|c. 233 million|
|Regions with significant populations|
a. ^ People who described their ethnicity as Prekovi
b. ^ Prekovi speakersc. ^ Prekovi citizens
Prekovis (Prekovi: Přískové) are an ethnic group from northern Wilassia. They predominantly live in Prekonate, where they are the most numerous people. Prekovis are descended from the Kirilics, a tribe native to the island of Karaman, which was closely related to the ancient Palamite peoples. They speak the Prekovi language, which is closely related to other Palamite-derived languages in Maredoratica, particularly Karskar and to a lesser degree Pollonan.
The first Kirilics landed in modern northwestern Prekonate in the 5th century AD, where they established settlements and traded with their relations in Karaman. They were led by their chieftain Athanasi, who is sometimes considered to be the first Prekovi king. During the Turkic and Germanic invasions of Karaman in the 6th and 7th centuries, most Kirilics fled Karaman and migrated by ship to northern Wilassia to join the early settlers. This large-scale migration is generally considered to be the ethnogenesis of the Prekovi people. The settlers intermarried with or drove out the small native population of the northwestern Prekonate, which ceased to exist as of the early 8th century.
The earliest known use of the word Přískové dates to a Slavonic Christian missal written in the 860s. It was used to refer to the Kirilic peoples inhabiting the low-lying region south of the Teplá River, which is today called the Prekovi Basin.
The Prekovis number around 233 million, making them the most numerous ethnic group in Maredoratica. The vast majority of Prekovis (about 97%) live in Prekonate. Smaller populations are found in Valcluse and Respumare, lands which were inhabited by Kirilic peoples prior to the arrival of Morivaine colonists in the 17th century. A marginal Prekovi diaspora exists in Sondstead, consisting largely of educated professionals and numbering about 30,000.
Prekovi mtDNA and Y chromosome polymorphisms show moderate genetic affinity with other Palamite-descended ethnic groups, and extremely close affinity with groups that diverged from the original Kirilic settlers of Wilassia, particularly the Karskars. Because the Kirilics who migrated to Wilassia were mostly of the same ethnic stock, and there were few opportunities for admixture with non-Kirilic populations, Prekovis show very low in-group genetic variation. Consequentially, a relatively large number of Prekovis suffer from genetic disorders that are rare elsewhere in Maredoratica. This effect is magnified by contemporary laws against miscegenation, which further isolate the Prekovi gene pool, and by a high birth rate.
Prekovi culture is approximately 1,500 years old, and comprises the art, literature, and modes of thinking associated with being Prekovi. Prekovi culture dominates public and private life in Prekonate, and has influenced other parts of Maredoratica, particularly in the areas of philosophy and writing.