The corrupt and backwards Russian Empire was pushed to its breaking point in the costly and bloody Weltkrieg. In 1917, the Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin launched the October Revolution, ending the Russian Empire and creating a new Soviet Russia in its wake. Wanting to leave the Weltkrieg, the Soviets accepted the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk from Germany, conceding vast swathes of Eastern Europe to newly-created German puppet states like Poland, Ukraine, and the United Baltic Duchy. The act would prove to be a fatal mistake for the Soviets.
The treaty sparked an immense anti-Bolshevik sentiment across Russia. The anti-Bolshevik White Movement, made up of Tsarist loyalists, disillusioned republicans, and even some dissenting leftists, suddenly found widespread support. The Whites, who were pushed out in the initial phases of the Russian Civil War, had now regrouped and strengthened, and marched in on the Reds. From 1918 to 1919, the tide turned against Soviets. Lenin was assassinated by a disgruntled Left SR (Socialist Revolutionary Party) terrorist, and the united whites overthrew the Soviet regime, establishing the new Russian Republic.
The Russian Republic has spent the last decade recovering from the twin hammer blows of the Weltkrieg and the Russian Civil War, with President Alexander Kerensky leading a broad coalition of liberals and social democrats hoping to get the country back on its feet again. However, a number of setbacks both foreign and domestic have provided ample fuel for extremists of all stripes — from reactionary elements hoping for a Tsarist restoration to those elements of the far left that survived the Soviet collapse — seeking to spark the fires of revolution once again. Thus far Kerensky and his supporters have maintained an uneasy truce with the opposition, yet there are those who believe that another round of civil war is inevitable.
- Balkanize Me: Russia was forced to recognize independence of its national outskirts in Caucasus, Eastern and Northren Europe in accordance with the Brest-Litovsk Treaty, signed by Bolsheviks in 1918, and various warlord states (Don-Kuban Union, Turkestan and pro-Japanese Transamur) ceded from Russia in 20s, while the Alash Orda in Kazakhstan reluctantly accepted a status of autonomy and usually declares independence from Petrograd after Kerensky's assassination.
- In Spite of a Nail: In the backstory, Russia still enables the economical program of NEP, even though Bolsheviks lost the Civil War. As such, this time NEP has fewer elements of the planned economy.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: After the Soviet uprising breaks out, Russia can quickly become overwhelmed by all of its neighbors jumping in for a piece of the pie. Transamur seizes Siberia, Don-Kuban takes the north Caucasus, and Finland demands the rest of the Karelian isthmus. Russia can concede to their demands or make war with any and all of them while fighting a knock-down drag-out war with the Soviets.
- Make Way for the New Villains: For the Internationale, Russia can become the next biggest threat after Germany is defeated during the Second Weltkrieg, in the case if Russia conquers Germany-aligned countries in Eastern Europe or even Germany itself. The same goes for the Entente, if Russia doesn't join them.
- Multiple Endings: Russia is one of the few, if not, the only, nation that can take every possible path for a nation. You can be liberal democratic, an oligarchal democracy, a constitutional or absolute monarchy, a military dictatorship, fascist, democratic or popular front socialist and outright bring back the USSR. And then there are all the different leaders bringing in their own flavors to what was listed. Ironically, the only path Russia does NOT seem to be capable of is Stalin-style Totalitarian Socialism, as its Totalists are Kirov's Trotskyists that are (relatively) benevolent domestically.
- Pyrrhic Victory: While the Whites won the Civil War, they got country which was devastated by Weltkrieg and the Civil War, and they also had to agree with the German peace agreement, which obliges Russia to give up national outskirts of the former Russian Empire and pay reparations to Germany. Moreover, the new government barely holds things together and is vulnerable to external forces.
- Russia Takes Over the World: It's easiest to become the new world hegemon as Russia, out of all countries presented in Kaiserreich.
- Secret Police: The military focus tree allows one to restart the Okhrana secret police through one of its early focuses.
- We Have Reserves: Russia starts with over a million soldiers in the field, deployed in over a hundred divisions. You also have no manpower in reserve to draw from when the Second civil war starts. And half your soldiers don't have rifles...
Alexander Kerensky was the Minister-President of the short-lived Russian Provisional Government formed in the aftermath of Tsar Nicholas II's abdication in the February Revolution. Forced into exile after the October Revolution, Kerensky was restored as the president of the Russian Republic in 1921 following the White victory. As of 1936, Kerensky struggles to keep his position and maintain the ruling SR-Kadet coalition, as his government gets more and more unpopular because of economic decline and his weakness in the questions of the foreign policy.
- 0% Approval Rating: Disliked by almost all political groups in Russia for degrading economy and the inefficient foreign policy under his rule.
- Foreshadowing: One of the loading tips is a quote from Alexandr Kerensky, claiming that his "reign shall end only by constitutional decree, or a bullet." Less than a month into the game, Kerensky is assassinated with a gun.
- Our Presidents Are Different: Kerensky is a President Target, since his assassination is the only important event concerning him in the game, which leaves an open path for other political groups to take the power.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Kerensky's assassination essentially kicks off the game for Russia and leads to all of its numerous political paths forward.
- President for Life: He's been a President of Russia for 15 years and declares he will only leave feet first. Somebody takes him at his word.
- Rightful King Returns: After the Civil War, he was restored in his power as the president of the Russian Republic.
- Tempting Fate: Kerensky claimed that reign shall end only by constitutional decree, or a bullet. His death by gunshot is one of the few truly unavoidable scripted events in Kaiserreich.
- Vetinari Job Security: Kerensky was neither popular nor especially good as President, but he was the one candidate everyone could agree on hating the least. Well, almost everyone, anyway...
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Kerensky gets killed in the first week of the game.
- Who Shot JFK?: A variation, with Kerensky standing in for Kennedy in the Kaiserreich universe. Unlike nearly every other assassination attempt in the game, Kerensky's death is not obviously connected to any sort of grand conspiracy, and in-universe his assassin is officially considered to have acted alone, much like Lee Harvey Oswald. However, given how swiftly the various factions within the Russian government move to seize control in its wake, it's certainly not unreasonable to believe that someone with connections in high places either arranged it themselves or knew it was coming...
A former SR terrorist and famous writer, Boris Savinkov established himself as the leader of the National Populist People's Republican Party of Russia after the Civil War. Being one of the most popular and controversial Russian politicians, the self-proclaimed Vozhd of Peasants seeks to recreate Russia in accordance with his National Renewal ideology, which incorporates instituting the totalitarian state, elimination of the inner leftist threat and revancism against Germany and other enemies of the Russian State to reclaim lost Russian territories and influence. Savinkov's populist and ultranationalist rhetoric is popular among peasants, officers and industrialists, yet he is hated by the establishment; however, his alliance with a famous general Lavr Kornilov gives a prospect of his future rise to power...
- Allohistorical Allusion: Some events of Savinkov's ascension as the Vozhd of Russia can be easily seen as allusions to Hitler's rise to power.
- Like Hitler, Savinkov's rise to power begins as he is appointed as head of government by a popular war hero, who took power in a unpopular and ineffective republic, and takes initiative in political matters, promoting his own far-right agenda.
- One of Savinkov's first acts of consolidation of power is the elimination of his former left-wing associates in the face of Maria Spiridonova and her Left SR organization, mirroring the Night of the Long Knives, Hitler's purge of his early ally Ernst Röhm and his SA paramilitaries.
- Ascended Extra: Before DH 1.8, Savinkov was an ordinary Minister of Security for the SR-Menshevik government and wasn't mentioned in any events. After 1.8, Savinkov replaced Wrangel as the leader of Russian National Populists who can through the alliance with Kornilov come to power in Russia.
- Big Bad: Considering Savinkov and his National Populists are almost dead ringers for Hitler and the Nazis, as well as likely remobilizing Russia to take over sweeping sections of the world, Savinkov can easily be a daunting giant for the Internationale to take down, and may even be a threat to Reichspakt, the Entente, and countless other nations that get in the way of his territorial ambitions.
- Composite Character: Savinkov's similarities to Hitler are already explained at length in other entries, but he also has elements of our timeline's Joseph Stalin and Benito Mussolini as well:
- Like Stalin, Savinkov seeks to establish Russia as a modern world power under the leadership of a single all-powerful Vozhd, and he is utterly ruthless in removing threats and obstacles to his power, even going so far as to liquidate former allies (though Savinkov doesn't quite reach Stalin's level of personal paranoia).
- Like our world's Mussolini (and unlike his in-setting counterpart), Savinkov is a former left-wing revolutionary who eventually grew disillusioned with the socialist program, but retained his revolutionary zeal and has alloyed it with fervent nationalism and aspirations to rule through a modern technocratic elite.
- Decomposite Character: Savinkov and Codreanu are essentially decomposite characters of Adolf Hitler. Savinkov's rise to power is clearly based on Hitler's, he shares a desire to unify his ethnic group into one nation by (re)absorbing lands with majorities or large minorities of his ethnic group, leads a euphemistically named ultranationalist party, has a deep loathing of communists/syndicalists and can and will start wars with many other nations of a wide variety of ideologies, often at the same time and with dubious regard to the wisdom of opening a new front.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Kornilov himself isn't competent in the questions of politics and interested only in military affairs. Savinkov, on the other hand, is experienced in terms of the political struggle and uses his position to advance his own ultranationalist agenda.
- Enemy Mine: This trope pretty much sums up the relationship between Savinkov and general Lavr Kornilov. While they aren't fond of each other, they have to tolerate their disagreements in order to save Russia from the Syndicalist threat together.
- Evil Chancellor: Can be appointed as a prime minister by Kornilov and consolidates power after his death.
- Historical In-Joke: Savinkov's economic program, which includes implenting the elements of planned economy (though still allowing private entrepreneurship), is called Perestroika.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: While in real life he was a SR terrorist who later disappointed in their cause, had ambitions of a military dictator and became a Russian chauvinist in his later years, he wasn't a full-blown fascist (though he positively spoke about Mussolini's regime); neither he had opportunities to become the Russian Hitler.
- Knight Templar: Savinkov is unscrupulous in his crusade against Bolshevism (and his definiton of Bolshevism can vary, making a good excuse for crushing any dissent) and prioritizes revenge against the historical enemies of Russia at any cost.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: He's the leader of a Nazi-esque political party in Russia and the closest thing the mod has to a Hitler analogue. It's worth noting, however, that racial question doesn't matter for him and his followers, and more similar to the real life Fascist movements in their vehement anti-Communism, revanchist nationalism, totalitarian tendencies and militarism rather than racism, typically associated with this trope.
- As originally portrayed in DH 1.8, his movement even had a flag that followed the "black emblem (which is based on Ręce Boga, a Polish neopagan symbol), white roundel, red field" design popularized by the Hakenkreuz flag of the Nazi Party. All later iterations of the mod replace this with the Russian tricolor defaced by the "Crown of Thorns" from the First Kuban Campaign Medal commemorating Kornilov's Ice March.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: His rule in game is alluded to Hitler's in some ways, as he is appointed in cabinet by the popular World War I hero and starts his reign with The Purge of the leftist branch of his (former) party.
- People's Republic of Tyranny: He leads the party named "People's Republican Party of Russia".
- Pet the Dog: For a someone who is presented as a pseudofascist, Savinkov is benevolent towards national minorities, allowing them to co-exist on the equal terms in the rights with the Russian people, as long as they acknowledge themselves as Russians and are loyal to Savinkov's state.
- Pragmatic Villainy:
- During the Civil War, Savinkov managed to convince Kolchak to support agrarian policies backed by SRs, instead of purging them, like in real life, and thus to strengthen his political positions and his support among the general population.
- Savinkov himself has a much better track on the national question than other National Populists, allowing national minorities to live on the equal terms with the Russian population and thus ensuring the support from them.
- The Purge: If Savinkov takes control of Russia, he can start purging the socialists.
- Putting on the Reich: Evokes some Nazi imagery, including the title of Vozhd (a Russian equivalent of the German title "Führer").
- Red Scare: His ideology of National Renewal emphasizes anti-Bolshevism more than anything else.
- La Résistance: Savinkov was the leader of the anti-Bolshevik underground and organizer of several rebellions against the Soviet power during the Civil War.
- Scout-Out: One of his is event chains of Savinkov's Russia is focused on the creation of the Yunarmiya (the Young Army), a youth organization, simular to the Pioneers in the Soviet Union and the Hitler Youth in Nazi Germany, which is dedictated to ideological education of the Russian children and preparing them for the service to the Vozhd and the Country.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In real life, he was captured by the Soviet government and, depending on your interpretation, either committed suicide or was killed in prison. Since Bolsheviks lost the Civil War in KR, it isn't a case.
- State Sec: His "Combat Squads". Even before he officially takes power as Vozhd they are used by the Kornilov Junta to crack down on leftists if he is appointed prime minister, and are responsible for the assassination of Maria Spiridonova. When Savinkov consolidates his power after Kornilov's death, he raises the Combat Squads to the status of a full-blown branch of the government.
- Token Good Teammate: Russia's National Populist path lead by Savinkov has at least a pluralistic definition of Russian compared to his more racialist or religous extremist counterparts.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Any terrorist actions of his Combat Squads are viewed by him and his supporters solely as the necessary measures against the Syndicalist threat.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Believes his actions can help restore Russia to glory and ensure safety against foreign and domestic threats.
- Wicked Cultured: Savinkov is a talented writer and also a candidate for a pseudofascist dictator.
One of the most mythologized White generals of the Civil War and a moderate military man, the Black Baron remains one of the most popular figures among the Russian public, with many people looking at him as the last hope to save Russia from the dangers of radicalism, as well as the incompetence of republican politicans.
- Cincinnatus: Can give up his power to either the legitimate Tsar or Parliament after his work of stabilization of the Republic, followed by the political crisis caused by death of Kerensky, is done.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In-universe, Wrangel has a popular following in Germany as the side character in the film adaptation of Unser Kampf.
- The Emperor: Wrangel can crown himself as the Tsar Pyotr IV of Russia if he continues his military rule instead of establishing monarchy with Tsar Kirill or republic.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Prior to DH 1.8, Wrangel was the leader of the Russian National Populists, despite that he didn't have any Fascist leanings in real life and was one of the most moderate White Generals. After 1.8, Wrangel can lead a mundane military junta rather than quasi-Fascist dictatorship, and can actually restore the Republic or install a constitutional monarchy, becoming even more popular if he does so.
- Man in White: When Wrangel declares himself the Tsar, the color of his outfit in the portrait changes to white, which emphasizes his new royal status.
- Nice Hat: Wears a nice papakha as a part of his Kuban Cossack outfit.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: His rule can have parallels with that of Napoléon Bonaparte if he takes the military dictatorship path, being a hugely popular military officer of minor nobility who seizes power in a coup, establishes a dictatorship and eventually declares himself emperor.
- The Plan: As a potential military reformist, Wrangel promotes the centralized high-command doctrine.
- Red Baron: He is known as the Black Baron, as in Real Life. If he crowns himself as the Russian emperor, he'll be known as the Black Tsar.
- Retcon: Wrangel was the leader of National Populists in Russia before DH 1.8, but was later changed to be the possible leader of "moderate" military junta, while the title of the Vozhd of Russia was assumed by Savinkov.
- Spared By Adaptation: In real life, Wrangel died of tuberculosis in Brussels in 1928. Since KR Wrangel wasn't forced to leave Russia, he is in fine health by the start of Kaiserreich.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: After Wrangel comes to power, he can either to continue the military dictatorship or even crown himself as the Tsar.
- The Usurper: He can claim the Russian throne by himself instead of restoring the Romanov dynasty, even though he has no claims on it.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Seizes the apparatus of the Russian Republic during the military coup with the purpose of defending Russia from the potential takeover by either left-wing or right-wing radicals.
One of the leading White generals during the Civil War and a popular war hero, general Kornilov actively opposed Kerensky's government even since 1917, and his disdain for the weak Russian democracy only increased as Russia continued to succumb to foreign interests. While he abstained from the far-right Kolchak coup in 1925, his future historical role during such a tumultuous time for Russia is uncertain.
- Ascended Extra: Prior to DH 1.8, Kornilov was an available minister for Russia and didn't feauture in almost all events. In later versions, he became a potential leader of "extremist" junta path (replacing Wrangel's National Populist path), who can either to continue the military rule until his death or invite Boris Savinkov to the government.
- Enemy Mine: Kornilov and Savinkov aren't on the best terms, but Kornilov hopes that Savinkov, while compensating Kornilov's own unpopularity in the Duma, can save Russia from the Syndicalist threat.Lavr Kornilov (to Savinkov): I don`t like you, and you don`t like me, but now we are in the same boat and everything should be done to save Russia.
- For Want of a Nail:
- In the backstory, Kornilov's survival in the Ice March is implied to have prevented the White Russians from splintering as badly as they did in real life, allowing them to coordinate their efforts and eventually defeat the Reds.
- In the mod proper, Kornilov dies in 1937 if he both takes the charge and later invites Savinkov to the government, but dies a year later in other cases.
- History Repeats: Like in 1917, general Kornilov can launch a coup against the weak Russian republican government. This time, however, he actually can succeed.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Kornilov, if he becomes a military dictator, is reminiscent of Paul von Hindenburg in our timeline, being a famous war hero who can come to power in a weak republic and later can invite a future ultranationalist dictator to the government.
- Spared By Adaptation: Kornilov died in 1918, leading his army during the Ice March of the Russian Civil War. In KR, he not only survived, but led a successful offensive against Bolsheviks, forcing them to surrender.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Tries to overthrow the current republican government because he see it as weak and unable to save the holy Russia.
- Nepotism: As a President, Dmitri can appoint Felix Yusupov as his Prime Minister for nothing more than long friendship rather than his political virtues.
- The Social Expert: Unlike most of Russia's other potential leaders, who come to power on the basis of military backing (implicit or otherwise), Dmitri relies on his personal charm and incredible political acumen to win people's trust.
- The Usurper: Even though Dmitri is a Romanov, he is not considered as a rightful claimant by the Russian monarchists. He, however, can declare himself as the new Tsar Dmitri III, ignoring the legitimate branch of Kirill Vladimirovich in the line of succession.
- Rightful King Returns: Many of political ways for Russia present opportunities to crown Kirill Vladimirovich, who is widely recognized as the legitimate claimant for the Russian throne, as the Emperor of Russia, thus restoring the 300-years old Romanov's rule over Russia.
The Russian Bolshevik leader, second to Vladimir Lenin. He was the Commander of the Red Army during the Russian Civil War, and disappeared since their defeat. It is unknown where he currently is, or if he is alive or not.
- 0% Approval Rating: Trotsky is widely despised in the syndicalist world, as he is seen as responsible for the failure of the Russian Revolution. The rest of the world doesn't view him any better, lumping him in with the rest of the Reds.
- All There in the Manual: Since Trotsky disappeared following the Russian Civil War, he is primarily a backstory character.
- General Failure: As the Commander of the Red Army, Trotsky was accused by syndicalists of causing the failure of Soviet Russia due to his poor decisions. However, while Trotsky did make several poor decisions, the overall situation in the Russian Civil War is weighed heavily against the Reds, and it would be difficult for Trotsky alone to turn the tide.
- The Ghost: While he is mentioned by events, Trotsky himself is completely absent from all countries' lists of ministers and heads of state and never actually takes part in current events.
- Never Found the Body: Odds are good that he perished either during or shortly after the destruction of a relief force, but without an actual body as evidence, there's a chance that he may yet have survived...
- The Scapegoat: Trotsky is blamed by syndicalists for the failure of Bolshevism in Russia.
- Uncertain Doom: Trotsky was last seen in 1919, leading a relief column to try to save the encircled Red forces at Petrograd, but his fate after his forces were routed is unknown to the entire world. He may well have been killed in the battle or some time afterwards, or he could Walking the Earth, never in one place long enough to be found or really take part in world events.
- The older Kaiserreich wiki states that he did survive, lived in the Commune of France for a while before being exiled, wandered around the world, meeting with and inspiring several syndicalist leaders, including Mosely, and survived an assassination attempt while in Britain in 1929. Even in this version, his current whereabouts are unknown.
The Transamur Republic is a country located in the far eastern of Russia, bordering Russia on the north, China represented by the Fengtian Clique in the west and Japan across the sea on the South. The country is in practice a dictatorship under Admiral Aleksandr Kolchak. Internationally, it is an ally and dependent state of the Empire of Japan. Transamur views itself as the legal successor of the Russian Empire in the Far East.
The small state was formed during the Russian Civil War, initially it was occupied by the Japanese and supported by the local population since it was better then living in the chaos and anarchy of Russia, the Republic would also cut Russian access to warm ports in the far east. The new republic gained a prominent figurehead in the form of Admiral Aleksandr Kolchak, one of the more successful White Russian Generals during the Civil War, as well as self-proclaimed "Supreme Ruler of All Russia". Kolchak had been forced to flee to the Far East following his unsuccessful attempt to seize power in 1924.
In 1935, Transamur was involved in a brief border war with Russia in what became known as the Amur Incident. By 1936, the Transamur Republic has become a corporate and militaristic state, politically, economically and militarily under the thumb of the Japanese. The future looks grim for the small state, the youth dream to return back to their brothers in Russia and the Japanese influence seems ever encroaching.
- Puppet State: Transamur is a Japanese puppet state.
Once one of the most hailed heroes of the Russian Civil War, admiral Kolchak fell from grace in 1924 when he became the leading figure of the unsuccessful coup against Kerensky's government. After his failure to establish himself as the sole leader of Russia, Kolchak fled to the Japanase-controlled territory of Transamur and was forced to accept the sovereignity of the Japanese Empire. While he is a basically Japanese puppet and considered as a traitor by the current Russian government, the Admiral-Dictator didn't abandon his ambitions and seeks to overthrow the Japanese yoke and become the Supreme Ruler of All Russia once again.
- Assassin Outclassin': An attempt will be made on Kolchak's life, which may either succeed, or fail and become this trope. If it succeeds, Transamur may attempt to install a democratic government or install a new military junta. If it fails, Kolchak doubles down on his authoritarian rule. Either way, Japan may demand that the ruler of Transamur steps down and let them install retired general Yui Mitsue as thanks for his long service.
- Cincinnatus: Zig-zagged. Kolchak ceded his governmental powers to president Keresnky after the Civil War, but later unsuccessfully tried to overthrow him for selling the country to Germany and his inablity to handle the crisis in Turkestan and the Japanese threat well.
- Fallen Hero: Kolchak was widely hailed as a hero for his role in defeating the Reds during the Russian Civil War, but his image has been tarnished in the aftermath of his attempted coup against Kerensky. He does, however, still maintain a dedicated following both in Transamur and within Russia itself.
- Government in Exile: Kolchak considers his regime in Transamur to be the rightful government of Russia, exiled by President Kerensky.
- Irony: One of the reasons of the Kolchak putsch to overthrow Kerensky was the Japanese occupation of Transamur and inability of the government to deal with that. After the coup failed, Kolchak escaped to Transamur and became a Japanese puppet himself.
- Puppet Dictator: Kolchak's Transamur is a puppet state to the Japanese Empire and only really maintains its nominal independence and its military through their overlords. In exchange, they provide a buffer from Russia proper and deny Russia their port at Vladivostok, which helps ensure Japanese naval supremacy in the Pacific.
- The Quisling: The Russian government sees him as the traitor who sells his fellow Russian men to the Japanese imperialists. The reality is more complicated, and Kolchak isn't very fond of the Japanese rule and wants to get rid of it as soon as possible.
- Pragmatic Villainy:
- One of the reasons why Kolchak was more successful during the Civil War is because he agreed to implement the SR agrarian reforms and cede the political power to the republican government by the advice of Boris Savinkov, and thus he achieved support among the population, while in real life Kolchak had SRs purged and acquired the dictatorial rule over Siberia.
- Enacting token reforms is the only way to keep Kolchak in power at the beginning of the game.
- Redshirt Navy: Transamur possesses such a large navy that it consumes almost all of its manpower and Transamur itself has been described as "a navy with a nation" in parallel to a saying about the Prussian army. However, Transamur's navy, with the exception of its light cruiser force, consists mostly of outdated Russian vessels and the obsolete cast-offs from the Imperial Japanese Navy and lacks any aircraft carriers, and as such the Transamur navy stands little chance against the more modern fleets possessed by most nations with a similarly sized fleet.
- Renegade Splinter Faction: While Transamur was intended originally as little more than a Japanese buffer state, under Kolchak, it acts more as a splinter state of Russia.
- Rightful King Returns: Kolchak views himself as the rightful ruler of all of Russia and views reclaiming Russia as this trope being carried out. There is at least enough agreement or acceptance among the Russian populace for Transamur to gain cores along the way, giving access to the full manpower and industry of the states reclaimed and quelling all resistance.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Due to the Bolsheviks losing the Russian Revolution, Kolchak was never executed by said Bolsheviks and now claims to be the legitimate ruler of Russia after growing dissatisfied with Kerensky's rule. Downplayed in that Kolchak may be assassinated by elements within his own government.
- The Starscream:
- In the backstory, Kolchak was exiled from Russia after leading an unsuccessful coup against Kerensky.
- In the game itself, Kolchak's schemes to return in triumph to Russia run counter to Japan's desire to keep Russia weak and divided, ensuring Kolchak will have to eventually betray his nominal masters down the line to get what he really wants.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Japanese can try to depose him, either by coup or military force, if they consider him too harmful to their interests.
Socialist Republic of Georgia
- Opportunistic Bastard: Twice over; first, when Kerensky is assassinated, the Alash Autonomy usually declares its independence as the Alash Orda instead. Second, during the Civil War, the Alash Orda may attempt to seize Russian land while both sides are distracted.
- Starter Villain: One of the first countries targeted by the Russian Expansionism focus tree. Needless to say it's very one-sided.