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Overview

Geography

Bulgaria has two primary environments. The eastern, more settled half of Bulgaria is known for its rolling hills, pastoral oak and birch forests, and large deposits of podzol, while the western portion is of a wilder biome, covered with much denser forests of oak and spruce as the rolling hills transition in to the Balkan Mountains. The Danube River forms the northern border of the nation, a vital geographical landmark.

Infrastructure

There are two major towns in Bulgaria, the capital Turnovo and the slightly smaller coastal town Varna. At the Tsar's decree, all buildings in the nation are of Medieval or Neo-Byzantine style, two uniform yet open styles which are highly popular among the residents.

The nation is crisscrossed by a series of gravel and stone roads for ease of transportation through the dense forests. The main borders with Byzantium and Romania are clearly demarcated by the Grand Wall of Byzantium and the Danube River, respectively. While the border checkpoint with Byzantium is free for passage, the heavy sociopolitical tension between Bulgaria and Romania has forced close monitoring of the Danube checkpoint at all times. Meanwhile, the East-West European Line, a subterranean railway frequently used for international trade, terminates in Bulgaria and runs all the way to Paris, France.

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Bulgaria is home to all the necessary amenities for a safe and comfortable life. The imposing Turnovo Citadel forms the chief administrative building and central hub of the nation, providing safety and public storage and smelting space for its citizens. The other major administrative hub of the region is the Naval Forces Command in southern Varna. Accordingly, the Varna port plays host to a fleet of Bulgarian triremes, not far from the currently-under-construction public bathouse.

Political Standing

Despite its relatively small geographic area, Bulgaria is incredibly densely populated, enough to rival its considerably more spacious southern neighbour, Byzantium. Due to this, as well as its position at a hub of a network of roads and railways, Bulgaria forms something of a hub for international trade, most commonly with Byzantium, but also frequently with France and Baltoslavia. However, Bulgaria recognizes its desirable position, and has armed itself accordingly to repel any attack.

In terms of international relations, Bulgaria enjoys a friendly relationship with France and Byzantium due to their frequent trade and connections, and more noncommittal but nonetheless warm relations with its northern neighbours of Poland and Baltoslavia. Owing to a series of border disputes and political disagreements, tensions between Romania and the nations of Bulgaria, Poland, Baltoslavia and France are at an all-time high. These tensions have been the flash-point for several battles and uprisings in Romania in the early months of TerraNova, and have thus attracted much international attention.

Bulgaria officially has neutral relations with Nazi Germany, but internal opinion polls have shown a distrust of the nation due to their political ideologies and vocal support of Romania. Meanwhile, as a member nation of NATO and a victim of several terrorist attacks, Bulgaria is openly hostile towards the Islamic State and openly voiced its approval of the Armenian retaliation.

History

Pre-History:

The founder and ruler of Bulgaria - SimonTheCrafterI, referred to as Simeon or Simon and known on discord by the name - Sik'j began preparation for the creation of his state like many others, by making the discord - Tsardom of Bulgaria and discussing land divisions with others who are doing the same. His previous experience in EarthMC was as a citizen and prime-minister of the country of Earthera, the TerraNova direct descendant being the Solomon Empire, ruled by IanSpace71. He earned the rank after the previous prime-minister, Pansebjorn was kicked from his post for attacking a nation, Germany of all in fact, without a proper casus belli and without permission from IanSpace, which led to Ian starting a voting process for a new prime-minister in which Simon won.

Simon managed to complete a couple of projects in the nation such as the creation of a large mob-grinder known as the "Kubrat Grinder", make a villager farm and try organising the capital of Mergopolis. His last projects was that of a total overhaul of the town and an iron golem farm which were abandoned mid-way from a lack of interest in continuing to play in the server and from loss of loyalty to IanSpace71.

During his time however in the nation, he managed to create a group known as the National-Technocratic party, which consisted of people which he was close with in the town such as theFlamd,Cheeseknife,OzoneTacoLegend and ClayDaBoss. Others would later loosely join, but these would be the primary ones. They would all later defect from IanSpace's nation into the so called "Eis Stadt" and would gain new members such as Valaraukar and Grandpapa_Nurgle. All of these people, besides ClayDaBoss would later join the Bulgarian Tsardom discord server and would transfer into Terra Nova as members of Bulgaria.

Pre-server launch period:

Before the creation of his in-game country, he began prepearing a discord "Tsardom of Bulgaria" and discussing land divisions with other future leaders. The primary discussions were done with the rulers of Byzantium - Florene and Justinian and the ruler of the leader - ScaryDragon of the nation known as the Eastern Union, which would later rename itself as Baltoslavia and who's latest name change is that to "Minskan Rus".

Simon was originally ofered by the byzantines to become a governor of Moesia(North Bulgaria), which he denied and pushed for his nation to span modern Romania, Moldova and all the way to the Balkan Mountains, similarily to the early years of the first Dunabe Bulgarian Empire. Which was agreed. Discussion were also made of Simon and Bulgaria being a part of a Roman Federation aka a part of Byzantium with a couple more future nations at the beggining with the purpose of using an increased town chunk claim limit to expand more and better protection from being united with other states in this federation. The plan was to eventually declare independence at one point, but the federation idea fell completely flat once the server was launched.

The man known as ScaryDragon had a claim conflict with Simon for a time regarding Moldova, declaring the land as a part of his nation and that he has planned towns for the region. Simon wished to also add lands from Ukraine which were historically bulgarian but let this claim go once ScaryDragon aproached him. For the next couple of days he would try to make a deal with ScaryDragon regarding Moldova where he can keep it. This deal was eventually made where Simon had to pay a sum of gold, around 20 ingots and make an alliance with ScaryDragon in exchange for Moldova. This deal however would never be completed by both once the server launched, because the area would become a low-claim priority because of distance from both nations, internal conflict within Baltoslavia and the country of Romania being formed between the territory and Bulgaria.

Nomadic period:

SimonTheCrafterI spawned in Quebec and Immediately began moving towards the Balkans. He walked towards Newfoundland and sailed towards Europe. entering the Mediterranian sea through the Strait of Gibraltar and finally reaching Constantinople where he was greeted by a byzantine who he knew known as HereForThePizza. Later he would travel towards the bulgarian lands and begin mining for gold to create the town of Turnovo which he chose to become the future capital of Bulgaria. He recieved help from a person who's name is more or less forgoten, but who gave Simon 5 golden ingots. This person would go offline soon after giving Simon the gold and be so for the following days and appear once stating that he helped make the town of Turnovo, but would not be heard from or seen again. The town of Turnovo was finally founded on the 1st of November 2018.

City-state period:

After founding the settlement of Turnovo, SimonTheCrafterI declared himself Tsar of Bulgaria, a title only confirmed by his allies in the Byzantine Empire, so more or less he was a voyvod, a lesser ruler or warlord.

(Tsar deriving from the Roman word Caesar, meaning Emperor.)

The first person he invited to the town was the man known as - Habstrakkt, who would help the settlement and quickly integrate. Simon would invite others from his discord - Tsardom of Bulgaria, those being Valaraukar and Grandpapa_Nurgle. Valaraukar was declared the "kavhan" which is the bulgarian title for second in command in the nation, but because of his long absence later on, would be replaced by Habstrakkt who proved himself as a skilled builder and town administrator. The others from the old "Eis Stadt" group would join later on, with Cheeseknife joining first after the mentioned above, followed by OzoneTacoLegend and finally by theFlamd much later.

During this period the town of Turnovo would invest in the creation of Tirana, with SimonTheCrafterI giving it's future founder Hampusk8, 5gold ingots in order to earn his trust and possibly integrate him into Bulgaria in the future, but this idea would be abandoned as Hampusk8 proved to be an unlikable individual who would annoy other Balkan peoples and think of himself as above them, He would make demands to the people in Bucharest to give him loot which angered them and led to them killing Hampusk8 with lava buckets, since the server had no-pvp and keep-inventory on and possibly griefing him. Hampusk did not annoy Bulgaria the same way as he did the other nations which led to suspicion to arrise in the town of Bucharest which was founded by dukasv but led by a man known as heat1804 who had siezed power thanks to him having greater skills in speaking english than dukasv.

heat1804, know simply as Heat or HeatyMeaty would see Turnovo as an ally of Hampusk and thus a threat, which would lead to the beginning of sour relations between the two towns and later on, countries.

After some time, Simon gave his Throne and title to his and Zaroquen's son, Xander_Prime.

Early National History

{To be added}

Government

Tsar (Former): SimonTheCrafterI

Tsar (New): Xander_Prime

Mayor of Varna (Former): Cheeseknife

Mayor of Varna (New): SkeletonPepperon

Other Major Citizens:

  • Valaraukar13
  • GrandpaNurgle
  • Dakoko
  • ultra_death
  • Zaroquen
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