I visited LibrAARy today and did not find a single AAR dedicated to my beloved Ukraine. I did make an attempt of writing one in EU1, but failed to finish one as usual. It pains me to see a lack of interest in my country and yet, I am not about to write an aar about Ukraine per se. This will be an aar about Zaporozhian Cossacks - Zaporizka Sich - the glorious brotherhood of warriors, who once excited the imagination of western Europe with their daring raids and campaigns against the mighty Turkish Sultans. This is the story of Zaporozhian Host - the military order, which sole purpose of existance was preservation of it's people's freedom.
It's capital was Zaporozhian Sich located built on the ruins of the ancient island of Hortitsa, named after old Russian god Hors - the god of the sun and horses. English word horse owes its origins to him. There they built the first democratic state in medieval Europe, from there they threw not-so-empty threats to the mighty rulers of empires around. Defying Polish Kings, Turkish Sultans and Russian Czars at the same time, they were able to preserve their ways until the unfortunate turn of events and their trust in the friendship of Muscowites robbed them off their independence.
This aar will not be written on a daily basis, as I am involved in writing others as well. Only when I am drunk and true to myself, only when my soul is crying out, excited with the images of the past and regretting the truth of the present, only when I want to say what I want say, instead of trying to please the reader, only then will I return to updating this thread.
The truth will mix with the legend, as the history of Zaporizka Sich is full of myths and legends. My own knowledge of history I cannot trust, in view of recent discoveries about history of Rus. Official history of the world is not the history I believe in, but again, any aar can hardly qualify as one. This will be more of a tribute to the people I deeply respect and dare to consider my ancestors. I was raised on books about them and yet everyday I learn something new about their deeds. Hopefully, you, my reader, will learn something new as well.