Russia, also known as Imperial Russia or the Russian Empire is an empire that exists across Eurasia and North America from 1721, following the end of the Great Northern War. By the 20th century, Russia was still ruled by an autocratic government after the Russian Revolution was crushed by Imperial forces led by Tsar Michael. However, Russia was the epicenter of the Chimera's invasion and became the first human nation to fall to the alien invaders during the prelude of the Chimeran War.
By the turn of the 20th century, an unknown celestial object crash landed in Russia's Tunguska region on June 30, 1908, in what became known as the Tunguska Event. It is believed that the object was responsible for bringing the Chimera to Earth. Although the impact was widely noticed by the world, there has not been any serious attempts to study the crash site and humanity was left ignorant of the alien presence for several decades.
In 1914, Russia entered the Great War on the side of the Allies. Despite possessing the largest military force in the world at the time, Russia faced difficult challenges against the Central Powers. Constant mismanagement of resources and manpower caused Russian citizens to revolt and abdicate Tsar Nicholas II. Before being exiled to Siberia, the Tsar appointed his brother, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich, to become the new Tsar of Russia. Under Tsar Michael, several uprisings were quelled within the country, and the populist Bolshevik party was shut down and their prominent leader Vladimir Lenin was sent to a gulag in western Siberia.
By 1918, Russia was summarily defeated by Germany. Determined to preserve his legacy, Tsar Michael signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk and relinquished all claims to several territories in Eastern Europe. As a result of Russia losing its territory and breaking up its empire, a civil war erupted. The Russian government quelled the uprising, but only to sow further unrest within the country for the next several years.
After the end of the Great War, the Russian government did not enter membership to the European Trade Organization. By 1921, several civil wars erupted across Russia in reaction to the oppressive rule of Tsar Michael. In response Russian shock troopers were dispatch to put down the uprisings. Soon after, the Russian government discovered and arrested twelve French spies for allegedly encouraging the insurrections. The spies were executed without trial. This consequently exacerbated Russia's tenuous relationship with Western Europe, as the Russian government became weary of outside influence on the Russian population while the democratic European nations jointly formed the United European Defense to oppose Russia.
In September 1921, Russia began to completely isolate itself from the outside world first by cutting off all international communication and constructing a fortified barrier across the entire length of the Russian-European border dubbed as the Red Curtain.
In 1926, reports of unusual activity in Siberia sparked the concern and curiosity of the Russian government. An investigation team was dispatched to Siberia, where they first witnessed the existence of the Chimera during their attack on several villages. In awe of the advanced technology of the Chimera, the Russian government saw the potential in obtaining the Chimeran technology for their selfish hopes of dominating scientific progress over the West and the Russian population. By 1927, the Russian military was mobilized against the Chimera, leaving a majority of the country undefended. Despite the Chimera being vastly outnumbered by the Russians at that time, the Russian military severely underestimated their alien enemy.
Thousands of Russian soldiers were overwhelmed by swarms of the Chimeran Crawler strain and converted by the Chimeran virus, turning them into Chimera. Desperate to turn the tide of the war, the Russian government sought in finding a cure to counteract the virus. The Russian's scientific endeavor was pushed forward by Dr. Fyodor Malikov, who led promising results in creating an experimental vaccine that indicated to resist the Chimeran virus. The Russian government ordered a mandatory vaccination of all surviving soldiers, despite the unknown long-term effects. In a very short time, thousands of soldiers had received the injections. Initially, the vaccine was proved to be a success as the soldiers were immune to infection from the Crawlers and also demonstrating incredible skills in fighting the Chimera.
However, some soldiers began exhibiting signs of extremely violent behavior and soon abandoning their posts. Within a few months, the soldiers began to mutate, taking on some of the physical characteristics of the Chimera and attacking their fellow soldiers. These changed soldiers banded together, leaving bloody handprints on their victims and referring to themselves as the Cloven. Seemingly possessing their motives, the Cloven were hostile to both Chimera and human alike. By September 1930, the vaccinated soldiers went AWOL and banded in small groups to terrorize the countryside. Caught between the Cloven and the Chimera, the Russian military was devastated.
By the 1930s Russia fell to the Chimera. The outside world remained ignorant of what had transpired in Russia and the UED was concerned of their eastern neighbor's sudden silence. European intelligence agencies were dispatched to investigate the Russian border and startlingly discovered a large number of abandoned towns and cities, abnormal winter weathers, and other strange phenomenon's. The only trace of life coming from inside Russia was a looping radio transmission, broadcasting propaganda to 12,000 radio stations with the words: "Brotherhood, strength, and fortitude...in the face of the angry night." By December 1949, enforced from millions of converted humans, the Chimera broke through the Red Curtain and quickly overrun Europe.
Following the events of Operation Overstrike in mid-1951, Allied forces had been fighting closer to the remnants of the Red Curtain, and by 1953 they were preparing to enter into Russia. However, the fall of the United States later in 1953 led to an collapse in these efforts, and by 1957 the front line was pushed by the Chimera back to Glamorgan, Wales. By that time, it was unknown how many Russians were still alive, but after the closing of the wormhole, at least one resistance group from Podolsk made itself known.
The Russian leadership was under a Tsarist autocracy ruled by Tsar Michael after the Russian Revolution in 1917 was crushed. In response to "anti-imperialist" influences following the aftermath of the Great War, Russia established a stringent isolationist policy that completely shunned out the outside world. Because of this, the world remained ignorant of the Chimera that first warred Russia in 1927.
By the early 1950s, it is without any doubt that the Russian government collapsed to the Chimera although some surviving factions of the military continue to wage a guerrilla style war from hidden military outposts in the countryside. However, seven years later, it is unclear whether or not these Russian factions were still active.
- The history of Russia during and shortly after the Russian Revolution is almost similar to the events describe in the alternate history book series Timeline-191 by Harry Turtledove, in which Imperial Russia led by Grand Duke Michael crushed the revolution.
- On the official website of Resistance: Fall of Man, on Day Three when it is mentioning Russia, a communist flag can be seen. This was probably a mistake since Russia was never a communist country in the Resistance universe.