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Crimea: A Country Within a Country

1. October 2009 by Kari 0 Comments

If you ever get the chance to go the Ukraine, you may stumble upon a country known as Crimea. Crimea is Ukraine’s only independent Republic. It is located in the Black Sea’s northern coast. It is also borders the Sea of Azov’s western coast. Interestingly, Crimea is one of the largest countries in Eastern Europe.  Crimea not only occupies a huge land mass, but it also has a magnificent history behind it.

Crimea managed to become a republic in 1921. Before that point, Crimea had been taken over many times by other nations. Some of these nations included Greece, Persia and Scandinavia, sometimes referred to as Gothiscandza, since the Goths were the people in Scandinavia, who took over the region during the time of Scandinavia’s invasion. In earlier times the Mongols, who originally came from Eurasia took over and occupied Crimea as well. Following others, it was taken over by the Ottoman Empire between the years of 1400 and 1700. It was later taken over by the Russian Empire in the 1800’s, and remained under Russia until recently. As stated earlier, Crimea became an independent state in 1921. However, Germany gained control of the region in World War II, and soon afterwards the Soviets claimed that all people from Crimea were Nazis. Because of this claim, and the former Soviet Union’s puissance, Crimea remained a submissive state under the Soviet Union, until shortly after it’s falling in 1991.

Although Crimea is required to also follow Ukrainian laws, today they live under a separate constitution. Simferopol is the Capital of Crimea, and is further where all the government action takes place. It should be noted that the rest of Ukraine lives under a Unitary State. A Unitary State is a type of government where everything is controlled by the main central government, without having any state participation.

The Crimean Tatars were once the majority in Crimea. However, today they only make up about 13% of the population. This is due an earlier decision that Joseph Stalin made, in which he forced all Tatars to leave the country, accusing them of being part of the Nazi Party. Today, everyone from Crimea, including Tatars, live together in peace.