The largest settlement and administrative heart of Chernarus' northern-eastern province, it was originally a small fisherman's village. Following the Soviet-mandated rapid industrialisation in the 1950s which lasted well into the 1980s, it quickly expanded into a major population centre.
However, this transition was more of a symbolic gesture made to serve as an example of the Soviet Union's perceived industrial advancement. The price for this urbanisation/industrialisation was the extensive damage done to the surrounding environment. The local villagers were rooted out and made to live an unfamiliar urban life, or forcibly relocated to South Zagoria's northern collective farms (kolkhozes).
Since then, Chernogorsk has stayed on as a harbour town connected to vital northern trade routes, though its long-abandoned and lime kiln factories serve as a stark reminder of this ill-conceived planning. Its significance has likewise fallen sharply over the past decades, but Chernogorsk remains as a place through which raw materials flow on towards its sister city, Elektrozavodsk.
At the height of the September Crisis, Chernogorsk was the site of numerous skirmishes between government forces and pro-Russian separatists, with control of the city exchanging hands numerous times. It suffered extensive damage towards the end of the conflict, but much of it has been repaired in the years after the war's resolution.
On October 3rd, 2009, the incumbent Prime Minister of Chernarus, Alexander Baranov, visited the city with an entourage of senior officials - including Chancellor Novotny, from the New Deal Party (NDP) to reassure the citizens of his government's stability.
However, the entourage was intercepted by fighters from the "Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star" (ChDKZ), a controversial (and outlawed) group of pro-Russian separatists originating from South Zagoria. They stormed into the city hall, killed their security detail, and restrained the officials.
Personally led by their warlord, Gregori Lopotev, Baranov and members of the NDP were dragged in front of cameras whereupon Lopotev vociferously announced that the country would now be known as the "Chernarussian Socialistic Republic", and that it would be reintegrating with the Russian Federation.
Baranov and his cadre of officials were then brutally executed on live broadcast. Police, CDF soldiers and provincial militias attempted to rescue the Prime Minister but were repelled by the insurgents with little difficulty.
Six days later on October 9th, U.S. Marines from the 27th Marine Expeditionary Unit (27th MEU) invaded the entire South Zagorian coast and lay siege upon every single city centre as part of Operation Harvest Red; Chernogorsk being one of the primary targets. Defensive positions throughout the occupied city would be attacked during the night by a combination of cruise missiles and airstrikes.
By morning, ground forces and remnants of the 8th Battalion (8th Btn.) from the Chernarussian Defence Forces (CDF) pushed into the city, clearing out each street block-by-block. By noon, the city was reclaimed and fully under government control.
Under intense diplomatic pressure to withdraw, the 27th MEU and CDF would be forced to relinquish their hold over Chernogorsk, and control of the city was reverted back into the hands of the ChDKZ on the 17th. This move was short-lived however, as only two days later on the 19th, the city would be retaken by government troops from its understrength ChDKZ defenders.
Due to a significant turn of events at the UN Security Council, the 27th MEU was authorised to redeploy onto Chernarussian soil. The Marines were brought in by air and sea, while additional heavy armour units thundered east via the highway from Balota. Using the city as a staging point, the Marines assisted government troops and their partisan allies in retaking the entire province.
Municipal office. Provincial officials and other important state personnel handle South Zagoria's day-to-day affairs at this building. It is situated directly in the middle of the city centre.
Running along the length of the city's entire coastline, the docks consist of a crooked U-shaped harbour which also doubles as a breakwater. It supports cargo ships, fishing trawlers and recreational boats.
For ease of transportation, a small track (terminating at a warehouse at the docks) connects back to the primary tracks at the depot.
Chernogorsk has two hospitals/medical clinics, one in the north and another near the east.
The international hotel caters to tourists from abroad and domestic sightseers visiting the province. It is the tallest non-industrial structure in the city and has a total of eleven floors (excluding the ground level and rooftop).
One of the largest train terminals in the province, the depot handles freight/cargo and raw materials rather than civilian passengers. The railway line runs straight through the northern half of the city.
- Elektrozavodsk (Sister city)