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Capital Moscow
Government Bureaucratic Dictatorship
Population 144,000,000
GDP (total ¥) Unknown
   (per capita ¥) 16,900¥ (5,600R)
Currency Rubles (R), 3¥ = 1R

The Russian Republic or Russia is a country in Europe which extends across Asia, the largest successor state to the former Soviet Union.


In Russia, the Red Army is an extremely powerful institution. Russian society is highly militarized, both politically and socially. Every adult, whether male or female, is required to serve in the military for a minimum of 24 months.

The Russian Orthodox Church is another powerful institution within Russia. It is as deeply ingrained into Russian society as the army, and is the main voice for metahuman rights within Russia. Though active clergy are not allowed to run for office, retired clergy have been elected to the National Supreme Soviet (parliament). Other retired clergy hold posts in the MVD (the national police / internal security).[1]


Racism runs deeply in Russian culture, but it is not directed toward the Awakened or metahumans. Russian bigotry is toward those whom are not Russians, those of another ethnicity.[2] Due to the efforts by the megacorporation Evo, there has been a softening in the traditional racism and ethnic bigotry of the Russian people.[3]

Generally speaking as far as the Russians are concerned they are at the top. Followed by European Slavs and Baltic peoples whom are tolerated by the Russians. Next are the ethnic minorities from Transcaucasia (e.g. Georgians, Armenians, & Chechens) who are looked upon with suspicion. The ethnic minorities from the Russian Far East (e.g, Mongols, Kazakhs, and Uzbeks) are treated the same as those from Transcaucasia. At the bottom of the totem pole are the Jews.[4]

This peculiar form of Russian bigotry even influences the Russian branches of Humanis & the Sons of Sauron. In the Russian Humanis, they usually will skip a Russian trog and pick on the trog who is a member of an ethnic minority from the Caucasus or Russian Far East. The Russian Sons of Sauron which is made up of Trogs from the Baltic States and other Slavic peoples who wage their fight against Russian prejudice. Though they won't attack trogs from the Caucasus or Russian Far East, they make sure to let them know they aren't wanted.[5][6]

State Magicians[]

Historically magical ability in Russia was the providence of cultural groups which were ostracized, such as the Mongol. Since the return of magic, Russians who have magical talent are often made to serve the state. Which has driven a wedge between the Awakened and non-Awakened populations of Russia.[7]


2006: Russian forces intervene in Belarus, responding to international pressure against the Belarus dictatorship’s attacks on Poland and the Baltic States.
2009: The Sovereign American Indian Movement (SAIM) seizes an American nuclear missile silo and launches a missile at Smolensk, but no nuclear detonation results. Russian president Nikolai Chelenko closes Vladivostok, Rostov and other strategic cities to civilian traffic in preparation for possible military action.
2012: An earthquake severs the Kamchatka peninsula from the mainland by creating a kilometer-wide channel.
2016: President Chelenko is assassinated, during a three-week period in which the leaders of the United States, Great Britain and Israel are picked off as well. MVD forces kill Chelenko’s assassin during a violent confrontation. News reports later paint the assassin as delusional, but conspiracy theories abound.
2018: The Trans-Polar Aleut Council claims a portion of northeastern Siberia.
2026: Boris Kropunin becomes General Secretary.
2030–31: Indigenous forces assisted by shapeshifters take over the autonomous region of Yakut, declaring independence from Russia. Interior Army forces fail to retake the territory.
2031–33: Euro Wars I. Russian forces invade Poland and drive into East Germany before being halted by the Nightwraith air strike.
2034: Euro Wars II. Alliance for Allah forces drive north through Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Russia redeploys forces in Eastern Europe southward into the Caucasus Mountains. The AfA drive stalls following the assassination of mullah Sayid Jazrir.
2034: Formation of Free City of Kronstadt [8]
2035: General Secretary Kropunin resigns over the failure of the Euro Wars. The Democratic Recovery Alliance takes power and initiates halfhearted reforms. Vladivostok, Rostov and other strategic cities closed since 2009 reopen.
2037: The National Soviet Reconstructionists defeat the Democratic Recovery Alliance in national elections after the Alliance fails to bring about economic recovery. Viktor Kantemir becomes General Secretary.
2049: Arkady Korolenko succeeds Kantemir as General Secretary.
2059: Yamatetsu relocates its corporate headquarters from Kyoto, Japan to Vladivostok, Russia.
Jan. 6, 2064: Korolenko announces his retirement due to health concerns. General Dzhermiya Ogurznev is tapped to succeed him.
Jan. 23, 2064: A Siberian rebel force known as the Sagan Zaba Brigade seizes control of Yakut territory around Lake Baykal. Rebels also secure isolated pockets of resistance in portions of western Yakut.
Feb. 11, 2064: Arkady Korolenko passes away from liver cancer. Dzhermiya Ogurznev officially assumes the title of General Secretary.
Mar. 15, 2064: While visiting Novosibirsk, Ogurznev is killed by the dragon Booryazmei in a surprise attack against Red Army forces.


Russian National Supreme Soviet [9]

Foreign relations[]


Military contracts with Mitsuhama for drones [12]

Lofwyr buys up military surplus [13]


Svobodniy Cosmodrome run by Yamatetsu [14][15]

The Plesetsk Comodrome run by the Russian government [16]

Corporate Presence[]




The Vory V Zakone is the indigenous organized crime network. It dominates the black market and has influence within the government. The Vory in Russia have a large number of members, who come mostly from the military, prisons, or streets. Within Russia, the prisons are mostly under the control of the Vory.[24][25][26]

Recently the underworld has begun to change in Russia. In the Russian Far East, decades ago the Triads, Yakuza, and Seoulpa Rings established footholds, taking advantage of infighting among the Vladivostok Vory.[27] Now one can find the Triads, Seoulpa Rings, and Yakuza have expanded beyond Vladivostok and are operating in other cities across Russia.[28]


This page forked from Wordman's The Sixth World: A geographical index to the world of Shadowrun

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