Opposing the not very real SDI, the War in Afghanistan Costs overall (which will expand further TTL no matter if we win or loose) and ultimately Chernobyl in combination were major factors for the Soviet Union falling and losing the Cold War, how will we combat that political, economic and military downfall further here (and fast)?
Exactly, Romanov and Kunaev might brought a breathe of fresh air to USSR and the eastern camp, but many of their policies in the long-run are still unsustainable, like belief in centrally-planned economy. Yes, the reforms and reorganization introduced by them did help, but it more like a new paint covering all of the old problems, so the players will be forced to give up some things to save the other. Current state of affairs is on its last legs and will not last forever.Well, the Soviets will have to find a way to get more money flowing. And that may require some form of reform or even sacrifice.
Thanks for the vote, however its too late as the next update is already released, so you can vote in this turn.1. A More troops won’t fix things, Warsaw Pact ones especially as that’ll only piss off those nations and push them further towards revolution. And chemical weapons will only escalate their bad relations with the west and other parts of the world. And not help really at all.
2. A. The bureaucracy needs to be streamlined to be more efficient and effective as well as less corrupt.
3. E. Idk it sounds like it could help, to open things up and sorta introduce the free market/capitalism while also still maintaining control. Iirc it didn’t work forever with Yugoslavia but some sort of major reform is needed.
4. A. More trade means more money and more capital to work with.
1.) A and D.1. Vote on the Soviet reaction to SDI:
A) Protest on a diplomatic level
B) Enlarge the Soviet nuclear program as a response
C) Don't react at all to SDI
D) Announce an anti-SDI program
E) Actually start to research Soviet anti-SDI program.
2. Vote on development of Status-6 Oceanic Multipurpose System or the Poseidon:
A) Yes, we need this project to success
B) No, the vehicle is not needed.
If you have any other ideas/topics to vote one, please write it.
Will definitely include it in one of future updates on economy and new technologies. Unfortunately, this will come only after Able Archer 83 in November, as the new soviet leadership must focus on a quickly spiraling out of control situation between the USA/China and USSR, which has a real chance of turning into WW3 down the road.dunno if we’ve done a vote on Soviet cybernetics but it could be a fun potential alt hist topic
Realistically, this is the answer. Doubling your nuclear arsenal and spending three times as much on military = expensive. Continuing/reviving old projects as a response to a potential threat = much cheaper and in the chance that SDI is real, we've also developed a counter/equivalent to it so no need to worry.My take is that the anti-SDI program would be announced by USSR, but in reality it would be based rebranding of some of the older projects already under development, changes in Soviet nuclear strategy and doctrine taking into account potential existence of SDI