" is a term referring to the parts of Russia
located on the European continent, unofficially marked by the Caucasus and Ural Mountains (though Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan are considered part of Central Russia even though they are technically in the Near East). This is the most populous region of Russia as well as the location of the capital in Moscow and the tsar's palace in Petrograd. Over a century ago, there was an uprising by the radical Marxist faction called the Bolsheviks in which a man named Vladimir Lenin attempted to kill Tsar Nicholas II and his family and create a communist state, but he was thwarted and executed for high treason. During the Great Depression, Nicholas II initiated reforms that made Russia into a constitutional monarchy called the Russian Federation. Ironically, the first Premier of the Russian Federation was the leader of the moderate Marxist faction, the Mensheviks. Today, Russia a superpower state led by Vladimir Putin, who by this time in his life is eighty years old and has led Russia for thirty-three years.
TIMELINE AND SETTING NOTES:
-- because the Bolsheviks were put down, communism as we know it never became as widely, though is still extant in many places. Because it never became the dominant ideology of a superpower state, there was no Red Scare, no Berlin Wall, no Cold War, and socialism as a whole is better-accepted in many countries, including the United States.
-- Russian government and politics in this timeline are more similar to that of our United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland than it is to our Russian Federation.