|Duchy of Talnakh|
State of Solomon
|• Mayor||Theodore Leshev|
|• Rank||6th in Katranjiev|
|Time zone||Katranjian Standard Time (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||not observed (UTC-6)|
|Area code(s)||+1 (617)|
Talnakh is unusual, not just because of it serving as a single municipality (unlike most such cases where there are only twin cities divided by an international border), but also for functioning as the capital of the Duchy of Talnakh in Katranjiev.
Talnakh is ultimately of an unknown origin, with no clear meaning in either the Slavic languages or in the Namorese language. However, linguists believe that the name most likely originated from Proto-Pan-Esquarian tel-nak, or "to transport fur" indicating that Talnakh was a trading post during the Neolithic period, with furs being one of the most important trade goods going through there.
Under Namorese rule, Talnakh was a bustling border town between it and the Slavic states immediately to its north.
After the Duke of Talnakh was subdued by both Katranjian forces and by forces from Chuprakov in 1532, Talnakh was divided into two as punishment for the Duke's rebellion against his liege and for attempting to impose Calvinism. Despite the language spoken by the commoners remaining the same, the town was divided overnight, with neighbors becoming separated from one another.
The Talnakh Wall
After the end of the People's Republic of Katranjiev in 1989 following a referendum, the tight border security dividing the two communities in Talnakh were ended, and it became relatively easier to cross into Katranjiev from Luziyca and vice-versa. After Katranjiev joined the Esquarian Union in 1990, the free movement of goods and services helped provide a boost to the local economy.
At the same time, with growing Luziycan economic influence (the Luziycan lira becoming more common than the Katranjian zalot in the southern part of the town), the two governments felt a need to negotiate an agreement to settle the issue.
Thus, between 1993 and 1995, the two governments met for negotiations on a variety of issues, mediated by the Esquarian Union. Among them were allowing Luziycan telephone numbers to be used in the city (as well as Modoya), and a proposal for an "international council" with representatives from the two cities. However, when word got out of the international council, non-binding referenda held on both sides of the border saw 78% and 81% of voters (in Luziyca and Katranjiev respectively) favoring a merger of the municipal administrations into one.
Thus, in 1995, an agreement was signed, known as the Talnakh Agreement, which saw the merger of the two cities with effect from April 1, 1996, as well as allowing Luziycan telephone numbers to be adopted to replace the Katranjian numbers for local uses (though Katranjian institutions still have to maintain a Katranjian number) by no later than December 31, 1997.
The agreement also allowed both currencies to circulate freely in the metropolitan area, but only allowed payments to the government in the currency of the nation where they paid in (i.e. fines in Katranjiev must be paid in zalots, as well as income taxes, while fines in Luziyca and income taxes must be paid in lira) depending on where they reside (for income tax) or where they're in.
Thus, on April 1, 1996, the two cities united to form the City of Talnakh (Luziycan: Citaya i Talnakh, Katranjian: Grad i Talnakh, Namorese: Тана-чин, Tana-chin). Later that month, the first municipal elections were held, electing Alexander Litovski from the southern part of the city.
During Litovski's term as Mayor, he oversaw the harmonization of the two sides as he sought to cultivate a common municipal identity. Services were improved to "close the gap between the north and southern parts of the city," while agreements were signed to improve co-operation with both the Luziycan and Katranjian suburbs. At the same time, while ONP-2 was adopted for government institutions, most residents switched to Luziycan phone numbers: thus, by April 23, 1997, the ONP-1 system was discontinued, and residents either had Katranjian or Luziycan phone numbers.
In "southern Talnakh" (in Katranjiev), until the 2017 general election held after the switch to single transferable vote, it was divided into two constituencies: North Talnakh and South Talnakh. Their respective representatives at the time were Anton Karapetrov of the Conservatives and Pavel Strashilov of the Conservatives.
In the State of Solomon in Luziyca, out of the 67 seats in the state legislature, there were four seats assigned to Talnakh (Talnakh-Center, Talnakh-Northeast, Talnakh-Northwest, and Talnakh-North). If the entire metropolitan area under Luziycan rule were included, there would be thirteen constituencies.
In the Duchy of Talnakh... (TBC)
Since 1996, Talnakh has been administered as a single city despite being in two countries. Prior to 1996, Talnakh was two cities, both bearing the same name, each with their own separate municipal administrations and civic institutions, even though many residents considered them to be part of one city.
The municipal body is the City Council (Luziycan: Citaya koncil, Katranjian: gradski suvet, Namorese: чинфaxoи, chinfahoi). Elected every four years, it currently has 18 seats, with the "northern town" receiving six seats, while the "southern town" receiving twelve seats, as it only represents the residents of the urban area. All city councilors are non-partisan.
The City Council elects the Mayor, who since 2012 has been Theodore Leshev from the northern part of the city.
Out of the 764,901 people living in the Talnakh metropolitan area, 379,295 live in the city itself. Of that amount, 126,432 people live on the Luziycan side, while the remainder (252,863) live on the Katranjian side of the border.
However, for the 385,606 people living in the suburbs surrounding it, 289,204 people live on the Luziycan side of the border, with only 96,402 people residing in Katranjiev.
However, Txoism is also a major religion among the ethnic Namorese community, who mostly reside in the southern half of the city.