the river Rezno, as well as the area in between, the Vrtgora massif. The Principality, under the Vladardolin Dynasty, lasted for huge amounts of time, expanding in small ways to the north and the east by annexing small counties of the regions of Sivegore and Idrijkadeželena. Later, it was placed into a personal union with Samotkhe and later became part of the Samot-Seratofian Empire. During it’s period as part of Samotkhe and the Samot-Seratofian Empire, the large reserves of coal and iron in the valleys of Vrtgora led to the rapid Industrialization of the Principality (now just a division of the Empire), and the railroads that would one day define Vrtgoran transportation came soon after.
This industrial revolution led to the increased importance of Vrtgora, and most areas around the older principality that where majority Vrtgoran, like the rest of Sivegore and Idrijkadeželena, and regions with significant Vrtgoran minorities, mainly the city of Vyalakent and it’s surroundings, which are called in Vrtgoran the city of Belapečina, and the region of Belaravnice, respectively. Later, the Treaty of Holmgrad dissolved the Samot-Seratofian Empire, and the area of the Principality of Vrtgora gained independence. Soon after independence, an election for a constituent assembly and a referendum on the form of government the nation would take (nicknamed the “Crowns Referendum”, as the representation of the “Republic” option in the biggest republican newspaper in the country was a woman wearing a traditional dress wearing a flower crown, and the representation of monarchy was a man with an oversized crown filled with embroidery). In the referendum , Republic won out, with 63% of the population voting in favor of a republican form of government, and the Republic of Vrtgora was established when the constitution of 1926 was passed.
the Election of 1926 resulted in the formation of a hung parliament, with the assembling of the political forces resulting in a divided left whose largest component was the Radical Party, whose presence in parliament was drowned out in importance by the Vrtgoran Liberal Party, Conservative Party, and the Centrist Democratic Party, who formed the Trinity Coalition Government (1926-1942), in addition to the Right-Wing National Party and the Monarchist Assembly, who formed the main component of the opposition.
The era of the Trinity Coalition is defined by both its pro-business attitude and its incremental reform, encapsulated by the Liberal Government of Arnošt Kristián, who opened Vrtgora to significant amounts of international trade in seeking international investment for blooming Vrtgoran Industry, as well as the People's Budget I of 1931 and the People's Budget II of 1932, who introduced, among other things, a Minimum Wage, Old Age Pensions, Unemployment Security, and established means through which the government would reduce the cost of Eldercare as well as basic medical services like doctor visits and vaccinations. The reformism of the Trinity Coalition reached its peak in the Spring of 1936, when Prime Minister Jonáš Řehoř, of the Democratic Party, blocked the attempt of the Falna & Western Railroad and the Paka Valley, Massif & Central Railroad to merge, out of concern for the consolidation of the Anthracite industry. But in the election of 1938, increasing concern was raised of the threat the Samot Central State posed to Vrtgoran sovereignty, in combination with booming union membership in the last 10 years strengthening left-wing movements, the wave of reaction and a desire for increased defence spending resulted in the Conservative Party becoming the largest among the Trinity, with rising left-wing movements starting to sap support from the Democratic Party.
This resulted in the government of Conservative Prime-Minister Jáchym Jiří, who doubled down on the Liberals free-trade pro-business policy while cutting funding to newly created social services, justified by the increased military spending Jiří championed. However, Jiří's appearance as an overly secular, bureaucratic moderate within the conservative party, as well as the increasing presence of Left-Wing forces in the country with the official foundation of the Communist Party of Vrtgora from many earlier movements, resulted in the Buddhist, Western branches of the Conservative Party breaking away to form the Anti-Revolutionary Party, with the death of Jiří in 1941 causing a further schism between the Secular Conservative Party and the Messianic Conservative Party, whose leader Jakub Augustin led in a campaign of harsh criticism of the Trinity government, criticising both the government's excessively Pro-Business policy and calling for More Rigid Religious Values as something which had been ignored during the Trinity Coalition. The Election of 1942 then resulted in the collapse in stature of the conservative party, who had lost ground to both the Anti-Revolutionaries and the Messianic Conservatives, with the Southern Brotherhood, a Waqienic majority regionalist party, splitting from the conservative party in late 1942, arguing the party could not represent the interests of the people of Southern Vrtgora in any way which was adequate.
The succeding government was formed by the Anti-Revolutionary Party, in coalition with the National Party and Monarchist Assembly with external Messianic Conservative Party and Old Conservative Party support, forming an expressly Anti-Communist, Anti-Union coalition, who started opposing the increased influence that unions were achieving across heavily industrial Vrtgora, although the Anti-Revolutionary Party coming to power backfired enourmously, causing the increasingly pillarised industrial labourers and low-wage white collar workers to turn to the strongest unions in their regions as opposed to remaining in or joining the Centrist Secular and Moderate Religious unions, with the Reznograd-centred Federation of People's Labour Organization of the Rezno Valley, one of the associated unions of the Communist Party, seeing a more then 200% increase in membership during the 8 year Anti-Revolutionary Government, as well as the rise of new political parties, particularly the Vrtgoran Labour Party, Socialist Party, Revolutionary Socialist Party, and the Radical Party's radicalisation into the Artemian Radical Socialist Alliance in Vrtgora, who increased their voting share significantly in 1946 and 1950.
after the 1950 election, the creeping influence of the left-wing caused a panic, where the present coalition of the Anti-Revolutionaires was incapable of forming a majority government. This resulted in the Liberal+Right government, in which the Liberal Party took the lead of a coalition of the ARP, the Messianics, the Old Conservatives and the National Party, with external support from the Southern Brotherhood and the Monarchist Assembly, with the Liberal Party pressuring the struggling Democratic Party, who had moved considerably to the left across the last decade but was failling to regain its original base, to merge with Them in opposition to the left, causing the Declaration of Cause & Value of Democracy in Vrtgora of 1950 being published by The Democratic Tribune, the Democrats official newspaper, declaring the party's stance against any government who involved the Anti-Revolutionary Party or the National Party, perceived to be authoritarian influences on the government, denouncing the Liberals for allying with them, and calling for a Communist-Led Government to stop the erosion of democracy that the Liberal Party were Endorsing. In response, the government orchestrated New Year Raid of 1951, an event where the National Police busted into the Democratic Party's Headquarters in Pakadolina only to find the entire building was evacuated because the Militant arm of the Vrtgoran Labour Socialist Party, formed by a merger of two earlier parties, informed of the police's intentions and invited them to flee to their headquarters lest they be the first of many parties who the police decapitate and subjugate, causing the democratic party membership to near unanimously vote to Merge with the Labour Socialist Party, Renamed the Vrtgoran Social Democratic Party, on the 4th day of the year.