Tourist sites avoid mention, but the geography tells. See http://www.romaniatourism.com/baia-mare.html. It is in the northwest corner of Romania, Maramures area.
Romanians are comprised of many ethnic groups: This photo, the descendants tell, are from Baia Mare, and the area's dominant group identifies with the Roman era Dacians, even though the ruins of the Roman involvement are much farther east and south. There is pride in finding that the government and culture of the indigenous Dacian people already there were highly developed. Dacians are seen as Thracians as well, see http://www.dacia.org/history/trdac_e.html
National pride. The links are many to the Roman ways - alphabet in particular. See. http://www.eliznik.org.uk/RomaniaHistory/dacia.htm. Dacians are seen as Indo-European, but of lighter skin. Is that so? Help here, ethnic experts. The Mongols did not conquer Romania, the mountains and forests stopped them and they went instead around into Hungary, and north to Poland. There appears to be little commingling of Mongol bloodlines.
- In about 59 BC, the Dacians were pressured by Celts from the north; then there are Thracians and Getae. Which is which. This site identifies the Dacians with the Getae, and that they were a combination of Thracians. See http://juliasromaniaguide.com/dacians/
The Phrygian cap became a symbol of freedom, or seeking it. The shape is explained: the Dacians tied their long hair in a knot, then had to find a hat-helmet to fit, and the rounded peak of the Phrygian cap could accommodate varieties of lengths of hair. Excellent. The knot was originally a Persian fashion. Dacians. Brave and righteous.
The Dacia. Also the name of their famous, long-lived, running forever, car. See http://daciacars.com/content/view/12/26/