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This page covers the Standalone version of DayZ. For information on the Mod see Mod:Chernarus
"Black Rus"
Flag of Chernarus
Official LanguageRussian
AreaAbout 120 km²
Populationunknown (Pre-Outbreak)
0 (Post-Outbreak)
Map of Chernarus

Chernarus is a fictional Former-Soviet Republic nation in DayZ Standalone based on the popular Chernarus map from ARMA II.

Chernarus was establish as a typical former-soviet republic, that was formed following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Chernarus landscape consisted of mostly rural areas, with few larger cities. At present, it is infested with mindless zombies and the survivors who aim to prevent succumbing to their attacks. The map of said country in the Standalone is called Chernarus+.


The first settlements in the area date back to 5th Century B.C. When the valleys of the Burnaja and Svetlaya rivers were inhabited by Skyth tribes and nomads, who later formed the Takmyr and Karzeg nations. The center of modern Chernarus had been founded in the delta of the Burnaya River and on the coast, divided from the Zagorie region which was under the supremacy of a Moscow Principate by the Black Mountains ridge.[1]

The local Slavic population constantly had to fight off the raiders from the southwest so it was traditionally bound with Russia, but always kept its independence. In the 12th Century it was controlled by dukes, in the 13th century it was united by Taras Kozub. The Kozub dynasty ruled until 1631, when Chernarus joined the Russian empire. After the revolution in 1917 Chernarus became an autonomic federal republic, after the demise of the USSR in 1991 it gained independence.[2]

After regaining its independence, Chernarus was established as a Republic and it's Army took possession of former Soviet military installations and stockpiles. In 2009, it suffered from a Civil War that left the country in turmoil, forcing it to seek help from NATO.[3]


After the outbreak the local military and civilian defenses were overwhelmed and disintegrated. All inhabitants either fled the country, were turned into zombies or roam the desolated area as survivors. The lawlessness led to rise in Banditry.


Chernarus has the typical climate and wildlife of an Eastern European country. To differentiate the map of Chernarus from DayZ Standalone from the one in the DayZ Mod, the former is called Chernarus+.


The country is located in peninsula with the sea on the eastern and southern borders and consists of multiple mountains, valleys and even a few islands.

For a detailed description of the different landmarks see the following articles:


Chernarus has a fairly diverse vegetation with multiple useful plants.


The wildlife consists of former domesticated species and different wild animals.

Politics and Economy[edit]

Chernarus produced multiple natural resources like wood and different mining products, which can be seen in the different industrial areas especially the Lumber Mill in Berezino or the quarry in Solnichniy.


The country has a developed network of roads and streets, but only a few are asphaltic or even two-lane streets.

Chernarus has only one Power Plant, located in Elektrozavodsk. Multiple Power Lines stretch out from it all over Chernarus.

Most rivers are also regulated by different dams.

Towns and Cities[edit]

There are four major coastal towns:

Major towns off the coast include:

There are many more smaller towns, villages, villas, etc. In addition multiple castles can be found.

Police and Military[edit]

Before the outbreak Chernarus had a strong presence of Police and Defence Force. There were multiple Military Bases in Chernarus, but with the zombie outbreak even more temporary Military Camps were founded.

For a full list see these articles:


The most prominent religion was the Eastern Orthodox Church identifiable by the multiple churches in Chernarus.


A map of Chernarus+


  • The geography, roads and major landmarks of Chernarus are modeled after the municipality of Povrly and surrounding areas in the northern Czech Republic. Elektrozavodsk is modeled after Povrly, Solnichniy after Dobkovice, Berezino after Malšovice, and so forth.

See also[edit]


  • ^ ARMA2 lore. Based on the assumption that DayZ takes place in a branching timeline after the Events of Arma2.