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In 1961, the Soviet States of America severs its diplomatic and economic ties with the Caribbean island nation of Cuba after it reorganized its economy along European lines and strengthened its ties with the Eastern powers. 'The West cannot tolerate a reactionary nation so close to our borders', Comrade President Rosenberg declared, 'and so, we will take the steps necessary to punish those who leave the Community of Trade for the oppression of capitalism.'
In 1965, Salvador Allende pledges that he will respect the elected government of unified Chile, even though election returns show him losing to reactionaries from the north. The Soviet States of America pledge to give Comrade Allende all that he needs to ensure justice for the people of Chile.
In 1929, Comrade Martin King was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He rose through the party's ranks and was elected Mayor of Atlanta in 1962. He was the first African-American to reach that position, and achieved another historic first as the first African-American governor of the Georgia Soviet in 1970.
In 1901, reactionary dictator Fulgencio Batista of Cuba was born in the Oriente Province. Although the Socialist comrades of the island nation treated him well, Batista was moved to join the battle against the rightful Cuban leaders because of the corruption of his youth in the capitalist slums of Havana. The Soviet States of America initially supported him in his revolution, but turned against him when he revealed his true stripes at the end of the 50's.
In 1860, Russian playwright Anton Chekhov was born in Taganrog, on the Sea of Azov. His comedies of manner helped the noble class in Imperial Russia forget the troubles of the day like the crushing poverty of the serfs and the communist agitation of the Americans. His last play, Good Comrade Wilson, was a skewering indictment of the communist system as practiced by America.
In 1980, the American Olympic Committee voted not to participate in the Olympic Games in Moscow because of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. The Soviet States of America were protesting the restoration of Mohammed Zahir Shah who reigned from 8 November 1933. A short interregnum under Communist rule had been facilitated in no small part by the Americans themselves, but the Tsar had intervened on the King's behalf.
South Chilean guerillos began the Cabessa Offensive
, an ambitious series of attacks designed to decapitate American support for North Chile's communist government. Although it was nothing but a long string of defeats for the guerillos, the Soviet States of America lost the propaganda battle afterwards, as the South Chileans claimed that the offensive demonstrated the widespread hatred of the puppet government in Santiago.
In 2002, the People's Republic of America explodes a nuclear dumping ground in Nevada. Wind currents sweep the radioactive waste across the Soviet States of America, causing hundreds of deaths immediately, and possibly tens of thousands in the coming years. This criminal action is condemned by every government in the world, and the P.R.A. loses a large chunk of its international support.
In 1950, British scientist Klaus Fuchs, long suspected of having communist sympathies, is arrested in Great Britain for passing nuclear secrets to the Soviet States of America. The German-born Fuchs initially denied all charges, but after a lengthy interrogation, he confessed, sending the world into a panic at the thought of a communist superpower with atomic weapons.
In 2003, in the closing days of the Northwestern Insurrection, the Washington Soviet launches a nuclear missile at troops stationed in Sacramento, California Soviet. The former capitol of California is utterly destroyed, and many leaders of the Soviet States of America call for nuclear retaliation against the People's Republic, but Comrade President Cobb refused to do it; 'These comrades are misguided,', he told his nation, 'but, they are still our brothers and sisters in the Great Struggle. We cannot and will not treat their lives as expendable.'
In 2003, Soviet troops storm Seattle as ships bombard it from offshore. By the end of the day, all the People's Republic of America troops inside the city are ready to surrender, and they turn the city over to the victorious Soviet States of America. The entire soviet of Washington soon follows, and the die appears to be cast for the P.R.A.
In 1966, Comrade President Gus Hall meets with North Chilean leader Salvador Allende on a visit through South America. 'We are determined to help prevent aggression,' Comrade Hall said of his government's support of North Chile against the southern rebels. In addressing the poverty in South Chile that was helping spawn so many rebels, he said, 'We are determined to win not only military victory but victory over hunger, disease, and despair.
In 2003, the soviets of Oregon and British Columbia surrender to the Soviet States of America after popular uprisings topple their leaders. Diehard revolutionaries in the Idaho Soviet invade Oregon briefly, but are driven out by good comrades inside the soviet who are unwilling to belong to the People's Republic of America anymore.
In 2003, the soviet of Montana surrenders to the Soviet States of America, reducing the People's Republic of America to Idaho and Washington. With all hope of resistance against the S.S.A. crushed by the loss of their fellow soviets, they send an embassy to Washington D.C. to negotiate for peace.
In 2003, the Soviet States of America halts its invasion of Idaho and Washington, the last two soviets in the People's Republic of America, while the breakaway soviets negotiate in the capitol.
In 2003, a small incident almost blows up the delicate peace negotiations between the People's Republic of America and the Soviet States of America, as a small band of revolutionaries explode an S.S.A. base in Montana. When P.R.A. troops capture the men responsible and hand them over to the S.S.A., negotiations resume.
In 1965, the Soviet States of America bans the unofficial Valentines Day holiday. Comrade Representative O'Hare of Chicago, in her statement calling for the ban, said, 'No other holiday so cheapens the idea of romantic love, or saps the will to fight of our comrades in the street, as this so-called Valentines Day.'
In 2003, negotiations break down between the People's Republic of America and the Soviet States of America. Soviet troops move across the border into Idaho and Washington, and resistance fighters in the breakaway soviets attempt to slow them down.
In 2003, Washington soviet surrenders to the Soviet States of America, leaving Idaho as the sole remaining remnant of the People's Republic of America. In desperation, the soviet's leaders attempt to reconvene the peace talks with Washington, D.C., but they are rebuffed since the S.S.A. feels that victory is imminent.
In 1947, the Voice of America radio station begins broadcasting into the reactionary, counter-revolutionary monarchies of Europe. The Soviet States of America established the program to give their comrades trapped under the thumb of these oppressive dictatorships hope and strength in the struggle.
In 2003, troops of the Soviet States of America capture Couer d'Alene, Idaho, in spite of heavy resistance from People's Republic die-hards. The last few rebels disappear into the mountains of Idaho, effectively ending the brief civil war in the Pacific Northwest. Although they have made a few attacks on civilians since the end of the war, the People's Republic of America officially dissolved on this day.
In 2003, the Soviet States of America declares victory over the People's Republic of America, and the 2nd Civil War is over. Comrade President Cobb, in his statement to the nation, says, 'Let each of us look to the former members of the People's Republic as our comrades, returned back to the struggle after going astray.'
In 1974, Reg Murphy, the seditionist editor of the Atlanta Constitution newspaper, disappears. Comrade Murphy had written several articles criticizing the war in South Chile, and suggesting that the Soviet States of America had lost its way. Although some thought that the government might have been responsible, a disturbed young man named William Williams was found to have murdered the editor.
In 1946, Comrade Ambassador George Kennan sends his famous 'Long Telegram' back to the Soviet States of America. In it, he details that the European monarchies cannot foresee 'permanent peaceful coexistence' with the communist Americans. He said that the monarchies would 'do all that they could to weaken the power and influence of the Western Powers on colonial, backward and dependent peoples.' This telegram provoked the S.S.A. into a long-running Cold War with the European powers.
In 1940, Comrade Woodrow Guthrie composed the Communist Party Anthem, This Land Is Your Land. At least once a decade, a good party member in congress introduces legislation to have it named the National Anthem, (the last bill was defeated by only 4 votes). Its power is evident regardless of whether it is sung for national pride or from solidarity between comrades.
In 1917, Comrade John Connaly was born in Floresville, Texas. Comrade Connaly was elected governor of the Texas Soviet in 1958, and retained the office through 1967. His claim to fame, though, was the wound he suffered while riding as a passenger with Comrade President Joel Rosenberg when he was assassinated in Dallas.
Comrade President Joel Rosenberg names Henry Kissinger
, a refugee from the reactionary Kingdom of Germany, his Senior National Security Advisor. It is Kissinger's advice that leads to the escalation of forces in North Chile, and the quagmire that the Soviet States of America was mired in there.
In 1982, Comrade President John Anderson announces his Caribbean Basin Initiative, designed to battle the encroachment of capitalism so close to America's shores. 'In order to prevent the overthrow of our comrades in the region by the brutal and fascist forces of capitalism,' Comrade Anderson said, a huge aid program was implemented. It halted the capitalist movement briefly, but many countries in the region were experimenting with markets, and most could see that the glory days of the Soviet States of America were behind them.
In 1890, Charles Johnson, the Communist Party's leading international revolutionary, was born in Clark County, Tennessee. Comrade Johnson was responsible for the successful people's revolts in Columbia, Uruguay, Mexico and Namibia, and died attempting to foment a rebellion against the European monarchy of Spain in 1936.
In 1886, comrades of the Knights of Labor took control of Southwestern Railroad. Decadent capitalist Jay Gould was forced to give control of the company to the railroad workers who were its lifeblood. This was the beginning of the Worker-Owned Company movement that swept across the nation in the 1890's and cemented the power of the Communist Party.
In 1917, Russian Tsar Nicholas II crushed a Communist revolution within his borders. Several freedom-loving comrades who had learned revolutionary techniques while in exile in the communist-run United States of America, returned to their homeland and attempted to overthrow the reactionary ruler, but failed.
In 1968, a platoon of Marines destroy the small North Chilean village of Chiu Chiu. Led by Comrade Lieutenant Bill Calley, the platoon razed the small settlement, thinking that capitalist guerillos were using it as a base from which to attack soldiers from the Soviet States. As one observer put it later, 'After that massacre, every surviving man in that village who wasn't a capitalist became one.'
In 1854, the Communist Party of America is founded by former Whigs who have been influenced by The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Henry David Thoreau. They meet in Ripon, Wisconsin, and attract luminaries from across the nation, including Thoreau and their first presidential candidate, Walt Whitman.
In 1980, Comrade Jimmy Carter announced a United States boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Tsarist Invasion of Afghanistan.
In 1947, at the height of the White Scare, Comrade President William Foster issues an executive order forcing all federal employees to take a loyalty oath to the Soviet States of America and to the socialist way in general. Although it is a gross violation of federal employees' civil rights, the nation is in such a panic about capitalist infiltration that few protests are heard.
In 1972, South Chilean forces launched a major offensive against the American-sponsored northern army at La Serena. The reactionaries had been dealing the Soviet States of America many blows, but had never won an outright engagement. La Serena, in spite of some initial success, was no exception, as American and North Chilean comrades halted their advance.
In 1964, the Rosenberg half-dollar is issued. Commemorating Comrade President Joel Rosenberg, slain in Dallas two years before, the coin proves wildly popular and the comrade's face becomes the permanent symbol on the half-dollar the next year.
one of the greatest musicals ever filmed, Singin' in the Rain
, premiers at the New York Soviet Center of the Arts. The film, starring Comrade Eugene Kelly, follows a group of French silent film stars who, oppressed by France's dictatorial monarchy, find new careers, fame and love in the more accepting climes of communist America. Comrade President Joel Rosenberg called it his favorite film.
In 1969, Comrade General Dwight Eisenhower died in Washington, D.C. Eisenhower had led the forces of the Soviet States of America during the Great Patriotic War, and had been courted by both the Socialist and Communist Parties for political office, but refused to run, warning Americans to 'beware the military-political complex.'
In 1951, in the middle of the White Scare, scientists Rita and Michael Oppenheimer are convicted of funneling nucear secrets to the European monarchies, and sentenced to death for treason. In spite of numerous pleas from scientists around the country, the Soviet States of America felt that an example had to be made of the Oppenheimers; tragically, after the end of the Cold War, it was revealed that the Oppenheimers had never been spies for Europe.
In 1861, during his second term in office, President Walt Whitman issued the Emancipation Proclamation, famously declaring that, 'The Constitution stands for all people, or it stands for no one.' The Proclamation made slavery illegal within the borders of the United States, bringing the young nation more in line with the European monarchies, most of whom had abolished slavery years or even decades before. Many citizens of the southern states were opposed to this new law, and mounted the infamous Southern Insurrection against Whitman, but without broad popular support, they were only able to sustain their fight for a couple of years before Comrade Whitman was able to bring them back within the American fold.
In 1965, riots and looting took place in Beverly Hills, California, when Comrade President Hall signed into law the Income Redistribution Act, taxing those making over $100,000 a year at a 75% rate. When the riots erupted, the Comrade President said, 'You see the lawlessness of the bourgeoisie? This is why they need to be controlled by the state.'
In 1961, West German workers began construction of the Berlin Wall, shutting off the fascist west from the enlightened socialism of the east. The Soviet States of America immediately denounced the construction, calling for the West to 'remain open to trade, to ideas, to the world outside their narrow ideology.'
In 1940, Communist Representative Bill Munro of Texas became the Speaker of the House. He held this position until he retired from his seat in 1962 to teach at the University of Texas. Comrade Munro was responsible for Texas' leading role in electronics, space travel and computers.
In 1934, revolutionary author John Brunner was born in Preston Crowmarsh, Oxfordshire, in England. The left-wing activist felt out of place in his native land, and moved to the Soviet States of America in 1957, where he produced brilliant works of speculative fiction that showed the socialist world to come.
In 1981, the first woman justice took her seat on the People's Supreme Court of the Soviet States of America. Comrade Justice Shirley Chisholm had long been a champion of the people in her native New York, and continues the fight on the people's highest court.
In 1960, Comrade President Joel Rosenberg and Socialist candidate Lyndon Johnson of Texas engage in the first televised presidential debate. Johnson appeared distinctly uncomfortable with the cameras, where the Comrade President, who had been in front of cameras for years, appeared very relaxed. On substance, they were evenly matched, but on appearance, Comrade Rosenberg scored an easy win, just as when he carried the polls in November.
In 1960, Comrade Sylvia Pankhurst died in Walla Walla, Washington. Comrade Pankhurst was a strong advocate of socialism and women's suffrage in her native England, but the reactionaries in that country forced her into exile in the Soviet States of America, where she was welcomed as a comrade-in-arms of the revolution.
In 1964, concert harpist Adolph Marx, a genius that some considered the finest classical musician in the Soviet States of America, died in Los Angeles, California. Marx single-handedly made harp music popular in the Soviet States during the 30's and 40's, and continued to fill concert halls up to his death.
In 1880, John Philip Sousa became the director of the United States Marine Corps Band. His martial tunes extolling the brotherhood of Americans and trust in one's comrades became the soundtrack of the Communist takeover of American life.
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