E.B.S.I.S.

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E.B.S.I.S.Eastern Bloc Soviet Independent State

Estimated Population: ~140,000,000

The Eastern Bloc Soviet Independent State is a major independent world power, second only to the United Earth Government and the Army of the Southern Cross in overall global influence and power. Since its creation fifteen years ago the EBSIS has expanded rapidly, becoming (in terms of land area) the single largest independent nation on Earth, spanning three continents (Europe, Africa, and Asia). Today, the EBSIS represents the greatest threat to world peace. The country's expansion continues through both military conquest as well as alliances with other independent nations across the planet. As the UEG loses its grip on the planet, the EBSIS is placing itself into position to become to only true world power.

HISTORY

Though it lost some prestige with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Russia was still a world power when the Global Civil War erupted in the middle of the decade. When the SDF-1 crash-landed in 1999, Russia was a part of the multi-national coalition (along with America, Japan, Germany, France and England) that set out to decipher the secrets of the alien ship. As a member of the UN Security Council, Russia also played a major role in the initial formation of the Unified World Government. Soon, however, Russia found itself losing influence in the UWG. The major point of contention was over access to the advanced Robotechnology being developed by reverse engineering the alien technology from the SDF-1. The UN Spacy, dominated by the Americans, established exclusive control over the new technology despite Russian protests. The few paltry concessions made to the Russians only served to anger the military and civilian populace and damage the credibility of the political leadership in Moscow.

When the Zentraedi armada devastated the planet, Russia and Eastern Europe suffered massive losses like the rest of the world. Unlike most of the rest of the world, however, several major cities escaped the bombardment with relatively minor damage and casualties. Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia, Warsaw in Poland, and Berlin in Germany were among the fortunate metropolises. Other parts of these nations, however, suffered greatly. Thus while the seats of government survived, the centers of agriculture and industry did not, leaving a large populace with nothing to feed it. Refugees streamed toward the less damaged Scandinavian nations only to be turned back at the borders. Thousands died in these desperate treks and thousands more died on the doorstep of Scandinavia. Some believe that more Eastern Eurpoeans died of starvation and exposure than died in the initial Zentraedi assault.

Ever the survivors, Russia pooled resources with Germany and Poland. With the trickle of aid coming in from Scandinavia and what remained of the UWG, they began to rebuild. By this point the Russian government was firmly under the control of the military and several of the older officers and politicians were able to reinstate many of the older Soviet-style government structures. Agricultural resources were combined, recreating the old Soviet farming collectives, and the state assumed control of industry. When the Unified World Government was formally re-established in 2014, Russia, Germany, and Poland refused to join. Instead they declared themselves an independent nation, the Eastern Bloc Soviet Independent State. The EBSIS opposed efforts to restore the UWG, remembering their waning influence in the old unified government.

With the agrarian and industrial base restored, the EBSIS then turned toward expansion. Major effort went into the military, including the manufacture of conventional weapons systems as well as the acquisition of Robotech systems, usually via salvage efforts and the global black market. Initial expansion allowed the EBSIS to take control of the former nation of Kazakhstan. From here the Soviets launched their most aggressive and, though costly in terms of men and equipment, their most successful expansion campaign. From the newly acquired Kazakh region the Soviets moved into the radioactive wasteland that had once been the Middle East, bent on seizing control of the mineral and petroleum wealth in the region. With no opposition, the EBSIS soon gained control over large portions of the former nations of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. By 2016 they had even established a presence on the Nile River in the wastelands of Egypt. Once entrenched here, and with a solid supply line in place, the Soviets then began drawing up plans for the invasion of Africa.

In 2018, while the RDF and the UWG were dealing with the early stages of what would become the Zentraedi "Malcontent Uprisings", the Soviet army moved into the edge of the Congo Quadrant. Expecting an easy campaign, the Soviets were shocked to discover a massive Zentraedi Malcontent army hiding in the jungles of Central Africa. The Soviet's blunder had inadvertently foiled the Malcontent's plan to launch a surprise strike against the RDF in western and southern Africa. The Soviet forces, expecting only minor resistance, found themselves outnumbered and outgunned. Reluctantly the EBSIS called on the RDF for help, and were thus drawn into the global fighting of the Malcontent Uprisings. By the time the Uprisings ended in 2020 the Soviet army had suffered major losses in both lives and equipment. Despite the losses, however, the EBSIS still managed to establish a strong presence in Africa, taking over the independent Ethiopian Free Holding (a feudal nation in eastern Africa that had fallen to the Malcontents early in the Uprisings). This gave the Soviets the foothold in Africa they had been seeking, with the added benefit of the Ethiopian Free Holding's offshore natural gas and petroleum resources and refineries.

In the mid-2020s, after a few years of recovery from the Malcontent Uprisings, the EBSIS began a major expansion to the east. Soviet forces eventually linked up with the remnants of the Communist Chinese government and army, many of whom had established independent baronies in the intervening decade since the Zentraedi assault. Forging alliances with many of the baronies, the EBSIS created a solid eastern holding covering much of northern China and eventually the Korean peninsula.

With this latest expansion over, the EBSIS has again withdrawn into itself, entering a period of recovery and rebuilding to solidify its control over its holdings. Recent intelligence indicates that another military expansion effort is being planned. The EBSIS will likely move into Africa soon, completing the invasion planned for over a decade earlier. Afterward they will likely seek to expand into the Manchurian, China, and Indochina Quadrants, solidifying their hold on most of Asia. From there the Soviets could isolate and eventually seize the India Quadrant. It is also only a matter of time before the EBSIS makes a move against the Far East Sector, obviously with the hope of seizing the valuable Robotech Research Center in Japan. Scandinavia Quadrant also makes an appealing target, but at present both this region and the Far East Sector are heavily protected by the Army of the Southern Cross, and the Soviets are not yet strong enough to handle a protracted war with the less numerous but more advanced UEG forces. For several years the EBSIS has also been secretly backing rebel factions in South America, with the intent of eventually establishing a puppet state there, well within striking distance of the UEG's holdings in the Western Hemisphere.

GEOGRAPHY

Today the EBSIS stretches almost from sea to sea to sea to sea. Its western boundary falls short of the Atlantic Ocean, starting near the Rhine River in Europe. From there it reaches east across Asia to the Pacific Ocean (specifically the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan). North it stretches to the Arctic Ocean and south it cuts through the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea and reaches the African coast of the Indian Ocean. Politically the Eastern Bloc Soviet Independent State is made up of several semi-autonomous administrative regions called Soviet Protectorates. The three founding members of the EBSIS (Russia, Germany, and Poland) maintain the most independence from the Central Committee, while the other regions (with the exception of the former Chinese and Korean territories) have little or no independence from the EBSIS government.

Russian Soviet Protectorate (RSP)

The largest administrative region and the center of power for the EBSIS, the Russian Soviet Protectorate occupies most of the European territory covered by the old nation of Russia before the Zentraedi assault, and also includes the Baltic nations (and former Soviet Republics) of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. The entirety of the Asian portion of old Russia, mostly Siberia, was destroyed during the Zentraedi planetary bombardment. The southern portion of the RSP has been converted into agricultural land and is the site of several farming collectives. Though not as technologically advanced (except for major cities) as the GSP and PSP, Russia is still fairly modern, with most of the region at a technological level equal to the 1980s. More remote areas are at a 1960s or even 1930s level of industry, while the most remote regions, mostly in the north, have regressed back to pre-industrial nomadic ways of life.

German Soviet Protectorate (GSP)

Unlike most of Europe, Germany escaped major damage during the Zentraedi planetary bombardment, though several of its major metropolitan areas were still destroyed. It was the influx of refugees headed for Scandinavia that caused problems, taxing the country's remaining resources. When Scandinavia Quadrant refused to accept refugees (knowing their numbers far exceeded what they could handle) Germany was saddled with the refugees. In the end the German authorities reluctantly accepted Moscow's offer of an alliance to help deal with the refugee and resources problems. Germany (officially known as the German Soviet Protectorate, though few Germans call it that) prospered and restored its agricultural and industrial base quickly. At first the GSP was treated as an equal partner in the EBSIS, but lately Moscow has been siphoning German resources to power its expansion efforts. An underground resistance movement, dedicated to German independence, had started almost immediately after Germany joined the EBSIS, but it is only in the last few years that it has begun to gain a measure of popular support. The EBSIS, fearing the loss of the productive German state, has reinforced its military presence in the region.

Polish Soviet Protectorate (PSP)

As has happened so often in its history, Poland has again found itself subjugated to a foreign power. Like Germany, Poland escaped major damage in the Zentraedi assault and found itself flooded with refugees. Unlike Germany, Poland did not have anywhere near the resources to begin to handle the influx so when the Russians made the offer to form the EBSIS the Polish government had very little real choice.  With Russian and German help, the PSP has managed to rebuild. The Polish people are fairly well off, though their discontent is growing. The resistance against EBSIS rule is nowhere near the levels it is in neighboring Germany, but it is growing. Only the strong EBSIS military presence in the PSP keeps the small resistance groups from trying anything at present.

Kazakh Soviet Protectorate (KSP)

Under Soviet rule in the 20th Century, the Kazakh region became the site of major technological research and development at the expense of the agriculture, turning much of the country to desert. With the return of the Soviets, the opposite is now true. Extensive recovery efforts have turned much of the desert back into viable agricultural land. The KSP has now become the major source of food for the entire EBSIS.

Middle Eastern Soviet Protectorate (MESP)

The Middle East was thoroughly devastated in the Zentraedi planetary assault. Before the assault, the region was mostly desert wasteland with pockets of civilization. Now it is mostly radioactive desert wasteland with only a scattering of surviving nomad tribes for a native population. The EBSIS moved into the region in 2016 in order to set up a supply line for their planned invasion of Africa. While there they discovered much of the oil drilling and refining infrastructure was in better shape than expected. When the Malcontent Uprisings broke out, the Soviets firmed up their presence in the Middle East to exploit the oil wealth to feed their war machine during the conflict. Since then the MESP has been a key source of resources for the EBSIS expansion. The Middle East is for the most part uninhabited, with only the Soviet presence and a scattering of desperate survivors and small nomadic tribes for its population.

African Soviet Protectorate (ASP)

The ASP covers the former nation of Egypt and parts of Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia. Africa was one of the first targets for expansion by the EBSIS during the Reconstruction. When the planned invasion was thwarted (when the EBSIS was drawn into the Malcontent Uprisings) the area saw a major influx of Soviet military forces. When the Uprisings ended, the EBSIS took control of the remnants of the Ethiopian Free Holding, an independent barony that was nearly wiped out by the Zentraedi Malcontents. This has given the EBSIS access to the gas and petroleum refineries the Holding had built to access the resources off the shore of old Somalia. The EBSIS continues to move troops and equipment into the region, intent on eventually adding the entire African continent to its sphere of control. Like the MESP, the African Soviet Protectorate is mainly radioactive wasteland, with a population that is mostly the EBSIS occupying forces with small pockets of native inhabitants struggling to survive.

East Asian Soviet Protectorate (EASP)

Made up of parts of the old nations of China and Mongolia, as well as the Korean peninsula and a small portion of the eastern edge of Old Russia, the EASP is the second largest EBSIS holding, next to the Russian Soviet Protectorate. With the destruction of the central government in the Zentraedi assault, China splintered as regional governors and military personnel began setting themselves up as warlords of small independent baronies. The baronies were frequently at war with one another, preventing any single group from gaining power. When the EBSIS began expanding eastward in the mid-2020s no single warlord could match them militarily, and few were willing to put aside differences to band together to combat the new invaders. In the end most of the baronies either capitulated or were quickly overrun. The EBSIS reestablished a central government in the region and the EASP was born.

Eastern Bloc Soviet Independent State

GOVERNMENT

While it has adopted many of the trappings of the old Soviet Union, the EBSIS is not a Communist nation. The closest analogy would be a military dictatorship, although there are democratic institutions as well. In the wake of the Zentraedi planetary assault, Russia had threatened to collapse into anarchy. When the civilian leadership proved ineffectual to regain control the military seized power. The populace welcomed any stability and there was little resistance to the military assuming power. The EBSIS was created through diplomacy, though, not through force and this is reflected in the political structure if not the current political reality. When the founding governments (Russia, Germany, and Poland) created the central governmental structure, they deliberately adopted naming conventions from the old USSR. The main purpose of this was to invoke the image of a world super power more than to create a new Soviet Union. The central government, based at the Kremlin in Moscow, is referred to as the Supreme Soviet while regional governments are referred to as Soviets. The Supreme Soviet is headed by the Premier of the Eastern Bloc Soviet Independent State, who is considered to be the overall head of the nation. Day-to-day operation of the government is handled through the Central Cabinet, made up of of ministers each in charge of a different part of the EBSIS bureaucracy. The military is controlled through the Central Command, which nominally answers to the Minister of Defense in the Central Cabinet. Though the military is intended to be separate, in truth many senior officers hold high-level positions in the Central Cabinet and the Supreme Soviet.

Regional governments in the Russian, German, and Polish Soviet Protectorates follow the national model and control the regional bureaucracies. The leaders of the regional Soviets are called governors. The EASP Soviet is nearly the same, but the regional government there is more firmly under the control of the Supreme Soviet, who appoint the regional governor directly. The Kazakh Soviet Protectorate has a regional government almost completely under the control of the Supreme Soviet, while the MESP and the ASP have military governments in place of regional Soviets. Recent civil unrest in the GSP and PSP have led to the strengthening of central military and political control in these regions.

MILITARY

The EBSIS Armed Forces are divided into three commands, the Army, Air Force, and Navy. There is a newly created space command, but it is currently jointly administered by the Army and Air Force. Each command answers to the Central Command in Moscow. The Army (known as the Red Army) is represented in Central Command by the Marshal of the Army, the Air Force by the Marshal of the Air Force, and the Navy by the Admiral of the Fleet. Each of these three answers to the Grand Marshal of the EBSIS, who in turn answers to the Minister of Defense. Currently, however, the Grand Marshal is also the Minister of Defense, a clear indication of the military's increasing influence over the government. Each of the three main Commands is in turn divided into different internal groups.

The EBSIS intelligence community is divided into several groups, the two most important being the KGB and the GRU. The KGB is the overall intelligence agency for the EBSIS while the GRU focuses on military intelligence. It is unknown how closely these organizations are to their old counterparts from the USSR, but simply by adopting these names the KGB and GRU gained a measure of fear and respect from the rest of the world.

For details on EBSIS mecha and other military equipment see the EBSIS Mecha and Equipment pages.


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