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Posted: Apr 2 2010, 09:49 PM
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Joined: 17-October 09
Created with Help from Mr Simon Bowers
Russia was built on the premise of the Powerful exploiting the weak. For centuries the Serfs were required to work themselves to death for their land lords, their crops were taken and just enough for them to live on was left behind for them. Occasionally the peasants had risen up in Narodnik uprisings, but unarmed peasants against modern cavalry had only one possible outcome. Many lost their lives in the short lived and futile uprisings.
As the 19th century wore on however, new ideas began to filter into the country. Marx imagined a state where the workers would not be exploited, Bakunin suggested collectivist anarchism where the workers would directly manage their own means of production. All through Russia strange concepts of freedom began to filter into the minds of the proletariat The people were ready for change, their hearts cried out for it, and change came but not in the way they wished.
The tsar who had inherited his position from a long line of bloodthirsty and exploitative leaders attempted to distract the populace with a supposedly liberal package of changes to the very fabric of Russian Life. No doubt he intended to distract the populace from it's grievances however his plan backed fired. His changes involved allowing the serfs to buy their land from the land lords, but the prices set were more than could be made even if the serf sold all of their crops for the entire year. He also extended these changes only to Russia, the serfs of the Ukraine and Poland were not allowed the same option.
This was his first major mistake, in Poland the populace was labouring under the burden of forced conscription, the youth of the nation was either being forced into uniform or hiding from the groups of soldiers intent on capturing them for the rapacious army of Russia. Some of the Polish Nobles supported their cause and as the army became more and more violent several of them organised a guerilla army to fight against the injustice of the system. Brzoska and his protege Dombrowski began to make the Russian army pay for every youth taken. Although outnumbered and with far inferior weaponry, Brzoska's superior tactical mind inflicted defeat after defeat upon the Russians. Dombrowski learned from the master, and began to inflict his own defeats on them, but it was too little too late. The Russians had the weight of numbers, and when they finally defeated the rebels the punishment meted out to them was harsh.
80000 Poles were exiled to the mines of Siberia, Brzoska meanwhile was declared guilty of treason, badly beaten and then hanged. Dombrowski however escaped and fled the country to France where he continued to speak out for the Proletariat and their rights.
Back in Russia the serfs were forced to leave the lands they and their ancestors had tilled for centuries, and move into the cities. There they were forced to enslave themselves to the burgeoning industrial movement. Russia underwent a shocking transformation during this time, built entirely on the Proletariat's willingness to be exploited by industrialists and the so called upper classes. The Industrial revolution was like a giant vampire, sucking the life from the workers, and it had an unending thirst for fresh blood.
The people were being crushed to power the machine, but one man tried to change it. Dmitry Karakazov was a minor noble himself but he denied his noble birth, caring more about the people than the others of his blighted class. He spent many weeks in and around St Petersburg distributing pamphlets and giving talks to groups of people who wanted to change how Russia was run. He told them to wait for a sign, an unequivocal sign that the revolution had begun.
The next day Karakazov wrote his will, and taking a pistol walked through the streets of St Petersburg to watch the Palace. By a stroke of luck he found the Tsar and his dissolute son walking in the summer garden. Seeing them he saw his chance to save Russia once and for all from the madness of the Tsar's. He aimed at them and fired, hitting the Tsar but before he could shoot his heir as well, a bystander crashed into him. However the bystander saved his life as the Guards fired back missing him but killing the bystander. Karakazov ran and lost himself in the city, meeting up with the rebels he had spoken with before. The revolution began, as Karakazov tried to capitalise on the confusion of the military.
However he had not wagered on the madness of the tsars heir. Alexander the third was not like his father, he was a far more brutish monster. As the Rebels led by Karakazov converged on the palace Alexander laid a sadistic trap. Ordering the Army to set up weak looking barricades across the roads leading to the palace, he had them hide grapeshot loaded cannons behind them. As Karakazov and his rebels approached the troops pretended to order them back, trying to lure them in with the semblance of weakness. As the Rebels stormed the barricades the troops fired the cannons into the crowd. In the enclosed streets of St Petersburg it was carnage. The Blood of the dead and wounded stained the snow like tiny flowers, hundreds died, and thousands were maimed. The Battle became known as the the Battle of the Winter Flowers as the sight of the blood splashes on the snow burned themselves into the minds of the survivors.
The rebels captured were subjected to a number of tortures and indignities, hundreds of the maimed were put on trial and then hanged for their involvement. The remaining rebels were shipped off to Siberia, although they did not have their wounds tended so many died on the trip.
Alexander the third was not finished however. In the wake of the Karakazov uprising other rebels throughout Russia rose up and he used it as the excuse to dismantle the “Reforms” of his father. The lands that the Serfs had bankrupted themselves to pay for was seized once more and returned to the landlords. More rebellions occurred as the peasant Mir's attempted to keep control of the lands they had worked so hard to pay for in the first place. The Tsar however ordered the creation of a secret police made of Cossacks hired for the purpose. This Tsars Secret Police, was to patrol the countryside seeking “nests of revolution” but in fact the TSP rode over the countryside terrorising and burning villages at random. If the TSP ever actually burned a rebellious village it was luck more than management. In the first few months of the TSP's existence they were responsible, with the tacit approval of the Tsar himself, for thousands of peasant deaths.
The countryside was not the only place to feel the effects of the Tsars removal of the few rights his father had allowed. In the cities the machines of the new Russian industrial revolution, had an insatiable desire for the blood of workers. However with the Serfs once more tied to the land this hunger went unsated. The workers were driven mercilessly worked at first in 8 hour shifts, then 10 hour shifts, then 16 hours a day. Strikes at first were commonplace, but they were banned and illegal strikes were broken up by the army and the workers forced still bloody back to the machines. The news of some of the more brutal actions were at first reported in the newspapers but soon they fell silent as the Tsar used his powers to censor them. Rebellion finally came to the cities of Russia, as the urban proletariat began to realise it's power.
Meanwhile the Tsar had begun stockpiling arms and supplies for a secret mission that he revealed to no one. He also began having peasants and other manual labourers rounded up by the TSP and driven to a central area in Moscow. The Tsar also demanded more output from the foundries, demanding hundreds and hundreds of miles of Railway track to be built. Workers in the foundries were forced to work nearly every hour of the day and in hellish conditions. When finally one group of workers lay down their tools in exhaustion, they were marched out of the factory to the city square, and there they were executed by firing squad. The other workers took the message to heart and worked hard through all of the Tsars mad demands. Soon train rails and weapons were flooding into Warehouses in St Petersburg and Moscow, and troops too were recalled throughout the country to the cities.
The Tsar ground the people of Russia down with his mad whim, the factory workers working their fingers to the bone, the peasants had their granaries stolen and stockpiled in the warehouses. Far away however the doom of the Autocrats was being born in battle.
Far away in France, Brzoska's protege Dombrowski was in charge of the forces of the Communards. In the confusion of the Franco-Prussian war the Second French Empire fell, and Adolphe Theirs first took command and then surrendered to the enemy. In a triumphal march the Prussians entered Paris, and then once again left. However they had not reckoned with the National Guard who had formed from the militias originally set up to resist the first Prussian Seige.
The National Guard's central committee did not trust the National assembly that had surrendered to the Prussians, and fled from the city to Versaille. With so many royalists amongst the National Assembly, the people of the city, and the guards were right to be suspicious of them. Soon Adolphe Thiers ordered the soldiers of the army to seize the guns of the National Guard, luckily however the Army saw the right of the Guards cause and instead joined them. Gaining some breathing room the rebels formed a Commune council, and began organising Paris anew.
The Communards however were soon under siege once more, this time from the forces of Versaille. Dombrowski took command at the barricades, and together with Louise Michel the Red Virgin of Monmarte they resisted the enemies they faced. Paris itself however was against them, the wide triumphal avenues Napoleon had built were unsuited to barricade warfare, and soon the Communards were overwhelmed. Dombrowski and Michel narrowly escaped with their lives, escaping hidden in a boats cargo that passed down the Seine. From there however they passed into Geneva where the great socialist thinker Bakunin lived.
There they came into contact with Sergey Necheyev, the genius writer of the Catechism of a Revolutionary, and Bakunin's student. United by the wish to free the downtrodden masses of Russia they used Bakunin's contacts in the revolutionary underground to smuggle them into the country. First they travelled to Poland, but the people there were unwilling to trust Dombrowski with the prosecution of another rebellion, however Necheyev suggested that they retry in the heartland of Ukraine.
Crushed by 16 hour working days, no civil liberties, and the censorship of all forms of information, the workers of the Ukraine were ripe for revolution. Necheyev's speeches in hidden meetings fired their minds and they soon began to seize armouries and magazines. With so many of the troops recalled to Moscow and St Petersburg the revolutionaries made swift progress. All through Russia thousands of hidden cells began to bomb railways, factories and barracks. Typically the Tsar underestimated the revolutionaries, stating that he expected the revolution to be crushed within a month.
With Dombrowski to guide the forces they were gathering the revolutionaries found fighting in the confined roads of the Ukrainian cities favoured them. Having sharpened his skills in Poland he had honed them to a fine edge in Paris, and now was a master the Russian army found itself sucked into traps, and facing strong barricades when they did manage to advance. Very soon the entire country was in the rebels hands. Some would have held there, but Necheyev successfully persuaded them to strike against the heart of the beast. Moscow would be claimed by the rebels.
Dombrowski first however sent troops to free the other members of the January Uprising from the Gulags of Siberia. Only 25000 were still alive, but those that were had been hardened by their lives there and also had inexhaustible thirst for revenge. They formed the centre of the revolutionary army that invaded Russia.
The Tsar meanwhile missed every chance he had to attempt to stop the revolution instead concentrating on what he called his “Grand Plan”. Many of the troops that were in position to defend Moscow were instead pulled back to St Petersburg, leaving the Warehouses groaning with equipment and the labourers guarded solely by the TSP and a few regiments of the regular army. Used to fighting Narodnik uprisings, fighting against an armed and organised rebellion was new to the Tsar's forces and it took them precious time to organise against it. Eventually however the attack in Moscow ground to a halt, and the revolutionary leaders began to feel the strain of the massive undertaking they were engaged in.
The revolution however was saved by the enemies own depraved appetites. The men of the TSP had taken to amusing themselves with the women of the labourers camp, and eventually the labourers could take no more. Rising up they struck at the TSP and such was their revolutionary zeal that they swept them away in a single night of fire and violence. Struck in the rear, the regular army could not stand with Dombrowski to their front. The forces of Freedom took Moscow, the workers where freed, and the labourers were released from the vile clutches of the cossacks of the TSP.
In the centre of Moscow however they found that a considerable space had been cleared on the Tsars orders. People's houses had been torn down with little warning and had been replaced with a series of huge machines. Finally the truth of the Tsars grand plan became obvious, he meant to enter and seize Eden. With so much of the army in St Petersburg it was easy to assume there was another entry point to Eden there as well. Seized by the realisation that the Tsar's plan must not be allowed to come to fruition Necheyev argued strongly to be allowed to take troops to Eden to stop them. Dombrowski and Michel were at first not swayed, but eventually they relented and allowed Necheyev to appeal for volunteers. Many of the Labourers asked to join, as did many of the Freed Poles. Seizing the Tsars stockpiled supplies they persuaded the scientists to open the gate to Eden.
Once there they found themselves almost immediately in contact with the enemy, however their superior position allowed them to seize the initiative. Although they are still under attack by the Tsars forces, the revolutionaries in Eden have not forgotten their aims and are attempting to create a utopian society.
Socialist Russians Opinions on:
The British Empire: Imperialists and Plutocrats. Their one and only saving grace is the bloody nose they gave the Tsar in the Crimea. London however does contain some of the Greatest thinkers and Anarchists of the Age.
The British Imperialists: They are no better than the people we seek to overthrow. Warmongering exploitative morons.
The British Preservers: So a wolf may put on sheep's clothing, it is no less a wolf, and its teeth are no less sharp.
The German Empire: They have built themselves an empire and no doubt soon the exploitation of the masses, and the invasion of other countries will soon follow.
The New Confederacy: Built on the lie that one man may enslave another the Confederates are the blackest and meanest scoundrels. How the French can stand to be connected with them I do not understand.
The Americans: They have organised their country on the basis of life, liberty and freedom for all. If only they had torn down their government and truly the united states would be the land of the free.
The White Russians: The lapdogs of the moronic Tsar, despite being in a completely new world they still cleave to the orders of their overlords, so like maddened dogs we must put them down.
The Neo-Samurai: Feudal lords? Serfs? These ashigaru must be ripe for rebellion against their cruel and sinister lords.
The Xorolunda: If they do not interfere with us then we should not interfere with them. However any aid we can give them against the British is worthwhile.
The Yaxarla: They are tying themselves to the British, not realising what they will lose. We should teach them.
All Rules and Backgrounds (unless stated otherwise) Copyright Richard Crookes 2009-2011
All rights retained.
With thanks to Simon Bowers for Russian background aid.