In the mid-20th Century, in Europe, several traditional hereditary monarchies managed to survive both world wars, remaining independent and retaining their original form of government. Among these were Boravia, Carabas, Cornovia, Gardevia, Gavonia, Granaco, Kravia, Markovia, Moldacia, Norania, Numark, Offalia, Pan Balgravia, Ruina, Sardonia, Solvonia, and Valdania. Others, such as Cerania, Emporia, Patrania, or Resbia, are confirmed to have survived the First World War, but are not known to have survived the second.
Fifty years ago, during the Cold War, Gardevia was a tiny neutral principality, on the western border of the Eastern Bloc. It became a de facto military resort for foreign military personnel, until one day, a Soviet prefect was found fatally poisoned in Gardevia. On that pretext, the Red Army overran the country, and immediately shot every civilian in sight. One young girl escaped, and over the following years, slit the throats of many occupying Soviet soldiers.
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