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« on: May 01, 2021, 09:44:29 PM »
« edited: May 01, 2021, 09:54:33 PM by KaiserDave »



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Tsar Nicholas II, Emperor and Autocrat of all the Russians calmly smoked and arranged the dominoes on his desk as the Imperial Train chugged towards Petrograd. Minister of the Court the bewhiskered Woldemar Freedericksz read back the Tsar's directions to General Ivanov on bringing order to the capital.

"Yes good, you can dispatch that to General Alekseyev at the next station." Nicholas nodded and put his cigarette back into his mouth.

"With respect your majesty, would it not be wise to wait until you've discussed this matter with the cabinet?" asked the Imperial Court Minister, trepidatiously.

"I have no wish Count, to arrive in Petrograd only to be arrested by a wild horde of drunken anarchists. Besides, I have my family to think of."

The train began to stop, as the gears of the great undercarriage began to grind and slow. "Why are we stopping, we've only just reached Pskov?" The Emperor looked out the window see two dozen cossack cavalry and a gaggle of infantry, with several suited men and officers with their tall sheepskin hats. He waited, calmly smoking and playing dominoes as Count Freedericksz went out to speak with the delegation. The men soon entered the train, and soon, the door to his car opened. An officer, who Nicholas knew, as Nikolai Ruzsky, and a few suited politicians, who Nicholas identified as Guchkov and V. Shulgin entered.

"General Ruzsky?" asked the Emperor. Ruzsky saluted, and soberly began to speak.

"Your Imperial Majesty, I am here your majesty I am here at the request of the delegates of the Duma, and the Cabinet of Ministers of the provisional government." Nicholas looked up from the dominoes, puzzled.

"But I gave orders for the Duma to be dissolved three days ago?" Ruzsky continued, in the same sober, serious tone.

"And the express command of General Alekseyev, in the view of the immense gravity of the political situation, and the grave threat of civil war, to request your majesty abdicate the throne immediately. Representatives of the government are here to present your majesty with the necessary documents."

Nicholas looked up, and after a silent pause, calmly spoke, slowly.

"I do not quite understand the position of a monarch who reigns but does not govern. I have sworn a duty before God to serve my country and accept responsibility for state affairs. If I agree to curtail or relegate that power, I may relinquish control of the country's affairs but I cannot evade responsibility for them, even if I wish it, even if I would wish it." Nicholas paused again, staring softly at the General, and put out his cigarette. "I cannot see to your request." Ruzsky, perhaps expecting an emotional or upset response, paused. And spoke again.

"Then sir, the Duma will not request, but demand." Ruzsky's heart dropped just to say the words out loud. Nicholas didn't speak, not for several seconds. He didn't clench his fist or slam anything, but he just sat in silence. He got up slowly and motioned his hand to the delegation.

"Exuse....excuse me..." Nicholas walked to his private compartment and went to the window, where he looked into the vast snowy expanse, and crossed himself.

The Russian Revolution was in full swing.





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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2021, 09:45:29 PM »
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This will be a routine post you'll see a lot, indicating a new turn. It will include questions and dilemmas for each character. You do not need to satisfy these, but they will help guide your character. You can do anything in your turn, naturally within the bounds of your character and the rules I outlined earlier.


TURN I: The Date is March 17th, 1917

The Tsarist older has fallen, and the revolution is underway. The future of Russia is more uncertain than ever. Questions abound everywhere on the future of the nation. These are the men and women who will prove crucial in the future of Russia.




Vladimir Lenin
Comrade Lenin, the revolution has finally begun in Russia! The only question know is whether Kerensky, Chernov, and there fellow bourgeois bunglers make it a liberal one, or whether a true proletarian revolution can occur as Marx laid out. The Bolsheviks in Russia are at work, but they can't do it alone. But here you are, stuck in Switzerland. An agent from Russia says that he has a plan involving Marxist businessman Alexander Parvus and sealed train through Germany, but would potential association with the hated Germans be worth a return to Russia?


Leon Trotsky
At last Comrade Trotsky, the revolution in Russia is in full swing. But in order for the proletariat to truly mobilize, Marxists like yourself must be there on the ground, with the people. But you alas, are in New York City, the veritable capital of global capitalism. So, I suppose, it's simply a question of buying a boat ticket?


Felix Dzerzhinsky
Your legs ache and cramp as you exit Moscow Butyrka at long last. The chains released, you are finally a free man. You've been in and out of Tsarist prisons forever, but now, it is over. The question is, what now? You have always planned to organize Polish refugees in Russia and return to your homeland with a red flag, but you are intrigued by this Bolshevik organization. It is up to you.



Josef Stalin
At last! The endless cycle of exile is over, and you are well on your way, via rail, to Petrograd, where the fervor of revolution awaits. Already, there are plans to start printing the Bolshevik paper, Pravda, with fellow former exile Lev Kamenev to agitate the people and gain support in the Soviet, now the only question is, what to print?


Julius Martov
It is cruel that when the red banners are finally flying in Russia, you are in bourgeois Zürich. With your old friend but bitter ideological opponent Vladimir Lenin and over two dozen other socialists of all stripes. Already you are horrified by other Mensheviks like Nikolay Chkheidze and Irakli Tsereteli (both influential in the Soviet) advocating for continuing the war "against German imperialism." Have they read any Marx? Any war carried out by a capitalist power is imperialist! Surely you must return to Russia before they hijack the revolution and your party. There is a potential plan to return to Russia with German help, but until then, you are left to right articles and editorials as always.


Maria Spiridonova
The sun shines with freedom, not oppression, on you, as you are released from the Akatuy prison on Lake Baikal. It will be a long journey back to the west, but it is an essential one to partake in the revolution. Until then, enjoy the view from the train Comrade Spiridonova. Do not worry about food at Siberia's small stations, the local peasantry revere you almost as a Saint for your services to them.


Viktor Chernov
At last, the revolution! Now the question of land can finally be resolved. You have been the principal theoretician behind the SRs for years, now it is time to implement policy. The Agriculture Ministry is filled for now, but it is likely that Prince Lvov will seek you to secure SR support for his government. Now the question is for you, what land policies are you to propose. The Provisional Government has declared the land question must be solved by legislation, not coercive force. So...what legislation?


Alexander Kerensky
Your fearsome condemnations of the Tsar and his government of toadies and lackeys has finally borne fruit. The revolution has begun. You have already earned more supporters for signing the orders releasing thousands of political prisoners and establishing new rights and liberties that would have been utterly shocking under the old order. But already cracks are showing in the new order between the power of the Petrograd Soviet, and the power of the government. You are the only member of the government who is also active in the Soviet. How will you approach this division, on land, on the future constituent assembly, and on the war?


Pavel Milyukov
You were the last one who wanted to see the monarchy abolished. But here we are, with the chance of another Romanov Emperor increasingly slim. But you have always been a dedicated reformer, so much so that it was you and your party the Tsarist police often feared most, not the socialists. But now you are Foreign Minister, and power is in your hand. The primary question for your office is the issue of the war. What will Russia say to her allies, will she continue to fight the war?


Georgy Lvov
So you are the one put in charge of managing the new government. Unlucky, unlucky indeed. Russia is in quite the situation. Famine, violence, a war going disastrously, and chaos and revolution everywhere. A Soviet of Worker's and Soldiers Deputies has arguably more power than in the capital than the government! There are cries for land reform, cries for peace, cries for bread. It will be up to you to resolve these questions and preserve the stability of the government. Fortunately, for the moment you have goodwill and much respect. For your sake, and for Russia's, let's hope you keep it. May God be with you.


Alexander Guchkov
Oh dear. It's been a difficult few days. The Tsar abdicated, and you, arrested and threatened with execution by rabid mutineers and revolutionaries. Fortunately, your position in the government has allowed you to free yourself. But things remain difficult, the Octobrist Party has effectively ceased to exist, and conservatism is on the run. But you are Minister of War, and from there you can continue to fight for a strong Russia.


Mikhail Rodzianko
You did everything you could for the salvation of Russia. You counseled the Tsar against the company of the charlatan Rasputin, you advised the Tsar to keep the Duma open, you urged him to undertake necessary reforms, but he did not listen. Now the monarchy is all but dead. You are no longer Chair of the Duma or Prime Minister. But you still have a role to play, Alexander Guchkov is War Minister, and if Russia turns against the excesses of the revolution, perhaps you two can turn the tide back, and build a stronger Russia.



Aleksei Brusilov
Your offensive, while praised by many for it's innovation and precision, was the last breath of the Russian Army. What could have been a drive all the way to Vienna was instead a bitter pyrrhic victory. Nevertheless you find yourself highly respected, and one of the highest generals in Russia. You encouraged the Tsar to abdicate for the good of the country, but the state of the country remains quite bad. The front remains in disarray, the army in mutiny, and the major cities in chaos. With Russia on the brink, you may be called to do your duty to the motherland. What will that be?


Lavr Kornilov
Nobody could have predicted how fast you would be thrust into the center of revolutionary politics. You have been put in direct command of all the troops in and around Petrograd, you have already taken measures to place the Imperial Family under arrest at the Alexander Palace, under guard by revolutionary soldiers. Your power in the capital is great, and you may be at the center of key decision making, who knows how far you could go. But for now, the troops in the capital are ill-disciplined, and caught up in the revolutionary spirit. Before anything can be done, they must be brought in line. But the government will need to help.


Roman von Ungern-Sternberg
Horror. That is the word. Horror as Great Rus' falls into anarchy. Horror as her Holy Tsar is humiliated and betrayed. Horror as her proud army is turned into a gaggle of drunken mutineers. But what can you do? You are a lowly cavalry officer fighting the Turks. Luckily, fellow cavalryman cossack Captain Grigory Semyonov agrees with you, and has been theorizing about organizing a Christian Assyrian regiment as an example to the rest of the army. After that, who knows what comes next?


Vladimir Purishkevich
What a disaster. Holy Russia, your beloved motherland betrayed and attacked by an insane coalition of British agents, socialists, liberals, and Judeo-Masonics. The Petrograd Soviet openly dictating policy. Your proud Black Hundreds, sponsored and supported by the government for so long, now paralyzed. Countless Black Hundredists have been arrested, or worse. The main newspapers have been shutdown. Fortunately, you have been tolerated by the new government. Hopefully you can worm your way into government and work to end this disaster. The main Black Hundredist newspapers have been shut down, so perhaps the first question will be rebranding and restarting you media operation.





The Cabinet of the Provisional Government of the Russian Empire (players in bold)
Prime Minister: Georgy Lvov (Kadet)
Minister of the Interior: Georgy Lvov (Kadet)
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Pavel Milyukov (Kadet)
Minister of Justice: Alexander Kerensky (SR-Trudovik)
Minister of War and Navy: Alexander Guchkov (Octobrist)
Minister of Transport: Nikolai Nekrasov (Kadet)
Minister of Trade and Industry: Aleksandr Konovalov (Progressist)
Minister of Finance: Mikhail Tereshchenko (Independent)
Minister of Education: Andrei Manuilov (Kadet)
Minister of Agriculture: Andrei Shingarev (Kadet)
Minister of Labour: Vacant
Minister of Food: Vacant
Minister of Post and Telegraph: Vacant
Ober-Procurator of the Most Holy Synod: Vladimir Lvov (Progressist)

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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2021, 01:56:09 AM »

Pravda- March 24, 1917

The Provisional Government continues it's butchery, by keeping Russia in a war it cannot win. We are hungry, we are tired and we are dying in the streets, and yet the government does not care, for they just committed to yet more fighting against Austria-Hungary and Germany. All power must go to the Soviets, so we can bring peace to Russia, and extricate ourselves from a war we weren't prepared to fight.

Serbia wasn't worth the tens of thousands people dying on the battlefield across Europe every hour of every day.

Our program is simple. Peace, land for the poor, and no hunger for anyone.

I predict that by the beginning of 1918, success will be ours.


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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2021, 03:46:56 AM »

Alexander Kerensky speaks in front of a crowd in Petrograd

My friends,

Great things are happening in Russia as we speak. The cries of the masses are not being suppressed and silenced by a government that forgot that its only authority comes from the people. Now, you, my friends, are just as free to speak your mind as the people who lead you are. There shall be no more oppression, no more abuse of power, no more rule with an iron fist in free Russia created by our revolution!

As you may be aware, I am the only member of the Soviet of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies who is also a member of the provisional government. And that is an honour for me. For I am the first of a long list of representatives of workers and soldiers who will get to govern in order to protect the interests of his people. For I will make sure of this - never shall a government which I am a member of ignore the demands of the workers and soldiers who are the backbone of our country. Nor should we ever ignore the cries out of the peasants who have been viewed as slaves and then as disposable lives by the upper class. But they were wrong. No life is disposable! Every life deserves to be cheerished, respected and protected! And that is the principle of which I will conduct myself in government, my friends. There is no noble more important than a peasant, no minister more important than a worker, no Emperor more important than a soldier. And that, my friends, we should never forget. Thank you.

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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2021, 06:39:03 AM »

Russian military encampment in the hinterlands of Urmia, Persia
March 22nd, 1917


Rider came today from the command in the north. The worst has come to pass and the Tsar has been forced to abdicate by the rabid Jacobins in the Provisional so-called Government. The pockmarked, rooting eating masses have turned their backs on God and have made it known their intentions to secure damnation for themselves. While we, the rightful and God-anointed successors to the princes of Novgorod and Kiev, rot here fighting goat herders, a mongrelized horde of revolutionaries clothed in sackcloth desecrate our inheritance. I look now westward to the setting sun, and see only a tide of red there.

Semyonov, in spite of his cultural handicap, feels similarly. There is something to be admired about the cavalry peoples of this vast steppe and their commitment to both God and Tsar. He has suggested that we finish matters here with the Turks as best we can. The local Assyrians may be of some assistance. The Mohammedan Turks loathe them for their stubborn adherence to the true God and their chivalric nature. We have begun printing small pamphlets to be distributed among the corrals and mud brick villages to the benighted Christians who long have suffered under Turkic rule.

I am imploring Semyonov to move us northward once we've made enough soldiers out of these dust farmers, and once the eternal Turk has been made to kneel. An army is needed now here in the fringes of empire. An army that is swift, deadly, and united in deference to God and Tsar.

The dust swirls outside the tent. And I can't help but notice that the red wall in the west, has already begun to fade to black.  


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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2021, 07:18:37 AM »

17th March 1917
Znamya truda

Article by Viktor Chernov

Comrades! At long last, the loathed Tsarist regime has fallen before our eyes and a new dawn awaits us! The dark forces of imperialism and oppression have been crushed, their remains to be substituted by land and freedom, which are the creed of the Socialist Revolutionary. It is of vital importance that the new government listens to the demands of the people and redistributes the land according to their needs. For this reason, I will return to Petrograd at the earliest possible date to ensure that this endeavour is fulfilled.

While the aims of the SR policy are clear and the whole party stands behind them, the final decision must be taken by a Constituent Assembly, to be elected in short time by all Russians in universal, secret suffrage. This body shall decide this matter, along with the future of Russia as a free nation, united in fraternal socialism! We call on the leaders of the Duma and the members of the Soviet in Petrograd to make this possible.

Furthermore, while the reactionaries have been defeated for now, we must not let our guard down. The Revolution has been triumphant, but it is still vulnerable to attacks from the defenders of the old order, who seek to enslave Russia once more. For that reason, I am asking every soldier, peasant and worker to join the SRs in order to create a mass organization; one that is ready to safeguard our newfound liberties from any threat, wherever it may come from!

Through struggle you will attain your rights!
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2021, 11:08:39 AM »
« Edited: May 03, 2021, 08:26:15 AM by RGM2609 »

Alexander Kerensky's letter to the public

My friends,

The government has made significant progress in reforming the Russian society. However, one area in which the progress is stagnating is land reform. We can not allow some to starve while others have enough food for 100 years! The landowners can not continue to rule uncontested over the peasantry. The Soviet of Petrograd has many proposals to bring fairness to the countryside, which is why I ask the Provisional Government to form a joint committee with the representatives of the oppressed in order to draft legislation with urgency with the goal of ensuring that no peasants will starve to death anymore. Fairness above all!

Yours truly,
Alexander Kerensky
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2021, 08:03:25 PM »

A Message From the Minister-Chairman of the Provisional Government

The Russian People have issued their clear and decisive judgement. Tsar Nicholas, having ignored the verdict of 1905 and continued his destructive ways, is gone. The people demand an end to autocracy and oppression, an end to incompetent and cruel imperial sycophants leading the country to ruin, and for reform to the feudal structures and ancient maladies that have plagued the Empire for generations. The Provisional Government has been comprised to answer these demands. This Government speaks for the only two elected bodies that can speak for the whole of the Empire: the provincial Zemstva and the Duma. It is to the representatives of the People that this government will answer and the People's representatives that this government will serve to empower.

The Empire is still in crisis. Hundreds of thousands of Russian men have perished due to the incompetence of the former Tsar's regime. That same incompetency has led to famine and destitution in a land of plenty. This government will do anything necessary to correct the errors of the past and ensure order, liberty, and prosperity for all the peoples of this Empire. We will work with any group, from Monarchist to Marxist, who will walk together towards that common good. To that end, we will accept petitions for redress for local issues from the Zemstva and call on relevant parties who wish to address pressing issues such as land reform to present their proposals for immediate action.
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2021, 09:12:38 PM »
« Edited: May 02, 2021, 09:18:24 PM by Ishan »

Vladmir Purishkevich
17 March 1917

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The coalition of traitors, Judeo-Masonics, socialists, liberals, and foreign agents have taken over! However, the scum "ruling" shall not rule for long, and the glory of the glorious empire shall be restored, and the scum and their benefactors will be in hell, or worse.

In order to take the Empire back to it's glorious place, we should influence the public, and by that, we need to restart the newspapers that were shut down by the traitor scum ruling currently, and we should inform them of the truth of the ruling traitors, and their agenda of wanting Russia to be destroyed and to make the people's lies a living nightmare. 

We should influence the lower ranks of the Imperial Russian Army, with the idea of a better life and a better status in society with a glorious Russian Empire free from the traitors and foreign agents that are currently destroying it and wanting it to be annihilated and wanting Russia to be in the sphere or part of the agents of the foreign powers, where the soliders will be brutally punished.

We will also try to get the believers of us into the government, and we should get support within the government, afterall, there are some people forced into the government by the traitorous scum. We should start small, in the lower ranks of the government, and get them to believe the truth first and we should get our supporters and believers into government so we can free our true believers and take over the government, so that we can restore Russia to it's glory!


OOC: I do not believe in any of this, and I believe that Vladmir Purishkevich was a horrible man.
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2021, 05:49:36 AM »

Alexander Kerensky speaks in front of a crowd in Moscow

My friends,

Rejoice, for the chains have been shattered. No longer can anyone be arrested for their political views, no longer can the government suppress political movements, and the voice and every single citizen is being heard! Rejoice, for this is a moment of tremendous victory. But only the first of many victories to come.

From now on, my goal will be to further the progress in economic and social areas. I say to the farmers, who have spent the last decades worrying about their children starving, I say to the workers, who lived on misery wages for so long while their bosses profited, I say to the soldiers, who have all nearly died because of the incompetence of the former regime, I am with you. As the only socialist in the provisional government, I will fight for your interest and yours alone. For without my people, I have nothing. And without those who work and fight the hardest, this country has nothing.
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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2021, 03:19:32 PM »
« Edited: May 03, 2021, 03:23:33 PM by Submit to the will of the Democratic trifecta »

20th March 1917

The Manchester Grauniad

Article by Viktor Chernov

As Russia stands at a crossroads, I, Viktor Chernov, find myself still in exile, faraway from my beloved homeland and its people. In a decision that freedom-cherishing people everywhere struggle to understand, the Home Office has chosen to keep me here, even deporting me to France as soon as this week! I am not an agitator, I am a proven servant of the masses, dedicated to the honorable cause espoused by the new leaders of our nation, who have swept away the blatant excesses of the old Tsarist tyranny.

That I am being held against my will is absolutely intolerable, for my only wish is to help establish the new, fairer Russia that is being built as I write these words. I plead to the British government, allow me to go at once so I can join my fellow comrades! Prime Minister David Lloyd George, you know what I’m talking about! You have courageously implemented many bold reforms in the benefit of the forgotten classes that populate the British isles. I am a man of your kind. Make your Home Secretary see reason, in the name of a democratic Russia!
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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2021, 05:02:42 PM »

Maria Spiridonova

Freedom, freedom at last. That is what the cool air of Siberia signifies, as Maria Spiridonova takes her first step outside of Akatuy Prison. And not to mention that the timing could not be any better, as the revolutionary spirit is high. But alas Maria is still far from the center of action, and all she can do for now is sit and wait with her thoughts while the train carries her westwards. She can at least thank the Provisional Government for the ability to do so, but it lacks much else to be credited for.  

She sighs before looking out the window. A revolution that has so far only led to continued war and continued misery for the people of Russia. Something that has to change. Only time and distance prevents her from doing anything for the moment. It's going to be a long journey.
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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2021, 05:35:34 PM »

From the desk of General Alexei Brusilov

GENERAL DIRECTIVE #2962

To my officers, my soldiers, and my countrymen;

We stand at a monumental point in history. As the war in the west rages on, there has been equally seismic change at home - at long last, after years of incompetent, arrogant rule, the Tsar has finally stepped down. This is a watershed moment for Russia - at long last, the people will soon have the right to decide how and by whom they will be ruled. Freedom is, at long last, in sight.

However, there are still vultures who seek to take Russia's newly-won freedom from it. The Germans are at the door, and they are hungry to rape and pillage our motherland. If we do not stop them, they will use their pointed jackboot to stomp us back into an era of poverty and oppression. I understand that many of you are tired of this fight, started and criminally mismanaged by a blustering Tsar. But, for the sake of Russia, we must fight on. We may want to lay down our arms and rejoice in the fall of the Tsar, but the Germans to the west will not. Now, more than ever, we must defend the motherland as a unified army truly fighting for the people, not out-of-touch royalty. And I will personally ensure that our resources in this war will not be put to waste by foolish political fops with no understanding of the situation on the front-line.

Soldiers of Russia! Your country has put its faith in you, and now, the new Provisional Government has entrusted you with the high task of defending our nation's newly-won freedoms. No longer are you fighting the wars of an incompetent Tsar - now, you are fighting for your families, your friends, your neighbors. I believe that you are up for the task, and I plead with you to continue fighting with all your strength and your will. All Russia, and all the world, are watching, and we must drive the Germans back!
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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2021, 12:29:17 PM »
« Edited: May 04, 2021, 12:40:14 PM by Devout Centrist »

'Peace and Land'
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There is a new spirit that grips the streets of Russia's cities, towns and villages today. It is the spirit of liberation, manifested as freedom from Tsarist oppression and reactionary violence. The people, united by their humanity, have rejected the old order in striking fashion. No longer will the abuses of the past nor the neofeudalist tyranny of the capitalist age be tolerated by the Russian people. From every public square and meeting house, there are cheers of jubilation as the solidarity of the working classes is plain for all to see.

But these cries will go unanswered without progressive and revolutionary action against the elements that seek to maintain the status quo. We are in the midst of an illegal and a destructive capitalist war that threatens to kill an entire generation of Russian men and leave their widows, children, and mothers destitute. There are palatial manor houses that oversee the serfdom of entire villages in the Russian countryside, extracting obscene value from the fruit of the working man's labor in the fields. We have miners, soliders, and industrial workers who have no food to eat and who have no means to provide for themselves as a result of the dastardly capitalist class.

We must not waste a moment in ensuring the full liberation of the people, in providing true democracy and liberty for our citizens, and promoting socialist values of brotherhood and solidarity among our people.

The war must end. Immediately. There are those who say such an action would be dishonorable. To them I say, is it not dishonorable to leave a child fatherless? Is it not dishonorable to kill a mother's son? Is it not dishonorable to strip a wife of her husband? It is true that the Russian people have lost a great deal in the Great War, which was fueled by imperial ambitions, Tsarist incompetence, and capitalist greed. But we cannot hope to regain our honor through the slaughter of our own people. The bloodthristy war machine has stolen millions of our men from our streets and towns. They were our brothers, our fathers, our sons, and our husbands. Every death represents a person lost to the dragon of war, a man who had responsibilities and duties to his family, his household, and his country. Our leaders have thrown away those responsibilities in favor of callous murder in the West. The Tsarist oppresors squandered their trust in the protection of our Motherland, and we must never forgive them for that.

The people must have bread. The price of commodities, particularly food, has tripled recently as a result of greed and rapacious capitalists. The workers of this nation starve as the merchants and businessmen in Petrograd, New York, and London eat to theur heart's content. We must secure our national food supply, to feed the growing working class in our cities and villages, so that everyone from peasant to soldier to worker, may have enough to eat. The strangulation of our nation's wheat by speculators must be put to an end by the government immediately.

The peasants must have land. Fifty years ago, the Tsar issued a proclamation to end serfdom in our nation. This did not fix the problem. Our brothers and sisters in the fields toil ceaselessly for ambivalent landlords, many of which rule over their plantation estates from faraway places. They allow their subordinates to abuse and rape their tenants, pushing them further into debt slavery as they accumulate bigger and bigger bills from capitalist firms. Without land to control and till, a farmer has no means to care for himself. He is at the mercy of wolves and weather, forced to cede his honest labor to the extraction of capitalist landlords and their eager overseers. Land reform must be the first priority of the government and we will not rest until these reforms are enacted. No government can garner our support without starting the process as soon as possible.

Comrades, brothers and sisters, this revolutionary spirit of our age must not go to waste. We have a sacred obligation to protect the people of our nation from imperialist hawks or capitalist raptors. This opportunity must be used to secure the rights and liberties of the Russian people, without which there is no Motherland.
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