Crisis in the Kremlin - Our 1982 USSR

If I were ever to make 2nd timeline, which one would you be most interested in?

  • 1. German Empire 1888

    Votes: 62 29.2%
  • 2. Russian Federation 1993

    Votes: 74 34.9%
  • 3. Red China 1949

    Votes: 37 17.5%
  • 4. Yugoslavia 1920

    Votes: 27 12.7%
  • 5. India 1947

    Votes: 28 13.2%
  • 6. alt-fascist Italy 1922

    Votes: 29 13.7%
  • 7. South Africa 1994

    Votes: 18 8.5%
  • 8. Germany 1990

    Votes: 20 9.4%
  • 9. Japan 2000

    Votes: 18 8.5%
  • 10. United Kingdom 1997

    Votes: 20 9.4%

  • Total voters
    212
  • Poll closed .
1.  A - Stick to the Agreement
2. Marshall Nikolai Ogarkov.
3. Viktor Chebrikov
4. Some army reforms that reduce the amount of personnel in the army and to gradually move away from the use of conscription in the armed forces. We should also reform the training of junior officers and NCO's to encourage autonomy.
5. I am in agreement with the plans of @ruffino and @Kriss.
6. B - Sell to Both Sides.
 
1. Vote on the Geneva Agreement, which would result in a reduction of Soviet of the nuclear stockpile by 20%.
A) Stick to the agreement and reduce the stockpile by 20%;
B) Don't stick to the agreement, as it would reduce the Soviet defense potential.

2. Please write down who should replace Marshal Ustinov as the new Minister of Defense of the Soviet Union?

3. Please write down who should replace Yuri Andropov as the new chairman of the KGB?

4. Please write down which reforms/policies should be introduced to reorganize the Soviet Armed forces?

5. Please write down which reforms/policies should be introduced to reorganize the Soviet industry and military-industrial complex?

6. As the Iran-Iraq War entered a new phase, which side should the USSR support?

A) Support Iraq, Saddam in our natural ally;
B) Remain neutral and sell arms to both Iraq and Iran;
C) Support Iran, it's a country with great potential.
1. Stick to the agreement
4. Start replacing our service in mass army with a focase on a efitent core
5.focase on automation
6. B
 
1.
A.

4 and 5.
Reforms similar to the civilian ones we did. Less corruption and bureaucracy.

Also we should look into a reappraisal of general military strategy and thinking, alongside identification of any potential shortcomings. If Zhukov's generation learned from their mistakes, so can we in ours by studying them.

6.
B.
 
1. Vote on the Geneva Agreement, which would result in a reduction of Soviet of the nuclear stockpile by 20%.
A) Stick to the agreement and reduce the stockpile by 20%;
B) Don't stick to the agreement, as it would reduce the Soviet defense potential.

2. Please write down who should replace Marshal Ustinov as the new Minister of Defense of the Soviet Union?

3. Please write down who should replace Yuri Andropov as the new chairman of the KGB?

4. Please write down which reforms/policies should be introduced to reorganize the Soviet Armed forces?

5. Please write down which reforms/policies should be introduced to reorganize the Soviet industry and military-industrial complex?

6. As the Iran-Iraq War entered a new phase, which side should the USSR support?

A) Support Iraq, Saddam in our natural ally;
B) Remain neutral and sell arms to both Iraq and Iran;
C) Support Iran, it's a country with great potential.
1. A) An eye for an eye makes the whole world go blind...
6. C) This could be the start towards future relations...
 
1. Vote on the Geneva Agreement, which would result in a reduction of Soviet of the nuclear stockpile by 20%.
A) Stick to the agreement and reduce the stockpile by 20%;
6. As the Iran-Iraq War entered a new phase, which side should the USSR support?
B) Remain neutral and sell arms to both Iraq and Iran;

For ministers to honest i have no idea who would be a good bet so i will abstain from picking
 
1. Vote on the Geneva Agreement, which would result in a reduction of Soviet of the nuclear stockpile by 20%.
A) Let's keep to the agreement and reduce our stockpile by 20%, trusting for the USA to do the same.
2. Please write down who should replace Marshal Ustinov as the new Minister of Defense of the Soviet Union?
Marshall Nikolai Ogarkov would be a fine choice to fulfil this role.
3. Please write down who should replace Yuri Andropov as the new chairman of the KGB?
Victor Chebrikov would be capable with a firm hand against corruption.
4. Please write down which reforms/policies should be introduced to reorganize the Soviet Armed forces?
5. Please write down which reforms/policies should be introduced to reorganize the Soviet industry and military-industrial complex?

I will second the ideas of ruffino and Kriss, as well as that like in other areas of reform there should be an emphasis on reducing corruption and bureaucracy as much as we can.
6. As the Iran-Iraq War entered a new phase, which side should the USSR support?
B) Neither Iran or Iraq have shown themselves to be trustworthy partners, so let's maintain neutrality but be happy to sell arms to both sides and for them to bleed each other dry.
 
1)А
2)Nikolay Ogorkov
3)Fyodor Alexeyevich Shcherbak. OTL head of the 6th KGB Directorate that dealt with economic counterintelligence and industrial security.
4)Begin a partial transition to a contract army instead of a conscript army.
5)Ruffino and Kriss ideas
6)B
 
In OTL, the PDPA had a sizable support base among the urban population over the course of it's whole existence. And by avoiding historical mistakes, we can certainly broaden it.
Here is a wild card, will the Soviets do what the Khmer Rouge did with Shianouk? Afghanistan had a modern society when the King was in power, developing in comfortable neutrality. Even the Taliban tricked the population, into thinking they desired the monarchy's return. So let comrade general secretary, create an outreach to the King, as an alternative to unpopular Kamal and the feudal warlords!
 
1. Vote on the Geneva Agreement, which would result in a reduction of Soviet of the nuclear stockpile by 20%.
A) Stick to the agreement and reduce the stockpile by 20%;
B) Don't stick to the agreement, as it would reduce the Soviet defense potential.
C) do 30% and call out the Americans for being slow to do it.
2. Please write down who should replace Marshal Ustinov as the new Minister of Defense of the Soviet Union?
Sergey Sokolov
3. Please write down who should replace Yuri Andropov as the new chairman of the KGB?
Vladimir Kryuchkov
4. Please write down which reforms/policies should be introduced to reorganize the Soviet Armed forces?
Quality over Quantity, focus on computing, electronic warfare, beyond visual horizon engagement (both air and land), reducing the army for increased professionalism. All those conscripts ought to be fighting corruption and the lackluster economy, not shoot Afghans. And raised before: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission-type_tactics for everything.
5. Please write down which reforms/policies should be introduced to reorganize the Soviet industry and military-industrial complex?
Quality over Quantity, focus on computing, introducing JIT (e.g. Kanban) so bottlenecks can be identified and solved, introducing/expanding QoL rewards for optimisation and other ideas of the workers, increase mechanisation and robotics, joint ventures with the Japanese --> cheap workers for industry knowledge. Plus the non military version of Mission Tactics: Outcome over Output
6. As the Iran-Iraq War entered a new phase, which side should the USSR support?
C) Support Iran, it's a country with great potential.
Plus it can help with Afghanistan
 
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1-A, we are people of our word, let's fulfill the agreement, starting with our most outdated and unused weapons; but as long as the USA also complies

2 - Victor Kulikov, he is not only a hero of the soviet union, he is also the commander in head of the Warsaw Pact

3 - Viktor Chebrikov, he is a hard-working man and firm against corruption, he will be a good candidate

4 - Our army is one of the most numerous and best armed, let's use this in our favor to begin a gradual specialization of our army, while we begin a reduction to more manageable numbers but that still allows us to show our power; on the other hand, let's start integrating and developing new technology for military purposes.

5 - In the military industry, encourage army-factory collaboration, so that the military, depending on their needs, can go to the factories so that they can freely develop what they need for their operations without bureaucracy. In civil industry, not only focus on light industry and consumer goods, but also on the development of the pharmaceutical, agricultural and, above all, on a "luxury" industry (caviar, vodka, oil) in order to export and get foreign currency

6 - B, both nations have shown that they are not partners we can trust, let's sell things they need in exchange for guaranteed payments, and I would try to undermine both leaders with the intention of being replaced by other more sensible ones who are willing to improve your relationship with us
 
1-A, we are people of our word, let's fulfill the agreement, starting with our most outdated and unused weapons; but as long as the USA also complies

2 - Victor Kulikov, he is not only a hero of the soviet union, he is also the commander in head of the Warsaw Pact

3 - Viktor Chebrikov, he is a hard-working man and firm against corruption, he will be a good candidate

4 - Our army is one of the most numerous and best armed, let's use this in our favor to begin a gradual specialization of our army, while we begin a reduction to more manageable numbers but that still allows us to show our power; on the other hand, let's start integrating and developing new technology for military purposes.

5 - In the military industry, encourage army-factory collaboration, so that the military, depending on their needs, can go to the factories so that they can freely develop what they need for their operations without bureaucracy. In civil industry, not only focus on light industry and consumer goods, but also on the development of the pharmaceutical, agricultural and, above all, on a "luxury" industry (caviar, vodka, oil) in order to export and get foreign currency.

6 - C) Support Iran, it's a country with great potential. Iran is isolated and we can force them into our sphere of influence.
 
1. Vote on the Geneva Agreement, which would result in a reduction of Soviet of the nuclear stockpile by 20%.
A) I believe the US won't completely agree with the deal but that doesn't mean we have to stoop so low as them, so we're gonna fulfill the agreement.
2. Please write down who should replace Marshal Ustinov as the new Minister of Defense of the Soviet Union?

3. Please write down who should replace Yuri Andropov as the new chairman of the KGB?

4. Please write down which reforms/policies should be introduced to reorganize the Soviet Armed forces?

5. Please write down which reforms/policies should be introduced to reorganize the Soviet industry and military-industrial complex?
I have nothing for 2-4 so... same as the more popular ones.
5. Please write down which reforms/policies should be introduced to reorganize the Soviet industry and military-industrial complex?
The only reform that comes to mind is create a "Recycling Program" as to lower trash and using up our resources for military and civilian use but I do (somewhat) agree with the ruffino and Kriss.
6. As the Iran-Iraq War entered a new phase, which side should the USSR support?
B) Honestly, I'm not a fan of both Iraq and Iran so we'll stay neutral.
 
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1. Follow the terms of the agreement, reduce our stockpile by 20%.
2. Victor Kulikov.
3. Viktor Chebrikov.
4. A slow reduction in forces and spending to more manageable levels, redirecting funds to the civilian sectors, whilst still retaining a large and capable force. Focus on modernising our forces.
5. Encourage army-factory collaboration.
6. Support Iraq, Saddam is closer to us and much easier to negotiate with. A strong Iraq will harm American interests in the region and there is no reason to damage our Iraqi relations to pursue a fanciful relationship with Iran.
 
1. Vote on the Geneva Agreement, which would result in a reduction of Soviet of the nuclear stockpile by 20%.
A) Let's keep our word; smaller nuclear arsenal will be cheaper to mantain, and still big enough to act as deterrent.
2. Please write down who should replace Marshal Ustinov as the new Minister of Defense of the Soviet Union?
If we go for detente, Kulikov. For the West Ogarkov is the face of KAL 007 disaster.
3. Please write down who should replace Yuri Andropov as the new chairman of the KGB?
Victor Chebrikov.
4. Please write down which reforms/policies should be introduced to reorganize the Soviet Armed forces?
Higher professionalization, especially in elite formation of the Red Guard, VDV etc. Especially more of professional NCOs. Fight "dedovschina" and corruption.
5. Please write down which reforms/policies should be introduced to reorganize the Soviet industry and military-industrial complex?
I agree with ruffino and Kriss. Perhaps also more interest in informatics and cybernetics, both for military and civilian use.
6. As the Iran-Iraq War entered a new phase, which side should the USSR support?
B) No reason to provide special help to any of them. Sell weapons and/or materials to both. Iran might pay partially with US technology left from Shah times.
 
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