Russia

Russia

Russia
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Population 144,000,000
SINless Population (est.) 15%
Per Capita Income 16,900
Below Poverty Level 18%
Megacorporate Affiliation 38%
Education:
Less than 12 years 12%
GED 51%
4 year degree 25%
Masters or higher 12%
Major Language Russian (98%)
Currency Ruble,
(1 Ruble = 0.33 Nuyen)
Capital Moscow

Authoritarian state or no, Russia is beset by intrigue, backroom deals and conspiracies. Ever since the collapse of the original Communist Party back in 1991, Russian politics has been a complex web of intrigue, where various factions compete for influence over the government and Russian society. With the death of Korolenko and his successor, the behind the scenes struggle among these factions has risen to the surface.

The general theme of Russia is a power play. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the Soviet Union during the mid-1980s, between Leonid Brezhnev and Mikhail Gorbachev. From 1982 to 1985, the Soviet Politburo saw three of its General Secretaries (Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko) die in office, accompanied by behind-the-scenes power struggles among the KGB, the Communist Party and the Red Army. Russia in 2069 is experiencing this same kind of atmosphere.

Bigotry and racism are as problematic in Russia as in North America or Japan, but among Russians they revolve around ethnicity rather than metatype. A Russian troll may get stares in Moscow, but everyone will trust him more than a human Georgian, or even worse, a Jew. In the grand hierarchy of Russian bigotry, the Russians stand at the top. The next step down are European Slavs, like the Ukrainians, Belarusians and Baltic peoples; though not held in high regard, most Russians tolerate them. Below that are the ethnic minorities of the Caucasus regions (known derisively as churkas), such as Georgians, Tatars, Armenians and Chechens; most Russians look on these with suspicion. The lowest of the low on the ethnic totem pole are the Jews, who remain the scapegoats for everything wrong with Russia. Ironically, Jews hold some of the highest positions among the extraterritorial corps within Russia’s borders.

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