The location of the Russian Federation
|Capital||Moscow 29,607,143 inh (metro)|
|Largest City||Magadan 41,003,598 inh (metro)|
-Reincorporation of Central Asia
| 1991 |
|Demonym||Russian, Turk, Uzbek, etc|
|Administrative Divisions|| 46 oblasts, 27 republics, 9 krais, 4 autonomous okrugs|
and 5 Federal cities
|Armed Forces||100,000. See UN Army|
After a lull of almost 50 years, Russia regained its status as a great power in the late 2030s, first as a result of the exhaustion of oil reserves in the Middle East and the annexation of Central Asia, then increasingly as the world’s major supplier of crops and fresh water as the permafrost melted, benefiting from the Great Shift North. It also reaped the rewards of intensive investment from the European Union as relations improved steadily from 2018 onwards. Between the decades of 2030 and 2060, Russia suffered of massive illegal immigration from its southern neighbors seeking its virtually infinite water and new arable lands. Mass protests swept Russia and various regions threatened to break away altogether unless a halt to the immigrants was declared. The government invested massively in its military and militarized its border, although it being immense it was impossible for the government to stop the millions of indians, arabs and chinese seeking a better life.
In 2068, protests embraced the whole country and a new government was elected overseen by observers from Europe and the UN, and reforms swept across Russia, transforming it into a liberal democracy, reducing corruption. This was helped by the influence of the EU, Russia’s main trade partner (together with Canada forming the Arctic Commerce Triangle or ACT).
Major elements of the economy are planned centrally, from the top down, and whilst this results in inefficiency (reduced by improvements in statistics, computing etc.) it has enabled Russia to achieve astonishing feats of engineering including building an orbital elevator all by itself on the western coast of Africa and digging a system of mineshafts that tap the Earth’s mantle. The infrastructure dismissed as useless has helped open up the untapped resources of Siberia and the Arctic and the Russian military was the most powerful in the world between 2055 and 210. Measures taken by the government to encourage russian families to have more children and mass immigration have resulted in an almost unprecedented population increase. By 2160 only 58% of the population was ethnic Russian, with another 18% chinese and 14% from the Indian Subcontinent.
Relations with Europe, especially with regards to economic cooperation, have improved considerably, although tensions persist, particularly with regards to European support for Turkey which vies with Russia for influence in the Middle East. If anything, Russia’s closest ally is an unlikely one – its former enemy, China.