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 .
What should the Soviet government do about the system of correctional (forced) labour camps in the USSR?
A) Abolish the system of forced labour camps;
B) Reform the system of forced labour camps;
C) Don't change anything.
 
What should the Soviet government do about the system of correctional (forced) labour camps in the USSR?
B) Reform the system of forced labour camps;

We can’t let all the workers of these camps free immediately, but we can make them more palatable to Western interests while also preserving their purpose.
 
What should the Soviet government do about the system of correctional (forced) labor camps in the USSR?
B) Reform the system of forced labor camps.

I have serious reservations regarding forced labor as it risks devaluing the labor of law-abiding workers, and indeed is used for this exact purpose throughout the capitalist world. However I could accept it as a volunteer program in which the labor is a) committed by people who have committed actual crimes (hurting the feelings of some random bureaucrat doesn't count) and b) is done in exchange for a reduced sentence.
 
What should the Soviet government do about the system of correctional (forced) labor camps in the USSR?
B) Reform the system of forced labor camps.

We should focus on rehabilitating them, possibly taking off China's model of rehabilitating people like Manchurian Emperor Puyi. Maybe some focus of labor, with a focus on reintegrating them back into society. Diplomatically, we can also use this to show we're reforming our labor camps, while US prisons stay in horrific conditions. Makes us look good to the rest of the geopolitical community. It might help to release documents about labor camps under Stalin, however maybe that can wait.
 
What should the Soviet government do about the system of correctional (forced) labor camps in the USSR?
B) Reform the system of forced labor camps. Provide education or job skill training for model inmates.
 
Positive, some think that USSR and communism were for too long stagnant and allowed the West to take advantage. Others think that communism has to catch up with quickly changing times and the changes made are a good direction.

That's nice and makes sense. Yugoslavia already had different form of Communism so they are probably lucky with Soviets abandoning their Ortodox doctrine and are reforming (on interesting note without the fall of Berlin Wall Yugoslavia should be in far better position, especially economically since it still has its trade with Eastern block ).

As for Castro, he probably liked USSRs handling of the US as Romanov held his ground and had made USSR stronger.
  • rotation of leadership;
  • promotion of more initiative among WP commanders;
  • joint creation of new doctrines and tactics;
  • open cooperation between WP military leadership;
  • joint development of new technologies;
  • soviet transfer of equipment and production licenses;
  • increased independence of WP leadership.

I believe these reforms were particularly pleasing, especially rotation of leadership as until now to position was held by USSR. Not to mention more independence for the members.

This will probably also make reforms of comecon easier to implement as USSR is making concessions elsewhere.

As for the vote?

What should the Soviet government do about the system of correctional (forced) labor camps in the USSR?
B) Reform the system of forced labor camps.
 
What should the Soviet government do about the system of correctional (forced) labour camps in the USSR?
A) Abolish the system of forced labour camps;
B) Reform the system of forced labour camps;
C) Don't change anything.
B - they are more useful if well run compared to prisons, but should be held to humane standards.
 
What should the Soviet government do about the system of correctional (forced) labour camps in the USSR?
A) Abolish the system of forced labour camps;
B) Reform the system of forced labour camps;
C) Don't change anything.
B) The system shouldn’t be ended for the simple fact that those in the camps have ample reason to distrust or even hate the Soviet state, allowing them back into society would be a mistake. However, we can ensure that any future inmates to the camps actually deserve to be there and are not just political, ideological, or personal enemies of those in charge.
 
What should the Soviet government do about the system of correctional (forced) labour camps in the USSR?
A) Abolish the system of forced labour camps;
B) Reform the system of forced labour camps;
C) Don't change anything.
B) let us try to make the best of it and lessen the cruelty and suffering within it. We could also slowly abolished and closed it overtime.
 
What should the Soviet government do about the system of correctional (forced) labour camps in the USSR?
B) Abolishing the system will be a bad idea as there's quite a lot of extremist and anti-Soviet people but we should at least reform it as a way to improve our relationship with the West.
 
1 - mixture of B and A; On the one hand, abolishing them will prevent Western propaganda against us, on the other hand, we can reform it as a substitute punishment, in the sense that it serves to provide job training to prisoners to find a job when they leave, or as a form of service to the community, in which services could be provided such as cleaning in cities, construction of public infrastructure... in exchange for redeeming oneself from the penalty, but as long as it is voluntary
 
What should the Soviet government do about the system of correctional (forced) labour camps in the USSR?
A) Abolish the system of forced labour camps;
B) Reform the system of forced labour camps;
C) Don't change anything.
I say B)Reform the system as it's a good deteren against actually criminals
 
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