Grave news came for democracy in late Februrary. The United States of America, the worlds first and premier democracy, was engaged in a second civil war. The first civil war was not about democracy, and therefore, not worrysome, but this one was. Extremists on both ends have broken away from the US government and were attempting to forge their own states. This in turn pushed some, who were otherwise quite happy with the US government, to break away in an attempt to protect themselves.
If the world's first modern democracy could not endure such trials, how could Russia? Sure things were looking up now, but some crisis down the road could lead to ruin once again. It was quite possible conflict was just part of human nature, and even the best could not withstand all.
Russia will have to watch this situation closely. Another trend, good or bad being a matter of some debate, was the intervention of foreign powers. Canada was the first, of course, but surely others would follow. Taking New England was not a bad idea. It surely helped the US government forces, and mostly hurt the Syndicalists, which were of course Canada's most hated enemy. Perhaps in the future, Russia would have interests in America and intervine as well...