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Hello to everyone! I'm using Doomsday 1.3 with the excellent Sarmatia 1871's mod, All the Russias and the Graphic Improvement Project. The AARs Kaiserreich Finland and Denikin Russia give me the idea of make a new AAR with these alternate history mods! Please enjoy!

Chapter list:

Prologue (4/1/1936)
Chapter one: It's good to be president (4/1/1936)
Chapter two: The aristocratic republic (16/1/1936)
Chapter three: Returning to the roots (7/3/1936)
Chapter four: A totalitarian revolution (4/4/1936-5/3/1937)
Chapter five: The enemy of my enemy (3/4/1937)
Chapter six: Relief staff (5/5/1937
Chapter seven: End of interregnum (25/1/1938)
Chapter eight: Plotting the renewal (29/1/1938-23/7/1938)
Chapter nine: The August, 11 crisis (11/8/1938)
Chapter ten: Baptisms of Fire (11/8/1938-4/11/1938) - Part I - Part II

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PROLOGUE

SAINT-PETERSBURG OBLAST, JANUARY, 4, 1936

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The Constantine Palace in Saint-Petersburg, residence of the Romanov family.

Since the windows of the 200 years-old Strelna palace, Dmitri Pavlovich Romanov was observing the awakening gulf of Finland. On the horizon, a merchant ship was crossing the seas, on the road of Finland. Helped by his telescope, which entertained him so much, Dmitri wasn't able to see the banner of the ship. He was a few blue. French? American? Or even Russian?

The Grand-Duke came back in his great lounge. Under a crystal chandelier and a velvet sofa, his ancestors where watching him, immortalized by a painting offered by the Russian government after his return in Russia, in 1928. The Romanov family in 1916. His family. They were all dead.

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The Russian Imperial family in 1916, visiting a Cossacks regiment: left to right, Grand-Duchess Anastasia, Grand-Duchess Olga, Tsar Nikolaï II, Tsarevich Alexei, Grand-Duchess Tatiana and Grand-Duchess Maria.

Death was an old friend of Dmitri Pavlovich. His mother, Alexandra von Oldenburg, princess of Greece, felt into coma during his birth, in September, 18, 1891: she died six days after. Raised by his uncle, Sergei Alexandrovich, the seventh child of Tsar Alexandr II, along with his elder sister, Maria Pavlovna: they lost him in 1905, then he was killed by an anarchist as military commander of Moscow oblast. He was supposed to be made new Tsarevich, in remplacement of the hemophiliac Alexei, by marrying the Tsar's daughter, Olga Nikolaievna. She died in 1918. Along with his whole family, slaughtered by the evil Bolcheviks in Iekaterinburg. Along with the former Tsar and the Tsarevich. The Russian Revolution took to the Romanovs everything: Dmitri's father, Pavel Alexandrovich, the eighth child of Alexandr II, was shot like a dog in Saint Peter and Paul Fortress, in Saint-Petersburg, along with Dmitri Konstantinovich and Georgui Mikhailovich, descendants of Nikolaï Ist. From seventh in the Russian line of succession, Dmitri became the fourth, and one of the most serious: Kyrill Vladimorovich refused to return in a republican Russia, Boris Vladimirovich a depraved womanizer and Andreï Vladimorovich a shy guy who was looking every usurper as a possible surviving Anastasia...

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Pavel Alexandrovich's family in 1916. Left to right: his second wife Olga Valerianovna Karnovich, his three new children and himself. They lived in Paris after the refusal of the Tsar to see him make a new wedding with a commoner.

But Dmitri Pavlovich escaped to this carnage. Because he had yet blood on his hands. This man who lost mis mother during his birth, his father because he married another women, his uncle who raised him, his aunt who became a nun after her husband's assassination, his sister who married the second son of the king of Sweden, considered that Russia was coming to his end because of what? Not because of absolutism or the Great War. Because of the mad monk, Rasputin.

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Grigori Rasputin, the "Starets", who had heavy influences on Nikolaï II during his last days, due to his powers of healing on the hemophiliac Tsarevich.

During a cold night of December 1916, Rasputin, the evil advisor of the Tsar, who was bringing Russia to defeat against the Germans, was invited to the Yusupov palace: Felix Yusupov, along with Dmitri, was one of the nobles who considered that Rasputin was a danger for Russia. It was even said that they had an affair together...With the extremist politician Vladimir Purishkevich and other conspirators, they tried to poison him, to shoot him, to beat him, to drown him...And they finally managed. It was said that Dmitri fired the shot who stopped Rasputin who was trying to escape. He managed to escape the Red Terror with British help through Teheran and Bombay.

In Paris, along with all the others Russian emigres, he met again Yusupov, who was in exile after the Rasputin assassination. Through the newspapers, he knew the alliance between the White generals and the Kerensky's democrat clique; the fall of the Soviet Russia; the establishment of the Republic of Russia, who was only the shade of the Imperial one, with his territory shattered between warlords or neighbouring powers. Dmitri Pavlovich was not so quick to come back to the motherland: he built a fame of womanizer: after an affair with the fashion designer Coco Chanel (helping her to make her famous perfume Chanel n°5), he married an American heiress, Audrey Emery, in 1927, made princess Romanovskaya-Ilyinskaya by his cousin, Kyril Vladimirovich, the current pretender to the Russian throne, still in France due to his mistrust towards the corrupt and weak republic built by Kerensky.

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Grand-Duke Dmitri Pavlovich with his wife, Audrey Emery, in the 1920s

Vladimir Purishkevich, after the failed coup of admiral Kolchak and his exile in Japan, led the far right group in the social-democrat-dominated Duma: searching for a new figurehead able to unite the Clericals, the Aristocrats and the Nationalists, and despising Kyrill, too compromised with the British, he forced his former allies of the Rasputin conspiration: Dmitri Pavlovich and Yusupov returned in Russia under the crowd's acclamations, ten years after the massacre of the Imperial families. Yusupov became the maker of the most populars feasts in Saint-Petersburg, Dmitri Pavlovich became deputy for Saint-Petersburg: he was never in the Duma, staying in the Constantine Palace, which a public subscription gave to him...

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Dmitri Pavlovich during his youth. In 1936, he was 44 years old.

But suddenly, two militars broke the great door behind Dmitri. Fearing to his life, he thinked first to his wife, who was still sleeping. Without a weapon to defend his life, he was ready to face death. Certainly soldiers who were unhappy of the current situation of Russia, the greatest country of the world, treated less than a republic of Central America.

-I'm sorry, Your Imperial Highness, but your guards were not aware to let us pass.
-What do you want?
-We are of the Okhrana, Sir. You are awaited in Moscow.
-But why? It's not even the morning!
-Your Imperial Highness...It's a request of Pavel Milyukov.

The Prime Minister. Dmitri Pavlovich look the member of the secret services right in his eyes and asked:

-What happened?
-Does anybody listening to us?
-No. Speak.

The Okhrana member whispered to Dmitri's ear:

-The President is dead. An extraordinary session of the Duma has been called: you're not the only one to be disturbed like this, Your Imperial Highness. But the Prime Minister wants you in his office. A car is waiting for you.
 
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Rodrico Stak said:
Not All the Russias - I know what that is. What ViolentCj and I were asking about was the 1871 mod, which seems strange since this AAR definitely begins in 1936 and not 1871.

Um... there is no '1871 mod' Sarmatia1871 is the name of the mod creator. :)
 

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Seems nice but.. wat are you doing with the fascist France story? :confused:

Don't resign just because the U.S. are at war with you! :rofl:
 
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Not All the Russias - I know what that is. What ViolentCj and I were asking about was the 1871 mod, which seems strange since this AAR definitely begins in 1936 and not 1871.
Sarmatia1871 is the mod creator, he just put a year where some put random numbers in his username.

edit: subscribed, too.
 
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what is this Samartia's 1871 mod????
yes..... the "All the Russias" (ATR) mod..... forerunner to Kaiserreich
 
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The Palace of Facets, former banquet reception hall of the Russian Tsars, currently used as headquarters of the Russian Senate.

CHAPTER ONE: IT'S GOOD TO BE PRESIDENT

MOSCOW, JANUARY 4, 1936

The train stopped in Moscow's railway station about midday. The Okhrana agents informed Dmitri Pavlovich Romanov, comfortably sitting in his high-class compartment, and escorted him until coming out of the train. A young boy, scrawny and in rags, almost pathetic by this cold winter day, ran to Dmitri Pavlovich when he was out of the train, his creased newspapers under his arm.

-"Today's newspaper, Sir! All the last details about Kerensky's assassination! The last pronostics about the political orientation of the murdereeeeeEEEER!"

The Okhrana agent hit the boy with a forearm blow and the newspaper vendor roll on the ground disgracefully. Dmitri Pavlovich didn't look the scene: down-and-out were so many since the 1929 economic crisis and the incapability of the successive governments to brought down inflation that nobody was looking to these pitful 7-years-old beggars. The Okhrana agent said to the Romanov:

-Your contact is here, Your Imperial Highness.

This was unexpected.

-My God! Felix Felixovich!

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Felix Felixovich Yusupov, the heir of one of the wealthiers families of Russia and well-known for his astounding feasts and his high-ranking lovers of both sexes.

-How do you do since our last encounter?
-In Yalta, you mean? Very good, and you, Dmitri Pavlovich. You look quite tired. It's your wife who did it?
-Don't bother...I was just bring there by these two gentlemen...
-I know. It was me who called them...
-What?!
-Kerensky was shot while coming out the Bolchoi Theater yesterday night. My first reflex was to go to a phone box to prevent Wrangel that the President has been shot, whereas the murderer was not even silenced by the bodyguards. As our beloved minister of the Interior was indebted to me, I ask him a favor, and he sent his Okhrana minders!
-But, tell me, what do you want of me?

Felix Yusupov look around, and said:

-We will be better in my car (Turning to the Okhrana agents) Thank you for your amability, gentlemen. Take that as tip.

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The first official president of the Russian Republic, Alexandr Fiodorovich Kerensky, in his Muscovite office.

In the car, taking advantage of the fact that Yusupov's chauffeur was also his henchman, the two friends were more confidants...

-Tell me, Felix Felixovich...Who did that? Kerensky was maybe and certainly an incapable lined with a corrupt, but he was the guarantor of Holy Russia's stability. He managed to unite Wrangel, Denikin, Miller, the Provisional Government and the Polish during the Civil War and today! And he even managed to counter Kolchak's popularity!
-It can be everybody. Stop living in your palace, Dmitri Pavlovich. Myself, I'm not constantly in my golden life: poverty is everywhere in Russia by now, economically and morally. The army is tired, the Clericals are tired, the democrats are tired, the Aristocrats are tired. The shooter was maybe only a desperate wretch, but for our dear people, it can be everyone: a Bolchevik, a Tsarist, a soldier, a depressive, a Polish agent, a fool...They need someone else: if Kerensky didn't rig the last elections results, we would be back in Paris by now.
-What do you mean?
-Pavel Milyukov is a good man: he was foreign minister during the Provisional Government, and he had to speak peace with the Kaiser. But to save Russia, he's the wrong man in the wrong place. Without his coalition between Social-Revolutionnaries and Kadets, he's screwed in the Duma. And an alliance between the SR and the Menchevik could mean...Bukharin as President!
-Oh, my God! Don't speak about that!
-In fact, you are not forced to meet Milyukov. I took care of everything. He's currently with Denikin, this stern republican, to convince him to not declare the martial law...Because any order sent to the military during this time could significate...A coup.
-Kolchak? But he is freezing in Vladivostok under Japanese garrison!
-No, Wrangel.
-Petr Nikolaievich? But he's a hero!
-Yes, but it's also a new figurehead for the far right. The more rightists gave up any chance of Tsarist restauration because of Kyrill Vladimovich's refusal to go back in Russia. Patriarch Mikhail Polskii is trying to counter our friend Purishkevish's influence to make some stupids projects...Crusades in the Balkans to our dear Slavic brothers, while we are unable to fight the Mongolian raiders in Siberia. But I'm sure that everyone in Russia is expecting the return of the Tsar. Any Tsar.
-And what I'm doing here?

Suddenly, Dmitri Pavlovich Romanov saw the light in Yusupov's eyes. He understood shortly after...

-Felix Felixovich...You know perfectly that I don't want to be a puppet! I told that to Purishkevish!
-Don't be stupid, Dmitri Pavlovich! You are the only Romanov currently in Russia! And you are also a Senator!
-What?
-Don't tell me that you have so many honors that you don't know the charges you are carrying!
-I think so.
-Well...The Upper House is theorically without powers, but in case of emergency, she can elect a new President. The Senators are all nominated, principally between the personnalities without really any political affiliation...And who are the masters of Russian economy since uncle Lenin's defeat?
-THe nobles...
-Yes! The Gorchakov, the Bagrationi and even the cousins of the crazy Ungern Khan. They are all Senators, and they will not elect the first peasent as Head of State of Russia. THey will elect one of them. In particular if he is a true pretender to Russian leadership...In particular if he is a hope to the Restauration...
-Felix Felixovich, I know that you are my friend and that you wants the best for me, but I don't want to be president, or even Tsar. The Tsar called Dmitri was an usurpator. I will not be an elected monarch, or, I prefer to tell you my mind, a puppet of the true Russian leaders. You know what? My first act will be to resign from the Senate to not be a candidate to the Presidence.
-I don't think so. They are currently voting.
-WHAT?!
-Yes. I said you were interested...
-BUT YOU ARE DEFINITELY...
-Dmitri Pavlovich, you can be our next President! But you have to choose the right man to rule Russia in your place! You have Milyukov, you have Polskii, you have Purishkevich...You have even me! Who do you choose? But, you don't have to choose your destiny. YOU ARE WRITING HISTORY. YOU ARE RUSSIA.
 
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The Moscow Kremlin: this fortress was the residence of the Grand-Dukes of Moscow and the firsts Russian tsars until Piotr the Great moved the capital to the new city of Saint-Petersburg. Reconstructed after the destruction ordered by Napoleon in 1812, this symbol in Russia became the residence of the Russian president after a decree made by Kerensky in 1922, and a nearby building is also the seat of both Russian Duma.

CHAPTER TWO: THE ARISTOCRATIC REPUBLIC

MOSCOW, JANUARY 16 1936

The new Russian First Lady, Audrey Romanovskaya-Ilyinskaya, helped her presidential husband to adjust his tie. After a short election within the Senate and some pressures exerced towards undecided deputies by Yusupov, Dmitri Pavlovich Romanov was proclaimed the second Russian president by the two Houses of Parliament. In protestation, the Neo-Bolchevik politicians, led by Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin, resigned from their seats within the Duma. During his installation speech, on January, 11 (eight days after Kerensky's assassination), he repeated his "sadness towards the violence of Russian politics and the ruinous condition of the Motherland", also said that "he was quite unexperienced in politics, and would let his ministers act in the respect of the Constitution" and guaranteed that "even in the hands of a Romanov grand-duke, the Republic and the gifts of democracy would stand". After that, he announced his cabinet, contradicting his previous purposes.

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The cabinet Purishkevich I. The principal ministers of the first cabinet presided by Dmitri Romanov were all senators coming from the old Russian nobility, rallied to the antidemocratic and militarist views of Italian fascism or German nazism. We can see here the foreign minister, prince Vladimir Emmanuelovich Galitzin; the minister of Defence and Rearmement, count Vladimir Nikolaievich Kokovtsov (former Finance minister of Nikolai II and last Prime Minister of the Empire) and the director of Okhrana, prince Felix Felixovich Yusupov. As exceptions, we have the republican marshal and hero of the Civil War Anton Ivanovich Denikin and the chief of Russian Ground Forces, Vassili Blukhyer, former general of the Red Army who was reintegrated into the Russian military during the "reunification" process of the late 20's

Ironically, the builder of this ultrareactionnary cabinet and this aristocratic renewal was issued from a poor Bessarabian nobilian family: the Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs, Vladimir Mitrofanovich Purishkevich.

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Vladimir Mitrofanovich Purishkevich (born in 1870), gratuated from philosophy, was yet known in the late Imperial Russia as a far rightist, founder of the reactionnary and pro-tsarist Union of Archangel Michael (SMA). Popular within the monarchist wing of Russian Duma due to his emonational speeches, flamboyant behaviour and antisemetic views, he resigned from politics and served as a medical aid on the frontlines during the Great War. Member of the plot against Rasputin with Dmitri Romanov and Yusupov, arrested by the Cheka due to a plot to abolish the Soviets, he was released due to his poor health and joined the army of General Denikin, surviving from typhus in Novorossiysk. After the war, he advocated for a Tsarist restauration, a corporatist, nationalist, strong and authoritarian state inspired by the Italian model, becoming the leader of the reactionnary landowners. Some sources affirmed that the antisemetic SMA received financial support from Nazi Germany.

Dmitri Pavlovich Romanov kissed his wife and began to walk in the large corridors of the Kremlin. He was conscious of his weakness: president elected by the monarchists only for his name, without political orientation while his entire cabinet was of authoritarian views, he knew that the spirit of the Purishkevichs, Gorchakovs and others Galitzins, he was only a pawn to prepare the Russian people for the return of the legitimate Tsar, Kyrill Romanov, or a new political order, ruled by the old aristocrats. Himself, he was not expecting a long political life. Russia was a poisoned gift: shattered by enemies factions, imperialist neighbours, weakened army and secesionnist regions, it was more a minor country than the greatest country of the world.

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Dissent and industrial capacity of Russia in January 1936

He opened the door, saluted by two guards: the whole cabinet raised, waiting that the President took his seat, presiding the Council of Ministers. Dmitri Pavlovich took his seat: on his left, the Prime Minister Vladimir Purishkevich; on his right, his old friend, Felix Yusupov. The king of the Saint-Petersburgian nights was also the more charismatic person within the Russian cabinet, but had also a lot of relations throughout the branches of society. He was a decent director of Okhrana. Dmitri Pavlovich noticed that he was the youngest of the room. He was 45, he Prime Minister was 66, the foreign minister 52, the Defence minister 83, the chief of staff 64...Even Felix Felixovich was 49. Poor young boy.

-Gentlemen, please be seated...As you know, it's my first Council of Ministers as President of the Russian Republic. I know that my role is purely representative, and that mister Purishkevich is the true ruler of our Motherland. But I want an overview of our current situation, because if you are the men who will make Russia, I insist on the fact that I am the arbitrator of your decisions. For instance: mister Purishkevich, how is our people?
-It could be better, Your Imperial Highness...
-President, please. I'm not yet the Autocrat!

The entire cabinet laughed, even Purishkevich. No one was seeing a message in this joke.

-So, mister President, our people was quite satisfected of the anarchy that ruled the Kerensky years. It's simple: all elections were rigged! The respect towards the authority of Moscow was decreasing, and the unstability of our troops was equal to the political one. Some garrisons reported that some peoples were still believing they were under the communist regime, other ones under the Tsar! The last political events of this month awakened some tensions: in the military, marshal Wrangel is angry to have failed an opportunity to seize power...
-I think that in a few months, Pi...The Marshal will be happy to serve our country.
-Thank you, Marshal Denikin. And in the Duma, Bukharin is trying to convince some undecisive politicians to proclaim a new Revolution to counter our program...
-I see. And about our neighbours, mister Galitzin?

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Western and Eastern Russia in 1936

-As you know, mister President, we abandoned our claims over our former territory, forced by the Allies, during the Congress of Omsk. Our homeland is shattered between several secesionnist countries. Finland and the Baltic States are quite stables. Cossacks and Kazakhs could be too quite interested if a Tsarist Restauration occurs: they could even join our country! The countries in the Caucasus are without threat: Azerbaijan selling his oil to everyone, Georgia still considered as a stronghold of the remnants of the Red Army, Armenia as a little Italy. The worst threats are Poland, who occupied White Russia and Ukraine in the aftermath of Civil War, the Islamic regime of Turkestan, the Japanese and their support, the traitor Kolchak.
-Any possible allies?
-Italy and United States sended us congratulations after your election, mister President, but they are too isolationist to try anything with us. But Britain and France, due to our ties from before the war and the large number of émigrés in their capitals, and Germany, due to our close political views, would be interested by an alliance with us.
-Good. Mister Kokovtsov?
-The army is angry. They are waiting for victorious campaigns and more credits from us. The high-ranked officers are all heroes of the White Army or former commissars of the Red Army reintegrated. We need to listen more to the "young wolves" who could innovate our military. We are also trying to set up an industrialization and improvement program.

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The Russian tech tree in 1936

-Gentlemen, we have a lot of work to do, but I'm almost sure that with your help and God's will, we will make Russia a renewed power. Long live Russia, One and Indivisible!
-LONG LIVE RUSSIA, ONE AND INDIVISIBLE!
 

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Long live Holy Mother Russia! :)

Very interesting work so far. Love the graphics btw. :)
 

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A nice start, even if its not the first update. The maps of Russia's foreign relations and neigbors look a little bit like the one i have in my Otto. AAR. :) But well who cares?

I hope you can get the Russians out of their misery- All the Russias is giving alot of freedom to customize your country, if i remember well.

I'll be following.
 
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General_Grant: It's not my fault if you got all the good ideas...

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CHAPTER 3: RETURNING TO THE ROOTS

SAINT PETERSBURG, MARCH, 7 1936

Followed by his personal guard, his Prime Minister, his Foreign Minister and his Secret Services director, president Romanov opened widely the door of his personal office in Constantine Palace. He sat at his desk and said:

-It's so good to be President!

Since more than a month, an army of removal men were commuting between Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Their task: removing the entire apparatus of State from the old Imperial capital of Moscow to the Imperial artificial city of Saint Petersburg, created two centuries ago by Piotr the Great to be used as capital. On February, 2, President Romanov issued a decree explaining that Moscow didn't have the infrastructure to put up the civil services, and that Saint Petersburg, with her palaces (putting completely out of mind the projects to turn them into museums or other entairnment buildings), was more able to host the entire government.

The change of capital was one of the main points of the far right program. It was the first act of Purichkevich administration.

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The February, 2 1936 decree showed the will of reforms of the aristocratic government

The Duma, without coalition within her rows, had no powers. Purishkevich was taking advantage of the situation to rally more deputies to his ideas: the former democrats were now advocating a strong and authoritarian government, because of their secret opinions, because of corruption, because of threats given by Yusupov's agents. Small amendments were slowly bringing Russia into a fascist model, a few like the process that Mussolini and Hitler observed. Purishkevich was dreaming he was a new Duce: an almighty Prime Minister under a powerless Head of State, or a new Führer, a man of the people representing the whole country.

President Romanov took a lot of pleasure to give every palace in Saint Petersburg to his cabinet's members. A small description here:

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As residence of president Dmitri Pavlovich Romanov before his accession to presidency, the Constantine Palace became de facto, and later officially the Presidential Palace, like the Yusupov palace, belonging to the Okhrana Director and thus headquarters of the Secret Services.
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The Summer Palace, former residence of the Tsar, is now the official mansion of the Prime Minister.
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Tauride Palace, built by prince Potemkin, favorite of Catherine II the Great, and used as seat of the first Imperial Duma, is now the seat of the Senate.
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-The Winter Palace, former seat of the provisional government and whose his assault by the Bolshevik forces marked the beginning of the 1917 Revolution, is now the seat of the Russian Duma.
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Admiralty Building was the former headquarters for the Russian Navy; it's now the headquarters for the Russian General Staff, commanding all the Russian armies.
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-The Peter and Paul Fortress, were many Tsarist officials were executed during the Civil War by the Reds, among them Pavel Alexandrovich Romanov, President's father. Their remains, along with the other Tsars from Piotr the Great to Nikolai II, are interred in the nearby Peter and Paul cathedral. The Fortress was converted into the "Museum of the Bolchevik Atrocities" after the war.

-So, gentlemen, did you enjoy the visit of my palace...No...Of the Presidential Palace?
-It was lovely, mister President, said Purishkevich.
-And you can't imagine the parties here! shouted Yusupov.

The two friends laughed, while Purishkevich and Galitzin were staying serious. Surprised, Romanov asked:

-What happened, mister Galitzin?
-Bad news, mister President. German troops entered in Rhineland.
-Why? It's a German territory, isn't it? This Himmler got the right to do as he wants.
-It's Hitler, Sir. Hitler. The point is that Rhineland, near the Franco-German border, was demalitarized. By putting his troops in this area, mister Hitler violated one of the clauses of the Treaty of Versailles.
-And the Allies didn't react?
-France tried to ask sanctions, but Britain didn't followed them. We are assisting to a revival of German military strength.

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The forces in Europe when the Germans reoccupied Rhineland in 1936

President Romanov stayed silent a long moment, and then asked:

-Are you telling me we can fear a conflict in Europe in the next years?
-Yes, mister President, if Germany doesn't change her expansionist policies.

Dmitri Pavlovich swallowed with difficulty his saliva and asked:

-Is our rearmament program going well?
-Perfectly, Sir.
-Ask a complete report of our Ground forces to Marshal Denikin immediately.
-It's already done, Sir.

Purishkevich took a folder out from his coat. Romanov look at him with anger and ordered:
-Show me, please.
-There is just a problem, mister President: many of them served in the Red Army during the Civil War, but were restablished as general officers during the Kerensky era...A word from you and I can fire them.
-Show me.

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State of the Russian military, 1936

-How can we give the defences of Siberia and our capital to former Red officers? We should send them in Siberian jails...
-Let me do what I want with these young men, mister Purishkevich...They could help us...

Purishkevich felt silent. With compassion, he thinked he should give more freedom to this puppet man. It was his first defeat against Dmitri Pavlovich Romanov. Others would come.