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    Boris Savinkov

    (1937 - 1971)

    In his early life Boris Savinkov lived a menial existence in Kharkov before enrolling in law school at St Petersburg University, however it was not long before Savinkov was expelled for participating in the 1899 Student Strike. Afterward he would study in places like Berlin and Heidelberg Germany, ironic considering his later actions. From 1898 he was a member of a number of socialist parties before settling into membership of the Socialist Revolutionary Party and would quickly rise to become Deputy Head of its Combat Organizations. After assassinating the Russian Minister of the Interior and aiding in the assassination of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich he would be arrested in 1908 and sentenced to death for his actions. For many this was the end of their story, but Savinkov was different and refused to die. Instead he escaped his cell in Odessa and fled to France, being named Head of the Combat Organizations when their previous leader was revealed to be a government informant, despite them being to weak to do much of anything after harsh government crackdowns. During the Weltkrieg Savinkov fought as a volunteer for the French Army and it is here in his journals that Savinkov begins to take an overtly anti-German tone, a tone he would hold onto for the rest of his eventful life. After serving dutifully on the Western Front for years Savinkov would make his way back to Russia as it collapsed into chaos in 1917 and attached himself to the Kerensky Government, being named the Deputy Minister of War in Kerensky's first cabinet. While in Russia Savinkov planned on creating a so called "Revolutionary Dictatorship" with power centralized under him, Admiral Lavr Kornilov and President Alexander Kerensky. The plot eventually failed however when Kornilov executed the putsch to early and Savinkov was arrested for his involvement in its planning while also being expelled from the Social Revolutionaries. Savinkov would once again escape the death penalty however by jumping from a fourth floor window and dashing to freedom, fleeing to Finland and exile.


    When the Bolsheviks seized power and Russia descended into its bloody civil war Savinkov offered to help the Whites if they gave Admiral Kornilov a position in government and amnesty both demands which President Kerensky denied. In the end however it did not matter as Savinkov returned to Russia anyway and landed in the city of Tsaritsyn, on the Volga River. There he would form The Society for the Defense of the Motherland and Freedom and execute a major guerrilla campaign against the Soviets leading to massive uprisings against them in July, 1918 in the cities of Yaroslavl, Rybinsk and Murom. With the war turning against them on all fronts these uprisings were not immediately crushed by the Soviets and allowed to fester like a pin in their side and gave the Central Russian SR's more sway in the Omsk Conference that united the White Forces. When Admiral Kolchak tried to take over Russia Savinkov not only got him to disband the coup but also got the Admiral to announce his support for the government formed in the Conference. He continued his anti-Red guerrilla war until White forces officially liberated the area he acted in in early 1920. Then he fought on the front lines until finally peace was declared in the Congress of Minsk in 1921. With Russia saved from the Reds, Savinkov then began to work to save Russia from itself.


    In late 1925 Savinkov formed the National Republican Party (NRPR). Its major platform stood with a fervent adherence to capitalistic doctrine to revitalize the then already sagging Russian economy and the reclamation of the Lost Lands in the West and East in a new political philosophy Savinkov called "National-Populism". In speeches Savinkov denounced the states carved out of Russia in the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk and Japan's puppet government under Alexander Kolchak in the East calling them all "The Lost Russians" who needed to return to Mother Russia if the nation was to reclaim its glory. For a long time the NRPR was a fringe party on the edges of the Russian political landscape until Russia's economy suddenly and seemingly unexpectedly failed in 1932. With unemployment beginning to skyrocket and the Army running on "I.O.U's" from the Keresnky government the NRPR became the unofficial official party of the military as many officers flocked to its banner, seduced by its militaristic rhetoric. Kerensky however was not blind to the growing party and saw its growth as a threat to his ruling coalition. To negate Savinkov claiming that he was giving to much to the increasingly syndicalist Social Revolutionaries, he began to give right-moderates positions in the then-powerless Senate and then let the Senate have the ultimate veto as a way to have his party stay in power even after he was gone. This however backfired horribly when Kerensky was forced to announce widely unpopular policies before the election and while his coalition teetered on the brink of collapse the NRPR netted a fourth of the electorate sending 42 people to the next Senate.


    However, in 1936 Russia was struck a massive blow when, as he left the Senate President Keresnky was shot and killed by Bolshevik agitator[1] Nepkor Berzinsky with a weapon supplied to him by the French Commune[2]. Kerensky's sudden death threw Russia into chaos as his Vice President Pavel Milyukov tried to establish his own control over the country while the Senate and the Duma both supported separate candidates from both Milyukov and each other to come after Kerensky. In the end, possibly edged on by Savinkov, Lavr Kornilov launched another putsch and was much more successful. Backed by NRPR-aligned officers and soldiers Kornilov quickly seized major cities across Russia on the night of August 21st, 1936 only two weeks after Kerensky's assassination. The Duma, which was still led by the Center Coalition tried to resist Kornilov and his brazen attempt at power by uniting behind Grand Duke Dimitri Romanov to return as the new President; but ultimately public opinion sided with Kornilov and the Senate's invitation went unheeded so they allowed Kornilov to secure power. With Savinkov as his second in command Kornilov ruled Russia largely as lightly as possible with the real power obviously lying in Savinkov's hands. Soon after power was secured by the military Savinkov issued Executive Decree No. 5 which reformed the Okhrana, the feared Tsarist Secret Police. However while the Tsarist Okhrana was directed against the people, Savinkov’s Okhrana was directed against the Syndicalists and other ‘enemies of the state’. Former and current Bolshevik leaders were arrested and usually executed, Savinkov’s numerous enemies were also purged and all the while the people cheered Savinkov as he walked the streets of Moscow and St Petersburg. The Neu Bolshevik Bloc, the official continuation of the Bolshevik cause spearheaded by Lenin, was effectively destroyed as a political force.


    With his power secured Savinkov then turned to the military who continued to be the backbone of his power. The Army was bloated and inefficient without a uniting doctrine to work towards. Savinkov heard the various arguments but ultimately allowed Field Marshal Denikin, hero of the Civil War, to institute his School of Mass Combat. However Savinkov made a bit of a modification to the doctrine by forcing the adoption of the KS series of heavy tanks. These rolling behemoths were built to be little more than mobile fortresses whose sole goal was to unroot any trouble spots hit by the infantry. The infantry were allowed to charge ahead unheeded by the KS tanks, who were usually enough to break any strong resistance if they had enough time to get to the front. The first of these, the KS-1[3] was a behemoth of a tank. It operated the beast like a lumbering giant, something Savinkov found more than fitting for his new Russia.


    As the new Army doctrine was more and more implanted into the Army the moment Savinkov and his cronies had been waiting for since they took power finally arrived. On October 2nd, 1937 In his dacha outside Moscow The Grand Admiral died[4]. Savinkov moved quickly and through decisive action and arresting all those in the Duma not a member of the NRPR Savinkov was able to fuse the offices of President and Vice President into the singular office of Vozhd. Not the single and unchallenged ruler of Russia Savinkov rewrote the Constitution to consolidate all meaningful power under the office of Vozhd and writing Executive Order No 1, ordering the Okhrana to persecute all non Savinkovist parties. Something the Okhrana did vigorously. Meanwhile Savinkov gave a speech in Moscow declaring the foundation of the new Russian State whose goal was to unite all Russian people's under Moscow once more. His speech was tinged with anti-German rhetoric and anti-Syndicalist slurs. It was met with revulsion in Berlin, London and Paris while across Russia and the Russian minorities in the German and Japanese satrapies cheers could be heard. Finally the savior of the beaten and downtrodden Russian nation had arrived.


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    Flag of the Russian State

    Savinkov turned his attention first to Caucasia and the nations within. The host to vast mineral wealth their independence prevented the Russian Army from gaining access to much needed materials. Savinkov launched an international propaganda campaign against the nations of the region calling them abortions of justice and little more than the puppets carved out by Germany in the West. He sent undercover Okhrana agents into the countries to rile up the Russian minorities against their governments. This worked well as soon from the Don Kuban Union to Georgia and Azerbaijan pro-Russian riots rocked cities to their cores and the various governments of Caucasia struggled to respond. With the State Defense Force (Russian Army) mobilizing on their border and their country tearing itself apart the Don Kuban Union and Azerbaijan took the initiative and appealed directly to the Kaiser in July of 1937 to save them. The Kaiser, distracted with a war between Albert I’s government and Belgian Communists in the Low Country, sent a declaration demanding Savinkov respect the treaty signed at Brest-Litovsk. Savinkov, when an associate put the declaration on his desk, is said to have crumpled it up into a ball and threw it away without even reading it. After a week of no response and with the SDF almost finished in its mobilization, Kaiser Wilhelm cut all ties between the Reichspakt and the Russian State. Since most German and German aligned national owned businesses were seized in the early days of Savinkov’s reign this had little effect on the Russian economy which was exploding due to Felix Yusupov Grand Russian Industries. However when pressed to go further the Kaiser told his ministers that he would not go to war with Russia over ‘some damned goat herders’ so Savinkov made his final move.


    Business leaders in the Don Kuban Union demanded Russia ‘secure the nation’ on September 5th 1937, Azerbaijan's government was bought out by Russian oil interests and the nation was integrated on September 17th that same year. Georgia suffered a massive popular uprising when Security Minister Ioseb Dungzivhili tried to seize power from Chairman Beria and Russian troops invaded the nation to ‘restore order’ on the 28th of September. In one dynamic month Savinkov had swept through Caucasia and shattered the status quo. Soon afterword however Savinkov received a letter from the Alash Orda, a splinter nation that broke away during the Civil War, to save them from invasion by the Turkestan Khanate and in return Orda agreed to be reintegrated into the Russian State. Savinkov accepted and declared war on Turkestan without hesitation, despite his army officer’s warnings. His SDF had to be redeployed from the southern Caucasia to Central Asia, a move that would take at least a few months if not more. In this time Turkestan was able to snatch up the rest of former Alash territory and even pushed into Russian territory itself. This enraged Savinkov who sacked Field Marshal Pytor Wrangel before quickly reinstating him when his rage passed[5]. Nevertheless in late November the advance units of the SDF reached the front. At first the battles were confused skirmishes when two units bumped into one another. However as December came and reached its zenith the Turkish advance slowed to a stop and the SDF was able to regroup and establish a solid front.


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    Russian troops do battle near Tiblisi​

    In late January, 1938 Pytor Wrangel launched the First Offensive against the Turkish positions. With their heavy tanks and veteran infantry seasoned in the mountains of Caucasia the Russian troops swept through the Turkish lines like a hot knife through butter. In just three weeks of battle the entire Turkish army was in a desperate retreat South. Wrangel followed closely behind, nipping at them whenever they slowed and quickly retaking most of the lost land. However as Russian troops crossed in the Khanate resistance solidified quickly in the mountains of Central Asia. Its said that the venerable KS tanks spent more time bombarding Turkish mountain positions than on the move. Despite that however the line did move, albeit slowly, southward. Savinkov moved to a temporary HQ in Tashkent to more closely overview the war effort and found himself more than pleased with Wrangel’s work. However while in Tashkent Savinkov issued Executive Order No 2 that ordered the creation of the All-Russian Spiritual Administration to rule the majority Muslim populace with the stated goal to convert them from their ‘barbarity’ and bring them back to civilization. This would result in the Central Asian Liquidation that, according to defectors, killed nearly 100,000 Muslims that refused to convert.


    In the meantime the SDF continued its methodical push towards the Khanate’s heart, the Fergana Valley. Wrangel and Savnikov hoped that by seizing this critical area they could threaten the Khanate’s temporary capital of Dushanbe. The fight for the valley however was a bloodbath that stained Savinkov’s reputation. Nearly 30,000 Russian troops were killed as they charged into the valley and were mowed down by Turkish troops in various traps set up around the area. The Turkish however only received a relatively paltry 4,000 casualties and were able to regroup when the Valley was finally cleared. On the eve of yet another offensive Mohammed Alim Khan, ruler of Turkestan, was found on a donkey walking towards Russian lines. He was tied up, abused and gagged, along with him was a message declaring the Khanate’s surrender[6]. With that Savinkov had swept through two vital regions of Russia, securing his southern flank for the time being. It was this point the SDF was split into the SDF East and SDF West. The SDF West under Field Marshal Gregory Zhukov was sent to prepare an offensive to reclaim the Trans-Siberian Railroad from the Mongolians who claimed vital portions of it. The SDF East under Wrangel set up defenses on the border of the Reikspakt and Russian territory and to draw up plans for a Grand Offensive to reclaim the lost lands and punish Germany.


    [1] This has been disputed by foreign sources who claim Berzinsky was everything from a monarchist to an agent of Savinkov himself


    [2] Denied fervently by the French Commune-in-Exile


    [3] Specs for Kv01

    Length: 21.8 ft

    Width: 10 ft

    Height: 8. ft

    Crew: 5

    Main Gun: 76mm cannon

    Secondary Weapon: 2 50. TA 40 Machine guns

    Armor: 120mm steel

    Top Speed: 30 MPH

    Range: 150 miles

    Engine: V15 water cooled diesel engine


    [4]Some speculate and accuse Savinkov or his cronies of poisoning Kornilov to speed up Savinkov’s seizure of power. However Kornilov was in ill health for the last few months of his reign so his death isn’t entirely suspect.


    [5]This cycle of rage-resignation would be a defining feature of Savinkov’s regime.


    [6]It was later revealed by a Okhrana defector that the Okhrana had infiltrated the Khans administration and couped him out of power as the Khanate’s position weakened.
     
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  2. theg*ddam*hoi2fan Beware of the Leopard

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    I think it worked as it originally was - even if the Church stayed on a certain course, she's the head of a majorly powerful country, exceptions would likely be made in the interests of diplomacy ;)

    Also, just in future PEW - not giving you a hard time, but maybe ping me before agreeing on canon - setting creator here, after all ;)
     
  3. President Earl Warren Well-Known Member

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    Sorry,will do in the futurem for my origonal problem was that he had the Church reconizge their marriage, having them meet would probably be fine
     
  4. theg*ddam*hoi2fan Beware of the Leopard

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    Concept art for the Boeing-Mitsubishi 'Fujin' fighter. A joint project by the PSA and Japan, the VTOL Fujin is planned as the replacement for both nations' carrier fighters. Japanese carrier pilots are delighted at the prospect of a replacement for the advanced but temperamental Tancho fighter.

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    Boeing 'Hidalgo' fighters on the deck of HTMS Chakri Naruebet. The Hidalgo was developed in the 1980s by the Pacific States of America as VTOL aircraft that the navy could operate from their amphibious assault ships, in the event further carrier air was needed to reinforce the navy's supercarrier. The Imperial Japanese Navy had manufactured a licensed variant for their light carriers, but replaced it with the Tancho.

    Despite being on the slow and ageing side, the Royal Thai Navy has continued to operate and upgrade their Hidalgos in preference to the Tancho, though plan to replace them by 2020.

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    Fair. The diplomatic solution would probably be they meet, and the Federation just doesn't comment one way or the other. Just says 'The Pope met the President and had a productive dialogue' and say nothing about recognising or not recognising :D

    And no worries. Just for future reference :)
     
  5. raffaele gaggioli Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, i didn't mean to offend you
    Considering that this timeline is yours, i will ask your opinion immediately next time and i will make sure to not contradict any part of it
     
  6. raffaele gaggioli Well-Known Member

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    President Earl Warren and
    theg*ddam*hoi2fan , i think i am going to change the post about Pope Francis and Jolie again.
    This time the Pope met both women as head of state rather than religious figure but he has to face opposition from the most conservative elements of the church
    Is it ok ?
    Also in the next posts i would like to describe some politicians of the italian federation like Salvini and Berlusconi
    Is it a problem or it is ok?
     
  7. theg*ddam*hoi2fan Beware of the Leopard

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    Fine by me :)
     
  8. President Earl Warren Well-Known Member

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    Works with me too. Berlusconi, would probably have a harder time ittl, considering that the Church agencies in the Italian goverment would of immediatelly eliminated his channels if they were anything like they were OTL
     
  9. raffaele gaggioli Well-Known Member

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    Knowing my country and the catholic church, i am afraid that you are wrong
    Even now many parts of the catholic church support him and/or Salvini , even if it is pretty clear by now that they don't give a sh*t about Jesus or the Bible
    As long as Berlusconi and his cronies talk about family values and scream against gays, conservative catholics will gladly support him
    So yeah, catholic socity is problably the same ITTL
     
  10. President Earl Warren Well-Known Member

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    You misunderstand me, He could probably get support but his tv channel would never be allowed due to Church censors. In the ITTL Italian Constution,the Church is given power to maintain "the Moral and Cultural integrity of the Italian people", this means they get to have a short stop on certain stuff (for example Abortion is firmly illegal) and it gives them wide longitude to censor Public broadcasts of any Overt Sexual stuff.
     
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  11. raffaele gaggioli Well-Known Member

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    Sorry
    I should have reacted better
     
  12. President Earl Warren Well-Known Member

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    no need to apolgize, it was an honest misunderstanding. Now that i think about it, that way the church runs tv and other films under francis could be a interesting point for your posts.
     
  13. raffaele gaggioli Well-Known Member

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    1) Thank you
    2)My idea would be to make him a catholic version of Gorbachev
    He is a consersavite catholic but he is intelligent enough to know that the Italian federation needs to change or it will either collapse or become a christian Nejd

    3)My idea for the italian situation is that thanks to its moral laws it is facing a huge brain drain that is destroying the economy while thedomestic stituation keeps getting worse everyday thanks to the fact that the population is getting tired of their situation
     
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  14. President Earl Warren Well-Known Member

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    Well the church dosen't run the country, they actually are completely great with elections and encourage it. The Church just is recongized as the state religon but they are limited to running TV and cultural instutions, along with reccomending the Italian Parliment on social issues, Reccomendations which they ussually Listen to. They litterally dont run anything else and their not interested in running anything else (they had quite enough of that during the Weltkrig era thank you very much). the most which would result is the Italian films not being considerd good by the outside world
     
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  15. raffaele gaggioli Well-Known Member

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    Basing my idea on this part, does it mean that there is an office whose job is to controll "the morality" of products of fiction?
    Also how is the situation for the LGBT+ comunity?
    I exclude death penality but i immagine that homosexuality wasn't decriminalised until recently and that many gays prefer to nove to more liberal coumtries or is it wrong?
    Is it an exageration to say that italian society is still stucked in the 50s/ 60s or is it ok?
    I am not trying to create the catholic version of Iran, i just want to point put the problems that a society like the italian federation would face
     
  16. theg*ddam*hoi2fan Beware of the Leopard

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    I imagine so. Britain, Germany, Canada and the PSA probably have a fair few Italians of said community living in them.
     
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  17. President Earl Warren Well-Known Member

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    They decriminalized Homosexuality around the time of Vatican 2, Homosexuals are generally left alone even though their never allowed in films and the like.
    yup, its called the Christian Culture Instutite, everything is reviewed and then approved or disapproved based on Church standerds. for example they allow wife and husband to be seen in bed together but Pre marital sex and Adultry unless portrayed in a negative way, is almost always struck from the movies.
     
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  18. President Earl Warren Well-Known Member

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    When it comes to attitudes on marrige and Sex, defnitely 1950s (Italian Federation has some of the lowest divorce rates in the world and people ussually marry young) When it comes to other things, well it depends. Sometimes society has Progessed other times its not.
     
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    Poster of "Quo Vado?" (here it is shown the english version of the poster), a french-italian satirical movie directed and acted by italian actor Checco Zalone.
    The plot is centered around Alessandro Ferretti, a sicilian song-writer, who is forced to travel to Nice, searching for better opportunities after the Christian Culture Instutite disapproved most of his songs.
    The movie is divided mostly in two arcs: on one side it analyses Alessandro's difficoulties to adapt to a more liberal society , on the other it explores Alessandro questioning his sexuality when he discovers to be attracted to both Brigitte, a french singer, and Dario, his roommate.
    The movie has been praised as satirical masterpiece both towards the Italian Federation's society and values and the "no bisexuals" trope comon in many French and German movies.
    The ending in particular is considered one of the best part of the film thanks to its mix of satire, drama and social commentary: Alessandro proposes to both Brigitte and Dario, saying that "this is basically how marriage works in the italian federation : the classic family is formed by husband, wife, their Children, his secretary, her tennis istructor and the dog. We are basically simplifing the process" but the last shot of the movie is Alessandro looking sadly at the horizont, knowing that he will never be able to go back home without facing consequences.
    While the movie recived international praise, it was harshly criticised by the Christian Culture Instute and banned in the Italian Federation
     

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