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Shaky Times (1991-1994)
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All out Collapse (1994-1995)
The economic situation in Russia reached an absolute breaking point. Russian civilians took over government buildings across many cities in Russia. West of the Ural Mountains, these initial rebellions were taken down by the government. East of the Urals, however, the rebellions did not falter. The city of Novosibirsk was the first to fall to rebels. These rebels were of Russian ethnicity, but these were different Russians. They were the Russians living in Siberia, and they were a hardy people. Immediately, the city was put under martial law by these Siberians. Soon, other cities like Irkutsk fell to the Siberians. Around this time, the different rebellions began to connect with each other, and a national "Siberian" identity was beginning to be formed. All the while, the Russian federation was trying to put this rebellion down. The economy of Russia plummeted even more. Radical Islamists and Chechens began to rise up in Causcasia as well. Around this time, the farthest east of Russia rose up, but in a different movement. The Far Eastern Party was formed and lay claim to all of Russia's Pacific coastline. This movement, however, co-operated with the Russian federation, as it viewed this revolutionary Siberia as a threat. At first, Russian authorities did not like the set up. However, the Far Easterners were too strong to oppose, and they needed all the help. By November, Siberian militia forces officially formed across Siberian Russia. Immediately, they found the threat of the Far East Republic. So, they began the "Drive to the Pacific".
Siberian forces wiped out Far Eastern military forces around the city of Omsk and secured coastline on the pacific ocean. Despite that victory, Siberian forces were over stretched and were facing opposition from the north east from the Katchatka Peninsula and from Vladivostok. Russian forces found refuge in the Far East. However, as time went on and communication ended with military command in the west, they joined Far Eastern Forces. In The West, Russia was facing an all out civil war. Communist hardliners were taking to the streets more and more. What began as civil unrest turned into a Communist Revolution. Socialist and Communist forces took over city councils across many European Russian cities. To this day, some dispute that these were all Communist agents as eventually these cities united together.
The chaos inside Russia was not unnoticed. The international community watched in horror as Russian society broke down once more due to horrible economic conditions. Terrorism became a prime concern. NATO as well as the international community learned lessons about the terrorist threat from the 1991 Gulf War. European leaders were worried about the military equipment in the Kaliningrad Oblast. More and more Russian Federation troops were sent to fight rebels in Mainland Russia. Eventually, reports were coming out that radicals were taking control of the vast military stocks within Kaliningrad. In an unprecedented move, United Kingdom Naval and Air Forces struck positions within Kaliningrad, and in another move, German Army forces moved into Kaliningrad itself securing the province. This swift military action was not under the guise of NATO, but within days, NATO supported the actions with more than just words. NATO secured Kaliningrad, but by the time they did, there was no Russian government to give it to. It was put under military occupation and the Russian missiles and military equipment was safely shipped out.
Another noteworthy mention was Russia's nuclear arsenal. In the European portion, Russian Federation and like minded Generals secured the sites for the brunt of the revolution. In Siberia, nuclear sites were under Siberian controls while others were held under Russian control. In the Far East, however, Svobrodny Nuclear Launch Site was in territory claimed by the Far Eastern Republic. At the beginning of the mass revolution, the Far Eastern Republic was considered a legitimate terrorist organization in the eyes of many world leaders. Staunchly Russian, nationalist, and spiteful, Asian leaders worried about the consequences of it gaining nuclear weapons. The Republic of China at this time decided to stay neutral after the Senate voted down a resolution for intervention. Pro-China Korea also went with China and decided to stay neutral. Japan, however, was different. Possibly due to knowing the horrors of nuclear weapons in the past, Japan for the first time in the post World War II Period commenced a first strike. Japanese F-15's soared across Far-Eastern airspace and bombed the facility. For the duration of the conflict, the facility was out of use until Siberian forces evacuated the nuclear stockpiles from it. The Japanese were not done, however. Finding the Far Easterners as a threat to national security, (as well as fulfilling possible irredentist claims), Japanese forces invaded Sakhalin Island, swiftly taking out the Far Eastern forces. The Sakhalin Japanese and Koreans on the island helped Japanese forces with supplies and moral. Japanese forces finally settled their dispute with Russia as well by taking over the Kuril Islands as well. Both of these actions drew criticism from the international community as well as the various Russian states.