Russian Union of Socialist States
Form of Government: Socialist Tsardom
Leader: Tsar Nicholas II
In 1879, Russian Tsar Alexander II is successfully assassinated by Russian radicals, supposedly from the radical terrorist group Narodnaya Volya. This comes after sluggish attempts at progressive reform, from the liberation of the Serfs in 1861, civil reform in 1864 which simplified the Russian judicial system, educational form which permitted the working class to pursue an education, and military reform which subjugated all social classes to six years of military service -- two if they managed to have an elementary education system prior.
Due to the educational reforms brought out by Alexander II, former serfs and peasants were encouraged to practice free thought and to express themselves. This brought in a wave of western influence in the form of socialist philosophy and early traces of communism. Peasants would gather in social circles to discuss such policies such as workers rights and unionization that they concluded the tsar and his inner circle were not promoting reforms at their full potential. What ensued were years of civil unrest and attempts of assassinations. After surviving an assassination attempt in 1866 via bombing and an early attempt in 1874, Alexander II would meet his demise in 1879 by radical revolutionary Alexander Soloviev after shot five times in the back from a runaway attempt. Had Alexander chose to run in a zigzag pattern, he might have lived.
In the wave of his assassination, the Narodnaya Volya mustered up the local peasantry and workers in the Moscow and Saint Petersburg region, to take on the broken Romanov family and the noble class. The Romanov army force attempted to fight back the Narodnaya rebels, only to find itself in chaos due to the chaotic unrest from the peasant class within their ranks. By October 1879, tsar Alexander III would negotiate a surrender to Soloviev and his inner circle of socialist radicals. A new constitution labeled the Soviet Testament (The Worker's Testament) was drafted during this meeting. The Romanov family would keep their rank of royalty in Russia, while a socialist union would absorb all political rule and jurisdiction from the monarch. The Tsar would have a place within the Union's political circle, but rather-more for show than for purpose. Further, Alexander III's first born son would be educated on progressive and socialist doctrine brought in from the western circles of Europe (By educating the monarchy on Alexander II's progressive policies, the Narodnaya would hope for a monarch who would put the working class first over all else).
At the start of it's reign, this Socialist Union concentrated power within an inner circle of Narodnaya Volya; while the Worker's Testament stated the levels of governance. The Russian Union was divided into several states -- or blocks -- each independently governed and controlled, but given assignments by the head of state on policies the state itself must focus on. This allowed local socialists and workers, familiar with their own homelands to govern as they wished, at the expense of sending taxes and goods to head of state. Prices remained controlled by the state when necessary, in order to prevent price hikes and monopolies from taking control of certain economic sectors.
In the years between 1880-1899, the RUSS placed an emphasis on furthering the rights of workers and evolving Russia from an agricultural nation to one of industrial power. The Russian Union would promote intrastate trade between the different states, and even importing agricultural goods to other nations in order to finance the new production of factories and plants among it's northern regions to begin supplying coal and iron. In the far east, the Russian Union would focus its policies in more maritime and lumber, utilizing the transsiberian railroad as a supply chain from the Central State to the vast Siberian states and towns.
By 1900, Russia's manufacturing is on the rise, whereas its military might remains focused on its land power as opposed to sea. It's agricultural production remains at an all-time high, yet not at the level as those in Western Europe. Due to the vast expanse of the nation, the Central State is considering a second railroad to allow further trade and expansion into Siberia and neighboring nations. Patriotism is high, whereas there are still nobles who attempt to speak out against the new socialist regime.
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