Brekovia, officially the Republic of Brekovia is a small country in Eastern Europe, bordered by the Black Sea in the east, Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north. The capital city of Brekovia is Stolitsa, located on the western shore of the Black Sea. Brekovia numbers around half million citizens. Brekovian is the official language of Brekovia; its alphabet is Cyrillic. The Brekovian language retains a degree of mutual intelligibility with Ukrainian, Belarusian and Russian.
Brekovia is a presidential republic, governed by a president and the and the 120-member Council of the Republic. The president is elected by popular vote to serve a six-year term. The Council of the Republic is elected in administrative districts (oblasts) to serve four-year terms. The government includes a Council of Ministers, headed by the prime minister. It is a member state of the United Nations, and the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).
Modern Brekovia came into existence after World War I under the name Principality of Brekovia, declaring its independence from the Russian Empire. During World War II, Brekovia was an ally of Nazi Germany against the Soviet Union, fighting side by side with the Wehrmacht. It was captured by the Soviet forces in February–August 1944. Following the war, Brekovia became a socialist republic and member of the Soviet Union as the Brekovian SSR.
Following the dissolution of Soviet Union, the country proclaimed independence in September 1991. In 1992, the former Communist Party secretary Martyn Leonid rose to power. Officially a multiparty democracy, the government continued to be authoritarian, as Leonid maintained a strong influence over the state media and security apparatus.
After presidential elections in June 2010, opposition parties accused Leonid of electoral fraud and Brekovians engaged in large protests against the government. This culminated on August, when thousands of people from all over the country congregated in Stolitsa, forcing Leonid to finally resign in favor of the Agrarian Party candidate Oleg Klim. The current president, elected in June 2016 is Anatoly Vitalik from the Liberal Democratic Party.
After the collapse of Soviet Union, the country experienced economic instability and decline, led in part by an obsolete industrial base and a lack of structural reform due to Leonids isolationist politics. Currently, Brekovia is one of the poorest countries in Europe, followed only by Moldova. President Vitalik has recently started the process to introduce liberal market reforms to its formerly closed economy.