In 1914, after the assassination of the heir of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the greatest conflict ever known in history began. The alliance of Germany, Bulgaria, Austra and the Ottomans stood alone against almost the entire rest of the world. But the Germans succeeded with their "Schlieffen-plan", and quickly captured Paris and forced the French to surrender. Now with Germans on the other side of the channel and the Hochsee Flotte approaching, the British Empire who had lost most of their army in France and lacking the coastal protection to stand up against the armies of the Kaiserreich surrendered to the Germans, hoping that they would get mild treatment from the soon-to-come peace treaty. this caused great dissent within the British Commonwealth, and in Canada the nation made revolt with the support of the United States and the two north American nations made a defence pact and started isolating themselves from Europe. The Central Powers may had won a great victory, but the war was not over. The Austrians hadn't managed to push the Italian armies back, and in the east the biggest nation on the earth was pushing forward. Russia had not been defeated.
The internal situation in Russia was chaotic, and the Tsar realized his only way of saving Russia from total collapse was to win. Neither Austria nor the Turks could stop the armies from the east, and the German soldiers from the western front never managed to reach the eastern one before the Russians had captured Berlin.
The result of this Great War was chaotic. With all of the great European powers in ruins after the war, only Russia could dictate the future of the continent.
Some parts of the treaty following the war;
* The dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Austria was to became an independent nation but had to cede territory to Italy, Russia and the newly created states.
* Bulgaria, Romania as well as the newly-formed states Hungary and Bohemia-Moravia was to be moved into the Russian sphere of influence.
* The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was created as an ally of Russia.
* Germany was to cede all of their colonies to Great Britain and France.
* The Ottoman capital of Constantinople was to become a Russian protectorate, Tsargrad, to ensure Russian safety in the black sea.
* Iraq and the Suez channel was moved into the Russian sphere of influence.
* Territorial secessions to various nations (such as most of Prussian Poland to Russia)
In the wake of the Great War, Russia became the worlds leading nation. European industry and resources was transported to Russia, and democratic reforms were made to please the population. Russia had more power than it ever could've dreamt of. The old Tsar, Nikolaj II, abdicated as he felt his rule was over and to mark that Russia had entered a new age. After a brief power struggle the Tsars youngest daughter, Anastasia, became Tsaritsa of all the Russias. By now, Russia was a democratic state and the Tsar/itsa only held ceremonial powers, whilst the head of the government was chosen democratically.
But the situation in the rest of the world was not as well as in Russia. In Italy, a nation who felt that they had been cheated on their gains in the Great War, gaining only Südtirol and Istria, which they felt was nothing compared to the amount of Italians that had died, paved the way for the nationalistic leader Mussolini and his "fascists" to grab power shortly after the war. When the situation in the British Commonwealth was unsure, he ordered Italian soldiers to invade British Malta and Gibraltar, causing great tensions between the two nations.
Inspired by these actions, the Austrian-born German man Adolf Hitler seized power in the young German democracy. He had fused Mussolinis nationalistic ideology with racism and hatred, and he then proclaimed a "Greater German Reich", which he himself would be emperor of. He proclaimed himself as Kaiser Adolfus I.
In 1936, the situation was getting tense. In Russia, the Polish and Finnish population of the empires crave for independence increased even more, and the Germans had started moving, first by occupying the demilitarized province Königsberg in Prussia.
In Russia, a Georgian Priest by the name of Josef Jughashvili had been elected head of the government. This odd little man would prove to be invaluable for Russia in the near future...
And at the same time, the Japanese continued their brutal expansion in the east, after conquering the German pacific islands and Manchuria. Russia had not forgotten how their last war against the Japanese had resulted, and feared that the rising Sun would once again turn its attention to the north...