Now hold on Putin.
I know you read the title and are trying to make me not exist,
but hear me out.
Russia is one of the most influential nations that has ever existed,
especially within the last century.
Since it’s such a large presence,
it’s difficult to imagine an alternate world without it.
But it’s still an interesting question.
What if the Russia we know simply never came to be?
如果它未曾统一 未曾成为专制国家 未曾成为帝国会又会怎样呢
What if it never united, didn’t become a czardom, and didn’t become an empire?
如果在另一条在平行时间线上 不存在俄罗斯 会发生什么呢
What if in an alternate timeline, Russia never existed?
But first, some context.
It’s no surprise Russia’s existence would have such a large influence on the world.
Today, it’s the largest nation in the world
at 17,075,200 square kilometres.
It borders 14 nations,
many of which are former Soviet states
and who, even before then, were subjects of the Russian Empire.
历史上 由于俄罗斯领土面积广大 人们总认为它也应该是最强的
Historically, it has always been the largest force to be reckoned with simply due to its size,
since the first days of the Czars up until the Soviet Union and today.
Thanks, Real Life Lore.
I really have to stop leaving that door open.
Those are all good points and have a consistent theme: size.
Russia has always been a force to be reckoned with because of this size.
What happens if it remains smaller, competing Slavic states or princedoms?
Is this so crazy? No.
In the ninth century,
Eastern Slavs were largely united by a medieval state known as the Kiev in Russ.
The capital, Kiev, controled the Slavic tribes informed an early sense of unity.
This reign wouldn’t last.
By the 11th century, it had fallen into rivalry among princes and cities.
This unity though was reinforced by the invasion of outside nomads.
The Slavs had always fought the Horsemen of Central Asia.
However, they were no match for a new attack from the Mongol horde.
In a surprise invasion,
the Kiev in Russ was entirely destroyed
as the Mongols conquered the region and forced the cities to pay tribute.
For two centuries, all of Russ was subject to the Golden Horde.
Rebel or refuse to pay taxes, and you get sacked.
Some cities fared better than others during this occupation.
The city of Moscow became a favourite of the Mongols.
They paid their taxes and weren’t destroyed like the others.
It became stable and rich.
More people migrated to live in it which made it more powerful.
The stability meant that once the Mongols lost their grip,
Moscow could rebel, and win.
As the Mongols collapsed,
Moscow was able to take land in the power vacuum and unit all of European Russ,
transforming Moscow as the head of a new state, Russia.
Over the centuries, Moscow conquered new lands,
eventually becoming the large state we see today.
In this alternate timeline,
all it takes is Moscow not becoming strong enough to unite the Eastern Slavs –
or even then – the czardom could have easily have collapsed into itself
during the time of troubles when a famine killed a third of the entire population.
The Russe society is never stable enough to flourish
and the principalities remain so devastated that even after everything.
They only fight each other.
No matter how this happens, what I care about is removing Russia from history.
Imagine something like Germany or Italy before they were united.
A bunch of culturally similar Russian states that can’t amount to anything.
By removing an empire like Russia from history,
it’s pointless to talk about specific events like World War One being changed.
事实是 由于历史上发生过的事件 才促使这样的事件被改变
Because the centuries of events leading up to such events are changed.
Does Germany win World War One?
No, because World War One doesn’t happen.
Most of the history of the 18th century doesn’t happen,
because the Russian actions affected other European empires actions as well.
What I can predict is that the dynamic of Eastern Europe is heavily altered.
Think about it like an international forum of it’s a wonderful life.
There are some winners and losers,
two of which would be Switch and Poles.
Centuries ago in 18th Century, Poland and Lithuania was combined into a single empire.
Yes, there was a time that the Poles almost destroyed the Russians Ardham.
But over years due to stagnation and the ever-growing Russian threat,
在美国独立战争时候 波兰分崩 并被其他邻国吞并
Poland collapsed and was absorbed by its neighbors around the time of the American revolution.
Second, there was a time when the Swedish empire was one of the great powers of Europe
and had potential to be a military force that was
until the great northern war in 18th century,
which Sweden lost to Russia who from that became the new power of Europe instead.
Without a Russia,
both of these countries would become the leaders of Eastern Europe in this alternate world.
And if no unforeseen disaster occurs prominent leaders by the 20th century.
If Russia never actually united and instead remained a series of infighting city-states,
the flat geography of the region would allow for foreign armies to invade.
Russia would be a constantly warring region,
forever unstable as cities could be attacked from both sides.
这就是为什么 在我们的时间轴上 俄罗斯能保证自身安全的唯一办法就是
That’s why in our timeline the only way Russia was able to stay safe was
to put as much distance between its people and enemies as possible.
This alternate Russia doesn’t adopt most European values.
The reforms of Peter the Great Forced Russia to westernize
修建风格 行为 穿着都要像西欧一些国家
and build and act and dress like the rest of Europe.
Yet this never happens without a zar.
Instead to the rest of Europe, Russia is this odd
rule and violent border region between the civilized world in Nomadic, Asia
bearded and weirdly dressed slavs
who divided themselves into a series of warring States.
They look European, but are culturally and religiously far different.
Russia and Eastern slavs only become the outskirts of Europe.
The farthest east most Europeans would care about is Poland.
波兰再往东 什么都不是 只不过是一些欧洲和亚洲人的混合
Past that it’s nothing, but a blend of Europe and Asia.
在这个假想剧本里 俄罗斯就是一面墙 旁边有几个中亚的小部落
Russia is the wall with the tribes of Central Asia who in this alternate scenario.
never create their own countries.
There’s no need to.
They were Nomads and so western concepts of Nation-States weren’t really a thing.
Without a Russian empire to conquer this land, these regions don’t form their own countries.
It’s just open land with tribes, which is actually most of Asia.
Alaska which was formerly a Russian colony instead is just an extension of British Canada.
The scenario is of course very unlikely.
It would only be harmful for Russia to not be united,
to constantly war and compete over resources.
But if the situation got bad enough, it’s always possible it could have happened.
We’ll never truly know what would happen,
if Russia never existed because surprise it does.
So much of history would change it’s almost impossible to predict it in detail.
This is simply one alternate scenario in the countless possibilities.
What do you think would have happened?
This is Cody of AlternateHistoryHub.
So this can lead us to an interesting question:
what would happen if all of the former countries that once made up the soviet union,
all of a sudden got back together again today in 2017
what would a modern-day U.S.S.R. look like in our Modern age?
and would it still even be considered a superpower?
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