Divis

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Divis has been the capital of Voskia since 1953. Divis had approximately 200,000 inhabitants and is located on a small peninsula between the Strait of Divis (elsewhere called the Strait of Otranto) and Lake Eşe.

Name

The origin of the name is unsure, but in the Voskian language the word is considered plural and is normally used in the indefinite forms. In other noun cases, the forms Divde (genitive), Dīş (dative) and Dives (accusative) appear. In Gurdian the city is called Div (indefinite singular masculine) or Divi (definite singular masculine), depending on the context.

History

Divis was founded somewhere in the 7th century CE by Voskian settlers, but archeological evidence suggests that it is in fact the second or even the third settlement founded on that location. Divis became an important port, attracting both Voskian and Gurdian immigrants, but after the Gurdian island was conquered by the Ottoman empire, it shrank to the size of a small port, Màjmal being the administrative centre of the region. Although it slightly grew after the conquest of Gurdia by Italy/Voskia in 1912, the future of Divis seemed rather straightforward, until it was chosen in 1953 to become the new capital of the Kingdom of the Vosks and the Gurds.

Until 1953, the city of Rāģidz had been the capital of Voskia, but the country's administration were moved to the smaller Divis on the other side of the Strait, in order to emphasise the unity of the Vosks and the Gurds following the new constitution of that year. Of all the cities in the country, the division of Vosks and Gurds in Divis was more or less 50-50 at the time and therefore considered to be the best choice of capital.

Buildings

The main street of Divis is the broad Viala Dēmukracieş (Avenue of the Republic) which connects the Àvrā Dēmukracieş (Square of the Republic), with the Bizātikē Àvrā (Byzantine Square). Half way the Viala Dēmukracieş the House of the Peoples (Ōģiā Demoded (Voskian), Ştypja a Popùlu (Gurdian), La Chasa dals Pievels (Romansh)) can be found, a large monument for the republic, which normally serves as a museum, but which is used every four years when a new president is sworn in. At the Bizātikē Àvrā, the presidential palace (and former palace of the king) can be found, while the country's parliament is located exactly opposite of it, on the Àvrā Dēmukracieş.