Feb 1917-1-

Revolutionaries protesting in February 1917.

The Russian Revolution was an uprising in Russia during World War I in 1917. The Romanov Tsar was assassinated, his line was wiped out. A civil war followed between Red (Communist) and White forces, and in the end, despite extensive support for the Whites from a number of Western nations, the Communists defeated all their rivals, consolidated power, and formed the Soviet Union in 1922.

Literary comment

The Russian Revolution took place as above in most Harry Turtledove timelines with a Point of Divergence after 1922. It is only immediately germane to a handful of works.

Russian Revolution in The Gladiator

After the Soviet Union won the Cold War, the Russian Revolution (more often called the October Revolution) came to be considered a seminal event by the entire world.

Russian Revolution in The House of Daniel

In the late 1910s, the Russian Czar was overthrown and killed. Popular wisdom in America held this to be the work of vampires, due to the revolutionary council's blood-red flag. By 1934, this had yet to be proved or disproved.[1]

Russian Revolution in Southern Victory

The Russian Revolution was a rebellion against the monarchy and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia which began in 1917, during the Great War. An alliance of various anti-Tsarist forces, led primarily by Socialists and supported by the Central Powers, effectively forced Russia to withdraw from the Great War. Nearly a decade of civil war followed, from which Nicholas and his supporters emerged victorious in 1926.[2]

Russian Revolution in "Uncle Alf"

Russia experienced a revolution in 1916, two years after its defeat at the hands of Germany in the Great War. Germany, fearing the consequences within its own borders if the Russian Tsar fell, helped put the revolution down very quickly.[3]

In 1929, Feldwebel Adolf Hitler of the German Feldgendarmerie told his niece Geli Raubal that the Tsar "was and is a woolly headed fool of a Russian" for not hanging more revolutionaries in 1905 when a similar rebellion had been attempted.[4]

Russian Revolution in Worldwar

In 1942, when Soviet Foreign Commissar Vyacheslav Molotov met with Atvar, the Fleetlord of the Race's Conquest Fleet, aboard the 127th Emperor Hetto, he horrified the Race by explaining the Russian Revolution to Atvar. Atvar had assumed the Soviet Union was an empire, the only form of government known to the Race or any other species it had encountered to that point, and he was shocked and appalled to learn of Tosevite not-empires, and the murder of Tsar Nicholas II.


  1. The House of Daniel, p. 93.
  2. The Victorious Opposition, pg. 22.
  3. Alternate Generals II, pg. 82, Atlantis and Other Places, pg. 343.
  4. Alternate Generals II, pg. 83, Atlantis and Other Places, pg. 344.
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