Kliegme Beyond: An Online Hub for Kliegmean Culture

Kliegme Beyond is a Kliegmean multilingual project operated by TV-ITAK(formerly Kliegme Telegraph), founded by the news agency ITAK.

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Planning your 1st trip to Kliegme? Here are the top 5 things to do

A first visit to our country might be overwhelming to many people: it involves a lot of preparation, and you don’t have months of vacation at your disposal. Here is a brief list of things to see and do that will make for an unforgettable experience!

1. Preparations

  • Get a Kliegmean visa
  • Choose a season (we recommend April-September, unless you are a fan of the heat - then December and January are your months.)
  • We recommend at least a week for your Russian holiday
  • Book a flight and hotel in advance

2. Visit Mumiea

Maloitrysh Park

Well, you probably won’t be able to skip this city, as the majority of all international flights land near here.
Only a hour after you land in Bealz, you’ll be able to reach the Kliegmean capital of Myurmyansk, or Mumiea.

Of course you’ll need ages to explore the whole capital, but three days should be enough for your first visit if you’re a morning person.

Beyond Strelna square there are beautiful city parks - for example Kornilov Park, where you can walk or bike along the MaloItrysh river with a nice view and enjoy all manner of fun activities, depending on the season. Then you can visit the adjoining Muzeon park, which contains beautiful views, excellent snack places, as well as a ‘cemetery’ for Imperial statues and other art.

Another great option is the recently renovated Tverskaya park, with an alluring Imperial-era feel. Both parks arrange ice-skating rinks in winter, with the latter being the biggest in town, albeit not as centrally located as the one in Park.

If you want to visit Karnetvorian ballet, book your tickets to the Kovokan theater in advance, but don’t be upset if you can’t afford it or there are no available seats on your dates. Kovokan is arranging live broadcasts of its ballet in cinemas all around the world.

Make sure to try Kliegmean Cuisine, as you will see street food and restaurants selling those.

3. Visit one of the Silver Ring cities

Suseong City

The Silver Ring is derived from the “golden ring”, a Karnetvorian term used to describe settlements surrounding their capital of Karnetgrad. Karnetvor’s colonisation of Kliegme imported that term, albeit with a downgrade in the metal.

Nontheless, the best way to have a traditional Garanian experience is to visit Suseong, the most ‘Garanian’ city in the country. It’s an extremely cute place about 50 km from Mumiea with cozy ancient churches,wooden houses and lovely nature.

Suseong is a very touristic city, so book your hotel in advance if you want to stay for a night (there are also lots of private rent options). However, you won’t have any trouble covering all your sight-seeing in one day.

4. Visit Chapayev

Located in southwestern Transromordia, Chapayev is a unique city of records. It has the largest planetarium, zoo, theater and airport in Transromordia. The seven-kilometer-long Golodaniya Avenue is one of the longest streets in the world, while the 40-meter-long Sibstroyput street is one of the shortest.

Train lovers will love the Kliegmean Train Museum in Chapayev, a Museum built on the First Rail statoin built in Kliegme, by the Kingdom of Kurigu before its colonisation. It houses the First ever train to operate in Kliegme, side by side to its modern descendants.

5. Visit Bisei

a Sunrise Triad-favourite, for historical reasons. The Port city was originally Bisun, a Colony of Myria, “purchased” from the Gayan Kingdom. As time passed, the city changed hands from Karnetvor to Kliegme. However, what hasn’t changed is its beautiful architecture, forming a majestic harmony with modern buildings and skyscrapers.

go for a walk along VelikoItryshky Prospect , see beautiful palaces and end up on the Velikoitrysh river bank, Palace square - stand in line to the Hermitage museum (or better buy a ticket online).

Rent a bike - that will be the best option to see all the sights of the city. And visit Karambayit, home of the Myrian Colonial Administration-turned museum by boat - just from the Palace Square. Watch romantic midnight bridges being raised, and walk, eat, drink and party to your heart’s content. Don’t even try to prevent yourself falling in love with this city!

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Tradition: The history and secrets of the president’s New Year’s address

The New Year’s address of the president is an integral part of Kliegmean New Year celebration.

The History of the address

The New Year’s address to the nation is a tradition that began in Kliegme during the Colonial times. It started with the address from Mikhail Saratov, the Governor-General of Karnetvorian Crabry. He gave a speech on December 31, 1935, on the radio, but it was only broadcast to the garrisoned soldiers. Saratov’s next speech on December 31, 1941, was already directed towards all Kliegmean people and was dedicated to the events of the mainland Karnetvor.

Saratov kept his tradition until his death in 1946, after which it was interrupted. In 1952 and 1954, the New Year’s congratulations were given by Marshal Kliment Dragov, the then Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Karnetvor. The latter would be on the events of the war.

After independence and subsequent return of stability in Kliegme, New Years congratulations returned with it, albeit on a different platform. The pioneer of TV addresses to the Kliegmean people was Prime Minister Albert Breznev. He gave his first address in 1970, but it wasn’t the form we are now used to: The speech of Brezhnev was more like a detailed annual report than a congratulation. At the end of 1970s, due to Brezhnev’s illness, the addresses were made by a famous news announcer Igor Kirillov. Later, both Yuri Pak and Konstantin Chernov wouldn’t appear on TV with a congratulation, either. In 1985, President Vyacheslav Petrov changed the situation and made the address himself. After that, Kliegmeans would be able to expect the President to greet them for new years, every year.

The Process of Making

In 2015, Viktor Peskov, spokesman of Dmitry Andreyev, joked that the president traditionally makes his address at midnight on New Year’s Eve. However, it isn’t a secret that the speech is recorded beforehand. The filming takes place on one of the evenings in the second half of December: The actual date depends on the weather and the president’s schedule. And there is no need to wait until midnight: the filming commences as soon as it gets dark.

An hour before, trained falcons clear away any ravens that inhabit the Strelna. There are enough of them to make the noise loud enough to deafen the president’s speech, so the measures are taken.
The preparations start before the president arrives at the place. The film crew sets the equipment in presence of the president spokesperson who takes part in a little rehearsal to check the settings. The president arrives when everything is ready. He usually needs several attempts to get the perfect take. But he doesn’t need to learn the speech by heart, as the text is shown on the teleprompter like those that TV journalists use in news programs. The whole filming usually only takes about 20 minutes.

The Speech

In the New Year’s address, the president often summarizes the whole year, speaks about the progress that the country made during it. For example, in 2004, Anatoly Blasov marked the economical success and, in 2014, Nikolai Omelin remembered the World Expo held in Kliegme. After all the president’s speeches, the bells of Strelnaskaya Tower chime. There is a tradition to make your own wish during the chime. Then the national anthem of Kliegme sounds.

In 2020, it was estimated Alexei Boroshilov’s address on ‘Pervy Kanal’ (“Channel One”) was watched by 15,1% of the country. It meant that the New Year’s address from the president became the most popular New Year “show” ever on Russian TV. And the tradition of watching the president’s speech on New Year’s Eve is as strong now as it ever was.

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Garanian-style carrots: a fusion of Karnetvorian Spices and Garanian Crops

This story is about how Karnetvorian Spice was introduced to a Garanian method of marinating vegetables, and how it quickly became a favourite snack of Kliegmeans.

Since childhood I remember this spicy, sweet aroma with hints of garlic when I walked through the market and reached the pickle and marinade section. Among the red heads of pickled garlic and the long curls of ramson, I was always drawn to the thin cut straws of carrots. These were Kliegmean-style carrots, or Morkovcha. Morkov for carrot, and Cha for a type of Garanian cuisine.

The “Cha” was first recorded during the Kingdom of Gory, as “Jang”. It was a way of preserving vegetables to last the winter by pickling vegetables, fish, and meat. When Karnetvor took over the lands of the Garanians, they introduced Hot Pepper, and made plantations of it.

Karnetvorian Hot Pepper, when marinated with the “Jang”, not only had an effect of strengthening its preserving qualities, but also its flavour and nutrition too. The dish spread through the country as the Plantations ensured an abundance of Hot Pepper.

Over time, the dish was adapted to the tastes of Garanian citizens. That is, it became less spicy. And now Kliegmean-style carrots are an integral part of both the holiday feast and the daily menu.

Many Kliegmean housewives try to prepare this dish at home. So, for a hundred years many variations of the dish have appeared, as well as many little tricks on how to make it.

To chop the carrots properly you need a special grater or device. If you don’t have one at home, you can cut the carrots into thin slices by hand. The work is labor-intensive, but worth it!

For the marinade usually one uses sugar, vinegar, spices such as pepper and coriander, and be sure to squeeze the garlic. Some recipes add soy sauce, sesame seeds and sesame oil. The carrots are doused mostly with hot oil. For more flavor, you can fry onions in it.

Serve Morkovcha as a snack or side dish. Also, these carrots will always be a great addition to wraps, sandwiches or in a salad.

The Recipe

Ingredients for 10 servings:

  • Large carrots - 1 kg
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Vinegar - 2 tbsp
  • Pepper - to taste
  • Coriander - 1/2 tsp
  • Red paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  • Marjoram - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic - 5 cloves
  • Onion - 1 head
  • Sunflower oil - 80-90 ml

Preparation:

  • Peel large carrots.
  • Chop them into thin slices using a convenient method. The usual flat grater won’t do. If you don’t have a suitable device, then shred by hand.
  • Salt the carrots and knead with your hands to make the carrots soft and juicy.
  • Heat the oil and add large chunks of onion and coriander seeds - they give the oil their flavor. After that, the onions and spices should be removed from the oil.
  • In the middle of a bowl with carrots, pour the sugar and squeeze the garlic. Add the spices.
  • Pour hot oil in the middle of the garlic and mix the salad thoroughly with your hands. Add vinegar and mix again. Traditionally, a common household vinegar is used, but I went with rice vinegar. For a healthier version of this dish try using apple cider vinegar.
  • Place the carrots into a container and close tightly, so that all the carrots are covered with juice. You can also put it in a jar. Let the carrots marinate for at least three hours. Better to leave it overnight. Store the carrots in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
  • Serve as an appetizer, garnished with sesame seeds if desired. Enjoy!
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