Mägi Päiväine, a creation of Bill Turner, is located in an isolated
valley somewhere in the existing Russia. Mägi Päiväine's borders are
hard to define. Those who call Mägi Päiväine home have lived here for
generations with very little contact with the outside world. The high
mountain valley and surrounding area has never been officially claimed,
in person anyway.
At the end of World War II, a small group of Russian soldiers found
Mägi Päiväine. They were tired, hungry and suffering from exposure from
the elements. The folks of Mägi Päiväine took them in, tending to the
injuries of a couple of soldiers. The show of compassion was just what
Mägi Päiväine needed. The returning soldiers set in motion a chain of
events that would conditionally allow Mägi Päiväine to exist. Formal
papers soon arrived stating Mägi Päiväine was an autonomous region. In
essence, it was independence for the people and a guarantee that they
could control their destiny so long as they did not interfere with the
Soviets. However, no records of these papers are found among the former
Mägi Päiväine is currently home to about 100 people, living in a dozen
households, who speak what many consider to be an almost dead language,
The Mägi Päiväine government is made up of a council of 'ancients' or
elders who tend to the functions of government. This council elects a
president who serves for a single 5 year term.
The first coins from this place where minted in 2000 to celebrate the
new millennium, and following issues where produced in later years.