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fluffybiscuits
24-08-2012, 03:35 PM
Its March 11th 1985

There is an election for the head of the Politburo involving Romanov and Gorbachev for the position. Both men have been rivals for a while with Romanov being primarily involved in pushing socialism and Gorbachev as we know brining in glasnost and perestroika. What happens next? In this scenario Gorbachev loses and is resigned to being a pensioner much like Romanov was in later years and Romanov goes on to lead the USSR into the early 90's but to what extent do his policies go? Do we see peretstroika and glasnost or do we see a socialist revolution or a continuity of the status quo as it existed back then? Romanov perhaps goes on to form an insular Russia, much insular than they are now and then push for a socialist alliance around the world. He opens up manufacturing plants in Cuba for cheap goods as a sign of alliance with Cuba

Discuss...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grigory_Romanov
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/grigory-romanov-gorbachevs-chief-rival-for-power-842814.html

Richardbouvet
24-08-2012, 03:49 PM
I think we would probably have seen a drift to capitalism (with privatisations, oligarchs etc,) but combined with continuing one-party rule such as we see in China.

fluffybiscuits
24-08-2012, 03:55 PM
I think we would probably have seen a drift to capitalism (with privatisations, oligarchs etc,) but combined with continuing one-party rule such as we see in China.

Romanov was a committed socialist though. He would knot have sold his soul to capitalism though?