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Andrezj Kolarov

History of Velika

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MIDDLE-AGES


The Veliki were a nomadic South Slav tribe first mentioned by the Byzantine historian Procopiusas as the tall and hardy people who emerged (along with the Antes and the Sclaveni) from the area of the Carpathian Mountains, the lower Danube and the Black Sea in the 5th Century. By the 6th Century they became a sedentary people after settling the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and Pannonian Basin, establishing an area which would become known as Velika and roughly comprises the borders of the modern Velikan state to this day. The word "Velika" means "big" or "great" in the Veliki language, which gives an idea of the early patriotic underpinning of the country.

The settling of such a fertile river basin accelerated the transition from a nomadic hunter society to a feudal farming-based society, and was roughly contiguous with the Christianization of the Veliki by the Byzantines. By the beginning of the 8th Century the Kingdom of Velika had been established as a Christian feudal-agricultural kingdom in the mold of other European states. This was the transition from tribal society to statehood.

By the 10th Century Old Church Slavonic was introduced to Velika, first as the language of the liturgy and gradually to non-liturgical purposes, eventually becoming the Velikan version of Old Slavonic, which itself would eventually develop into the Veliki language. By the 11th Century the Veliki Orthodox Church became independent from Constantinople, greatly strengthening the Velikan state and the monarchy.

 


EARLY-MODERN
By the beginning of the 20th Century Velika was slowly struggling with the enormous social changes of the Industrial Revolution. The vast majority of the population lived on the brink of famine in the countryside and worked on land they did not own. Working conditions in the cities were low and unrest soon gathered pace. In the capital Ostromir armed steel workers led by the Communist Party seized power and forced the King to abdicate and flee the country, a socialist state called the "People's Republic of Velika" was formed that year. The new government nationalized the banks and industry, and began redistribution of the land and collectivization of agriculture.

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