There are 5,371,900 people who call Krepost Stolitsa home, including Gronkians, Nevat and Iuwuri, plus numerous other indigenous peoples. There is also a large number of non-Gronkian foreigners who call this land home, but they are all small minorities and serve as no basis for claims upon this province.
(The "th" in "Nevath" is pronounced as a normal "t" for those who do not speak the language.)
Numerous people groups call Krepost Stolitsa home, which means numerous languages can be heard, though only three are official: Gronkian, Nevati and Priuwuri. Ingallish is uncommon but acceptable; speaking Relo Namurgo (or Namurian) is strictly outlawed.
There is no official state religion in Krepost Stolitsa; freedom of religion is guaranteed. That said, in a nation on the fringe of the world, there are strict laws against agitation and public disorder. Furthermore, 28.4% of the population express no particular religious view. Cruisians are welcome and make-up about 12.6% of the population; Pelaeism, 8.7%; Aiyan, 7.0%; Nevatja Dol and other indigenous animism, 41.2%; Other faiths, 2.1%.
If the geographical census figure of the area of 566,000 sq.km is used, the population density of Krepost Stolitsa Territory is 9.49 people per sq.km, or 24.58 per sq.mile. This is one of the lowest population densities on Vexillium.
In truth, the population density is a little lower than this, since some of the province's 5.4 million people live below the old border and in what was once Gronkian Glaciaria.
The Nevath people inhabit the southern third of the Krepost Stolitsa province and the territory having been pressed further south by the incoming and technologically more advanced Iuwuri to the north. Their ancient culture has an even longer tenure on the Glaciarian peninsula, estimated to be some ten thousand years old, one of the first to take advantage of the Natsiyavich-Seoba land bridge. Nevertheless, there remains stone ruins of villages and temples dotted around the northern highlands, drawing tourists from around Vexillium.
The Nevath people have an ancient religious system revolving around nature-dwelling spirits that are appeased and appealed to by age-old ceremonies. Only in the past hundred or more years, since Gronkian contact, have these ideas adapted and evolved, yet the old ceremonies are still regularly held in villages. Even though many Nevathi today live in urban settlements, thousands still inhabit villages and still engage in annual hunts of traditional game. Thousands still spend summers pursuing seal and various Glaciarian species along the territory coast, even into Glaciaria itself, just as they have for thousands of years.
In winter months, much of Krepost Stolitsa is buried under varying depths of snow, forcing inhabitants to hide indoors while blizzards and snowstorms pass by. Yet, life does go on. While most hunting takes place in summer months, Nevathi hunters and fishermen do still use the shoulder months before the deeper part of winter arrives, to build-up stores of food. Yet, the biggest change in winter is that the southern-most parts of the Territory are enveloped in permanent night for possibly weeks of the year, while much else of the province experiences the "long twilight". Thousands of residents of Met'lumelfa will retreat indoors and live cosy lives eating, celebrating with their families and friends, and enjoying the sweet light of the Eoss glowing gently in the night sky. Dog sledding becomes commonplace, while once impassable lakes and rivers are covered by frozen bridges. Nevathi will often take to mountain cabins during the winter, to harden themselves against the cold and the elements, as well as to commune with nature spirits and refresh and revitalise.
On the eastern coast of the territory, the ocean becomes a sea of ice, with sea ice building in great quantities as even the highest temperatures don't reach above 20°C below zero. Ermia, which figuratively means springtime in a more ancient version of the Nevat language, is so-named to indicate that the town was not inhabitable in winter. Today, people do live there, but many also evacuate during the winter months.
Depression can be a serious condition during the winter months for non-indigenous peoples of the province, particularly for those who work in the territory. The days can get very short, and the sun can all-but disappear during the height of winter, even in the capital, hiding as it does low in the sky and behind grey, formless cloud cover. For this reason, many mine workers in the territory are rotated out every four weeks rather than eight weeks, to ensure they spend more time with families and in a brighter environment.
However, depression is also known amongst the Nevat and Iuwuri and other indigenous peoples who have increasingly lost contact with their traditional cultures, especially amongst teens. For this reason, the government has embarked on a programme to ensure indigenous youth have jobs to attend as early as possible, to soak their "loose time" up and provide direction and purpose.
The people of Krepost Stolitsa have great love for the province's father figure, our wise, astute and brilliant Governor Stanimochan. When the Governor took control, he found that previous governors had insisted the permanent population of the province was a mere 27,633. Deftly, and with great political skill, he challenged this figure as not only failing to recognise the contribution of hundreds of thousands of hard-working Gronkian labourers, but to be altogether ignoring the indigenous peoples living the province. He eventually won recognition for these groups, but the Commonwealth began disintegrating before the mistakes of the past could be corrected. Therefore, the Autonomous Province of Krepost Stolitsa, under his leadership, has unilaterally recognised the true population of the province, and, not only this, the territory population as well. This dedication to ALL the people of the province and territory has won him great love from the people. No other world leader can make such a boast. Such a man now shepherds the people and autonomous province of Krepost Stolitsa.
Indigenous peoples make-up 58% of the population of Krepost Stolitsa, and two main groups of these, the Iuwuri and Nevath, together represent three-quarters of the indigenous population. But, scientists suggest the entire indigenous population have similar ethnic and linguistic roots, but represent waves of generations of migrations. Gronkian scientists studied how these peoples migrated to Glaciaria and developed the Natsiyavich-Seoba Theory of migration.
During the last ice age, some six-to-ten thousand years ago, sea-levels dropped dramatically, exposing numerous lands and islands along the Meridic fault lines that formed the Meridic ocean super-archipelago. This area is shown in red above. While many of these islands have been eroded by sea currents in the Meridic Ocean and no longer exist, many still remain, hidden beneath the ocean depths. This effective land-bridge allowed peoples from Longerath and Eras to populate Akitania island, the Solelhadan islands, but also Ptica, Altland, Disonda and Namuria. It is believed that peoples from very early civilisations in southern Longerath migrated to Krepost Stolitsa via Solelhada, then Akitania, then Altland and Disonda over thousands of years. It is also suggested that they came in two distinct waves: first the Nevath and other groups, and, later, the Iuwuri.
The Iuwuri people inhabit the northern two-thirds of the Krepost Stolitsa province and have an ancient culture and long tenure on the Glaciarian peninsula, as well as in Namuria. Their ancestors are thought to have reached the Glaciarian peninsula around 6,500 years ago, just as the Natsiyavich-Seoba land bridge was sinking under the sea. Therefore, their connection to their ancient cousins in Namuria is more recently established and more tenuous than some would suggest. Nevertheless, their villages, temples, and ancient ruins litter this ancient land and are a draw for tourists visiting the province.
Their ancient beliefs are rooted in the concepts of several gods that are appeased in temple ceremonies. Ceremonies are still regularly held in ancient villages, even though most Iuwuri today live in cities, do not wear traditional clothing and work in factories as much as hunt traditional game. But the connection to their ancient ways, to their culture, keeps the Iuwuri welded to their past even as they embrace their future, and retains the unity that binds their people.
It should not be assumed Krepost Stolitsa does not experience warm summer months, because the north of the province enjoys little snow at all. In Teshoptergn, a city of some 100,000 people, green, abundant forests envelop the city, providing leisurely walks under the canopy of tall trees, listening to the wealth of bird and insect life. The plantation forests around the city also provide work for tens of thousands of workers providing lumber for construction and paper.
Yet, even in winter, Teshoptergn does not suffer deep snow being too far north for the snow cover to be too deep. Truly, Krepost Stolitsa's natural environment in both winter and summer provide envious conditions for the outdoorsman or outdoorswoman.
The province's northern-most city is the beautiful Yekaterinpoluostrov, an industrial hub for the South Seas oil being drilled some 200km off-shore. Oil refining, engineering, chemical production, its beautiful industrial odour can be enjoyed from many miles away. It's roughly 234,000 residents enjoy a high standard of living, lovely mild weather, very little snow, and is often a winter getaway destination for snow-weary ethnic-Gronkians.
Our capital city, Krepost Stolitsa, is where all tourists arrive in our province, and, well, what a place to arrive! The bustling metropolis of a million-plus people has everything, including a vibrant nightlife, historical buildings, shopping, art museums and the large and overfilled Ancient History museum. The two main art museums feature the largest remaining collection of art from around the Gronkian Commonwealth as our great and generous leader seeks to collect and retain the cultural legacy of the Commonwealth and the history of the Gronkian people around Vexillium. But, for the more ourdoors-focused, the capital is, like most cities in the province, not too far from thickly forested mountains and snow-capped peaks. There is no end of trails to get lost on. No, seriously, the trails go on for miles; they're endless, and a tourist can easily get lost. Please don't get lost. We're sick of looking for you all or finding your skeletal remains three years later when some spring rains bring your body out.
Zelenazemlya, another city of some 100,000 people, sits in a valley surrounded by beautiful mountains. Doesn't it look lovely? Wouldn't you just love to visit us? Please visit us; we're desperate for the currency so we can update our computers in the office here from Zidodtsigli o/s 296 edition. Or maybe just invest here. Come and build a factory, or maybe just leave your cash lying around here in a pile. We don't mind. You can trust us.