Saturday, April 21, 2018

Moskva (duchy)

Part of the Grand Duchy of Moscovy, the Duchy of Moskva is the political, military and commercial center of Russia, home to more than a quarter of its people. The city of Moskva is one of the world's largest and is the seat of the Metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church, making it a powerful religious center for Eastern Europe.

The duchy has a total area of 45.3 hexes, with a density of 16,146 persons per hex. Nearly a third of the duchy is intensely cultivated. It is bordered entirely by other parts of Russia: on the south by Tula; on the west by Kaluga & Vyazma; on the north by Tver & Yaroslavl; and on the east by Vladimir and Ryazan. It has a population of 731,409.

History

Virtually uninhabited in the 11th century, the first human city to be founded in the duchy was Volokalamsk in 1135, which was established on the site of a gnomish settlement destroyed by the Rus in 1131. Further small settlements would be founded at Moskva (1147) and Dmitrov (1154); the former consisted of little more than a blockhouse established at the upper navigable limit of what would be named the Moskva River. It was not until the founding of Kolomna in 1177, on the Oka River, that the trading potential of the region began to be understood.

With the subjugation of the Rus under the Ottomans in 1240 to 1245, the valleys around Moskva became a refuge for those unfriendly to the Tatars. While nominally under Tatar suzerainty, Tver to the north (part of the Grand Duchy of Novogorod) was not. Thus the region possessed a potential for the outside supply of arms, as well as provisions and news from the outside. As the population soared,
river ports like Serpukhov, Kolomna and Rogozhi would thrive, enabling Moskva to become a communications hub. This would help the great city to become the center of the rebellion that would ultimately throw off the yoke of Tatar rulership, establishing its authority across the whole grand duchy.

Population



Production

There are three market cities within the duchy: Moskva, Kolomna and Serpukhov.

Moskva is the marketing centre of the grand duchy, trading with the northwest through Tver, with the east by means of the transshipment port at the head of the Klyazma river, with the southeast through Kolomna and with the southwest through Serpukhov.

References for local goods in Moskva are as follows:


Kolomna sits at the fork of the Moskva and Oka rivers, trading with Serpukhov (further upstream) but more importantly with Pereyaslavl Ryazan, giving access to markets reaching to the Caspian and eastern Black Sea.

References for local goods in Kolomna are as follows:


Serpukhov is the least important of the duchy's trading markets; it is principally a transshipment point for goods shipped down the Oka, Zhizdra and Kunava rivers, serving also as a supply center for the duchy's western hills.

References for local goods in Serpukhov are as follows:


See sheet maps C 03 ~ Lithuania & Poland and C 04 ~ Upper Volga.

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