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17th October 1914 Petrograd

Ivan Shcheglovitov, Procurator General was working late in his office in the Governing Senate, since the fall of Rasputin his powers had been increased. The Tsars fury against Rasputin had been carefully used, his liberal and merciful tendencies washed away by his sorrow since the death of his son. Shcheglovitov was determined to use the war as a way of smashing the power of internationalist revolutionary socialism, his agents working in Finland had arrested Lev Borisovich Kamenev along with several other Finish Bolsheviks. They had interrogated him and the other detainees vigorously, using a variety of traditional methods, and the Bolsheviks were starting to sing, or at least sob and beg through broken teeth. He was keeping the results tight, but he hoped that he would be able to purge many of these scum.

The use of the death penalty was being reinvigorated, the war gave the law more bite and with the recent string of victories, public support for the government and the Tsar was growing. It was a fragile thing, but the socialists were on the back foot for the moment, whilst that was the case Shcheglovitov would use every opportunity to unravel the nest of vipers which had been growing in Petrograd and Moscow. They would not be sent to count trees, it would be, co-operate and implicate your fellows or up against the wall. Exile would not be used anymore to many had escaped in the past to continue to cause trouble, rather they would be tried for treason and shot.

As well as the campaign against the Bolsheviks and revolutionary socialists, his agents were beginning a campaign against corruption in military and government procurement. This was also beginning to bear fruit, with corrupt functionaries and suppliers arrested, they were also likely to be executed for their crimes. The scale of corruption was sickening, spreading throughout the empire like a parasitic vine, war had made men brazen in their theft and this would need to be exposed and cauterised before it consumed the empire in a spasm of righteous fury.
 
17th October 1914 Petrograd

Ivan Shcheglovitov, Procurator General was working late in his office in the Governing Senate, since the fall of Rasputin his powers had been increased. The Tsars fury against Rasputin had been carefully used, his liberal and merciful tendencies washed away by his sorrow since the death of his son. Shcheglovitov was determined to use the war as a way of smashing the power of internationalist revolutionary socialism, his agents working in Finland had arrested Lev Borisovich Kamenev along with several other Finish Bolsheviks. They had interrogated him and the other detainees vigorously, using a variety of traditional methods, and the Bolsheviks were starting to sing, or at least sob and beg through broken teeth. He was keeping the results tight, but he hoped that he would be able to purge many of these scum.

The use of the death penalty was being reinvigorated, the war gave the law more bite and with the recent string of victories, public support for the government and the Tsar was growing. It was a fragile thing, but the socialists were on the back foot for the moment, whilst that was the case Shcheglovitov would use every opportunity to unravel the nest of vipers which had been growing in Petrograd and Moscow. They would not be sent to count trees, it would be, co-operate and implicate your fellows or up against the wall. Exile would not be used anymore to many had escaped in the past to continue to cause trouble, rather they would be tried for treason and shot.

As well as the campaign against the Bolsheviks and revolutionary socialists, his agents were beginning a campaign against corruption in military and government procurement. This was also beginning to bear fruit, with corrupt functionaries and suppliers arrested, they were also likely to be executed for their crimes. The scale of corruption was sickening, spreading throughout the empire like a parasitic vine, war had made men brazen in their theft and this would need to be exposed and cauterised before it consumed the empire in a spasm of righteous fury.
Forgot the thread mark.
 
Shame Lenin is already exiled. How many countless millions have died because of the Bolsheviks?
Depends on how you count it. between 80 to120 million, if you include the purges, forced starvation etc and add Mao's genocides etc. No Bolshevik victory, possibly no Communist China, Vietnam , Cambodia or North Korea.
 
China will still be a mess they are still going through massive upheavals right now internally, we will probably still get the warlords and a divided China and it may last longer compared to OTL.
 
With the victories in the western front and the subsequent number of captured German guns has France shipped Russia more of it's obsolete Gras earlier than in otl? I know they the gave the Russians hundreds of thousands while buying 100,000 Remington rolling blocks for secondary positions. With their better position have the Brits bought some of the hundreds of thousands of old vetterli rifles Italy would have sold Russia, from Italy for Russia yet?
 
17th October 1914 Petrograd

Ivan Shcheglovitov, Procurator General was working late in his office in the Governing Senate, since the fall of Rasputin his powers had been increased. The Tsars fury against Rasputin had been carefully used, his liberal and merciful tendencies washed away by his sorrow since the death of his son. Shcheglovitov was determined to use the war as a way of smashing the power of internationalist revolutionary socialism, his agents working in Finland had arrested Lev Borisovich Kamenev along with several other Finish Bolsheviks. They had interrogated him and the other detainees vigorously, using a variety of traditional methods, and the Bolsheviks were starting to sing, or at least sob and beg through broken teeth. He was keeping the results tight, but he hoped that he would be able to purge many of these scum.

The use of the death penalty was being reinvigorated, the war gave the law more bite and with the recent string of victories, public support for the government and the Tsar was growing. It was a fragile thing, but the socialists were on the back foot for the moment, whilst that was the case Shcheglovitov would use every opportunity to unravel the nest of vipers which had been growing in Petrograd and Moscow. They would not be sent to count trees, it would be, co-operate and implicate your fellows or up against the wall. Exile would not be used anymore to many had escaped in the past to continue to cause trouble, rather they would be tried for treason and shot.

As well as the campaign against the Bolsheviks and revolutionary socialists, his agents were beginning a campaign against corruption in military and government procurement. This was also beginning to bear fruit, with corrupt functionaries and suppliers arrested, they were also likely to be executed for their crimes. The scale of corruption was sickening, spreading throughout the empire like a parasitic vine, war had made men brazen in their theft and this would need to be exposed and cauterised before it consumed the empire in a spasm of righteous fury.
That is a very different from OTL. Especially that Tsar Nicholas II is backing harsh measures and punishing corrupt officials and merchants will also increase the respect to the monarchy.. Now , will Tsarist Russia survive ww1 or not ?
 
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That is a very different from OTL. Especially that Tsar Nicholas II is backing harsh measures and punishing corrupt officials and merchants will also increase the respect to the monarchy.. Now , will Tsarist Russia survive ww1 or not ?
well they are off to a better start than IRL
 
China will still be a mess they are still going through massive upheavals right now internally, we will probably still get the warlords and a divided China and it may last longer compared to OTL.
I haven’t worked out what to do about china but it will feature.
 
I haven’t worked out what to do about china but it will feature.
Sun Yat Sen is quoted as having said the wisest words of any Chines politician of the 20th century, variously translated as " we must learn from Great Britiain" or " We must learn from English examples". In 1914 he is, I think in Tokyo, having failed in a revolt against Yuan. He might be worth picking up.
 
The call of the air
18th October 1914, London.

The young prince had just had a challenging interview with his father, he had been evacuated from his ship at the start of the war for appendicitis, this had been resolved surgically and he had spent much of the last few weeks recuperating in London.

He had been following the success of the RNAS with the sort of enthusiasm that would be mustered by any young man who had been raised to a life of duty and service. The RNAS was glamourous and modern and appealed to the young man, offering two great advantages over a return to the disciplined life aboard a dreadnaught at Scapa Flow. The RNAS was in near constant action, scouting for the positions of German troops as the fighting ebbed and flowed across Belgium and now striking directly bombing their supply columns and ammunition dumps. The other advantage was being spared seasickness, he suffered dreadfully whenever the ship left the anchorage, his first few days on any patrol a horror of constant nausea and vomiting. The RNAS was operating almost entirely from land bases, little risk of being aboard a ship if he became an aviator.

To further push the prince along he had received a letter the previous day written by his brother, who had described his own efforts to get directly into the fight and who had also touched on the importance that air power was playing in this new war.

All this had inspired the meeting with his father, the king was already deeply worried about the Prince of Wales, he had also received a letter from his eldest son, it was considerably more sombre in tone than the letter he had sent to his brother. He commented on the losses amongst both the British and Belgian troops and the shortages of suitable grenades and pistols, the Lee Enfield rifles were proving cumbersome in urban fighting. He anticipated going into the line himself in the next few days and hoped that he would live up to the standards set by King Albert whose fighting tenacity and courage was legendary.

That line, praising the Belgian touched the king to the quick as he continued to read the letter, his pride in his son warring with a father’s concern and his own shame at being unable to lead his army from the front in the manner of Albert. The king resolved to return to Belgium as soon as possible, this time he would view the line and damn the risks.

He greeted his second son frostily, the king was aware of his interest in the RNAS, the prince having visited several training fields already, he evidently worshipped Captain Samson whose exploits the prince followed avidly. The kings first words to his son were “no”, scarcely giving the lad the chance to even begin what was evidently a rehearsed piece. The prince stammered something, but refused to withdraw, the king shamed twice in a day regretted his peremptory words, unexpectedly the king apologised and asked him to continue.

The prince laid out his argument, dwelling on three aspects, his duty to the Empire, his relative uselessness as a midshipman who suffered from severe seasickness and thus would never be able to serve in anything smaller than a battleship and finally at the role of aircraft in the creation of the modern world. He pointed out that already the RNAS was making an outsized impact on the war and by transferring to the RNAS he would be able join the fight both as a prince and as a naval officer. He brushed over the risks not willing to insult his father by minimising them but also recognising that the risk to his person as an impediment had been completely nullified by the imminence of the Prince of Wales going into the line.

The king had recognised that this request would come, he had wished to defer it but he could not prevent it, he had tried several arguments to make the young man back down. But evidently the prince viewed the possible risk of death in the air as superior to the known hell of seasickness and continued service in the fleet was unlikely to improve the condition.

The king recognised his impossible position, acceding to his seconds sons desires more gracefully than he had the first. They both agreed that Queen Mary would need to be informed, but the king had decided that Prince Albert could do the informing. They parted amicably with the kings blessing, the Prince would undergo a final medical examination and if it was satisfactory he would transfer to the RNAS and commence pilot training immediately.
 
It is. I thought the concept of "dissapearing people" fit Shcheglovitov's goals
It does indeed, but some will serve as salutary lessons serve a purpose at this stage, hanging socialist revolutionaries on the same public gallows as corrupt procurement officers and industrialists will be a useful guide to the Tsars new policies.
 
Speaking of the King of England family, would there be a place for the Bonoparte Family in the French military or some other one?
 
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