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Ravka is a nation bordered by Fjerda to the north, Shu Han to the south, and the True Sea to the west.

History[]

The nomadic Suli people lived on the land that would become Ravka, Fjerda, and Shu Han.[1]

The territory that would become Ravka was once several feudal provinces, led by kings, which were constantly in conflict with one another. Yaromir the Determined unified the provinces and became the first King of Ravka, founding the Lantsov royal line. However, the young kingdom remained war-torn as it faced invasions from the north and south.[2]

Geography[]

The Shadow Fold, also known as the Unsea or simply the Fold, runs from Ravka's northern border to its southern one. Part of the Fold was once known as the Tula Valley.

The Petrazoi are an ice-covered mountain range northwest of Ryevost and Os Alta.[3] To the northwest of the Petrazoi is Tsibeya, a vast area of wilderness just south of the permafrost. Ravka is bordered to the south and east by the massive Sikurzoi mountain range. In the mountains lies a valley on the southern border, Dva Stolba, which has occasionally been part of Shu Han during the Border Wars.[4]

The Sokol River is a major river for commerce,[5] feeding into Alkhem Bay at the major trading port Os Kervo.[6] It later branches into the Obol River.

Climate[]

Ravka's climate is cold and it usually snows in winter. Its summers are warm and there is a thick layer of permafrost at its northern border.

Settlements[]

Demographics[]

Many of the nomadic Suli people live in Ravka, mainly in the northwest. They have historically been mistreated by the Ravkan majority government.[22]

Language[]

Main article: Ravkan language
Main article: Suli language

Culture[]

Religion[]

Main article: Ravkan religion

Government[]

Ravka is a monarchy formerly led by the royal Lantsov family. Currently, it is led by the Nazyalensky dynasty.

Known rulers[]

*According to Alina Starkov, Aleksander was a name used by kings. Since Alexander is a variation of the same name, it's possible that the Lantsov dynasty used the name Aleksander and eventually changed it to Alexander.

Coat of arms[]

Lantsov Coat of Arms

The coat of arms of the Lantsov family is the Ravkan crowned double eagle, grasping in the dexter claw a scepter and in the sinister claw a cluster of black arrows bound by red, blue and purple ribbons.[25]

Military[]

Ravka is protected by two armies: the First Army, comprised of Otkazat'sya soldiers, and the Second Army, comprised of trained Grisha.

For more about the armies, see First Army and Second Army.

Behind the scenes[]

  • Ravka is heavily influenced and inspired by Tsarist Russia of the early 1800s.[26]
  • Many of the countries that surround Ravka are based off of real nations that surround Russia (Mongolia and China for Shu Han and Norway and Finland for Fjerda).[27][28] [29][30]

References[]

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