Western Russia Unifiers
While the Soviet Union surrendered to the Germans during the Second World War, its loyal army did not. Ever since the Fascists occupied the Russian motherland, Marshal Kliment Voroshilov and the Red Army High Command had been resisting tirelessly. Their efforts came to fruition in the 1950s, when they consolidated many of the Soviet remnant forces behind the A-A line into the West Russian Revolutionary Front, and launched the legendary West Russian War.
The West Russian War dealt a major blow to the Fascists and almost kicked the Germans out of Russia completely, but sabotage from traitors within led to the unfortunate defeat and subsequent collapse of the WRRF. While the WRRF had failed to liberate Russia, it still inflicted a Pyrrhic Victory on the Germans; the invincible image of the Fascists was shattered. Defeated but still strong, the Front still holds the dream of retaking all of Russia, but with internal factionalism high in the Front, its future is far from certain.
- Cutting Off the Branches: While there are dozens of countries that can unite Russia, canonically the WRRF does so under Zhukov's leadership.
- Demoted to Extra: In older versions, there were three Marshals who could succeed Kliment Voroshilov as the WRRF's leader after his death: Mikhail Tukhachevsky, Georgy Zhukov and Alexander Altunin. However, as there was very little that distinguished him from other unifiers, Altunin's path was merged with Zhukov's, and he is now only a normal general.
- Determinator: The leadership of the Front did not give up its fight against the Reich after the Soviet Union was defeated. It still has not given up its dream of Russian reunification, even after the failure of the West Russian War and the subsequent reduction of the Front to Arkhangelsk.
- Occupiers Out of Our Country: The WRRF was created to expel the Germans from Russia.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The West Russian War in the 50s. Even though they lost the war, they did irreparable damage to Germany, making their victory a pyrrhic one.
- Old Soldier: The backbone of the Front is formed by Red Army veterans who spent their whole life fighting against the Germans, who survived the hell of two catastrophic wars and were hardened and steeled by years of never-ending warfare and attrition. As such, the army of the WRRF has a strong advantage in manpower, organization and recovery, compared to the other warlords.
- The Remnant: The WRRF is ruled by remnants of the Red Army under Kliment Voroshilov who still maintain their belief in Communism and the Soviet cause.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Marshals Zhukov and Tukhachevsky, the two potential successors of Kliment Voroshilov, have a fierce rivalry, and only work with each other because of Voroshilov. When Voroshilov dies and either Tukhachevsky or Zhukov emerges victorious in the ensuing power struggle, the other will abandon the Front with his followers.
- Vestigial Empire: The WRRF reached its peak during the West Russian War when the Red Army High Command controlled most of West Russia. As the course of the war turned against the Soviet leadership, however, most members of the Front either left or were taken by Vlasov's Russian Liberation Army or Tsar Vladimir's monarchist forces, reducing the Front only to Arkhangelsk and the surrounding area.
- We ARE Struggling Together: There are a few cliques within the WRRF, such as Tukhachevsky's clique and Zhukov's clique, who are challenging Voroshilov's authority due to having different ideas on how to lead the WRRF. The two military districts of the WRRF, Plesetsk and Ukhta, were created so that Tukhachevsky and Zhukov would have a harder time challenging Voroshilov.
One of the most mythologized figures in the Soviet leadership, Marshal Voroshilov first earned his fame with his defense of Tsaritsyn during the Russian Civil War, with the city later being named after him in his honor. Despite being unable to save his homeland in the Second World War, Voroshilov never gave up, and launched the West Russian War that cracked open the seemingly unbreakable rule of the Fascists. Since then, Marshal Voroshilov has remained popular with the people of Arkhangelsk, but his age and experience has declined his health, while his subordinates are challenging his authority and want to reshape the Front in their own ways. Few know what will happen to the Front should Voroshilov die.
- Big Good: Voroshilov's efforts caused massive trouble for the Nazis, and the West Russian War is one of the leading causes of the German Civil War that completely messes up Nazi Germany's sphere.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Voroshilov spends a lot of time drinking to forget about his wasting body, the Red Army, the whoreson Tukhachevsky, Finland, and especially the failure of the West Russian War.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: While not a complete failure, Voroshilov was regarded by many contemporaries as an incompetent marshal and he is usually considered one of the main reasons for losses of the Red Army during the Winter War and the first months of the Great Patriotic War, eventually being dismissed as Minister of Defense after the war with Finland and as the commander of the Leningrad Front after he failed to stop the German invasion and replaced by Timoshenko and Zhukov respectively. In The New Order, he proved himself to be capable enough to hold over the Red Army remnants in West Russia for 20 years and organize the united front for the war against Germany, almost kicking Germany out of Russia completely.
- King on His Deathbed: By 1962, the old Marshal Voroshilov has become senile, and spends most of his days murmuring about old comrades and battles, while Zhukov and Tukhachevsky are locked in a power struggle to determine who would succeed Voroshilov.
- My Greatest Failure: In his sleep, Voroshilov keeps dreaming of Operation Suvorov, in which he wasted a whole generation of Russians in a mad gambit to reclaim Moscow.
An autonomous military district of the WRRF led by Marshal Tukhachevsky, defending the Front against incursions from RK Moskowien and Onega.
- Living Weapon: After Tukhachevsky's WRRF unifies to the superregional stage, he begins Project FERMENT to develop biological weapons, which he considers to be a force multiplier of tremendous magnitude.
Marshal Mikhail Tukhachevsky, nicknamed "Red Napoleon", was one of the most extraordinary members of the Soviet High Command, and a key member of the Front's leadership. A strong-willed warrior, Tukhachevsky clashed with his colleagues both before and after the Second World War, seeing them as incompetent leaders that led Russia to its doom. Wary of his influence, the Front made Tukhachevsky the ruler of Plesetsk, well away from the politics of Arkhangelsk. Even then, the Marshal still dreams of a new Soviet Union, an eternally vigilant state that can stand against its numerous enemies and bring the great revolutionary war to their doorsteps.
- The Cassandra: During Bukharin's reign, Tukhachevsky for a long time opposed his efforts to appease the enemies of the world proletariat, such as Germany and Japan, and tried to resist his ruinous reforms in the military complex. His voice fell on deaf ears, and his efforts were all for nothing during the catastrophic failure of World War II.
- Dirty Communists: Mikhail Tukhachevsky is more authoritarian and militaristic than Zhukov and will turn a Soviet Union reformed under his banner into a military with a state and bring the world revolution to the doorsteps of its enemies.
- Evil Pays Better: In addition to being one of the worst non-fascist rulers to unify Russia, Tukhachevsky also grants his military enormous bonuses (even when compared to his rival Zhukov), making him one of the easiest warlords to unify Russia with, and one of the most likely ones to win the war to reclaim RK Moskowien.
- Kangaroo Court: After Tukhachevsky's WRRF defeats Komi, he puts its entire leadership, from politicians to generals to radio hosts, on trial, but everyone who was escorted into the courthouse had their fates already decided. Mikhail Suslov notices that no one who happened to be carted to the podium had gained an innocent verdict, and that Tukhachevsky had already decided who was innocent, namely Svetlana Bukharina and Yuri Andropov.
- Kicked Upstairs: Tukhachevsky was granted dominion over Plesetsk so he couldn't influence the WRRF's main command in Arkhangelsk.
- Red Baron: The "Red Napoleon", as he's known, has a very militaristic outlook on how to best reunite the Soviet Union.
- The Starscream: When Voroshilov dies after having chosen Zhukov to succeed him, Tukhachevsky will openly rebel against the Front, which would then have to conquer Plesetsk by force.
- Token Evil Teammate: In contrast to Zhukov (who seeks to reestablish a USSR more accountable to the common people), Tukhachevsky is a hyper-aggressive warmonger who will turn the Union into an army with a state, and play a dangerous game of chicken involving nuclear weapons with Germany.
- Warhawk: Tukhachevsky believes in a revolutionary offensive war. He wants to reform the Soviet Union through warfare and take the fight to their enemies, with every element of the state engineered to maximize its military strength.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Tukhachevsky tolerates no dissent in his campaign to liberate Russia, going as far as massacring an entire town with poison gas when it's taken over by partisans.
- Wicked Cultured: Tukhachevsky frequently listens to classical music when alone or in small meetings, and he is easily the crueler and more evil of the two potential leaders of the Front.
- Would Hurt a Child: After defeating Vyatka, Tukhachevsky has the entire family of Tsar Vladimir executed, including his daughter Maria, a teenager who doesn't even understand why she has to die, and cries as she's gunned to death (in contrast, Zhukov only executes Vladimir but leaves his family alone).
An autonomous military district of the WRRF led by Marshal Zhukov, containing the major industries of the WRRF.
Marshal Georgy Zhukov is an exceptional leader and a man staunchly loyal to Communism and the Soviet people for his whole life. However, the failures of World War II and the West Russian War made Zhukov doubt the efficiency of the authoritarian system. His doubts enraged his fellow hardline generals, and he was reassigned to lead Ukhta, out of the way of Arkhangelsk. Ever loyal to the people, Marshal Zhukov isn't going to sit idly as the Front faces new periods of turmoil.
- Chummy Commies: Despite being classified as an Authoritarian Socialist, Zhukov is loyal to the working people, even suggesting that the Soviet leadership moved too far away from them, and seeks to rebuild a Union more accountable to the common folk.
- Cutting Off the Branches: The canon path for starting the game in the 1970s is that Zhukov has reunified European Russia (except RK Moskowien and Kaukasien) under the WRRF.
- Defector from Decadence: After being expelled from Arkhangelsk, Zhukov aligned himself with the WRRF's democratic and reform-minded faction.
- Four-Star Badass: It goes without saying, as this is Marshal Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov we're talking about. As leader of the military district, Zhukov is noted for being a fair and effective ruler and he starts with a focus which gives Ukhta bonuses to division organization and recovery rate.
- Internal Reformist: Zhukov wishes to reform Russia into a socialist state more accountable to the common folk. He doesn't want to rock the boat too much before Russia is united, though, out of fear of alienating his fellow Communist comrades and making Russia more vulnerable to its enemies.
- Kicked Upstairs: Zhukov was sent to rule over Ukhta in order to remove him from Arkhangelsk's politics.
- The Starscream: There are rumors that Zhukov seeks to take over the West Russian Revolutionary Front's Arkhangelsk base.
- Cutting Off the Branches: Word of God confirms that Akhromeyev is the canonical ruler of the restored Soviet Union after Zhukov's death.
- Chummy Commies: Ryzhkov is a pragmatic Leninist who supports phasing out war communism and replacing it with democratic elections as soon as the emergency is over.
- Allohistorical Allusion: In real life, Yakovlev was one of the key people behind Mikhail Gorbachev's reform program of glasnost and perestroika. In TNO, he advocates for the very same things in the WRRF.
- Broken Pedestal: After the fall of the old Union to the German menace, Yakovlev lost faith in the strength and truth of Marxist-Leninism, and was forced to look at socialism through a different lens, one in which human happiness and quality of life trumped ideological purity.
- Chummy Commies: Yakovlev is a moderate socialist who seeks to ensure personal liberties, comfortable lives, and a voice in government for everyone, and rejects liberal economic policies but is willing to believe in the market's temporary benefits.
- Internal Reformist: One of the most prominent reformist politicians in the WRRF, Yakovlev advocates for limited privatisation, free and open trade, and ending war communism as soon as possible. He is also notable in his staunch support of free and open elections and receiving aid from the OFN.
See here for the Komi section.
A pocket of monarchism founded by the head of the House of Romanov, Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich. Vladimir collaborated with Nazi Germany during the Second World War, and pushed into Communist territory during the West Russian War, founding his new Empire at Vyatka. He has since been abandoned by German forces, and struggles to expand his Empire. However, Vladimir is determined to reunify Russia under his leadership for the sake of his people.
- The Good Kingdom: Tsar Vladimir can align himself with the liberal democrats among his supporters, turning the resurgent Russian Empire into a bastion of democracy.
- History Repeats: Should Tukhachevsky's WRRF defeats Vyatka, Vladimir and his family are executed, meeting the same end Tsar Nicholas II's family did over forty years prior.
- Istanbul (Not Constantinople): In this timeline, the city of Vyatka was renamed Rykov by Bukharin's government, instead of Kirov like in real life. It got its old name back when conquered by Vladimir's forces during the West Russian War; if a socialist warlord takes over Vyatka, it will be renamed Rykov again.
- Merchant City: Located near the river of the same name, Vyatka can potentially become a hub of trade in the wartorn remnants of Russia.
- Old Soldier: Many of Vyatka's generals were involved in the White Movement and are increasingly elderly.
- Vodka Drunkenski: In order to boost trade and morale, Vyatka can build the Imperial Vyatka Distillery to mass produce vodka for the Russian people.
- We ARE Struggling Together: The White émigrés of Vyatka, while united in their opposition to the Bolsheviks, are rather divided in the how the new monarchy should work. Liberals, conservatives and nationalists alike are battling for Tsar Vladimir's favour.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Vladimir, if captured by a victorious Mikhail Tukhachevsky, will beg for his executioners to spare his wife and daughter. They don't and he has to witness his wife and daughter die before he too dies.
- The Atoner: Vladimir regrets ever having worked with the Nazis even though he only did so under coercion. He hopes to redeem himself by reuniting Russia and driving out the Nazi invaders.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Vladimir has been drinking a lot to deal with his stress of trying to rule such a wartorn land to the best of his capabilities.
- The Emperor: As the legitimate heir to the Tsars of old, Vladimir wants to restore the Russian Empire. Whether in the form of an absolute or constitutional monarchy is up to him however.
- The Good King: Despite his former collaboration with the Germans, Tsar Vladimir is genuinely concerned for the well being of Russia, and is determined to take care well of his subjects one way or other.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: In real life, Vladimir did halfheartedly collaborate with the Nazis (see I Have Your Wife below), but in TNO he invaded Russia with German support, to restore Imperial rule over the country (although not necessarily agreeing with Andrey Vlasov's KONR in Samara).
- I Have Your Wife: As in OTL, Vladimir reluctantly collaborated with the Nazis because they were holding his family hostage in a concentration camp.
- Old Shame: His former collaboration with the Germans during the West Russian War is certainly a dark spot that Vladimir would want to forget.
- Outliving One's Offspring: If Vyatka is defeated by Tukhachevsky's WRRF, Vladimir and his wife have to witness their daughter Maria being gunned to death, shortly before they're executed as well.
- Puppet King: Should Solzhenitsyn's Solidarists win the regional state elections, they will quickly begin to work to undermine Vyatka's nascent parlamentary democracy, turning Tsar Vladimir into their puppet.
- The Quisling: Vladimir Kirillovich Romanov formerly collaborated with the Germans in an attempt to restore the Russian monarchy, due to the Nazis locking his family in a concentration camp. The collaboration between the two was weak and unenthusiastic (and to a large extent still is in this timeline, despite Vladimir now invading Russia with German support).
- Recovered Addict: By game start, Vladimir frequently takes painkillers to deal with his constant migraines. In an event after the Constitutional Democrats unified to the superregional level, he realises that he has not taken a pill in many days, and that he no longer needs to do so anymore, as the new Russian Empire under Prime Minister Gul has turned out far better than the Tsar initially expected.
- Rightful King Returns: Vladimir is the rightful heir to the deposed Russian throne. He recognizes that reuniting Russia under his leadership is a difficult task, but he continues on out of a sense of duty for his people.
- What's Up, King Dude?: In the People's Emperor focus, Tsar Vladimir personally visits villages, talks to his subjects and listens to petitioners across his entire domain, in order to demonstrate that it is the Tsardom, and not the Bolsheviks or the democrats, that is the closest institution to the Russian people, and that while the Tsar might be above everyone else, he is not separate.
- The Assimilator: Shulgin believes that regions of the Empire without a Russian majority should be integrated as regular governorates, following a policy of general Russification, through education, language restriction and the banning of certain cultural practices.
- Good Old Ways: Vasily, a former Imperial Russian politician, wants the glory of the Russian Empire of old to be restored, for better or for worse, exactly as he once knew it before the revolutions.
- The Good Chancellor: Under Prime Minister Gul, the Tsardom will become a truly democratic nation, meant to benefit ethnic minorities and the middle and lower classes, who once faced discrimination and oppression under the old Empire.
- Internal Reformist: Gul seeks to reform the Tsardom from within to be a bastion of democracy, with the Tsar as its figurehead.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: If Shulgin's conservatives win the elections, they'll reassign Gul to lead a token task force in Syktyvkar, far from the centres of power, if he don't want to be forced to retire.
- Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: In real life, Roman Gul was a leftist-liberal Russian émigré writer, who criticized the more conservative and tsarist elements of the White Movement. In TNO, Gul became politically active, and is now the leader of the liberal faction in Vyatka.
- Emergency Authority: One of Prime Minister Solzhenitsyn's first acts is to submit legislation to grant himself emergency powers, as he thinks that without a strong, benevolent leader, it is inevitable that democracy will be lost to demagoguery, populism, or worse, socialism.
- Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: In real life, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a Russian author and activist, best known as the author of The Gulag Archipelago, a book criticizing Stalinist Russia. In TNO, Solzhenitsyn is a member of the NTS, and became its leader after his predecessor, Vladimir Poremsky, fled the party to Komi due to factionalism.
- Unwitting Pawn: Although Solzhenitsyn himself isn't aware of this, his party is secretly backed by Burgundy. Himmler's reach in Russia doesn't extend past the Urals; among the other West Russian warlords, he considers Komi too unstable, thinks that the collaborators in Samara have outlived their usefulness, and despises the communist WRRF and the Aryan Brotherhood's LARPers alike, and within Vyatka itself, the nationalists led by Solzhenitsyn are the most likely group to instigate war with Germany.
- Secret Police: The Russian Empire's Okhrana secret police was reestablished under Smyslovsky's leadership.
- Les Collaborateurs: Boris was arrested by the Nazis during WWII, and after being released began collaborating with them, and he eventually joined Vladimir's expedition during the West Russian War.
- Fake Aristocrat: Boris is a minor noble pretending to be a royal Prince called Boris I. He did this in Andorra in the 1930s, and after Onega divides West Russia, he will do it again in Vyatka.
- Opportunistic Bastard: After Onega divides West Russia, Boris will seize the opportunity to carve out his own little kingdom, and restore the now-leaderless Principality of Vyatka with himself in charge.
A German collaborator state bordering RK Moskowien controlled by Andrey Vlasov and his Committee for the Liberation of the Peoples of Russia (KONR).
- Believing Their Own Lies: Even on their most despotic and oppressive routes, the KONR still claims to be a force of liberation for the people of Russia.
- Les Collaborateurs: Andrey Vlasov and his Russian collaborationist volunteers used to work with the Nazis to liberate Russia from the Bolsheviks. Their relationship with Germany has waned significantly however, and all of his successors will distance themselves from Germany eventually (though in Mikhail Oktan's case, it is implied that he is doing it less out of a desire to make Russia independent, and more to boost his own power).
- The Coup: If the ROA is too disloyal to Vlasov's selected successor, then one of the other possible successors might launch a coup after Vlasov dies.
- The Kingslayer: The ROA will judge and execute Tsar Vladimir after they conquer Vyatka, declaring him a self-serving autocrat who doesn't care about the people and betrayed the nation. How hypocritical this declaration is depends on who is leading the ROA, and how bad Vyatka is doing themselves.
- People's Republic of Tyranny: This group of ex-Nazi collaborators officially style themselves the Committee for the Liberation of the Peoples of Russia (from 'Bolshevik tyranny'), but are not better than the Bolsheviks are by any means. Russia under the KONR ranges from a flawed democratic republic with a controlled opposition (Zykov), a dictatorial Banana Republic with some benevolent tendencies (Bunyachenko), or a fascist, stratocratic kleptocracy (Oktan).
- Pet the Dog: The ROA helps out local farmers in their harvests in order to build whatever trust they can have with the Russian people.
- Redemption Quest: If Zykov (and to a lesser extent, Bunyachenko) work hard enough to unify and rebuild Russia, they can throw off their negative image of collaborators and traitors and build up people's trust, and eventually create a livable, if flawed, country for the Russian people to live in.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Despite their allegiance to Germany, Samara still gets bombed by Luftwaffe pilots on a regular basis, like other states in the region.
- Shown Their Work: The flag of the Provisional Commissariat of Western Russia is actually a real and very obscure flag used by the Russian Liberation Army as an insignia.
- Affluent Ascetic: Vlasov has removed the luxuries from his office and living quarters in an attempt to stave off his guilt.
- Contempt Crossfire: Nobody likes Vlasov. Most Russians hate Vlasov because he's a traitor. His underlings dislike him because he is too servile and an obstacle to their goals of anticommunist Russian liberation. The Germans don't consider him a noteworthy ally, and ignore him most of the time.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Vlasov continues to lead the KONR and fight to reunify Russia under their lead, but has no idea what he's actually fighting for, and what his legacy will be. Nobody remembers him positively, if they even know and remember him at all. His nihilistic and meaningless existence is taking a toll on him, making him depressed and drinking a lot to cope.
- King on His Deathbed: Vlasov is old and sick, and is expected to die soon; he will pass away after Samara unifies West Russia, and pass on the position of leadership to his appointed successor.
- The Quisling: Vlasov is the head of the Russian Liberation Army, and formerly collaborated with the Nazis to bring Russia under his control.
- Regretful Traitor: Vlasov originally defected to the Germans either because he wanted to liberate Russia from the Bolshevik oppressors, or because he wanted to save his own skin during a war that went horribly for Russians. In either case, he hates the situation that collaboration got him in by 1962, a powerless general that nobody has a positive view of. He hopes that by actually liberating Russia and building a good legacy, he can absolve his miserable title of a loathsome traitor.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Bunyachenko is a family man, who despite all of his authoritarianism, still tries to build a better economy for Russia so his children can grow up in a better nation.
- Fallen Hero: Bunyachenko was a veteran in the Red Army, having fought for them since he was 16 during the Russian Civil War, and during WWII he was a leading commander on the Caucasus front. However, he got screwed over by the Soviet Union and was used as a scapegoat for the failures of the Red Armynote . After getting encircled and captured by the Germans, he lost faith in the Soviet Union and joined the ROA during the West Russian War to put an end to the Soviets.
- The Generalissimo: If General Bunyachenko reunifies Russia, he will become a dictator who curries favors from foreign superpowers like US and Japan and maintains control through authoritarianism, only making token reforms to maintain his Republican image.
- Mega-Corp: Bunyachenko creates a system of "Kombinats", a set of government-allied businesses who are directly fueled by the government and made into industrial juggernauts covering both horizontal and vertical expansions. In the dev-posted Russian Re-Unification Future Compass Meme, his unification is marked as the "Bunyachenko Chaebol Military-Industrial State", likening his Kombinats to the South Korean Chaebol Megacorporations.
- People's Republic of Tyranny: "President" Bunyachenko's Russian Republic is in reality a dictatorship with no democracy whatsoever.
- Puppet King: Bunyachenko starts off as a puppet mouthpiece of the KONR officers' committee and represents their interests to Vlasov. He quickly drops this however after uniting to regionals and superregionals.
- Internal Reformist: If Zykov wins the power struggles, he will reform the KONR from the inside, demilitarizing their rule and making it more democratic and accountable to the people.
- Mysterious Past: To his contemporaries, Zykov's backstory and his true endgame are an absolute enigma. While modern historical research indicated that Zykov in OTL was a Jewish writer and prisoner of war, people around him can only make guesses about his personality, those ranging from Zykov being a genuine Menshevik republican to a well-spoken opportunist to a Bolshevik infiltrator who seeks to undermine the organization.
- President for Life: Zykov's Russian Republic is ostensibly a democracy with free elections, but the controlled opposition is far too weak to beat Zykov's party, and anyone whose opinion is too radical is arrested.
- Token Good Teammate: Zykov leads a faction of the KONR that actually advocates for democracy instead of following despotism or fascism.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Zykov is a genuine anti-Bolshevik Republican democrat who is willing to collaborate with the Germans (even though he's Jewish himself) so he can end Bolshevism and create a democratic Russia.
- Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: By the time he finishes conquering Russia, Oktan is financing a vast pyramid of bribery and corruption. His unification event describes his clique as "rich beyond comprehension". In particular, if Oktan purges Bunyachenko, a pair of Bunyachenko's oldest friends betray him. "How much did Oktan offer you?" "He offered enough."
- Arms Dealer: When Oktan begins his nuclear weapons program, he tours the facilities with his financial adviser to figure out what price he can fetch for the tech.
- Conspicuous Consumption: Oktan is often shown enjoying fine cognac, tobacco and other luxuries acquired from abroad, offering them to people he wants on his side.
- Corrupt Politician: In addition to being the most fascistic of the KONR's leaders, Oktan is also by far the most corrupt, and uses every opportunity to swindle power and money through charisma.
- The Elites Jump Ship: Oktan is considering leaving if things get tough for him in Russia.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Under Oktan's rule a particularly brutal local governor is found gruesomely murdered one day. A message on his body reads "FROM SAMARA: JUSTICE IS DONE".
- Feudal Overlord: Oktan gives his officers fiefdoms that they can rule as they please, imposing their own laws, taxes and tariffs. Under his rule Russia devolves into a neo-feudal patchwork.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Nobody in the KONR likes Oktan; everybody thinks that Oktan is a corrupt, sleazy, greedy fascist and German boot-licker. They only work with Oktan because he has good connections to the smugglers and pays people well.
- The Generalissimo: Oktan doesn't even bother to put up a veneer of Republicanism like Bunyachenko; he declares himself Grand Marshal and thoroughly maintains his military dictatorship.
- Greed: Oktan's goal in life is to turn a profit for himself. One of his focuses is simply titled "Money..."
- Hate Sink: There is not a single thing likable about Oktan. The focus tree even says that Oktan is a walking talking representative of every negative attribute that the Russian people assign to the KONR: corrupt, Fascistic, oppressive, and traitorous.
- The Quisling: Oktan is incredibly willing to work with Germany to both destroy Bolshevism and profit himself.
- Straw Hypocrite: While making plans to sell off Russia's nuclear program and flee to Switzerland, Grand Marshal Oktan justifies his comically corrupt rule by proclaiming that the people are coming together under his "benevolent gaze" to "restore Russia's lost glory, to purge it of the unclean, and to deliver terrible vengeance upon her enemies". "And you'd better believe it."
- Swiss Bank Account: Oktan has onejust in case anything happens, of courseas well as a Swiss financial adviser and a vacation home in Switzerland.
- Token Evil Teammate: Whereas most of Samara's leaders are Anti-Villains of various types and various shades, Oktan is a greedy Hate Sink with no redeeming qualities.
- Venturous Smuggler: Oktan worked his way up as a smuggler and keeps up his criminal contacts even as ruler of western Russia.
A brutal National Socialist state based in Perm (now named Permhaym) led by Gutrum Vagner and the Aryan Brotherhood. The Aryan Brotherhood was founded upon a warped version of Nazi Germany's Aryan supremacist ideology, seeing Aryanism as a higher state of mind rather than merely a physical race. The Aryan Brotherhood imitates the superior Aryan culture in the name of Aryan revival, and aims to purify Russia of its subhuman Slavic mindset and elevate the nation to a higher state of being through Aryanization.
- Abhorrent Admirer: The Aryan Brotherhood loves Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, and wants to form an official partnership with Germany as they continue unifying Russia. Germany reacts to their diplomacy with nothing but bewilderment and disgust.
- Ax-Crazy: Almost all "Aryans" that are initiated into the Aryan Brotherhood are bloodthirsty brutes who casually brutalize people they consider subhumans at their whims.
- Beard of Evil: Interestingly, almost all the Aryan Brotherhood generals and ministers' portraits are photoshopped with grimy beards and/or moustaches, making them look far uglier than how they did in real life.
- Beware the Silly Ones: The Aryan Brotherhood is a band of Russians who LARP as Germans to a comical degree, running around in a post-apocalyptic Russia incoherently rambling on how the Russian people needs to Aryanise to survive. They are also fanatical Nazis, led by murderers and rapists, and have been described as a farce that turns out to be a horror movie. There is a reason why the Aryan Brotherhood starts off as the worst warlord state in 1962 Russia, even when compared to the genocidal ultranationalist Black League of Omsk and the unhinged fascist regime in Amur; exactly one other Russian path can be considered worse.
- Boomerang Bigot: The Aryan Brotherhood is mainly made up of Russian Slavs, yet they believe in Hitler's racial ideologies of Aryan supremacy, in which Slavs are several levels below Aryans.
- Crushing the Populace: The Aryan Brotherhood brutally represses every inch of territory they conquer to reshape the lands in their twisted ideals.
- Cult: The Aryan Brotherhood operates like a cult, worshipping the Ubermensch as the new gods of Russia.
- Culture Police: The Aryan Brotherhood instates extensive programs of cultural assimilation and eradication to spread Aryan culture, traditions and language, erase non-Aryan cultural elements, and ban the Russian language.
- Dark Horse Victory: The odds of either of the Aryan Brotherhood paths unifying Russia are slim at best, not the least of which because their buffs are significantly worse than any other unifyer in west Russia.
- Downer Ending: Both Aryan Brotherhood paths lead to terrible results with the regime being described as worse than the Black League in Omsk. Vagner's Brotherhood unifies Russia as a "Reykh" in which the vast majority of the population are terrorized slaves, and while Velimir is less maniacally repressive against Russians themselves, his Hyperborea is a totalitarian theocracy that will likely end the world to achieve their insane ambition of global conquest. The developers consider the Aryan Brotherhood to be the worst Russian warlord state and second worst unifier, after Sergey Taboritsky.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: Though not quite matching the sheer total oppression of the Burgundian System, the Aryan Brotherhood will create an insane dystopia in the name of their insane ideology should they conquer all of Russia.
- Dystopia Is Hard: Re-unifying Russia as either of the Aryan Brotherhood paths is quite challenging, not the least of which because they have some of the worst national spirits of any unifier (likely as a result of their simultaneously brutal and ill-concieved policy-making).
- Earn Your Bad Ending: The Aryan Brotherhood is one of the hardest Russian warlords to play, starting with no armor or air tech, often disastrously short of manpower depending on your path, and requiring a very long time to core states. Should they actually reunify Russia however, they create an absolutely horrific Dystopia, and the Hyperborea path creates an insane theocracy bent on conquering the world in addition to being a Dystopia, putting the world down the path of nuclear conflict between Hyperborea and Germany, similar to Omsk.
- Evil vs. Evil: Vagner and Schultz will eventually conflict over their differing definitions of Aryanism, and if Schultz takes over, he will eventually steer his country towards a war with Nazi Germany and even Burgundy as he believes that the Nazis are Jewish puppets.
- Foreign Culture Fetish: The Aryan Brotherhood's adoption of the Nazi ideology is ultimately because of their admiration of German "Aryan" culture.
- Foreign Ruling Class: The goal of the Brotherhood is to artificially create a racial ruling caste out of its Aryan Russian subjects, purified of all traces of Slavic degeneracy, and enforce its supremacy over the servile masses of Russians.
- Fourth Reich: The Aryan Brotherhood is a band of Russian Nazi LARPers who mimic Adolf Hitler's ideals and German culture (specifically that of the Nazi Party and the SS), and seek to unite Russia under their Reykh.
- Gratuitous German: Invoked as part of the Aryan Brotherhood's plan to turn themselves into Aryans:
- They call themselves Arische Bruderschaft in German (or as it is romanised in the game, Arishe Brudershaft) instead of Ariyskoe bratstvo in their native Russian.
- Their members give themselves German-sounding names (which might or might not be authentic).
- Their leader calls himself 'Fyurer' (like how a native Russian speaker would pronounce the German word Führer).
- They added 'haym' to the name of their capital city to emulate -heim, a common suffix in the name of German towns.
- Russia under the Aryan Brotherhood is called Russkiy Reykh, a bizarre amalgamation of Russian and German.
- Hate Sink: The Aryan Brotherhood is the most despicable faction in Russia, bar none. Everything about them is made to be as despicable and horrific as possible. They are a bunch of crazy Russian Nazi cultists who consider themselves the master race under completely arbitrary and incoherent beliefs, they dehumanize and oppress 99% of Russia's population and are the most active slave user in all of Russia, their generals are all criminals and their leaders are neo-Nazis, and they create some of the worst incarnations of Russia when unifying. Even other insane regimes like the Russian National Reclamation Government, the United Soviet Federation, the Russian National State, and the Holy Russian Empire could be considered, in their own twisted way, as acting in what their leaders see as what is in the best interests of Russia and its people, whereas the Aryan Brotherhood is thoroughly irredeemable and definitely does not believe in their twisted way to be working for Russia's best interests.
- Historical Villain Upgrade:
- In real life, the Aryan Brotherhood's generals◊ and ministers (excluding Vagner and Schultz) were former Heroes of the Soviet Union who were stripped of the title for murder (of superior officers or their wives/children) and rape. In this timeline, on top of these crimes, they've also accepted Vagner's neo-Nazi beliefs too.
- There is one major exception to the above rule however. AB general and Economy Minister "Lukas Oto" is actually Lev Vasilievich Obelov, who was by all accounts a completely normal Soviet pilot who had no major criminal records and was never deprived of his Hero of the Soviet Union award.
- Initiation Ceremony: The Aryan Brotherhood doesn't do blood tests to determine who's Aryan; instead, they pick out Aryan-looking people from their populace (an almost completely arbitrary process), send them through a period of intensive Aryanization, and initiate them into the Brotherhood as true Aryans.
- Master Race: Being unironic Nazi LARPers, the Aryan Brotherhood's members view themselves as the master race and all non-Aryans as subhuman.
- Meaningful Rename: The Aryan Brotherhood's members abandon their Russian birth names and give themselves German names when they subscribe to Hitler's Aryan supremacist ideology and mimic German culture.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Aryan Brotherhood is this from the perspective of Russians owing not just to their oppressive policies but because of their name brings bad memories to many Russians who had seen Germany pillage and burn their country in the name of Aryan supremacy. It doesn't help that "Aryan Brotherhood" is often used by Neo-Nazi organizations in our world.
- Obviously Evil: Even a cursory glance at the Aryan Brotherhood should tell you that they are fucked up, with their unshaved faces and decrepit uniforms, their nonsensical "Deytsch" names, the swastika on their flag, and the fact that they are called Aryan Brotherhood, an extremely common name adopted by Neo-Nazi organizations.
- Operation: [Blank]: The Brotherhood's campaigns to conquer other West Russian warlords are called 'Operation: X', with "X" being a Nordic mythological entity like Skinfaxi or Thrym.
- Pet the Dog: Lenin's mummified body is held in a city in one of the other former-Russian states, and capturing the location offers a decision to choose what to do with it. Surprisingly, the Aryan Brotherhood is allowed to choose the option of not destroying it, instead of being forced to desecrate Lenin's mummy.
- Please Select New City Name: Perm was renamed to "Permhaym" under the rule of the Aryan Brotherhood. It gets its old name back if another warlord defeats the Aryan Brotherhood and finishes coring the territory.
- Pragmatic Villainy: With regards to slave working conditions, the Aryan Brotherhood has the pragmatic option to offer small concessions like foods to the slaves so they can work harder. The alternative is to force them into total slavery at the barrel of a gun.
- Proud Warrior Race:
- The Aryan Brotherhood believes that true Aryans are fearless warriors whose only thoughts are of courage and conquest. This often in practice becomes a Might Makes Right, Virtue Is Weakness mentality, and initiates are often ordered to kill other initiates to demonstrate their Aryan ruthlessness.
- Velimir's Hyperborea manages to double down on Vagner's militarism, instilling militaristic fanaticism into his entire Slavo-Aryan society and directing the country towards his grand plans of conquest to truly realize the Aryan glory.
- Putting on the Reich: The Aryan Brotherhood quite literally mimics the aesthetics of the Reich and adopts Nazi imagery as part of their plan to Aryanize themselves.
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Members of the Aryan Brotherhood, seeing themselves as the master race, casually sack, pillage, and exterminate Russian villages that they encounter in their conquests.
- Retcon: In older versions, the Aryan Brotherhood's goal was to conquer West Russia, then submit themselves to RK Moskowien. As their lore developed, this is no longer the case, as the Brotherhood was turned into a potential unifier of Russia.
- Secret Police: In emulation of the Nazi regime, the Aryan Brotherhood forms their own version of the Gestapo (which they spell as Gehaymeshtatspolitsey).
- Shout-Out: The four-colored sauwastika on the flag of Hyperborea is based on a painting by Russian artist Vsevolod Borisovich Ivanov.
- Slave Brand: The Aryan Brotherhood marks their slaves with a red-iron hot brand whose end is shaped like a swastika.
- Slave Mooks: The Aryan Brotherhood can choose to primarily use subhuman slaves as their infantry, with the Aryans serving as their ruthless overseers and officers, as an alternative to having a purely Aryan military.
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: The Aryan Brotherhood is the most active user of slaves in Western Russia (if not all of Russia), believing that subhumans deserve only to be enslaved by Aryans.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The German words and names used by the Aryan Brotherhood are not spelt according to German orthography, but are instead phonetically transcribed from the German alphabet to Russian Cyrillic and then back to the Latin script, for example Arishe Brudershaft (instead of Arische Bruderschaft), Deytsch (Deutsch), Fyurer (Führer), Permhaym (Permheim), Reykh (Reich), Gitler (Hitler), Vagner (Wagner), Shvarzenbakh (Schwarzenbach), Shmit (Schmidt), Shnayder (Schneider), and so on.
- State Sec: The Nachtryters are a secret internal security force, tasked with travelling across Russia, always striking where they are least expected, burning any place that is suspected to house partisans to the ground, killing anyone they can find.
- Those Wacky Nazis: The Aryan Brotherhood is a bunch of Russians following a bizarre version of Hitler's Aryan supremacist ideology.
- Un-person: When the Aryan Brotherhood is defeated by another warlord, all traces that it left behind will be meticulously erased, in order to ensure that it is forgotten and will never reappear. No one complains.
- Word Salad Philosophy: The Aryan Brotherhood's whole schtick about "higher Aryan state of mind" is so incoherent and so supremacist, that in practice, it is simply used to justify their arbitrary oppression of other Russians.
Gutrum Vagner, born Alexey Alexandrovich Dobrovolsky, is the young and terrible Fyurer of the Aryan Brotherhood. A Red Army conscript during the West Russian War, Dobrovolsky witnessed the supposedly superior socialist forces being decimated by the German war machine. Never truly faithful in socialism, Dobrovolsky became an admirer of the German might, and deserted to search for the truth behind their strength.
Inspired by Peter the Great, Dobrovolsky realized that Aryanism is a higher state of mind, and that Russia can be elevated if it abandones its degenerate Slavic ways and embrace Aryanism. With a mission in mind, Dobrovolsky founded the Aryan Brotherhood with his few loyal followers, seized the anarchic city of Perm, and began his path to Russia's Aryan revival.
- Allohistorical Allusion: In this timeline, Dobrovolsky turned to Nazism as he did in real life, albeit under very different circumstances.
- Beard of Evil: As can be seen in Vagner's portrait, he seemingly never shaves his beard.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Vagner used to be a young Red Army conscript on the frontlines of the West Russian War. Now he's the leader of a major National Socialist political faction in Western Russia.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Dobrovolsky has gone from a fringe neo-Nazi and neo-pagan writer in real life to a brutal warlord capable of leading a Nazi cult to unify Russia in this timeline.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: The conditions of the alternate history has made Dobrovolsky far more radical and militant compared to the crazy old man Dobrovolsky became in real life. For one, Dobrovolsky's crazy beliefs in TNO are genuinely different from his crazy beliefs in real life, as he embraced Aryan cultural supremacism instead of Slavic neopaganism, resulting in him becoming far more antagonistic towards other Russians. Secondly, Dobrovolsky has also received ample Historical Badass Upgrade amidst Russia's anarchy in TNO, allowing him to become an outright warlord rather than just a writer.
- Insane Troll Logic:
- Vagner's bastardized version of Hitler's Aryan supremacist ideology (already a pseudoscientific ideology detached from reality) is even more insane and incoherent. Despite what his bio may suggest, he does not have a coherent definition of "Aryan"; his Aryan selection process is almost completely arbitrary, with biological-psychological ramblings used to justify their selections after the fact. His entire rule in practise basically has him arbitrarily separating a random group of Russians from the rest, force them to adopt bootleg German culture, and tell them to oppress other Russians.
- Every time Germany rejects their attempts of formalizing a relationship, Vagner comes up with an illogical reason for why Germany has rebuffed them (i.e. Zionist spies intercepting their messages).
- Meaningful Rename: Alexey Dobrovolsky adopted the German-sounding name Gutrum Vagner after fully embracing German culture and forming the Aryan Brotherhood.
- The Social Darwinist: Vagner believes that the superior Aryan society must remain pure and totally dominate over the Russian Slavic society.
- Young and in Charge: Vagner (Dobrovolsky) was born in 1938, making him just 24 by 1962.
Zigfrid Schultz, born Valery Nikolayevich Yemelyanov, is the Security Minister of the Aryan Brotherhood. A rising star in the Brotherhood with a dedicated vision and a relentless determination, Schultz champions a set of esoteric Aryan beliefs that might shake Vagner's Brotherhood to its core...
- Allohistorical Allusion: Hyperborea's ruling party is called Slavyanskyy Sobor (meaning Slavic Assembly), which was historically the name of a group of which the real Yemelyanov was a co-founder.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: Yemelyanov/Schultz's beliefs of Slavo-Aryanism are exactly the same as they were in real life, in contrast to Dobrovolsky/Vagner.
- Ancient Astronauts: Yemelyanov believes that all Slavs, and therefore the Aryans, are descended from the Hyperboreans, a highly sophisticated race that once dominated the entire planet, and were potentially extraterrestrial in origin.
- Arch-Enemy: According to Yemelyanov's theories, there are two human forces that compete in the universe: the spirit and will of the true Aryan people, the Boreal Rus, who have for millennia fought the Eternal Jew, a 'creeping plague that infects our Earth'. One of his first acts after unifying Russia is to call for the conquest of Palestine from the Jews who supposedly drove the Boreal Rus from their ancient home.
- Ax-Crazy: If Yemelyanov wins the power struggle, he murders Vagner with a dagger. A later event shows him as High Priest smashing a traitor's head with a hammer.
- The Caligula: Whereas Vagner is insane but composed with only occassional anger outbursts and has a more "down-to-earth" rhetoric, Velimir is violently insane and raves about his esoteric Slavic neopagan nonsense at every opportunity.
- Drums of War: The reunification theme for Hyperborea is an ominous Slavic drumbeat, signaling the holy war that Velimir intends to wage in Europe and beyond.
- Establishing Character Moment: Zigfrid Schultz is first introduced in an event where he is initiated into the Aryan Brotherhood where he and another initiate are ordered to kill each other to become a true Aryan. Schultz kills his fellow initate without any hesitation.
- High Priest: After his coup against Vagner, Yemelyanov proclaims himself Velimir, High Priest of Hyperborea and all Rus.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: The real Valery Yemelyanov was a greatly unpleasant man, being a virulently anti-Semitic professor and conspiracy theorist who murdered his wife with an axe. However, Yemelyanov in The New Order takes the heinousness of his real life counterpart to an entirely new level, being a warlord who can violently seize power from Vagner,note , potentially turn all of Russia into a brutal pagan theocracy based off his twisted beliefs, and attempt to conquer the world to institute total Slavo-Aryan supremacy.
- I Have Many Names: He can be known by at least three names in TNO: Valery Nikolayevich Yemelyanov (his birth name), Zigfrid Schultz (his "German" name) and Velimir (his "pagan" name).
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Schultz first appears as a more moderate option for the Aryan Brotherhood, as he is willing to compromise a little bit and offer more possibility of upward movement for the slaves. This is then Subverted if he actually takes over; he does reduce slavery due to his beliefs of Slavo-Aryanism, but he makes up for it by being even more rabidly purist towards average Russians (to weed out Jewish, Masonic, and Orthodox Christian influences from all Slavo-Aryans), continues the active enslavement/extermination of non-Slavs and "degenerate" Slavs, and has a far more insane plan of world conquest and subjugation.
- Master Race: Yemelyanov believes in the Aryan master race like the rest of the Brotherhood, though in his case it is not the 'Asiatic' Germans, but the Slavs, the Boreal Rus, who are considered to be Aryans.
- Meaningful Rename: Like the other members of AB, Valery Yemelyanov gave himself a German name after joining the AB. If he coups Vagner and institutes Slavo-Aryanism, he renames himself to Velimir, a rather esoteric Slavic name which OTL Yemelyanov used among the neo-Pagan community.
- Obviously Evil: Nothing screams more "I am a fervent Nazi" than having three variants of the swastika on your collar.
- Persecution Flip: Velimir's ascension basically causes a flip in the racial hierarchy within the Aryan Brotherhood's clusterfucked belief system: "Slavic" "Aryans" are now the master race who deserve everything in the world, and "German" "Aryans" are now subhumans who deserve nothing but persecution.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Despite in many ways being far more cruel and unhinged than the original Aryan Brotherhood, Velimir can end the enslavement of the vast majority of the population, believing Slavs to be the true Aryans rather than Untermenschen.
- The Purge: Velimir enacts a massive purge on non-Slavs, Jews, and degenerates, allowing torture, public execution, and other criminal acts on these elements in order to awaken the Slavs' Aryan mindset and purify Russia into an Aryan nation.
- The Spartan Way: Velimir forces "degenerate" Russians (Russians who refuse to give up their Russian/Orthodox/Marxist identity) to go through nightmarish "Trials of Redemption" where the vast majority die and the survivors are re-accepted as Aryans. The "cadets" have to go through inhuman training, intense religious indoctrination, and face deadly punishments for failure, with one event mentioning that the final trial before cadets become soldiers is to run across twenty feet of burning coal.
- The Starscream: Schultz's definition of Aryanism doesn't quite align with Vagner's, and once the Aryan Brotherhood unites West Russia, he can make his move, killing the Fyurer and having the Brotherhood go down a different path.
- Take Over the World: The key trait that makes Velimir an Ultranationalist rather than merely a National Socialist like Vagner is that Velimir has far bigger plans of conquest to "rectify" the world's misconception of Germano-Aryanism and establish the Slavo-Aryans as the real master race. While Vagner only wants to reconquer Russia, Velimir also seeks to conquer Europe from the false German-Aryans, conquer the Slavo-Aryans' ancestral homeland of Palestine, conquer the weak races of Asia, conquer the "Jewish citadel" of America, and launch a thousand more conquests so the true Slavic Aryan master race can unite the world under their rule, even if they have to incite nuclear war in doing so.
- The Theocracy: Hyperborea under High Priest Velimir is a brutal Slavic neopagan theocracy.
- Walking Spoiler: There is no indication that Schultz can take the Aryan Brotherhood down an even more insane path until the AB unifies to the regional level and Schultz makes his move.
- Word Salad Philosophy: Yemelyanov has a more consistent (though still completely baseless) set of Slavo-Aryanist beliefs when compared to Dobrovolsky's biological-psychological clusterfuck, but he makes up his insanity points with his far more esoteric and outlandish beliefs. For example, he thinks that Slavs (and Aryans by extension) came from Palestine and are descended from the advanced Hyperborean race, and that Germany is a nation of degenerate "Asiatics" controlled by the Jews.
Alexander Egorovich Medvedev is a Soviet war veteran who heads a small band of anti-Nazi fighters in the outskirts of Perm. Following the end of World War II, Medvedev fought his way back to his home town near Perm, where he tried to settle down and live a quiet life. However, the rise of the vile Aryan Brotherhood in Perm massively disturbed his life, and Medvedev took up arms again and resisted against the Nazi cult.
- Crusading Widower: In one of Vyatka's superregional events, Medvedev quietly pays respects to his wife, who was killed by the Aryan Brotherhood before he took up arms against them.
- Old Friend: In the event where a representative from the Northern Russian Republic (Onega post-"unification") approaches Medvedev to discuss a treaty of friendship and collaboration, the representative sent is a soldier named Ivan Smirnov, who is Medvedev's childhood friend and comrade-in-arms during World War II. The two immediately embrace each other upon meeting, celebrate with a night of drinking, and sign an extensive treaty of friendship the next day.
- La Résistance: Medvedev heads a small band of fighters in the outskirts of Perm, resisting against the Aryan Brotherhood who took over the city.
- Retcon: The Aryan Brotherhood used to be led by Alexander Medvedev, who took the German name Andreas Maier. As this portrayal of Medvedev (who was a loyal Soviet soldier and anti-fascist in real life) was unacceptably out-of-character and offensive, Medvedev was retconned into an anti-AB fighter, and his old role is now fulfilled by Alexey Dobrovolsky (an actual neo-Nazi in real life).
A small Orthodox theocratic state based in Gayny led by Grandmaster Mikhail Antipin, a Soviet veteran who turned to militant Orthodoxy.
- Church Militant: The Order of Saint George is a warrior monk order named after a famous military saint.
- The Theocracy: Gayny's ruling Order of Saint George is totally devoted to God. They will vehemently reject any atheist or faithless ruler, but will gladly join a ruler that Grandmaster Antipin considers to be sufficiently pious.
- Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: The real Antipin was never ordained as a priest or joined a religious military order like he did in this timeline.
- Turn to Religion: Antipin's unit fell to infighting after World War II, and he was forced to wander in the wilderness for over a month with nothing but his clothes. He was nursed back to health at Gayny by a local priest, and as a result he had a religious awakening and became massively faithful.
An armed neutral state between the WRRF and RK Moskowien, which seceded from the WRRF during the final days of the West Russian War. Vologda exists as a buffer state between the WRRF and RK Moskowien, and is currently reluctantly tolerated by both.
- The Neutral Zone: Vologda is a buffer state between the WRRF and RK Moskowien.
- Choosing Neutrality: When the Germans started to turn the tides in the West Russian War, Ivanov reluctantly abandoned his cause, seceded from the WRRF and declared neutrality. To him, continued involvement with the disintegrating Front would only bring more bloodshed to his hometown.
- Welcome Back, Traitor: Although many in the WRRF scoff in disgust at the very mention of Ivanov's name after he declared neutrality during the West Russian War, they are willing to work with traitors and peacefully reintegrate Vologda to ensure that the lone beacon of socialism in West Russia survives.
A subregion of Vologda based around the city of Kostroma.
- Land of One City: Kostroma's territory does not extend far from the city of Kostroma itself.
- Merchant City: Kostroma's economy is mainly based around trading and smuggling between the warlords to the east and Reichskommissariat Moskowien to the west.
- The Neutral Zone: Kostroma is neutral territory, and serves as a meeting place between officials of RK Moskowien and the WRRF.
- Number Two: During the West Russian War, Bolshakov became Vasily Ivanov's closest confidant. After Vologda declared neutrality, Ivanov entrusted Bolshakov with governing the city of Kostroma, which was too far from Vologda to directly administer.
A warlord state bordering RK Moskowien led by former WRRF tank army commander Nikolai Averin. During the West Russian War, Averin commanded one of the largest tank armies of the WRRF, and held out at Gorky as the WRRF collapsed. Since then, Averin has adopted large scale raids into RK Moskowien to keep the tank fleet operational, which soon turned into his new life. Averin now desires nothing more than to see the Germans crushed underneath the treads of his tanks and pillage the Germans of all their riches.
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: To keep Gorky's tank fleet running, its leader Nikolai Averin regularly raids German settlers in Moskowien for resources. He has since fully embraced life as a raider, and now only cares about terrorizing the Germans with raids.
- Tank Goodness: Gorky is a warlord state built entirely on tanks; it has a large tank fleet, a large tank factory, and even its flag has a tank on it.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Averin in OTL was a Hero of the Soviet Union and an otherwise unremarkable tank gunner. In TNO, he became a bandit warlord who commands the Gorky Tank Brigade.
- Motive Decay: Any ideological pretense that Averin might once have had is now gone, replaced with a simple desire to pillage German settlers in RK Moskowien.
- Shout-Out: The first paragraph in Averin's in-game description is based directly on the opening paragraph of "The Phoenix on the Sword", with only the proper names and a few other words replaced.
See his entry on the Komi subpage.
A Tatar nation-state. It was founded after USSR's collapse and since then was always neutral in Russian regional politics.
- Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: In real life, Abdulla Aliş was a poet and resistance fighter that was never actually involved in politics. In TNO, his prowess in battle resulted in his election as Mayor of Kazan and eventually President of Tatarstan.
A Bashkir nation-state.
- The Theocracy: The Islamic Republic of Bashkurdistan is organised along religious lines, with imams in charge of major decisions and subjecting people to Islamic law.
Ähmätzäki Välidi Tugan
- This Is My Name on Foreign: His name is spelt as both Ähmätzäki Välidi Tugan in his native Bashkir and Zeki Velidi Togan in Turkish.
A Finland-backed anticommunist warlord state.
- Balkanize Me: If Onega divides Western Russia and subsequently defeats the unifier of Western Siberia, Western Siberia will collapse back to a second warlord era, though this time with the Northern Russian Republic as a hegemon who unites all the little warlord states under one faction.
- Les Collaborateurs: The Volunteer Anti-Communist Guard consists of Russians backed by Finland to topple the West Russian Revolutionary Front.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: When a Western Russia unifier manages to reach an agreement with Finland over annexing Onega, the Anti-Communist Volunteer Guard sometimes might refuse to give in to Finland's orders and resist to the bitter end, resulting in Finland rescinding their backing and forcing West Russia's unifier to invade Onega, with very predictable results.
- Dark Horse Victory: If Onega emerges victorious against the war with the West Russian unifier, it will annex the northern half of Western Russia (ending in a line going from Kostroma to Gayny), form the Northern Russian Republic, and release many client statesFull list of states (not puppet states) in the southern half of Western Russia because it is not strong enough to govern all the territory. It then gets a new focus tree where it democratizes, unifies Western Russia under a defensive alliance called the West Russian Defence Pact, and deposes Blokhin's Vorkuta if it still existsnote .
- Historical In-Joke: Onega's flag contains the emblem of the West Russian Volunteer Army, a German-backed anti-Bolshevik Russian army in the Baltics during the Russian Civil War.
- Recruiting the Criminal: In order to deal with the banditry in its territory, Onega can bribe these vagabonds and outlaws into serving in the Anti-Communist Volunteer Guard, in return for a pardon and a living wage.
- HeelFace Turn: Initially, all we see of Kirpichnikov is a collaborator despot who constantly makes promises of democratization while suppressing dissidence in his fiefdom. After Onega divides Western Russia, Kirpichnikov actually democratizes the Northern Russian Republic, ends the suppression against civilians, and delivers on his promises.
- The Quisling: Kirpichnikov collaborates with Finland to 'liberate' Russia from the hold of communism.
- Occupiers Out of Our Country: Kazakov made it his life's goal to secure an independent Mari nation, and joins forces with the Anti-Communist Volunteer Guard for this purpose.
An Udmurt ethnic republic.
- Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: After being discharged from the Red Army following the end of World War II, the real Panteleev became leader of a collective farm. In TNO, after the Anti-Communist Volunteer Guard pacifies Western Russia, he becomes President of the Udmurt Republic.