Mikhail Gorbachev goes down in alternate history as the man who successfully re-formed the Soviet Union into a prosperous, stable nation. Along the way, he causes domino-effect changes in other nations. What he alone is aware of is the gift of future knowledge he used to accomplish this.
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Contains Examples Of
- Alien Space Bats: The premise of this timeline; it is heavily hinted that Gorbachev was visited by ASBs shortly before he became General Secretary.
- Double Meaning Title: A possibly unintentional one: this is the second version of the story (thus, Gorbachev, for the pivotal character, and Mk II, this being Mk II of the story), but one can also take it as referring to the premise itself (Gorbachev receives future knowledge... including knowledge of how things went down in the original timeline — thus, Mk II of Gorbachev's rule of the Soviet Union, taking into account mistakes made last time).
- Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: Done deliberately by Gorbachev. As one example, Boris Yeltsin is thrown into jail on unspecified charges in alt-1987.