Hello, and welcome to the sequel of Nolan’s Guide on Roleplaying as a Member of the Chernarussian Defence Force, the brand new Nolan’s Guide to Roleplaying as a Chernarussian! Much like my previous guide, Nolan’s Guide to Roleplaying as a Chernarussian will consist of three main parts, each designed to help you roleplay a believable and interesting Chernarussian (or Černoruská) character.
The “research” section will consist of all the information/knowledge (circa from whenever this is posted) that a real life Chernarussian would have, such as the history of Chernarus (modern & ancient), the Chernarussian culture, the geography of Chernarus and its surrounding region and the politics and government of the country. The “details” section will provide tips on creating your character - what information to include and how to get it right. Finally, the “roleplay” section will tell you how to actually roleplay as your character - how some Chernarussians may act and some help with a Chernarussian accent.
I’m creating this guide largely because (somewhat) recently I’ve seen a lot of people starting to roleplay as Chernarussian characters, but not doing it exactly… correctly. Due to this I think a new, concise and comprehensive guide is needed.
Creating a proper name for a Chernarussian character is lot more important than most would think. Often people roleplay as Chernarussians but with a Russian name - while this isn’t impossible it occurs largely by ignorance rather than design. As will be elaborated on in the “Research” section, the Chernarussian language is based off Czech, so for an authentic Chernarussian character you would have a Czech name.
To create a name, you could gather inspiration from the most common Czech given names here, or the most common Czech surnames here. Otherwise you could use examples of real-life names as inspiration - I myself took the first and last names from two different Czechoslovak Presidents and got Tomáš Beneš.
Additionally, if you’re playing a Chernarussian Russian, a half-breed or a Chernarussian with Russian heritage, you could easily have (in the case of the first two) a Russian given name and surname, or (in the case of the latter) just a Russian surname. It’s totally up to you and down to what type of character you create, but ensure that this Russian ethnicity or heritage is part of your character, not just down to laziness.
Having a detailed character can be very important when roleplaying, especially when trying to further character development or even just for use in everyday conversation. It’s easy to forego this stage if your character’s intention is to avoid giving too much personal information, but when you get to know other survivors they may expect to learn more about you. Additionally, character details (along with personality traits) can drive roleplay - your character’s experiences can give reasoning for how or why they act a certain way.
When roleplaying a Chernarussian there are certain factors that you would want to take into consideration when creating a backstory. One of the more basic things to consider is where they came from in Chernarus, however this can also drive other elements of their backstory. If your character, say, came from the town of Pusta, they may be driven to hate Russians and act in more nationalistic ways, as in the Chernarussian Civil War the ChDKZ massacred ethnic Chernarussian civilians there. Additionally, your character does not have to come from South Zagoria. Somewhat less common on DayZRP are Chernarussian characters that hail from cities outside the playable region such as Novigrad, Kirovograd, Miroslavl, Belozersk, etc - more options are available by looking at a map of Chernarus. Variation does not hurt and so this is an option that you may want to consider.
Additionally, with the events in Chernarus’ modern history it would be wise to incorporate them into your character’s backstory. If your character is old enough, the events around the fall of the Soviet Union and Chernarus’ independence in 1991 may be important to include. Even more important was the 2009 Civil War - it would drastically affect the lives of many Chernarussians and especially South Zagorians. It’s even more important to detail your character’s experience during this troubled time if they came from the area in which the conflict occurred. For example, your character, their family or friends could have been involved in fighting with NAPA, the CDF or the ChDKZ depending on whether they were ethnically Russian or Chernarussian. Conversely their town could have been taken over by either of those factions and have been robbed, beaten, murdered or forced out. Regardless, the Chernarussian Civil War would have had a, at the very least, mentionable effect on your character.
The Chernarussian language itself is effectively the same as the Czech language but is not called Czech. Bohemia Interactive (DayZ and ArmA2 devs) is based in the Czech Republic and as such, when creating Chernarus, the Czech language played a prominent role in the map design and official lore of the country. In effect, to learn or speak Chernarussian you are speaking Czech - but just pretend it’s Chernarussian.
Stormyvill has made a very good ‘Basic Chernarussian’ language guide on the forums that is super useful for learning some basic Czech phrases - and when RPing as a Chernarussian I would certainly recommend you do so. However for ease of access I’ll include some basic phrases here (shamelessly ripped from Stormyvill’s guide) that I used regularly when roleplaying:
- Yes - Ano (Ah-no)
- No - Ne (Neh)
- Good Day (formal hello) - Dobrý den (Do-bree Dehn)
- Hello (informal) - Ahoj (Ahoy)
- Goodbye (formal) - Na shledanou (Nah skledah-noh)
- Goodbye (informal) - Čau (Chow)
- Thank you - Děkuji (Dyekooyee)
With the Chernarussian language effectively being Czech (as I mentioned above), it makes sense that Chernarussians would speak with a Czech accent or a Czech-Russian hybrid. In my experience, many Chernarussian characters have spoken with an accent similar to Russian/generic Eastern European but at a slightly higher pitch.
Rather than trying to explain this section in writing I’ll just link some videos you might find useful:
- Czech person speaking English
- Scene from the movie ‘Anthropoid’ (listen to the angry guy in the suit)
- Some accents ingame from me here and the rest of Cerna Liska here
It may also pay to not speak perfect English either, by doing things as mispronouncing words or using the wrong ones. You could also act unsure about English idioms and occasionally enquire as to whether you’re saying something correctly.
When roleplaying a Chernarussian you may want to keep in mind how your character might act, as a Chernarussian national. Chernarus’ history and culture would influence how its people feel and act in some regards, whether they be ethnically Chernarussian or Russian.
With the Russian-dominated Soviet Union, Russian Empire and the ChDKZ in the 2009 Civil War all harassing or oppressing ethnic-Chernarussians over the course of history, there would be a sizeable anti-Russian, nationalist population among ethnic Chernarussians - especially after the Civil War, in which the Chedaki committed massacres such as at Pusta, where the town’s Chernarussian population was wiped out. Similar examples of these massacres would be at Severský Základní and Utes Island - both Chernarussian Defence Force bases whose garrisons were massacred by the ChDKZ. With a long history of Russian oppression of Chernarus, many ethnic-Chernarussians would harbour ill-feelings for Russians.
However, conversely, many ethnic-Chernarussians would likely disagree with the nationalists and have a neutral or positive view of the country’s Russian population. Ethnic-Russians in Chernarus may also feel victimised by the Chernarussian far-right and while some would be ashamed by the the Civil War, they may blame it on the 2007 banning of the ChDKZ as a political party, which in some ways triggered the Civil War two years later.
Either way, there is a variety of ways your character (as a Chernarussian) may feel on a number of topics that simply depends on where they live, what they identify with politically or their own experiences.
Research. Just as important - if not more so - than the details and roleplay section, as if you haven’t done your research well you can’t get the details right or roleplay well. The main issue I see with some people roleplaying Chernarussians is that they don’t have an indepth understanding of Chernarus itself, considering the country to be a “discount Russia” and not putting any real effort into knowing about it. Chernarus has an extremely detailed history, thanks to FlashCrack’s “Book of Chernarus”; something essential to read for those wishing to roleplay a Chernarussian. However in this section I’ll be including all the important information in the form of bullet points so it’s easier to digest and come back to.
Early History of Chernarus (~500 B.C to 1571 A.D)
- ~500 B.C: Chernarus first settled by the Skyth people, ancestors of the modern day Takistani people, between the Burnaya and Svetlaya rivers.
- ~600 A.D: the Skyth are forced out of Chernarus by Slavic tribes and settle in Takistan, Ardistan and Kurzeghistan, while the Slavs settle where the Skyth left. Novigrad becomes the centre of the newly created Principality of Cherna Rus, founded by the western-Slavic house of Rurik.
- 1156 A.D: first war between the Takmyr Khanate (from Takistan) and the Principality of Cherna Rus with most fighting occurred west of the Svetlaya river.
- 1161 A.D: the Takmyr Khanate manages to push east of the Svetlaya and the House of Rurik surrenders all land occupied by the Khanate, a huge blow to the dynasty’s power.
- 1252 A.D: Grand Principality of Chernarus formed under Taras Kozub who is crowned Grand Prince of the Orthodox Church. The Grand Principality not only comprises the old Prinicipality of Cherna Rus but all land east of the Svetlaya River and the region of Zagoria. Kozub begins the second war between the Takmyr Khanate and Chernarus, managing to reclaim all territory lost in 1161.
- 1478 A.D: the Ottoman Empire expands into the Green Sea region, conquering the modern day areas of Ardistan, Kurzeghistan and Takistan, including the Takmyr Khanate. Many flee the region seeking refuge in Russia and most that stay are converted to Islam.
- 1558 A.D: the Ottoman Empire set out to invade Chernarus and manage to conquer the entire principality within a year, killing the Grand Prince and much of his family, with the rest of the dynasty being forced into Russia.
- 1568 A.D: the Russo-Turkish War begins, with the Kozub dynasty returning to Chernarus as the Ottomans are pushed out of the country by 1570.
- 1571 A.D: the royal marriage between Duke Kazimir Romanov and Anya Kozub results in an alliance being formed between Chernarus and Russia. A Russian Duke inherits the throne after the son of Duke Kazimir dies and accepts an offer from the Tsar to become a vassal of Russia. Chernarus under Russian rule prospers, as the urban population grows and more cities are founded, such as Belozersk besides Lake Beloe.
Late 1800s, the Russian Revolution and the Interwar Period (? - 1941)
- Late 1800s: Chernarus underwent large scale urban and industrial growth however suffered from the Russian policy of “Russification” in which ethnic minorities in the empire were forced to accept Russian culture, such as the cyrillic script and the Russian language, as their own. This caused much discontent among the population of Chernarus however there was no violence as a result of the policy.
- 1st of August, 1914: Germany declared war on the Russia, formally pulling the Empire into the war. Through their control of the the Bosphorus strait at Constantinople, the Ottoman Empire blockaded the Black and Green Seas severely affecting the economy and trade in Chernarus. As the war progress the region started to fall into economic collapse, with factories closing and Chernarussians being put out of work. Support for nationalist movements grew, however they were soon drowned out by the support for Marxist ideals.
- 1917: the industrial regions of Chernarus and much of the western part of the country gradually grew in support for the Marxist revolutionaries, while support for the Whites (or anti-Socialists) stayed strong in South Zagoria and around Miroslavl. Skirmishes occurred In South Zagoria between the supporters “Red” Bolsheviks and Whites, however conflict ceased when the Red Army marched into western Chernarus and defeated the White forces, executing the Romanov Duke of Chernarus and his family, much like what happened to Tsar Nicholas II.
Second World War and the Chernarussian State (1942 - 1943)
- 22nd of June, 1941: with the Second World War in full swing, Germany invaded the Soviet Union under Operation Barbarossa.
- 18th of November, 1941: the invading German forces had taken the major port of Novorossiysk, but the offensive halted there. Under two further operations the Germans planned to conquer the rest of the Caucasus (Operation Edelweiss) and to push through the Black Mountains, thereby being able to seize Soviet ports on the Chernarussian coast (Operation Alpenröschen).
- German forces undertaking Operation Edelweiss soon found themselves halted again just before the Russian city of Sochi, and therefore decided to proceed with Operation Alpenröschen. However, at present lacking the resources for a conventional offensive past the Black Mountains, Operation Rose was devised - a plan to parachute crack German troops, as well as munitions, into Chernarus to help provoke an armed Chernarussian uprising against the Soviets.
- With strong nationalistic and anti-Soviet sentiments, many Chernarussians accepted the Nazis’ help and (after some skirmishes) swiftly seized control of all major cities besides Belozersk in the north, with most Red Army forces stationed on the front lines.
- The Soviet High Command focussed on holding the line, especially against the German forces, and Chernarus was largely left alone, with the First Chernarussian State being proclaimed.
- 1943: by now the Germans were in retreat, and shipments of supplies to Chernarus had been stopped. The Chernarussian Liberation Army consisted of around 320,000 men but lacked equipment and significant amounts of vehicles and aircraft.
- February 1943: the first Soviet air raids on Chernarus began in preparation for an invasion, with large parts of Novigrad and Kirovograd being lowered to the ground. Preparing for the Soviet invasion, the Chernarussian Liberation Army attempted to seize Belozersk in order to control the easiest crossing through the Black Mountains. The Chernarussians took defensive positions to the south, east and west of Belozersk after many failed assaults on the city.
- 5th of June, 1943: the Soviet offensive began, utilising overwhelming force to break the Chernarussian line in a matter of hours. The Chernarussian Liberation Army retreated southwards to hold the Soviets at the Svetlaya and Burnaya rivers north of Novigrad; all other cities fell.
- 10th of July, 1943: fighting reached the capital of Novigrad which became a hellhole of urban warfare, with civilian casualties in the tens of thousands.
- 1st of August, 1943: after 3 weeks of brutal fighting the last Chernarussian unit is wiped out and Novigrad falls to the Soviets.
Cold War Chernarus (1945 - 1991)
- Late 1945: the Soviet Union began a brutal campaign against the many Chernarussian resistance movements that grew after the fall of the Chernarussian State, deporting hundreds of thousands to gulags and increasing their military presence in the region.
- 1952: by now most of the resistance movements had fallen due to the tactics mentioned previously, but also because people stopped joining the resistance for fear of their families’ welfare.
- 5th of March, 1953: the darkest era in Chernarus’ history ended on this day when Stalin died, his successor Krushchev being far more lenient on the Chernarussian peoples. Stalin had led a campaign of repression following the "Chernarussian Backstab" in WW2, forbidding the Chernarussian language on paper and official work, burning and destroying many Orthodox churches across the country and treating the Chernarussian people as objects to be used.
- With Stalin’s death Chernarus started to become a relatively normal SSR, with mass urbanisation and industrialisation occurring and the Latin Chernarussian script now allowed to be used unofficially. Factories still damaged from 1942/43 were finally repaired, with unemployment lowering and thousands more being housed.
- 1954: the last resistance attack occurred in this year when a small military depot was sabotaged with the perpetrators being swiftly caught and executed. Though resistance had for the most part ended, many Chernarussians still harboured ill-feelings towards Russians and the USSR, though they kept quiet to avoid being arrested and sent to the gulags.
- 1980s: during this decade the economy of Chernarus started to falter as the government grew weaker, with corruption starting to become rampant, factories closing and people being put out of jobs. Crime was on the rise and saw the growth of gangs and the mafia, as well as increased ethnic tension and Chernarussian nationalism.
Pre-2009 Civil War (1991 to 2009)
- 12th of February, 1991: Chernarus gained independence from the Soviet Union, the Chernarussian Defence Force is presumably founded this year also.
- ~2000: ethnic tension between Chernarussians and Russians and crime rates rose in the north of Chernarus, particularly in South Zagoria - small detachments of CDF troops were deployed to combat this civil unrest. Seemed to be successful until 2007.
- 2007: the ChDKZ (Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star) is outlawed as a political party due to the violence they incited and their frequent clashes with the CDF and police. The ChDKZ went underground, stockpiling arms and weapons and training their men in preparation for...
Chernarussian Civil War (2009)
- 12th of July, 2009: the ChDKZ rise up in South Zagoria in an attempt to overthrow the government in Novigrad and establish a communist, ethnic-Russian led state in Chernarus. Attacks CDF positions in South Zagoria, using hit and run and guerilla tactics to drive the CDF out. ChDKZ burn alive two platoons of CDF troops at the Severský Základní base north of Severograd as a means of intimidating the CDF.
- CDF is driven back to the south-western quarter of South Zagoria, with CDF and NAPA (National Party of Chernarus paramilitary group) troops holding the town of Zelenogorsk and the Balota airstrip. The first victory of the war for the CDF was at Balota when they, aided by NAPA, repulsed a ChDKZ attack on their positions. The Chedaki soon invade and capture the CDF’s Utes Island training facility, slaughtering every soldier present.
- A force of 2000 U.S Marines intervene under Operation Harvest Red and help the CDF take back Utes and most of South Zagoria - the war looks as though it is coming to a close. U.S Marines however find evidence of mass graves and ethnic cleansing of Chernarussians at the town of Pusta.
- A bombing in Moscow is blamed on NAPA and the U.N orders the American troops out of Chernarus to make way for Russian peacekeepers, however the “peacekeepers” assist the ChDKZ in pushing the CDF back to the coast. Information soon came to light of the ChDKZ’s responsibility in the Moscow Bombing, the Russians withdrew and the U.S Marines redeployed.
- 18th of October, 2009: the Chedaki are defeated and the war comes to a close, most of the ChDKZ forces having been killed or captured, though some manage to escape and hide in the north.
Allied Invasion and Occupation of Takistan (2012 ~ )
- 17th of April, 2012: In Takistan, the reigning socialist military junta led by Colonel Muhammad Aziz threatens to use SCUD missiles on neighbouring Karzeghistan if they do not cede the oil-rich Sharigh Plateau to Takistan, as their own oil production capabilities were damaged by royalist insurgents.
- 1st of June, 2012: Alliance forces including American, British and other NATO troops invade Takistan as part of Operation Arrowhead. The invasion is a success, UN mandated peacekeepers occupy the country alongside British, American and Russian troops with an area governed by the Takistani Army in south central Takistan. In north central Takistan the UN peacekeepers are largely made up of CDF soldiers who also occupy the cities of Chalang, Takmyr and Zargabad.
Outbreak in Chernarus (2014 ~ )
- 7th of October, 2014: the first signs of the outbreak show in Chernarus around Zelenogorsk and Myshkino, soon the hospital in Zelenogorsk is overwhelmed with the sick. Within 72 hours both towns are overrun by infected.
- 11th - 12th of October, 2014: the infection continues spreading in western South Zagoria and begins to gather international media attention. A state of emergency is declared and the government requests help from the United Nations and the World Health Organisation. The CDF is instructed to carry out Order 62 (a Soviet “quarantine & disposal” protocol), borders are closed, air travel banned and martial law is declared. Soon the towns of Zelenogorsk and Myshkino are quarantined and CDF hazmat disposal teams are deployed, fighting for two days to eradicate anything (infected or human) remaining in the town.
- 13th of October, 2014: the CDF troops maintaining the Zeleno-Myshkino quarantine start to run low on ammunition and, having suffered heavy casualties already, withdraw - either north to protect the remaining civilian population in the region, or to hold the airfields.
- 14th - 21st October, 2014: UN continues to send workers and peacekeepers as several countries deliver essential supplies to Chernarus. Communication between the Chernarussian Defence Force and the outside world ceases abruptly.
- 22nd October - 8th November, 2014: the infection reaches the heartland of South Zagoria as Vybor, Rogovo, Grishino, Gorka and other central towns fall. Survivors flee north to towns still held by CDF troops, such as Berezino, Svetlojarsk, and Novodmitrovsk. The influx of refugees into the area leads to unrest then rioting, especially after UN soldiers open fire on civilians in one bloody incident. The violence continues and CDF and UN troops are forced to fight against the refugees as well as the infected. The survivors of the riots flee towards Russia but are gunned down by Russian soldiers stationed at border checkpoints - civilians, CDF and UN troops alike being killed.
- 9th of November, 2014: Chernarus finally falls, with all foreign military forces being diverted back home or stationed in nations neighbouring Chernarus.
Knowing the bare basics of the Chernarussian culture is absolutely necessary when roleplaying a Chernarussian - simply knowing a little bit about the country’s language and religion/s will go a long way towards roleplaying a Chernarussian well.
Languages of Chernarus:
Chernarus has two official languages and scripts - Chernarussian, using the Latin script, and Russian, using the Cyrillic script. As you would imagine, each of the two main ethnic groups (Chernarussian and Russian) speaks their own language fluently, but many Chernarussian nationals may be bilingual (or considering the nature of a roleplaying community where everyone speaks English, trilingual). It would be a fair assumption to make that most Russians across the country speak Chernarussian also, as it would certainly be taught as part of the Chernarussian education system. However it would be less certain that ethnic-Chernarussians are fluent in Russian, with the anti-Russian sentiment across the country (following the 2009 Civil War) possibly causing ethnic-Chernarussians to choose not to learn that language. That being said it would almost definitely be an optional part of the curriculum with a country consisting of ¼ Russians - and ethnic-Chernarussians in South Zagoria or northern regions would likely speak Russian too.
Religions of Chernarus:
With the current lore of Chernarus there is no specific state religion, however it’s very reasonable to assume that the majority of the population adheres to the Eastern Orthodox faith, as is the case in most Slavic and Eastern European nations. The Orthodox churches across South Zagoria and the priest zombies in DayZ and the mod are just further evidence to support this idea. If your character is a religious person they would most likely be an Orthodox Christian, however it’s possible (though far less likely) for them to belong to another branch such as Roman Catholicism or some Protestant denomination. Additionally, with a population of 1.2% Takistanis and 3% other, there would be a small Muslim minority.
Chernarus is the world’s 184th largest country, occupying 1202 square kilometres of the Black Mountain Peninsula. Chernarus has a 251 km coastline on the Green Sea to the south and east, and a 316 km long land border with Takistan to the west and the Russian Federation to the north. One third of the border with Takistan is marked by the Svetlaya river in the centre and north, while again in the north the Takmyr Ridge extends up to the Black Mountains. The border with Russia is defined entirely by the Black Mountains which stretch from the Green Sea, along the border with Takistan and Urzeghistan to finally end on the shore of the Black Sea.
The interior landscape of Chernarus is largely made up of plateaus and hills, as evident in the province of South Zagoria, and comprise about 40% of the total area of Chernarus. Additionally, about a third of the country is plains or lowlands, the largest being the Kirovo Plains which touch the foothills of the Black Mountains. Chernarus has a few large rivers in the western region of the country, the most prominent being the Svetlaya and Burnaya rivers. The Svetlaya, as mentioned previously, marks the border with Takistan and has its source in Lake Beloe while the Burnaya river passes through the city of Kirovograd. Both rivers meet about 10 km to the west of Kirovograd and head south to Novigrad and reach the Green Sea as part of a large river delta. The city of Belozersk is on the shores of Chernarus’ only large lake, Lake Beloe - half of which belongs to Russia. Finally, the highest peak in Chernarus is Mount Kozub at 1,472 meters.
Chernarus had a population of approximately 3,862,510 as of the last census conducted in 2010. The population was largely urban and Chernarus was the 71st most urbanised nation in the world, with 68% of the population living in the country’s bigger cities such as Novigrad, Kirovograd, Miroslavl and Belozersk. The remaining 32% of the population was rural, living in smaller towns and villages. The population itself was 71% Chernarussian, 24.8% Russian, 3% other and 1.2% Takistani - most Russians inhabited the north of the country and the easternmost province of South Zagoria, while Takistanis largely lived near the border or in large population centres. Chernarus is split into three provinces and are said to be represented on the flag by the three smaller stars surrounding the one large one, which represents the capital of Novigrad.
Chernarus is one of 5 nations on the Black Mountain peninsula, the other four being Takistan, Kurzeghistan, Ardistan and Urzeghistan. Takistan is located on the western border of Chernarus and is the only country to adjoin every state in the Black Mountain Peninsula, as well as Russia. Until 2012, Takistan was ruled by a socialist military junta from the capital of Takmyr until June 2012 when it was invaded by an American-led coalition (later including Chernarus) under Operation Arrowhead. Takistan is the largest country on the peninsula and is largely comprised of mountainous, desertous terrain and is inhabited by a majority muslim population. Karzeghistan is a small, oil rich nation that was threatened with SCUD missile attacks by Takistan in 2012 so that they would surrender the strategic and resourceful Sharigh Plateau. Kurzeghistan borders Takistan to the north, Ardistan to the west, the Green Sea to the south east and the capital is Mazargan, near the coast. Ardistan and Urzeghistan are located to the west of both Takistan and Kurzeghistan, with Urzeghistan to the north also bordering Russia. Both countries have a large coastline on the Black Sea and the capital of Ardistan is Tohrin.
The Republika Černarus or Republic of Chernarus is a unitary parliamentary republic - effectively meaning that the country is under centralised control (unitary - not a federation like the USA or Russia) and is run by an elected parliament with a separate head of government (Prime Minister) and head of state (President). Chernarus is also a member of the United Nations, Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
Circa 2014, the President of the Republic of Chernarus was David Veselý while the Prime Minister was Pavel Železný. The Chernarussian parliament or legislature was known as the National Assembly and the Speaker of the National Assembly (speaker of the house) was Alina Yermakova. The National Assembly of Chernarus would have convened in the capital city of Novigrad. Chernarus’ political structure dates back to the adoption of a democratic constitution in 1991 when it gained independence from the Soviet Union.
The currency of Chernarus is the Chernarussian Koruna (CRK or Koruna Černoruská) and in 2012 had an estimated nominal GDP of $19,125,000,000 - $4,951 per capita. Most commercial activities occur on the cities along the Chernarussian coast, from Novigrad to Miroslavl and the largest industries are heavy industry, power engineering and agriculture.
The Chernarussian Defence Force (CDF or Černoruská Obranné Síly) is the military of Chernarus that was involved in fighting in the 2009 Civil War, the War in Takistan and the outbreak of the infection in Chernarus - more information on these conflicts is available in the history section. The CDF consists of around 30,000 active military personnel - 20,000 of which are in the Land Forces - and another 23,000 Army Reservists. The Air Force of the CDF also has a 175 strong fleet of aircraft and the Navy operates 17 ships including 4 frigates. If you want to learn more about the CDF or about roleplaying a Chernarussian soldier, you can read my guide here.