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OOC: Semi-closed RP for now. However, you may rp limited reactions to some of the gunfire/confusion/chaos that's taking place in Russia, like your citizens, embassy or consulate staffs seeing/hearing strange events. It will be limited for now, because what's happening will not be immediately clear; any shens, opportunistic or not, at this time will result in this thread retconned.
 
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"Everything's all in place."
 
The mysterious figure remained silent, facing away from his right-hand man as he looked out the window to the darkened cityscape of the city in which he was in. The moonlight was the only one that prevented the city from being completely shrouded in darkness. 
 
A smile slowly crossed his face, a sinister one. This would change. Soon.
 
"Execute the operation."
 
With these three little words, the machinery of fate began turning with an ominous creak that would reverberate across Russia.
 
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Moscow was a beacon of light in the surrounding darkness that threatened to devour it. In many parts of the capital, streets, roads, and highways were filled with vehicles and pedestrians; stores, shops, and shopping malls were open and filled with regular customers; nightclubs and bars were brimming with scantily-clad women and men who drunkenly dry humped to the blaring music; houses, apartments, and dachas were filled with naked, unconscious people spent by death vodka-filled partying; the halls of Parliament were likewise filled, not with naked, unconscious people, but conscious - if not exhausted - deputies and senators clad in suits who continued to loudly argue and debate about minutiae of bills that pretty much nobody with a brain cared about.
 
Unfortunately, perhaps, for Muscovites, the glittering lights of the capital did not expose the dark forces that were converging there. Through darkened alleys and back streets, such forces made their way toward their destination, silently and ruthlessly eliminating those in their way. It was a pity that the glittering lights did not illuminate swarms of Sikotsky blackhawks that were rapidly converging upon their destinations.  
 
The Kremlin guards never saw it coming. One moment, they were patrolling the grounds, clutching their sub-machine guns, bored out of their minds, mentally counting down to the moment they would finally get to go home. The next, they lay on the ground, dead or dying as blood gushed out of their lead-riddled bodies. In a way, they did go home. The same went for Parliamentary guards, many who were similarly decimated by the dark forces. There were few who put up fierce resistance, who shouted to their comrades to alert their superiors midst the withering gunfire, but they were overwhelmed in the end.
 
Alerts indeed were activated, but they were outpaced by the forces that rapidly spread out across the Kremlin and the Parliamentary building grounds. Anyone, be it government clerks, innocent citizens, senators, deputies, off-duty military officers who stood along the way were gunned down without mercy. Panicked screaming and agonized moans soon filled the hallways of the Kremlin and the west and east wings of the Parliamentary building. The hundreds of Senators and Deputies, along with aides, secretaries, and guards, had barely begun to scramble away from their respective floors when they met a furious storm of bullets. Blood rapidly began running through the fabled halls of power. 
 
They were not the only one: at the massively towering Defense Ministry building, gunfire and panicked screaming and shouts repeatedly punctured the air, the ensuing pandemonium swiftly escalating into carnage. Defense Ministry police and some Army officials valiantly tried to return fire, with some initial success before they were driven back by the mysterious attackers. The Lubyanka, headquarters of the feared Imperial secret police, was not spared the tragic drama: ISB and COMPOC officials and troopers barely had a moment to prepare before they were overcome with overwhelming firepower seemingly coming from all directions.
 
The Kremlin, Parliamentary, Defense Ministry, and Lubyanka buildings were not the only one who were targeted: individual homes of government officials and legislators who left for home earlier in the day were targeted, with the living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and basements becoming scenes of bloodbath. The same went for police officers.
 
At that moment, several power stations and substations in Moscow blew up, and power began shutting down in many parts of the city, plunging large swathes of Moscow in darkness.
 
Nearly four hundred miles to the north, the same drama was unfolding at the Winter Palace and the Peter and Paul Fortress in Petrograd. The latter fell to the dark forces with humiliating ease as its skeleton guard force was all but annihilated, while the former managed to put up marginally stronger resistance before their guards, too, were overcome. At Kronstadt, off the coast, Red Guardsmen found themselves under heavy fire, and despite their best efforts were whittled down to size and disposed of in subsequent mopping operations. Any attempts by frantic Red commanders were thwarted by communication jamming that came out of nowhere. The City Hall and Soviet buildings, likewise, were stormed, with disproportionate casualties on their defenders' part.
 
The drama was not confined to Moscow and Petrograd, Russia's core cities; the dark tentacles slithered across the length and breadth of Russia, wreaking chaos, confusion, death in their wake. Gunfire would erupt in major cities such as Romanovgrad, Putingrad, Smolensk, Tambov, Rostov, Nizhny Novogorod, Kazan, Perm, Murmansk, and many others.
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Chaos. Confusion. Carnage.
 
Such was the situation facing Russians, particularly Petrograders, at this moment. The surprise lighting assaults against the Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Kronstadt naval base was a triumph for the mysterious dark forces. 
 
It also marked the maximum extent of their advances, however, for the momentary surprise, panic, confusion, and disorientation gave way to determined resolve as surviving factory workers, night duty sailors, and Red Guards fought back hard. Gunfire raged throughout the city, and blood splattered its streets as troops of both sides fell, dead or dying. Thanks to this resolve, the assault against the Soviet and City Hall buildings was ultimately repulsed, albeit with Pyrrhic casualties on the defenders' part.
 
The arrival of Army troops from nearby military bases outside Petrograd played a decisive role in turning the tide against the dark forces. Despite the loss of communications with Moscow, and despite the initial disorientation and lack of coordination between ground and air units, troops under the command of Generals Ivanov and Zhukov entered Petrograd and began overcoming dark resistance, albeit on a somewhat uncoordinated fashion. Kronstadt was liberated after brief but bloody fighting, and the Winter Palace and Peter and Paul Fortress once again became battlefields.
 
This was not all: fierce fighting ensued in Petrozavodsk and Murmansk. The battle in the latter concluded on a highly explosive note after the surviving dark forces detonated the city's ports, rendering it virtually useless; Petrozavodsk was pacified after hours and days of fighting, with the whittling dark forces demonstrating fanaticism not dissimilar to the Japanese in the Second World War.
 
As the battles raged around Petrograd, the surviving Soviet leaders hastily assembled at the heavily-defended Palace of Soviets. Discussions - more like rabbles of disheveled men and women screaming profanities - were held to ascertain the rapidly evolving situation, and to try to develop a cohesive strategy to deal with it.
 
The meeting took a radical turn when the hot-headed Ilya Makarov (not to be confused with Premier Imran Markov, who had seemingly disappeared among the chaos in Moscow) launched a devastating tirade against the Imperial government for its "betrayal of the workers and their deputies", and proclaimed the "primacy of the Petrograd Soviet in matters pertaining to state and government affairs" - effectively repudiating Imperial authority.
 
From that point on, the meeting deteriorated. Moderate and liberal Soviet leaders voiced shock and disbelief at what they saw as a "massive overreaction", if not treason. When Georgy Vlasov pointed out the lack of verifiable evidence of supposed Imperial treachery, along with lack of communications with Moscow and rumors of fighting in other cities, Makarov and his supporters denounced him as a "class traitor", nearly provoking a fistfight among the pro-Vlasov and pro-Makarov deputies. Attempts to steer the discussions to conflict preparation failed and the meeting closed on a sour note.
 
The next day, with battles still raging in the Winter Palace and Peter and Paul Fortress, the Soviet deputies reconvened once again. It was the same: there were bitter recriminations between Makarov and Vlasov, with the former insisting on Imperial treachery and the latter insisting on clearing up misunderstandings.
 
It was at the fourth meeting that an increasingly fed up Makarov decided to take a radical step: declaring enough was enough, Makarov and his supporters introduced a special resolution that would establish a "Soviet Republic" in Petrograd and northern regions. The Vlasov deputies fiercely objected to this, with Vlasov himself declaring it a "treacherous overreaction of epic proportions" and demanding that the meeting be immediately closed as to give time for the deputies to "cool off". The meeting was subsequently closed.
 
The next meeting opened several days later with Makarovite deputies introducing their resolution once again. As predicted, there were furious barrages of words between Makarov and Vlasov and their supporters, with the former calling for "immediate and decisive action to remedy to the Great Betrayal" and the latter calling for the independence resolution to be tabled in favor of "greater war preparations in and around Petrograd." When Makarov steadfastly refused to back down, a frustrated Vlasov and his supporters decided to walk out of the meeting, reckoning that the departure of so many deputies would deprive Makarov of a quorum to effectively conduct business.
 
It was a mistake.
 
No sooner had the Vlasovites walked out did Makarov convene another session, this time consisting exclusively of his supporters, where they overwhelmingly voted to pass what was called the "Resolution to Strengthen Soviet Power in Russia". The Russian Soviet Republic was thus born.
 
When Vlasov heard of the news, he immediately made for the Palace of Soviets, only to find his way blocked by Red Guard troopers guarding the building. After attempts at persuasion failed, with the guards threatening arrest a few times, Vlasov decided to hold his own convention at the recently liberated White Palace. Upon hearing of this, a furious Makarov declared Vlasov and their supporters to be "enemies of the People", expelled them from the Soviet, and ordered their arrest.
 
A storm was gathering around Petrograd once again, this time colored Red.
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Petrograd was not the only city to totter on the edge of internecine conflict. Approximately 1,300 miles to the south, the city of Grozny was right on the verge of erupting into renewed conflict. 
 
Heavily-armed militants and Humvees roamed the city's streets and the countryside beyond it, many which were tending to their wounded comrades and repairing damaged vehicles and equipment, having been severely mauled by the mysterious dark attackers that seemed to come out of nowhere. The timely arrival of Army troopers pushed the dark forces into the nearby mountains, where intermittent conflicts continued to persist.
 
That was not the only catalyst to renewed tensions that raged across Chechnya, however. The region was torn between Army general Ilar Dudayev, who insisted on seizing the "golden opportunity" to proclaim long-awaited Chechen independence, and Emir Ramzan Kadyrov, who was adamant that his Emirate remain in the Empire as a "gesture of support".
 
The impasse was violently shattered when the Chechya Supreme City Hall, the headquarters of the government, blew up in a massive explosion that rocked Grozny. 
 
Dudayev, who himself was away from the building by the time of the explosion, rushed back to the scene where he condemned in the severest terms the "cowardice of those responsible for the deplorable terrorist attack against the Chechen people", blaming the dark forces that conspired to destroy the Chechen nation, and took the initiative to conduct investigations, arrange emergency humanitarian aid to the victims, and clear the wreckage.
 
With the Emirate government effectively incapacitated, with many of its surviving members having perished in the explosion, Dudayev proceeded to form an emergency "government of unity" to execute duties of the Chechen Emirate. Not wanting to be perceived as opportunistic, Dudayev refrained from declaring full independence.
 
For all purposes and intent, however, Chechnya was a sovereign nation.
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Somewhere in Moscow
 
"What's the situation?"
 
"A mixed success so far, if I have to be honest. After our initial successes in Petrograd, we have been all but driven out. The same for Murmansk and Petrozavodsk. Putingrad has been a non-starter. Our forces are currently facing great resistance at Volgograd, and the same goes for Kazan, Perm, and Voronezh. Although we have achieved moderate success in securing the North Caucasus, we have been routed in Chechnya and Dagestan."
 
The right-hand man paused for several seconds to gather his next words. "Despite all this, we have achieved the greatest success of all: we have secured Moscow, the capital and primate city of the Empire, along with neighboring cities such as Tver, Kaluga, Oryol, Yaroslavl, and Tambov. This alone places us in a decisive position to seize the rest of this country."
 
The shadowy leader remained silent as he mulled over his right-hand's words.
 
"Moscow, indeed, is a testament to our great success, one that I daresay places us in a position to achieve what we have set out to do. But alas, it is merely a city, a great one yes, but a city nevertheless. It is not enough to merely hold Moscow; we will have to marshal the resources at our disposal, with circumspection befitting that a sovereign state, as to push outward and eliminate the opposition which stands against us. The sooner, the better, before our enemies can use time and space to reorganize themselves and push against us."
 
"What about the Tsar, his ruling circles, and the Premier?"
 
"The Tsar has effectively been dislodged from power. His ruling circles is in disarray. The Premier is nothing without the Parliament, which has served as his sole base of power. 
 
But you are correct in bringing this up, for they are a potential threat to our cause, a threat that has to be addressed and eliminated accordingly. The fact the Tsar and his ruling circles has been dislodged from power does not preclude them from rising up once again and challenging us. Despite the loss of his power base, the Premier remains a powerful leader and thus is a potential source of opposition."
 
The man intertwined his hands.
 
"Find and eliminate them, but do it in a way that they will not be elevated to martyrdom."
 
"This will be done." The right-hand was silent for a few moments. "Should we declare ourselves to the world? A Soviet republic has been declared in Petrograd."
 
"No, not yet. We hold a decisive advantage in our strategic position, yes, but we have not, as of yet, reached a position that we would formally join the international order with the knowledge that we are secure in our power. No, we will focus on consolidating power, mobilizing the resources under our control, and crushing the opposition before we can enjoy the sweet fruit of victory."
 
The man's lips curled up into a fearsome grin, showing his teeth.
 
"After all...we will prevail."
 
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In Moscow and other areas under Dark control, the new regime was indeed consolidating power and beginning the process in which resources under its control would be marshaled for military purposes. 
 
Martial law had been instituted, in which the dark troopers enforced with draconian ruthlessness. Protesters were shot out of hand, the media smashed with the iron fist of censorship, and access to and from Moscow and other darkened cities were strictly controlled by troops that were manning entry points.
 
A call to arms was issued, in which civilians of eligible age was to report to the nearest enlistment centers, and Imperial troops to report to the nearest military bases. Their families, relatives, and significant others would be seized as hostages to ensure their compliance, to be massacred if needed be.
 
Rationing was imposed, with exceeding harsh penalties for anyone who violated such regulations. All critical infrastructure, such as the banking system, the transportation and communication networks, and gas/oil production facilities, among others, would be seized and put to use by the new regime.
 
Prisons and correctional facilities would be taken over as well, to function as makeshift concentration camps. Inmates would be gunned down in their cells to make room if needed be, and new camps would be constructed.
 
To avoid offending international opinion, foreign embassies would be left alone for now, to be subjected to heavy surveillance.
 
With each passing moment, the Darkness was growing stronger and stronger, and in due time, would be poised to plunge all of Russia in darkness.
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As Red Guards loyal to Ilya Makarov converged upon the Winter Palace with intents of arresting Gregory Vlasov, self-appointed leader of the Soviet Republic Makarov was busy making preparations for which the Russian Soviet Republic would supplant the treacherous Empire. 
 
Among his first decrees was the formation of the People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs (NKFA) and secretly the People's Commissariat for State Security (NKGB). Previous preparations as ordered by Markov such as the formation of counterintelligence and intelligence centers in the Soviets were to serve as a nucleus of the NKGB. The People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD) would be set up to administer the internal affairs of the Soviet Republic as well to oversee the formation of a new fighting force. As these institutions would take time to form, security, internal, and defense affairs would be conducted by the Military Revolutionary Committee (MRC) of the Petrograd Soviet for the time being. 
 
Almost immediately, the MRC would face a great challenge: Makarovist Red Guards were confronted by Red Guards loyal to Vlasov and a tense stand-off ensued in front of the now heavily-garrisoned Winter Palace, with the former demanding the latter to stand down and the latter demanding the same for the former. As the stand-off stretched into the night, Vlasov himself was busy setting up shop in the Winter Palace, issuing a declaration denouncing the actions of the Makarovist faction as illegal, and called upon the Petrograd Soviet as a whole to repudiate Makarov's "deluded and misguided ambitions to power." He also reaffirmed his commitments to the "Tsar and the Soviets", and labored to remind Army troops led by Generals Ivanov and Zhukov, which were sitting on the fence, of their loyalty and commitments to the Tsar.
 
It was little success. 
 
After some consultations, many of Generals Ivanov and Zhukov's troops, most which were of worker origins, threw their weight behind Makarov, having been persuaded by his statements (read: propaganda) that the Imperial government was behind the dark attacks that had ravaged Petrograd and that Vlasov and his men were complicit in this.
 
Confident of victory, Makarov ordered the assault on the Winter Palace. As in October 1917 centuries earlier, hundreds of Makarovist Red Guards and Army troopers stormed the Winter Palace, fighting through a fierce storm of resistance from the defenders barricaded inside the Palace. Fighting raged on for many hours, with many soldiers of both sides dying outside and within the Palace's adorned walls. Vlasov himself was riddled with a hail of bullets as he tried to put up resistance in what had once been the Tsar's bedroom.
 
The storming of the Winter Palace was not the only Soviet military initiative; Red Guards and some Army troopers, with air support, were pounding the dark forces in the port of Arkhangelsk, while their counterparts were pushing downwards from Petrograd toward the city of Borovichi, bypassing the irradiated city of Novgorod. Due to the confusion on the part of the Imperial troops as well the tenacious resistance of the dark soldiers, they would make slow progress, with considerable casualties. The city of Narva would be captured after a brief but fierce battle, but the Reds were routed at Pskov.
 
Makarov's attempts to persuade the protectorate troops stationed in the Baltic states to join him backfired after the seizure of Narva, and Imperial commanders in Riga contacted the Kingdom of Sverige and appealed to them for protection against the "Red Menace" in the name of the Tsar. The same went for the Putingrad Governorate (Kaliningrad Oblast). These troops would fight any forces other than Swedish forces that attempted to enter.
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Although the Imperial commanders in Riga had placed the protectorate garrison in Estonia - as well as those in Latvia and Lithuania - on defense readiness, one General decided to take matters on his own hands.
 
From his command headquarters in the Estonian city of Tapa, General Semyon Arkady had observed the chaos overtaking Russia, keeping tabs on information that managed to penetrate the information blackout that had seemingly encompassed the Russian homeland. Whatever information he received, he did not like it.
 
The Commies had seized Petrograd once again, and the Tsar had all but disappeared in the impenetrable fog of darkness that blanketed Moscow. And now they had the nerve to invade the Baltics and seize Narva!
 
This was simply unacceptable. Well-versed in Russian history, and mindful of the implications behind the spread of Soviet power in northwestern Russia, Arkady decided to defy his superiors' orders and launch Operation Piter, the liberation of Petrograd. Unlike the so-called "Red Guards" commandeered by the neo-Bolsheviks, the troops under Arkady's command - numbering some 7,000 - were well-trained and well-equipped.
 
He knew he would face recriminations from other Imperial generals in Riga, but he didn't care. He had a sacred duty, to God, to the Tsar, and to the Empire. Petrograd would be freed from Soviet oppression, Imperial rule restored, and he would be celebrated as a great hero!
 
And so Operation Piter began, with a series of strikes by Arkady's fighters and bombers against Soviet forces in Narva, supplemented by a barrage of artillery and missile attacks on the ground. After some time passed, ground troops supported by T-99 tanks, BMP-4 IFVs, and BTR-82 APCs proceeded to move into and around Narva, where fierce fighting ensued on the streets, houses, and buildings. 
 
Although the Red Guards and some pro-Soviet troops fought fiercely and valiantly, they were eventually forced to retreat in face of overwhelming firepower of Arkady's forces, and Narva was under Imperial control once again. Not wanting to give the Soviets time to regroup, Arkady ordered his forces to pursue the retreating Soviets; his troops easily captured the towns of Sveysk and Kingisepp in hours. Any Soviet aircraft that tried to fly into the air were engaged and shot down, and Soviet ground forces were constantly harassed from the air. Detachments were sent to liberate coastal towns such as Ust-Luga and Kernovo, while the main force rumbled through the A180 highway seizing town after town along the way.
 
When Makarov heard about Arkady's offensive, he immediately suspended operations in the south and east and diverted hundreds of Red Guards and Army troopers to what was called the Petrograd Front. He imposed martial law in Petrograd, and ordered its citizens to dig trenches and construct crude fortifications on the city's southwestern outskirts. As it would take time for these troops to arrive in great numbers, military units already stationed outside Petrograd would have to put up a delaying action, and SAM launchers in Petrograd would fire short-range missiles in an attempt to slow Arkady down, and aircrafts around Petrograd were scrambled into the air to do the same.
 
It worked, somewhat. Arkady's advance slowed down the more closer he got to Petrograd as fanatic resistance on the part of Red Guards in Lopukhinka, Volgovo, and Rakopezhi slowly but surely inflicted growing casualties on Arkady's forces. The general was forced to repair roadways that were destroyed by the retreating Soviet forces, and this exposed his forces to retaliatary hit-and-run attacks by irregular forces.
 
Still, they pushed on: at Arkady's cajoling, his troops managed to fight their way to Gatchinskiy, on Petrograd's outskirts, before they were forced to pause their advance to rest, regroup, and refit.
 
It was that moment Soviet reinforcements began arriving in considerable numbers. While Arkady's troops were regrouping and licking their wounds, the Red Guards and Soviet troopers attacked in force. Pummeling Arkady's forces from three sides, the Reds pushed them back; ferocious fighting ensued in Lopukhinka, Volgovo, and Rakopezhi and others as the Arkadyists frantically tried to stem their advance with their remaining SAM launchers, artillery batteries, and aircrafts. 
 
Only the discipline and experience of Arkady's troops prevented a rout. Thanks to desperate fighting, and the inexperience of the Red Guards, the front stabilized, running from Kernovo through Begunitsky to Ukhora. Even so, the Reds continued bombarding them with artillery and missile launchers while moving troops into position to resume the offensive.
 
At this very moment, the dark forces in Tver Governorate attacked.
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From Moscow, the dark tentacles suddenly slithered outwards in the form of a surprise assault by tens of thousands of heavily-armored masked soldiers accompanied by T-99 MBTs, IFVs, and APCs. 
 
Under suppression fire provided by blackhawks that swarmed the sky, by fighters equipped with air-to-surface missiles, and artillery units that operated on the ground, the dark forces pushed northwards from Tver - not long after brutally crushing a pro-Soviet uprising there - seizing town after town in bloody fighting that stretched for hours. There, the towns of Tozhok and Vyshy Volochyok fell, followed by Borovichi itself. In the northwest, Rzhev was enshrouded by darkness, and the storm clouds began rapidly coverging upon Velikiye Luki; to the west, Smolensk was the new target, with dark forces fighting their way through Vyazma, Drozdovo, and Yartsevo, with mixed results. In the south, columns of tanks and armored vehicles rapidly made their way toward the major city of Voronezh. Fierce fighting was reported in Nizhny Novgorod, where the forces commandeered by Oleg Sorokin was holding off the dark forces at the fortified City Hall building. Cherepovets and Vologa were scenes of fierce fighting, where a massacre of captured troops took place right outside the latter's outskirts.
 
In their areas of control in the North Caucasus, the dark forces renewed their assault against Romanovgrad (Volgograd), with little more success than the last time. The Imperial stronghold of Novorossiysk fell after a brutal artillery bombardment, while Sochi held out under the leadership of its mayor-turned-warlord. The mountains of Dagestan and Chechnya would be utilized as weapons against the encroaching dark forces. Rostov-on-Don continued to hold out against the dark forces, with its charismatic governor leading the fight; the same went for Mariupol, Donetsk, and Lugansk.
 
In Moscow, preparations were currently underway to declare the existence of a new state, one dedicated to Dark Hand ideology.
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OOC: I dont have the inspiration to continue this rp at the rate it was going, so it's gonna be hyperaccelerated. Sweet, short, and cuts right through the bullshit.
 
TL;DR: JED no inspiration to finish rp
 
IC: 
 
The Dark Hand state centered in Moscow seemed to be on the verge of subjugating Russia - and the world - in eternal darkness. 
 
Fortunately for the world, perhaps, it overreached far too much, and it took too much toll on the state's mismatched buraucracy. Coupled with constant rebellions by those opposed to Dark Hand rule, it was too much and the state began collapsing like a house of cards. 
 
The Darkness slowly but surely began to recede away, and the Russian Soviet Republic, now led by former Premier Imran Markov who had deposed the insane radical Makarov in a 'coup', launched a major offensive to seize Moscow, which it succeeded after considerable fighting in which hundreds of soldiers were killed, wounded, or went missing. 
 
After Moscow, Soviet forces slowly yet steadily marched across the borders of the former Empire, expunging all traces of Darkness that remained as well as overcoming resistance by scattered Imperial warlords that reigned over the wilderness of the Russian steppes. Troops stationed in the Baltics and the Crimea swore allegiance to the new Soviet government; the same went for Putingrad, which was promptly renamed Kaliningrad.
 
Soon, from the frozen shores of Murmansk to the warm shores of Novorossiysk, from Kaliningrad to Perm, the Soviet flag flew in the air. After a long hiatus, Soviet power was predominant in Russia once again, and all was good.
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Diplomatic Note from Sverige

 

Despite the change in hands of the government, and the new name that the nation of Russia is flying under, the Kingdom of Sverige recognizes and will continue to uphold its alliance with the former state of Muscovy, now the Russian Soviet Republic and will stand by its ally.

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