- This page covers the Standalone version of DayZ. For information on the Mod see Mod:Chernarus
|Flag of Chernarus|
|Area||About 120 km²|
Below 1,000 (if not even less)
|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 established 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. The capital of Chernarus is Novigrad, Players can not travel to Novigrad but there is a map of all of Chernarus showing Novigrad in the bottom left hand corner of the map. 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.
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.
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.
Not much is known about the Zombieoutbreak in Chernarus, but somewhere at the beginning of the 21st century the inhabitants of the country began to turn into zombies probably due to a disease or a similar biological reason.
Interestingly in many places around Chernarus garbage bags marked as toxic waste can be found primarily in civilian areas.
At the same time military troops of the Chernarus Defence Force, the Russian Army and the UN were in Chernarus. If the reason for this was the outbreak or a prior/coincidental civil war is not known. Regardless these soldiers couldn't stop the zombiehordes and were slowly overrun with even heavy weapons like tanks beeing destroyed or abandoned. The military tried to contain the outbreak and organised the systematic disposal of corpses (as can be seen at Kamensk Military Base).
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 is located in peninsula with the sea on the eastern and southern borders and consists of multiple hills and mountains, valleys and even a few islands. It has a rugged yet verdant environment of rolling hills, covered by dense forests and deep valleys, hidden in forested ridges or on elevated plateaus with lush meadows. Its valleys conceal quaint rural villages connected by barely perceptible dirt tracks, while its coastlines support sprawling industrial cities with wide roads and rail networks.
Chernarus has the typical climate of an Eastern European country. It has a fairly diverse vegetation with multiple useful plants and its wildlife consists of former domesticated species and different wild animals.
For a detailed description of the different landmarks see the following articles:
Politics and Economy
The country has a developed network of roads and streets, but only a few are asphaltic or even two-lane streets.
The country also had its own Chernarus Fire Department.
Most rivers are also regulated by different dams.
There are five 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
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.
Map Of Full Chernarus
Below is the full map of Chernarus. Several cities can be seen from the map and multiple rivers flowing down to the Green Sea past the capital of chernarus Novigrad
The Chernarussian landscape is based heavily on the Czech Republic, the home country of the developer. The geography, roads and major landmarks of Chernarus are modeled after the municipality of Povrly and surrounding areas. Elektrozavodsk is modeled after Povrly, Solnichniy after Dobkovice, Berezino after Malšovice, and so forth.