The Marxist revolution in Russia wrote the final chapter of the Great War, and brought about the fall of the Russian Empire.  The exportation of the Russian Revolution, first to Poland and Austro-Hungary, then to China and the nations to its south, drastically altered the balance of world power, and catalyzed the creation of the United Nations Alliance to oppose the further spread of revolutionary Socialism.  The creation of the Federative Socialist Republic in 1929, coninciding with the start of the Great Depression, was the first sign that the world was careering violently out of control.  The FSR of today is seemingly even more powerful than ever, having gained access to enormous industrial and natural resources with the collapse of European Capitalism in the 1970’s.  However, though ostensibly mighty, the FSR is also socially and politically decadent, with a massive, shiftless totalitarian bureaucracy that dominates every aspect of its citizens’ lives.  It is an odd contradiction that within the FSR citizens are grumbling against the power of the State and looking longingly to the UNA for redress, while in the UNA, pro-FSR sentiment has never been stronger.  In spite of its massive military expenditures and expanded conscription, the Politburo still believes it is losing ground in the arms race, and is increasingly turning to its nuclear arsenal to deter what it has begun to see as an inevitable military showdown with the West.