Josip Seriojanovich Wepka II, who would one day become premier of Rocaterrania, was the son of a farmer and woodworker who had built his family home in a remote peasant village in Nortviertel Province, just south of the Canadian border. As a child, Wepka would tag along with his parents as they secretly convened at night with miners from Black New Serbia and members of the provincial governments known as zemstvo—avoiding detection by Empress Catherine’s Escort Guard—to express their yearning for democracy. One of the meeting sites was the Wepka family orchard.
Following many arguments with his parents while living on the KZ Ranch, Kuhler would take long walks into the forests and mountains that surrounded the ranch. In those peaceful settings, he would replay and reflect upon the quarrels in his mind, and attempt to devise plans to gain his independence and freedom from his parents.
The apple orchards of Rockland County, NY where Kuhler spent his childhood.