This AAR cannot be continued, as I lost the save game.
Now then, lets try this thing. I'm playing on a slightly modded version of Victoria 2. Here are roughly the things modded:
- Pops: Craftsmen have one tenth of their usual demand. Changed around pop promotion for most pops. Changed issue and ideology factors for many pops depending on situation. Overally Craftsmen and Labourers are more likely to demand planned and state capitalism, especially when if they have large unemployment. Most upper class/middle class pops more likely to go liberal/laissez faire.
- Increased maximum taxation for Laissez faire, and reduced minimum taxation for State Capitalists and Planned Economies.
- Using this mod
- Numerous other small tweaks that will have little/no influence on this AAR.
This AAR will start in 1888, when communist revolutions have broken out in several countries (among other Great Britain, North German Federation, Transylvania and Serbia). Including Russia, the country I've been playing as. Warning: May contain smallish portions of poor humour.
- Russia begins industrialising.
- Russia starts minor political reforms, becoming a slightly less authorative form of monarchy.
- Russia and Austria wages war. After a prolonged war, Russia emerges as the victor securing the Ukrainian dominated Galician states. Austria descends into civil war, and is split into many states. Only Austria itself and eastern hungary remains in the Austrian "empire".
- Russia become very interested in the Balkans, wages wars on the Ottoman Empire to "liberate" the slavs. Greece and Serbia is controlled from St. Petersburg and their economies brought under the russian.
- The Tsar institutes several policies to assimilate more of the population into Russian. Due to this policy, there are several revolts in Ukraine and the Caucasus throughout the years.
- Socialism appears. No one takes much notice.
- With Russian aid the map of the Balkans is redrawn. Bulgaria, Albania, Transylvania and Romania appears on the map. Serbia and Greece grows greatly in size. Only the war torn and militantly Liberal Bosnia-Herzegovina state remains under Ottoman control. Iraq later breaks off, and the Ottomans are thrown into several civil wars against both militant liberals and reactionaries. Balkan economies tied to the Russian. Albania only one who liberated themselves, but the Tsar soon bribes most ministers in Albania.
-Constitution amended over a period of time to give full voting rights, but gerrymandering and limited freedom of speech. Upper house consists entirely of ruling party, and trade unions are banned.
- Russia is recognised as the number one nation in the world, primarily due to large military and industrial sector.
- The liberal westerniser wins the election. Several industrial districts previously safeguarded through subsidies due to strategic advantage collapses. Unemployment runs rampant in the previously most industrialised states of Moscow and Bryansk. Demand for social reforms increases drastically over coming years. The United Kingdom have rapid economic growth, and Russia loses their lead. Russia is now considered the second greatest country in the world.
- Large uprising of Reactionary Rebels and Ukrainian Nationalists. Russian government increases administration funding to counter rebel threats. The conservative Slavophiles are put in power by the Tsar.
- Global economy stagnates due to overproduction. Supply greatly exceeds demand for most goods. Poverty among working class and small time manufacturers increases.
- The previously largely ignored Socialists split into revolutionary and reformist factions. The revolutionaries are immediately banned by the Tsar like the militant liberals, while the reformists are kept an eye on.
- The recession increases number of socialists worldwide, and unheeded demand for social reforms makes the labour movement much more militant.
- Russia adopts a proffessional secret service to crack down on rebel groups.
- Russian communists grows increasingly militant, and the Socialdemocratic Party developes into a vanguard party. Divide between socialists and communists near breaking point.
- Communist revolutionaries rise up in several european countries due in part to the worldwide recession, including the United Kingdom, the North German Federation, Serbia and Transylvania.
- Support for the Socialdemocratic Party and the Red Guards rises greatly.
-Russian Secret Service estimates that 3.5 million of the 40 million Russians in the workforce are members of the militant Red Guards. The vast majority are small scale manufacturers, miners and unemployed factory workers. The other threats are minor, with a relatively small membership. The two largest are the militant liberals (100.000-110.000) and the reactionaries (120.000-150.000). Altogether they would outnumber the Tsarist standing army 4.5 to 1 if they all rose up.
- October 1888, the Worker's Republic of Siebenbürgen/Transylvania is declared, after the capital falls to the Communist forces.
- November 1888: Inspired by their comrades in Transylvania many local cells of the Red Guards rise up. St. Petersburg has no current garrison, but local military forces are nearby. The Socialdemocratic Party's Politbureau have yet to issue the order for the remaining Red Guard cells to rise up. The Russian Revolution has started. The Secret Service estimates that one third of the Red Guard has shown themselves. The other rebel groups have yet to react.
Map of Russia (plus the rest)
Note that the black areas in Russia are not uncivilized areas outside of the Tsar's domain, they are just on vacation.