A large change of events happen in this alternate history as Karl Marx serves, (and dies) in the Crimean War. During the February Revolution, the Interim government is less successful at capturing government officials, and most of the government flees to Siberia or the West. A few though, stay in hiding, as they plot their return to power. As the idea of communism was never invented, the October revolution under Lenin never takes place, but under the former Agricultural Minister Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Rittikh. He reinstates the empire, but with a much more fascist appeal, creating a National Socialist like government, with him being the высший лидер (supreme leader) of the Russian Empire. It becomes extremely aggressive, first to take back former holdings, and soon to expand farther then what they were at during their golden age.