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OOC: This is a particular long post. If you don't feel like reading or are plainly too lazy, skip to the bottom.
Leningrad was buzzing with frantic activity. Dozens of limousines that kept filtering into the city around the clock, nonstop.
Several hundreds of voting members from the Russian FSR and the other Soviet republics, as well a couple hundred of candidate (non-voting) members and another hundreds of probationary (observer) members congregated in the heavily-guarded Palace of Soviets (formerly the Winter Palace, even although Leningraders privately referred to it as 'Lenin's House of Fun').
There was only one agenda in the Extraordinary Session of Party Congresses: the relationship among the Soviet republics.
The festering Georgian crisis, as well as other low-level disagreements between Russia and the Ukraine and Crimea over minor matters such as taxation, indicated to Communist Party members of the urgent necessity of a "practical answer to the political question". In other words, the Russian FSR and the other Soviet Republics were de jure and de facto sovereign republics, and a solution was needed to reconcile their oft-conflicting interests before it tore the Soviet "national community" apart.
Party Congress Chairman Trofim Kamenev opened the first session of the Extraordinary Session by introducing First Secretary Dmitri Volgin, who began a long speech on the history of the development of Marxism-Leninism, concept of class struggle, the nature of Soviet power, and the workings of Soviet democracy, as well the shortcomings of Leninist and Stalinist interpretations of Marx's written words. 
"Keeping in mind the intrigues that characterized the 1922 formation of the USSR, and the circumstances surrounding the collapse of Soviet power in the late twentieth century, we need to find a way to stabilize the dictatorship of the proletariat without upsetting the delicate balance of power that presently exists between our respective Soviet republics," he said. "In doing so, we need to reflect on the lessons of the past, lest we be doomed to repeat it."
As soon he finished the two-hour speech and sat down, the meeting room seemed to erupt into verbal pandemonium, with hundreds of delegates speaking over each other, yelling, cursing, and cajoling. Kamenev managed to 'restore' a semblance of order, imploring delegates to make their statements in a "calm, controlled manner." Even so, many delegates continued to speak loudly, and to cheer or boo their counterparts whenever they spoke on the floor.
Many topics were covered, from party discipline (democratic centrism or free debate) to party membership (professional revolutionary vanguardism or inclusive party participation) to economic policy (soft or hard taxation) to foreign policy (peaceful co-existence or world revolution) and so on. But two camps soon emerged regarding the nature of the proposed federative Soviet state: one supporting a strong federal state and one supporting a confederation. 
Although there were proposals for an all-inclusive centralized state in which non-Russian areas would be incorporated into the RFSR as autonomous areas, many delegates spoke either of a "federative union" in which the Soviet republics would share sovereignty with the federal government on a number of matters, like the USSR prior to the rise of Stalin, or a confederation in which the Republics would enjoy a high degree of autonomy as part of an unified nation-state, similar to the Union of Soviet Sovereign Republics that was proposed late in 1991.
The debates would stretch for days and then weeks, in around-the-clock marathon sessions. Tempers often became frayed, leading to furious shouting matches at times, which more than once forced Kamenev to restore order or call for recesses. As with all proposals, there were strengths and weaknesses: there were concerns that a strong federal government would lead to Stalinist-style tyranny, similar to Hamiltonian-Jeffersonian arguments in 1790s United States, and that a confederation would lead to the "dilution of Soviet power" and the eventual collapse of the Soviet state.
Finally, an agreement was reached, based on the old Markovist compromise: all Soviet Republics would enter into a federal Union, with autonomy granted to them over internal and cultural matters but no right to secession; the concept of Soviet power would be declared sacrosanct; and the All-Union government would have considerate competencies in powers delegated to it; to name a few.
Having reached a tentative compromise on the nature of the proposed All-Union government, the delegates entered into yet another debate whether to reinstate the 1922 Treaty of Creation or the 1991 New Union Treaty, or draft a new treaty altogether. In the end, the delegates decided to write a new draft incorporating the compromises as well parts of text from the 1922 and 1991 treaties. The ensuing Treaty of Union not only renamed Russia the 'Russian Federated Soviet Republic' (RFSR) but amalgamated it with the Armenian, Azerbaijani, Crimean, Georgian, and the Ukrainian Soviet republics to form the Union of Soviet Sovereign Republics (USSR). The Livonian Soviet Republic, having yet to send over a delegation, would remain in a "fraternal socialist relationship" with the USSR.
Leningrad, being the cradle of the Revolution, was declared the capital of the USSR while Moscow became the RFSR capital.
The inclusion of the word 'Sovereign' in the union's name was a sop to the confederalists, and satisfied the non-Russian delegates' desires for the formal acknowledgment of their 'sovereignty' within the Union. And not to mention, the Treaty established a link to the past by restoring the old name of the Russian "CCCP" and the English "USSR" and thus "Soviet Union". While weaker than the 1922 treaty, which created the hypercentralized USSR, this Treaty implemented certain measures designed to prevent any future fragmentation of the new USSR. No right to secession were granted, for instance, and the USSR government would continue to enjoy considerable powers. 
The Treaty detailed the responsibilities of the new Union over foreign affairs, defense, foreign and domestic trade, communications and transportation, and so on. The Congress of People's Deputies and the Supreme Soviet were declared the supreme legislative authority of the USSR. The Supreme Soviet would have the power to elect the Congress, and will consist of the Council of the Republic and the Council of Nationalities. In turn, the Congress would convene between sessions of the Soviet, and would consist of the Soviet of the Republic and the Soviet of Nationalities. For now, until the new Union elections, the Central Executive Committee would legislate for the USSR for the time being.
A three-tiered cabinet system was established. Communications, Defense, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade, Protectorate Affairs, State Security, and Transport became All-Union commissariats; with Agriculture, Economic Development, Energy, Finance, Immigration, Internal Affairs, and Internal Oversight delegated to Union-Republican jurisdiction. The rest were delegated to the Republics.
An entire new government position was created: the President of the USSR. Executive power was transferred from the First Secretary, and thus the Party, to the President, who would become the official head of state. Elected by the Congress of People's Deputies to a single five-year term, the President would have the usual executive powers (sign laws and treaties, declare war, confer state honors, and so on), nominate the Premier, and would head the All-Union Executive Committee, which would maintain the Russian White and its staff. Unlike the other positions, a single individual can hold the position of President along with another position (up to two) at any given time.
As part of the upgrading of the Defense commissariat to All-Union status, the Red forces of the RFSR thus became those of the USSR, with every constituent Republics allowed to maintain their own militias. Russian troops stationed in the non-Russian republics would be gradually replaced by native ones over time.
After approving the Treaty of Union, the delegates proceeded to draft and approve yet another document: the Declaration of the Creation of the USSR, which officially proclaimed the USSR and outlined specific reasons behind the decision of the then-sovereign Soviet republics to unite as one. It explicitly disavowed the concept of world revolution as a "failed pipe dream" and committed the new Soviet Union to focus on the development of Soviet power, along with Socialism, in its territories. While stating that the creation of the USSR was a "conscious and voluntary decision of the working Peoples of the several Soviet republics to enter into a supranational Union with equal rights", it explicitly forbade the unilateral secession from the Union.
After the Extraordinary Session of Party Congresses concluded, foreign leaders, ambassadors, and officials would be invited to a large gathering at the Palace of Soviets, where the Declaration was read out aloud by First Secretary Dmitri Volgin, and copies distributed to the embassies and anyone who wanted to get one. Afterwards, copious amounts of death vodka and huge feasts would be given. It was a glorious New Year's gift to the Russian proletariat and the rest of the world, indeed.
OOC: TL;DR: USSR is back !@#$%*es
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"The Revolution marches on!"
Such declarations, broadcast through loudspeakers, were ubiquitous in many military bases that dotted the Sverdlovsk, Chelyabinsk, and Molotov (Perm) oblasts, which were teeming with frenzied activity. Antonov An-124 transport aircrafts were being refueled and loaded with heavy equipment and supplies. The upgraded A-50s were being readied for AEW missions, and several Predator drones had already been dispatched to surveil the lands east of the Urals, where they would relay their discoveries to their operators. Pilots rushed to MiG-31s and Su-34s, all of them armed with S-300 and 400 missiles, ready to initiate operations at a moment's notice.
On Stavka's orders, an expeditionary force of over 50,000 peacekeepers were assembled from several Guards Airborne divisions (the 80th through the 85th, each having 10,000 troops each). An additional 50,000 troops from several divisions would be mobilized on a moment's notice, to provide backup if needed be. Their primary objectives were to secure strategic locations such as airports as soon as possible using rapid reaction brigades, and hold such positions until the rest of the peacekeepers linked up.
To the sounds of the "Internationale" that were now blaring through the loudspeakers, Operation Manifest Destiny began when the An-124s began lifting into the air and headed toward their destination, escorted by the MiGs and Sukhois. They would head for the cities of Omsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Barnaul, Irkutsk, and Ulan-Ude, while the ground elements would cross over into the neighboring Tyumen and Kurgan regions. Several airborne brigades would be dispatched to occupy strategic areas in the sparsely-populated Yamalo-Nenets and Khanty-Mansi regions, with more such operations slated for the rest of the vast Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk regions to supplement the forces that would've arrived by now.
The Foreign Commissariat would issue a statement to the world:
"Upon hearing the cry of help by workers east of the Urals, particularly those mired in the collapse of the White Guardist regime in Siberia, the Soviet Government thus has decided to take action to protect and safeguard the workers from further suffering. Accordingly, the virgins lands of Tyumen, Kurgan, Yamalo-Nenets, and Khanty-Mansi will be placed under the exclusive protection of the USSR, and so will the lands that used to be part of the former 'Siberian Federal District', namely the regions of Novosibirsk, Omsk, Tomsk, Altai, Kemerovo, Khahassia, Tuva, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, and Buryatia."
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The operation was going smooth so far, despite the occasional mishaps by several incompetent or corrupt military officers. Tens of thousands of Red Army troops were in firm control of the territories stretching from the Urals to the mountains of Buryatia. Siberian military bases would be occupied and put back in operation, and all Siberian weapons depots seized, to be distributed to auxiliary police officers that would maintain order in the cities (the Army would focus primarily on the countryside).
Martial law would be imposed over the region, with military tribunals set up in the major cities, from Novosibirsk to Ulan Ude; lawbreakers and curfew violators would be punished by the firing squad. The NKGB would move into the regions as well, quickly requisitioning the best buildings to convert into "combat headquarters". They then rifled through identification records and phone directories, drafting long arrest lists. Members of the former Siberian government, including the leader, Vladimir "Dracula" Putin II, were included on the list. As the official religion of the previous region was Scientology, the entire Church of Scientology was targeted as well. Three-man "special troikas" were set up, where they rampaged through the cities and countryside, waging a class war against "bandits, hooligans, charlatans, and bloodsuckers". 
To try to limit outside exposure, satellite blinders and jamming equipment would be extensively used in the major cities and some rural areas. The NKGB would set up checkpoints around the major cities, starting with Novosibirsk and Irkutsk and moving on to the others, and at specific intervals on all roads leading into them, in an attempt to control population movement. Army troopers and NKGB operatives would receive orders to seal off the southern and eastern borders on a "temporary basis"; existing border checkpoints would be taken over, while new ones would be built. Any media outlets in the cities that continued to function were raided by the secret police and their assets seized. It wouldn't completely prevent information from leaking out (that was impossible), but it would make it very difficult for outside sources to find out exactly what was happening in Soviet Siberia.
At roughly the same time, a massive airlift of food, supplies, and equipment was ordered by the Defense Commissariat, to be carried out by Stavka. This would go a long way in winning over the minds, hearts, and more importantly, stomachs of the Siberian proletariat. The All-Union Central Executive Committee (the interim Soviet legislature) would authorize the infusion of over $500 million rubles to the Siberian regions. Dozens of heavy-duty military trucks crammed full of assorted food, clothes, medical supplies, and heavy equipment would soon file into the major cities, heading for supermarkets and chain stores.
To provide for the framework of a protectorate government, the entire region was divided into four 'military districts', each headed by a military governor appointed by the Political Commission of Stavka (the Party's arm in the military). They in turn would constitute the "Special Military Administrative Region of the Protectorate Government of the Soviet Republic of Siberia", centered in the city of Novosibirsk. In other words, it was a protectorate of the Soviet Union.
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Private Diplomatic Note from Nordisk Rike


We congratulate our glorious comrades in the late reformation of the USSR, and the many expansions you have done to reconnect the borders to encompass all of the former Soviet Union that once stood where you stand now.


-Nordisk Rike Diplomatic Corp

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Private Reply to Nordisk Rike
"We thank our comrades in the Nordisk Rike for their congratulatory words. One day, the banner of Soviet power shall fly once again over the lands that used to be part of the USSR."
- People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs
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Upon determining the unclaimed status of Zabaykalsky Krai, Stavka ordered elements of the 84th Guards Airborne Division to take over the province. An-124s carrying the paratroopers would fly into strategic locations such as airfields and begin unloading troops and equipment; a total of 5,000 troops would be stationed in Zabaykalsky, mostly centered around the city of Chita.
The Zabaykalsky Krai would be incorporated into the Soviet protectorate as a military district administered by a federally-appointed military governor. Army troops would proceed to seal off Zabaykalsky's borders, as per standard policy, and the NKGB would move into the region. Satellite blinders and jamming equipment would be brought into the region, and so would food and supplies in due time.
As the Japanese were a friendly power, and there were no threats nearby, Stavka would begin transferring 20,000 troops and equipment of the 81st and 83rd Airborne Divisions to the border with Kazakhstan, while another mobilization protocols were activated for reservist troops in Stalingrad, Astrakhan, and Azerbaijan regions. Several Predator UAVs would be dispatched over Kazakhstan and the rest of Soviet Central Asia to surveil there.
A debate broke out in the Politburo (the Central Committee having been adjourned recently) over the possibility of extending Soviet protection over Central Asia.
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The Congress of People's Deputies assembled in Leningrad to great fanfare. Over three thousand deputies crammed into the Tauride Palace, where the Petrograd Soviet and the Constituent Assembly had met centuries ago. Their first course of action was to elect the Supreme Soviet; out of over 700 candidates, 650 were chosen to form the first Supreme Soviet, which would become a "permanent legislative, administrative, and central body of state authority of the USSR" between Congressional sessions. Afterwards, the Congress elected Vladimir Kosygin, former chairman of the Bank of Moscow, as the first President of the USSR. 
In the same session, after electing the Supreme Soviet, the Congress turned to policy issues. It granted Gazprom a monopoly over oil and gas production in the RFSR but required it to enter into negotiations with the other Soviet republics for acquisition rights; ordered the formation of partisan committees of experts to ensure the objectivity and quality of school textbooks; re-established state monopoly on the sale of alcohol; and reduced taxes on the production of death vodka. After voting on these matters, among few others, the Congress adjourned. It was a success.
"This is a monumental time for the Soviet people," President Kosygin spoke in front of the rebuilt Lenin Mausoleum in Leningrad's central square. He vowed to "promote, protect, and defend" the interests of the working classes of the USSR, and of the USSR itself. He proceeded to form the All-Union Executive Committee to maintain the day-to-day operations of the executive branch of the Soviet government, particularly the White House and its staff, with himself as its chairman. 
First Secretary Dmitri Volgin expressed his hopes that the USSR would "continue to prosper under the Kosygin Presidency" and indicated that the Party would work with the President.
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Across the vast expanse of the Siberian protectorate, Soviets would proliferate in major cities and towns. The All-Union Commissariat for Protectorate Affairs would receive authorization from the Politburo to begin the conversion to civilian rule. 
Accordingly, the four 'military districts' were consolidated into four administrative units: the Urals Automonous Region (Khantia, Kurgan, Tyumen, and Yamalia), the Novosibirsk Automonous Region (Novosibirsk, Omsk, and Tomsk), the Altai Automonous Region (Altai Krai, Altai Republic, Kemerovo, and Khakassia), and the Tuvan Automonous Region (Krasnoyarsk and Tuva). These regions would form part of the Siberian Autonomous Soviet Republic (SASR) of the RFSR. The reminder, the Buryatia, Irkutsk, and Zabaykalsky, would be organized into the Siberian Provisional Soviet Republic (SPSR), a puppet state masquerading as a sovereign republic.
Urals Automonous Region: 1/7
NKGB border guards units would begin dismantling the border control points alongside the shared border, although they would remain there to monitor population movement between the USSR and the UAR. The secret police continued to check ID and other documents of citizens entering major cities such as Kurgan and Tyumen; those who failed to possess such papers were arrested on the spot. 
Novosibirsk Automonous Region: 1/7
Security in Novosibirsk, Omsk, and Tomsk continued to be near-draconian, with roving NKGB squads conducting mass arrests and executions. Even so, local Soviets in these cities, along with other towns, began assuming responsibilities for the provision of services such as water, gas, and electricity. As with the other regions, the portion of the Trans-Siberian Railway were placed under exclusive NKGB control for obvious security reasons.
Altai Automonous Region: 1/7
The Extraordinary Commission of the Altai Autonomous Soviet ordered increased funding for schools across the region, from elementary schools to universities. School textbooks would be evaluated, and rewritten if necessary, and teachers were required to contribute to a Republic-level curriculum set by the RFSR Education Commissariat. New teachers would be required to earn a fifth-year master's degree in theory and practice at one of the nation's state universities at state expense in order to teach.
Tuvan Automonous Region: 1/7
Several police stations would be reopened across the region, beginning in the Tuvan city of Kyzyl and moving to other cities. Prospective applicants would be subject to a thorough background check by a joint committee of Party and Oversight Commissariat members. In the meanwhile, auxiliary police continued to patrol the streets, enforcing laws and arresting lawbreakers (bandits, hooligans, charlatans, and bloodsuckers, however, would be turned over to the NKGB).
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In response to rumors of NKGB atrocities in Siberia, Internal Oversight Commissar Dmitry Lavrov ordered the formation of an Ethics Commission comprised of five high-ranking officials from the Republics. Despite NKGB chief Vladimir Malinovsky's protests, the Commission would proceed to Siberia. 
Partly due to pressure from local and regional Siberian party leaders and grassroots organizations, the Protectorate Affairs commissariat began re-evaluating its earlier decision incorporating much of the Siberian protectorate into the RFSR; a final decision had yet to be made.
Urals Autonomous Region: 2/7
With prior authorization from the Congress of People's Deputies, as well from the Politburo, Gazprom would begin taking over all oil and gas facilities across the UAR, particularly the drilling platforms and pipelines. Despite loud protests from local oil companies and the local government leaders, Gazprom would exploit loopholes in eminent domain laws, as well Soviet regulations governing private property, to continue its nationalization crusade. Several companies threatened to sue Gazprom for what they called "illegal expropriation of productive lands used for public benefit."
Novosibirsk Autonomous Region: 2/7
The NAR Soviet ordered investigations on several prisons in response to allegations of abuse of prisoners and staff misconduct. With the approval of the All-Union NKVD, the regional Prison Inspectorate would reopen old cases on inmates to ascertain the nature of their crimes. It seemed that under the White Guardist regime, thousands of people were unlawfully imprisoned because they ran afoul of the Church of Scientology. This would be rectified soon as possible.
Altai Autonomous Region: 2/7
Despite attempts by former Scientology members to use the law to protect themselves, the Altai Soviet declared them as "cultists" (which was deemed worse than 'counterrevolutionary crimes' and thus punishable by death under Article 58). The NKGB would launch raids against homes and properties of confirmed and suspected Scientology members and seize their assets. Arresting millions of such members was out of the question, however, so the NKGB settled on rounding up the top leaders and tossing them, tied-up and blindfolded, to the hungry bears in the far north. The rest would be placed under close surveillance.
Tuvan Autonomous Region: 2/7
By decision of the TAR Education Commission, all pre-Soviet student debts would be repudiated. This brought happiness to hundreds of college and university students, some which had hundreds of thousands in student loans, and led to outpouring support for Soviet power. "No longer will the capitalist bankers enslave the working proletariat who want to acquire a decent education!" Mikhail Pavlov, a Psychology major in Tuva University, exclaimed. Anyone who protested this move would be subject to the "night and fog decree."
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Urals Autonomous Region: 3/7
In response to litigation threats, Gazprom would buy the companies out, using every legal trick in the book and ruthlessly exploiting every loophole they could find to secure controlling interest (51 percent) in the companies. However, one of the companies managed to take Gazprom to court, where Gazprom's lawyers are using everything in their power to strengthen their case while undermining that of the complainants'.
Novosibirsk Autonomous Region: 3/7
While the NAR's Prison Inspectorate were investigating prisoners' case files (conducting interviews with inmates, etc), the NKGB would secretly begin the process of constructing secret 'detention facilities' for "persons of special interest" across the region. They were basically reconstituting the old Gulag system under a new name.
Altai Autonomous Region: 3/7
Members of the AAR Extraordinary Commission for the Administration of the Altai Autonomous Region began considering a special resolution that would deny citizens access to free education, welfare, and other benefits because of their previous association with the Church of Scientology. Some of them protested this because it would conflict with the "egalitarian spirit of Soviet power", create needless headaches associated with enforcing it, and arouse unnecessary popular resentment.
Tuvan Autonomous Region: 3/7
The TAR government would receive considerable funds from the Soviet government to upgrade the section of the Trans-Siberian Railway that ran through their territory. The money would also be used to expand existing roads and railways crisscrossing the region as well.
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Urals Autonomous Region: 4/7
The courts ruled in Gazprom's favor, leading some of the companies to complain about 'court manipulation'. Gazprom, however, sued them for violating anti-defamatory laws, saying that such statements "was deliberately designed to harm the public image and character of Gazprom and the honest work it did in the public interest." In the meanwhile, Gazprom succeeded in taking over 70 percent of oil and gas resources and over fifty percent of petroleum facilities in the UAR region.
Novosibirsk Autonomous Region: 4/7
The Novosibirsk Soviet began debating a special resolution that would establish an "Special Economic Zone" in the city's industrial areas as to help facilitate its industrial growth and development. The NAR Commissariat for Heavy Industry endorsed the resolution, saying that it would contribute to the city's economic growth and that of the Siberian region as a whole.
Altai Autonomous Region: 4/7
In a special plenum of the AAR Extraordinary Commission for the Administration of the Altai Autonomous Region, the delegates agreed to the convocation of a region-wide convention with the other Autonomous Regions to discuss the formation of a separate Republic in much of Siberia. The RFSR government in Moscow, however, objected to this, saying that the region should become an Autonomous Republic under Russian auspices.
Tuvan Autonomous Region: 4/7
Plans were announced to construct a new international airport near the Tuvan capital of Kyzyl. In a recent evaluation, the Transportation Authority found the existing Kyzyl Airport to be "insufficient" to serve the region's needs. For years, people visiting Tuva by air had to stop over at Novosibirsk before arriving at Kyzyl via regional transport; the time has now come to change that.
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Urals Autonomous Region: 5/7
Modernization efforts continued at a steady pace, particularly on various military bases that dotted the regions. Engineers from the newly-established Military Inspectorate submitted reports to the Defense Commissariat on their findings. Most of the Army and Air Force bases were in sound conditions and needed only light repairs, while some necessitated a complete overhaul, or failing that, the construction of new ones.
Novosibirsk Autonomous Region: 5/7
By order of the Novosibirsk Soviet, and confirmed by the NAR Extraordinary Commission, the roadblocks that were erected all over the city by the NKGB were dismantled. Checkpoints on all major roads leading to and from Novosibirsk continued to be in place, albeit under a more relaxed regime. 
Altai Autonomous Region: 5/7
After protracted negotiations, the governments of the similarly-named Altai Republic and the Altai Krai agreeded to the unification of their respective territories into an single Altai region. Polls indicated that a large majority of the population supported the move, even although a region-wide referendum have yet to be announced.
Tuvan Autonomous Region: 5/7
The Tuvan government held its own convention, in which its deputies would determine the final status of their region. More than a few times in the past, the Tuvan government had made clear their claims to seperate statehood, that is, the establishment of a "Tuvan Republic" within the USSR, with equal status to the other Republics. This conflicted with Moscow's claims over the region as an Autonomous Republic within the RFSR.
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After prolonged debate, the Politburo approved the deployment of Soviet troops to Kazakhstan and the proclamation of a Soviet protectorate over the rest of Soviet Central Asia. Over 40,000 troops fom the 81st and 83rd Airborne Divisions would make their way into Kazakhstan abroad An-124s and Ilyushin Il-76s, prioritizing strategic locations such as airports, airfields, and military bases. An additional 30,000 troops from the 18th Guards Motorized Division would enter Kazakhstan, via land, from the Stalingrad and Astrakhan regions. A total of ten squadrons of Su-35s, Su-34s, and MiG-31s would shadow the troops, supplemented by MQ-1 Predator UAVs, E-3 AWACs and E-8 STARs aircrafts.
Lastly, another 30,000 troops from the 68th and 72nd Airborne Divisions would be dispatched to take over Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan from bases in the Caucasus regions, with another 20,000 reservists slated to participate in the second wave. As in Kazakhstan, they would prioritize strategic locations and the major cities such as Tashkent, Samarkand, and Ashgabat, among others. Unlike Kazakhstan, which the Politburo had planned to incorporate directly into the USSR, these regions would form part of the Soviet Protectorate in Central Asia (SPCA).  Up to four squadrons of the aforementioned aircraft, along with AWACs, UAVs, and other supporting aircraft would take to the air to provide aerial protection.
In a short announcement to the world's press, Foreign Commissar Lev Gromyko announced that the "region historically known as Soviet Central Asia" would be placed under the "exclusive protection of the USSR, effective immediately."
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Kazakhstan had been part of several empires in the course of her history. Once an independent Khanate, it was weakened by constant warfare and other conflicts and was eventually conquered by the Russian Empire. It eventually came under Soviet rule, where it was eventually granted Republic-status. When the first USSR imploded, Kazakhs found themselves enjoying independence for the first time in over a century -- that soon ended when the Continental Empire of Dalmatia conquered them and established fascist rule that was reminiscent to Nazism in Germany; several nationalist uprisings were brutally crushed. Years later, the region changed hands when the Tianxian empire invaded and pushed the Nords out. Whatever gratitude and support Kazakhs might have had toward the Chinese, however, evaporated when the Tianxian government imposed aggressive Sinicization policies in the name of "Asian solidarity", similar to the hypocritical rhetoric used by the Imperial Japanese during the Second World War. Nomadic tribes were targeted in near-genocidal campaigns waged by Tianxian troops, and entire towns were emptied when their native populations were forcibly relocated to other regions of the Empire and replaced by Chinese inhabitants. As part of the vast Golden Khanate within the Empire, Kazakhs found themselves in the same position as Tibetans: severely marginalized, discriminated, and oppressed by their overlords in Qingyuan. 
When Tianxia finally collapsed during the Great Apocalypse, there were great celebrations. Kazakhs enjoyed their self-sustaining autonomy once again, weathering through the aftermath of the global war the best they could. Although history doesn't repeat itself, it rhymes; a powerful empire emerged in Central Asia in the form of the Persian Empire, which brought the Kazakh hinterlands under their rule. Unlike the Nords and the Tianxians, though, Persian (later Parthian) rule were benign; the Kazakhs were allowed some degree of autonomy, being able to practice their language in official government business, maintain their cultures, and so on. Persepolis even made sure that future generations of the Tianxian officials who carried out genocide were made to answer for their ancestors' crimes. Kazakhs continued to prosper under Parthian rule, more so when it became a democratic Republic, but the Second Apocalypse ravaged the world once again and the local inhabitants found themselves masters of their own lands once again -- although they soon devolved into chaos and anarchy, with constant battles over resources raging across the terrain. 
Such was the state of affairs in the region when the Soviet troops arrived. The first thing the Soviets did was to re-establish order. In the major cities, from Astana to Almaty (soon renamed Alma-Ata), martial law was imposed, and auxiliary police formed from the local inhabitants. Miscreants and troublemakers would be swiftly arrested by Red Army troops and brought to Revolutionary military tribunals for justice. The NKGB would move into Kazakhstan as well, establishing headquarters in Astana and opening field offices across the region. For the ease of re-establishing administrative order, Kazakhstan was divided into three military districts. The West Kazakhstan Military Region (HQ: Atyrau) would consist of Atyrau, Aktobe, Mangystau, and West Kazakhstan. In turn, the Central Kazakhstan Military Region (HQ: Astana) would consist of Akmola, Karagandy, Kostanay, Kyzylorda, North Kaz, and Pavlodar. Lastly, the East Kazakhstan Military Region (HQ: Alma-Ata) comprised of Almaty, East Kazakhstan, South Kaz, and Zhambyl. Each military district would be headed by a military governor appointed by the Political Department of Stavka. The military governors would be tasked with the formation of Soviet power in Kazakhstan, particularly the convention of local Soviets and Party bodies in the cities and towns as a precursor to the formation of a regional Soviet.
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Urals Autonomous Region: 6/7
Inspectors from the UAR Commissariat for Infrastructure reported that some, if not many, roads and railways that crisscrossed the region were in need of serious repair. A report was submitted to the UAR Central Executive Committee that indicated the need for increased funding for the revitalization of these infrastructure. Such funds, the report said, would have to be raised and collected on an "autonomous basis," meaning regional taxation as opposed to receiving them from Moscow.
Novosibirsk Autonomous Region: 6/7
As a result of the ongoing investigations by the NAR Prison Inspectorate, over one-thirds of the prison inmates were freed. Another one-thirds would have their sentences reduced, while a one-fifth with "outstanding crimes of political nature" would be be secretly transferred to the NKGB's secret prisons.
Altai Autonomous Region: 6/7
In a region-wide referendum organized by the Tuvan Statistics Institute, over 97 percent of the population supported the unification of the two Altai regions. A special Commissariat (the People's Commissariat for Altaian Unification) would be set up to supervise the unification process to ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible. The Soviet government in Leningrad will be watching this closely.
Tuvan Autonomous Region: 6/7
By order of the Tuvan NKVD (not to be confused with the secret police), the "Internal Troops of the Tuvan Soviet Republic" was established to police the rural countryside. As for the cities, both the regular police (also under NKVD control) and the Auxiliary Police Corps under the Defense Commissariat would maintain law and order. 
West Kazakhstan Region: 2/7
As with the Urals and Siberian regions, Gazprom would proceed to stake its claims in the oil-rich Atyrau region within the WKR. They would enter into talks with the Atyrau local government, with the approval of the regional military governor, over the possible construction of a pipeline running through the territory. There were some, however, who opposed what they called the "capitalist encroachment of Gazprom."
Central Kazakhstan Region: 2/7
The Defense Commissariat would take control over the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Located in the desert steppes of Kazakhstan, the Cosmodrone was the largest operational space launch facility, serving as launching points for the Soviet and Russian space program. Although the Soviet Union is far from reconstructing its space program, the Cosmodrome nevertheless would be restored to optimal readiness and would serve as a major missile testing site. Part of the facilities there would be converted into military bases for use by the Soviet military.
East Kazakhstan Region: 2/7
A major military base near the city of Alma-Ata (formerly Almaty) were currently in the process of renovation. The Alma Military Base (AMB) would be the largest in this region, if not the entirety of Kazakhstan, and will serve all branches of the Soviet military. Various defenses would be constructed inside and around the base, and will cover the EKR.
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West Kazakhstan Region: 3/7
The military governor of the WKR authorized the convention of local, civilian Soviets across the territory. The other two regions would do the same in due time, and once everything was in place, a majority of Soviets across Kazakhstan would elect the Kazakh Soviet. In the meanwhile, Party cells were in the process of formation, with the goal of convening the Kazakh Party congress that would put in place the Central Committee tasked with managing the Kazakh Communist Party.
Central Kazakhstan Region: 3/7
The Politburo issued a special decree incorporating the city of Baikonur into the RFSR and designating it a special status as a "city of federal significance", which are currently held by Leningrad, Moscow, and Kiev. The same decree also renamed the city to Zvezdograd ("Star City"), although the Baikonur Cosmodrome would retain its current name. This makes Zvezdograd a Russian enclave, surrounded by Kazakh territory. The CKR government, centered in distant Astana, retroactively approved this.
East Kazakhstan Region: 3/7
With the tacit approval of the EKR military government, the NKGB began taking over border and customs duties alongside the long border. This was done with the understanding that the Union-Republican Commissariat for Immigration would assume final jurisdiction over the border in the near-future -- even although the NKVD was also clamoring for the same thing. A 'border security zone' (BSZ) was imposed and local inhabitants evacuated to the rear.
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With the collapse of the Confederacy, Soviet troops, personnel and vessels would begin the process of relocating back home. The Nordisk government would be contacted and informed of the Soviet Union's interest in maintaining a port and surrounding area of Egedesminde on the eastern seaboard. Otherwise, the Soviet government was happy to have that part of the Norwegian Sea in friendly hands.

Furthermore, when Leningrad received the notification from the Northlands regarding a possible foreign threat, it would inform the Northlandic government through secure channels that it was prepared to go to the Northlands' defence in the event of an attack. Stavka would place the Armed Forces on DEFCON 3. There would be no military movements or even preparations for the time being, however, although Leningrad would keep a careful eye on its surroundings. Defence officials would elaborate on exactly what this threat was.

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Upon the reception of the Nordisk's reply, Soviet troops and personnel would modify their plans. Over half of forces deployed to Greenland would remain there, particularly centered around the city of Egedesminde, which Soviet administrators aspired to assume control of, while one-thirds would be stationed in Iceland. The reminder would continue on home.
Urals Autonomous Region: 7/7
The formation of a regional taxation bureau indicated a step forward in the direction of autonomy from Moscow. UAR delegates recently voted in support, with most of the other regions, for a separate Soviet republic in Siberia. In due time, the UAR provisional government would disband itself and turn over power to a regional Siberian Soviet government.
Novosibirsk Autonomous Region: 7/7
By order of the Council of People's Commissars, checkpoints on major roads leading to and from Novosibirsk were dismantled. This went hand-in-hand with the relaxation of the political regime in the region as the long-awaited formation of a Siberian Soviet republic are underway.
Altai Autonomous Region: 7/7
Official of the executive Altai Reunification Commission stated that their regions would enjoy considerable autonomy as an autonomous republic within the larger Soviet republic in Siberia. The People's Commissariat for Altaian Unification likewise made similiar statements, saying that the "voice of the Altai people are instrumental in the forging of Soviet power in this particular region of the Soviet Union."
Tuvan Autonomous Region: 7/7
The majority of Soviets in Tuva convened a Supreme Soviet, which went on to proclaim the Tuvan Soviet Republic (TSR), separate from the Siberian Soviet republic that were currently being planned, and certainly from the RFSR. Despite Russian and Siberian protests, the Soviet government -- particularly the People's Commissariat for Nationalities -- approved this move.
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West Kazakhstan Region: 4/7
In accordance to the new Decree issued by the Politburo, NKGB field offices across the territory were converted to KGB ones, while the FSB proceeded to take over certain buildings for conversion to their own field offices. The same went for the SVR and GRU, even though they continued to retain their respective headquarters and offices.
Central Kazakhstan Region: 4/7
A Soviet was proclaimed in the Russian enclave of Zvezdograd, which would assume all administrative functions over the city. The military governor would continue to be responsible for the city's day-to-day operations, although his role and powers would be steadily usurped by the Zvezdograd Soviet's Executive Council. As of lately, however, the government in Astana had begun to voice disapproval over the "unilateral annexation on Moscow's part." To the south, an additional 25,000 troops and assets from the 59th and 67th Airborne Divisions would be sent into the Turkestan protectorate (Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan), bringing the number to 75,000 troops.
East Kazakhstan Region: 4/7
Work continued on the Alma Military Base (AMB), which now hosts at least two squadrons of the Red Air Force, several thousands of personnel, and several brigades from the 72nd Airborne Division. A myriad of organizations and agencies affiliated to the Defense Commissariat continued to pour workers, funding, and resources into the region in an effort to make the AMB the "largest base in the entirety of Soviet Central Asia."
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West Kazakhstan Region: 5/7
By order of the military governor, the port cities of Atyrau and Aktau are to undergo expansion, particularly in their port facilities. These cities, which are landlocked Kazakhstan's only ports, would form the linchpin of the still-underdeveloped Kazakh economy and play a major part in assuring Soviet economic domination over the Caspian Sea. A planned tax reform would help stimulate the economy as well by encouraging increased foreign and domestic investment and trade.
Central Kazakhstan Region: 5/7
The Astana government announced the formation of the Kazakhstan Union Bank, to be headquartered in the city. The bank, which is to be a subsidiary of the All-Union Bank in Leningrad, will formally begin printing and circulating the Soviet ruble in due time, and draw up plans for taking over bad assets. For the time being, the Kazakh tenge will remain the currency, although citizens will be expected to exchange them for the ruble at fixed rates in the near-future.
East Kazakhstan Region: 5/7
The city of Alma-Ata began petitioning the federal government in Leningrad to make it the capital of the projected Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic, effectively posing a serious challenge to Astana's aspirations for capital status. Among the reasons for this, the Alma-Ata Soviet contended, are the city's economic, cultural, and historic signifiance. Formerly known as Almaty, Alma-Ata served as the Kazakh capital for centuries, and is Kazakhstan's largest city in terms of population. All things considered, it would be fitting if Alma-Ata became the Kazakh capital.
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The Turkestan bureau of the All-Union People's Commissariat for Protectorate Affairs announced plans to begin steps toward the incorporation of the protectorate into the Soviet Union. This only confirmed rumors that had been circulating around society and in the higher echelons of the Soviet government, and the process would begin with the dismantlement of border control facilities between Turkestan and Kazakhstan, and the introduction of the Soviet ruble into the region alongside the local currencies being in circulation.
Uzbekistan: 1/7
The Tashkent Soviet was proclaimed in the namesake city, the first of many Soviets that were to be formed across the Uzbek region - and the rest of the Turkestan steppes as well. In due time, they were to convene a special convention to elect a region-wide Soviet that would administer Uzbekistan as part of the larger Turkestan entity. However, local officials in the Karakalpakstan region began loudly clamoring for autonomy, and so officials from the Turkestan Protectorate Bureau were dispatched to the city of Nukus to enter into discussions with them.
Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan: 1/7
Military officials from the Defense Commissariat would converge upon the city of Dushanbe to conduct inspection visits of the old 201st Russian Military Base there. They would do the same for the Kant Air Base near the Kyrgyz city of Kant. Although it hasn't been officially confirmed, the purpose of the visits is to reactivate these bases and to reconstruct a Soviet defense network in Central Asia. It helped a bit that the Kyrgyz region had a rather well-developed military transportation system, built in Tianxian times, and the government hoped to upgrade and expand them in the near-future.
Turkmenistan: 1/7
Turkmen officials were busy reconstructing the region's tourist industry, particularly the tourist city of Avaza on the Caspian coast. The Turkmenistan Directorate of the Turkestan Bureau, however, lambasted it as a "very ill-conceived tourist ever built" and issued a list of recommendations, such as upgrading the region's underdeveloped infrastructural system. However, the Turkmen government had made considerable strides on liberalizing the region's once-restrictive tourist visa regime as to encourage increased influx of foreign tourists, and the Tourist Bureau in the Union-Republican Commissariat for Immigration made clear its intentions to work with these officials.
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West Kazakhstan Region: 6/7
The Union-Republican People's Commissariat for Immigration established a Maritime Affairs Directorate to oversee maritime affairs (such as fishing, combating of piracy, etc) over the western Kazakh coast in the Caspian Sea. Several high-ranking officials in the Immigration Commissariat have stated that this was the precursor for a Republican-level Maritime Affairs Commissariat. Several shipyards and other naval construction infrastructure will be built in Atyrau and Aktau.
Central Kazakhstan Region: 6/7
The RFSR branch of the Union Bank began phasing out the old local currencies in the Russian enclave of Zvezdograd. The city's inhabitants will be required to exchange their old currencies for the Soviet ruble within sixty days on an one-to-one basis; until then, the local currencies will continue to be legal tender. However, government employees will begin receiving payment in the ruble right away, and the Bank will begin enforcing the timely issuation of the ruble on local banks, businesses, and other entities. 
East Kazakhstan Region: 6/7
After considerable discussion, the Politburo decided to defer the question over the Kazakh capital to the Kazakh working people themselves. This has now necessitated a regional referendum to determine the capital of the projected Kazakh SSR, to be conducted by a regional Kazakh Soviet convened by the local Soviets across the Kazakh steppe. Both the White House and the Communist Party have stated that they will respect the results of the referendum. Early opinion polls indicate that Kazakh public opinion is pretty evenly divided between the two cities, with the northern, Russian-majority areas favoring Astana and the southern, ethnic Kazakh-majority areas supporting Alma-Ata.
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