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Russia Major - An Overview [WIP]

There was an uprising in 1972, but this was no Prague Spring. No Socialism with a Human Face. This was not a peaceful uprising. Screaming their devotions to Rod and the Czar even as blood bubbles from their throats, thousands of devotees die and with their blood consecrate a new dawn.

We are the millions faithful to the true way. The tyrannous bolsheviks could not constrain us, they suppressed the ambition, the momentum, the drive of the same class they claimed to protect. They suppressed the very lifeblood of the nation, we will protect the workers, whose rights and livelihood are so often quashed. We will swear our undying loyalty to the Czar and his lineage, that we may be led forward in a good and godly way under strong and righteous leadership. These are the tenets of the Greater Russian Citizen, these are the values to which we shall hold ourselves in pursuit of good society, good government, good nature.
Prince Nikolai of Kiev, First Kantsler of the Czardom

Russia Major is a hereditary constitutional monarchy encompassing the territory of the Former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, boasting a population of over 1 Billion, it is undeniably a world power. Exercising a bizarre hybrid of social democratic philosophy, byzantine bureaucracy, and hereditary monarchy dubbed 'Social Autocracy', Russia Major is a nation unsure of its place on the world stage. Boasting a diverse economy composed of state-owned monopolies, workers' cooperatives, and government enterprises competing in free sectors of the market, Russia Major trades diversely in arms, information technology, and maritime and agricultural produce. The unique political, economic, and geographic situation of Russia Major has created a widely-recognised and well-established liberal culture, which dabbles in a variety of experimental entertainment styles and media formats.

While the history of Russia as a general land area and culture can be traced for over a thousand years the History of
Russia Major is found on a far more concise scale, founded in 1974 as the provisional government of a widespread rebellion against the Soviet Administration, led by the former Red Army Officer turned religious leader and Monarch, Frederick Romanova-Holstein.

The uprising was fuelled by the overwhelming distaste of the general and urban population towards the Soviet government, which had increasingly lost its way from Soviet communism. For so long no viable alternative government had presented itself, until the introduction of Social Autocracy as a political ideology by Frederick. Wielding the repression of the masses as a weapon against the bolsheviks, Frederick mobilised and united the moderate left wing, centre, and left wing elements of the White Russian Movement behind his cause. He gained further support from old friends and debtors in the Red Army, convinced to defect to his cause, Frederick supplemented his armed forces with the introduction of ethnic militias, weaponizing the nationalist sentiment of tyrranised peoples. These would develop into the later National Militias of the Imperial Landguard. With the additional help of Ukranian Cossack bands, promised greater recognition and prestige under Frederick's administration, major victories at Stalingrad, Magnitogorsk, and Yekaterinburg forced the Soviet Union beyond the Urals, which formed the new de facto border between the two states.
With time the USSR was brought to an end, and was internationally referred to as Bolshevik siberia thereafter. it was during this time that the Empire, now fully established, entered the Confederation of Corrupt Dictators, where it's citizens would go on to serve widely, one notable citizen, Grand Duke Vladislav Khilkov of Novgorod first served as the General of the then Confederation Air Force, and later as the 5th War Minister. During this time, the unofficial ceasefire which had existed between the two states came to an end with a surprise attack over the border by the Bolsheviks. Supported by the nations of the Confederation Bolshevik Siberia was defeated (Siberian territory being reorganised into the Siberian Protectorate) by the Czardom, though three of its cities were never taken, instead destroyed by atomic bombs in solitary acts of defiance by the Bolshevik administration. After the conclusion of the Second Jocospite Civil War, in both parts of which the Czardom participated, the first Czar, Frederick, was forced to abdicate to his only son Feodor, the current Czar. During the Flight From Tyranny of January 2020 the Czardom was one of the last nations to leave the Confederation for the Azure Watester Federation, where it remains to this day.

Russia Major is a unitary state, with the overall Imperial Government being responsible for and capable of overriding every constituent state, composed of Principalities, Grand Duchies, and Governates. The Greater Russian hereditary nobility operate their territories as delegated by the Czar, they are given a specific constitutional mandate and act as the Czar's representatives in certain matters. At the Imperial Level, the government is separated into two branches. The Executive, led by the Czar and his Court, and the Judiciary, composed of Crown, High, and Imperial Courts. The Court is composed of individuals, whose intelligence, connections, power, or other traits suit them to assisting the Czar to implement his policies. There are few named positions in court, but they do not exhaustively describe the ad hoc arrangements of state which are frequently used to execute government across the vastness of Russia Major,

  • Kantzler - The principle adviser to the Czar, handling day-to-day and low level matters where asked, and serving as regent in times of the Czar's indisposition.

  • Verhovnyj Vestnik - In charge of foreign relations, the Verhovnyj Vestnik is responsible for almost everything the Czardom does outside its borders, heading the foreign branch of the Civil Service, and usually recommending the appointment of the various Ambassadors to foreign states using their vast experience and connections to the Czardom's benefit.

  • Kamerger - Unlike the Verhovnyj Vestnik the Kamerger holds a broader portfolio of responsibilities relating to the internal stability of the Czardom. Policing and Law and Order fall under their remit, as well as the internal security service the Okhrana.

  • General-Feldmarschal - There is only one General-Feldmarschal in the Czardom, a six-star rank superior to the five-star rank of Feldmarschal. They have total authority over the Military Districts of the Czardom and the Field Armies deployed therein, serving as the Czar's personal adviser in army matters, and jointly advising the Czar in other military matters with their colleagues the General-Admiral and the Nebostraža-Marschal.

  • General-Admiral - There is only one General-Admiral in the Czardom, a five-star rank superior to the four-star rank of Admiral. They have total authority over the various fleets assigned to the particular bodies of water boardered by the Czardom, serving as the Czar's personal adviser in navy matters, and jointly advising the Czar in other military matters with their colleagues the General-Feldmarschal and the Nebostraža-Marschal.

  • Nebostraža-Marschal - There is only one Nebostraža-Marschal in the Czardom, a Marshal rank superior to the inferior rank of Neboglavnyy-Marschal. They have total authority over the aerial forces of the Czardom, serving as the Czar's personal adviser in matters concerning the air force, and jointly advising the Czar in other military matters with their colleagues the General-Feldmarschal and the General-Admiral.

  • Gofmejster - With a primarily industrial economy the Gofmejster is responsible for ensuring the economic prosperity of the Czardom. This includes oversight of the worker's cooperatives, and of industrial infrastructure throughout the Czardom.

  • Milostynja - Under the Constitution every Greater Russian Citizen is entitled to a decent standard of housing and living. The Milostynja directs distribution programs and oversees the nation's employment programs.

  • Chekanka - The Chekanka is mostly responsible for the tax system of the Czardom, levied both on Imperial Citizens and the worker's cooperatives of the realm. These funds form the annual budget, the distribution of which is informed by the Civil Service. The Chekanka further controls the National Bank, setting interest rates and overseeing the Imperial Mint.

  • Imperatorskij Rektor - The Imperatorskij Rektor is responsible for directing and overseeing the national schooling system, including higher education, this extends to the setting of curricula, and is responsible for school inspections.

  • Senešal - Rural, agricultural collectives form a not-insignificant proportion of the population of the Czardom, and the Senešal is just as much responsible for keeping them in line as they are for ensuring the environmental wellbeing of the Czardom, not to mention ensuring food supply to the major industrial cities.

  • Ceremonijmejster - The Ceremonijmejster is responsible for licensing and age-restriction bodies within the Czardom, and for the occasional censorship of materials deemed to be detrimental to the stability of the Czardom.

  • Glavnyj Vrač - The Glavnyj Vrač administrates the nationalised medical system of the Czardom, overseeing spending, recruitment, distribution of resources, and developing matters of public health. This includes directing the Czardom's policies on drugs and substance abuse.

The Court traditionally operates through the system known as Ukazy, decrees issued by the Czar to execute certain changes. A Ukazy is typically drafted through extensive cooperation between members of the court and the Civil Service, but may go through multiple iterations of refinement before being accepted by the Czar and signed into Law.

Culture and Religion:
The Czardom is a de facto theocracy, with the Neo-Slavic Pagan faith being the only recognised religion, and the state religion. Public profession of the faith is mandatory, however otherwise the private lives, and therefore faith, of citizens remain unobstructed, and the private practise of orthodox christianity, sunni islam, and tengrism is not uncommon, and grow in popularity the further from the Imperial heartland one travels. There is a religious enforcement agency, the Inquisition, which is led by the Velikyy Volkhov, the highest priest of the faith. The Inquisition's mission is to 'Ensure the integrity and sanctity of the faith against Heretics and False Prophets to ensure that proper and adequate rites are rendered to the Ancestors and our Lord Rod as would please them.' To this end, the Inquisition focuses solely on internal matters of the faith and is directly prohibited from pursuing religious minorities, instead hunting out and imprisoning heretics of the Neo-Slavic Pagan Faith.

Greater Russian culture is primarily based on the veneration of the Czar, being descended from the divine, they are seen as a holy and rightful ruler of Russia. In contrast, each social class is seen as equally important, the proletariat who labour as the productive and warfighting arm of the Czar, the nobles who serve as lawgivers and the bringers of the Czar's order, while the priests are seen to protect all from the spiritual assaults of Chernobog and his demons. Thus all are seen to have their place in the greater social machine, and this kinship has lead to the emergence of an egalitarian culture. Paintings and other visual art tend to depict the cooperation of workers, nobles, and clergymen in this machine, or else venerate a particular group for their contribution. Domestic music notably includes a neo-religious style which capitalises on the accessibility of the pop style to evangelise for the neo-slavic faith, and an agrarian style broadly inspired by the 'Country and Western' genre found in the United States of America.