Soviet Union

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Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Motto

Workers of all Worlds Unite!

Political information
Type of Government
  • Marxist-Leninist Single Party State
Founding Document

Treaty on the Creation of the USSR

Constitution

2261 Soviet Constitution

Head of State

Vladimir Sokolovsky

Head of Government

Mikhail Vavilov

Executive Branch

Council of Ministers of the USSR

Legislative Branch

Supreme Soviet

  • Upper House: Soviet of the Union
  • Lower House: Soviet of Nationalities
Societal information
Official Language
  • Russian
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Many others
Currency

Ruble

Anthem

National Anthem of the Soviet Union

Population

15,730,000,000

Historical information
Formed from
  • RussianEmpireFlag.png Russian Empire
  • RussianSFSRFlag.png Russian SFSR
  • TranscaucasianSFSRFlag.png Transcaucasian SFSR
  • UkrainianSSRFlag.png Ukrainian SSR
  • ByelorussianSSRFlag.png Byelorussian SSR
Date of establishment

1922 - October Revolution

Date of reorganization

2141 - Declaration of Interstellar USSR

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The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Russian: Сою́з Сове́тских Социалисти́ческих Респу́блик) is a Marxist–Leninist nation governed as a single-party state by the Communist Party. It is a union of 21 subnational Soviet Republics, with the Russian SSR and Chinese SSR constituting the largest among them in terms of population and economic output.

Established in the chaos of civil war following a series of revolutions, the Soviet Union emerged from the Virus Crisis and Scinfaxi Invasion as one of the leading world powers. It's actions in the aftermath of the conflict saw it absorbing several Eastern European states and greatly expanding its influence across the world. A number of technological advancements were made in the latter part of the 20th century including manned missions across the solar system and large scale orbital developments.

A period of semi-isolation defined the Soviet Union well into the 21st century until it joined the Alpha Centauri Colonization Program alongside the Democratic Federation and Greater German Reich. When the program failed to achieve any significant economic or political gains the Soviet Union withdrew from the project, focusing instead on independent colonization efforts across the Orion Arm.

A prolonged ideological and political struggle against the Greater German Reich and to a lesser extent, the Democratic Federation fueled Soviet developments for the next century only briefly interrupted by renewed international cooperation during the Second Scinfaxi War and Evacuation of Earth.

In the modern era, the Soviet Union ranks as the second largest economy in the Orion Arm, (second behind the combined Democratic Federation but larger than any individual member), largest industrial output and largest armed forces by number of active troops.

History

Pre-Scinfaxi

Vladimir Lenin addressing a crowd in 1920.

The Soviet Union was founded in the midst of the collapse of the Russian Empire. The last Tsar, Nicholas II had abdicated in 1917 following the February Revolution which saw a short lived Russian Provisional Government assume power. Massive public unrest, food shortages and continued opposition to the Great War against Germany and the Central Powers led to the establishment of workers councils, known in Russian as “Soviets” in Russian cities across the country. The Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Lenin demanded a socialist revolution and on November 7th 1917 Red Guards stormed the Winter Palace ending the rule of the Provisional Government.

While a peace treaty would be signed with the Central Powers, ending the Great War on the Eastern Front, a long and bloody civil war followed as anti-Bolshevik forces including foreign armies from the United States, United Kingdom, France and others, attempted to wrest control away from the Soviets. The conflict ended in 1923 with a Soviet Victory, although smaller conflicts occurred with the newly established Republic of Finland, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Latvia, and the Republic of Lithuania.

Towards the end of the conflict, on the 28th of December 1922 the Russian SFSR, the Transcaucasian SFSR, the Ukrainian SSR and the Byelorussian SSR approved the Treaty of Creation of the USSR and the Declaration of the Creation of the USSR, forming the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. By 1924 the Soviet Union was recognized by the British Empire, and a Soviet Constitution was signed.

The following decades saw a colossal restructuring of the economy, industry, and politics of the country. After the death of Lenin in 1924, Joseph Stalin assumed control of the country and intensified this restructuring with a series of 5 Year Plans. The Soviet Government was also centralized during this time and the New Economic Plan instituted by Lenin was abandoned.

Stalin’s reign in the Soviet Union saw continued growth, but also continued unrest. Plots and traitors, real or imagined were regularly uncovered, and massed purges were instituted in an effort to ‘clean’ the Soviet Union of undesirables. Many senior Party leaders and military generals were all found guilty, including Trotsky, the man responsible for leading the Red Army during the Russian Civil War.

Virus Crisis

The 1930s saw the Soviet Union attempt to reassert itself on the world stage, participating in the World Disarmament Conference, joining the League of Nations, and actively supporting Republican forces in the Spanish Civil War. Relations with the United States in particular rapidly improved and formal diplomatic recognition and trade agreements followed.

The Soviet Union attended the 1936 World Health Conference in London during which time it was first introduced to the potential danger of the Scinfaxi Virus. With the upper-leadership of the USSR still in the midst of a series of political purges, only a token gesture of support was given to the British-American relief efforts across the world. As the climate and geography of the Soviet Union also prevented anything but the smallest pockets of the Virus, matter was not given any serious attention.

The latter half of the 1930s saw a shift towards the Axis powers. Extensive talks with Nazi Germany resulted in the signing of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact in 1939. This pact allowed the Soviet Union to occupy Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Bessarabia, Northern Bukovina and ultimately eastern Poland following the German invasion of the country. The Soviet Union was also able to deter potential Japanese aggression in its far Eastern territories, winning a series of decisive victories and ultimately signing the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact. The situation in the east however became rapidly instable as the spread of the Scinfaxi Virus drove hundreds of thousands of Chinese refugees north into Manchukuo and Mongolia. Tens of thousands of refugees were shot as they attempted to enter the Soviet Union.

By 1942 as the Scinfaxi Virus continued to spread further north and the first major pockets began to appear in Europe, the Soviet Union declared a State of Emergency and a national effort to eradicate the virus began. In July of that same year, after personally appealing to Stalin, Mao Zedong was given to permission to evacuate 80,000 Chinese communists into the “Chinese Soviet Socialist Republic” a specially granted territory within the Chita Oblast. By the start of 1943 however, the population of the Chinese SSR had reached over 300,000. After the death of Mongolian Prime Minister Khorloogiin Choibalsan, the Mongolian People’s Republic suffered a near total collapse and the Red Army moved in to stop the flood of Chinese refugees. Despite these measures, refugees continued to escape into the Chinese SSR and other regions of the Soviet Union.

Scinfaxi Invasion

The Soviet Union was spared the initial confusion and devastation that befell other nations by the arrival of the Scinfaxi, with only a small landing in Soviet territory centered near Sevan Lake in Armenia. The Caucasus Mountains provided a formidable natural defense against the spread of the Scinfaxi and allowed the Red Army time to mobilize. Even with time to prepare however, Soviet leadership was nearly paralyzed. A small expeditionary force was sent to reinforce Romanian and German forces near Bucharest, one of the few examples of direct Soviet-German cooperation, but it was destroyed nearly to a man in a matter of hours.

By 1944 Scinfaxi forces had annihilated German defenses across the Balkans and penetrated the Caucuses defense lines. Red Army forces proved no more capable in stopping the Scinfaxi advance and were forced to retreat after a several near cataclysmic defeats in Poland and the Ukraine. Having also reached Manchuria in the Far East, the Scinfaxi devastate the country from two fronts. In 1945 the first large scale offensive against the Scinfaxi near Voronezh ends in disaster, and over a million soldiers are killed.

With the detonation of American atomic bombs and the complete halt to the Scinfaxi advance, the Soviet Union was given critical time to recover. After obtaining technical specifications through its spies in the Manhattan Project, the Soviet Union followed the US and Germany in detonating an atomic bomb in Olsztyn, Poland. Like their counterparts across the world, Red Army divisions shadowed the Scinfaxi withdrawal across the whole of the Soviet Union.

Post-Invasion

The Soviet Union had suffered tremendous losses against the Scinfaxi but with massive reserves of manpower was far more capable of any other nation in Europe to absorb them. The withdrawal of the Scinfaxi had left a power vacuum across much of the continent and keen to take advantage of the situation, Red Army divisions advanced well past their pre-war borders into parts of Finland, Bulgaria, and Romania. Like Mongolia and northern China, these areas would eventually be incorporated as Socialist Republics within the Soviet Union. Attempts to further expand Soviet political and military influence across Central Europe continued into 1950 but were for the most part unsuccessful owing to a resurgent German Reich.

Postwar reconstruction remained the focus of the Soviet Union and proceeded rapidly, but the emphasis on heavy industry and energy kept living standards low, especially outside of major cities and in areas not fully cleared of the Scinfaxi Virus. Stalin’s personality cult reached its height in the immediate postwar period with propaganda describing him as the “savior of the human race”. Art and science were subjected to heavy censorship with even concepts such as the theory of relativity dismissed as “bourgeoise idealism".

In the east, Mao Zedong, the First Secretary of the Chinese Soviet Socialist Republic worked to mobilize the Chinese refugee population and secure support from the Communist Party. Still suspicious of Chinese intentions and unwilling to divert resources away from the main reconstruction efforts in the west, Stalin rejected the majority of Mao’s requests. The Chinese SSR languished, with tens of thousands dying of famine before the situation was finally stabilize by the mid-1950s. Around this time a series of Russification programs aimed at subduing Chinese cultural elements and maintaining the national character of the USSR were also enacted, with mixed success at best. Fearful of a Chinese rebellion, roughly a quarter of the Chinese population was spread out across the Soviet Union to aid in the recovery effort.

Reconstruction

After Stalin died in July 1952 he was succeeded by Nikita Khrushchev as First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Part of the Soviet Union. Lavrentiy Beria however, head of the NKVD soon became a central figure in the immediate post-Stalin era amid the power struggle that followed. Wary of his role under Stalin, Beria was arrested by members of the Politburo and the military, including Marshal Zhukov.

His main political opponents removed, Khrushchev began a period of De-Stalinization, granting degrees of national autonomy to the states abosorbed during the Virus Crisis and Scinfaxi War, decreasing the role of large scale forced labor in the Soviet economy and easing tensions between Soviet Republics, specifically the Chinese SSR. The Russification policies adopted in the previous years were also quietly cancelled.

High level talks between the Soviet Union, German Reich, and the Western Allies regarding the continued threat of the Scinfaxi continued well into the late 1950s, but with the realization that Earth would eventually become uninhabitable and skeptical of German intentions, no far reaching agreement of mutual defense was reached. The launch of Sputnik 1 in 1960 maintained the Soviet Union as one of the earth’s three major world powers and cemented its place in the growing space race.

Chinese influence within the USSR, often sidelined due to racial prejudice was able to achieve greater legitimacy under Khrushchev and the Chinese SSR grew in both population and economic power until it became the third most populous republic in 1971 after the Russian and Ukranian SSRs. Chinese citizens also began to achieve positions of prominence throughout the Soviet Government and Armed Forces further cementing the place of the Chinese SSR within the USSR.

Soviet Decline

Space travel remained the ultimate concern of the Soviet Union throughout the 1970s, partly over fears of the Scinfaxi terraforming agents, but also as a matter of national pride. Competition between the Soviet Union, German Reich, and the Western Allies over space development reached fanatical levels as each nation poured greater and greater efforts into their respective programs. Soviet achievements of this era included the launch of the world’s first continually manned space station, extensive probing of Venus and Mars, and a moon landing in 1977.

A period of economic stagnation throughout the 1980s, provoked an atmosphere of open criticism against the communist regime. Slumping oil prices and the attempted rebellion of the Polish, Romanian and Bulgarian SSRs profoundly influenced the actions of the Soviet leadership. Several Soviet republics began resisting central control, greatly weakening the power of the central government. In 1995, Soviet troops were sent into areas of Chechnya, Georgia, and the Chinese SSR to combat several rebel movements. Sporadic fighting also continued within the Polish, Bulgarian and Hungarian SSRs, threatening to tear the Soviet Union apart. The situation came to a head in 1999 when German-backed Polish secessionists launched a series of anti-Soviet demonstrations in the Polish SSR, quickly escalating into armed conflict. The Soviet Air Force conducted a massive air campaign over Polish held areas with the stated aim of wiping out these militants, but their success was mixed. The Polish conflict entered a new stage in December of 1999 when the Soviet Army moved into the "Polish Corridor" in force. After a period of several months of fierce fighting, Lublin, the heart of the rebel movement was captured.

The Colonization Era

By 2005 rising oil prices had stabilized the Soviet economy and helped ease the tensions that had threatened to tear the Union apart. The Soviet Army had achieved the majority of its goals in both the Byelorussian SSR although terrorist bombings would continue for another 3 years.

This period of stagnation and turmoil had eroded the lead of the Soviet Space Program and was now forced to play catchup to its Western and German competitors. When faster than light travel was achieved by a joint British-American research team in 2024, the Soviet Union reluctantly joined the Alpha Centauri Joint Venture. The Soviet Union would eventually a few years later develop their own faster than light propulsion system, but a series of fatal flaws prevented any large scale implementation.

The Soviet Union remained a vital partner in the Alpha Centauri Program for much of its existence, but by 2051, renewed tensions with the German Reich and improvements in their own domestic faster than light technology resulted in a Soviet withdrawal from the project. The first independently developed Soviet colony was established in 2053 in what would later become known as the Leningrad System. Situated in a tight cluster of star systems, the Leningrad colonies formed a hub from which the interstellar USSR would quickly develop. By 2070, over Soviet colonies were present within 15 separate star systems.

With the largest population of any nation on Earth the Soviet Union was perhaps most driven by the need to evacuate its citizens. The 26th 5 Year Plan would be the most extensive since the heavy industrialization of the 1930s. Calling for an exponential rate of construction in colony ships and transports the entire Soviet nation poured its immense resources into this single goal. This came at a cost however, while German, Japanese, and Federation focused their efforts on a small selection of highly developed and sophisticated colonies, the Soviet Union instead founded dozens and then hundreds of smaller, simpler colonies. While this method succeeded in transporting tens of millions of colonists quickly off-world, Soviet colonies were for the most part largely undeveloped and incomparable to those of other nations across the Orion Arm.

While the success of the Soviet colonization program was undeniable, the effort was extremely harsh on industrial workers. Quotas were difficult to fulfill and required 16 hour work days, conditions were poor and sometimes even dangerous. By some estimates, over 20,000 workers died during the 26th and 27th Five Year Plans between 2055 and 2065.

The Soviet capital and government were officially moved to the Leningrad system in 2100 and the governments of the largest Soviet Republics, namely the Ukrainian, Chinese, Romanian, Byelorussian, Uzbek and Kazakh SSRs followed suit on a number of other colonies. As the environmental degradation of Earth continued support for the colonial efforts grew, even amidst renewed ethnic tensions.

By 2140, Soviet colonies nearly outnumbered those of the other major powers combined and while the conditions and level of infrastructure had greatly improved, especially in major systems such as Leningrad and Novosibirsk, millions still barely survived in the basest of conditions.

The Second Scinfaxi War

Soviet territory bordering the Scinfaxi Quarantine Zone had long been evacuated and fortified with tens of millions of mines and explosives. Unfortunately at the start of the Second Scinfaxi War Viral growth had nearly completely covered this area causing a large number of these devices to malfunction.

Like the other nations across the world the Soviet Union began one last herculean effort to transport its remaining citizens off world, even as the Soviet Armed Forces began increasingly desperate operations to forestall the advance. In an attempt to replicate the limited success they had achieved during the First Scinfaxi War, nuclear devices were detonated across the Caucasus Mountains, yet the spread of the Virus could not be contained as easily as it had before.

When the Scinfaxi swept past the last major Red Army defenses and entered the heart of the Soviet Union, order quickly collapsed. By 2052, Leningrad had fallen and the Soviet Union on Earth simply ceased to exist. Transports flew day and night evacuating anyone they could find both into the Federal Nordic Cooperative and larger colony ships waiting in space. Perhaps the most famous moment in Soviet history occurred in the final days of the evacuation when seven Soviet interstellar transports, against orders were able to deorbit their ships and land at the Murmansk Cosmodrome. Almost 350,000 people were evacuated on board these ships, although sadly the heat shielding of the SS Azov failed on relaunch and was lost with all hands.

When the last major human city, Berlin, was lost in 2053, the Soviet Union along with its terran allies suspended the evacuation effort and launched the remains of their nuclear arsenals at targets across the world.

The Interstellar Soviet Union

The emergency evacuation of the remaining civilians on Earth put tremendous pressure on every Soviet colony across the Orion Arm. Barely able to sustain the expected number of colonists, now with tens of millions more, the strain on food production and living space was enormous. In a number of cases, Soviet colony and transport ships were rerouted to systems without any prior permanent settlement, and told to establish new colonies with only minimal support. In other cases, Soviet colonies refused to accept any more settlers and even threatened to shoot down any transport that attempted to land.

By 2158 the Soviet Union had been reduced to a collection of struggling colonies some of which were even completely out of contact with the new Soviet capital in the Leningrad system. Soviet authority was projected by a small fleet of repurposed transports which did their best to bring resources and material to bear where they were needed most.

By 2170 the situation began to improve. Shipyards and factories in the Leningrad and Kiev systems began producing interstellar transports and modern colony infrastructure. Persistent contact was established with every colony and the frequency of transport convoys between each system began to increase. In rare instances Soviet Naval Infantry were dispatched to enforce order in areas where the authority of the Soviet Union had broken down mostly without bloodshed.

The largest Soviet colonies within the Leningrad, Kiev, Shaanxi, Novosibirsk and Stalingrad systems became the new hubs of the Soviet economy. As each colony prospered, aid to other Soviet colonies radiated outwards, slowly raising the prosperity of the Soviet Union as a whole.

The Modern Era

At the dawn of the 23rd century, the intense ideological rivalry between the Soviet Union and the Greater German Reich began to reassert itself across the Orion Arm. In the years since the evacuation of Earth, dozens of independent colonies had been founded and both powers now moved to extend their influence and further their strategic position.

Tanarsus, Endi Martell, Vega, Juno and the border systems between the Soviet Union and German Reich all became the focus of a vast effort by each nation to gain an advantage over the other. In this, the Soviet Union achieved a number of successes, supporting communist aligned nations in Vega and Tanarsus in their respective civil wars, and also preventing German influence within the Tau Ceti and Endi Martell systems.

Government

The main executive branch of the Soviet Union is known as the Council of People's Commissars. It is responsible for the general administration of the affairs of the state and is comprised of People's Commissariats and State Committees of the Soviet Union.

People's Commissariats of the Soviet Union

  • People's Commissariat for Interstellar Industry
  • People's Commissariat for Automobile and Agricultural Machinery
  • People's Commissariat for Atomic Energy and Industry
  • People's Commissariat for Foreign Economic Relations
  • People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs
  • People's Commissariat for Geology
  • People's Commissariat for Civil Aviation & Interstellar Travel
  • People's Commissariat for Health
  • People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs
  • People's Commissariat for Information and Press
  • People's Commissariat for Culture
  • People's Commissariat for Material Resources
  • People's Commissariat for Metallurgy
  • People's Commissariat for the Oil and Gas Industry
  • People's Commissariat for the Defence Industry
  • People's Commissariat of Defense
  • People's Commissariat for General Machine Building
  • People's Commissariat for Nature and Environment
  • People's Commissariat for Transport
  • People's Commissariat for Radio Industry
  • People's Commissariat for Planetary & System Development
  • People's Commissariat for Fisheries
  • People's Commissariat for Communications
  • People's Commissariat for Agriculture and Food
  • People's Commissariat for Special Construction and Assembly Works
  • People's Commissariat for the Shipbuilding Industry
  • People's Commissariat for Trade
  • People's Commissariat for Transport Construction
  • People's Commissariat for Labour and Social Affairs
  • People's Commissariat for Finance
  • People's Commissariat for Chemical and Petroleum Industries
  • People's Commissariat for the Economy and Forecasting
  • People's Commissariat for Electronic Industry
  • People's Commissariat for the Electrotechnical Industry and Instrument
  • People's Commissariat for Energy and Electrification
  • People's Commissariat for Justice
  • People's Commissariat for Terraforming

Soviet Socialist Republics of the Union

The Republics of the Soviet Union are ethnically based administrative units that are subordinated directly to the Government of the USSR. Each Soviet Socialist Republic controls the administration of a planet or series of systems, whilst subordinated to the Administration Districts and the Central Administration District.

The most powerful is the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, consisting of the entirety of the Russian ethnic population within the USSR, which leads the rest of the Union through its control of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

  • Russianssr.png Russian SFSR
  • Chinese SSR Flag.jpg Chinese SSR
  • Romaniassr.jpg Romanian SSR
  • Bulgariassr.jpg Bulgarian SSR
  • Ukrainessr.png Ukrainian SSR
  • PolishSSR.png Polish SSR
  • Mongolianssr.png Mongolian SSR
  • Uzbekssr.png Uzbek SSR
  • Kazakhssr.png Kazakh SSR
  • Byelorussian.png Byelorussian SSR
  • Azerbaijanssr.png Azerbaijan SSR
  • Georgianssr.png Georgian SSR
  • Moldavianssr.png Moldavian SSR
  • Kyrgyzssr.png Kirghiz SSR
  • Tajik ssr.png Tajik SSR
  • Lithuanianssr.png Lithuanian SSR
  • Turkmenssr.png Turkmen SSR
  • Armenianssr.png Armenian SSR
  • Latvianssr.png Latvian SSR
  • Estonianssr.png Estonian SSR
  • Karelo-Finnishssr.png Karelo Finnish SSR

Planetary Systems

See: Soviet Systems

Foreign Relations

After the Scinfaxi War the Soviet Union maintained some relations with the United States of America, United Kingdom and Greater German Reich (the Empire of Japan was largely ignored and returned the favour). However, this post-Invasion thaw was not to last.

Relations with the Greater German Reich were the first to turn sour. In the 1960s Space Race, the Soviet Union competed hard to catch up with German advances, although eventually she was to lose the race when the Reich launched its first manned mission to the moon. Throughout the 1970s and onwards, the status of relations between the Reich and the USSR began to earn the sobriquet of 'Cold War'. The border between the two became heavily militarized, and mutual distrust filled their respective governments. In 1984 a brief scare resulted in an exchange of fire by Red Army and Wehrmacht units on the shared border, although this "hot war" was suppressed thanks to mediation by the Federation of Allied Worlds.

It closest ally is the German breakaway state the Vega Confederation, who is slated to potentially enter a permanent military and economic alliance with the Soviet Union, a pact against Fascism and Capitalism.

The USSR formed a Communist political and military bloc to counter their political adversaries in the DF and the GGR, known as the Kharkov Pact, in 2181.

Military

The Soviet Armed Forces includes: the Red Army, the Red Space Forces and the Red Air Force. The independent Red Strategic Forces consist of long-range nuclear and experimental weaponry, being under the direct command of the Stavka. The Armed Forces currently outnumber any other human national military, and are set to continue to do so with little fear of numerical rivals. Technologically the Soviet Union is somewhat behind the other major human powers, but the old adage that 'quantity has a quality all of its own' still holds true in interstellar warfare. Soviet military technology therefore emphasizes reliability, ease of production and raw power. While less outwardly sophisticated than their counterparts in the Greater German Reich and Federation of Allied Worlds, Soviet equipment is tried and true, and almost never breaks down.

In peacetime, the military is commanded by the Minister of War, currently Vladimir Konev. Should the Soviet Union go to war, the Premier of the Soviet Union becomes Commander in Chief, although these days it is the Stavka that makes almost all military decisions during a conflict.

Armed Forces of the Soviet Union
High Command Stavka
Main Services Red Army | Soviet Air Force | Soviet Navy
Component Services Red Army Space Forces | Spetsnaz | Signal Troops | Soviet Naval Infantry | Soviet Fleet Aviation
Independent Servics Soviet Strategic Forces | Soviet Orbital Forces | Rear Services |

Red Army

The Red Army has the longest history of the military forces of the Soviet Union. First founded during the Russian Civil War, the Red Army went on to fight against the Scinfaxi across Soviet territory during its long terrestrial history. During the Cold War, the Red Army was in a constant state of readiness along the border with the Greater German Reich, with hundreds of soldiers drawn from all over the Union to watch the German 'Iron Curtain'.

The Red Army adapted to the transition to space by simply increasing its size. Problem spots and conflicts are dealt with by massed deployments of troops of varying quality and experience. Soviet worlds operate on a rotating conscription system that sees thousands of men and women drafted for basic training in massed Infantry Regiments. Armour is produced in its millions for Red Army tank divisions, all following standard patterns. The elite of the Red Army, the Guards Brigades, are almost as numerous as their fellows; veterans equipped with the best the Union has to offer, these forces operate as the more fine tuned elements of what is effectively a military sledgehammer. The cumbersome might of the Red Army is its main strength, but it is not incapable of operations of considerable complexity and finesse. More often than not, however, these more delicate operations are merely side-shows to the massed assaults that can overwhelm unprepared (and sometimes even prepared) enemies in a matter of days.

The Soviet Union is famed for the use of 'political officers' or commissars within its military, and they are most often found in the Red Army. These men and women are outside the official chain of command, and carefully monitor the troops under their care for signs of un-orthodox opinions; political or otherwise.

Red Space Forces

Formed in the aftermath of the Alpha-Centauri colonization debacle, the Red Space Forces (often called the Red Fleet), are a purpose built force of space capable vessels that is the largest of its kind.

Security Services

The USSR's extensive security network includes the KGB, SVR and the NKVD, successors of the numerous incarnations of state security of the past two centuries. Each maintains extensive influence in the defense industries, colonization programs and the economy, as well as enormous political clout amongst the Party's upper echelons.

  • KGB currently maintains the political police, personal security of the USSR leadership, confidential communication networks, espionage and counter-espionage.
  • The SVR is known to clash with foreign agencies abroad and gather intelligence vital to the USSR's political and military leadership. It is also the parent organization for several information warfare agencies and direct action groups of Spetsnaz operatives. Despite its 'Foreign' title, it is also clandestinely responsible for interior intelligence operations and state information security.
  • The NKVD has evolved into an interstellar border guard, interior guard and controls the police across all USSR worlds, retaining the honorary 'People's Commissariat' title.

Economy

The Soviet Union maintains a planned economy under which the production and distribution of goods is centralized and directed by the government. Like the other major superpowers, the Soviet Union is entirely self-sufficient, although foreign trade still exists under a state monopoly.

The major strength of the Soviet economy is its near limitless reserves of oil, gas, and natural resources, owing to its immense territorial claims. For most of the last century the Soviet economy has been the second largest in the Orion Arm, smaller than the Democratic Federation as a whole, but larger than any individual member.

Trade

Soviet foreign trade plays only a minor role in the Soviet economy generally accounting for between 5% and 8% of the Soviet gross national product. This low level is maintained due to it's huge reserves of resources and policy of self sufficiency. Most foreign economic activity includes economic aid programs for COMECON members, including the Confederation of Vega, Federative Republic of Endi Martell, Federation of Novorossiya, and the Republic of Novyi Chernozemye. Trade with powers outside of the Soviet-sphere fluctuated with political relations.


Superpowers of the Orion Arm
DF.png Democratic Federation | GGRIcon.png Greater German Reich | JapanIcon.png Empire of Japan | SovietIcon.png Soviet Union
Nations of the Kharkov Pact
Members SovietFlag.png Soviet Union | VegaConfederationFlag.jpg Vega Confederation | Novorossiya.png Federation of Novorossiya | NovyiChernozemyeFlag.png Republic of Novyi Chernozemye | |NovyiTatariyaFlag.png People's Republic of Novyi Tatariya
Observers |EndiMartellFlag.jpg Federative Republic of Endi Martell |