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The Federation of Izhitsa
« on: January 02, 2020, 05:10:03 AM »

Motto:- Together for peace
National Anthem:- Where My Home Is (Kde domov muy)

BACKGROUND

Following a civil war against nationalist rebels, Izhitsa finds itself dominated by the military forces of a minority ethnic group and a communist party, both with lukewarm attitudes towards the new constitution drafted by officials only allowed to be elected due to public pressure.

Half of the country is occupied by Izhitsan Unity (aka Izhitska Ednota, or the IE), a leftist popular front led by hardline communist Matvey Karamovo. The other half is occupied by the forces of Yach, a province of Izhitsa with a culture unrelated to the rest of Izhitsa. The victory has brought with it its own troubles. The royal family, once integral to the constitution, lie in mass graves, along with the hundreds of thousands of Yachese murdered by the nationalists. All that remains of Izhitsa’s former anti-nationalist parliamentarians are a roomful of ashes. IE and Yach joined the war on condition of receiving favorable concessions from Parliament once the war ended, but seem to have gained little in the new constitution. How either party will proceed is anyone's guess. Meanwhile, a new generation of politicians is rising, united by a demand for renewed democratic rule after years of conflict.

Until the new constitution is ratified, Izhitsa operates as a dual state. Federal government positions are filled with a representative from both Yach and the IE. Naturally, this makes foreign relations somewhat painful.
The constitutional committee, the Federal Assembly, is composed of officials elected under the auspices of the provisional government. The Federal Assembly ostensibly holds absolute legal power over Izhitsa, but real power lies with Yach and Izhitska Ednota, who operate on a careful balance between independence and unity. Yach has implemented a parliamentary democracy similar to the previous government, whereas the IE has begun to organise society along communistic lines.

Government Type:-
In Yachese occupation zone: Parliamentary democracy
In IE occupation zone: Single-party communist state
Population:-:- 50 million Izhitsans
Capital City:- Hrabohrada (343000), often referred to as just Hrada
Demonym:- Izhitsan


ECONOMY

Currency:- Revna
GDP per Capita:- ₽110000, about 5500 USD
Unemployment Rate:- 35%
Main Industries:- Manufacturing, arms trade, mining.


PEOPLE
The following statistics are based on a census from before the civil war. Actual statistics may vary. Izhitsans were given the opportunity to declare their ethnicity and language as Izhitsan, Ved, Kher, Shta, Dzel, Yachese, or Other.
Standard Izhitsan was created in 1874 from a dialect of Ved. While the regions of Izhitsa retain their individual identities and dialects of Izhitsan, many Izhitsans have begun to adopt a pan-Izhitsan, rather than regionalist identity.
Both Izhitsan and Yachese are written in Cyrillic. However, there is also a Yachese alphabet, which has largely fallen out of favor due to repression by the Izhitsan government.
Ethnicity:- 4% Izhitsan, 15% Shta, 17% Dzel, 23% Ved, 17% Kher, 24% Yachese, 3% Other
Primary Language:- 14% Izhitsan, 15% Shta, 13% Dzel, 21% Ved, 14% Kher, 22% Yachese, 1% Other
Religions:- 94% Izhitsan Orthodox Christianity, 6% Other
Average Life Expectancy:- 72 years


GOVERNMENT

Head of State:-
In Yach occupation zone: Antek Dzhavid
In IE occupation zone: Commander Matvey Karamovo
Head of Government:-
In Yach occupation zone: Tadar Hamady
In IE occupation zone: Anton Brazda
Name of Legislative Body:- Federal Assembly




HISTORY

Modern Izhitsa finds its origins in the Rus crusader state of Ved, established in the mid-1300s during the Izhitsan Crusade. Through conquest, the dukes of Ved established counties over the other modern-day regions of Izhitsa: Kher, Dzelo, Shta, and Yach. Each of these regions grew their own dialects and identities, while Izhitsa fractured and reunited repeatedly until the 19th century.
By 1600, Rus settlement had crowded out most of the native Izhitsans. The only surviving native Izhitsan ethnic group is the Yachese, who make up the majority of the region of Yach.
In 1824, Izhitsa united under Duke Stanimir Zhemislovtsy of Ved, who crowned himself king in 1826. Stanimir I established the constitutional monarchy which became Izhitsa's longest-lasting united government. This government gave considerable authority to regional governments and created a bicameral parliament. The upper house, the Shekhtichka Rada, consisted of hereditary nobles, and the lower house, the Lidova Rada, consisted of elected officials. New national legislation had to pass through both houses and be signed by the king. The king also had the power to propose a referendum, which would be binding if two-thirds of the population vote to pass the law.
Despite the unprecedented reform, the power of the largely conservative nobility remained largely untouched. Though the nobles of Ved, Kher, and Yach eventually introduced regional parliaments, the nobility still retained hereditary power to govern. In 1894, Dushan II attempted to replace the nobility with elected officials by referendum. Unfortunately, due to a campaign of confusion and intimidation initiated by the nobility, the measure failed.
By the 1990s, the rigidity of the government had led to extreme economic stagnation. A banking crisis in 1991 led to the rise of Izhitsa for Izhitsans (Izhitsa pro Izhitsi, IPI), a far-right party bent on replacing the current order with an ultra-nationalist, corporatist state. The collapse of the Revna in 1996, followed by a Communist-aligned mutiny in the Navy, led to a purge of the military and its domination by far-right nationalists. By 2013, IPI had such an alarming degree of support that King Boleslav introduced a referendum to attempt to ban the party. However, before a vote could be held, the nationalists in the military rose up, pledging support for Izhitsa for Izhitsans, executing the royal family, and swiftly taking over Ved. Dissenting parliamentarians established a provisional government in Dzelo, while labor unionists in Kher and regionalists in Yach pledged their support in exchange for favorable concessions after the war. However, the nationalists quickly swept into Dzelo, executing every member of the provisional government.
Despite their rapid rise to power, the nationalists lost for two reasons. First, they spent a significant portion of their resources hunting down and murdering Yachese people within Ved and Dzelo. Because racial hatred was one of the basic foundations of IPI, they spent almost as much effort on their genocide campaign as the war itself.
The second reason they lost the war was due to a lack of materiel. The Izhitsan military relied heavily on factories and mines in Kher. Izhitsan trade unionists, led by Matvey Karamovo, an on-again off-again revolutionary, blocked these supplies.
After several successful campaigns against the nationalists, the trade unionists united Kher under the banner of Izhitska Ednota, a leftist revolutionary organisation. Meanwhile, Yach assembled a military from former Yachese members of the Izhitsan military. The war of attrition lasted years, only finishing after a brutal campaign in Northern Ved and fighting in the streets of Hrabohrada itself.
At the end of the war, Yach and Izhitska Ednota promised to transition to a constitutional government quickly. However, their efforts have met with long delays, first due to the failure of the Dochasny Rada to come to agreement on a real constitution despite almost a year of work, and second due to reluctance from the now-cemented governments to change the status-quo. Yach and Izhitska Ednota now lie on a terrifying standoff, between each other, internal factions, and even with the people of Izhitsa itself.
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2020, 07:12:40 AM »
Maps

Pre-war Regions of Izhitsa
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Occupation Zones

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Relief Map

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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2020, 06:40:21 AM »
Izhitsan Political Parties
It’s somewhat misleading to say that Izhitsa has functioning political parties, as Izhitsan parliament no longer exists as a body, and, indeed, nor do most of its former members. However, some form of political organisation did survive the civil war, particularly in Yach, where its regional parliament continued to govern throughout the war.

Либерални Страна: The Liberal Party is a socially liberal party whose members generally advocate for freer markets and politically neutral foreign policy. The oldest still-existing political party in Izhitsa, the Liberal Party actually predates Izhitsan Parliament and the modern state of Izhitsa by nearly a decade, finding its origins in salons in Trkh and Hrabohrada. They are currently led by Vladen Korzhef.

Конзервативни Страна: The Conservative Party was originally established to protect the rights of nobles after the unification of Izhitsa and the formation of Parliament. Over time, as the nobility lost popularity, social conservatism has become more important to the party base. However, the Conservatives never miss a chance to hamper the power of big business, often making them strange bedfellows with the Social Democrats. They are currently led by Yakub Matsek.

Ижицка Страна Социалнеь Демократицка: The Social-Democratic Party of Izhitsa was founded in 1894 following a failed attempt by the ruling monarch at the time, Dushan II, to replace the nobility with elected officials by referendum. They are dedicated to the democratisation of Izhitsan politics and the advancement of the cause of the working class. They were the only leftist party to choose not to join Izhitska Ednota at the beginning of the Izhitsan Civil War. They are currently led by Yana Novachkova.

Ижицка Еднота: Izhitska Ednota (English: Izhitsan Unity) is a coalition of leftist parties and trade unions which formed in Kherhorod during the early stages of the Izhitsan Civil War. As a combination vanguard communist party and paramilitary organisation, it was one of the two winning parties of the Izhitsan Civil War. For political reasons, they use a transliteration of their party’s name for foreign media rather than a translation. They are currently led by Matvey Karamovo.


Yach-Specific Political Parties
These parties only exist in significant numbers in Yach.

Акабар н Гьуа Яч: The Yachese Power Party (AKA G'ua Yach) is a Yachese republican party; that is, it advocates for the formation of a separate republic from Izhitsa. There are many reasons for this, from its unique language to its separate cultural identity, but perhaps the most popular is that Yach is Izhitsa’s most prosperous region and could survive quite well without the rest of Izhitsa. They are currently led by Bamu Arshad.

Акабар н Шааб Яч: The Yachese People’s Party (AKA Shaab Yach) is a populist big tent party which promotes the ideas of Yach autonomy within Izhitsa. Formed in 1953 in response to Izhitsan repression of the Yachese language, it successfully fought for the promotion of Yachese identity. In 1980, it adopted the anthem Tagallit, written by a then-little-known Antek Dzhavid, who is now their current leader.

Ижицка Листина: Izhitsan List promotes the interests of the Izhitsan minority in Yach. It was formed in 1934 after the introduction of proportional representation in Yachese parliament made it possible for them to actually attain seats. It has been a frequent source of conflict in Yach due to the chauvinistic speech of many of its members. They are currently led by Ivo Hradef.


Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know
These parties are seen as the very fringe of Izhitsan politics, which all things considered says a lot.

Ижици Монархистеь: Izhitsan Monarchists is a small political party dedicated to the advancement of the power of the Izhitsan monarchy, believing that only a wise, well-bred, absolute ruler can properly govern Izhitsa. Naturally, the murder of the royal family in the early stages of the Izhitsan Civil War has made this somewhat awkward, though they have found a pretender to the Izhitsan throne in Kamil Yanoshek, reportedly from an illegitimate line of the royal famiy. They are currently led by Dobroslav Pavlovich.

Платаформа: Platform is an anarchist collective which believes in anarchism without adjectives. That is, they believe that anarchists ought to work together to bring change without regard for their ideological differences. This approach hasn’t gotten them very far, but they did manage to elect a couple MPs, Sekkura Mona and Areksim Brabets, to Yachese Parliament during the civil war.

Ижица про Ижици: Izhitsa for Izhitsans was a far-right nationalist political party. After the collapse of the Revna in 1996, the party managed to gain significant power in Izhitsan Parliament. Its infiltration campaigns in the Izhitsan military gave it near-total control by the time they began the coup that started the Izhitsan Civil War. Izhitsa for Izhitsans is responsible for considerable atrocities against Yachese people and leftists. While not officially banned, expressing any support for them will likely get you arrested. During the war, they were led by Bohdan Vlchek, who was killed in combat during the storming of the former king’s palace.
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2020, 05:32:27 AM »
Izhitsan News Outlets

For most of its history, the Izhitsan media has been dominated by small, local newspapers with heavy leanings toward rumor, speculation, and sensationalism. However, more recently there has been a movement toward what one might even call “respectable” journalism, represented by Izhitsa’s two largest newspapers, the Kherhorod Truth and the Mbruk Inquirer.

Kherhorod Truth
(Izhitsan: Хергородций Правда, Kherhorodtsiy Pravda)

The Kherhorod Truth was founded in 1916 in Kherhorod by Alesh Me’stovo, a Liberal Party member. He believed he could attract people to the Liberal Party just by showing what was really going on in Izhitsa. As a result of its political origins, the Truth is best known for its opinion news rather than its investigative journalism. However, it initially gained fame due to its exposés on the poor performance of the Izhitsan military in the Great War. During the Great War, letters from the front were heavily censored and officers outright lied to their soldiers and the common people about their nations’ progress in the war. At great risk, Truth reporters managed to infiltrate the front and displayed in gruesome detail the losses that Izhitsa was taking.
While it was originally meant for citizens of Izhitsa, the Truth now makes the majority of its money from overseas subscriptions, both from Izhitsan diaspora and interested members of the international community. Its current headquarters is in Tibor Tower, built in Kherhorod in the 1950s. At the time, it was the tallest building in Izhitsa at 115 meters.

Associates referenced in RP:

Amalie Tsitrova, editor-in-chief
Svatopluk Yaroshovo, politics writer, hosts the Pravda Politics Hour
Yulia Tancheva, local politics writer with an investigative streak
Viktor Prokovo, culture writer, uses the Truth to supplement income from writing his books
Ludmila Prokeshova, foreign correspondent in Rokkenjima
Yonash Reza, foreign correspondent in Achkaerin
Mr. Otsel, Izhitska Ednota political advisor
Tadeush Marek, a reporter.

Mbruk Inquirer
(Yachese: Тиниг Мбрук, Tinih Mbruk)

The Mbruk Inquirer is a Yachese newspaper with a focus on local news and investigative journalism. Founded in 1876 by Ibba Sharif, the Inquirer is directly responsible for the creation of Yachese Parliament, due to its stunning articles detailing the excesses of the Yachese nobility which turned the public against hereditary aristocracy. Unlike the Truth, the Inquirer is not widely read abroad. However, this doesn't mean that it's performing much worse financially, as it is the newspaper of choice for the average urban Yachese.

Assciates referenced in RP:

Aydril Adel, a reporter
Amestan Kabir, a reporter
Kenna Sladek, a reporter responsible for the Inquirer's constitutional interviews
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Re: The Federation of Izhitsa
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2020, 01:04:31 AM »
Izhitsan Armed Forces

Because of Izhitsa’s unusual political situation, it currently has two militaries: one for the Yach Governate, and one for Izhitska Ednota. During the civil war, their forces were boosted by local partisans. However, those days are long gone, and there are few active remaining soldiers left. Neither group ever held a significant navy, as the Izhitsan navy had been controlled by the nationalists for some time when the war broke out.

Yach Governate Defense Forces
11,200 Active Soldiers

The military of Yach Governate was cobbled together at the outbreak of the civil from military bases in Yachese territory, and bolstered with captured equipment from the nationalists.

45 x HBT-6 Nachelnik Main Battle Tanks
46 x OV-2 Stanimir Armoured Fighting Vehicle
60 x OT-3 Vatslav Armoured Personnel Carrier
50 x BVP-7 Tilhuitnah Infantry Fighting Vehicle
14 x ST-3 Drak Tank Destroyer
115 x LOV-4 Tulak Mobility Vehicle
97 x LOV-5 Prukopnik Mobility Vehicle
12 x HS-3 Otakar Self Propelled Howitzer
20 x TH-84 Vladislav Towed Howitzer
7 x VVR-3 Ande'l Multi-Launch Rocket System
7 x PLRK-1 Nadhlavnik Mobile Air Defence System.


Yach Air Corps
2,846 Airmen

1 x E-1 LVV Airborne Early Warning Aircraft
7 x S-37 De'polt Multi-Role Fighter
4 x B-10 Plemenik Light Bomber
6 x Ts-48 Boyovnik Light Attack/Trainer
13x V-1 Tizishaab Utility Helicopter
11 x V-5 Patrach Helicopter
6 x L-160 Atlas Transport Plane


Yach Governate Coast Guard
900 Seamen

5 x River and Coastal Patrol Boats
2x Fast Patrol Craft



Izhitska Ednota Partisan Brigade
19,212 Soldiers

The Izhitska Ednota Partisan Brigade started out with a few captured tanks and whatever equipment it could manufacture quickly. However, because they were vastly underestimated by the nationalists, they quickly captured themselves a reasonable defense force.

72 x HBT-6 Nachelnik Main Battle Tank
58 x OV-3 Zmiye Armoured Car
80 x OT-1 Sarkander Armoured Personnel Carrier
63 x BVP-3 Lzmdint Infantry Fighting Vehicle
19 x ST-1 Drak Tank Destroyer
380 x LOV-3 Poutnik Mobility Vehicle
29x HS-3 Otakar Self Propelled Howizter
40 x TH-84 Vladislav Towed Howitzer
15 x VVR-80 Posel Multi Launch Rocket Artillery
20 x PLRK-3 Verkhol Mobile SAM system


Izhitsan Revolutionary Air Defense Command
3,864 Airmen

12 x S-37 De'polt Multi-Role Fighter
10 x B-10 Plemenik Ground Attack Aircraft
3 x B-95 Medved Heavy Bomber
10 x L-6 PrzhedvoyGround Attack Aircraft
15 x VT-80 Trainer/Light Attack
20 x V-1 Tizishaab Helicopter
20 x V-5 Patrach Helicopter
10 x L-160 Atlas Cargo Aircraft
1x E-1 LVV AEW aircraft

Izhitsan Anti-Reactionary Naval Defense Corps
1,000 Sailors

7 x VL-1 Missile Boat
8 x VL-3 Missile Boat
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Major Noble Houses of Izhitsa
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2021, 05:29:30 PM »
The Izhitsan nobility held on to power long after the unification of the kingdom. Nobles were granted autonomy far beyond what they had previously enjoyed in order to secure their loyalty. Officially, the head of the house of Zhemislovtsy held each of the constituent principalities in personal union, with the exception of Yach, which was headed by a Zhemislovtsy governor, usually the heir-apparent. However, in reality, the crown had little direct power outside of Ved.
Even so, it seems unusual that Izhitsa’s noble houses would remain so relevant in modern society, considering that in most of Izhitsa, they were forced to submit to regional parliaments. There are two reasons for this. First, in most of these cases, the nobility retained hereditary rights to rule directly over smaller holdings, and a say in their government, both regionally and nationwide. Second, the nobility managed to obtain monopolies over some of Izhitsa’s most important industries. In fact, it wasn’t until the rise of Bartosh Metals in the 1910s that Izhitsa had a single mining company owned by someone outside the aristocracy.
Though these monopolies have been torn down, some through the efforts of the Liberal Party and their allies, and some through the turmoil of war, these companies remain influential and the connections they have even more so.

Major Noble Houses of Izhitsa


House z Cherny
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The house z Cherny traces its origins to the beginning of Izhitsa, as the first crusaders arrived on the shores near what would become Kherhorod. According to the family legend, their progenitor was St. Ratimir, the navigator leading the crusader ships, who was originally a peasant from a small Rus village called Cherny. The typical story of St. Ratimir goes like this: Ratimir of Cherny was the navigator for the first wave of crusaders to arrive in Izhitsa. He had promised to bring the fighters to “where they needed to be,” but neglected to mention that he had seen a vision from God, showing a bountiful land flowing with gold and honey, exhorting him to liberate the people and bring about an era of peace in this New Jerusalem. Instead of bringing them to the Holy Land, St. Ratimir brought them to what is now Krikovo Pristevishte’, a small port near Kherhorod. When the men on the ship realised what was going on, they confronted him, but he explained his vision and told them that they needed to free the people of this land instead. The crusaders, inspired by his speech, proceeded to free the souls of the native Izhitsans from their corporeal bodies for the next couple hundred years.
Unlike the traditional sainthood story, the z Cherny family legend contends that St. Ratimir was a reformed thief, who had faked his navigation skills in order to join a crusade to the Holy Land, and simply got lost on the way. The vision, according to this telling, was simply an excuse to avoid a swift death at the hands of the crusaders. While it is unusual that they would choose to tell such an ignoble story about their claimed progenitor, members of the family argue it lends credence to their claim through the criterion of embarrassment.
There’s no archaeological evidence to support either legend, but it’s worth noting that Khers are the only ethnic Izhitsans who don’t recognise Ratimir of Cherny as a saint.

Family Holdings
While house z Cherny’s ancestral lands lie along the coast of Kher, most of their holdings after the establishment of the Principality of Kher in 1424 were in southern Kher and northern Shta. Even before Izhitsan unification, house z Cherny focused its efforts on acquiring the tin and copper mines that would make up the bulk of the family’s wealth. Post-unification, they were granted additional lands and mines in northern Shta as a reward for their betrayal of house z Modry.
During the civil war, most of the z Cherny landholders sided with the nationalists. However, their own miners, already unhappy with labor conditions and radicalised by leaders such as Matvey Karamovo, revolted against them. Meanwhile, the dissenting members of house z Cherny looted the family vaults and escaped to Yach. The rest of the family was eventually killed in action or captured by the communists.

Members Mentioned in RP
Lumir Alanovich z Cherny: The third son of the z Cherny patriarch. Always the black sheep of the family, Lumir Alanovich has always been more interested in women and cars than family business. He used his share of the z Cherny vaults to found an auto engineering company, Cherny Motorsport.


House zi Amarmadin
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House zi Amarmadin is one of the few native Yachese families to rise to prominence in a state that so favored ethnic Izhitsan power, even before unification. The family’s founder, Amezian of Amarmadin, the ruler of a small polity in northwestern Dzelo, was one of the first Yachese to convert to Christianity. As the family legend goes, Amezian of Amarmadin initially led troops against the crusaders, defeating several of their armies outside of what would become Trkh, and executing all prisoners. However, after one battle, as he headed to a feast celebrating his victory, he was visited by the image of a man, shining with light. The man asked him, “Amezian, why do you hurt me so?” When Amezian asked who he was, stigmata opened up on the man’s body as he replied, “You only have to ask, my son.” Suddenly, Amezian was struck blind, and had to be led to the feast. Before the feast, Amezian had a prisoner brought over to explain his vision, and was not only healed, but converted. Amezian of Amarmadin went on to convert his kingdom to Christianity and willingly joined the crusader states that were beginning to form in Izhitsa.
The parallels between the conversion story of Amezian of Amarmadin and that of the apostle Paul are difficult to ignore, and most modern scholars agree that they are deliberate. In fact, because the names “Amezian” and “Paul” have similar roots, deriving from the words for “humble” in their respective languages, many historians believe that Amezian’s story derives from a corrupted version of Christian scripture. If anything, this only confirms the deep connection that house zi Amarmadin has with Izhitsan Christianity. 
House zi Amarmadin divides Yachese opinion, because while it has contributed much to the preservation of Yachese culture, it has also attached itself inextricably to Izhitsan states. It is regarded as both a collaborator and a protector, both an oppressor and a symbol of Yachese power.

Family Holdings

House zi Amarmadin has seen its fortunes wax and wane with the whims of the Izhitsan rulers it has found itself shackled to. Initially controlling a large area in eastern Yach and western Dzelo, the family lands were pushed farther and farther east, until hereditary noble rule was abolished in Yach in 1903. However, its private lands are still extensive, with estates all around southwestern Yach. It also retains a significant interest in the industries for which it once held monopolies, particularly gypsum, phosphate, and aluminum. While its official monopoly status was finally revoked in 2000, their companies themselves were never actually broken up, leaving their relative power unchanged.

Members mentioned in RP:
Kulam zi Amarmadin: Head of Izhitsan Gypsum, formerly Amarmadin Gypsum, the successor company to the zi Amarmadin monopoly on gypsum mining in Yach. Eccentric but always dreaming, Kulam wasn’t his father’s first choice to take over the family business, but when his brothers died in the war, he was the only one left. His choice to take the company into the private spaceflight industry might be his father’s greatest regret.


House z Modry
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House z Modry is perhaps Izhitsa’s most prominent family, with the possible exception of house Zhemislovtsy itself. Over their long history they have been crusader lords, dukes of Shta, and—briefly—kings over all of Izhitsa. They originated as lords over the fort for which Khorska Pevnot is named, which was granted to their progenitor, Svatopluk of Modry. Over time, through the strategic use of marriage alliances, they took direct control of much of southern and central Shta, before uniting the rest of Shta by force in 1695. In 1716, Radovan I z Modry, the second Duke of Shta, began what came to be known as the Grand Campaign, first invading Kher over the Smrka pass, then sweeping through the rest of Izhitsa before the other dukes knew what hit them. By 1722, Radovan I of Shta declared himself King of Izhitsa. However, this was not to last. After his death in 1748, his five sons divided Izhitsa into the modern regions of Ved, Kher, Dzelo, Yach, and Shta. While nominally under the control of the eldest son, Tadeush of Shta, the other dukes soon began quarrelling between themselves and established their own separate dynasties, each claiming to hold the true claim to the Kingdom of Izhitsa. Within seven years, each of the duchies were effectively independent from one another.
The Vedi branch of the family fell during the Zhemislovtsy Revolt in 1763, but the rest of the cadet branches did not fall until Izhitsan unification in 1824. Because of the vast power the family once held, house z Modry was always seen by the kingdom as a potential threat, and found its power considerably curtailed over the following centuries. Many of its lands were seized for other houses and its monopolies revoked. However, it remained the main power in Shta, until, after the Shtan branch supported the nationalists in the war, their assets were seized by the communists and the family killed, taken prisoner, or forced into hiding.

Family Holdings
While they once had holdings throughout Izhitsa, house z Modry lost most of its lands after Izhitsan unification, when it was either granted back to previous owners or awarded to Zhemislovtsy loyalists. By the start of the civil war, the family was reduced to controlling a large portion of central Shta and a few private estates in Dzelo and Yach.
While the family never held any formal monopolies, it was one of the first groups in Izhitsa to invest in industrialisation. As a result, it controlled informal monopolies on things like textiles, steel, and paper. The communists seized most of the family’s property during the war, but they hold most of the factories still standing in Dzelo and Yach, and retain vast social and monetary capital.


House Zhemislovtsy
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House Zhemislovtsy is an extinct house, but that doesn’t mean its impact can be dismissed. From its humble origins in northern Ved, to its meteoric rise in 1824 and extermination in the Izhitsan Civil War, the family has seen considerable changes in its fortunes over the centuries.
The name “Zhemislovtsy” derives from an archaic Vedi variant of the patronymic form of the name Zhemislov, referring to the house’s legendary founder, the first Count of Hrabahrada. After consolidating a position over the Vedi coast, the family was subjugated by the Count of Fara, Aleksei II z Pasternak, who proclaimed the Duchy of Ved soon after in 1638. House Zhemislovtsy grew incredibly rich in the following centuries due to their control over Ved’s coastal ports, and remained so after Ved was conquered in the Grand Campaign of Radovan z Modry in 1719. This conquest unwittingly laid the foundation for the family’s future rise to prominence. After the death of Radovan of Shta, the Duchy of Ved was given to his third son, Vladan. Vladan and his son, Ludomir, were seen as tyrannical by the Vedi nobles. They were overthrown in the Zhemislovtsy revolt of 1763, and replaced by Alesh I Zhemislovtsy. His grandson, Stanimir, having heard rumors that the other z Modry dukes were plotting against him, embarked on a new Grand Campaign as a pre-emptive strike against them. In exchange for their support, Stanimir gave extensive lands and privileges to rebellious z Modry vassals after Izhitsan unification was completed in 1824. This would become the basis for the extensive noble privilege that plagued Izhitsa during the Kingdom era.
House Zhemislovtsy met its end at the beginning of the Izhitsan Civil War. On 2 March 2013, King Boleslav held a council with his house over the future of Izhitsa, requiring that all family members attend. As a result, when the nationalist uprising occurred, they were able to hunt down the entire family and publicly execute them, killing the last surviving member, Dushan, Prince of Fara, that June.
However, the story of the family does not end there, as a pretender, Kamil Yanoshek, has claimed a right to the throne from an illegitimate that supposedly originated in 1892. Time will tell if the Izhitsan people will support this claim.

Family Holdings
While it nominally held supreme power in Izhitsa, House Zhemislovtsy never significantly expanded its holdings from its base on the Vedi coast, except for seizing the Izhitsa major ports and buying small estates throughout the country. Through this, the family made a tidy income from docking dues and was able to unilaterally regulate the nation’s trade. This also ensured that the family always had a say in the regional governments despite the decentralised nature of the kingdom. The family estates have all reverted to the provisional government due to the family’s extinction.


House Pavlovich
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House Pavlovich is one of the youngest of Izhitsa’s noble houses, and has never been allowed to forget it. The house was established by Pavlo Radimich of Hranitse, who was granted a substantial portion of southern Shta by Stanimir Zhemislovtsy for his role in putting down a revolt by z Modry loyalists in 1823.
Because it lacks the history of the other major houses, they generally look down on house Pavlovich, and see it as a blatant attempt by the Zhemislovtsys to replace them with crown loyalists. This is not an entirely incorrect interpretation of events, and indeed house Pavlovich has produced some of the crown’s most important loyalists of the past 200 years. Members of the family have frequently put down rebellions, supported centralising reforms, and advocated for the crown since the house was established. Most recently, its head, Dobroslav III Pavlovich, has led the Izhitsan Monarchists since 2015, and actively fought for the crown against the nationalists during the civil war.

Family Holdings
House Pavlovich never expanded from its initial powerbase in southern Shta, but they were granted valuable aluminum and coal monopolies. However, the family never really recovered from the financial collapse of 1996, particularly when their mines began to become unproductive.
During the war, the nationalists managed to force the family into hiding in the Shtan mountains. The arrival of the communists has not significantly improved things, and now house Pavlovich and Izhitska Ednota enjoy an uneasy peace. As members of the noble class and staunch monarchists, house Pavlovich is a natural enemy to the communists, but the party lacks the resources to search the mountains for them. House Pavlovich, for their part, lacks the powerbase to fight the communists.

Members Mentioned in RP
Dobroslav III Pavlovich: Leader of the Izhitsan Monarchists. For more information, see his character page.