Is this TL a good start?

  • Yes

    Votes: 8 66.7%
  • No

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Maybe

    Votes: 3 25.0%
  • Perhaps?

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    12
  • Poll closed .
More or less, until the 2008 financial crisis, China was in no shape to challenge Russian influence in Mongolia, a former Russian/Soviet Puppet. They're diverting their attention to the south towards Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Laos, and Vietnam.
Another point: would Russian really be comfortable extending their economic alliance to big muslin countries like Iran? As far as I remember, the alliance included a free-movement zone. Wouldn't the Russians be wary of this? Similar to how the Americans would be wary to create a free-movement zone with Mexico? Even worse, cuz there are more serious religious and anti-terror concerns in the relation between Russia and muslin countries, even allies like Iran.

Russia is very rich now, I see a lot of people from Iran planning to move.
 
Another point: would Russian really be comfortable extending their economic alliance to big muslin countries like Iran? As far as I remember, the alliance included a free-movement zone. Wouldn't the Russians be wary of this? Similar to how the Americans would be wary to create a free-movement zone with Mexico? Even worse, cuz there are more serious religious and anti-terror concerns in the relation between Russia and muslin countries, even allies like Iran.

Russia is very rich now, I see a lot of people from Iran planning to move.
That is for the future
 
Chapter 28: On the Brink. New
Chapter 28: On the Brink.

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New York Tribunal:

France Rejects Russian Peace Offer For Chad.

September 5th, 2005

The French government has rejected the Russian plan for peace in Chad. The Russian government and the French government delegates met each other in Stockholm, Sweden under the auspices of King Carl Gustaf XVI and the Swedish government. Whilst Czarina Maria I and the Swedish Monarch were in the Swedish palace speaking about future relations between Russia and Sweden alongside their governmental delegates, the Russian and French foreign ministers and foreign ministry officials were bargaining and negotiating with one another. The Russian government proposed the following for the situation in Chad:-

  • The withdrawal of French troops from Chad.
  • The Withdrawal of Russian presence from Chad.
  • The intervention of neutral UK or Egyptian led UN troops in Chad.
  • A ceasefire to be negotiated between the Chadian government and the Front for United Democracy.
  • A countrywide election, supervised by the United Nations to be taken in Chad to restore order in the nation.
The French government has rejected this proposal from the Russian government, and has stated that the Russian government has no right to be ‘meddling in Chad’. The Russian government in response has lambasted the French government for ‘denying the Chadians a chance at peace at last’. The French government has reacted badly to the proposals, and there are talks about increasing the French presence to around 5000 troops in Chad. However already wary about the increased French presence in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Niger government has proposed that the proposal given by Russia be accepted, and that Niger troops take part in the UN intervention. France has rejected this as well. The Russian government has withdrawn their peace delegations, and has stated that Russia would ‘not be brought down to heel by such subpar methods’. The Russian government has also found some friends in the European continent. The governments of Italy, Spain, Greece, Denmark and Norway have all expressed their belief that France should have accepted the proposal. Needless to say, French relations with these countries have soured a good deal. The Russian government has also stated that unless France does not open itself to proper talks, then the Russian intelligence aiding the Anglo-French and American intelligence in the pursuit if the on the run Saddam Hussein would be cut off. This has led to much chattered talks in Westminster and the Pentagon. One CIA spokesperson in Pentagon has stated that “Losing Russian intelligence efforts to locate Saddam Hussein would set our progress back by years. We cannot allow that to happen.”

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Chadian FUC rebels in Chad.

The British government has been trying to mediate between Russia and France, however both sides remain obstinate in their positions. The German government has also recently been caught in this game of chess between the two European powers, as Pro-Russian feeling seems to be concentrated in West Germany, and Anti-Russian feeling seems to be concentrated in East Germany, not surprisingly.

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Euro News:

Morgan Tsvangirai takes power in Zimbabwe.

September 27th, 2005

Opposition leader and fervent enemy of former Dictator Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai has taken power in Zimbabwe as the President of Zimbabwe in a general election hosted under the supervision of the British forces and South African forces. President Tsvangirai has stated his intention in the speech he gave in Harare yesterday.

This country has been pulled under the proverbial bus by its own government. It is not a surprise that the people in particular do not trust us due to this. I hope that during my presidency I will be able to restore the faith in the government, heal our country from past divides, and develop our country into the future. I also wish for rapprochement. Zimbabwe shall return into the Commonwealth of Nations, and also reach new levels of relations with South Africa. I have already spoken with South African and British delegations, and we have already constructed the basic outlines for new economic deals to uplift our nation. I also implore the African Union for aid and help in our times of struggle.”

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Morgan Tsvangirai , Zimbabwe's post-intervention President.

The British government has also stated that an investment deal of around $50 Billion dollars shall be poured into Zimbabwe and South Africa, on part of the British government. Prime Minister Tony Blair has called it ‘A New Economic Era in Southern Africa’. Whilst Britain has got a lot of flak for their invasion of Zimbabwe, with many calling it neocolonialism, the British government has managed to heal some wounds by extending charity works, and many incentivizing economic deals. Nevertheless, it seems that the Zimbabwean nation is on the right path for economic, social development and healing from the wounds that was Mugabe’s dictatorship.

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Economic Times:

Collective Security Treaty Organization announces new Economic Drive.

October 5th, 2005

In recent events around the world, the Russian government and the countries a part of the Collective Security Treaty Organization have announced a new Economic Drive to increase the economic output the organization as part of the ambitious plan to have 1/5 of the world’s reserve currency denominations become the Eurasian Ruble. The Russian government has announced that their economic plans such as the multiple 3 year plans will be exported to some parts of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in order to uplift some of the weary economic sectors of the constituent countries. The New Economic Deal as it has been opined and called, has very specific objectives, with goals being oriented towards specific countries in accordance with their problems.

The New Economic Deal opines the following:-

  • The creation of an extra 300,000 job opportunities in Siberia, Russia.
  • The expansion of the naval infrastructure of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
  • The expansion of overland infrastructure of Iran.
  • The creation of new manufacturing industrial sectors in Iran to diversify the economy
  • The creation of an Investment Board to direct these investments.
  • The creation of urban and rural development schemes in South Ossetia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Mongolia.
  • The expansion of infrastructural development in Azerbaijan, South Ossetia and Mongolia.
  • Specific development of the transportation sector in Central Asia, with massive road projects and railway projects to aid interconnectivity between these states.
  • The development of new and efficient service sector in Ukraine
The spokespersons of the Iranian, Russian, Mongolian, Central Asian, Caucasian, Ukrainian governments have all reaffirmed their government’s expectations and their commitment to this New Economic Deal.

The International Monetary Fund has stated that the New Economic Deal is an ambitious project, intended to end in 2010, and has stated that should it be successful, it would uplift around 25 million people scattered across all these states from poverty, which the International Monetary Fund has stated would be an achievement for sure. The Russian government is currently undergoing their ‘Anti-Poverty Plan’ which was started from 2000, intending to end Poverty in Russia by 2015. The Russian economists have stated that the new Economic Deal will be going hand in hand with their current third 3 year plan, and their Anti-Poverty Plan.

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The Anti-Poverty Slogan in Russia

The Iranian government has also stated that this plan would diversify their economics in regards to oil, and has stated that Iran would love to have an economy that doesn’t simply depend on their military complex and their oil manufacturing capability. Russia in particular has been seen as a success story for Iran. In 1996, Russian oil made up around 40% of the Russian exports. Currently, Russian oil only makes up 12% of the Russian exports. Whilst this is still a huge margin for any normal economy, the reduction of dependence on oil by 70% in Russia, has given Russia ample economic incentives to expand upon it’s vast natural resources.

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A Russian oilfield in Siberia.

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The New York Times:

Russia cuts off intelligence aid to America, Britain and France after second French refusal for peace in Chad.

December 17th, 2005.

The Russian government has announced that they have now cut off all intelligence aid to the CIA, Mi6 and French intelligence regarding their hunt for the missing Saddam Hussein. This has come forward after the Second Summit of Stockholm last week when the French government again rejected the proposals brought forward by Russia, and instead gave counter proposals. The counterproposals committed by the French have all stated the same thing – the conservation of the current regime in Chad without an election taking place, which the Russian government has stated is something that they cannot abide to.

The Russian government has issued an official statement regarding this crisis:-

The French government has been acting obstinately, and quite undemocratically in their position in regards to Chad. The proposals put forward by our government were all subject to compromise, however nullifying them in their entirety has never been on the table. The termination of scholarships for Russian students in France, and the current militarization of the French government in Sub-Saharan Africa is something that the Russian government cannot accept. Despite multiple warnings, the French government has not accepted compromise, believing themselves in a superior position to ours. In response, all intelligence aid from the FSB to Paris, London and Washington shall be cut off. We will not aid someone who is unwilling to compromise for the betterment of their own citizens and the citizens of other countries. France can go after Hussein on their own.”

The American government has been caught off guard by this action, and President Kerry has responded with an official statement stating:-

The Russian problem is with the French, and whilst breaking Franco-Russian agreements and cooperation is something that shouldn’t happen in all honesty, this conflict has no bearing with the United States of America. Russia must understand this, and release the intelligence sanctions placed upon the United States of America, and by extension, the United Kingdom. I hope that the Russian foreign ministry will compromise with us for this.”

The Russian government has made no response to President Kerry’s statement. This crisis in going on in Europe, as the FUC rebels continue to advance on towards the Chadian capital. Some reports, without evidence, have stated that Russian Special Operatives have been operating in Chad against French troops and that French and Russian troops have already exchanged fire. Both French and Russian governments have thankfully denied these statements bilaterally as tensions between Paris and St. Petersburg continue to mount.

***

End of 2005 Russian Data:-

Population: 154,600,000

GDP (nominal): 1.79 Trillion Dollars

GDP per capita: $11500 dollars

Inflation: 6.3%

Reserves: $89 Billion Dollars

Debt: 16% of GDP

Pension: RUB 9500

Average Wage: RUB 18500.

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Sino-Indian relations still goes south ITTL 2006, so no re-opening of trade borders.
Somali and Lebanon might break into wars as OTL, albeit there would be more interesting foreign powers playing the cards there.
The drug wars in Mexico could be different, depends on how Kerry wants to handle it.
All these are based on OTL 2006 events.
 
Sino-Indian relations still goes south ITTL 2006, so no re-opening of trade borders.
Somali and Lebanon might break into wars as OTL, albeit there would be more interesting foreign powers playing the cards there.
The drug wars in Mexico could be different, depends on how Kerry wants to handle it.
All these are based on OTL 2006 events.
Indeed, it will be interesting!
 
This may be a bit of a niche topic, but are laws concerning internet piracy and virtual intellectual property different than in OTL.

Internet Piracy is big in Russia, with many of the laws being either too weak or unenforceable until recently and interest groups like Roskomsvboda and the Piracy Part of Russia advocating the repeal of recent piracy laws.

There was a time when you could watch almost any film for free in VK (think Russian Facebook), even today you can get a lot of game torrent link from Russian cracking sites.

Since the Czardom of Russia is developing it's computing and computer networking sector and is looking to develope its own Silicon Valley, would this mean that stricter Internet Piracy and Intellectual property rights would be implemented? Or is this a little "too American" and the Czardom would implement their own system to preserve freedom of information while protecting the infant tech industry.
 
Since the Czardom of Russia is developing it's computing and computer networking sector and is looking to develope its own Silicon Valley, would this mean that stricter Internet Piracy and Intellectual property rights would be implemented? Or is this a little "too American" and the Czardom would implement their own system to preserve freedom of information while protecting the infant tech industry.
Somewhat yes, internet piracy from russia is going to be curtailed bigtime.
 
If I were alive in TTL, don't know should I say goodbye to some academic pirating websites hmm?
Yeah, those sites helped me when I had to pinch my pennies one semester.

Since I don't know what the statute of limitations on the copying and distribution of copywrited material in my state is, I'm gonna say that there were rumors in my university of people pooling money together to buy the textbooks for the most commonly taken classes, taking turns using the campus library scanners, uploading the compiled PDFs online, and then hiding share links for people to download the textbook, while receiving some donations.

After a few incidents where a few hosting services took down the website and a raid on a server hosted out of the back of a restaurant, the entire operation was moved to a Russian server where it stayed up for a while.

tl;dr: I get why internet piracy is bad for business, but try saying that to a poor college student.
 
Yeah, those sites helped me when I had to pinch my pennies one semester.

Since I don't know what the statute of limitations on the copying and distribution of copywrited material in my state is, I'm gonna say that there were rumors in my university of people pooling money together to buy the textbooks for the most commonly taken classes, taking turns using the campus library scanners, uploading the compiled PDFs online, and then hiding share links for people to download the textbook, while receiving some donations.

After a few incidents where a few hosting services took down the website and a raid on a server hosted out of the back of a restaurant, the entire operation was moved to a Russian server where it stayed up for a while.

tl;dr: I get why internet piracy is bad for business, but try saying that to a poor college student.
If it were legal, I would say “Thank you those websites for helping me accessing invaluable references that rendered my findings possible”.
Seriously though, your post made me going through the wiki page for SciHub and interestingly, even with crackdowns from within Russia and international community, there have been very weak attempts, except in certain countries, to block them. I won’t imagine the efforts will be any less than IOTL (maybe stronger) but looking at the US, the website pretty much lives. Might be the internet piracy crackdowns will be more directed against illegal games and movies download compared to OTL. And also, restricting scihub would cut down citations rather significantly, especially for those poor undergrads or grads 😔 (source: I am one of them).
 
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Greece backs Russia over their closest ally within EU? Why exactly? Generally speaking why exactly the whole west is so accommodating to Russia? Given what's happened so far they should be somewhere between real life 2020 and Soviet era cold war levels of tension.
 
Greece backs Russia over their closest ally within EU? Why exactly? Generally speaking why exactly the whole west is so accommodating to Russia? Given what's happened so far they should be somewhere between real life 2020 and Soviet era cold war levels of tension.
Hmm, not exactly. This is tension between France and Russia most specifically. OTL, the French intervention in Chad was condemned by almost the entire world, and with like x30 investments in and from Russia, more countries would be amenable to a peace settlement that looks like a suitable compromise, including Greece. I do intend to write a chapter on Russian investments in Europe and vice versa later on in the future.
 
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