|Republic of Golona|
|Maziś s Golku|
(and largest city)
|Recognized minority languages||Dalian|
|Ethnic groups||—87% White Golonians|
—7% Black Golonians
|Government||Unitary parliamentary republic|
|Leaders||—First Minister: Rakela Dansarila|
—Speaker of Parliament: Viktor Mikkelsarilo
|Independence||—Kingdom of Dalia: 26 November 1167|
—Republic of Golona: 4 March 1936
|Population||13,562,000 (est. 2017)|
Golona (Golonian: Golko), officially the Republic of Golona (Golonian: Maziś s Golku) is a sovereign state located in Western Wechall, bordered solely by Dalia to the east. It is the westernmost nation in Wechall, and shares a maritime border with Blasmer across the Lost Sea. Its capital and most populous city is Alagona, located on the northeastern coast.
The territory of Golona was united under the Kingdom of Dalia in the 12th-century as the Province of Golona. Golona differed from the rest of the country due to linguistic, religious, and cultural differences. Nevertheless, Golona prospered due to its scenic location, fueling a strong tourism industry which has continued into the 21st-century. After centuries of nationalist pride, Golona earned its independence from Dalia in 1936 after an independence referendum, and established itself as a democratic unitary parliamentary republic.
Approximately 70% of the 13.6 million population of Golona resides in the eastern half of the country, with the western half remaining sparsely populated and rural. Over 90% of the population identifies as ethnically Golonian, with 87% identifying as White Golonian and 7% as Black Golonian. 4% of the population identify as Dalian, mainly along the border with Dalia, while the remaining 2% are primarily of immigrant origin. The national language of Golona is Golonian, a Slevish language that was originally considered to be a dialect of Dalian until the 19th-century. Still, there is debate on whether Golonian is simply a dialect of Dalian, as the languages are largely mutually intelligible. Dalian holds official minority language status in the country. While the Golonian constitution advocates for the freedom of religion, Golonians largely adhere to Wechallian Southern Christianity.