The U.S.S.R. is a loose confederation of 23 socialist countries collectively known as the Soviet States.
The Soviet Union began in 1926 with the overthrow of totalitarian Czar Nicholas. The union declared itself a socialist state, and broke up into the republics of Russia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Poland, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Yakut.
The governments of these countries are closely tied, but Yakut has left complaining of nonsupport in the Second Russo-Japanese War. The other states have stayed together and are bound by a treaty known as the Soviet Pact.
After the Great War, several other states have joined the U.S.S.R.: Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Allemagne. However, these countries are not known as Soviet States. When Chechnya and Transnistria gained independence, they joined the Soviet Union as well.
The Soviet Pact
The terms of the Pact are as follows:
- 1. All Members shall provide Economic Support if a comrade Member has fallen into disrepair.
- 2. All Members shall provide Military Support if a comrade Member is threatened by a foreign power.
- 3. No Member shall declare war on another.
- 4. All Members shall keep a Socialist government and not fall to Monarchy.
- 5. All Members shall contribute a delegate to the Soviet Senate.
- 6. All Members shall provide basic human rights.
- 7. No Member shall leave the Union.
Yakut has been under fire for breaking the Pact, but has not been threatened in any way. Similarly, Transnistria and Turkmenistan's human rights violations are ignored. Critics of the Pact claim that this shows the ineffectuality of an unenforced law.