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Official Name: Central Siberian Republic, Commonwealth of Siberia (Humanist superregional unification), Republic of Russia (national unification), Commonwealth of Russia (Humanist national unification)
Ruling Party: Dekabristy
Ideology: Conservative Democracy

The remnants of the partially collapsed Central Siberian Republic, a large democratic republic led by Soviet intelligentsia founded after the end of World War II.

  • Allohistorical Allusion: Boris Khodorkovsky, the father of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a prominent Russian oligarch who at one point was the richest man in Russia before falling out with Vladimir Putin, appears as one of the richest people in Tomsk in a flavor event.
  • Balkanize Me: The Central Siberian Republic used to rule all of Central Siberia, before it was invaded by Yagoda's Far Eastern Soviet. What followed was the Siberian War, an absolutely horrific meat grinder of a war that caused both countries to eventually explode into pieces. In the Central Siberian Republic, the huge human cost of the war led to an anarchist revolution coming out of Kansk, creating the Siberian Black Army, and some officers seized Novosibirsk and declared its independence. General Krylov launched an operation to crush the SBA, only to fail and get mutinied by Andreev's clique and go nuts as a result, creating Kemerovo and Krasnoyarsk.
  • Disaster Democracy: Tomsk has a strong and functional democratic system, built by former Soviet intelligentsia who desire total freedom of expression, which was suppressed under Soviet rule.
  • Good vs. Good: All of the political parties present on Tomsk are presented in a benevolent light, with their only "conflict" being what is the best method of social development to be taken. This becomes a bit more muddled after Tomsk unifies Central Siberia, where the salon-based model of government is criticized for being elitist by independent politicians. If the player isn't careful at managing their policies regarding these criticisms, Tomsk may actually end up collapsing.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The ideologies that the "parties" of Tomsk take in gameplay do not exactly represent their actual ideologies, and are instead ideologies that best fit how these salons behave. The salons' actual ideologies are philosophies of social development rather than any concrete political standings or policies.
    • The Decembrists emphasize the importance of Russia's environment and its connection to history. They are classified as Conservative Democrats.
    • The Humanists emphasize protecting human rights and people's freedoms of expression. They are classified as Social Democrats.
    • The Modernists emphasize developing the country into a technocratic and modern state through science and education. They are classified as Liberal Democrats.
    • The Bastillards emphasize the need to protect Tomsk's republicanism through strength, stability, and anti-extremism. They are classified as Authoritarian Democrats.
  • Romanticism Versus Enlightenment: The central divide of Tomsk's political spectrum is this, rather than left versus right (as all of Tomsk's salons are somewhat syncretic in political thought). The Humanists and Decembrists tend to be more romantic, while the Bastillards and Modernists are more in favor of enlightenment values.
  • Scienceville: Widely known as an idealistic democracy ruled by a clique of scientists and scholars. This is especially true if the Modernists take over, in which case Andrey Sakharov will pursue a campaign of scientific development and greatly advance the local standard of living.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism:
    • Tomsk is a very idealistic, philosophical democracy centred on intellectualism, art, and science; its parties (more accurately Salons and political movements) are named Bastillards, Decembrists, Humanists and Modernists, and are not organized around political power but instead the pure pursuit of political philosophy, and it can't follow any non-democratic path.
    • In-game, after Tomsk unifies Central Siberia, they face the so-called "Cynicism Crisis", which sees rising cynicism against the idealistic Tomskian salon-based democracy. New independent parties and politicians are coming out and questioning the salon system, criticizing it for its apparent elitist nature.
  • Vestigial Empire: Tomsk was the center of the Central Siberian Republic, the only non-Communist state founded in the immediate collapse of the Soviet Union, but it was shattered by generals who had their own far-reaching ambitions for unifying Russia.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: The free thinkers who ruled the Central Siberian Republic have wonderful ideas about creating a fair and democratic nation, but they have very little experience with actual political intrigue. This resulted in the collapse of the Central Siberian Republic, as their ambitious generals defied their idealism and seceded.

Boris Pasternak
Party: Dekabristy
Ideology: Conservative Democracy

  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: Boris Pasternak in real life was a poet, novelist, and literary translator. In TNO, he took up politics and decided to unify Central Siberia under the Central Siberian Republic, with him as its first president.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The real Pasternak died in 1960, at the age of 70. In this timeline, he is still alive by 1962, but will die shortly after the game begins.

Dmitry Likhachyov

Party: Dekabristy
Ideology: Conservative Democracy

  • In Harmony with Nature: Likhachyov and the Decembrists are conservationists and proto-environmentalists. They strongly believe that the Russian people are closely tied to the Russian land, and that development which destroys that land will harm the people as well.
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: Likhachyov is an Old Russian medievalist and linguist who in TNO becomes the new leader of the conservative Decembrists in Tomsk after Pasternak's resignation and passing, and can be elected to lead the country. He did have some Soviet dissident activities in real life though.

Dmitry Shostakovich
Party: Gumanisty
Ideology: Social Democracy

  • Passing the Torch: In 1967, due to his ailing health, Shostakovich steps down as leader of the Humanists and lets his protégé Mieczysław Weinberg succeed him.
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: Dmitry Shostakovich in real life was a famous composer and pianist who (after being the target of a few political accusations from high-ranking Soviet politicians during Stalin's regime) had joined the Communist Party as a delegate for the Supreme Soviet during the 1960s. However, since the Nazi victory destroyed the USSR before this point in TNO's timeline, and since Tomsk's democracy is led entirely by the intelligentsia, Shostakovich has formed the Humanist Association, to focus on protecting the people's freedom of artistic expression.

Mieczysław Weinberg
Party: Gumanisty
Ideology: Social Democracy

  • Good Is Not Soft: Weinberg seeks to build a Russia freed from tyrants and extremism, a Russia kind to its workers, and ruthless against its enemies.
  • Number Two: Weinberg is the protégé of Dmitry Shostakovich, before succeeding him as the Humanists' leader when Shostakovich steps down.
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: The real Weinberg was a composer who had very little involvement in politics. In TNO, he is the leader of the Humanist political salon after Shostakovich's resignation.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Weinberg's native Poland fell to the Nazis long ago, and he was forced to flee to Minsk and then Tashkent, before settling in Tomsk.

Andrey Sakharov
Party: Modernisty
Ideology: Liberal Democracy

  • Allohistorical Allusion: Unlike Tomsk's other leaders, Sakharov was an actual outspoken Soviet dissident and a liberal democrat in real life.
  • Emperor Scientist: Sakharov is a scientist and the presidential candidate for the Modernists. Tomsk under Sakharov's leadership will accelerate its scientific developments and modernize its society to greatly improve its people's living standards.

Daniil Kharms
Party: Bastilyary
Ideology: Authoritarian Democracy

  • Refuge in Audacity: At a campaign event, he acknowledges claims that the Bastillards don't have much care for the average worker, and embraces them, saying that the defense and maintenance of the Republic must come first and that the Bastillards admit this rather than hiding it.
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: In real life, Kharms was a poet, writer and dramatist. In this timeline, he has found himself a place in Tomsk's intelligentsia-guided democracy as leader of the Bastillard political salon.

Official Name: Federation of Novosibirsk and Altay, Central Siberian Federation (regional unification), Siberian Federation (superregional unification), Russian Federation (national unification)
Ruling Party: Novosibirskiye Siloviki
Ideology: Authoritarian Democracy

A secessionist Siberian republic created after the Siberian War, governed by a clique of ex-military strongmen (siloviki) headed by former Soviet ace pilot Alexander Pokryshkin.

  • Allohistorical Allusion:
    • Novosibirsk's rule is reminiscent of Vladimir Putin's Russia in many ways; a Russia (re)united under their banner is even called the Russian Federation.
    • Appropriately for a regime run by a former Ace Pilot, a sizable portion of Novosibirsk's general staff consists of Soviet aces during the Second World War and Field Marshal Alexander Novikov was the head of the Soviet Air Force for much of the Second World War.
  • Black Market: With a large population and a developed economy, Novosibirsk's government has faced many problems with combatting the illegal trade of drugs. As the problem continues to spiral out of control, this is beginning to have a greater effect on the community, and addiction is becoming increasingly common in Novosibirsk.
  • Choosing Neutrality: During the Siberian War, Alexander Pokryshkin and Vasily Shukshin, unwilling to see the young men from their hometowns die pointlessly on the battlefield, seized Novosibirsk and formed a new government free from any influence, truly neutral amidst the chaos in Russia.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: Novosibirsk is the canonical unifier of Siberia, before being defeated by the West Russian Revolutionary Front led by Georgy Zhukov, who then proceeds to unify Russia.
  • Elite Army: The All-Siberian Army of Novosibirsk is amongst the best military forces in the region with lots of experience from years of conflict.
  • The Federation: The Federation of Novosibirsk and Altay, as Novosibirsk is officially known, was formed by an uneasy alliance between the municipal governments of Novosibirsk and Barnaul, and prefers to peacefully unite other warlords under their federation, instead of building a unitary state.
  • Retcon: In the demo, Novosibirsk was a theocratic Old Believers state with a bishop as the head of state.
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: Vasily Shukshin, the head of government of Novosibirsk, was in our world an actor, director, and writer with a deep interest in the lives of ordinary Russians.
  • Start My Own: The municipalities of Novosibirsk and Altay used to be part of the Central Siberian Republic, but following the collapse of the latter during the Siberian War, they seceded from it, in order to create their own federation.

Alexander Pokryshkin

Party: Novosibirskiye Siloviki
Ideology: Authoritarian Democracy

  • Ace Pilot: Pokryshkin is an ace pilot who earned the title Hero of the Soviet Union for his heroism in the Second World War.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: While Alexander Pokryshkin was historically a heroic ace pilot and air force general, he had relatively little interest in politics. Here, he can reunify Russia under his banner.

Official Name: Principality of Kemerovo, Grand Principality of Central Siberia (regional unification), Kingdom of Siberia (superregional unification), Kingdom of Rus' (national unification)
Ruling Party: Zemsky Sobor
Ideology: Despotism

In the final days of World War II, Major General Nikolai Ivanovich Krylov suffered a nervous breakdown. The Soviet Union was suffering defeat after defeat, his own army had been completely annihilated, and he himself was wounded. Krylov and his officers escaped east and joined the Central Siberian Republic, where Krylov drowned his pains with vodka and cigarettes. Things only went from bad for worse for Krylov, as his campaign against the Siberian Black Army ended in total failure, and even his own officers mutinied against him.

One night, Krylov locked himself naked in his room, with his cigarettes, vodka, and a book on Orthodox mysticism. When he walked out the next day, he was a changed man. He proclaimed that he received an order to reunite Russia, and crowned himself Rurik II, the second coming of the ancient Varangian prince Rurik. No longer following Central Siberian rule, Rurik II gathered popular support with promises of conquest and glory, and prepares to reunite Russia under his peculiar ideology that mixes Tsarist traditionalism with Soviet modernism.

  • Days of Future Past: Kemerovo invokes this in attempt to emulate the aesthetics and customs of Kievan Rus' and the Muscovite Tsardom while being a state with a strong industrial base and comparatively modernized army.
  • The Good Kingdom: Despite the batshit insane circumstances that led to the creation of the monarchy in Kemerovo, Rurik II's rule is actually quite populist: he maintains the best parts of the old Soviet Union (like the trade unions) and synthesizes them with Kievan Rus' aesthetics.
  • Knighting: After uniting Central Siberia, Rurik forms an aristocracy from his loyal servants. Commanders are given fiefdoms in the form of villages and camps, so that they can muster levies for upcoming campaigns. Mayors and advisors receive large settlements to foster economic growth and development.
  • Praetorian Guard: Shortly after proclaiming himself the reincarnation of Rurik, Rurik II formed the Kingsguard as his personal honour guard.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Because of his... unconventional beliefs, Rurik's support base is a wide and varied one, including traditionalist peasants, political reactionaries, Red Army veterans, opportunist mercenaries, and other weird folks.
  • Religion Is Wrong: Subverted. Despite his personal mystic experiences and his vague language that implies his belief in higher forces, Rurik imposes state atheism and believes that clergymen are merely charlatans and useless wizards. Further complicating matters, he can peacefully integrate Oyrotia and invite their clergy to court as advisors... while still maintaining his general state atheist policies. On the whole, Rurik’s attitudes towards religion are... interesting, to say the least.
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: Subverted with Pyotr Baranovsky. Starting as an architect just as in real life, Pyotr only becomes Kemerovo's first Foreign Minister because of a decision made by a drunken Rurik II.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Rurik II, Prince Yuriy and Prince Boris are all long-time officers of the Red Army and the Central Siberian Republic forces, and do not shy away from leading their warriors by themselves if needed. Rurik is an available Field Marshal of Kemerovo, and both of his sons are generals, by game start.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Since their father proclaimed himself Rurik II, Prince Yuriy and Princess Lydia have been fighting each other for years, competing to see who would be chosen as heir to the throne, who would be given the chance to shape the future of Russia.
  • Sigil Spam: The Grand Palace of Kemerovo (converted from an old Soviet government building) is plastered with the Rurikid trident, often replacing the hammer and sickle sigil spam that came before.
  • Start My Own: Kemerovo used to be part of the Central Siberian Republic, but following the latter's collapse during the Siberian war, and the mutiny of Krasnoyarsk's officers, Krylov decided to stop taking orders from Tomsk to establish his own kingdom of weirdness.

Rurik II
Party: Zemsky Sobor
Ideology: Despotism

General Nikolai Krylov, former Chief of Staff of the Soviet 62nd Army, transformed into Rurik II after years of arduous existence and one revelatory night. His grandiose promises and idiosyncratic ideology soon attracted a widely-varied band of supporters, cementing his rule in Kemerovo. While many of Krylov's officers believe he had gone insane, some suspected that "Rurik II" might be a well-maintained act Krylov drew up to attract the people's support. But no matter if their leader is truly Krylov or Rurik II, his loyal followers stand ready to reunite Russia.

  • Ambiguous Situation: Has General Krylov gone off the deep end? Or is he playing the long game and pretending to be insane? If he manages to unite Russia, on his deathbed he reveals to his children that this was a charade all along, though one worth it in the end, yet not even his children are sure that he's speaking the truth, or if this is just the final episode of his madness.
  • Anachronism Stew: Rurik II's ideology is an odd mix of traditionalism and modernism. He wears an archaic crown with a modern suit, and Kemerovo's flag has the old Rurikid trident in Soviet-like red and yellow colors.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Krylov remains a competent military commander with a long history of service to the Soviet Union and the Central Siberian Republic, even if he has more than a few quirks. He has also proven himself as a capable statesman who knows how to pick the right sort of people for each job, not without his inherent eccentricity.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Unable to cope with the Soviet defeat, General Krylov tried to find comfort in alcohol, cigarettes and mystical books after the war.
  • The Good King: Despite his apparent insanity, Rurik II/Krylov's rule is quite pragmatic and reasonable, as he listens to his advisors and develops his country in a rational manner.
  • Language Barrier: Played for Laughs. During Rurik II's official visit to Japan, the Japanese diplomats address him as Rurik-sama, which visibly confuses him, and he keeps trying to explain that his name is just Rurik until one of his assistants pulls him to the side and whispers that the diplomat is merely using a Japanese honorific.
  • Meaningful Rename: Nikolai Ivanovich Krylov took the regnal name Rurik II when he proclaimed himself the reincarnation of the ancient Rus' chieftain Rurik.
  • Napoleon Delusion: General Nikolay Krylov claims to be a reincarnation of Rurik, the founder of the Rurik dynasty and ruler of Kievan Rus'. It is uncertain to everyone if he is really insane or just acting insane. Should he reunify Russia, he admits to his children on his deathbed that his insanity was all an act.
  • Rags to Royalty: A truly bizarre version; General Nikolai Krylov became royalty by declaring himself the reincarnation of a medieval king, and this self-declared royalty stuck because people supported him.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a SCATHING one in a letter to the Führer of Germany, in which he lambasts the supposed "Master Race" as a horde of uncivilized barbarians, says the Reich's Cult of Personality is simply desiring validation for their insecurities, claims that their attempts of scapegoating Jews and other "subhumans" will inevitably fail when the people realize their real enemy is "the ugly man whose face is plastered all over their walls", and that the reason their terror bombing of Russia is born out of fear that a resurgent Russia would wipe their Reich from the face of the Earth.
  • Reincarnation: Nikolai Krylov declares himself the ancient Rus' chieftain Rurik, reborn.
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: The real Krylov never proclaimed himself royalty like he did in this timeline.
  • Shocking Defeat Legacy: His defeat at the hands of the Siberian Black Army, as well as the betrayal of his trusted aide, General Andreev in Krasnoyarsk, left a deep impact on Krylov's mental state and became a catalyst to his supposed fall into madness.
  • Shout-Out: The crown of Krylov is worn by the eponymous character of the Macbeth 2015 movie adaptation while his fur coat has a very strong Game of Thrones vibe.

Yuriy Krylov
Ideology: Authoritarian Democracy

  • The Good King: Like his father, Rurik III is a reasonable monarch who retains the best parts of his father's rule, while further turning Russia towards democracy and creating a nation that genuinely cares for its people.
  • Meaningful Rename: Prince Yuriy takes the name Rurik III after he succeeds his father.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: If Rurik II names his daughter Lydia his heir, she'll task her brother with governing the sparsely-populated Chukotka region, in a move which might as well be exile.
  • The Wise Prince: Prince Yuriy Krylov supports a more populist and democratic approach to governance.

Lydia Krylova

Ideology: Despotism

  • Amazon Brigade: Princess Lydia forms a unit of elite warrior women called Shieldmaidens.
  • The Evil Princess: Princess Lydia is relatively militaristic and autocratic compared to her populist brother.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: Unlike her father and brothers, all of whom were actual Soviet generals, Lydia was only a nurse during World War II and became a housewife in her later life. Here, she is a ruthless political manipulator and leader of her own Amazon Brigade who can become Queen of Russia.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: The real Lydia was most certainly not an autocratic monarch.
  • Iron Lady: Princess Lydia is an autocratic, maniplative ruler who seeks to create a strong Russia through militarism and pragmatism.
  • Meaningful Rename: Upon ascending to the throne, Princess Lydia takes the regnal name Rogneda, after a Rus' princess.
  • Secret Police: Lydia proposes her father to reorganise police units into 'Oprichniki', modeled after the Romanov Okhrana and Soviet NKVD, but answerable to the king.


Official Name: Provisional Government of Krasnoyarsk
Ruling Party: Partiya Sotsial'noy Reformy
Ideology: Authoritarian Democracy

A clique of officers headed by Nikolai Andreev, who mutinied against the Central Siberian Republic. The clique plans for the reunification of Russia under their leadership, and made wild promises for liberal democratic reforms, though they're quite a long way away from both.

  • Action Girl: One of Krasnoyarsk's generals is Aleksandra Samusenko, who historically was the only female tank commander in the First Guards Tank Army.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: The clique formed itself by abandoning the Red Army and later mutinying against the Central Siberian Republic (which drove Krylov crazy and turned him into Rurik II). As a result of this history of mutineering, the officers of Krasnoyarsk have developed a tendency to act against rulers that threaten their interests, laying down the possibility of a military coup in the future.
  • Empty Promise: To keep the regime stable, President Andreev has made wild promises of liberty and democracy. While these promises have kept the people quiet for now, the country is in reality facing a lot of trouble within and without, and it will take a lot of work to actually deliver on these promises.
  • Military Coup: Should Krasnoyarsk's military find their interests threatened, they will waste no time in overthrowing the civilian goverment in favor of one that could serve them better.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: Krasnoyarsk is a military-guided democracy, and as such the Chief of the Army serves as the President, who is appointed by the General Staff. The Prime Minister and the National Assembly are both elected, but they are subordinate to the President, and thus the military.
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Despite it's promises of democracy and liberty, in reality, Krasnoyarsk is under control of the military, who will with no doubt, coup any goverment that dares to threaten their interests.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: When the Central Siberian Republic was established, the government was concerned about any pre-existing groups that would threaten the democratic institutions, broke up the future Krasnoyarsk clique, and assigned them to remote corners of the Republic.
  • Secret Police: In the "Promises of Security" tree, Krasnoyarsk can enact such lovely focuses as "Lessons from Yagoda", and "Fund the NKVD".
  • Start My Own: Krasnoyarsk used to be part of the Central Siberian Republic, before a clique of officers led a mutiny during the Siberian War and seceded, forming their own military dictatorship.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Krasnoyarsk Clique has aspirations for uniting Russia under liberal democracy. Unfortunately, the path they take to get there involves lots of military authoritarianism.

Nikolay Andreev
Party: Partiya Sotsial'noy Reformy
Ideology: Authoritarian Democracy

  • Historical Badass Upgrade: Nikolay Andreev was historically a Red Army Colonel with little interest in politics. In the world of TNO, he is the strongman ruling Krasnoyarsk with an iron fist and a potential leader of a reunited Russia.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: The real Nikolay Andreev was certainly not a military dictator and nor was he a coup plotter.
  • Just the First Citizen: While he is the de facto military dictator of the country, General Andreev does not style himself The Generalissimo, instead preferring to call himself President.

    Siberian Black Army
Insignia of the Siberian Soviet
Insignia of the Siberian Security Council
Official Name: Siberian Black Army, Siberian Free Territory (regional unification), Russian Free Territory (national unification)
Ruling Party: Sibirsky Anarkhichesky Sovet
Ideology: Libertarian Socialism

The bloody yet pointless Siberian War made many Siberians yearn for a force that would free them from the war, from the tyrant Yagoda, and from the aloof Republic. From the small city of Kansk, a young man named Yuri Galanskov would answer that call by launching a popular revolution against both regimes that rapidly swept across Siberia, destabilizing both countries and giving birth to the Siberian Free Territory, a free, egalitarian anarchist territory of various free cities and villages led by the Siberian Anarchist Soviet.

Yuri's spiritual leadership is complemented by general Ivan Stepanov's military leadership, who made the revolution an organized force rather than a ragtag rabble. This laid the foundations of the Siberian Black Army, a democratically-organized military force sworn to protect the Free Territory from both reactionary forces without and destabilizing forces within. The Free Territory became a stable anarchy that endured on the long run, but as the territory moves into the future, unforeseen flaws present within its creation may lay down the seeds for its own downfall...

  • Anarchy Is Chaos: Averted, if not straight-up Inverted into Anarchy is Order. The anarchist territory of the Siberian Black Army is actually pretty well ordered (unlike the similarly-anarchist Orenburg). Anarchist communes are organized under the self-governing Siberian Anarchist Soviet, but more alarmingly, the Siberian anarchist territory is very militarized, with the Siberian Black Army being a very prominent part of the free communities. This raises fears of a possible military takeover and end of anarchism.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: If the Black Army successfully sidelines the Siberian Soviet and deposes Yuri Galanskov, the Free Territory becomes little more than a glorified anti-communist reactionary junta that happens to have socially-progressive beliefs.
  • Berserk Button: Statists. Many residents of the free territories hold nothing but utter contempt for governments with a centralized government of any shape, and react violently to any forms of creeping statism within the free territories themselves.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The text written in the bottom of their flag, "ДА ЗДРАВСТВУЕТ АНАРХИЯ", is Russian for "Long Live Anarchy".
  • Chummy Commies: In true socialist fashion, the Siberian Anarchist Soviet was organised by the people in the Angara's basin as a self-governing ruling body with equal representation for all major towns and industrial unions.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Black Army is a group of well-organised, democratic anarchist communities with an ominous name and macabre imagery. However, if Ivan Stepanov successfully deposes Yuri Galanskov, this imagery will be completely appropriate for the Black Army's new dictator.
  • Disaster Democracy: After the fall of the Soviet Union, the people in the Angara's basin formed a self-governing democratic committee that represents all settlements and unions in their Free Territory.
  • Foil: To Orenburg.
    • Both Orenburg and the Siberian Black Army are Libertarian Socialist anarchist societies led by a council created to unite numerous settlements to help them work together. Both of their councils suffer from difficulties related to the implementation of the anarchist system in their current situation. However, while Orenburg's issues lie on the council being heavily decentralized and many seeing the best solution being to abandon it for a centralized government, the Black Army's issues lie on the council being too centralized, with many preferring the council to de-centralize itself lest it fall into a dictatorship.
    • Both Orenburg and the Siberian Black Army are disdainful of those who don't follow the anarchist system, and view them as different flavours of reactionariesnote , to the point they act hostile even to neighbors who aren't reactionaries and genuinely want to help themnote . However, while Orenburg is completely unable to stand up for itself and only survives because the League tolerates their shenanigans and continues protecting them, SBA is more than capable of protecting itself and only clashes with Sablin's Soviet Union until after they've united the entirety of Central Siberia all by themselves.
    • Both Orenburg and the Siberian Black Army stumble into an ideological dilemma regarding homophobia, of whether it is libertarian to let an homosexual couple live happily and take action against homophobes seeking to kill them, or if it's authoritarian to interject against the people's will and force them to do what the state deems correct. But while Orenburg has the people concentrate mostly on the latter half, as sparing the lesbian couple means infringing on the religious peasantry's beliefs and the Orenburgians will largely be cold at best to LGBTQ+ people even if they're spared (it will merely be Decriminalized, and the peasantry will still try to brute-force it back to Outlawed), the SBA firmly takes the former camp as the Black Army openly opposes homophobia and views it as counter-revolutionary, and the Free Territory population is largely far more accepting of homosexuality. Additionally, Orenburg's outcomes of the event chain are purely between Downer and Bittersweet, as the lesbian couple is either violently murdered by an angry christian mob or are successfully taken into Orenburg, but have to keep their orientation a secret lest they face further harassment. By contrast, the Black Army's outcomes are between Bittersweet and Heartwarming, as not only is the Free Territory's homophobia not of the murderous variety, but the outcomes can be best summed as being between "Full LGBTQ+ Acceptance Now" and "Full LGBTQ+ Acceptance Later".
  • Gender Is No Object: All companions have full rights under the free territory regardless of their gender, and although it's still common for most women to remain housewives due to cultural values, female soldiers and scientists can still be found throughout the free territories and are treated normally and with respect.
  • Insistent Terminology: It's companion, not comrade. The Black Army associates the term comrade with the much-hated and statist Soviet Union.
  • Not So Different: If the Black Army successfully turns the Free Territory into a military dictatorship, they become little different from a Bukharinist or even Stalinist Soviet Union, merely one that wears black and waves the skull, rather than red and the hammer-and-sickle, even though the Black Army will enact mass arrests and sham trials against anyone they deem Soviet sympathizers.
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: A downplayed example, but many examples are present and easily noticeable right from the beginning. Despite being a democratically-elected organization, the Black Army is rife with cronyism and corruption, with nepotism ensuring relatives of successful generals can get easily promoted to high positions despite having done nothing to merit it, while actually hard-working and upstanding soldiers get shafted and arrested on sham trials if their superiors feel they may be a threat to their own power. And, of course, many of them are power-hungry and seeking to wrestle control of the communes to themselves. If nothing is done, the Black Army will coup the Siberian Council and establish a military junta that actively extorts its citizens for tributes to sate the generals' greed, playing the trope straight. Of course, it can be subverted and thoroughly defied if Stepanov's coup fails, which results in The Purge.
  • Preserve Your Gays: Far from the norm of 1962, the Free Territory starts out with Legal Protections for LGBTQ+ peoplenote  and the Black Army is very protective of their homosexual companions. The Siberian Soviet can impose stricter protections for non-heteronormative companions, empowering the Black Army but ensuring the Free Territory reaches complete acceptance of LGBTQ people faster.
  • The Purge: If Stepanov's planned coup against the Siberian Soviet to instate a Black Army dictatorship fails, Yuri and the Siberian Soviet will completely purge the Black Army and dissolve it as an institution to protect the anarchist system and prevent anything like that from happening again, with the conspiring officers either being executed or sent to face re-education through hard labor, leaving the Free Territory heavily crippled and defenseless until they can reorganize themselves and resolve the power vacuum.
  • Skeleton Motif: The Black Army's flag features a prominent skull and crossbones pattern.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: The Black Army follows in the footsteps of the famous Ukrainian anarchist revolutionary Nestor Makhno, viewing him as the forefather of their Free Territory.
  • Wham Episode: As the Black Army unifies Central Siberia and the Far East, a series of events fires in which Stepanov attempts to stage a Military Coup of the Free Territory. Regardless of the outcome, the situation in the Free Territory changes suddenly, dramatically, and permanently.

Yuri Galanskov
Party: Sibirsky Anarkhichesky Sovet
Ideology: Libertarian Socialism, Authoritarian Socialism (Free Workers' Republic of Siberia)

Yuri Timofeyevich Galanskov is the young, energetic heart of the Kansk Revolution and the Siberian Free Territory. A revolutionary and a visionary, he dreams of an utopian world where no soul is left starving, homeless, forgotten, or oppressed. Yuri embraced Anarchism after seeing the Leninist and Bukharinist Soviet government decay from their communist ideals into self-serving autocrats, and was convinced that the horrors of the world are products of statism rather than only out of capitalism and fascism.

Though proud of their achievements in Central Siberia, Yuri dreams of fully uniting Russia under their revolutionary ideals, and is vigilant against outside enemies preparing to crush the anarchist experiment at any moment. However, such a focus may perhaps blind him to unforeseen consequences that may just sweep him away before he even knows it...

  • Allohistorical Allusion: If the Siberian Black Army is defeated by another warlord and the Siberian Workers' Federation revolts and deposes the Central Siberian unifiernote , Galanskov returns to Kansk to found and lead the Free Workers' Republic of Siberia after the SWF balkanizes post-victory. Here, Yuri's previous experiences have led him to grow disillusioned with Anarchism because of the Black Army's failure to survive against the other warlords, and develops a new Authoritarian Socialist ideology of his own based on his experiences with the Black Army called "the People's Fight", strongly revolving around the idea of a protracted people's war of a rural population against foreign invaders, essentially the TNO timeline's equivalent of Maoism.
  • Berserk Button: He really dislikes statists - be they reactionaries, fascists, monarchists, liberals, or authoritarian socialists.
  • Brains and Brawn: Yuri handles the revolutionary zeal, as well as foreign and domestic social issues of Free Territory's anarchist society, while Stepanov and his allies handles the military. While one may think that handling the military would be the "brawn", Stepanov is actually the brains of the duo, as he and his team deal with a lot of logistics and number-crunching, which often leaves Yuri deeply out of his field. It doesn't help that Yuri's not exactly a man of books and reading. It's part of why Yuri is taken by surprise during Stepanov's coup.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: If the Siberian Black Army is defeated by another Central Siberian unifier, but the Siberian Workers' Federation manages to successfully revolt and take over Central Siberia, Galanskov abandons anarchism out of disillusionment and turns to a new doctrine he calls "the People's Fight", defined as the protracted armed struggle of a rural population against its enemies for the maintenance of the "free territory", thus becoming an Authoritarian Socialist despite him previously holding nothing but utter contempt for such ideas and the people who held them. Additionally, he even admits that he has taken inspiration for his ideology from the very Army that was previously planning to coup him for being too libertarian!
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Is deeply taken aback when Stepanov attempts to coup him, especially if the coup succeeds.
  • The Heart: Out of all the members of the revolution and the Black Army, Yuri is the most passionate and dedicated to the ideals of Anarchism, and genuinely dreams of a truly equal world where nobody suffers under the oppression of the state.
  • A God I Am Not: Yuri does not like it when people revere him as a deity.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Of course, the above doesn't mean Yuri is soft and forgiving; he holds nothing but utter contempt for many of the other Central Siberian unifiers, spares no mercy toward Rurik II if the Black Army defeats Kemerovo, and has no qualms with utilizing violence to unite Central Siberia.
  • Lethally Stupid: Yuri can attempt to crowdsource nuclear weapons development rather than "centralizing" it with scientists. While it can pay off against all odds, delivering a nuclear weapon from the collected knowledge of the people and at less monetary cost than leaving it to professional scientists, it can also result in a catastrophic disaster as the weapon in transported, killing thousands.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Yuri is the Red to Stepanov's Blue. While Stepanov is recollected and pragmatic, choosing whichever option is more efficient in the long-run, Yuri is fiery and energetic, being extremely dedicated to his vision of an anarchist society even if it means putting the Free Territory at a disadvantage.
  • Retcon: Before the 1.0.5 update, a different left-wing Soviet dissident named Lev Nikolaevich Krasnopevtsev occupied Yuri's character, as the ideological leader of the Siberian Free Territory.
  • Story Branching: Interestingly, Yuri's character arc varies heavily depending on whether the Siberian Workers' Federation unites Central Siberia or not, with him either becoming a more radical anarchist opposing of any sort of authoritarianism, or ditching anarchism in favor of the Maoist People's Fight.
  • Token Good Teammate: While most of the higher-ranking members of the Black Army are in it mostly for power and control one way or another, Yuri is genuinely dedicated to helping create a society where everyone is equal.
  • Visionary Villain: A non-charitable way to view Yuri. While he dreams of an equal Russia, it is a vision without room for compromise and will lead to a lot of bloodshed to accomplish it.
  • Young and in Charge: Galanskov is just 23 at the start of the game, about six months younger than even Sablin, and managed to become the ideological leader of an anarchist revolution in Central Siberia. Since the Siberian Free Territory formed a few years ago, he was even younger when he first became an anarchist revolutionary leader.

Ivan Stepanov
Party: Sibirskaya Chernaya Armiya
Ideology: Libertarian Socialism, Despotism (if coup succeeds)

Formerly a general serving in the Central Siberian Republic, Ivan Georgievich Stepanov defected to join Yuri Galanskov's revolution after growing sick of the brutal Siberian War. His military experience proved crucial in the success of the Siberian anarchist revolution, and he and Yuri founded the Siberian Black Army to protect the fruits of revolution after their success.

However, Stepanov never quite had the same high revolutionary zeal as Yuri, and though they remain friends, it's not uncommon for the two to conflict over their beliefs. At present, as the future of the Siberian Soviet lays uncertain, so does Stepanov's beliefs and ambitions.

  • Brains and Brawn: Stepanov is the Brains, handling the training and logistics of the Black Army and optimizing it to its highest efficiency, as well as carefully plotting its slow takeover of the free territories so he and the Black Army can stage a coup against Yuri.
  • The Chessmaster: Stepanov has, for presumably quite a while, been covertly undermining Yuri's goals by secretly arranging it so the Black Army slowly, but steadily, worms its way into controlling more and more parts of the Siberian Soviet's administration, so that the Black Army's influence grows large enough to pave way for him to coup the council and seize power for himself and his army, putting an end to Siberian anarchism for good.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Despite years of careful plotting, Stepanov never seems to have seriously considered public opinion, seemingly thinking the people will simply go along with whatever they're told by the guys with the guns, and launches his coup attempt regardless of public support in a case of Unknown Known. As such, if Libertarian Socialist support is high and Despotist support is low, his coup fails and he's beaten to death by an angry mob of the civilians he had been so dismissive of while his own soldiers refuse to help him.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Stepanov is more than willing to betray Yuri, and thinks nothing of it. Needless to say, Yuri does not take it very well.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: The real Stepanov was an extremely minor Russian general with nothing special to his name, but in TNO he can coup an idealistic anarchist Soviet and institute an oppressive military dictatorship.
  • Military Coup: When the Free Territory achieves superregional unification (Central Siberia plus the Far East), Stepanov will stage a coup. If the Black Army has grown too powerful, the coup will succeed, putting an end to anarchism and turning the Free Territory into an oppressive military dictatorship that extorts its own people's wealth to funnel it into the Black Army generals', leading to widespread poverty and a blatant betrayal of anarchist values. If the Black Army hasn't grown too powerful, the coup will fail and Stepanov will be killed by an angry mob as he silently begs the soldiers for help that never comes.
  • Nepotism: In an early event, Ivan recommends his son for promotion despite a completely unremarkable service record.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If his and the Black Army's planned coup fails, Stepanov only manages to ensure that Yuri Galanskov remains a committed anarchist revolutionary. Galanskov is not only further entrenched in his position, but radicalizes even more into opposing centralized authority, to which his uncertainties lie no longer on whether to centralize or de-centralize, but on how much he should de-centralize. Additionally, it leads to Yuri completely purging the Black Army to ensure they'll never have the chance to do such a thing again.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Stepanov already makes it obvious from the beginning that he doesn't particularly care very much about revolutionary anarchism and is a bit bemused at Yuri's firebrand antics, but ultimately still sticks with him to help guide and protect his fellow friend and the society he helped build. Then he reveals he didn't care about Yuri either, as he is more than happy to coup him and the Siberian Soviet and, if successful, establish a despotic dictatorship centered around himself, eroding any and all anarchistic values from the Free Territory.
  • Old Soldier: A skilled veteran from the old Central Siberian Republic.
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Siberian Free Territory keeps its name even after Stepanov's coup turns it into a military dictatorship.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Whereas Yuri tends to strive for options that help Free Territory get closer to a true anarchist society even if it means suffering from disadvantages, Stepanov prefers those that will be of greatest help to the communes and the Black Army in the long run, even if it means deviating from orthodox anarchism and having to resort to some mild authoritarianism. That's because Stepanov never actually believed in anarchism, and his "pragmatism" was simply an excuse to empower the Black Army and have them seize control.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calm, recollected, calculating Blue to Yuri's energetic, fiery and impulsive Red.
  • The Unfettered: Stepanov doesn't think much of the fact that his policy proposals tend to run somewhat against anarchist principles, pointing out that they tend to be easier to implement and more beneficial to the Free Territories in the long run than sticking to the more anarchist policies. He also thinks very little of it if he successfully coups and overthrows his old friend Yuri Galanskov and the Siberian Anarchist Council, and continues to not think much of it as he destroys the anarchist system and turns it into an oppressive dictatorship. If Stepanov's coup succeeds, he can either pretend that his dictatorship is "true" anarchism and claim that Yuri was a counterrevolutionary and revisionist traitor, or just flat-out drop the act and openly admit he's the dictator of Siberia now and that the Black Army's word is the law.
  • Walking Spoiler: Stepanov is very closely tied to the Siberian Black Army's Wham Episode. As such, it's near impossible to talk about him in detail without spoiling the twist.

    People's Revolutionary Council

Official Name: People's Revolutionary Council, Provisionary Central Siberian Revolutionary Council (regional unification), Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (national unification)
Ruling Party: Krasnaya Armiya
Ideology: Authoritarian Socialism

A Soviet and Mongolian successor state headed by Marshal Aleksander Vasilevsky, located in Western Mongolia and Tannu Tuva. During the final days of the Second World War, Vasilevsky organized a retreat of the Red Army towards the Mongolian People's Republic, where he planned to regroup and eventually strike back at Germany. Unfortunately, the Japanese had already taken over Ulaanbaatar and forced the Mongolian Army into exile, so Vasilevsky formed a weak alliance with the Mongolians and agreed to help them take back their homes.

  • Aluminium Christmas Trees: Leonid Brezhnev is one of the generals of the People's Revolutionary Council, which at first glance is surprising until you learn he served in the Red Army historically during the Second World War before he entered politics.
  • Fighting for a Homeland: Having marched east past the Urals during the fall of Moscow, the soldiers of the PRC are now determined to fight their way back home.
  • The Remnant: The People's Revolutionary Council is made up of remnants of both the Red Army and the Mongolian Army who did not align with any powerful player in the region.

Aleksander Vasilevsky
Party: Krasnaya Armiya
Ideology: Authoritarian Socialism

  • You Have Failed Me: Defied. Vasilevsky refused to align the PRC with the rump USSR in Irkutsk, fearful that Chairman Genrikh Yagoda will label his men as cowards and shoot them for treason.


Official Name: Karakorum Government of Oyrotia
Ideology: Authoritarian Democracy

An Altaic state led by an Old Believer.

Ivan Zavoloko
Ideology: Authoritarian Democracy

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Zavoloko's patient attention to detail and great empathy with citizens small and great has made him the one leader both Burkhanists and Old Believers will follow.


    Siberian Workers' Federation (Mild Spoilers)

Ruling Party: Kostintsy
Ideology: Libertarian Socialism

The Siberian Workers' Federation is a revolt that occurs after Central Siberia is unified by any faction other than the Siberian Black Army.

  • Balkanize Me: After the SWF emerges victorious in Central Siberia, they will inevitably break into three more socialist countries in the region: the Siberian Workers' and Peasants' Union in Barnaul, the Reformed Siberian Socialist Workers' Republic in Kemerovo, Krasnoyarsk, and Tannu Tuva (and Western Mongolia if Mengjiang hasn't taken it from the PRC), and the Free Workers' Republic of Siberia in Kansk.
  • Chummy Commies: The SWF's members come from the working class, and took up arms against their perceived oppressors.
  • Dark Horse Victory: It is very unlikely for the Siberian Workers' Federation to overthrow whoever unified Central Siberia, and the event which they do emphasizes this, claiming the Central Siberian unifier was potentially the strongest warlord state in all of Russia.
  • The Federation: The Siberian Workers' Federation is made up of a conglomerate of unions, councils, and independent rebel cells.

Vitaly Kostin
Party: Kostintsy
Ideology: Libertarian Socialism

Maria Borchenko
Ideology: Libertarian Socialism

  • Just the First Citizen: Borchenko is the honorary leader of the Siberian Workers' and Peasants' Union, but in her eyes the true control rests in the people.

    All-Russian Congress 
Ideology: Authoritarian Democracy

  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The ARC is a hastily created, fragile alliance of all independent warlord states left in Russia, unified against Führer Hermann Göring's invasion.

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