The following is a list of Tsar for the Russian Empire. The throne of Moscow and of all Russias is currently occupied by the House Romanov, the second and last imperial dynasty of Russia that ruled the country for five generations from 1613 to 1760. From 1760 to 1917, the family descended from a line of the House of Oldenburg by marriage of Anna Petrovna Romanov to the Duke Charles Fredrick of Holstein-Gottorp. This line is accurately styled the house Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov. However,emphasizing the their female-line descent from Peter the Great (Anna Petrovna being Peter the Great's daughter) the house has styled them themselves officially by only the surname Romanov.
The House Romanov was thought to have been officially ended by the Communist assassination of Tsar Nicholas II, last Tsar of the old Empire along with his wife and children during the Russian Civil War. However, after the signing of the Treaty of Moscow, leadership of the Empire continued with the signing of the Empire's first true constitution, the Fundamental Laws of the Russian Empire and the coronation of Grand Duke Cyril Vladimirovich who was the senior most member of the Romanov family which had survived the Civil War. On November 22nd, 1922 Grand Duke Cyril was crowned Emperor Cyril I. Emperor Cyril I would lead the Russian Empire through the 1920's and 1930's until his death on October 12, 1938 at the age of 62. Emperor Cyril I left behind three heirs: Maria Kirillovna, Princess of Leiningen, Kira Kirillovna, Princess of Prussia, and his own son Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia. On the day of his father's death, Vladimir was crowned Emperor Vladimir I. Emperor Vladimir I would lead the Russian Empire through World War II, fighting both the Soviet Union and then the Axis powers. Emperor Vladimir I would lead the Russian Empire to victory in World War II and then through the turbulent years of the Cold War as the Soviet Union and Russian Empire competed for global dominance. The Russian Empire's dominance during though testing decades would be attributed to the unwavering strength of Emperor Vladimir's leadership. However, eventually the Emperor's strength failed him and on April 21st, 1992 after over five decades of rule by Vladimir I, the Emperor died of a heart attack.
Vladimir I left behind three heirs much like his father: Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, Grand Duke Alexander, and his heir, Paul Vladimirovich II.
|Coronation||April 21, 1992|
|Successor||Alexei Paulovich Romanov II|
Aaline Alexandervicha Ribbenzoph Romanova (Russianized Name)
|Issues (In Birth Order)||Tsesarevich Alexei Paulovich Romanov II|
Tsarevna Tatiana Paulovna Romanov
Tsarevich Ivan Paulovich Romanov VIII
Tsarevna Maria Paulovna Romanov
|Full Name||Paul Georgovich Romanov|
|House||House of Romanov-Hohenzollern|
|Father||Grand Duke Georgiy Mikhailovich Romanov|
|Mother||Grand Duchess Alexia Glücksburg Romanov|
Paul Romanov II was the first official Tsar of Russia once it was formed after the great revolution. At first his status as Tsar was more of a ceremonial role as Russia was officially a Federation. However, that was changed when the political party, Monarchy Now won the national elections, appointing him leader and restoring to him all the right a privileges of the Tsars of old. Ruling once again through divine rite, Paul began a movement to reshape Russia into that of the Russian Empire, in the hopes of restoring much of the former glory of the Russian people.
Under his authority the Russian Empire founded two colonies, the first was in Georgia which has traditionally been a territory of Russia. This was a very celebrated acquisition as many Russians saw it as a restoration of the old ways. The second colony was founded in Panama, a colony that would soon spread throughout the Carribbean as constitute the Russian West Indies. Through Russia, both colonies were enriched and received as much from Russia as the Empire took from them in terms of riches and economic power. However, despite what Russia had done for Georgia, Middle Eastern powers such as Scythirus and Nag Ehgoeg opposed Russia's right to hold colonial Dominion over the Georgian people. This dispute between the Russian Empire and the Middle Eastern powers would erupt into the Georgian war. The Georgian War would become a very bloody conflict for the Russian Empire and its allies, costing the Russians hundreds in terms of lives. However, despite some successes and Tsar Paul's personal belief that Russia would win the war, politicians in the Imperial Assembly felt otherwise. They believe Russia had to broker for peace or it would lose more than just Georgia in the war. Thus going behind Tsar Paul's back and authority politicians from the National Russian Party which, held a majority in the Imperial Duma at the time, broker a peace agreement with the Scthirians and Nagians. When the agreement was made public and Tsar Paul was made aware of what had happen, he was forced to agree with the peace treaty. Personally humiliated, Tsar Paul would afterwards banned the National Russian Party and exile most of its political leaders. In terms of the treaty, Georgia would be divided into two states, a Christian Northern State and moving all other religious groups into a southern state. The agreement seemed to be the best answer to an otherwise political heated problem. However, in years to come after the war the treaty would prove to create more problems than solutions.
Much like for the Tsar privately, the loss in the war and the loss of the Georgian territory was seen as a great humiliation for the Russian people, in particularly the Russian nobility who believed the Empire had been betrayed by the Tsar. Believing the Tsar was no longer fit to rule the Russian Empire, a group of Russian nobles led by Prince Felix Yusupov III led a successful coup to overthrow the Tsar and put in place a regent of their own choosing. Though originally hoping to imprison the Tsar, Paul along with almost all his family successfully escaped Russia for the West Indies where they lived in exile for several years. Tsar Paul's eldest son and heir, Alexei however, was captured by the conspirators and using him, declared him Tsar under the regent advice of Prince Yusupov. Regent of the Russian Empire, Prince Yusupov would rule the Russia with an iron fist. Suppressing much of what Yusupov saw as weaknesses in the Empire, the people lost many of their personal freedoms once guaranteed in the initial Russian constitution. Though the country became highly centralized towards the power of the regent, Prince Yusupov, it would help to shield Russia from the reach of the World Military Dominion and its totalitarian leader, Constantine Gassel. Thus while other states in Europe such as Catholic Europe, were falling under the control of the Dominion, Russia remained independent. This would help allowed Tsar Paul to launch his rebellion against the regent Yusupov after seven years of exile. With help from Russia's long-time ally, Draxis, Tsar Paul launched a successful campaign against Yusupov. Defeating the regent, Tsar Paul and his family was reunited with heri Alexei, a son they'd not been able to see for seven years. Tsar Paul was quick to deal with those who'd aided Prince Yusupov in his conspiracy against the Romanov dynasty. Prince Felix Yusupov III himself was stripped of his nobility and exiled from the Russian Empire. Asserting his power in Russia, Tsar Paul soon turned his attention to the Dominion, as Dominion forces soon threatened Russia's independence. Gathering the remaining free states in Europe, Russia would help lead the European continent to liberate itself from Dominion Rule. This act would lead to the beginning of the Dominion Wars, a series of conflicts that would eventually lead to the fall of Zapht and the end of the World Military Dominion. Instrumental in this, Russia had regained much of what it felt it had lost in terms of international respect following the end of the Georgian War.
Perhaps one of the biggest campaigns that Russia would lead during the Dominion Wars was their war against the Socialist Republic of Eleytheria. Eleytheria, though a Federal Republic, had been a strong ally of the Russian Empire following the release of an individual personally connected to then president, Catherine Nerdinskaya who was also of Russian origin. Following the release, the two nations had grown strong as allies and were even involved in the joint creation of the FX-1 Superiority fighter. However, during the rise of the Dominion, the socialist staged their own coup against the Federal Republic, forcing President Nerdinskaya to go into hiding. The Russian Empire would launch a rescue mission and rescue President Nerdinskaya from Eleytheria but not without the new socialist regime finding out of the Russians involvement. This would cause the Socialist to launch their own attempt at strong-arming the Russians into handing over President Nerdinskaya to the socialist government. The standoff would take place in the Baltic sea and lead to the launching of a nuclear weapon. The aftermath of the incident outraged the greater Baltic community and soon the Russian Empire found itself holding a great amount of support to fight the socialist in Eleytheria. With President Nerdinskaya own support, Tsar Paul and the Russian Empire led a allied campaign against the socialist, eventually leading to their defeat and ending socialist rule in most of Eleytheria. This would be the last time the Russian Empire would work with Eleytheria. In years to come, the Empire would grow distant from their American allies and soon relations would completely dissolve.
With the Dominion defeated and Russia once again under Romanov control, Tsar Paul began the slow process of passing power to his son Alexei. Though he'd done much in his lifetime and felt there was more in him to continue on, Tsar Paul felt his time as Tsar was done. The end of the Dominion ended an era in the world and it was Tsar Paul's belief that he too, was apart of the old era. If mistakes in the past were not to be repeated in the future, Tsar Paul abdicated his throne. He'd retire to one of the Romanov's smaller palaces in Saint Petersburg where he'd remain until his death.
|Coronation||January 7th 20XX|
|Predecessor||Paul Georgovich Romanov II|
|Successor||Ivan Alexeovich Romanov VIII|
Atia Alexandervicha Drax Romanova (Russianized Name)
|Issues (In Birth Order)||Tsesarevich Ivan Alexeovich Romanov VIII|
Tsarevich Constantine Alexeovich Romanov II
Tsarevna Sophia Alexeovicha
Tsarevna Elizabeth Alexeovicha
Tsarevich Nicholas Alexeovich III
Tsarevna Anna Alexeovicha
|Full Name||Alexei Paulovich Romanov|
|House||House of Romanov-Hohenzollern|
|Father||Paul II of Russia|
|Mother||Aaline Alexandervicha Ribbenzoph Romanova|
Alexei Paulovich Romanov II would be crown shortly after his father's own abdication from the throne. He'd be crowned the same day as his marriage to Atia Drax, daughter of Alexei's father long-time ally the Grand Duke of Draxis. Their marriage was seen as the final act of solidifying Russian-Drax relations, and cementing their alliance for generations to come. However, despite Russia new found ally the Empire that Alexei inherited from his father was one that was teetering on a tight-rope between stability and chaos. The Dominion Wars had cost millions both in terms of Russian rubles as well as lives. With the Dominion gone, new states were now forming and the political landscape was changing. Tsar Alexei knew that if Russia was to survive in the new era, changes would have to be made.
During Tsar Alexei's first few years on the throne, several economic reforms would be made and passed through the Imperial government. The economic reforms were designed to help stabilize an economy that had once soured due to the Empire's military needs during the Dominion Wars but was now faltering in a time of peace. Stabilizing the Russian economy, Tsar Alexei not only saved those businesses that had been born during the wars but also ensure that the economy would be able to foster new businesses for generations to come. Along with his economic reforms, Tsar Alexei also passed several military reforms. The first was the institution of a military draft, requiring by law that males age 18-25 to sign up for military service within either the army, navy, or air force. The draft was not only for ethnic Russians, but it was also mandatory for Spanish Barcelonians, Panamanians, and all other subject within the greater Empire. Along with military training, the enlisted were also guaranteed the opportunity to study and receive a two-year college degree. Degree programs range from technical training to basic-study programs soldiers can use after their service to en-roll in four year institutions. The only restrictions in the draft was that non-ethnic Russians were bared from elite special forces training as well as higher level officer work at least outside of their home territory. The second military reform was a process by which the Russian military industrial complex would switch to military technology designed to be easily repairable, replaceable, and mass-produced. The move would allow the Russian military to operate with the ability to easily repair their military vehicles on the field of battle while also allowing the to easily mass-produce weapons during times of war. Though the military would not be the most technologically advanced in the world, it would prove to be one of the most effective and efficient, securing Russia's place among the regional powers of Europe and that of the world. However, as far-reaching and successful as these reforms would be for the Russian Empire, the prosperity that they would usher in would be short. Indeed, though Tsar Alexei could look at these reforms with great pride given their huge success for years to come, events that unfolded shortly after would forever stain this success and shadow it.
The first tragedy to befall Tsar Alexei during his reign would come from the West Indies, the last of the colonial possession that his father Tsar Paul had obtained during his reign. Unlike the disaster of Georgia, the West Indies remained a Russian territory, having only briefly been occupied by Dominion forces due to the Panama Canal. A successful region of the Empire, the Panama Canal alone made enough profits through international tolls, to successfully fund the regions needs allow the Empire to profit from the marginal taxes they levied on the population. However, though a highly successful region it wasn't without its problems which included a largely Genesisian Catholic population. Russia's answer to this was a slow process of russification of the West Indies, whereby the official language throughout Panama and the Caribbean was made Russian and the government slowly an actively began convincing the population through propaganda to covert to the Orthodox Christian faith. Though the government was seeing a slow rate of success during this program, it was also unknowingly creating an anti-Russian underground that would eventually strike. A namestnichestvo or vice-royalty of the Russian Empire, the West Indies was given to Alexei's own brother, Grand Duke Ivan VIII to rule in the name of the Tsar. An effective leader, Ivan did much to reform the islands and bring prosperity to the millions that fell under his leadership. Still, despite his immense success as a leader of the West Indies he was also a target of the underground. Hoping to through off the shackles of Russian rule in the West Indies, the underground assassinated the young Grand Duke through their own mole in the West Indies government, the Prime Minister Alicia Diaz Gomez. The death of his younger brother was such a shock to Tsar Alexei, that he did not speak for days and was completely ineffective at stopping the rebellion against the Russians that was launched after Ivans death. By the time the Tsar finally compose himself and took action, much of the West Indies was now under the control of rebel forces. Inparticular, Panama had come under the control of two figures, a Genesisian Cardinal by the name of Ricardo Antonio Pérez and a man known as Rafael, who would one day be crowned Rafael of Orleans-Braganza I of a resurrected Brazilian Empire. Carindal Pérez and Dom Rafael both sought the restore the Brazilian Empire, believing a key to doing so was taking control of Panama, a territory they'd later control through a Brazilian regime. Using the economic importance of Panama, in particular the Canal, the two men entertained two of the regions most powerful nations the Confederate States of America and the Falkland Confederation. Together with the Republic of Porcu, the three powers would use their international status and power to pressure Russia into recognizing Panamanian independence and, to a greater extent, the independence of all the West Indies. Russia, who'd sent forces into the West Indies, was fighting an uphill battle against the rebels and knew that the conflict would be a drawn out engagement given Russia's inability to act quickly when fighting broke out. With great reluctance, Tsar Alexei accepted the terms of independence for fear of a drawn out engagement that could have involved the C.S.A, Falklands, and Porcu. For a second time the Russian Empire, against pressure from international powers, was forced to give up territory. This was a crushing blow the Tsar Alexei imagine, as he'd long tried to distance himself from the latter image of his father who'd lost Georgia. Indeed, he'd worked to create imagine of a Tsar that would reclaim Georgia but with the loss of the West Indies, that imagine seemed all but dead. For the Russian people, they again felt great shame and great anger not only towards their government but also to the international community, in particular Republican and Democratic powers. What would result from this event would be a shift in politics for the Russian Empire, and move the Empire for a while into a stance firmly against Republic and Democracies around the world. However, as much as Tsar Alexei hoped this to be the last of his problems he'd soon be face with yet another great tragedy.
Following the public loss of the West Indies for the Russian Empire and the personal loss of Grand Duke Ivan VIII for Tsar Alexei, the Russian Empire moved into a small period of semi-isolation from many world events. The Empire became highly outspoken in terms of anti-democratic values, and during this time it felt likely that war with a Republic or Democratic country would eventually breakout. However, only a few years later quite the opposite occurred and would soon lead the Empire to one of the greatest tragedy to ever unfold within their own borders. Scandinavian Republic of Hahklallah was a democratic Baltic power that had recently emerged into international politics. However, socialist forces inside the country soon sought to take power and after the assassination of the country's president and executive cabinet, the country of Hahklallah felt into civil war. Though a modern nation with a sizable army, the country's legitimate government soon found itself overwhelm against socialist rebel forces, losing a great deal of the country's geographic territory before finally making pleas to the international community for help. Help would soon arrive from Yshurak, the country's communist neighbor but also from an unlikely source the Russian Empire. Under the advisement of many of his minister, Tsar Alexei dispatched detachments of the Russian Army and air force to the country to help fight against the socialist forces. A surprising move for a country who'd spent the last few years building itself as a staunchly outspoken opponent of democracy in Europe, Russian officials believed that by helping Hahklallah's legitimate government they would be able to position themselves with the Hahklallah leadership in a way in which Russia would benefit from unprecedented intelligence in the region for not only the country of Hahklallah that they knew so little of, but also for access to intelligence on other powers within this region of Europe that included the Republic of Porcu. So siding with Communist forces, Russia worked to violently strike back against socialist forces that had otherwise gone virtually opposed as they worked to destroy the legitimate government of Hahklallah. However, as official Russian forces fought against the socialist regime and rebels, an unofficial Russian worked with them. After a secret meeting with the socialist rebel leaders, unknown individuals outside and in the Russian Empire gained the release of Colonel Ivan Perov, a former Colonel within Prince Yusupov's loyalist army that had fought against Tsar Paul's forces during the campaign to restore Romanov power from the Yusupov Regency. Practically forgotten by the Russian public, Colonel Perov had spent his years since the campaign locked away in prison, with no possibility of release. Being released, the Colonel was sent to Hahklallah to help lead the socialist forces against the legitimate government but when it was realized that the socialist were using Russian military tactics that only a Russian commander could have taught them, a strike force was organized to track this individual. This would lead Russian to a small nuclear facility that socialist forces had taken control of and turn into a race against time to stop Colonel Perov and the socialist from launching a nuclear missile. Sadly, the Russian strike team was too late and the Hahklallah socialist under Colonel Perov were able to launch a nuclear missile against the Russian Empire, detonating in Rzhev and killing 63,729 citizen. The attack was the singling deadly attack within the Russian Empire in recent history and was a powerful blow to Russian morale. Tsar Alexei was modified by the attack, but learning from the events around his brother death the Tsar understood that responding quickly was key. In respond to the attack, more Russian soldiers were sent to Hahklallah and along with international support, the Russians defeated the socialists and restored order. It was the victory the Tsar hoped though it had come at a cost he'd not been prepared to make. It would however, be one of the last great losses Tsar Alexei would have to endure and begin a path of victory for the Russian Empire.
One of the first great successes of Tsar Alexei's during his reign of the Russian Empire was his successful campaign against the African nation of Sutekh-Te-Ankh. A radical and fringe nation, the Sutekhite people were ruled by a Pharaoh that viewed most of Africa as an enemy. Having for many years, used what little technological and scientific advantages that they had, the Sutekhite government had engineered a bioweapon from the red plague that, in the past, had been a great epidemic for which caused millions in deaths. Releasing it into the general public of several nations, most of Africa soon found itself at the hands of an unknown plague. The weapon was devastating and would lead not only to the deaths of millions throughout the continent but also to the dissolution of the Azanian Imperium as well as civil war in Zeelar. In the beginning, the origins of the plague were not clear but soon, through the actions of the Sutekhite it was eventually discovered that it was the pharaoh's government that had unleashed such a weapon onto Africa. In Zeelar, there country was divided among those who followed the Sutekhite Pharaoh and those whow ere orthodox Christians. For years the Russian government had relations with Zeelar, having signed several economic agreements between themselves, the two nations had good relations. For Russia, government advisers saw the opportunity to intervene as an opportunity to gain information on a potentially powerful bioweapon. They also feared that Zeelar would fall into the hands of Sutekhite sympathetic individuals. Acting on both of these issues, Tsar Alexei declared that he would bring the Pharaoh's government to justice and used Russia's airbase in northern Zeelar as a staging point for invasion. The invasion of Sutekh-Te-Ankh was a relatively swift campaign until such time as the Russians were met with the Pharaoh's army. Though the enemy was able to slow Russian forces, it could not stop them from reaching the country's capital Ankhwugaht where, after several days of siege the Russians overran the city and brought the country to surrender. With their Pharaoh and most of his immediate family dead as a result of the siege of Ankhwugaht, the Russians were forced to deal with the most senior line of the royal family that was in their custody. Agreeing to leave the country, the Russians fully dismantled the Sutekhites bioweapons facilities and took with them, all of their bioweapon. The victory was a huge political gain in terms of Tsar Alexei's imagine in Russia. It was also the first major victory against a full army that the Russian military had had since the Dominion Wars.
Following the success of the war against the Sutekhites the Russians were soon faced with another obstacle in Iberia as the Spanish Union, a fascist government that had long been an opponent of Russia's ally Ireland, began expanding its borders and soon expanded and surrounded Catalonia, a region that since Tsar Paul had been a Russian territory following the fall of the pro-Roman kingdom of Spain. Not willing to have their territory threatened and surrounded by a state the Empire viewed as its enemy, the Russian Empire acted and began building its forces for war. It was during this time that talks between Tsar Alexei and Russia began with the Moffs of the Sectors. While many viewed the Grand Moff, its government, and the Sector's in general as a new Dominionist entity in Europe; Russia entertained the Moffs and their request to aide Russia in the Iberian situation. This tentative relationship would pay off later when, after an assassination attempt against the Doge of Venice's life was made, Russia would join their Venetian allies in a war against the very entities that forced Russia out of the West Indies, namely the Brazilian Empire, the Falkland Confederation, and the Confederate States of America. While the Iberian situation had yet been resolved, the Russian Empire launched a war with the Confederate States and Brazil along with Venice and the Sectors. The conflict would turn into a brutal war, with Russia's landing in Panama a particularly bloody operation.
Though the Russians believed the American campaign was going to be an eventual success, the Panama front became stagnant and a war of attrition began. To further complicate the matter a new war was beginning in Europe as the Genesisians, under the direction of the newly elected Pope Castillo, began a crusade against the Colognian Church, attacking the Papal State of Cologne. Russia, having been forced to settle a dispute over the Danish Straits with Cologne, was bound to protect the state through the Baltic Treaty. Though Russia and the allies would eventually win the American War, defeating the Confederate States, Russia was forced to abandoned its attempts at taking Panama. Russian forces engaged the Genesisians along with Yshurak (a Baltic Treaty Member) and the Republic of Porcu. Later, Marslava and the Normans would also join in the fight. Though Tsar Alexei oversaw the beginning of the War in Cologne, he would not see it to the end. During the war, agents associated with the Teutonic Knights infiltrated the Kremlin and exposed the Tsar to the biological weapon known as the glimpse of hell. The exposure caused Alexei to hallucinate and during his hallucination he fell from his second story balcony. The episode caused the Tsar to go into a comma and forcing his son and heir, Ivan Alexeovich Romanov VIII.
Tsar Alexei would never recover from his coma and would eventually die due to complications from his fall. His successes seemed somewhat overshadowed by his failures, especially given that he had inherited the throne in the spirit of ushering in a new era for the Russian Empire.Though he did not regain territory lost during his own reign nor territory lost during the reign of his father Paul II, Alexei was able to sign a treaty with the Falangist Union which allows the Russian Empire to rent the territory of Catalonia to the Union. This agreement effectively ended hostilities in Iberia and though Russia seemingly gave up its Castalonian territory, it gained a source of income invaluable to the Empire for the years to come as well as assurances and safeguards designed to protect the Empire from future hostilities with the Union. Though Alexei's reign was not the era of peace and prosperity that his father had hoped for him when he came to power, many saw promise in Alexei's successor, his son Ivan VIII
|Coronation||January 7th 20XX|
|Predecessor||Alexei Paulovich Romanov II|
|Spouse||Yelena Yelizaveta Constantinovna Romanova|
|Issues (In Birth Order)||Tsesarevich Alexander Ivanovich Romanov IV|
|Full Name||Ivan Alexeovich Romanov|
|House||House of Romanov-Hohenzollern|
|Father||Alexei Paulovich Romanov|
|Mother||Atia Alexandervicha Drax Romanova|
Emperor Ivan VIII came to power in a time when the Russian Empire appeared the most vulnerable. His Father Alexei II, having previously secured a treaty with the Pope of Cologne, had led the Empire into a war to defend the Papal State against the Genesisian Catholics determined to end the Colognian Papacy. It was this very war that would lead to Emperor Alexei's death, the result of an assassination by Genesisian sympathizers in the Russian Empire. Though a marginally supported war in the beginning, by the time Ivan VIII came to power, support for the war had ended and most Russian believed their participation was unjustifiable. Along with the war, Ivan also had to deal with the new situation in the Empire found itself diplomatically. Venice, the once powerful ally of the Empire was on the verge of collapse due to the untimely death of Doge Domenico Contarini and Draxis, Russia's oldest ally, remained in anarchy. Now Emperor, Ivan VIII inherited an Empire stuck in a disastrous war and alone in the world. Despite all the challenges he now faced as Emperor of the Russian Empire, Ivan VIII took the crown of Russia with great enthusiasm and optimism for the future of the Russian people.
Despite the many problems the Empire faced, Emperor Ivan's first focus came to the Cologne war. Largely unpopular by the time he came to power, Russian forces faced uncertain odds. The Genesisians had forced their way into the Colognian Capital as the Russian campaign plan had failed to stop their assault. Confidence in Russia's ability to lead the battle against the Genesisian forces waned and it was uncertain if the allies of Porcu, the Normans, Maraslava, and Yshurak would continue to follow under Russia's example. Understanding that time was of the essence, Ivan wasted little time in discuss with his military advisers a new strategy for war. Within days of his ascension to the throne, Russian forces and their allies had a new campaign strategy and within weeks it proved effective in driving the Catholic enemy out of the Colognian capital and the Papal State all together. Though causalities were high and Pope Davide had become a prisoner of war, the end of the war was a relief for Ivan as he realize the people had grown tired of it. Furthermore, the end of the war also came with a new treaty negotiated between the allies which would secure Russia from having to defend Cologne in another senseless war with the Genesisians. Negotiated in Porcu, Ivan also took the opportunity to privately open formal relations with the Republic. Establishing an embassy and assigning a formal Ambassador to Porcu would provide Russia with a more direct line to their powerful Baltic neighbors.
Ivan's success in ending Russia's involvement in the Cologne War brought strong popular support to the Emperor during his early reign. Embolden by this, Ivan choose to launch a peacekeeping mission to Draxis. The oldest of Russia's allies, Ivan's own mother was a Draxian royal whose brother, Octavian was the rightful heir to the ducal throne. The country had long since fallen into civil war and despite constant request to aide him in his campaign, Octavian had refused Russia's help and asked that Russia remain neutral. During his own reign, Emperor Alexei respected this request however Ivan now refused. By the time of his ascension to the throne no one had spoken with Octavian in sometime. Fear that he'd been killed during the fighting was now high and so Russian forces crossed the border into Draxis not only to establish peace but to also investigate the fate of Ivan's uncle. Though weary of war, most Russians supported the campaign given the ancestral ties to the Drax people. The campaign also grabbed the attention of the Quaon and, after a meeting between Russia's ambassador to Quaon, an peacekeeping agreement was met between the two powers. With the aide of Quaonian forces, Draxis was secured and civil unrest was ended. Until the fate of Octavian was discovered, Draxis was divided between Quaon and Russia into two administrative zone via the agreement. Administering eastern Drax became Russia duty as did their investigation into Octavian fate. Though the results of their investigation would come years later, Russia's campaign into Draxis gain Emperor Ivan more popular support from the Russian people. They were pleased to the see the civil wars end given its close proximity to the Russian border and with Russia's administrative zone came new economic opportunities for Russians as a reconstruction effort began. It was apparent to anyone by now, that Emperor Ivan carried with him am ambition that rivals either of his predecessors before him. Embolden by his early successes, Ivan choose as his next project to take back a territory that had long been the ambition of his father before him. Panama and the West Indies had been a territory of the Russian Empire during the reign of Ivan's grandfather Emperor Paul. During the reign of Emperor Alexei, the territory was taken from Russian during a internal que which began with the assassination of Grand Duke Ivan, Alexei's brother and the man for whom Emperor Ivan was named. Panama became the territory of the Brazilian Empire and despite efforts during a war with Brazil, Russia had been unable to regain it. With the Brazilian government suffering from internal political instability, Ivan launched a new campaign to retake the territories. Though initially successful during the early campaigns throughout the islands of the West Indies, Russia faced competition and resistance in Panama from the El Dejarbo government. An ally of the Brazilians and a Genesisian power that Russia had fought during the Cologne War, their interference in Panama was seen by many as the prelude to a renewed war with the Genesisian powers. However, after agreeing to negotiations, the Russians agreed to a referendum to determine Panama's fate. Unfortunate for Russia and El Dejarbo, terrorist looking incite war between the two nations rigged the elections. Though officially the vote was in favor of Russia, El Dejarboans soon doubted the results and found irregularities. This prompted the Latin Republic to call for an investigation, much to the protest of Russia.
During this time, Emperor Ivan faced another crisis back at home, one which would not only redefine him as a leader but also redefine the Russian Empire as awhole. A Dominionist terrorist group known as the Transcontiential Contigent Group (TCG) launched a nuclear device at Draxis, destroying the former capital of Arrakan. This devistated the Fragile government that Russia helped to support in East Draxis and strained relations between the two otherwise friendly states. To further complicate matters, a cell of the TCG invaded and occupied the Crimea, proclaiming it under the people's control and declaring their independence from East Draxis as the Tauric Republic. In response to this move, Emperor Ivan order troops and briefly detained the East Draxis leadership, namely Chairman Alexander Doroshenko. However, this would prove to be a costly move as Doroshenko's brother, Marko Doroshenko began a protest movement dedicated to his brother's release. The movement spread and soon Ivan had to reverse his decision in the hopes of salvaging relations. However, by the time Chairman Doroshenko was reinstalled, protests had already evolved into protests designed at calling for Russia to give Draxis move independence and a voice. This further complicated Russia's military efforts against the Tuaric Republic, with Russian forces invading the Crimea in an attempt to liberate it. Back in Russia, inspired by Drax protests, parliamentarians began also protesting against the Russian crown, demanding a voice in government once again. The situation finally errupted when Ivan traveled to Kursk, the provisional capital of East Draxis to deliver a speech that he was hopeful would pacify the Drax. It was at the Kursk Train Station, while delivering his speech, the Ivan was shot at by Olexandro Kostomariv. Olexandro was a friend of Marko and the two had only recently lost a mutual friend and love interest, Maria Zdrok during a protest that turned deadily due to TCG involvement. Olexandro blamed Russia for Maria's death and while his intent was to kill Ivan, Marko intervent. While Ivan was shot, Marko's intervention stopped the shot from hitting his chest and instead hit the Emperor in the should. Marko was also shot during the altercation and both were sent to the hospital where both recovered. This near death experience changed Ivan and for the first time since his father's death, he realized the paranoia for which the event had instilled within him. Dedicated to making things right both the people of Draxis and that of Russia, Ivan recalled troops from Draxis aside from those requested to remain by the government and agree to discuss a new government with parilamentarians at a convention held in Saint Petersburg. The Conclusion of the Convention would see the delivery of the Duma Ukase, or officially the Decree on the Improvement of Imperial Order, in which Ivan pledged to entrust his legislative powers into a bicameral parliament to be known as the Imperial Duma. This sweaping reformed transformed the autocratic Russian Empire overnight into a sort of Constitutional monarchy. However, unique to the Russian Empire was the fact that Emperor retained his executive power and through a check system agreed to by Ivan and the convention delegates as representatives of the people, the Emperor's power was tempered by that of the Duma and the Duma, by the Emperor. Under this new system which would eventually be called the Kremlin Parliamentarianism, a new era of cooperaiton began between the Emperor and the people would begin that would usher in a new era of prosperity for the Russian Empire.