While Western Europe and the USA were undergoing an economic boom and a period of happiness, the situation was opposite in the Balkan Peninsula. Internal strifes and separatist movements were growing inside Yugoslavia, the economy was regressing and the future was highly uncertain.
It shouldn't come as surprise then, that a young Croatian couple living in a small village on the border between Croatian and Bosnian Socialist Republics faced with substantial financial problems, uncertain future and a small child would want to live in a city. In early 1991 they settled on the outskirts of Bihać, in a local catholic community. Even though they were glad they escaped Croatia when the war started, it eventually caught up to them in 1992 when fights started in Bosnia as well. In July Serbian forces surrounded the city of Bihać and began a siege, which lasted almost 3 years.
Goran's father, Stjepan, didn't want to stand on the side, merely watching the fights. He joined the Croatian Defence Council and helped with the defence of the city. Unfortunately, he was killed in a Serbian raid in late 1992.
Goran was left alone with his mother, Ana. They started living together with their neighbours, Gorčić family, who also had a similar-aged child, named Dragan. Ana contracted tuberculosis, and the lack of medication and doctors meant that she passed away at the beginning of 1994. Two orphans, Goran and Dragan, were taken in by another family in the community.
When the war finally ended in 1995, everyone was relieved. However, this wasn't the end of the trouble, as the economy took years to rebuild. Goran's foster family wanted to leave, and in '98 they moved to their relatives in a small country near the Caucasus, Chernarus. Their living situation improved, but Goran didn't feel it. The foster family, while providing them with basic amenities, didn't care for their education and well-being. When Dragan turned 18, he left the family with Goran and started living in the nearby city, Kirovograd. Unfortunately, soon after the crisis in Chernarus began. Goran stayed neutral in the conflict and patiently waited until the end.
With almost no skills and education Goran found it hard to find a job. For several years he worked various low-wage jobs such as construction, shopkeeping and cleaning. His character, however, meant that he quickly grew sick of them and tried finding better ones, to no avail.
The situation changed completely in 2017 when the outbreak started. He was terrified that another war was coming, but unfortunately, it was something worse. After the destruction of the city by the army Goran started slowly moving east along with Dragan. They would usually settle for several months, Goran exploring and scavenging supplies and Dragan obtaining them through questionable means. Recently, they arrived in South Zagoria and decided to stay the winter there.
Goran was always a very curious child. Everything seemed interesting for him, and he was never bored. However, this meant that he often pried his nose into places he shouldn't have.
He is an individualist. He hates relying on others, and his freedom and self-sufficiency is his biggest priority. Unfortunately, this means that he often puts himself above others will focus mostly on himself.
He is physically fit and nimble.
Goran has a deep dislike for soldiers/militants.
//This is the first iteration of the backstory, there's much more to come (i need to properly write it first :D )