The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), known in short as the Soviet Union, is a socialist state formed by various smaller nations in central and eastern Europe. The largest known communist super-nation by far in the world, the Soviets are generally regarded as second in position only to the United States of America.
the Soviets and the United States entered the Cold War almost immediately after the Axis Powers surrendered. Nearly two decades of neck-to-neck competition with the USA and its European Union allies soon followed, but eventually the Soviets lost the race as the most technologically-advanced nation on Earth, although they were not far behind by any means. Eventually, Soviet space technology focused on the development of unmanned probes and low-orbit deployment technologies.
When the BETA first arrived on Earth in 1973, the Soviets were the second to encounter the BETA in a full-blown land war at Kashgar after the then-communist Chinese military requested their aid in containing the rapidly-spreading threat; the sudden appearance of Laser-class specimens in an anti-air role had caught the human attackers completely off-guard. Despite the combined might of two of the largest nations on Earth, the loss of air power sealed the fates of the Soviet and Chinese armies. What followed after was a rapid campaign of area denial as the Soviets and Chinese withdrew their forces back to their respective nations, using nuclear weapons on the land in the hopes that the destruction of resources would force the BETA to slow down. This plan was entirely unsuccessful.
The BETA advance soon brought it to the doorstep of the Soviet Union, and in 1975 the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic was invaded and the Ural Hive was established. Faced with an enemy that the frontline troops could not stop, the Soviet Union capital was relocated to Khabarovsk, and the evacuation of major domestic and defense industries away from the front is put into motion.
The situation continued to worsen with the fall of Moscow and the construction of the Minsk Hive, in the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1976. The establishment of the Minsk Hive meant that the Soviets were cut off from the eastern European nations that were part of the Soviet Union as well, essentially isolating the main Soviet Union and dividing the war into two fronts. The Soviets’ failure to secure the Minsk Hive and the subsequent BETA counterattack secured their defeat on the Eurasian front, and in the following years the Soviets were more concerned about their own territory eastbound than their allies in the west, who were facing equally bleak situations if not worse.
Their forced retreat throughout the years eventually ended at their current location, the Kamchatka Peninsula. While still commited to holding the front, the Soviets had lost too much territory to be able to effectively sustain both their defences and their industries; troops were being relocated as far out as the Wrangel Islands due to a lack of holding space, and that exacerbated the difficulty of maintaining a defence line.
To solve their space issues, the Soviets proposed a purchse of Alaska from the United States. The United States refused an outright sale, but evetually agreed to a leasing of a portion of Alaska to their control by the USA, and the two former rival nations now share an uneasy truce on the same continent, with Soviet troops holding the defence line on the Kamchatka Peninsula.
Throughout the war against the BETA, the Soviet government had been faced with the increasing problem of mutiny concerning non-Russian Soviets displaced from their nations and drafted into the Soviet forces; such was the fear of the BETA that it surpassed the draconian grasp of the Soviet government. In response, the Soviet military approached the issue with the goal of surpressing all divides formed by national borders and racial groups, training soldiers from young to place their sense of belonging in the unit they are assigned to rather than the origins of the people.
The tactic was only moderately successful, however, and with regards to ethnic Russians Soviets of other nationalities still resent them for their biased treatment against non-Russian Soviets. With most Russian Soviets and non-combatants stationed in the rear lines or in Alaska, the majority of frontline troops are Soviets of non-Russian lineage; this has strained the social relationships between the Russians and Soviets of other nationalities, as apart from having to deal with the loss of their countries, the other races feel that they are being used as cannon fodder.
The Soviet Union uses a socialist party system, run by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The organization is Russian in origin, uniting the governments of the various smaller states that form the Soviet Union alongside Russia. In order to solidify their hold, the Communist Party has made it so that it is the only legal political entity recognized by the laws of the Soviet Union.
The system practices a greater control of information and enforcement of national policies than nations of the European Union and the United States, with great emphasis placed on the greater good of the nation as a whole at the expense of individuals. Political maneuvering is rife within the more ambitious members of both the military and the government.
The leader of the party, the Executive Chairman, also has authority as the Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Armed Forces. As such, the Communist Party has a substantial amount of influence in the Soviet Armed Forces as opposed to the relatively distinct relationships shared by the governments and military of democratic nations, and has even established political departments in the various branches of the armed forces to monitor them.
Military issues are dealt with by a committee chaired by the Defense Minister, with its attendants being the Chief of Staff of the military and the various generals of the armed forces.
As with many other frontline nations, the Soviet Air Force has been disbanded and elements incorporated into other branches. Extreme high-altitude aircraft without ground-attack capabilities have been assigned into the Soviet Space Force, while medium to low-height aircraft with ground attack capabilities and transports have been incorporated into the Soviet Army.