Omnia Omnibus Ubique: What if the Soviet Union Never Formed?

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  1. Egbert New Member

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    "When freedom exists there will be no work."
    - Graffiti found in Berlin, 1984.

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    Having departed from the hall, under the cool lattice of the branches, and having been compelled into excited contemplation atavistic and aesthetic, in their rattling, liturgical language, the men began to debate.

    “Kerensky is the worst sort of socialist. A tepid humanist. The entire Provisional Government is a decoration.” Daniil said.

    “Not that the Bolsheviks are any better. You’ve attended their rallies, yes?” Vladimir asked.

    “Several. And there remains a paradox hanging over their entire proposed system. Capitalism has failed because of greed, and communism will triumph because of a lack of it. A lacuna that crashes all their idealism.”

    “Mm-hm. Omnism at least has some practicality to it.” Vladimir said.

    “Yes, exactly. It’s the natural dialectic outcome, synthesizing capitalism and communism. And not according to Marx’s foolish evolutionary materialism. It’s the product of men who’ve labored, not from some academic who spent his life in a library.” Daniil expounded.

    “I rather like their ten-year plans. Rebalancing power between man and state, as is just, in perfect mutualism. Each empowers the other. The state protects and the man provides.”

    “Truly the interlocking of parasites!”

    “Of course, the question remains. Would you take up arms for it?” Vladimir asked.

    “I will die only for nothing. That way my name will never be smeared.” Daniil said.

    “You old fatalist.”

    “No matter. Life will carry on as it always has and always will - badly.” Daniil said.*

    “Have hope. Hope makes life a worthwhile process.” Vladimir said.

    “Ah, so does vodka.”



    “Marx ascribed an almost mythical purity to the proletariat - a class to which he did not belong. If a non-communist society nevertheless adhering to his revolutionary principles arose, Marx would have no doubt been executed with the rest. A critical apparatus had begun to coalesce around Capital before the Red Terror abruptly discredited the idea of a communist world superpower. Even socialism was regarded with apprehensive suspicion. Thus, omnism arose as the answer to Russia’s ills. A capitalist ideology built upon union power and worker’s rights, it captivated a continent and tamed a frothing revolutionary dictatorship (and not one by the proletariat).

    However, disillusionment and terror equally with imperialism and radicalisms cannot be attributed as omnism’s sole enabling factor. Demonstrations of practicality in government asserted omnism as functional, superior, and, indeed, inevitable, in the minds of Russians. The Decade Plan, a highly ambitious and widely lauded work of statecraft, and its successes at completing the agrarian-industrial shift further cemented national and international support for omnism. By 1935, six of the powers that had engaged in World War One saw the irrepressible flourishing of omnist leagues and, with Germany, a mutiny and subsequent revolution. Every new link in the chain of victories inexorably swelled omnism into the collective soul. Promises of the cessation of war attracted the shell-shocked Lost Generation, which would assist in alleviating the trauma and cynicism of post-War art.”
    ~ Faustus: A History of Continental Philosophy, by Joseph Wiedermann

    * Orwellian Russians? Seemed fitting.
     
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    Watched.
     
  3. Egbert New Member

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    Pulling away from the hospital, the world pocked forward in collective motion, and although the tone shifts, life continues. Men work at fried chicken, peeling the meat from the bone. An academic clutches crumpled papers webbed with proofs. An awning is cranked and potatoes poured.

    “You would never have seen this a decade ago.” Vladimir said.

    “Soviet life was... dreary.” Daniil said. His words were pinched with caution. Slow to change.

    “They’re gone now, you know. The last labor camp was just closed. They’re converting it to a huge art installation.”

    “Beauty flourishes where it’s not welcome. That’s why things were bad. To spawn beauty.” Daniil said.

    “Compared to Lenin’s rule, this is art in motion.” Vladimir said.

    On the bridge, the world was suspended. Lovers embraced. Old men contemplated the horizon’s treasures. Fish glided through the river, shadowy.

    “I’m getting older. I’m very old. I won’t fight in the next war. But you’ve been born into transition. Motion. Vast things are in your hands, and your generation’s hands. Do it for Russia. Do it for me.”

    “But what is it?”

    The old man said no more.

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    "Germany’s reduction and humiliation at Versailles proved disastrous to the national spirit and national economy. A general malaise settled on post-War German society which, setting a precedent for many future repetitions, allowed radical demagogues to sweep up the population. Fascist, Marxist, and Avant-Garde parties rapidly developed both in terms of political and military power, with the Spartacist Revolt and Cologne Uprising proving the most destructive.

    1933 saw Germany finally buckle under the pressures of poverty and extremism. Adolf Hitler of the National Socialists was assassinated on 23 March 1933, burning alive in the Kroll Opera House along with the entire Reichstag. Avant-garde agents used a crude bottle-based incendiary device to immolate the Opera House. The Kroll Fire can be and, indeed, is widely seen as the inciting incident of the German Civil War."
    ~ The Decline and Fall of the German Empire, by Albert Speer
     
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  4. Egbert New Member

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    Here's the map circa 1945. The 1930s were pretty "starvation and extremism" but not as bad as OTL; EU intervention in Germany and China actually managed to mitigate the worst bits of the twentieth century. A rather undestroyed Europe left the US pushing the New Deal-esque Grand Area plan on Latin America, and shouts of neo-colonialism are mostly being drowned out by shouts of benevolent imperialism. The Eurasian Union's restructuring toward anarcho-syndicalism synthesized with capitalism has been arduous but not ineffective, and the spread of the Chinese idea of danwei has been very disruptive. The British and French and Dutch still administer their strained and sometimes malaise-stricken empires, and increasing xenophobia and racism has alienated them from the progressive-tilted global community.

    Dark green is America and American possessions. Light blue the Eurasian Union, dark blue its satellite republics. Colonial mainlands are pink and relatively middling empires are bright red, their colonial possessions in purple. An orange dot denotes membership in the Grand Area. Grey is non-aligned.
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