Alternative History of Russia
For our country, one of the key moments in history, of course, is 1917 — the year of the February and October revolutions (or coups — depending on the point of view). The events of this year, the subsequent Civil War in Russia and the formation of the USSR — all this had a huge impact on the entire world history. But what if?..
Indeed, after all, events could have taken a different path — already in February-March 1917. For example, Tsar Nicholas II abdicates the throne not in favor of his brother Mikhail (who, like other members of the Imperial family later, refused to accept power), but in favor of his son — Tsarevich Alexei, more acceptable to the majority. Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich in this case becomes regent. This reduces the degree of tension in Saint Petersburg and Moscow, as well as in the army, and ultimately leads to the preservation of the monarchy in Russia, of course, with its transformation into a constitutional monarchy similar to the English one. In October 1917, instead of the Bolshevik revolution/coup, a Constituent Assembly convened for this very month took place. And already in 1920 the First World War ends, Germany surrendered, Russia, as part of the Entente, was among the victors. Of course, there was no Civil War. The Second World War might not have started at all, or it might have turned out to be less severe and destructive for, among other countries, Russia. As a result, by the beginning of the 21st century, the Russian Empire is a thriving democratic state, one of the world leaders along with the United States, the British Empire, Europe, Japan and China. There is nothing incredible or fantastic in this. This is certainly no more incredible than to suppose in 1914 the creation of the USSR in just 6 years... And no more fantastic than to suppose in 1986 its rapid collapse in 1991.
The authors of this project
(Russian language, can be translated via Google), Dmitry Kazantsev and Anton Kazakov, go even further into the past. They are developing an alternative history of Russia in a world in which the First World War did not take place at all — everything turned into a series of local conflicts and a couple of civil wars after them. But without a destructive meat grinder for the entire region with catastrophic consequences, which was the First World War. In Russia, therefore, there was no Revolutions of 1917, no Civil War, and no World War II either. As a result, by the end of the 20th century we also get an interesting and attractive alternative world.