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Timeline Intro

This is the full timeline for the Long Life of Lenin Alt. History. Each major point and event/war will eventually have a link to a more fleshed out article on that subject (e.g., World War II) but currently we're still under construction.

End of the Russian Revolution

Assassination Attempt and Aftermath

August 30th, 1918: Fanny Kaplan approaches Vladimir Lenin after a speech at The Hammer and Sickle, a Moscow Factory. He is shot once, the other bullets missing and striking the sickle of Aleksei Chernigov. Lenin is rushed to a hospital. However, his right arm is amputated below the elbow. Lenin spends the next six days in the hospital in recovery.

September 2nd, 1918: Lenin summons Alexsei. He offers in exchange for his actions, to make him co-head of the "Cheka" or Russian Secret Police. Alexsei accepts, and begins the tradition of Soviet Police and Officers carrying a sickle as a hand-to-hand combat weapon. Over the course of the following years thousands of "enemies of the people" are identified. The Cheka quickly becomes known for their ruthless brutalities and torture.

September 5th, 1918: Lenin gives his "Right Fist of Capitalism" speech in Moscow. In it, he blames the White Anti-Communist Movement for the attempt, calling their attempt "weak". He also heralded Chernigov as a hero and announced his new position in the (secret) police force.

The White Fall and Red Infighting

September 1918: The Red Terror is publicly announced for the first time, though it had been going on since the previous year.

November 1920: Warren Harding is elected President of the United States, carrying 37 states worth 404 electoral votes and winning 60.3% of the popular vote.

Summer 1920: The Tambov Rebellion begins. Headed by a peasant anti-Bolshevik faction, they are proving to be a formidable force against the Red Army which is still fighting the Whites on many fronts. On the battlefield chemical weapons are used against the civilian population and tens of thousands are interned in concentration camps. The mortality rate in the camps exceeds 15-20% each month. The rebellion will take 100,000 Red soldiers and over a year to quell.

The U.S.S.R.

February 21, 1920: Lenin founds the VSNKh and they begin drafting plans for the recovery of the Russian economy, including the complete electrification of the country.

Spring 1921: Famine begins to set in hard in southern Russia. Lenin's continuous refusals of accepting outside aid are questioned by himself and others. He begins drafting a new policy to try to prevent any more deaths than the five million Russian civilians that have already lost their lives to hunger.

March, 21st 1921: Lenin enacts the NEP (New Economic Policy), declaring a necessary temporary usage of "State Capitalism" to ensure economic recovery. He also opens up Russian borders to foreign aid and support. The first policy enacted is the Prodnalog, which encouraged farmers to produce more instead of simply having excess grain be confiscated by the state.

Summer 1922: The Soviet government confiscates over one million gold rubles worth of rare metals and precious gems from the Russian Orthodox Church, almost all of it was sent to help fight the famine.

October 27th, 1922: 50,000 Blackshirt Fascists march on Rome, demanding the Prime Minister, Luigi Facta's resignation. Victor Emmanuel III, last king of Italy, refuses to declare marshal law, and forces Luigi to step down. Emmanuel hands power to Benito Mussolini, who becomes Dictator of Italy.

December 29, 1922: The Russian SFSR signs the Creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics treaty with the Ukrainian SSR, the Belarusian SSR, and the Transcaucasian SFSR, formally binding the independent socialist countries into a single unified state. The new nation is named the Сою́з Сове́тских Социалисти́ческих Респу́блик (C.C.C.P.) or Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.)

June 1923: The final large pockets of White Russian resistance are defeated in Eastern Siberia. Though the white movement will operate in the shadows for another twenty years, they will make no further moves on the Russian government.

August 2nd, 1923: American President Warren Harding dies suddenly soon after contracting pneumonia. Calvin Coolidge is sworn into office.

November 8th, 1923: Adolf Hitler stages the Beer Hall Putsch in Bavaria in an attempt to overthrow the Wiemar Republic established after World War I. The attempt fails and 16 Nazis and four policemen are killed.

November 11th, 1923: Hitler is peacefully arrested at his home for high treason. He is sentenced to five years in Landsberg Prison, where he is treated friendly and allowed frequent visits by Nazi Party members.

February 1st, 1924: The British Empire recognizes the legitimacy of the U.S.S.R.

December 20th, 1924: Hitler is released from prison after spending just over a year of his sentence.

January 12th, 1925: Lenin removes Joseph Stalin from the Bolshevik Party, calling him "overly ambitions" and generally a threat to the stability of the new country. The Cheka capture him and he is imprisoned in Siberia.

The Interwar Period and The Great Depression

The Roaring Twenties

1925: Hitler publishes Volume One of Mein Kampf (My Struggle) laying the formal groundwork for the Nazi ideology.

1926: Hitler publishes Volume Two of Mein Kampf. The book is widely successful and by 1939 will have sold 5.2 million copies in 11 languages.

November 1928: Herbert Hoover is elected President of the United States, carrying 40 states worth 444 electoral votes, and winning 58.2% of the popular vote.

July:

The Crash

October 29th, 1929 (Black Tuesday): The New York Stock Exchange crashes just days after the London Stock Exchange, causing a chain reaction. The ripple effects plunge the majority of the industrialized world into the largest depression the world has ever seen.

January 3rd, 1930: Vladimir Lenin and the Soviet Congress enact The Social Code, later considered the gospel of Communism. The system dictates the amount of power the central government possesses based on the social, political and economic status of the Union and the world around it. The Code immediately hands more power to the Congress to help lessen the effects of the world wide crash.

May 1932: Albert François Lebrun is elected President of France. He will be the last president of the Third Republic.

July 1932: Adolf Hitler runs for President of Germany, and is defeated in the second round by Paul von Hindenburg. The election will prove to be as futile as many before it and another election will be held in November.

September 1932: The German government makes the President the High Court Justice.

November 1932: Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected President of the United States, carrying 42 states worth 472 electoral votes, and winning 57.4% of the popular vote.

Russian Industrialization and The Rise of Fascism

Hitler's Rise to Power

January 30th, 1933: Adolf Hitler is sworn in as Chancellor of Germany on the heels of two elections in less than six months.

March 21st, 1933: Hitler's cabinet enacts the Ermächtigungsgesetz, which gives Hitler's cabinet the power to enact laws without consulting the old Prussian nobles.

June 30th, 1934: The Night of Long Knives begins. Over the course of three nights a large portion of Hitler's political opponents and old German authoritarian figures are silenced. The purge is not kept under wraps due to the extreme magnitude of the slaughter.

August 2nd, 1934: Paul von Hindenburg dies a day after the "Law Concerning the Highest State Office of the Reich" is passed, which declared that the office of President would be abolished upon his death and all of its powers would be merged with the Chancellor. Hitler is given the title "Führer" (leader) and now has essentially absolute power.

October 3rd, 1934: Lenin and the Soviet Congress take the large step to have the next level of the Social Code enacted. A massive industrialization and militarization movement begins to prepare against a potential invasion from a continuously more Fascist, dangerous and aggressive Germany.

January 20th, 1936: King George V of Britain dies due to successive injuries and illnesses. His final words were reportedly "God damn you" which he mumbled to a nurse as she administered a sedative to him. King Edward VII is crowned monarch.

July 1936: A coup shatters the Spanish Army into rivaling factions. The Leftest factions of the Communist and Republican parties battle the Nationalist forces of Francisco Franco. Immediately the outcome seems clear. Though the fighting will go on for two more years, without large Soviet industrial support, the Nationalists easily defeat the Republicans.

November 1936: President Roosevelt wins reelection, carrying a landslide 46 states worth 523 electoral votes and winning 60.8% of the popular vote.

December 11th, 1936: King Edward VII abdicates from the British throne after less than a year to marry the American socialite Wallis Simpson. King George V is crowned monarch.

May 1937: British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin retires, Neville Chamberlain enters office.

April 1938: Francisco Franco is declared dictator of Spain, the last pockets of Republican resistance are wiped out. Franco begins making negotiations with Germany and Italy.

Dawn of World War II

Conquest, Push-back, and The Final Solution

The Atomic Age

Six German Republics

The Pax Europa

Recovery, and the Spread of Communism

Rising Tensions and Local Conflicts

NATO, Warsaw, Mecca, and the Race for Space

The Catalyst

The Continental War

Fall of Russia and the Rise of The Ouest

The Council

The 21st Century

A United Future?

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