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16th Sep '17 5:10:07 PM nombretomado
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With the fall of communism in Europe, Russia lost some of its villain status, so writers were stuck on how to find evil Russians with MnogoNukes on hand. Because, frankly, there's no one else with cruise missile subs and carriers[[note]]Ironically, post-Soviet Russia only has ''one'' carrier, and even it is actually a "[[{{Battlestar}} Heavy Aviation Cruiser]]"[[/note]] for the US to fight. And if you try to set up the conflict in a work of fiction as YanksWithTanks versus ChineseWithChopperSupport, suddenly you've [[BannedInChina gone and alienated one of the largest markets in the world]].

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With the fall of communism in Europe, Russia lost some of its villain status, so writers were stuck on how to find evil Russians with MnogoNukes on hand. Because, frankly, there's no one else with cruise missile subs and carriers[[note]]Ironically, post-Soviet Russia only has ''one'' carrier, and even it is actually a "[[{{Battlestar}} Heavy Aviation Cruiser]]"[[/note]] for the US to fight. And if you try to set up the conflict in a work of fiction as YanksWithTanks UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks versus ChineseWithChopperSupport, suddenly you've [[BannedInChina gone and alienated one of the largest markets in the world]].
13th Aug '17 8:20:00 AM JustTroper
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More or less TruthInTelevision: while diplomatic relations between United States and Russia did improve after the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, antagonism still exists between the said two countries. As believed by many, the catalyst for it was 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia (Russians perceive Serbians as a kindred nation, and tended to see the Balkan crisis rather personally). Things got a bit more sour when UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin came into play; the two greatest stumbling blocks were the 2003 US-led intervention in Iraq and the 2008 Russian intervention in Georgia. As of his latest term in his revolving-door presidency, [[http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130222/DEFREG01/302220014/Norway-Eyes-Next-Gen-Submarine-Acquisition?odyssey=tab 3/4 of a trillion dollars]] had been marked for the modernization of the Russian military (as well as the adoption of more modern conscription system). Meanwhile, Poland and Norway started investing billions into their armed forces, and UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion was setting up two multinational divisions, the Nordic, and Visegrad battle-groups. After 2014, some believe the trope is suffering all-out {{Defictionalization}}, while [https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-08-10/why-some-u-s-ex-spies-don-t-buy-the-russia-story others] [http://theconversation.com/artificially-inflating-the-threat-from-russia-does-nobody-any-good-72029 suppose] that the Washington hawks give Russia Iraq-like treatment and artificially pump up the "Russian threat" in order to justify belligerence.

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More or less TruthInTelevision: while diplomatic relations between United States and Russia did improve after the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, antagonism still exists between the said two countries. As believed by many, the catalyst for it was 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia (Russians perceive Serbians as a kindred nation, and tended to see the Balkan crisis rather personally). Things got a bit more sour when UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin came into play; the two greatest stumbling blocks were the 2003 US-led intervention in Iraq and the 2008 Russian intervention in Georgia. As of his latest term in his revolving-door presidency, [[http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130222/DEFREG01/302220014/Norway-Eyes-Next-Gen-Submarine-Acquisition?odyssey=tab 3/4 of a trillion dollars]] had been marked for the modernization of the Russian military (as well as the adoption of more modern conscription system). Meanwhile, Poland and Norway started investing billions into their armed forces, and UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion was setting up two multinational divisions, the Nordic, and Visegrad battle-groups. After 2014, some believe the trope is suffering all-out {{Defictionalization}}, while [https://www.[[https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-08-10/why-some-u-s-ex-spies-don-t-buy-the-russia-story others] [http://theconversation.others]] [[http://theconversation.com/artificially-inflating-the-threat-from-russia-does-nobody-any-good-72029 suppose] suppose]] that the Washington hawks give Russia Iraq-like treatment and artificially pump up the "Russian threat" in order to justify belligerence.
13th Aug '17 8:19:02 AM JustTroper
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More or less TruthInTelevision: while diplomatic relations between United States and Russia did improve after the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, antagonism still exists between the said two countries. It should be noted that things got a bit more sour when UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin came into play. As of his latest term in his revolving-door presidency, [[http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130222/DEFREG01/302220014/Norway-Eyes-Next-Gen-Submarine-Acquisition?odyssey=tab 3/4 of a trillion dollars]] had been marked for the modernization of the Russian military (as well as the adoption of more modern conscription system). Meanwhile, Poland and Norway started investing billions into their armed forces, and UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion was setting up two multinational divisions, the Nordic, and Visegrad battle-groups. Then 2014 hit, and the trope is suffering all-out {{Defictionalization}}.

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More or less TruthInTelevision: while diplomatic relations between United States and Russia did improve after the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, antagonism still exists between the said two countries. It should be noted that things As believed by many, the catalyst for it was 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia (Russians perceive Serbians as a kindred nation, and tended to see the Balkan crisis rather personally). Things got a bit more sour when UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin came into play.play; the two greatest stumbling blocks were the 2003 US-led intervention in Iraq and the 2008 Russian intervention in Georgia. As of his latest term in his revolving-door presidency, [[http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130222/DEFREG01/302220014/Norway-Eyes-Next-Gen-Submarine-Acquisition?odyssey=tab 3/4 of a trillion dollars]] had been marked for the modernization of the Russian military (as well as the adoption of more modern conscription system). Meanwhile, Poland and Norway started investing billions into their armed forces, and UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion was setting up two multinational divisions, the Nordic, and Visegrad battle-groups. Then 2014 hit, and After 2014, some believe the trope is suffering all-out {{Defictionalization}}.{{Defictionalization}}, while [https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-08-10/why-some-u-s-ex-spies-don-t-buy-the-russia-story others] [http://theconversation.com/artificially-inflating-the-threat-from-russia-does-nobody-any-good-72029 suppose] that the Washington hawks give Russia Iraq-like treatment and artificially pump up the "Russian threat" in order to justify belligerence.
6th Jun '17 9:03:48 AM JustTroper
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Contrast RussiaIsWestern, in which Russia fully blends into the Western world.
25th Feb '17 1:31:55 PM nombretomado
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* DaleBrown -- where Russia ''[[MnogoNukes launches nukes]]'' at the USA.

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* DaleBrown Creator/DaleBrown -- where Russia ''[[MnogoNukes launches nukes]]'' at the USA.
29th Dec '16 9:28:20 AM nombretomado
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* One of the first of these works is Barrett Tillman's ''Literature/TheSixthBattle'' from 1992, where a military coup overthrows the nascent Russian democracy, gets most of the former republics back into what is re-branded the Union of Eurasian Republics and then gets its allies together to invade [[TheApartheidEra apartheid South Africa]].

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* One of the first of these works is Barrett Tillman's ''Literature/TheSixthBattle'' from 1992, where a military coup overthrows the nascent Russian democracy, gets most of the former republics back into what is re-branded the Union of Eurasian Republics and then gets its allies together to invade [[TheApartheidEra [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra apartheid South Africa]].
2nd Nov '16 8:39:27 AM SolidSonicTH
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* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', a FalseFlagOperation by an international terrorist prompts Russia (which has already been taken over by hardline Ultranationalists) to launch a retaliatory assault on the US.

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* In The ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' series mixes this with RenegadeRussian. During the events of ''Call of Duty 4'', a nuclear weapon was detonated in the middle of a Middle Eastern city at the command of a pair of Russian terrorists (Imran Zakhaev and his protege Vladimir Makarov). Zakhaev's death at the end of the game for the bombing has him dying as a martyr, allowing an Ultranationalist party to seize control of the Russian government in the intervening five years leading to ''Modern Warfare 2''. The bear gets angry again when a FalseFlagOperation conducted by Makarov (who himself was ''too'' radical for the incumbent Ultranationalist leadership, continuing the Renegade Russian theme) leaves Russia thinking an international American terrorist prompts Russia (which has already been taken over by hardline Ultranationalists) to launch a retaliatory assault perpetrated an attack on an airport, prompting an invasion and the US.start of WorldWarIII.
30th Aug '16 12:19:37 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''WorldInConflict'' is set in an AlternateHistory, where USSR launches an attack on US and Western Europe in 1989 (in RealLife, the final, milder part of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar), with China later joining the party (no, not the Party)[[note]]An ''extreme'' stretch, given that Russia and China are not on friendly terms, and in fact tend to despise each other[[/note]]. It should be noted that since this ''is'' an AlternateHistory where the Soviet Union has not yet collapsed, it can probably be said that the Bear of this universe never ''stopped'' being angry in the first place.

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* ''WorldInConflict'' ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict'' is set in an AlternateHistory, where USSR launches an attack on US and Western Europe in 1989 (in RealLife, the final, milder part of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar), with China later joining the party (no, not the Party)[[note]]An ''extreme'' stretch, given that Russia and China are not on friendly terms, and in fact tend to despise each other[[/note]]. It should be noted that since this ''is'' an AlternateHistory where the Soviet Union has not yet collapsed, it can probably be said that the Bear of this universe never ''stopped'' being angry in the first place.



* In ''[[{{Earth 2150}} Earth 2140]]'' and its sequels, the [[TheEmpire Eurasian Dynasty]] was formed after WorldWarThree has destroyed all the old nation-states in the mid-21st century. A Russian Army colonel leads his remaining men from their bunker East into what used to be Mongolia, where they encounter the Khans, a nomadic tribe. Joining with them, the colonel proceeds to start conquering what's left of civilization in Europe and Asia. He also marries into the tribe, changes his name, and forms his own dynasty, which persists for another century. By the time of the ill-fated Dynasty's war with the [[EagleLand United Civilized States]], ED now controls all of Europe, Asia, and Africa using cyborg armies and military equipment that has not changed since the last war (and if that means going up against HumongousMecha with old-fashioned tanks, so be it). They are the least technological faction in the games, but can easily out-produce the others, preferring the WeHaveReserves approach.

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* In ''[[{{Earth ''[[VideoGame/{{Earth 2150}} Earth 2140]]'' and its sequels, the [[TheEmpire Eurasian Dynasty]] was formed after WorldWarThree has destroyed all the old nation-states in the mid-21st century. A Russian Army colonel leads his remaining men from their bunker East into what used to be Mongolia, where they encounter the Khans, a nomadic tribe. Joining with them, the colonel proceeds to start conquering what's left of civilization in Europe and Asia. He also marries into the tribe, changes his name, and forms his own dynasty, which persists for another century. By the time of the ill-fated Dynasty's war with the [[EagleLand United Civilized States]], ED now controls all of Europe, Asia, and Africa using cyborg armies and military equipment that has not changed since the last war (and if that means going up against HumongousMecha with old-fashioned tanks, so be it). They are the least technological faction in the games, but can easily out-produce the others, preferring the WeHaveReserves approach.
2nd Aug '16 10:37:17 AM Orca1_9904
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* ''VideoGame/AllianceOfValiantArms'' has the "Neo-Russian Federation"; Russia returning to a communist regime in the early 21st century and engaging in an expansionist military campaign against their European neighbors.
25th Jun '16 2:34:26 PM FordPrefect
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* ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' played this straight in it's seventh series.

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* ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' played this straight in it's its seventh series.
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