The governing ideology of the union was unitarianism, a version of communism that states the only way to establish peace for the working class was to unite the world as quickly as possible and spread the revolution, by force if required. After winning the Russian Civil War, Leon Trotsky became Russia's long-lasting ruler. When following revolutions in Europe failed, Trotsky turned to industrializing the union and supporting revolution in Central Asia and China. Though nominally a democracy, Trotsky continued to win the country's elections.
At the outbreak of World War II the Union signed a non-aggression treaty with France. In 1942, France invaded Russia and opened the largest and bloodiest theater of combat in history. At the cost of millions of lives Russia would stop the French invasion and conquered territory all the way to the Rhine. The nations the Russian military conquered would have their governments changed to be unitarian and serve Russia's interests. The death of Trotsky led to the rise of war hero Ivan Konev to power. Konev ruled for over 34 years and during his rule the Cold War with the United States began.
Konev, a staunch unitarian, fomented politcal tormoil by launching "Russianization" campaigns in eastern Europe, conducted purges of his political rivals, accusing them of aiding the United States, and arresting and imprisoning many political dissidents and citizens. Whatever democracy Russia still had was eliminated and replaced with a totalitarian state. A brief decline occurred following Konev's death in the 1980s, but the discovery of natural resources in Siberia, along with an economic slump in America, resulted in Russia gaining the upper hand in the Cold War.
Under the leadership of Boris Yeltsin, the powerful Union began to unify its satellite states to the union, resulting in vast underground nationalist movements across Europe culminating in the War of Liberation in 2000. The economy tanked and continued to worsen as Yeltsin was exposed for corruption. As various republics split away, Yeltsin was overthrown in the Winter Coup and replaced by Mikhail Gorbachev, who announced the dissolution of Greater Russia, to be replaced by a republic.