Prologue
Summer,1914, Petrograd, the capital of Imperial Russia. The Romanov dynasty has ruled 1/4 of the globe for 300 years. The current czar: Nicholas II has been unpopular with the common peasants for most of his reign. Ever since the horrors of Bloody Sunday, Nicholas has tried to keep a hold on power, only just recently did he consent to the creation of a parliament: the imperial Duma. Yet, the czar is plagued by a series of inept advisers & bloody repressions. Ever since the assassination of prime minister Pyotr Stolypin, Czar Nicholas & his wife, Czarina Alexandra have come to rely more & more on the advice of a Siberian mystic & drunken sex maniac named Grigori Rasputin. To make matters worse, the Czarevich Alexei, sole heir to the Russian throne is stricken with Hemophilia: a rare disease that can make any amount of bleeding fatal. Rasputin is the only man is Russia who seems to be able to help Alexei. Nicholas's 4 daughters can not rule due to strict gender barring. Now with Russia entering year 1 of a disastrous war against Germany & with the group of Marxists known as the Bolsheviks, gaining power at home. Revolution is no longer a possibility, but a certainty, no longer a question of if, but of when.