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Orania is an Afrikaner town in South Africa located along the Orange River in the Northern Cape province.

The aim of the town is to create a stronghold for Afrikaans and the Afrikaner identity by keeping their language and culture alive. Anyone who defines themselves as an Afrikaner and identifies with Afrikaner ethnicity is welcome to live in Orania. Residents state the desire to preserve their linguistic and cultural heritage, and protect themselves from high crime levels is their motivation, and they are seeking the right to self-determination as provided by the Constitution of South Africa. The town's relations with the South African government are non-confrontational, and although opposed to the aspirations of the community, it has recognised them as legitimate.

The small community has a radio station and its own currency, the Ora. The population increased from 481 in 2001 to 1,602 in 2018. Due to its unusual nature, the town is often visited by journalists and documentary-makers.

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