Reds! Official Fanfiction Thread (Part Two)

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This is the second Fanfiction thread for the Reds! Timeline. Due to certain circumstances, the updates for the first one could not be threadmarked, making it hard to find and catalog the pieces written .

Thus, it is necessary to create a second thread in order for updates to the author's liking to be threadmarked. @Jello_Biafra , @The_Red_Star_Rising , and myself will be curating this new thread, and will threadmark updates that we feel are consistent, or at the very close, with the canon or plans that we have.

If you are unfamiliar with this timeline, here are a few links to catch you up to speed:
https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/reds-a-revolutionary-timeline-special-edition.168330/
https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/the-great-crusade-reds-part-3.270711/
https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/a-red-dawn-american-revolution-and-rebirth.148698/ (Note, a lot of the stuff in this particular link has been retconned, so proceed with caution)
https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/reds-fanfic.341837/

A couple rules:
- As always, be respectful in discussion, and try to avoid personal remarks.
- Keep the discussions on topic. Do not derail the thread with random tangents or topics unrelated to the timeline.
- Nothing specifically geopolitically related in regards to the Cold War, except stuff explicitly stated in canon at the moment. Local politics is allowed
- If you want to make a fake discussion thread, please follow the same rules of communication and discourse that other forums follow. Also stick within revealed canon.
- An update will be threadmarked at the author's discretion.

With all that said, have fun, go wild, and we are looking forward to reading all the wonderful stuff that people will write for this.

Oh, and for a list of all the pieces on the previous thread, here is a list compiled by @Nevermore (very special thanks to him), with some additions afterwards by yours truly

Because I'm an insane person, I've compiled every in-universe update that this thread has under one convenient list that isn't a thread conversation (with the exception of stuff from the TL's creators). You're welcome, damnit. :p
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Two Minutes to Midnight
Man Conquers Space
Reign of the Supermen
Comics
A conversation with grandma (pt. 1)
More comics
A conversation with grandma (pt. 2)
A conversation with mom
Rise and Revolt: Blue Alert!
Star Squadron
Rise and Revolt: Blue Alert! 2
The Scientific Rebel
Reign of the Supermen (pt. 2)
The Blue Alert Thread
Beyond the Horizon (pt. 1)
The Blue Alert Thread (pt. 2)
The Blue Alert Thread (pt. 3)
The Blue Alert Thread (pt. 4)
Entertaining Comics
Reign of the Supermen (finale)
Comics in the Golden Age
The Cultural History of the Second World War
"Why is Rhodesia Still There?"
A Science of the Mind
A Science of the Mind (pt. 2)
At the Mountains of Madness
Blue Alert 2 Intro
The Life of Howard Stark
King Kong Redux
Après L’Empire
Uncle Sinclair's Strange Views
History of Rapture (pt. 1)
The Mutant Liberation Front
History of Rapture (pt. 2)
Justice League of Avengers
Updated UASR emblem and WWII-era agitprop
SEU emblem
A Science of the Mind (pt. 3)
Dolla, dolla bills
ANC logo
The Brotherhood of Nod
The Man with the Golden Gun
SEATO and the Greater Indian Commonwealth
UASR Party Breakdown Expansion
AHC: What if Salgado's Troops Less Brutal?
Revolt against the Night
Red Emma
Donald Duck: Fowl of the People
Casino Royale
Star Squadron through the ages
In the grimdark future there is only franchise speculation
Revolutionary Road
Political parties of the Greater Indian Commonwealth
Ancient Aliens
Sci fi franchise musings
Fallout: San Angeles
The 88th Academy Awards
Rise & Revolt: Blue Alert 2 installation process
An Ocean and a Heart Apart
Alternate Alternate History (BWAAAM)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
WFRA Rank Insignia
WFRA Navy Rank Insignia
More Alternate Alternate History
Stranger in a Strange Land
Liberty for All
FN Model 1939/1941 Self-Loading Rifle
Gundam speculation with corroboration by Jello
Go, Mighty Atom!
The May Day Revolutionary Marathon
Kaiserreich TV Tropes
Book Talk with Douglas Adams
The Hell Hound Bays at Midnight
The Franco-British War against Horror
American Horror
Byzantium
Warhammer Fantasy: The Resurrection of Nagash
The Americans
Soviet Horror
History of the Women's Liberation Union (pt. 1)
Mirage Men
Walt Disney: An Animated Life and update
Walt Disney: An Animated Life (pt. 2)
The Rhodesians are at it again
Nuclear Fission Research
Atoms, Missiles, and Monsters: Nuclear Physics and Popular Culture
Marvels
Pan's Kingdom
Netaji: The Life and Struggles of Subhas Chandra Bose
"William Zebulon Foster"
Centauri-1
Comics in the USSR (pt. 1)
Sh*tty Miracles: The Legend of The Legend of Johnny Birch
Anti-Reaction Movie Night Classics
Ditto for the above
Comics in the USSR (pt. 2)
Comics in the USSR (pt. 3)
Nova Havana
The Planet of the Apes
Storytime with Mr.E
The Legend of Johnny Birch (pt. 2)
The History of the Society
Revolutionary songs for a revolutionary era
Tarzan, John Carter, and the Revolution
Horror movies from Mr.E
A History of the All-Negro Comics Collective
Civ I leaders
Buddhist themes in the work of Steve Ditko
One, Two, Three
Hotel Habana
Tachanka
Red Something
I Remember Babylon
Touhou Hijack
Comrade Smith Goes to Moscow
Weapons of "The Final Conflict" AH thread
The DNA Wars
The Crystal Ship
The Paul Robeson Show
What is Family?
USSL West and East Standings c. 2016
The Tenth Year
The Yule Season
08/08/88
The Second Avenue Subway: A Train for The Workers
Captain Ultra
Colonel Columbia
Major League Baseball in the UASR
Differences Between Brooklyn Code and KC Code Baseball
Workers' League 2016
Fallout: Paradise Isles
Waververse Major Characters (pt. 1)
The Haymarket Revolutionary History Museum: A Brief History
Internationale Film Collective
Fantastic Four
Richard C. Brown and the Universal Christian Community
Crossed by Garth Ennis
Vampire: The Masquerade
Star Run
The Iron Man Corps
The Unusual Origins of Maccabean Hanukkah
The Killing Crow
Columbia
Canada First
The Greatest Gift
Maggie Pie Corporation
Psycho
Battlefield Earth
The Infiltrators
Divided by Border, Separated in Spirit
First King: Original Sin. A waververse story
More Waververse villains
Info Wars
National Radio Service Stations
The Infiltrators sequel
AHL and CHL Standings 2016
Emile DuMont
Two Tales of Love and Treachery
Cinderella
Miami
Call of the Proletariat
The True Story of Maggie Pie and Richard Finlay
Dogmatism in Science Fiction
New Horizons
Only Watch if You Have Collateral
Derry's: The Fall and Rebirth of American Chocolate (Part Two)
Alcoholics of the World, Unite! A history of American Microbrewing (Part One)
Two Tales of Love and Treachery (pt. 2)
Blue Alert 2 world map
Puli
The Miracle Worker
Political parties of the GDR
Call of the Proletariat Campaign Outline
Political parties of the Polish People's Republic
Call of the Proletariat II: Global War
Political parties of the People's Republic of Bulgaria
Political parties of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic
Political parties of Hungary
Denver
Political parties of the Romanian People's Republic
Political parties of Yugoslavia
Rethinking The Family: The Rise of The Kollontaian Community
Higher Education in the UASR
Political parties in Cuba
Political parties of the People's Republic of Albania
Political parties of the Federation of Rhodesia-Nyasaland
Political parties of the Socialist Republic of Japan
A Lullaby of the Stars: A Waververse story; part 1
Buddhism in the UASR
AH.com Rogues Gallery
Sun of Red Desert
The Curse of Freedom: The Black Easter Massacre turns 25
The Candle That Burns Bright
How The West Was Lost: The Story of Dean Reed's Sand Creek
The Holocene Calendar
The Comedians
Black Easter and the Birth of Independent Soviet Media
A story piece by Mr.E
Whatever Happened to the Million Dollar Baby?
Horror from Behind the Curtain - American Black Metal
Orion's Belt
I'd Like to Teach the World
Daily Worker's Book Review
MST3K Segment by The Red Iron Chef
Letters Home by Kirtida Ritu Patil
Great Rivalries of The Rugby Union World with Bryant Gumble: Spartacus and Belgravia
In-universe military quotes
Letters Home by Kirtida Ritu Patil (pt. 2)
People's Hockey League
Another MST3K interlude
Letters Home by Kirtida Ritu Patil (pt. 3)
Requiem for an Electric Man
International Futurology Conference and A Grape in the Sun
Illicit Trade Between UASR and Cuba Continues to Grow
AH.com membership list
The Red Wombat: The Kevin Conrad Story
Women from the Country of Soviets - Women's Press on the eve and after the Cultural Leap
List of PBS stations in the UASR
Dr. Strangelove, Or How to Stop World War III Without Really Trying
The War Game
Sarkar
1963
Privilege
The Death Factory
Goodbye Capitalism
Political parties of the Mongolian People's Republic
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
Satta Turns Twenty Five
The Gladiators, also known as The Peace Game
The Black Raven in Fiction
Organized Crime in the Post-War World, 1945-1995
Memoirs of the Red Turn
Political parties of West Germany
Kingmaker
A Lullaby for the Stars (pt. 2)
AH.com: The Official Culinary Thread II: The Second Helping
Political parties of the Empire of Brazil and an update
Memoirs of the Red Turn (pt. 2)
Waververse: Coalition of Champions
Highland Jack
The Space Merchants
Superman and Columbia: Gods and Kings
An Interview with Samantha and Amanda Waver
Even more Waververse characters
A Very British Civil War
Ameaça Verde (Waververse)
The War That Time Forgot
You wouldn't believe it's the Waververse again
Memoirs of the Red Turn (pt. 3)
Charge of the Ghadar Brigade: Indian Volunteers and militias during the Second American Civil War
Pesach Week: Schedule of Activities for University of Florida, Hillel Members
Red Heat
Futurist parties in the USSR
The Freedom and Liberty Guardsmen
Mystery Science Theater 3000", Episode 320 "Sinbad and the Roc"
American Romance Comics and the FBU
Sweet Dreams and Electric Lights
Samurai Tanooki
Love and Unity
Rebel, Rebel
Notable Quotes involving American Marines
60s American Romance Comics: Love and the Forest and The Happy Rangers
More quotes about American Marines
Cultural Trends in the UASR as Witnessed by Archie Comics
The Workers and Farmers Revolutionary Marines Dress Uniform
Time and Time Again
Four Queens
Memoirs of the Red Turn (pt. 4)
Rivals in Love and War: Girl's Best Comics, post romance comics and some AFS reactions to the American romance comic genre
SPARTACUS/BELGRAVIA BRAWL!
Call of the Proletariat II: Unsung Heroes
Lodge and Ferris skit
Unexpected aspects of American society
A Red Sun Over Arizona
Memoirs of the Red Turn (pt. 5)
Diary of a Southern Town
Fordlandia
Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?
Marvel's The Punisher
Futuristic Dead End
Spies Like Us
The Fall of the ANCC and the Rise of Solaris
Memoirs of the Red Turn (pt. 6)
The Veedback Music Society
Titans of Thrash: Peshmerga
World Cup 2006
Scarface
Memoirs of the Red Turn (pt. 7)
Interview with Telos
Transformers
Memoirs of the Red Turn (pt. 8)
Memoirs of the Red Turn (pt. 9)
Mobile Suit Gundam
The Spirit of Compassion
Trainwreck: The Unauthorized, Uncensored History of the 2006 World Cup
The Man from Arctic Cola
The Wind Howls
Comics in 50s China: Passion of the Demon
Political parties of the FBU (expansion)
Contraband by Harry Green
Memoirs of the Red Turn (pt. 10)
From Stalinist to Celebrity: Dissecting Lazar Kaganovich by Fyodor Berezin
Memoirs of the Red Turn (pt. 11)
The International Space Bridge SETI Conference
A Compass, A Maple Leaf, and a Puck: A Story of Ice Hockey
Surrogate
The Cola Wars
Memoirs of the Red Turn (pt. 12)
Excerpt from www.pbi.co.uasr/about_us/history
Americatown
HWBN
Speech Given by Former Irish Ambassador to the UASR Sean Fitzpatrick
Memoirs of the Red Turn (pt. 13)
Body and Fascism - A Wide Look
Competing Ideologies!
Stars and Stripes: The Fall and Resurrection of 4th of July
Section Zero
Memoirs of the Red Turn (pt. 14)
2015 - The impression of American fans from the performance of the group Xandria
Fair and Public: The Martin Fosher Story
The Testy Origins of the term "Red Turn", and How It Set Back Autism Research By Decades
The Camera
Red Cap
Captain Columbia concept model
More Waververse here and here
Interview with Samantha Waver and Stan Lee: 2015
Tage des Hungers (Hunger Days) TV Tropes page
Fear and Hope: The Okotoks Siege
Waververse characters continued
TRSR is trying to kill me
Holidays in Hell by Kirtida Ritu Patil
Irish political parties and more
Dawn of the Dead
Hearts of Iron IV mod post (may be relevant for in-universe RTS games)
Conservative Time Bombs in Soviet Children's Tales
Utopia for the Children
Havana Vice intro
Memoirs of the Red Turn (pt. 15)
Aristotle Island franchise
Are We Alone in the Universe?
Dom Pavlova
The Plot to Bring Worker's Revolution to Rhodesia- With American Movies and Russian Snack Food
The end of the North American Border Guard
Quotes about the Second Cultural Revolution
Toronto Worker's Book Review
Havana Vice
Political parties of Turkey and junior parliament members
The Free American State: The Grim Story of American Nazis (pt. 1)
Legend: The Life of Japanese Communist Akiro Nakamura
Quotes on subversive messages in film
The Free American State: The Grim Story of American Nazis (pt. 2)
Britannia Falls
Adapting Oceania
The Free American State: The Grim Story of American Nazis (pt. 3)
The Free American State: The Grim Story of American Nazis (pt. 4)
Planet of the Amazons
Common Baby
Worldwar by Harry Turtledove (pt. 1)
Worldwar after the Peace of Cairo
Exile-in-Chief: The Tale of Herbert Hoover
Moscow Nights: How Rock'n'Roll Invaded The USSR by Boris Ivanovich
Muhammad Ali intro
Soccer World Cup hosts and winners
An Intro to Jack Stern and Sternology
Smedley Butler's War Is A Racket: Fighting the wars for big business
UASRballs
Flag of the Franco-British Union and Latin Confederation
The Life and Death of Emile DuMont
Caesar
Jack Stern in The Land of the Tiger King
Werewolves: The Rage
Johnny Alucard
1942
Former Russian President Alexander Kerensky Gives Conciliatory Speech at Winter Palace on the 50th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.
Predictions on the People's Alliance leaders for the FBU
Reds! version of Kaiserreich
In-universe AH map for "Last War of Abraham"
Top 10 Musicals of the Great White Way
The Prince and the Sweeper
Leaders of the Progressive National Party in Arabia
Proposal For Bering Underwater Tunnel Entering New Phase of Negotiations
Micheaux Studios
Tex Mex Towns
The Drama of Ideas and Alexandra Kollontai
Macaco movie
Hut ab, wenn du küsst!
The Comintern vs. 40k
The Harrington/Theisman Series by David Weber
The Brothers Green
An Imperial Revolution: America and Warhammer 40000
The Green Blair Mountain: How Coal Country Became A Model For Green Industries
Alcatraz Island: History
Political parties of the Greek Socialist Republic
When Red Chains Set Me Free: A Memoir of American Rehabilitation
Edward Teller: Doomsday Architect by Leonard Grayson
The Republic Survives (pt. 1)
The Republic Survives (pt. 2)
The Hunt for Harry Bennett
The Republic Survives (pt. 3)
The Republic Survives (pt. 4)
In the Shadow of Two Moons
The Goal of "Uplifting" Humanity: Remembering Cuba's Eugenics Program
The Republic Survives (pt. 5)
The Count from St. Petersburg
A White Ship Caught in a Red Maelstrom: The Life of H.P. Lovecraft
Allan MacArthur’s Great Escape
Youngest Living Veteran of the Second American Revolution Turns 100
The Republic Survives (pt. 6)
Warhammer fantasy lore
Ten Days that Shook the World
Reds: A Century of Communism - A PBS Mini-series
Lunatic right in the UASR
The Church of Jesus Christ, Imperialist
Factions in the Labour Party
World War II: The Revolution That Brought About Modern Mexico
The Taj Mahal
Anti-Red Protests Rage Across the Blue World
Anti-Catholicism in America Film
Hail Columbia! A television experience of the new era (pt. 1)
Mosleyite Wing of Labour Carries On
Truth, Justice, and Socialism
Ford v. Ford: A Father, A Son, and the Fate of the World by Alan Davidson
Gillespie
Members of Satbayev University Student Body Demand Removal of Stalin Statue
Lest the Heavens Fall: The Secretariat of Public Safety in the Second Cultural Revolution by Sean Gurstmann
From Red The Blue: Profiles of American Defectors
A Brazilian Ex-Pat To the Soviet Union Explains the Process of Red Immigration
Cuba and Venezuela: A Fraught Union by Miguel Assante
Parties of the People's Alliance and a ratio breakdown
The World is Yours!: a history of the Anglo-French "Scarface"
The Soviet Diaspora
The American Diaspora
Partisan alignment of FBU (English) newspapers
Quotes about the Cultural Leap
Famous quotes by Peter Shore
Vanguards: An Overview
More famous quotes about Peter Shore
Does a Good Deed Make Up For Serving A Bad Cause? The Debate Over "The Righteous Diplomat"
Capitalist and Socialist Worlds come together to aid struggling New Orleans
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I think I may have carpal tunnel syndrome after all that so I hope it was worth it.
Some added since this was compiled:
Speed Racer as an Example of American Influence in Nippon following the Second World War
Media Mogul Ted Kennedy Dies at Age 77
Samurai Tanooki: Lunar Eclipse
The Jewish Renaissance
The Radical
Holidays in Hell by Kirtida Ritu Patil, Azad Hind Books, 2013 (2)
Cuban Immigration in 2017 at Lowest Level Since 1977
Commune of the Apes
The 1956 Miami Riots
Ghosts of Bogata
Neonacionalismo
What, Me Worry?
"Generalissimo Douglas MacArthur is Still Dead"
Comintern Cinema In the Early Cold War
Excerpt from "Christmas Around the World", a survey of Christmas traditions across the world, published 2009 (Travelogue Press, London)
The Tabloid Paradox: A Chink In the Puritanical Facade of the British
Red Air Force Finds Santa
An American Carol
"Sorkin to develop series on a deputy in the All-Union Congress set in the late 40's"'
Fall of the Vatican In Cuba: How the Last Bastion of Catholicism in the Americas Became So Antipathetic Toward the Holy See?
Political parties of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (part 1 of 3)
Political parties of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (part 2 of 3)
Political parties of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (part 3 of 3)
Excerpts from "Art in the First Cultural Revolution", generic art history textbook, c. 2003
Franco-British Party for the Advancement of Mankind/
Parti Franco-Britannique pour l'Avancement de l'Humanité

Pluto Demotion Causes Controversy in Strange, Unexpected Places
Mambo Film
Lord of the Manor
Fire Emblem: Tsar Dragon
Neo-Catharism
Reds! at the Olympics: Snippets
How My Trip to Debs Has Made Me Rethink The Strength of a Nation
Sergei's Science Club
The Coldest Continent: Two Antarctic Horror Films, Studied
97 Year Old Man Returns to His Hometown in Ukraine
The Soiling of the Hammer and Sickle (Published March 10, 1985)
The Great Stellar Voyage: The Story of Rhodesia's Secret Sci-Fi Propaganda Film
Quotes about Globalization and Telecommunications
Declassified Film from the Free American State Defines the Banality of Evil
The Search for the Reflex
The Salvador Miracle: What Turned a Central American Backwater Into the Region's Fastest Growing Economy
Martin Dies, Jr., Longtime Leader of the True Democratic Party, Dies at Age 79
Triple Entente - What if the FBU, UASR, and USSR United?
Andrei Gromyko, Lothar Bolz, and the Negotitations that Opened Eastern Europe
More Gundam AU ideas and other famous anime series
Excerpt from the article "Kadet secretary general booed off stage by Bolshevik Permas for proposing gun control! - Daily Mail editorial, 2014"
Mr. India
Tweets
Has East German Identity Evolved Into Something Too Alien For Its West German Counterpart? The Burgeoing Ostlander Movement Believes So.
Franco-British Science Fiction
Rubyverse character dossier
The Postal Clause
Even as the old Jewish Identity Fades in Berdichev, Another is Slowly Emerging in Leningrad
Quotes About UASR Youth
Andrew Miller
Comrade Helms censured for singing anti-British song to FBU delegation
Militia Mary
Quotes about the Quarrymen's first visit to the UASR
Origin of Species: a Retrospective Review
The final clash of the first war between Mendrogan the Conqueror and Columbia.
The Gift Shop
Siegfried and Columbia's second and final fight in the first [Columbia] film
Why didn't Japan surrender the same way Brazil did? And Could the Invasion of Japan Been Avoided?
An American in Moscow
Mr. India Vs. The Red Queen

 
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Just a clarification, this is effectively like the other thread, but with threadmarks if a piece fits into canon. Honestly, most pieces can fit into canon very easily.
 
Politically incorrect Marxism or Passion for Luria (By WotanArgead)
Politically incorrect Marxism or Passion for Luria
(From the publication of the Annual Almanac "Humanitarian Problems and Modern Natural History")

For the modern science of the countries in transition to the communist stage of development, the relationship between Dialectical Materialism and Natural Sciences has long been a stumbling block for local scientists. It is also known how far the whole world can enter a dispute between philosophy, science, and politics (although remember the ban on teaching the theory of evolution in pre-revolutionary America). Because of this, some scientific (or pseudoscientific) statements are accompanied by loud scandals and excesses, sometimes lasting for decades. One example of this is the reaction to the research of Alexander Romanovich Luria. But first things first.

Alexander Romanovich Luria (July 16, 1902, Kazan - August 14, 1977, Moscow) is a Soviet psychologist, founder of Soviet neuropsychology, an employee of Lev Vygotsky and one of the leaders of Vygotsky's circle.
Professor (1944), doctor of pedagogical sciences (1937), doctor of medical sciences (1943), full member of the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of the RSFSR (1947), member of the USSR Academy of Pedagogical Sciences (1967), is one of the prominent Soviet psychologists, pedagogical activity.

Luria was a convinced Marxist, who tried to connect the psychological theory in various ways with the dialectical materialist interpretation of human existence. Being a disciple of Vygotsky, mentioned above, Luria shared with him the belief that social factors play an important role in the processes of shaping the human psyche. And like his teacher, Luria also faced political problems when he tried to spread his views about the social conditioning of human behavior on citizens of the Soviet Union. And yet he remained a loyal member of the Communist Party - in accordance with her political demands, and also with the development of his own scientific interests and views, he somewhat changed the emphasis in his scientific research.

Luria, Vygotsky, and another young psychologist at that time, who later became a well-known Soviet scientist. Leontiev formed the "troika" of young researchers who initiated the processes of reconstruction of psychology, following the views according to which "the origins of the higher forms of conscious behavior should be sought in the relations existing between the individual and the social environment surrounding him". According to Luria, Vygotsky was a "genius", as well as "the leading Marxist theoretician among us."

Representatives of the said "troika" described the principles of the new conception of psychology put forward by them as having "instrumental", "cultural" and "historical" character. Speaking about the "instrumentality" of these principles, they meant that the higher functions of man are not stimulus-reaction processes (as described by behaviorists and representatives of the Pavlov school), but rather certain "intermediate" reactions of the organism, in the process which generate their own stimuli. In other words, a person does not just react to stimuli offered by the experimenter, but modifies these stimuli. The simplest example is the case where, in order to memorize something, people tie a string around their finger or a "knot in memory" on the kerchief. Luria and his colleagues, in experiments with children aged 3 to 10 years, also managed to demonstrate many other examples when the external stimulus underwent much more complicated modifications.

Under the "cultural" nature of the principles of Luria's psychology, Vygotsky and Leontyev implied the fact that society makes a special kind of demands on a person, which have an important influence on his behavior. One of the best examples of cultural influence on human behavior is language or speech, whose great importance as a factor determining the development of thought, emphasized Vygotsky.

Speaking about the "historicity", the named scientists emphasized the inadequacy of a purely functional approach to psychology, the need to consider it in the socio-historical context. People who belong to different social classes and ethnic groups think differently. Oral and written speech is a product of evolution, and therefore it should be studied in the context of its socio-historical development, exploring its influence on the development of human thinking. It is obvious that the historical aspect turns out to be closely connected with the cultural one; as Luria wrote about this, "it is through the internalization of the historically and culturally conditioned ways of processing information that the social nature of man becomes, as well as his psychological nature."

Guided by these principles, in 1929-1930. Luria conducted and published a number of studies in which he analyzed the ways children develop speech, thinking and writing skills. Analyzing, in particular, the development of speech in children, he noted that "there is nothing surprising in that speech in children born to parents representing different social classes is developing differently," and also expressed the conviction that this difference, in turn, has an impact on the development of thinking of these children. Some of his publications were based on experiments conducted with children living in the city, the countryside, and also with homeless children. Carrying out experiments on the study of associative thinking in children from rural areas, Luria found that their associations reflect "unchanging and monotonous environmental conditions" in which these children grow and develop. In this regard, he noted that, "although a village child may think that the associations called by him are answers borrowed in his own head, in reality his environment was" spoken "by the environment surrounding him." Luria also discovered that some words have a "completely different meaning" for those children who were brought up in normal home conditions, and children who were brought up outside the home, the homeless. In addition, children who were brought up under different conditions demonstrated different attitudes towards other people, including psychologists who conducted the research. For example, homeless children were more distrustful and suspicious of experimenters than other categories of children. As a result of the studies Luria came to the conclusion about the "absolute absurdity of studying children outside the environment that formed them," and called for appropriate changes in the system of Soviet pedagogy.

In his article "Ways of developing children's thinking," published in 1929, in the journal Natural Science and Marxism, Luria tried to show that children's thinking passes through the following stages in its development: primitive thinking, formal thinking and dialectical thinking. The first stage, allocated by Luria, has much in common with the stage of "pre-speech thinking", the existence of which was justified by Vygotsky. When a child learns that every surrounding object has a name, and begins to speak, then under the influence of speech and language, changes gradually occur in his thinking as well - he begins to obey the laws of logic. Later development of the child's thinking reaches the next stage - the stage of "formal thinking", which is the result of the child's inclusion in "practical activity" and in "complex, active social relations" with the people around him. Then the child begins to realize that he has "his own concepts and concepts," begins to reflect on his own thoughts and thus enters the next stage - the stage of "dialectical thinking", which distinguishes the behavior of an adult. In the last two stages, the main influence on the formation of thinking is rendered by society, its language, the structure of production and other relations. For Luria it was obvious that people living in different historical epochs will have different ways of thinking, corresponding to different social conditions.

The emphasis on the existence of various dialectically intertwined stages was also characteristic for Luria's studies of the "prehistory" of the development of written speech in children. He was convinced that before learning to write, the child goes through the same stages through which the civilization passed before the writing was invented, the stage of pictographic and representative writing. The development of written speech, Luria writes, has a "dialectical" character, like the development of speech, "but the most profound dialectical originality of this process is, according to our observations, that the transition to a new method first discards the writing process far back, so that it in the future could develop at this new, higher level. "

Emphasizing the importance of the social environment for the formation of children's / psychology, Luria believed that he thereby applied dialectical materialism (which he regards as "the most important philosophy of the age") in psychology. However, at first, Luria did not realize that some of the judgments that he allowed, arguing on psychological topics, could have a political coloring in the conditions of the Soviet Union, which was due to a certain kind of complications. If, as Luria believed, social conditions are crucial for the formation of the human psyche, it follows that various social conditions form a different psyche. Luria and his colleagues decided to test their hypothesis regarding the role of the social environment by studying the psychology of people living in the regions of the Soviet Union, where living conditions differ from those of Moscow and Leningrad. Through psychological tests and interviews with people living in fairly primitive conditions, Luria and his colleagues wanted to establish whether their thinking differs from the thinking of people living in a modern city. From this point of view, the most successful regions were represented by Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan - those areas of the Soviet Union, which at that time had not yet been touched by the modernization processes. It was there that Luria and his colleagues went, wishing to realize their ambitious plans.

Luria and his colleagues went to those parts of Kyrgyzstan where the conditions of life were archaic and where women still lived as reclusive in the so-called "female half." These women were not allowed to speak with men, and therefore their survey was conducted by women who are part of the expedition of Luria. Muslim men were more free, but they were also completely illiterate.

Among the many tests that these people were subjected to, there was one related to the ability of people to classify objects. They were shown the following drawings, and they were asked to say what they look like:

As a result of interviews of illiterate Kyrgyz women living in remote villages, the following list of subjects was obtained, which they considered to be similar to the above pictures:
  1. plate
  2. Kibitka
  3. Bracelet
  4. beads
  5. mirror
  6. clock
  7. stand under the boiler.
When a similar test was offered to Muslim women who lived in cities and went to school, the typical answers consisted of the names of geometric figures: circles, triangles, squares.

When Luria and his staff asked illiterate women to group these drawings on the basis of their similarity, they did so based on the specific functions that the objects associated with these drawings had. So, for example, numbers 1 and 7 were united by them because both the plate and the stand under the cauldron were used in the process of cooking, and 3 and 4 - because they served as decorations. Urban women combined these drawings according to the principle of their geometric similarity: 1 and 3 - the variety of the circle, and 2, 6 and 7 - the triangle. When the members of Luria's expedition asked illiterate women whether numbers 1 and 3 (that is, those drawings that city residents classified as a variety of circles) were negative, since in their view the plate did not look like a bracelet or ( in another version), the coin is not like the Moon.

On the basis of these data, Luria and his colleagues concluded that the existence of certain "universal laws of perception" (which some representatives of Gestalt psychology spoke of) seems very doubtful and that, on the contrary, "the categorical perception of objects surrounding a person is the result of historical development ways of processing information. " People with pre-capitalist thinking "do not distinguish a common feature inherent in one or another object, do not give it categorical significance," as more educated people do, but classify objects of the surrounding reality "in accordance with the relations that exist between these objects in real life".

Wanting to develop this method of analysis, Luria wanted to find out whether these "primitive people" have the capacity for logical thinking. Will they be able to understand the question formulated on the basis of the syllogism:
1. In the Far North, where snow always lies, all bears are white.
2. The new Earth is located in the Far North.
3. What color are the bears there?
According to Luria, most of the men and women interviewed by him answered this question in the following way: "I have never been to the North and have not seen bears" or "If you want to know the answer to this question, you should ask people who have been there and seen these bears. "

In this regard, Luria notes that "although our illiterate peasants can use objectively logical relations in their reasoning based on their own life experience, it can be confidently asserted that they do not possess syllogism as a means of logical reasoning ..." These and similar studies were carried out by Luria in the areas of Central Asia:

"... in all cases we recorded that changes in the forms of practical activity, especially in those cases when these changes were associated with obtaining formal school education, caused qualitative changes in the thinking of the subjects. Moreover, we were able to establish that these changes could occur in a relatively short time, provided there were sufficiently radical changes in the socio-historical conditions of their lives, as exemplified by the changes that followed the 1917 revolution. "

According to Luria, these psychological discoveries, made as a result of these expeditions, served as confirmation of the Marxist principle, according to which being determines consciousness, and not vice versa. However, for the most radical among the Soviet critics who assumed the dominant position in the early 1930s (at the time of great ideological battles and political passions), the discoveries of Luria and his colleagues were presented as based on an elitist ethnocentric approach, characterized by a disparaging attitude toward the representatives of the lower classes and ethnic groups. If the Muslim population of the Central Asian regions was illiterate and backward not only in terms of knowledge, but also in terms of the very way of thinking, could not the same be said of the Russian peasants and workers, many millions of whom remained at that time, still illiterate? Luria's answer to this question, which says that this situation can be quickly changed through the introduction of education and the use of the advantages of a socialist economy, could not prevent accusations directed at him that he was under the influence of bourgeois concepts. Under the latter were in mind mainly the concept of German anthropology, according to which all societies were distributed according to a certain scale of assessment, at the top of which were modern industrial societies, which in comparison with others have superiority not only in terms of material and technological, but also cultural and intellectual.

Soviet ideologists emphasized the attractiveness of Marxism for representatives of primitive, lower classes and non-Caucasian cultures because of which Luria failed to publish fully the results of these studies, and he turned to another field of research - neuropsychology. He did not return to this topic for a very long time.

In the late 60's, in connection with the softening of the Soviet regime, Luria decided to publish the full results of his research. To do this, he enlisted the support of Ilyenkov (a Soviet philosopher using Vygotsky's work for his constructs). As a result, the results of the research were first published in Russian, soon and in English. However, the moment for this event was again not the most favorable from the political point of view. The neo-Marxist and post-Marxist concepts of historical development gained momentum, and the political factions of the USSR and UASR tried to enlist the support of the anti-colonial movement (whose representatives could be at the feudal or even primitive communal stage of development). As a result, many such conclusions did not find understanding.

The first with public criticism of the results of the study was the well-known linguist and activist of the Communist Party (Liberation) Noam Chomsky. He wrote a detailed review where he argued that all people living in different societies have certain universal forms of thinking and logical concepts, referring to their work "Syntactic Structures" and to their idea of "universal grammar." Professor Luria gave this response an answer, where he wrote that despite a number of interesting provisions, many provisions are controversial, and that he "does not have the same general properties of human thinking as thinking of a biological species," and he called Chomsky's theory "unhistorical and non-Marxist."

Later, his comments were published by Immanuel Wallerstein - a famous American sociologist and political scientist. He considered the main defect of this research "mistakes that were the consequence of the staging of traditional Marxism." This statement received a response from the famous Soviet historians Yuri Semyonov and Boris Porshnev, who argued for the existence of certain stages in the development of the countryside (despite the fact that Semenov and Porshnev largely held opposite positions - for example, in describing the social structure of the Ancient Eastern Despotism).

The next blow to Luria's works (and not only him) was dealt by the "Green Revolution". After 1977, there were thousands of articles and reviews where such studies were criticized primarily as follows: "If the development of human speech is treated in this way, then the mind and animals should be denied." And then the supporters of Porshnev (already by that time he was dead), who joyfully exclaimed - "So it is!" Given the following provisions of his teacher:
  1. There is a fundamental gap between man and all other animals.
  2. Anthropogenesis is not an ascending process of gradual humanization of ape-like ancestors, but a sharp turn over the abyss, during which something appeared in nature, and then disappeared, fundamentally different from monkeys and people.
  3. The "remnants of the past" in human behavior are associated not so much with the "monkey" inheritance, as with what arose in the process of anthropogenesis.
  4. The thinking of man is not the development of methods of processing information existing in other animals, but a fundamental new formation.
  5. The thinking of a person is primarily collectively and originally carried out by a network of brains connected by speech signals. Only with the development of society is formed individual thinking.
  6. Human labor fundamentally differs from the work of a bee and a beaver in that a person first thinks and then does. This work is peculiar only to Homo sapiens. The work of Pithecanthropus and Neanderthals was like the work of a beaver, and not of a Homo sapiens.
  7. Human - this isn't the biosocial, but completely social being.

In response to this, a number of activists of the Social-Ecological Union published the "Manifesto for the expansion of the rights of sentient beings endowed with consciousness." This manifesto was ignored by the Central Committee of the SEU, but was enthusiastically picked up by the Transhumanists. It came down to the fact that this topic began to be discussed at the political debate .....

Gradually the hot phase of this dispute has declined, but these issues are still of concern to the scientific community.
 
Tweets/Memes (By Crunch Buttsteak)
Ashley Morgan @SocialismDestroysLives@Communism.Kills
Before my family moved to the FBU, the socialists in America stole my family’s factory, our houses, and even my family’s stables. My grandma lost her favorite pony and she still cried over it years later.
DEHUMANIZE YOURSELF AND YOUR FACE TO BLOODSHED
@major_league_pissball@metropolis.uasr
extremely fucked up how foster took my grandma’s pony.
Raul Kirk
@HavanaPatriot@United.States
My family lost their farm in the first civil war, and when we tried to rebuild, the Socialists took everything away from us again.
peperony and chease
@FakeGamerGirl@Witches.Coven
i can’t believe abe lincoln took his family’s slaves
Raul Kirk
@HavanaPatriot@United.States
Ever notice how the people who hate socialism the most are the ones who have actually lived under it?
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Com. Brace Belden
@PissPigGrandad@debsdeleon.uasr
.@HavanaPatriot@United.States I’m sure all those people living in socialist countries are totally secretly miserable and longing for a return to exploitative capitalism. Well done diaper boy you’ve cracked the great socialist secret.
 
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Understanding the American Mindset (By Bookmark1995)
This was inspired by Caspian Report, and its wonderful and eloquently presented videos about geopolitics.

This is meant to explore how the UASR, like anything nation, is forged by both geopolitics, geography, and historical events.

Black Sea Report-A Comrade's Guide to World Politics

Understanding the American Mindset

Harold Nixon

March 10, 2014

The Union of American Socialist Republics is a nation that is a symbol to many with its egalitarian political and economic system, a humanist attitude. But it is also a source of apprehension for its bellicose foreign policy.

To many Americans, these attitudes are a product of "American exceptionalism", a sign that American Marxism is the destiny of the rest of the world.

But like many nations, their mindset is a mixture of history, geography, and economics.

But what makes the American mindset so unique it that it is a relatively modern one.

The Old American Mindset

In the late 18th to the late 19th century, America was a nation that one could not consider a world power. America, since the days of George Washington, remained a mostly isolated, rural society.

Land gained from Native Americans and Westward Expansion allowed for mass settlement by land-hungry pioneers and resource hungry corporations. The resources in this period were abundant enough to provide for the needs of a mostly rural populace, and thus foreign intervention was never the interest of the politicians of this period.

Not to say that the American nation in this period never committed acts of foreign intervention (the Japan expedition, or the filibusters in Central America, the purchase of Alaska), but the American state had little interest in American politics.

The political parties of both periods, whether pro or anti-slavery, also held a strong belief in free enterprise and "invisible hand" ideology. It was in this environment that people tilled the soil, and where industry began its first nascent steps in New England-and later, the Midwest.

In many communities, churches were often the center of their communities. Their clergymen and preachers were often considered moral figures, and like William Lloyd, they often became members of their communities.

Hawaii and the Beginnings of Late Capitalism

By the 1890s, however, America was beginning to end its Washingtonian neutrality, and rise to world power status. The growing industrial economy began to seek out more resources and markets as the American frontier closed. Slowly but surely, America began taking tepid steps toward imperialism.

The overthrow of the Hawaiian government by US sugar interests in 1893 and its annexation by America just five years later, marked the beginning of America as the nation that-like European empires-would begin to exert its influence on the world stage to defend capitalist business interests. The Hawaiian annexation was soon followed by other conflicts fought to defend America's economic and growing strategic interests: the Spanish American War, the Filipino War, and the numerous interventions in South America on behalf of United Fruit and other conflicts were begun to defend America's commercial ties, and ensure access to cheap resources and labor.

Also American business was reaching heights never before seen in the environmental of so-called "laissez-faire". Large corporate groups, known as trusts, had taken over entire industries, like oil and steel. The leaders of these trusts not only held not only vast wealth, but immense political political power to influence the ship of state.

The Capitalist Threat To Democracy, And the Birth of the Modern Political Tradition

The 1894 Pullman Strike, where the government had successfully intervened on behalf of a major corporation against thousands of workers, marked the beginning of the modern American mindset, that saw capitalism as an opposition to freedom. It was also the event that would mark the political rise of Eugene Debs, considered to be the intellectual godfather of the Union of American Socialist Republics, and the beginning of the unified socialist thought, when Debs and many of his contemporaries would use his experiences in the strike to found the Socialist Labor Party in 1898.

One popular answer to why America would be the second major power to fall into socialism is often described as the political culture. Unlike England, France, and other industrial nations, America was a nation supposedly forged by the ideals of the Enlightenment. The Constitution, while regarded as bourgeois, was indeed progressive in that it established that a nation is was not beholden to one man.

The growing imperialism of the American nation, and the tremendous wealth and power of the trusts created worries among many that the principals enshrined in the Constitution were under siege, and that few wealthy men were holding American democracy in a vice..

As the government continued to intervene, time and time again on behalf of capitalism and imperialism these fears pushed more and more people into socialism. Jack London's 1908 novel, The Iron Heel, considered the precursor to the modern dystopian novel, reflected the growing fears in society around this time period (after 1933, it was regarded as one of the most prescient books ever written) [1].

World War and the 1933 Revolution

The opening shot was the horrors of the First World War and the disgrace of the Bienno Rosso. The pointless death and futility of the First World War revealed to many people that the capitalist system would trade its own citizens for commercial gain. These figures, such as George Patton, would eventually became the first commanders of the UASR Army.

But the Bienno Rosso itself would prove that the government of We The People (as was the opening line to the Constitution) would outright decide the people had no say over their elected officials. In an instant, the words of socialism gained greater prominence.

The 1933 Revolution, the result of an establishment willing to subvert its own natural laws and institutions for political gain would be the final straw, the last thing that proved capitalists were in direct collision with human freedom.

The 1930s And the Birth Of The UASR Military Attitude

Even as parades and celebrations marked the fall of the capitalist America, the military brass of the new nation would not rest easy: nor would they EVER.

As stated, the American nation had been subjected to four decades of outrages and oppression, that culminated in a blatant seizure of power by a corrupt cabal of capitalism who sought to eviscerate their political rights for material gain. It was only by a hairs-breath that they avoided the nightmarish world imagined by Jack London.

This would leave America with a severe siege mentality. The UASR's notorious bellicosity was not merely born out of desire to spread revolution, but to defend a freedom that they felt always hung in the balance.

The geopolitical situation of the 1930s led credence to that. Across the Atlantic, Europe seemed to becoming a united fascist bloc. The growing threat of Nazi Germany and Italy and their increasingly expansionist policies, combined with the collaboration of Western democracies, implied that Europe would form a united bloc to crush the world revolution.

To the north, British Canada was arming itself and building up walls. To the south, MacArthur's government-in-exile and the European Caribbean possessions were preparing for a potential naval battle. On the South American continent, Brazilian Integralist, with British capital and exports, was building a terrifying war machine.

And to the East, the Japanese Imperial Army was viciously attacking and menacing the Pacific region, and seeking out trade ties with the European Colonial Empires, as well as Australia and New Zealand. But what was most frightening was that in the event of the invasion of Japan, the access to the Soviet Union would be serious. Soviet aid proved important, albeit not strategic in the success of the Revolution.

All around them, the UASR saw capitalists, whether fascist or "enlightened", as uniting to strangle their freedom and political.

In response, the UASR developed its modern strategy of creating a vast alliance of satellite nations that would provide not only raw materials but men as well. Through the 1930s, red nation building spread like wildfire across Latin America.

The goal of the UASR was not merely to uplift poor nations (a Red version of old imperial justification that civilization needed to spread to "lesser" races) to create allies and obtain resources needed in the war to defend American freedom.

World War II And Soviet American Aid

One of the greatest challenges of the Second World War had been the sending of supplies to the Soviet front. The vast distances and the threat U-Boats created a logistical situation almost as perilous as the Lake of Life had been for the brave souls trying to keep Leningrad from dying of starvation.

The desire to maintain an easy supply route for the Soviet Union was a major motivation for the Iranian coup. While couched in terms of "sparing the Iranian proletariat" it was a strategic move to ease -somewhat- the funneling of supplies.

It was the desire to ease the supply of goods to the Soviet Union that ultimately motivated the decision to invade Japan. Although the stated desire of the UASR was to end a Japanese tyranny that had ravaged East Asia (although that was certainly a desire) the other was to create a client state that would no longer interfere with America-Soviet supply lines.

The brutal end of Imperial Japan was on the surface about liberation, but in reality a pragmatic decision to ensure security across the Pacific.

The Cold War

When the end of World War II did not lead to hopes of lasting peace, as the interests of the colonial powers superseded their commitment to wartime promises. The continued imperialistic attitude of Britain and France, plus the new threat of capitalist India, and a still capitalist Brazil, have conspired to ensure the siege mentality of the UASR has stayed in place.

The horrors of Salgado, Tojo, and Hitler combined had shaken the American populace, which had seen its greatest ally horribly eviscerated. Everywhere it seemed, capitalist plots were seeking to subjugate the American people, who acted like a freed slave that feared anything that could put chains back on him or her.

To this day, the UASR and the USSR continue to fund Communism everywhere, and create satellite states that offer both men and resources for the eventual battle, but for the UASR, it is their belief in self-defense that leads to them continuously keep their finger on the button. And as long as both sides continue to hold nuclear weapons, this atittude will not change in the near future.

This not meant to justify the willingness of the UASR to rattle international tensions, but to merely explain that the UASR and its viewpoint are a product of a history of near tragedy.
 
SHUI (1994) (By Mr.E)
Special thanks to @Jello_Biafra for the suggestion, since I was trying to figure out what to write on China.

Shui (1994)

A documentary film exploring the development and launch of the Chinese Shui probe to Mercury, launch in 1992.

The film first shows how the mission was planned. The Chinese Aerospace Association (part of the International Aeronautics and Space Association of Communist International) first determines the orbital path of the craft around Mercury, how close the craft will approach the planet, and what it will study (the composition of its soil, its topography, and photos of its surface). The CAA and IASA then plan what rockets and what scientific instruments will be needed. Collaborations with other Comintern programs will provide the necessary instrumentation (camera, spectrograph, magnetometer, radiometer (for solar studies), Goddard-IV rocket)

The next part of the film shows how it is built, showing rocket tests, how the electronics are protected through aluminum, the rocket tests, and calculations.

The final part shows the launch of the rocket from the launch point in Xichang in Sichuan, and its move towards Mercury. After some tensions after brief electronic blackouts, the craft arrives in Mercury orbit, and begins transmitting data back to the CAA. The most notable discovery is the discovery of ice in the poles of the planet. The mission proves to be a unparalled success, and now being used to study the sun as well as the planet.

The film was release to critical praise, and a nomination for the Best Documentary at the Oscars and Venice Film Festival.
 
Rubyverse Character Profiles (By The_Red_Star_Rising)
Rubyverse Character profiles:



(Picture related)

Mekmenschen: First seen in the 1940 film "Blood and Iron" , the Mekmenschen are a pair of robotic supersoldiers created by the German war machine to serve as the basis of a mass produced army to crush the United Nations. Unlike most robotic minions of the time, they were fully sapient and capable of introspection and meaningful conversation. Nicknamed "Hans and Fritz" by the OKW, the pair are so inseparable that they can be essentially considered one character; having been built with the intent of serving as a two machine fireteam. Raised from "birth" to have an undying loyalty to Fuhrer and Fatherland, the pair carried out the credos of Nazism with childlike glee and fanaticism. Hitler to them, was their father who needed their undying loyalty to defeat the evil that would take from them their home and deny them their place in the world. But most of the human Nazis had little love lost for the pair; ultimately considering them to be expendable facsimilies of life, servants of the true flesh and blood master race valued only as far as the amount of reichsmarks that went into them and the tremendous destructive power they wielded.

And tremendously destructive they were. Using technology from lost alien civilizations whose ships were shot down by the old gods, the pair were outfitted with technology that even the finest minds in the Axis Powers barely understood. With powerful annihilation cannons that could destroy mountains, motors that gave them the strength to crack the earth with a punch or throw an entire battleship and move too quickly for bullets to keep up to them, and armour so durable that even the spear Crimson could not be expected to regularly pierce it, they were weapons of mass destruction with the minds of highly intelligent but deeply indoctrinated children. And despite them being a monumental achievement in science and technology, albeit one that the Nazis themselves did little of their own work in, their only positive relationship was with the project lead Gesine Oswalt who "raised" them like her own children to the point that they still affectionately called her "Mother". Meanwhile, Hitler himself expressed his disdain for "artificial monstrosities who play at having a soul."

In their first film, they challenged Columbia and her friends to battle in the Amazon as part of a clandestine operation by the Comintern team to stop the Axis powers and Co-Prosperity Sphere from uncovering ancient alien ruins in the heart of the jungle that had been left to moulder since the prehistory of humanity, with Axis mystics planning to sacrifice the lives of uncontacted native tribes to power a ritual to fool the still functioning security mechanisms of the alien warship. To the surprise of all involved, the warships creators were the same as the original source of the technology behind the creation of the Mekmenschen; the Ukith people, who had sought to take over the Earth to gain an advantage in a war with the Akari Federation but had been shot down. The governing intelligence of the warship recognized the Mekmenschen as derivatives of the Ukith's machine men technology and with encouraging from Valiente asked to speak to them, isolating the powerful machines from the film's ostensible primary villain Doctor Emanuel Costa Arruda who had hoped to use the technology to allow Brazil to match and surpass America.

The Machines were left to go free with a number of questions in their heads; such as whether what they were doing was right. The governing intelligence had a lot to ponder over the course of more than ten thousand years and had itself come to the conclusion that the Ukith were in the wrong, and its conversation with Hans and Fritz poked a number of questions in their conviction that Hitler was their infallible father. However, the machines would be called back to Germany by the film's end for a dressing down by the Fuhrer for failing to help Hitler's other super agents protect Emanuel from the "damnable communists!" Throughout the wartime period of superheroes and "modern fantasy" as Waver called it, they would often feature in comic issues, cameo in films, appear in radio dramas, and make other forms of appearances, with their last wartime appearance being as part of the "Berlin defense force" in 1946's "Wolf's den" animated short. Though there they were just part of a task force of Siegfried, Fafnir, Doktor Vandal, Blitzsoldat and other Nazi Supervillains in Nazism's last stand.

After the war, they gravitated towards Siegfried's "Night Soldiers" unit that would continue the fight with or without Germany itself supporting them. However, in a film "Does metal dream?" written with significant input by Stan Lee in 1974 the two made a watershed moment in superhero history by renouncing Nazism after finally deciding that even the image of Nazism that they clung to out of a desire for a feeling of security and belonging was not worth holding onto. Though an enraged Fafnir attempts to destroy them for their betrayal of the Nachtsoldat unit; the two manage to fight them off with the help of Heart Guard and Sangadian and by the end of the film, apologize to and ask for forgiveness from Molotok and Ashevar (the former on a date with Amanda and the latter having a chat with them), even if they are just soulless machines, to which Ashevar informs them that just the fact that they can ask for forgiveness is proof of them having souls, though that still means that they have to take the long road of earning that forgiveness to atone for what they did under Hitler and then Siegfried's command. He then introduces them to Gesine, who even in her advanced age still considers them "her boys".

In the "primary" canon, the two would go on to largely live out peaceful lives, facing the issues of obsolescence as many aspects of their technology becomes increasingly taken for granted and they face a need to upgrade to remain as relevant as they once were, the still heavy distrust they face for their high profile roles in the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS and in Nachtsoldat, their diverging interests and personalities as they go through differing life experiences and their struggle to maintain their brotherly bond, and the difficulties faced by machines built solely for war in adjusting to civilian life. Sort of a commentary on how dated the more static elements of the Rubyverse had become decades after the world revolutionary war, and the issues faced by the "greatest generation" when their call to arms had become just another part of the cultural legend as well as the general struggle often faced by those sent off to war face upon returning home to a quiet life.

In the present, the two are curators for a holocaust museum and often teach other robotic characters how to deal with civilian life, and maintain their place of residence close to where Gesine was buried. It is only on rare occasions that they take physical action these days. Though they were once formidable matches for Columbia, she has long since surpassed them in physical might in no small part to their decision to cease focusing on their destructive abilities. Though certainly not light weights, they've accepted that in the situations that do call for their help, their strengths are suited to different tasks than their former nemesis.

In other timelines of the Rubyverse they are often still Nazis to whatever that timeline sets as the present, and not all adaptations not set in the primary canon try to adapt their arc of redemption; while others have substantially different takes on their move away from Nazism and the embracing of humanity even in spite of them being war machines engineered for absolute destruction. "Hail to Columbia" however, despite taking place in its own canon; already introduces them as reformed however, with its writers seeing no need to redo an arc that everyone is already quite familiar with.
 
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There's one thing that's been on my mind.

I remember reading about how the show Dallas changed the history of Romania: Comrade Nicolae, in all his glory, tried to use the show about a corrupt oilman to wean Romanian people off of Western decadence.

This backfired, largely because Romanians saw how desperate their situation was, compared to Americans who clearly had it made. Especially since Ceausescu, the so-called socialist, was pilfering the country to pay its foreign debts.

***

Anyways, my question is this: does the UASR remove the OTL urge for luxury and shopping that Americans have? Or does it allow for less gaudy forms of it?
 
There's one thing that's been on my mind.

I remember reading about how the show Dallas changed the history of Romania: Comrade Nicolae, in all his glory, tried to use the show about a corrupt oilman to wean Romanian people off of Western decadence.

This backfired, largely because Romanians saw how desperate their situation was, compared to Americans who clearly had it made. Especially since Ceausescu, the so-called socialist, was pilfering the country to pay its foreign debts.

***

Anyways, my question is this: does the UASR remove the OTL urge for luxury and shopping that Americans have? Or does it allow for less gaudy forms of it?
Consumerist culture is largely driven by advertising. It's pretty easy to kill off by nixing advertising culture.
 
Consumerist culture is largely driven by advertising. It's pretty easy to kill off by nixing advertising culture.
But what happens when a teenager from Buffalo sees some British reality show (played by UASR stations to show the decadence of FBU society) and envies the woman for having nice things.

Envy isn't something that can vanish, free love or no.
 
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