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Romania was initially settled around 200 B.C. by the Dacians. This Thracian tribe from Greece created the first state in this area. The Dacian Kingdom flourished from the first century B.C. But by the first century A.D. it was in conflict with the Roman Empire. Dacia was conquered by the Roman armies led by Emperor Trajan and integrated into the Roman Empire between 106 and 271 A.D.
Under Roman rule, agriculture, mining, trade and culture developed. The Dacian people adopted the Latin language of the Romans, as well as many of the Roman business practices and farming techniques.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, wave after wave of barbarian conquerors overran the Daco-Roman population. But by the 8th century, Dacia found itself part of the first Bulgarian Empire. During the 9th and 10th centuries, under the rule of the Bulgarian Empire, Eastern Orthodox Christianity was brought to the Romanians.
In the 11th century, Transylvania was absorbed into the Hungarian Empire. And by the 16th century, the main Roman principalities of Moldavia and Walachia became part of the Ottoman Empire.
After the Russo-Turkish War of 1812-1829, Romania became a Russian protectorate. Yet Romania had its full independence ratified in the 1879 treaty of Berlin.
During WWII Romania sided with Germany against Russia and the Western Alliance. After their defeat in the war, a Communist-dominated government bloc took over, and the economy was reorganized employing Soviet economic methods. Agriculture was collectivized and traditional Romanian culture was altered or destroyed. Tens of thousands were incarcerated and thousands died in prison and labor camps.
Running a neo-Stalinist police state from 1967-1989, Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu locked the iron curtain around Romania, taking the country to the brink of starvation. But the fall of the iron curtain led to a rebellion in December 1989 and Ceausescu’s overthrow. He was tried and executed.
Romania joined NATO in 2004, and in 2007 it was admitted into the European Union. Romania is actively reforming its economic and judicial systems to root out any remaining corruption. It enthusiastically embraces free enterprise and meets all of the requirements necessary to maintain its E.U. membership.
Today, Romania is a prosperous and thriving country that is rapidly re-integrating with Western Europe. Six out of every ten Romanian citizens is employed in the Farm Industry.
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