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Russian Federation, April 14, 2049 The Kremlin, Moscow An orange twilight fell through the windows of Nikolai Suvorov's presidential residence as the sun set above the Russian capital. For two decades, the President had tried to conclude every day he spent in Moscow with this solitary ritual: Watching over the skyline of 'his' capital, this grand eternal hero city of the Russian people, while the golden natural light of the evening disappeared on the horizon next to the magnificent dome of...

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Russian Federation, April 14, 2049
The Kremlin, Moscow

An orange twilight fell through the windows of Nikolai Suvorov's presidential residence as the sun set above the Russian capital. For two decades, the President had tried to conclude every day he spent in Moscow with this solitary ritual: Watching over the skyline of 'his' capital, this grand eternal hero city of the Russian people, while the golden natural light of the evening disappeared on the horizon next to the magnificent dome of the Christ Saviour Cathedral and gave way to the countless man-made lights that marked the awakening of Moscow's once vibrant nightlife. But tonight, much of the city would remain in darkness, as it did for several weeks at this point. After the loss of the Scandinavian radar network in late 2048, many cities in north-western Russia were left wide open to American cruise missile and air strikes from the northern sea. Despite the best efforts of the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces, several squadrons had already found their way through and unleashed their deadly payloads above Murmansk, Severomorsk and Arkhangelsk, destroying fuel depots, port facilities and factories. Even though the US Secretary of Defense had gone on record saying that the attacks were primarily directed at military targets, it stood as a tragic, undeniable fact that the first civilian casualties among the Russian population were already numbering in the thousands and it would only be a matter of time until the first B2 stealth bomber would open its bomb bay doors above the capital itself.


Suvorov turned away from the window as the light of day disappeared. For a moment, he stared pensively at the old oil painting on the wall, which depicted the famous 18th century Generalissimo Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov. Whereas other young men of his generation would have idolised famous musicians or actors from the West, it was common knowledge that the President regarded his unrelated historical namesake as a personal role model due to his flawless service record and inspiring leadership. This was all despite the fact that the President had never been much of a military man himself. At the age of 18, Nikolai Suvorov had served his obligatory year in the forces as part of a logistics unit and he later used his presidential power to put an end to the brutal system of 'Dedovshchina' wherein the senior recruits would often bully and abuse their junior comrades to the point of humiliation, injury and occasionally death. Even after his rise to power, the President had always been humble enough to admit that his brief time in the Army did not qualify him to craft elaborate strategic plans which is why he let his actual Generals do their job during the campaigns in Africa, South America and Europe. The presence of his old idol used to help Suvorov in the past, allowed him to step back for a moment and take a broader look at the issues that plagued him but now, the Generalissimo could no longer provide him with any advice.


Continuing with his moment of contemplation amidst the exhausting daily routine of strategic briefings, casualty reports and emergency decrees, Suvorov inspected a number of framed photographs on his desk which depicted the few most crucial moments of his life: Him speaking passionately in front of thousands upon thousands of citizens who had gathered in Red Square to protest against the blatantly rigged vote of 2028. For decades, Russia had been under the rule of a corrupt, power-craving elite and the infamous Sulaymaan-Baluyev Affair of 2024 was widely regarded as the final straw. Many Russians had by now gotten used to the day-to-day injustices, economic disparity and social neglect but even the most jaded among them considered an underhanded collaboration with the Global Liberation Army for the purpose of petty power gambits in the Middle East to be high treason. Despite the growing opposition, the stubborn, geriatric President called for an election which he hoped to break and bend into a one-sided victory for himself in order to demoralise and discredit his detractors once and for all. But when it turned out that the followers of Suvorov's Novorossiya Party, a broad alliance of social democrats and civic nationalists, would not back down from their rightful claim, the incumbent ordered an 'accident' upon the very life of his opponent, leaving Suvorov injured but undaunted from rallying his supporters time and time again - for he knew that this was an opportunity that he and the Motherland would not see again during his lifetime.


The second picture showed the charismatic politician on top of a BMP combat vehicle in front of the Kremlin while he was shaking hands with Leonid Zhukov, then still a Major General, who declared common cause with the protesters and revealed that the President had ordered his regiment to engage them with lethal force after the Moscow police and militia forces had refused to comply. But despite facing down the barrels of several fighting vehicles and an ever-growing mass of citizens right outside the fortress wall, the old autocrat refused to surrender and barricaded himself inside the Kremlin with his personal praetorians after the military chiefs had collectively resigned in protest against his rule. The standoff dragged on and the world held its breath until a sentry on the wall lost his nerves and fired into the crowd. Soon, the heated situation escalated out of control and a combined force of soldiers and citizens mounted a daring assault on the historical compound, overwhelming its defenders and cornering the despot in his residence. During his final stand, the President managed to shoot five attackers by himself before he fell.


The third picture was taken a mere 24 hours later and showed Nikolai Suvorov during his official inauguration as the new President of the Russian Federation. After decades of systematic corruption, economic decay, international disrespect and arbitrary repression, the new man inside the Kremlin enjoyed broad public support and the trust of the Russian people. In the following years, he went on to rebuild the Russian state from the ground up, taking a hard line against organised crime, improving the civil rights situation and introducing greater democratic participation and self-governance on the regional level in order to turn the republics of Russia into a true Federation at long last. Overnight, the nation was taken over by a spirit of collective optimism and soon, the foreign powers which had long dismissed Russia as a kleptocratic rogue state had to acknowledge the realities of this brave new world as the country's economy entered an unprecedented period of growth thanks to the many profitable resource deals made in the wake of the Global War On Terror. Ever since the catastrophe in the Middle East and the geopolitical withdrawal of the United States, Russia had become the world's primary exporter of oil and while the other major powers were still busy implementing their future alternatives to fossil fuels, the Federation reaped the benefits of these profitable exports, allowing Suvorov to invest billions upon billions into the country's education and healthcare system, the infrastructure, the industry and the military. Throughout the years that followed, it appeared as if the Motherland would finally manage to close the gap between itself and the most prosperous nations of the world.

"Those were the days", the President mumbled to himself while a tear escaped his eye. He had dedicated his entire life to his country but now, he was all alone and responsible for the most terrible catastrophe in its recent history. Worse yet, he was the one who, through his own misjudgement, enabled the atrocities of General Aleksandr and turned his vile army of brutes into an institution which he could no longer control at this point. He was tired and restless, found himself wondering what could have been if his life had taken a different path and day-dreaming of the family he never had. And so he sat down at his desk, reached for a sheet of paper and wrote down a few personal thoughts which he locked away in a small safe behind the painting of his idol before he disappeared back into the underground command bunker. The early warning system had detected another incursion into Russian airspace. That following night, the black Spirits appeared above St. Petersburg and wreaked complete devastation on the city's shipyards and factories, as well as a major hospital - another one among many collateral damages.

In this update, we would like to present you the new models of the Weapons Bunker and Industrial Plant which we're going to introduce in Version 1.85


As of Version 1.85, the Russian Weapons Bunker will come with a new model, which was mainly done to have a more compact construction footprint for what used to be a rather large building. Its function remains unchanged: The Weapons Bunker grants access to Russia's Tier 1 technologies, allows you to deploy the rugged Surveillance Missile and lets you purchase a number of important upgrades, both old and modified, to increase the combat effectiveness of your troops. Version 1.85 will introduce Advanced Infantry Munitions, which takes the function of the old Extended Magazines upgrade whilst also improving other infantry units: RPG Conscripts will be outfitted with an improved version of their RPG-27s which fire an inert 'dummy' rocket to distract active protection systems from the actual warhead while Igla Troopers gain the ability to fire a special anti-air missile with a dual infrared/radar guidance system, which guarantees a hit after a longer lock-on time than the regular missile. The new Assault Armaments upgrade adds infantry fireports to Mishkas, rocket launchers to BMPs and allows Kodiak tanks to switch between regular shells and the lethal Refleks missile, which provides a stronger punch against tanks at longer ranges at the cost of a slower reload mechanism.


The Russian Industrial Plant has been given a neat visual update as well. As of Version 1.85, the Mass Production upgrade will no longer be required to reduce the production cost of Russian vehicles and aircraft. Instead, the prices will be reduced immediately upon completion of the Industrial Plant, which is also capable of providing shelter for a number of Arms Suppliers. The rest of its functions - access to Tier 2 technologies and additional upgrades - remain unchanged.

...and after two weeks of absence due to a short vacation and a private party, Hecthor Doomhammer will be returning with us to do another stream this upcoming Sunday:

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Guest
Guest

Exelent... Moar :)

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Nohomers48
Nohomers48

The only issue I have though is that it's mentioned that Zhukov was a Brigadier General at the time Suvorov came to power, but Russia doesn't have a Brigadier General rank, they skip straight from Colonel to Major General.

Apart from that, another excellent piece of back story.

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The_Hunter649 Author
The_Hunter649

Altho we try to check these sort of facts most of the time we can't know everything :)

What was implied with this is that he simply was a 1 star general at that time.

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ComradeMiggy
ComradeMiggy

Lets just say that in their universe, russia had a military reform and leave it at that

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ubermensche
ubermensche

So it is confirmed that Suvorov is CiarĂ¡n Hinds, just like in the Sum of All Fears. ;)

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MARS2588
MARS2588

He just fits the mental image I've had of Suvorov, so yeah. Our options are limited so we have to make do with what we can find, same with the ECA Generals whose visual appearances are all based on real European Generals as well ;)

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mentatjedi
mentatjedi

Mars, you wouldn't happen to be a fan of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds, would you?

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MARS2588
MARS2588

H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds as well as the Jeff Wayne musical based on it are two of my favourite things ever. I even alluded to it in a previous ROTR update about the Russian invasion of England where a ship by the name of HMS Thunderchild made an appearance :)

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QuoNiam
QuoNiam

In the War of the Worlds, the scen were the HMS Thundechild battles the Alien machine is my favorite and I think the most epic in the whole book.

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TeutonicKnigth125
TeutonicKnigth125

Incredibly good update!
I feel much more pity from Nikolai Suvorov than before....

I love the new building too.

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GypsyBastard
GypsyBastard

ohhh I see that KA got Vikhr rockets. I hope they will be an Anti-Tank.

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Guest
Guest

Wow i never expected Suvorov to be a good, humble, and kind man. This man is a leader that any country needs, although he really made a bad decision that will make him in history books with the help of western propaganda a bad man, i feel pity of him especially how he felt remorse on not stopping General Aleksandr's war crimes but even that he still made a good decision on appointing General Zhukov concerning about Russia's nuclear weapons, if its some general Aleksandr can manipulate then i can imagine the horrors it will bring.

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LordOfCommanders09
LordOfCommanders09

you took the words right out of my mind. Suvorov became another favorite character of mine in ROTR. The ones writing the story are very good that they should be given an award. now concerning about Aleksandr, i have a feeling he might defect to the GLA but i am still unsure.

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Guest
Guest

Aleksandr is a mad general, but not too mad to defect to the GLA.

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RighteousFighter
RighteousFighter

He might be too mad even for GLA.

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LordOfCommanders09
LordOfCommanders09

Too mad, The GLA have already mad generals like Juhziz, and Dr. Thrax

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GypsyBastard
GypsyBastard

Funny
USA = good (seriosly?Look how many states decimated 'couse of 'murica)
GLA = bad ('couse of propaganda and some individuals as Thrax)
ECA = good (yeah what else, no they didnt destroy Libya)
Russia = bad ('couse all the movies)

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celticknight
celticknight

Poor Suvorov... He didn't see how much devastation would befall his country once he allowed Aleksander to start the war.

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Trooper425
Trooper425

I have to be honest: That picture of Nikolai Suvorov looks like he's about to say "I, am, the, King in the North!"

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Guest
Guest

The war (in the ROTR verse) is ending, but the battle continues...

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ThePaladin
ThePaladin

road to hell is often clad with good intentions... Suvorov made bad decision based on good intention (best interest of his people) this happened in the past, happens now and will happen in the future.. sadly

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LordOfCommanders09
LordOfCommanders09

wow thats deep where did you get it?

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mentatjedi
mentatjedi

You guys had an awesome series about a Sentinel Tank crew; what happened to it? I absolutely loved the firsthand accounts and learning about the tank.

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alhajziebhar214
alhajziebhar214

i'm just wondering... why is is it called the Rise of the Reds? Is the backstory revolves a coup made by the Communist Party of Russia? Can somebody enlighten me, please?

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MARS2588
MARS2588

The name is sort of an artifact. Before SWR took over this mod, it was actually stated that Russia turned back to communism, thus reds, but we reinterpreted that (because neo-commie Russia is kind of a tired cliche and fiction), but kept the name in order to reflect continuity with the original version of the mod and because it simply sounds more catchy than the more ideologically correct "Rise of the Reformed Russian Federation".

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