Created By: JustTroper on December 21, 2016 Last Edited By: JustTroper on June 3, 2017
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Russia Is Western

A setting in which Russia is an inalienable part of the Western world.

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Russia, the EU member state

Russia's only real geostrategic option - the option that would give Russia a realistic international role and also maximize the opportunity of transforming and socially modernizing itself - is Europe.

Any sort of setting in which Russia (or Kievan Rus', if in this continuity it never disintegrated into Russia, Belarus and Ukraine) is an inalienable part of the Western community, closely integrated with the Atlantic powers, and a member state of EU, NATO or whatever conglomerate of Western countries. If the storyline involves any sort of geopolitical confrontation, it would generally be between this alliance of countries and some Eastern bloc, usually led by China or Islamic states.

In Real Life, it is a matter of debate whether Russia should be seen as a Western country or as a separate entity (possibly a "bridge" between East and West); however, most agree that Russia is culturally closer to Europe and West than to any other civilizational type (such as Middle Eastern states or Central Asian countries, which were previously part of the Russian empire).


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • In Code Geass, Russia is initially a part of the European Union, and later becomes a part of the Holy Britannian Empire (with St. Petersburg becoming the Empire's capital). The third bloc, which opposes both EU and Britannia, is the Asiatic Chinese Federation.

Literature
  • In Ada, or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov, most of the world is ruled by a Russo-Anglo-American dominion (North America is settled extensively by Russians, and Russian is one of its languages, along with English and French). They are fighting the Golden Horde in this world's version of the Cold War.
  • In The Bear and the Dragon by Tom Clancy, US and Russia cement a friendship after the Cold War, and join forces to confront China.
Music Video Games
  • A common outcome in Crusader Kings 2 if the 867 start date is picked. The Rurikids who rule over Rus will often convert to Catholicism due to proximity to, and power of the western catholic realms, and will not convert to the orthodox church. This will lead to close diplomatic relations with western kingdoms, them joining crusades, etc.
  • Empire Earth 2: Russia was added in the expansion as part of the Western civilizations (the Far East had Korea, Japan and China, while the Middle East had Turkey, Babylon and Egypt), allowing them to build Wonders such as the Parthenon, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Pentagon.
Real Life
  • From the cultural aspect, Russia (particularly its literature, music, painting, philosophy and architecture) is classified as a part of the West.
  • The Islamic countries invariably see Russia (and all the other Christian states) as a part of the Western world; a number of European scholars are also inclined towards this point of view (for details, check out the Other Wiki).

Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • December 21, 2016
    Chabal2
    Blake Et Mortimer: The Yellow Empire (a kind of amalgam of Imperial Japan and Communist China) launches World War III against every major city (including Moscow) as part of its plan to destroy the decadent Western world.
  • December 28, 2016
    Koveras
    A large part of this perception has to do with the fact that "the West" had, until the 20th century, been heavily defined by its adherence to Christianity, and Russia has been a predominantly Christian country since the Kievan Rus period.
  • December 28, 2016
    crazysamaritan
    I am usually on the receiving end of this advice: put "what the trope is" first, and follow it with clarification of "real life events" and "this trope isn't".
  • February 5, 2017
    WaterBlap
    Edited grammar:
    • Roman numeral for century to its spelled out form. (XX to twentieth)

    This Needs A Better Name, and as crazysamaritan pointed out, the description needs to be rearranged. How did this get 3 hats already?
    For a name, I can only think of The West And Russia ("The West... and Russia") or Europe With Russia.
  • February 6, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    ^ Eurassia?
  • February 6, 2017
    WaterBlap
    Eurasia is a thing of its own, and includes India, China, and the other Asian countries.

    But springing off of that... Eurussia? (or was that first A a typo, I can't read apparently)
  • February 9, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    ^ Portmanteau actually of Eurasia and Russia.
  • April 14, 2017
    WaterBlap
    Bumping.

    Also, I think "Eurassia" would be too easy for tropers to confuse with "Eurasia," since it's only one S different.
  • April 14, 2017
    MorningStar1337
  • April 14, 2017
    Getta
    Maybe Russia In Western Bloc or something.
  • April 18, 2017
    CactusFace
    • A common outcome in Crusader Kings 2 if the 867 start date is picked. The Rurikids who rule over Rus will often convert to Catholicism due to proximity to, and power of the western catholic realms, and will not convert to the orthodox church. This will lead to close diplomatic relations with western kingdoms, them joining crusades, etc.
  • April 29, 2017
    tyrekecorrea
    Russia hates the Western World, and only advances this idea to make fun of it. They'll co-opt the formulae of western media in order to entertain their people without reservation, though.
  • May 22, 2017
    Chabal2
    Empire Earth 2: Russia was added in the expansion as part of the Western civilizations (the Far East had Korea, Japan and China, while the Middle East had Turkey, Babylon and Egypt), allowing them to build Wonders such as the Parthenon, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Pentagon.
  • May 25, 2017
    DustSnitch
    There aren't enough examples listed to launch this and expect it to grow with Wiki Magic.

    Also, the name doesn't convey that this is about alternate universe or future versions of Russia. "Future Russia is Western" would be better at conveying the idea, although it would look strange on alternate universe examples.
  • May 27, 2017
    JustTroper
    @Dust Snitch: The remark about "AU/future" was added only because Russia is currently not a part of the Western blocs (such as NATO or EU), and there is no consensus on whether it is "just another Western country", or a separate civilizational entity. This trope refers to settings in which Russia is firmly established within the Western system.
  • May 28, 2017
    Getta
    Russia is specifically Eastern Bloc along with China and North Korea.
  • May 28, 2017
    JustTroper
    @Getta: It's more complicated. Geographically it's both (with the heart of the country, i. e. Moscow and St. Petersburg, located in Eastern Europe), culturally it's European rather than Asian, and politically... well, that tends to be rather unpredictable.
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