Act 5: A new Tsar
As the American Civil War raged on in early 1937, both Reed and Long had to pick a vice-president for the new order they want to establish. Reed, emulating the moderate approach occurring in Europe picked the Syndicalist Paul Mattick instead of the Totalist William Z. Foster or Earl Browder. In fact, all factions of the Civil War picked moderate members to run the government, with Long picking the aviator Charles Lindbergh as vice-president of the American Union State, and California being run by a Civilian government. But whatever plans they had for America after the war will have to wait, as it is still raging on. And in response to this chaos, Canada has also stepped in---seizing New England & the Panama canal to contain the chaos, creating the Puppet State of New England in the process. The War has only just begun, and it will have an effect on the Americas as a whole. Meanwhile, Hawaii also takes the opportunity to secede, along with many of it's islands? How many other states will also secede before the war is over?
Canadian Tank on the way to occupy New England
In Africa, with the loss of American power over the African colony of Liberia, asks the remnants of the former French Government for protection, the French agree and makes Liberia a puppet of National France.
Meanwhile, Austria decides to centralize the Dual Monarchy with Hungary, which accepts. At the moment Austria, along with many of the Balkan states are merging, the Austro-Hungarian empire is reborn with a conservative government led by Kurt Schuschnigg leading it.
In Asia, Japan was beginning to surpress the Korean revolt when another revolt, this time in Taiwan, backed by the resurgent Qing Empire surfaces. However, this was suppressed by Japan just as quickly as the last one.
In the Middle East, Egypt and Arabia grows closer, forming a Cairo-Riyadh alliance to counter the growing threat of the Ottoman Empire. Eventually, this alliance grows to include Persia, forming a Cairo-Riyadh-Tehran alliance.
In Mid 1937, the US civil war continues, and while no side has yet to gain a victory, it seems that the odds are in the favour of the US, which has captured important cities such as Louisville, Nashville and Memphis from the AUS.
Back in Russia, a major event is occurring, the leader Russia for a year, General Wrangel is making a major announcement about his role in the government. A large pro-Wrangel crowd numbering in the thousands is cheering as he comes onto the podium....
However, all is not stable. Russia has made significant improvements in reducing dissident and rearming, but the Nova Bolsheviki bloc, as well as Left-SR Mensheviks are forming a large protests to march up to St. Petersburg, their goal? A coup of Wrangel taken during Wrangel's announcement.
All of this converged during the morning of March 18th, where Wrangel is to make an important announcement surroundings his status as ruler of Russia:
Wrangel: "People of the Russia....our nation has been through very difficult times. Russia was once one of the most powerful, respected nations in the entire world. This strength continued all the way through the years of Tzars, and when the country proved that strength by crushing Napoleon and his French invaders, and becoming a true great power! After the Weltkrieg however, that all changed. After the Weltkrieg, Russia was reduced to a shadow of its former self. Stripped of its territory, its economy, and its honour, Russia was forced to watch as Germany began to advance to our very borders. Even now, the Baltic States have been taken into the MittleEuropa's orbit, with Georgia being a festering ground for Syndicalism!"
"This cannot stand. The time has come for Russia to reunite with its lost brothers from central Asia, to the Caucuses mountains, to the plains of the Ukraine. We must stand united behind one flag, the flag of the new Russian empire! An empire that will march to victory in the face of foreign oppression!"
"One nation, one empire, one Tsar, one Vozhd!"
General Wrangel's coronation robes
The coronation of Pyotr Wrangel, now Tsar Peter IV, was one of the most divisive events in Russian history. For when he made that speech, hundreds of thousands of cheering crowds came out in droves, waving either the yellow-black-and-white flag of the Wranglists or the flag of the Russian Empire in solidarity with their new Tsar. However, at the same time, a more angrier crowd entered St. Petersburg shouting "Russia Without Wrangel!" and in some cases, singing the Internationale. One of the protesters actually conveyed his feelings, a song against Wrangel:
We drink to our youth, to days come and gone.
For the age of oppression is just about done.
We'll drive out the Wrangelists and restore what we own.
With our blood and our steel we'll take back our home.
Down with Wrangel! The Tsar of lies!
On the day of your death we'll drink and we'll sing.
We're the children of Russia, and we fight all our lives.
And when heaven beckons, every one of us dies!
But this land is ours and we'll see it wiped clean.
Of the scourge that has sullied our hopes and our dreams!
The ceremony denigrated into a fierce riot between Wrangelists and the liberal and Syndicalist protesters, with the Army and the Okhrana sent in to aid the Wrangelists. After three days, many were dead or injured, but the Wrangelists stood victorious----there were simply too many of them to be stopped by a poorly-organized protest. Many of the protesters were either executed or imprisoned with lengthy jail sentences imposed onto them.
A new Tsar has risen in Russia...............and history will be forever changed.