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|Tsar Alexei Nikolaevich Romanov|
|Term of Office:||July 17, 1924 - April 4th, 1947|
|Predecessor:||Tsar Nicholas II|
|Date of birth:||12 August, 1904|
|Place of birth:||Peterhof, Russia|
Victory over the Bolsheviks
Tsar Alexei escaped from the prison with his mother where his family was being held. In response, the rest of the Romanovs were shot by firing squad in the morning.
This motivated Alexei to assume full command of the white Army. He decreed that selling weapons was banned, least they fall into the hands of the Bolsheviks. He also got American and British tanks and supplies, as well as instructors training them, while Japanese instructors ensured mandatory martial arts lessons in any school for every soldier (at least up to orange belt).
These strategies healed the Whites, squashed the Bolsheviks, and after Lenin was personally executed by the crown prince, Alexei I was crowned Czar in Petrograd, with multiple attendees from many countries. His first decree was an amnesty for lower level Bolsheviks and Communists, and trials for the high ranking Communists.
Czar Alexei wasted no time in getting to work. Russia was decades behind the rest of the world, and there was a lack of heavy industry. There had to be a solution, and fast. The people were also demanding change. On the advice of King Edward of Britain, Czar Alexei ordered a constitution be drawn up. The Czar's power was greatly reduced, although he still had some power. This Russian constitution was a blend of both British and Russian standards. The real power lay in the Duma and the Judiciary.
As for the economy, rather than OTL's 5 year plans, Russia awarded oil contracts to companies such as Exxon, Halliburton in the Baku oil fields. Private corporations such as Mikoyan-Gurevich were set up as well. This burgeoning Military-industrial complex ensured Russia's military was up to date. But alas, despite the modernization efforts, in 1929, the Wall Street crash occurred and despite everything the Government did, Russia underwent a massive famine with 10 million dead.
Alexei was a reformer and above all a pragmatist. His main driving force was not a desire to remain on the throne. His main concern was above all the well being of his subjects. The main worry for him was not a return of the Bolsheviks and the Social revolutionaries, but from his Point of view, the seemingly inevitable invasion from the west by Germany. Ever since he read Mein Kampf, Alexei decided to prepare for a seemingly unlikely event that would become inevitable. He was not without precedent. The Teutons in the West invaded Russia, as did the Polish-Lithuanians in the 1600s, The Swedes and the French as well as the British. He knew that Russia was kicked by the Germans, Austro-Hungarians and the Turks, even though the latter two were collapsing. He was also worried about the East, from where the Mongols invaded Russia, and from where the Japanese defeated them in 1905. He had to do something to prepare for the coming war
"The Ascent and Rise of the Russian Empire" Henry Kissinger, Harvard Publishing, Harvard University, United States 1991
The Rise of Fascism
Ever since Czar Alexei read a copy of Mein Kampf, he began to grow increasingly alarmed about Nazism and Fascism. And rightly so. In July 1932, the Nazi party gained 400 seats in the Reichstag and by 1933, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor. He also gave overtures for an alliance with US president FDR. He tried to from an alliance with Britain, but the British Union of Fascists had taken power and banished the Royal Family. These actions brought Mexico into the Alliance along with France and China. Winston Churchill fled to Petrograd in Exile with the British Royal Family and many other British politicians when the Fascists went into power. This accelerates Russia's war march. With all of Russia's heavy industry based in the Ural mountains, the industrial pace sped up significantly. One problem for Alexei was that Germany had a head start in military production.
The Czar also decreed that "Conscripted military service should extend to women between the ages of 19 and 30" as well as there being stockpiles of Grain given the intel he received from Mein Kampf. He also had various war plans prepared as well as mass evacuations to beyond the Urals should the unthinkable happen.
the Balkans, traditionally a Russian sphere of influence, also fell to the fascists. Hungary and Romania joined the Axis, isolating Russia's allies Czechoslovakia and Poland.
The Inevitable Storm Arrives
In 1940 Hitler demanded the Sudetenland. Russia and France refused, so the Second Great War broke out. Russia initiated Plan Nevskii, which involved a massive surge through Prussia. But the attack ended in failure and by October 1940, Germany began Operation Barbarossa, a massive attack into Russia.
By 1941, the attack was so immense that the Tsar had to evacuate his forces to Akmolinsk. The Russian High command spent much of the war there. Unlike Stalin of OTL, the Tsar did not purge the Russian Military nor did he make the same mistakes as his predecessor. But there was a long protracted conflict, as Japan had invades through Kamchatka and Manchuria at the same time. The Tsar also began to fear Britain pushing up Central Asia, but Afghanistan and China saw to it that Britain couldn't help in Russia as well as America tying up the British in North America. Tsar Alexei encouraged Russian morale by personally joining battles and going into covert operations. Many historians agree that the Tsar played a vital role in the defeat of Nazi Germany.
At the Urumqi conference with Chang Kai Shek, FDR and De Gaulle (leader in exile), it was agreed that Russia would annex the Baltic states and Finland.
While at Odessa inspecting the damage, the Tsar and his entourage came under fire. Before he could duck, a stray bullet hit Alexei in the heart, causing him to die a very painful death.
But the new Tsar, Vladimir I, vowed Russia would fight on to the very end in his memory.