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Soviet Karelia (1983: Doomsday)

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Provisional Soviet Socialist Republic of Russia
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday

OTL equivalent: East Karelia
Flag of the Karelo-Finnish SSR Emblem of the Karelo-Finnish SSR
Flag Coat of Arms
(and largest city)
  others Finnish, Karelian
Religion Russian Orthodoxy, atheism
Government Presidential Republic
Prime Minister
Area app. 122,000 km²
Population est 300,000 
Established 1983
The Provisional Soviet Socialist Republic of Russia or Soviet Karelia was a survivor nation in the northern part of the former Soviet Union created by and governed by surviving Soviet military units and Communist party officials. It was a staunch ally of Socialist Siberia, and in 2011 there was a voter referendum in which Soviet Karelian citizens voted for Soviet Karelia's joining of the USSR. The USSR annexed the country in July of 2011, merging it with the newly created Northwest Territory.



During Doomsday, the area that would form the PSSRR was spared from attacks, although fallout coming from destroyed military outposts in Pechenga as well as fallout from the rest of the USSR caused problems for the region. Direct control of the region was given to surviving military officials who quickly took control of the region being overrun by Soviet citizens escaping the horrors of Doomsday.

Thinking the war had been officially proclaimed and fought in other areas around the world, small battles were fought with Norway, which had managed to survive Doomsday. These would soon prove to be a major blunder, one which would not be soon forgotten. Harsh methods were eventually used to stop the refugees from coming into Soviet Karelia, as the junta which controlled the area feared for their position.

Contact with West Karelia was chilly at best and distrusted would soon emerge between the two regions, culminating in East Karelia shutting off the borders between the two countries after Karelia established itself as the Republic of Karelia.

Establishing the Provisional government

Although it had managed to put down riots that were occurring in their controlled area, the military government soon found itself facing a revolution, if immediate action was not taken to defuse the situation that was brought upon by years of freedom-less rule.

To prove the legitimacy of their rule, the region officially proclaimed itself the successor to the Russian SFSR, and named itself the Provisional Soviet Socialist Republic of Russia. A Congress of People's Deputies as well as a Supreme Soviet were created, modeled much like those in the former USSR. Their role was advisory at best and were mostly used to give legitimacy to military rule.

The government thereafter sought to have a strong, professional military, which was achieved to a lesser extent, as there were no means to manufacture new weapons so old ones would have to be maintained and ammunition spared, alongside fuel.

The rule of the military was mostly unopposed until the mid-nineties, when word of a Nordic Union reached the country. Once again, citizens demanding freedoms were once again rioting in the streets. The government was once again forced to take drastic actions.

The Second Winter War

Fearing its citizens demands for freedom and equality would destabilize their power over the country, the PSSRR officials initiated armed conflict with the Republic of Karelia and, to a lesser extent, the Nordic Union in spring of 1997. Although most of their equipment was decrepit, it managed to gain significant victories in the RoK, as it too mostly relied on ex-Soviet weapons, but they did not have the strict training of the PSSRR, as it wielded a mostly volunteer army. Things were extremely bleak for the RoK, but strong resistance in occupied territories, together with aid being given by the Nordic Union, quickly weakened the PSSRR's resolve and the conflict went off again and on again for the next two years, but lacked the rapid gains Soviet Karelia had in its initial attacks.

The conflict ended in June 1999, the agreement being:

  • Soviet Karelia would cease all attacks and return occupied territory to the RoK
  • Trade would once again commence between the two countries, as well as an exchange of ambassadors
  • Soviet Karelia would receive aid from the NU, alongside the RoK
  • A small contingent of NU armed forces would be stationed on the RoK-PSSRR border to ensure the peace would be kept

Later years

The country was left humiliated once more and was forced to leave occupied territories within the RoK. It started to receive aid from the Nordic Union and the government's control on its people started to loosen. In September of 2003, Siberian forces launched a scouting operation in the region, as they had heard reports of survivor states in the region. After reaching the borders of the country, the PSSRR was thrilled to see that the Soviet Union had largely survived in its Asian part. A warm relationship began between the two nations. It relinquished its rights to the Nordic Union's aid and instead started to receive large amounts of aid from the USSR.

A small contingent of Siberian troops was stationed in the country, which also acted as the official embassy in the country. Talks about a re-unification between the two countries were conducted from 2006, until it was agreed it would join the USSR during operation Northern Hammer.

Due to these talks, the PSSRR was not invited to participate in the CSTO, but it was a regional partner within the organization. It also decided to adopt the former flag and coat of arms of the Karelo-Finnish Soviet Socialist Republic to distinguish itself from the old Soviet Union and the new USSR. Currently, the former capital of Belomorsk is the capital city of the Northern Territory.


Most of the population is Russian, with a minority Karelian and Finnish population.


The economy of the small country was mostly based on sustaining its small population, with smaller exports of wood products. The fishing sector is well developed as is the network of water transport infrastructure. From 2003, the country had heavily relied on Siberian imports and money which expanded the small economy. This aid decreased somewhat in 2010, as the USSR had more pressing obligations elsewhere.


The society heavily relied on its military, which has a standing army of 30,000 people but was supplemented by volunteers if the need arises. The army served as the countries police force as well. Although much of the countries small budget was spent maintaining the army, Siberian aid alleviated some of the strain by training personnel and building bases in the state. The army was absorbed into the USSR's army and the military personnel is currently being further trained to meet the standards of the USSR.

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