Poland has a developed market and is a regional power in Central Europe, with the largest Stock Exchange in the East-Central European zone.
The origin of the name "Poland" derives from the West Slavic tribe of Polans (Polanie), who inhabited the Warta river basin of the historic Greater Poland region starting in the mid-6th century.
However, the transition from paganism was not a smooth and instantaneous process for the rest of the population as evident from the pagan reaction of the 1030s.
Poland began to form into a recognizable unitary and territorial entity around the middle of the 10th century under the Piast dynasty.
With the Baptism of Poland the Polish rulers accepted Christianity and the religious authority of the Roman Church.
Throughout the Iron Age it became extensively diverse, with various cultures and tribes settling in what was then East Germania.
However, it was the Western Polans who dominated the region and gave Poland its name.
The origin of the name Polanie itself derives from the Proto-Slavic word pole (field).
In some languages, such as Hungarian, Lithuanian, Persian and Turkish, the country's name relates to the Lechites (Lechici), and the Lendians (Lędzianie or Lachy), a tribe which dwelled on the south-eastern most edge of Lesser Poland and Cherven Grods between the 7th and 11th centuries — lands which were part of the territorial domain ruled over by the Polans.
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