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In Soviet history and iconography, a Stakhanovite (Russian: стахановец, Stakhanovets) followed the example of Alexey Stakhanov, a coal miner who had mined 102 tons of coal in less than 6 hours (14 times his quota) on 31 August 1935. Stakhanovites employed hard work or Taylorist efficiencies to over-achieve on the job. Such a worker exhibited socialist emulation of model workers and was, or aspired to be, a shock worker. The movement began during Stalin's second 5-year plan, and soon spread across the country's industries. After Stalin's death, the movement was discredited as propaganda.

Stakhanovite in The Gladiator[]

In an alternate where the Soviet Union won the Cold War, Stakhanovites were still lauded by the ruling parties of the world.[1] However, the average person was skeptical of Stakhanovites,[2] particularly as the term could as easily be applied to what would be average competence in other systems.[3]

Eduardo Caruso suspected that the ideas of capitalism that Crosstime Traffic sought to introduce into the world would have to sound communist, and used the example of "Stakhanovite economic effort."[4]

Stakhanovite in The Hot War[]

When Vasili Yasevich settled into Smidovich, he continued to work hard and fast as he had in Harbin leading to him being labeled a Stakhanovite. Nikolai Feldman cautioned Yasevich that Soviet people did not like Stakhanovites since it forced them to work hard too. This proved accurate when Yasevich was threatened a few days later by Grigory Papanin and two of his friends for being showed up by Yasevich.[5]

Radio Moscow habitually ended its news broadcasts either boasting about how the goals of the Five Year Plan were being exceeded or by praising the Stakhanovite Shock Workers of a particular city for greatly exceeding production norms.[6]

References[]

  1. The Gladiator, pg. 17, HC.
  2. Ibid., pg 73.
  3. Ibid., pg. 201.
  4. Ibid., pg. 173.
  5. Fallout, pgs. 75-78, HC.
  6. The Hot War, generally.
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