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The Timeline of Reformed Russia

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This is the timeline for the Reformed Russia scenario, where the Decembrist Revolt never happens, meaning Russia never experiences Staunch conservative reactionism of Nicholas I, leaving it open for rapid industrialisation, forever changing the politics of the World as Russia forges ahead and becomes a Superpower.

All dates are in western calendars, which is 12 days ahead of the then Russian calendar.



  • POD:1st December 1825: The failed Decembrist Revolt never occurs in Russia, Tsar Nicholas I does not become a staunch conservative reactionary leading Russia away from westernisation.


  • May: Mirak, Eastern Armenia, is occupied by Russian Troops against the wishes of Tsar Nicholas I. In response, the Persian government sent Mirza Mohammad Sadiq to St. Petersburg in an attempt to discuss the issue. However, Caucasus General Governor Aleksey Yermolov had Sadiq detained at Tiflis.
  • April: Nicholas I proclaims "Reformist Nationalism" to be the official ideology of the Russian Crown.
  • 31 July 1826 The Russo-Persian war begins. Without a declaration of war Abbas Mirza and 35,000 men invaded Karabakh and Talysh. The capital of Karabakh, was besieged. Nicholas sent two divisions and 12 regiments of Don Cossack cavalry and told Yermolov to invade the Yerevan Khanate.
  • 2 September: 2000 men defeated 10000 Persians. The Russians reentered Elisabethpol.


  • 28 March 1827: Yermolov turned over all his powers to Paskevich.
  • 15 June 1827: Paskevich joined Benckendorff and his army and set off for Nakhichivan, the capital of that khanate.
  • 26 June 1827: Nakhichivan Khanate became a Russian province.
  • 2 October': Yerevan Khanate became a Russian province. When news of the fall of Yerevan reached them the Persian army was seized with panic and dispersed.
  • 19 October: The gates of Tabiz were opened and Paskevich entered with 15000 men. Peace negotiations begun.
  • 20 October: Following advice from his newly-appointed generals from the European Continent, Tsar Nicholas I of Russia fails to get involved in the Battle of Dardanelles in the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empires, thus avoiding the disastrous Russo-Turkic War.


  • 10 February: The Treaty of Turkmenchay was signed giving the two Armenian khanates of Yerevan and Nakhichevan to Russia. The Russo-Persian War Ended.
  • 16 April: Paskevich is forced to resign among many other top commanders and officials in Nicholas I's great Political Purge of Russian Officials in an attempt to modernize the Country. Although known as the Great Purge, no officials were killed and all resigned peacefully, even if disgruntled.
  • 24 April: Paskevich officially renounces his titles of Vice Roy of Poland, crowds gather in celebration in squares in various Polish Towns. Nicholas I replaced him and his position with would-be Rebel during the 1830 November Uprising, Jozef Chopicki acting as The Chief Directorship of Poland, a position giving him localised rule and acting as the Tsars representative in Poland. Jozef ruled the Polish Constitution as law, and the basis for his Directorship.
  • 26 October: The Decree of Economics is put into law by Nicholas I. It separates Taxes for Industrial and Agricultural workers, giving Industrial workers lower taxes to people to seek employment in the field. Taxes are also eliminated for anybody who invests a substantial amount into the Factories of Russia.
  • 9 November: Several nee Factories open in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The Migration of Free Men to the cities begins to occur.


  • 19 June: The First modern police force is established in London.
  • November: With an overflow of people now living in slums in Moscow, a Typhus Outbreak occurs, killing 7000 people. The Tsar reacts in terror, ordering the demolition of the slums and the construction of sufficient housing for the new workers. In response to the event the Royal Russian Health Executive (RRHE) is set up, to nurse patients of massive disease outbreaks. This would later be expanded in the social reforms of the 1870s fo form the Grand Royal Russian Health Service (GRRHS).


  • 18 December Britain and her allies sign the Treaty of Adrianople with the Ottoman Empire, promising Greece and Serbia greater Autonomy.



  • 20 December: The Great Powers, Including Russia recognize the independence of Belgium from the United Kingdom of the Netherlands


  • 29 March: The Great Bosnian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire begins. By Mid April Russia declares their support for them, rushing 20,000 troops to the border and into Ottoman land.
  • 16 October: Russia withdraws troops from Bosnia, the conflict never turned into war as the Ottomans refused to engage the Russian troop and vice versa. The Russians left Bosnia, leaving little impact on the result of the uprising which was eventually put down.
  • October The Cholera Riots start in St. Petersburg, they drag on for two days but ultimately leave more people dead than the actual outbreak, thanks to modern and hygienic housing constructed by the Russian Government.


  • 12 January: Russia rushed 23,000 troops into Afghanistan in support of Dost Mohammad Khan against invading British forces. Russia swore protection over the country and warned British troops from progressing.
  • June The Battle of Kabul Stretched out for over a month with British forces laying seige to the city, Russian troops attacked from behind and massacred 3,000 British soldiers. The Russians managed to re-instate Dost Mohammad Khan, making Afghanistan a Russian Puppet State, promising Dost massive amounts of Russian wealth in return. Nicholas I saw Afghanistan as a strategic area for expansion, but saw annexation and invasion as too risky and expensive.
  • 3 July: Outraged over the Kabul Massacre, the British declared war on Russia, starting the 'Anglo-Russian War'.
  • 36 September: British troops march into southern Afghanistan through Kalat, after the British military seized the country in whats nicknamed the Breakfest Annexation due to the swiftness of the British gaining control, they also began


  • February: After months of fighting off the British the Russian forces manage to repel them from Afghanistan and into Kalat and the Sikh Kingdom. A week later the infamous Lahore Massacre saw more than 900 British soldiers killed by an angry mob in Lahore in the Sikh Kingdom, which spawned the 1841 British invasion and annexation of the Sikh kingdom.
  • 23 March The Russians advanced into Kalat unexpectedly, surprising the defeated British army. By August the area was under full Russian control.


  • 17. September: The Pact of Brotherhood is signed in Vienna between Russia and The Austrian Empire. This military pact goes down in history as one of the most influential acts of the 19th century.



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