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The Chernarus terrain, or more appropriately known as South Zagoria, is a playable terrain in ArmA 2.
|«|| North-Eastern Chernarus is a hilly area with rocky coastlines; the biggest hilltops reach over 700 m above sea level, covered by temperate forests. The environment is still relatively untouched from logging and mining. The biggest cities and industry are concentrated on the southern coast. There are mostly smaller villages inland, situated in deep valleys, hidden in forested ridges or on elevated plateaus with lush meadows.|
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Representing the South Zagoria region of the Green Sea nation of Chernarus, this area of the country is dynamic and rich in history.
From inland coniferous/mixed forests intermeshed with jagged rock formations, to built-up cities all along the coast, untouched wild nature and idyllic countryside pastures clash together to form a truly diverse, Eastern European-themed landscape.
Covering an area of 225 square kilometres, South Zagoria is a highland terrain with a rocky coastline.
Much of the uninhabited areas are covered by temperate forests which occupy almost 100 square kilometres of the land. Dubbed as "Black forests" by locals due to their secluded nature, they are particularly thick in depth compared to other woodlands in the country.
Rock formations similarly litter the region, with many of the smaller mounds having formed into steep mountain crests. The tallest of these can tower over the landscape at a height of 700 metres above sea level. The northern border with the Russian Federation likewise, features the Black Mountains ridge that separates the Chernarussian nation with its neighbour.
Numerous lakes and smaller ponds dot the forests as well, with two dams being built at Topolka in the south and Pobeda in the north. The unique moors on the table-side south of Dičina, are also notable for containing the remains of a prehistoric glacial lake dating back to the Ice Age.
The island of Skalisty located just a short distance off the south-eastern shoreline near the village of Tulga, contains unique coastal flora which cannot be found anywhere else along the South Zagorian coast. During the start of the 1990s, the island was declared to be a nature preserve as part of the established Zagorie Protected Natural Area.
Up to a total of fifty cities, towns, and villages are scattered inland and along the entire South Zagorian coast.
The capital of the region is the city of Chernogorsk, with Elektrozavodsk being the second most populated city in the region after it. The two coastal cities are heavily urbanised and consist of seaports, factories, and apartment blocks intertwined with brick/timber homes.
Most of the villages are remote settlements located deep within the heart of its forests. A significant majority are only linked by bumpy dirt roads and tracks that climb up extremely steep hills, and may often be separated by tens of kilometres worth of woodland away from the nearest population centre.
Cities along the southern coast are connected via a main highway and railroad track. Both originate from the village of Kamenka in the south-west before terminating at the town of Berezino in the north-east.
Chernogorsk is the regional capital of South Zagoria.
It is one of the largest settlements in the area, Cherogorsk is coasted alongside the two bays of Mutnaya and Chyornaya located in the south-western city limits and eastern side of the city (respectively). The mountain of Vysota is also located on the northern side of its city limits, with the nearby village of Prigorodki being accessible via a road that breaks off from the coastal highway to its east.
What was originally a small fisherman's village quickly grew into a city thanks to the intensive industrialisation phase of the Soviet-era Chernarussian Autonomic Republic which first began in the 1950s. Chernogorsk has always been a harbour town, and was once linked to major northern trade routes for raw materials.
Chernogorsk bears all the hallmarks of Chernarus' past rapid industrialisation/urbanisation with many Soviet-era style apartment blocks, office highrises, as well as suburban-style homes constructed in and around it. The city has a large rail yard located in the city's north-west, and is connected to the main coastal railroad that runs through the northern district.
The city centre's main square, dubbed as the Victory Square, contains a monument and is surrounded by the town hall to its north, a large hotel to its east, and smaller blocks to the south and west.
The town hall was first constructed in 1955 at the height of Chernarus' modernisation period, whereas the hotel was famous (or rather, notorious) for being residence of the ChDKZ movement's leaders during the civil war. Since then, the hotel has become a popular tourist attraction.
It has the biggest port available in the region, with its L-shaped pier is also present protruding from the dockside harbour in the city's south, which is used to receive domestic and international shipping.
The second of the two largest cities in the region, Elektrozavodsk is the sister city to the region's capital of Chernogorsk.
One of the most cosmopolitan settlements in the region, dozens of pubs, bars and joy houses add a flavour of a vibrant culture to the city. Like Chernogorsk, it is also an astounding display of the country's industrial past. Nonetheless, the rapid industrialisation has dealt a devastating blow to the city's coastal flora and fauna. Similarly, some parts of the city are and have been left incomplete since the 1970s and have been experiencing the onset of gradual urban decay.
A coal-fired generation plant, the Elektrozavodsk Power Plant, is located to the city's north-west and is built along a road that leads straight to the Topolka Dam. Just like Chernogorsk, Elektrozavodsk contains an L-shaped pier that extends from the city's central area into the coast, though it is comparatively smaller and less advanced than the one in the capital.
Balota is a coastal town located in the region's south.
The village of Komarovo is located just a short distance to its west further along the coastal highway, while the regional capital of Chernogorsk can be reached by heading due east.
Built along the southern coastline of South Zagoria, Balota is a relatively small-sized town compared to most others in the area. It is better known for being home to the nearby rough surface military airfield used by government forces. There are otherwise no other notable landmarks or facilities in the town.
Gorka is located on the outskirts of the northern side of the Black Forest, and is one of the larger towns in the region's northern area.
Built along a gravel road that runs through the centre of it, the road can be used to reach the village of Dubrovka to the north-east or Polana to the south-east
A relatively scenic town, Gorka is particularly well-known for its goat cheese production. In times past, Gorka also served as the regional capital of the north, and was also notorious for being home to illegal alcohol distilleries which had been banned by the Soviet-led government.
The town of Krasnostav is located in the region's north-east.
Situated in the middle of two large hills, Krasnostav is home to personnel from the nearby rough-strip airfield in its north-east. The town is moderately populated, though most houses are constructed along the main road that approaches from the south (from the village of Dubrovka).
Krasnostav is better known for the Blunt Rocks formation as well as the two Black Lake and Willow Lake bodies of water. Reachable via a trail that heads out east of the town, these three sights, which have immense scientific value, are actually the remains of a glacial lake that date back to the Ice Age.
Nizhnoye is a coastal town located in the region's east.
Two smaller roads which break off to the west from Nizhnoye's centre can be taken to reach the village of Orlovets to its south-west. Heading north of the coastal highway will go in the direction of Berezino, while Solnichniy can be reached to its south instead.
Coasted to the Nizhnaya bay, Nizhnoye is mostly home to fishermen and is sparsely populated. There are few landmarks in the town, save for its blocky U-shaped harbour that serves as a dock for small and moderately-sized fishing vessels.
Novy Sobor is a small-sized town located in South Zagoria's central area.
A road can be taken to reach the town of Vyshnoye due south of Novy Sobor, while the village of Guglovo is located towards its south-east instead.
Situated just a short distance to the east of Stary Sobor, Novy Sobor is the smaller of the twin settlements and mostly serves as a farming town. With the exception of the Orthodox church built in the centre of town, there aren't any other notable landmarks besides the lumber mill further south in the woodlands along the road to Vyshnoye.
Pustoshka is a town located in the region's north-east, just to the south of Vybor and north of Sosnovka.
A medium-sized town, Pustoshka is built along the gravel road that originates from Zelenogorsk and is mostly home to farmers in the area. A road can be taken to reach the village of Rogovo to its south-east.
There are otherwise no other outstanding landmarks present in the town.
Solnichniy is a medium-sized coastal town located on the region's far east.
Heading north along the coastal highway will take the traveller to the town of Nizhnoye, while heading further south of the coastline will pass by the village of Kamyshovo. Meanwhile, a small trail running through the valley to its west can be taken to reach the village of Dolina.
Further south of the town along the main highway, the way to ruins of the Rog castle can be reached via a trail that passes through the Three Valleys nature reserve.
Alternately known as the so-called "Gate of Three valleys", Solnichniy contains a disused factory and is home to a stone quarry owned by the Solnichniy Quarry Corporation. Pre-civil war, the town's numerous pubs were frequently visited by quarry workers and seafarers alike.
The quarry gained a notorious reputation for being known the site of a widely publicised incident in 1999, when members of the Working Man's Defence Alliance launched a violent protest over pay and working conditions. The incident ultimately ended in a bloodbath with several of the protesters being killed by security forces.
Stary Sobor is a medium-sized town located in the region's central area.
The village of Kabanino can be reached by going along the main road further north-west, while going due south will head in the direction of Vyshnoye.
One of the oldest towns in South Zagoria, Stary Sobor is the twin of the two Sobors and is situated amidst sprawling pastures and meadows surrounded by rolling hills. Though its importance in the region has fallen over the past few decades, Stary Sobor is still considered to be one of the most picturesque settlements in the province.
It is often said by Chernarussians throughout the region that Stary Sobor shares a rivalry with the inhabitants of nearby Novy Sobor. However, this is merely a friendly jab at the town's past decline rather than an actual case of tensions.
Vybor is a town located in the region's north-west.
Built in the middle of a crossroads between the villages of Pustoshka (south), Loptatino (west), and Kabanino (east), Vybor serves as home to the personnel at one of the region's largest airfields further north of the town centre.
A lively rural town located in midst of the "highland" meadows (dubbed as such by its locals), Vybor is famous for the spring festival of vodka. The festival was previously sponsored by the local Bardak & Sons distillery owned by the notorious ChDKZ second-in-command, Mikola Bardak, and was also the site of a high-profile terrorist attack by partisans from the fiercely anti-Chedaki National Party.
Zelenogorsk is a large town located in the region's west.
The village of Drozhino can be reached a trail that splits off to the east, while heading further north-east or south of the main road will take the traveller to the towns of Pogorevko and Pavlovo (respectively). Meanwhile, a third road can be taken to head in the direction of Sosonovka village due north of the town.
Constructed along the expanse of a large valley located just below the towering Green Mountain, Zelenogorsk is the site of a former outpost built during the Middle Ages by the Dukes of the Kozlov Principate. It is also well-known for being the birthplace of Jefim Galkin, a famous Chernarussian writer and political activist.
Zelenogorsk continues to retain its tradition and houses a garrison of troops from the Chernarussian Defence Forces. During the early days of the civil war, it was the regional headquarters of the CDF when government forces were overrun by insurgents.
Points of interest
Located at the peak of the mountain north of the village of Grishino, the Devil's Castle was built sometime at the beginning of the early 13th century and was previously known as the Kozlovo Castle.
This castle ruin received its namesake after the fall of Kozlov's Principate. Originally founded by a Duke by the name of Ivan Kozlov, the fortress largely came apart thanks to scavengers that took apart the structure stone by stone; using it to either construct their own estates in the surrounding forests or for different purposes.
It was then supposedly inhabited by a yeoman named Jakub Čert (the "Devil") from the town of Gorka. He was particularly notorious for being the leader of a bandit group that used the site as a base of operations. What was once a small keep would eventually be expanded into a castle, using the loot stolen by raiding settlements throughout the region.
According to legend, the Devil's Castle was burned down during the Zagorian Karzeg's rebellion, with Jakub Čert himself burning to death in the castle's main tower by refusing to surrender to the Karzegi warlord Ataman Simurg. Only scorched walls remain of the castle, and are also rumoured to be haunted to this day by the spirit of the Ivan Kozlov.
Whatever the truth is, the Devil's Castle is one of the most remarkable architectural sights in Chernarus and has become a popular tourist destination as a result.
The ruins of the castle Rog situated north of the Kamyshovo coastal village serves as a link to Chernarus' distant past. Along with the Devil's Castle in the region's north-west, Rog is a particularly popular tourist attraction due to its rich cultural history.
Built by the Dukes of the Kozlov Principate in the late 11th and early 12th century, Rog was constructed to serve as a warning outpost for nearby locals against pirate raids from the sea.
Rog's castle is mostly constructed out of stone rather than timber (as most other fortresses in the region were built with) and as such, it is one of the few outposts that remain standing to this day; albeit in an understandably dilapidated state.
Located just a short distance off the south-eastern coast of South Zagoria, Skalisty Island is designated as a nature preserve as part of the government's Zagorie Protected Natural Area zone in the 1990s. It is home to coastal flora and fauna which cannot be found anywhere else along the coast of South Zagoria due in large part to the region's past industrialisation/urbanisation.
- Chernarus' terrain location as a coastal nation is completely fictional, but the landmass itself is accurately replicated via geographical data of the land between the cities of Ústí nad Labem and Podmokly in the Czech Republic (Czechia).
- Contrary to popular belief, the Chernarus terrain does not represent the entirety of the Chernarussian nation as its naming would imply. The in-game terrain only shows less than a third of the actual country; specifically the northeastern region.
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