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Tchernovodsk, Free Province of

by micky

Area: 4536

Population: 10,808
6580 in the Colossus foothills and lower Dol-Anur hills (1400 sq miles)
3108 in the northern Colossus Mounts (3024 sq miles)
1120 in the Scotch Breach

Ethnic Groups: Ethengarian 35%, Boldavian 25%, Kaelic 20%, Flaem 10%, Fen 5%, Other 5%

Villages: Estoniarsk (320) This is an agricultural enclave on the banks of the Dol-Anur which is the border with Ethengar at this point. The village is a collection point for produce from the nearby hills, a prime fishing location, and last but not least a garrison point for a detachment of undercover wizards and Constables of the feared GSS. Glantrian Secret Service, an elite branch of the Constabulary. They have a permanent duty station here on watch for illegal crossings, both ways, of the border.

Lhamsa (125) A village of Ethengarian and more recently, some Sindhi mystics high up in the Colossus Mounts. The Great Order of Saffron is based here in Lhamsa. The village has is collection point for the goats, and yaks of the Colossus Mounts to be sent downriver to market.

Dalmeny (432) The village is located in the Scotch Breach and is a Kaelic village. Dalmeny was founded by the Primrose clan who fed Klantyreís border after a feud with the McGregor clan, over possession of some prime grazing land, resulted in the Prince of Klantyre, Malcolm McGregor persecuting the Primrose. They fled the Principality to escape his benevolence, and settled half way into the Breach and founded a new clan seat. The clan-chiefís mansion at Dalmeny is of considerable architectural interest, and houses a splendid collection of paintings and furniture. The clan is well known for furniture making and is raising funds to build a castle so the Primrose might have a proper clan seat. While the grazing here in the Breach isnít as good for their sheep as the land they left in Klantyre, it is manageable and profitable. They have an excellent relationship with the current Propraetor and he allows them access to log what they can find in the Colossus. The village has occasional problems when the Glenmoorloch garrison of Brannartís Corp, always of one of his divisions comes into town on a patrol. Tavern fights are a regular occurrence, with hurled insults being a good visit, and bodies carried to the mortuary being a normal occurrence, and all out fighting being a bad visit. The Propraetor shares the Primrose belief that the officers of the Banner are ordered to cause trouble when they visit. Complaints to the Council of Princes have so far changed nothing.

Kaschgar (225) Located approximately 40 miles north of the town of Bramyra. The village is the largest settlement in the southern half of the Free Province. The centre of Agriculture in the eastern hills, the village serves two mountainous Viscounties nearby, the Viscounty of Blofeld and the new Viscounty of Mongolia. Farmers bring their goods to town, local staples such as potatoes, turnips, and cattle and sell to merchants who in turn take them to market in the viscounties to trade or sell for the products of those mineral rich, yet agriculture poor dominions. The population here is overwhelmingly ethnic Ethengarian. Here as in Estoniarsk there is an undercover detachment of the GSS, though a small one of only five constables, which keeps a close watch on the border, and the Ethengarian-Glantrians here. Glantrian army patrols regularly stop here to rest or bivouac here as Kaschgar is just to the south of the halfway point between Camp Bramyra and Fort Tchernovodsk and sits squarely on the Trans Boldavia-Bramyra Highway. Patrols from Morphailís command usually come no further south than the village. Patrols from Jherekís command rarely go any further north than this village.

Government: Propraetor; appointed by the Council of Princes, in charge for seven years. Seat in Ft. Tchernovodsk.

Ruler: Propraetor Don Maximilian de Belcadiz (born 820, Elf 10, AL-L)

House: not aligned to any house. Close ties, by blood, to Alhambra

Territory: The Tchernovodsk Free Province includes the Scotch Breach between Klantyre and Boldavia. The eastern foothills of the Colossus Mounts from the Dol-Anur river south to the border of the Principality of Bramyra. It includes the Colossus Mounts from the Boldavian border in the north to the border of the Skullhorn Free Province which is generally on a line from Blofeld in the east to the southeastern border of Klantyre in the west.

Food: Surplus; sold to neighbouring, agricultural challenged, dominions or to the large army installations in Tchernovodsk and Bramyra for reserve stocks in case of siege.

Trails: The Tchernovodsk Free Province is the least centralised Province we have seen yet. There are 3 distinct regions to the Province with the Colossus Mounts preventing substantial contact or movement between them. The Northwest region which is dominated by the Scotch Breach and the Colossus Mounts of the Kaelics. The East region which is dominated by the eastern foothills of the Colossus and the eastern slopes of the Colossus. The Southwest region which is dominated by the inhospitable and the headwaters of the Fen River. There are only dangerous foot trails running between the three regions.
The northwest region has a good trail running through the length of the Scotch Breach. Numerous poor trails reach into the western Colossus from Klantyre which are used for sheep herding and some logging. The east region has the Trans- Boldavia Bramyra Highway which runs due south from Tchernovodsk to the town of Bramyra, and Camp Bramyra. It is classified by Glantrian AAA as a fair trail, but travellers must beware of frequent travellers advisories for marauding bands of the horsemen of the Steppe. Thankfully the Glantrian army does a great job keeping the route clear, but one must always be on ones toes when making this journey. The Glantrian Commission on Homeland Security has implemented the following scale for the nations highways.

The current threat level is yellow, or elevated meaning there is a significant risk of Ethengarian terrorists ruining your ride. Several short fair trails lead to the two viscounties that lay on the eastern slopes of the Colossus Mounts. The Southwestern region has only trail of note, a trail rated poor by AAA, that leads from Lhamsa down the Fen river to the southwest and into the Skullhorn Free Province. Numerous foot trails which do not support caravan or wagon trail exist, but require guides or travellers run the risk of getting lost high in the Colossus.

Economics: The Tchernovodsk Free Province can be broken into two regions economically, the hill country of the Colossus foothills and the mountains of the Colossus Mounts. The hill country is prime agricultural ground for potatoes, turnips, cabbage, beets, and carrots. The hills also support substantial cattle herds as well. The region provides a substantial surplus over and above what is needed to support the local population so the surplus is sold to merchants who in sell to the army, local dominions or ship off through Skullhorn Pass to the heart of Glantri.
The mountain country has significant animal resources with itís sheep and yak populations. Little mining has been attempted in the heart of the mountains due to the height of the mountains and the glaciers. What mining that has been done has been done by the dominions that occupy the slopes of the range. The western and northern edges of the Colossus support significant logging operations in which the logs taken often make their way into Klantyre.

Notable people/sites: Propraetor Don Maximilian de Belcadiz might be a familiar name to some. Until 1007 he served as the First Secretary to the Glantrian Ambassador to Alfheim. With the closure (since reopened) of the Glantrian embassy with the Shadowelf conquest of Alfheim, now Aengmor, the First Secretary was recalled to Glantri City. Don Maximilian de Belcadiz (you would never think of calling him by a shorter name, so neither will we haha) is the 2nd Cousin of the Princess of Alhambra, Princess Carnelia de Belcadiz y Fedorias, so the former First Secretary was sure to not have to wait long for his next assignment. As fate would have it, he didnít. In 1008 the Propraetor of the Tchernovodsk Free Province was caught in a sex scandal where he was caught with the wife of a prominent local leader among the Ethengarian-Glantrians. Needless to say the Council looked the other way when the Propraetor was found, not long after the revelation hit the tabloids in Glantri City, with his head removed cleanly at the shoulders. He had last been seen walking back to his room at the Dusky Broad Inn in Estoniarsk one night. The case was closed the next day with no arrests. After that embarrassing scene the Council of Princes wanted a straight arrow, a no-nonsense Propraetor who could ably administer this large, ethnically varied, and strategically important Province. They knew they had their man in Don Maximilian de Belcadiz and quickly appointed the scrupulous, meticulous, and fastidious fusspot. He administers the Province from the Fortress of Tchernovodsk believing that information and news would come to him quicker, which he believes is vital in administering such a decentralised Province.

Useful Links: GPD Ė Tobol Vlarostk by Giampaolo Agosta (giving the Free Province itís name haha)