Union of Soviet Socialist Planets

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“Those who need shall receive. From each according to their ability, to each according to their need.” - U.S.S.P slogan

“Social parasites beware! No work? No bread!” - U.S.S.P anti-unemployment propaganda.

Overview

The Union of Soviet Socialist Planets (Also known as the USSP) is a human nation operating at the galactic rim. Originally formed during the Cygni Rebellion, the USSP was dealt a crushing blow by the SolGov’s powerful naval forces, and was pushed back to human colonies at the outer rim. Surviving politicians and political elements consolidated into the current Soviet state on the planet aptly renamed Moscow-1917. The USSP's colonies following similar naming systems to this, planets being assigned a number based on region and star systems acting as 'self-governing' Soviet Socialist Republics.

Numerous USSP Citizens blame the Trans-Solar Federation both for the destruction of several stations, such as KC13, and for driving them out of the Cygni system. The USSP is presently recognized by the Trans-Solar Federation as a terrorist organization, though this hasn't stopped various organizations and corporations such as Nanotrasen from conducting occasional trade deals with them.

The USSP is considered by and large to be a politically neutral entity by most planetary governments despite their grievances with the Trans-Solar Federation. One of the few exceptions to this is the USSP's ongoing military actions against what they term "space fascists", often conducting raids on any and all companies known to be working with the Elysium Republic.

History

The triumphal banner of the Union of Soviet Socialist Planets

In 2443 a revolt of Sol-Gov citizens in the Cyngi System resulted in the slaughter of 5,310 naval and civilian personnel aboard the Federation station of Oahu Station due to food shortages that came with the great Sol-blight. The blight, remoteness of the system at Sol-Gov’s frontier, unique language of Russian colonists in the system and the recent memory of the Kidan War created the perfect revolutionary fervor needed for the uprising. No one was spared.

The calls of “Peace, land, bread!” echoed through the station’s halls.

The Cyngi systems governor, Stukov Vedeni, was quick to declare independence from the Transolar Federation, founding the Union Of Soviet Socialist Planets. Demands were quickly sent to nearby Sol-Gov planets and military elements to surrender and join the newly formed nation. Some sympathetic commanders pledged support to the Union. Famous among them are Admiral Kyrill, General Jin and Major General Yokonov.

This massive rebellion caused the largest mobilization in human history since World War III. The war was rather isolated at first to the Cyngi System but revolt quickly broke out across the frontier as food supplies became strained. The galaxy went alight.

The U.S.S.P lacked small arms to deal with the constant marine invasions of their planets, constantly putting the Union on the defensive. Federation troops recalled the willingness to sacrifice their own men in human waves - some without even being properly equipped with the sub-par Mosins that most troops had.

“They just kept coming. Wave after wave on our position. All yelling chants before charging hopelessly into oncoming fire. Starvation makes men mad..” - Unknown Federation Marine, 2443

The U.S.S.P’s overpopulated frontier planets were hotbeds of fanaticism; volunteers coming off the streets in a malnourished state only to find themselves thrown to the front with promises of bread and glory. The destruction of planets invaded were unprecedented.

Despite the Federations superiority in tactics and firepower defeat after defeat occurred as overwhelming Soviet forces constantly stormed planetary footholds. Finally Admiral Garrison and Vice Admiral Kolchok arrived in the system with the largest Sol-Gov armada ever assembled since the Kidan Wars.

An attempt at a suicidal attack by the U.S.S.P failed, losing many military outfitted small patrol craft and captured cruisers. Seeing victory as impossible on land Admiral Garrison sent out a final demand to those living on Cyngi Prime - Evacuate Or be exterminated.

Fighting continued on other worlds briefly while the civilian and military populace of Cyngi Prime quickly fled in a mass exodus. The planet was covered in nuclear fire by the superior Sol-Gov fleet; turning the planet to an unlivable hellscape.

“Remember Cygni, remember home!” - Premier Stukov Vedeni, 2446

The U.S.S.P’s leadership had miraculously survived the onslaught, heading further into the frontier where fighting was still ongoing. Even though the U.S.S.P’s spirits were broken and many rebellions had halted out of fear - the strain on Sol-Gov was massive as well.

The logistical situation caused by faulty supply lines, famine and the destruction of the Oahu Station near Cygni Prime had left the large fleet no option but to return to the Federations heartland. Even the patriotic Sol media expressed distress with the precedent made by the armadas decision, sparking protests back in the heartland as well.

With the disappearance of the massive fleet some frontier planets officially seceded from the Federation with little conflict. Planets such as Kuban and New Köningsberg, later renamed to Kyrillgrad, joined the Union of Soviet Socialist Planets while its leadership continued to relocated further and further out into the frontier; finally settling on the planet aptly named Moscow.

Further conflict was limited to small proxy wars in frontier systems as some of the refugees from Cyngi Prime quickly colonized past the frontier to expand the Unions borders away from Sol-Gov. Sol-Gov draft riots and cells loyal to the U.S.S.P begin conflicts in the heart of Sol-Space as terror attacks began to occur even on Earth. This distraction acted as an unofficial ceasefire and served as a period of rapid growth for the Union who’s new colonies quickly found ways around the food shortage plaguing the Federation.

Since 2454 there has been no major conflict between Sol-Gov and the U.S.S.P. Conflicts on planet Kuban between sizable Sol-Gov loyal minorities have sprung up in 2551 which continues to highlight the ongoing nature of the conflict. But as the Union has had its 120th anniversary of its founding it is unlikely the still young nation will be going anywhere. Nor does it appear that this eternal conflict will ever truly end.

Culture

While outsiders see Soviet culture as one conjoined element this is far from true. Within the Union of Soviet Socialist Planets there are major culture groups based around language and proximity to the Soviet heart systems. These are easily divided into three specific groups.

- Heartland Soviets / Heartland Neo-Russians - Heartlanders are typically from the industrial systems of the Union of Soviet Socialist Planets and typically are descendants of families from Cyngi Prime. Examples of these regions are Moscow-1917, Vladivostok Station-00, Kirov-122 and Novgorod-11. These locations are known for their importance in industry, military population, centralized administration and proximity to the Soviet administrative capital planet of Moscow-1917.

These people are what outsiders picture when thinking of Neo-Russians. Heartlanders tend to have views that fit within the Communist Parties lines, view bureaucracy positively and are commonly factory workers, members of the Red Army or some sort of bureaucrat or administrator. Selflessness, loyalty and collective are considered the cultural values of a true Soviet.

- Frontier Soviets / Neo-Cossacks - Frontier Soviets, commonly called Cossacks or Neo-Cossacks, differ from those Soviets of the heartland region. Many take on manual labor jobs providing raw materials for industrialization. These include minerals from Ural-124, animal products from Kazah-221 and lumber from Siberia-129. Included typically in this grouping is the DEFUNCT Rostov Station-01, Rostov being considered the heart of the frontier region of Soviet space.

Frontier Russians/Neo-Cossacks tend to value ideas of freedom over the state. Many differ on beliefs in this region, such as deciding which comes first - being a Soviet or being a self described Cossack. These frontiersman typically show loyalty towards the Union of Soviet Socialist Planets but tend to view urbanites with distrust at times and self-segregate their units into specific Frontier Soviet only units. Frontier units typically resist having Heartlanders put in charge of their military units. In a few cases near mutinies have occurred due to this divide such as General Kyrill, a war hero from the Cygni Rebellion, being replaced with a Heartlander general. Despite a harsh Soviet crackdown at first they were forced to cave in to allowing the older general to remain at his post.

While Neo-Cossacks are viewed as loyal and ferocious many Heartlanders see them as stubborn, traditional and anarchic. Cossacks tend to accept the view, many tending to be skeptical of changes to their frontier lifestyle, skeptical of collectivization and typically valuing the idea of freedom above all else while still identifying as proud Soviets.

- Sol-Soviets / Sol-Seperatists - Sol-Soviets are infamous among Neo-Russians as a rebellious group of non-Space Russian settlers who had inhabited some sectors prior to the Cyngi Rebellion. Sol-Soviets are a small minority of mixed origin. Some come from Chinese-Sol colonization attempts, some finding loyalty in the U.S.S.P while others, such as non-Chinese Sol colonists, typically support separation from the U.S.S.P.

Sol-Soviets inhabit the planets of Kuban-128, Ural-142 and some other less notable planets - typically consisting of isolated moons where the U.S.S.P government have less control as a means to obtain some form of autonomy. Sol-Seperatists exist in large numbers on Kuban-128 due to the ‘Kuban War’ that occured in 2549. The Kuban War was a proxy conflict between the U.S.S.P and Transolar Federation, the Federation finally getting revenge on the U.S.S.P for all the funding they had given to conflicts within the Federation. The Kuban War ended in Soviet success but at a great cost. The war had started over Sol-Soviets wishing for autonomy in language, education and trade - only to be pushed back hard against by the Soviet Politburo with forced collectivization.

The Sol-Soviets tend to wear Sol-oriented clothing and follow dated Sol-culture compared to Neo-Russian culture. Many Sol-Soviets live in urban and suburban communities rather than Neo-Cossacks in rural based ones, being the backbone of the Soviet frontier mining operations such as on Kuban-128.

Demographics

Despite the Union of Soviet Socialist Planet’s openness to outside migrants they remain mostly homogeneous due to their isolationism and lower living standards. 76% of the U.S.S.P’s population identify as ‘Neo-Russians’, 15% identify as Sol-Soviets and the remaining 9% consists of mostly IPCs, as well as some Vulps and a handful of Unathi.

Of the Neo-Russian population around 31 - 46% identify as Frontier Soviets but their exact number is unknown. The frontiers’ open space and limited access hinders Soviet bureaucracy when conducting census’ in the region. Non-Humans are typically kept track of but numbers of self-identifying non-human Soviets are high. The state struggles to define what a Soviet truly is and how one can become a true naturalized Soviet.

Language

The Neo-Russian language, called Neo-Russikye by native speakers, is a hybrid of old Sol-Russian, Gutter and elements of other dead Sol languages such as Ukrainian and Belorussian. While Sol-Common is typically impossible for non-humans to speak the same does not apply to Neo-Russian. While certain sounds may be hard for non-human species to pronounce it is typically easy to learn. The borrowing of non-Sol-Common languages appears to have helped the languages ability to be learned by even non-humans who struggle with typical sol-language sounds.

Galactic Common has been considered a secondary language of the U.S.S.P as of recent years as state schools finally pushed for education in the galactic language. However only 63% of the Neo-Russian population speak Common fluently, many being of the younger generation.

Politics and Economic System -

Political scientists and galactic philosophers struggle to define the U.S.S.P’s government due time its rapid changes throughout the century. Originally starting as a Socialist Military Junta before evolving into a Federal One Party Marxist-Leninist Dictatorship; better known as a ‘Dictatorship of the Proletariat’.

The best description of the current state is considered to be a Federal One Party Socialist State - however the challenge of ‘one party’ has come into question in recent years.

The U.S.S.P is headed by an executive Premier typically elected by the legislative governing body, the Politburo, while the Presidium who is effectively the Head of State is elected by a higher unelected legislative authority, the Supreme Soviet. The Premier seat is considered the de jure supreme executive chair of the U.S.S.P but party dynamics are confusing to say the least.

The seat of Premier has changed hands many times but has consistently come back to one man, Stukov Vedenin, the ex-governor of the Cygni System and General Secretary of the Communist Party. While the Premier legally wields power the General Secretary realistically holds it, taking a back row seat and controlling the parties membership and leadership.

The Politburo is the lower, elected legislative body of the U.S.S.P. The body typically is responsible for passing laws, holding ‘dialectics’ which are televised ideological debates and responsible for representing the people they are elected to serve over.

The Supreme Soviet is an appointed body by the Premier and General Secretary typically of Politburo members, many being appointed heads of integral ministries or appointed members of the Soviet judiciary system. This unelected body is responsible for constitutional changes and is seen as the ‘Deep State’ of the U.S.S.P. Many see the Supreme Soviet as a nepotistic power game of temporary political alliances as to secure power and repay favors.

The economics of the U.S.S.P was once that of a centrally planned, closed economic system of centralized Marxist principles. However in recent years a liberalization of the economy has occurred after the failed forced collectivization attempts on Kuban and other planets in an attempt to continue the centrally planned economic principle.

Certain ‘worker friendly’ corporations have been allowed to base within the U.S.S.P on the condition they do not compete with state owned businesses and adhere to Soviet labor standards. This thawing has been responsible for the rush of modern galactic goods into the country, resulting in a boom of new ideas, fashion and knowledge of the galaxy.

Economic laws in the Union almost contradict its founding principles. The popular slogan of “From each according to his ability, to each according to their need.” is a propaganda slogan that is far from the truth. Labor is mandatory in the U.S.S.P; no matter the reason or disability of the person. If no job is found by the citizen their rations are to be halved and forced into a labor pool program, typically resulting in near prison labor conditions. Conscription into the Red Army and achieving Communist Party membership are seen as escape paths from this fate unless one is skilled enough to find work.

The Communist Party is considered to be a ‘unified’ party but is typical divided on lines - ranging from ``reformists``, who wish for a more democratic union and peace with Sol-Gov, to ``hardliners`` who wish to revert to pre-Capitalist interference and shut out the outside world.

Foreign Relations

The U.S.S.P has few foreign relations to speak of besides with certain loose political alliances and a handful of tolerated galactic corporations. The only known states to be loosely connected to the U.S.S.P is de-facto independent human colony of Tierra, some anti-Sol clans of Kidan and a handful of Unathi clans - those supported typically being Unathi pirates.

The only foreign corporations allowed to operate in U.S.S.P space are Nanotrasen, Mr. Changs and Cybersun. Shellguard products are officially banned from being imported and cybernetic parts are typically heavily regulated. Even cloning technology is considered to be prohibited unless requested by the Ministry of Science due to the fear of overpopulation. Other companies like Einstein’s Engines are banned for associating with Sol-Gov and the Elysium Republic while the Donk Corporation was considered to undermine Soviet culture.

Union of Soviet Socialist Planet’s Military

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A typical USSP soldier

The U.S.S.P boasts the largest army in the galaxy and the third largest navy, being behind that of only Sol-Gov and Nanotrasen. The U.S.S.P produces its own guns, supplies, armaments and vessels without corporate contracts, only occasionally venturing to import any designs.

The Red Army has a mixed history of being one of the most feared yet laughed at militaries in the galaxy. Part of this is due to their furocity and asymmetrical warfare tactics while the other part is due to their lack of modern arms, ruinous campaigns and expenditure of their own troops. The Red Army is not commonly seen as a professional fighting force but rather a people’s army, conscripting all adult males who are unable to find work via the Soviet work pooling program. While this supplies many recruits it does little to ensure troop morale.

The People’s Navy is one of the largest in personnel but only the third largest in number of ships. The Soviet Naval Infantry are the largest section of the Soviet navy, specializing in hit-and-run orbital landing tactics and are typically considered the most elite Soviet units. The People’s Navy suffers a doctrinal issue as admirals conflict in the application of the navy; some arguing for large fleets of battleships while others argue for smaller fast-attack fleets; the former being the official doctrine of the Union to the dismay of some.

Despite the size of the Soviet navy this issue of doctrine has left its naval power to only that of the Elysium Republic as many of the large Soviet vessels date back to the Cygni Rebellion. Newer vessels commissioned seem to take forever to leave space port due to the restricted resources given to the Navy. Much of the Navy’s materials are diverted to the Soviet stations and colonization projects as well as the more favored Red Army.