Nikolai Voznesensky

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Nikolai Voznesensky
Nikolai Voznesensky, 1963
President of Komi
Date of Birth1st December 1903
Place of BirthTeploe, Chernsky District, Tula Province, Russian Empire
Age at start59
Nationality Russian (Komi)
RolePresident of Komi
Political PartyDemokraticheskaya Sotsialisticheskaya Narodnaya Partiya

Демократическая Социалистическая Народная Партия

Democratic Socialist People's Party

Ideology Democratic Socialist

Nikolai Alekseevich Voznesensky (Russian: Николай Алексеевич Вознесенский; born 1 December 1903) is the president of Komi.

The founder and President of the Komi Republic and formerly the West Russian Revolutionary Front (WRRF) appointed leader of the Komi ASSR, Voznesensky transformed Komi into an independent representative democracy due to his disillusionment with the dogmatic and incompetent WRRF. Presently, the president faces declining popularity and an increasingly radicalized Komi.

In Game Description[edit | edit source]

Originally only a middle-level Soviet statesman, Nikolai Alekseevich Voznesensky found himself as the only guarantor of democracy, flawed as he is, in a small piece of the former Soviet Union. Being remarkable among his peers for extraordinary talents in the economic science and administrative work, Voznesensky was chosen by the Red Army Stavka on the eve of the West Russian War to oversee the recovery mission in the Komi ASSR. For his service to the Soviet province, Voznesensky acquired a considerable popularity among the people of Komi, who saw him as the benevolent statesman wishing to put the benefit of a common man ahead of the bickering and intrigues between the power-hungry Soviet cliques.

As the result of endless power plays between the Front and the hardline Communist bureaucrats in Syktyvkar, the now-president of the Komi ASSR Voznesensky remained as the sole figurehead in the Republic who could boast about the public support. Disillusioned with the Orthodox Marxist dogma and remaining bitter about the incompetence and pettiness of the Soviet higher-ups that nearly brought Komi to destruction, he reshaped the political system of the Republic into a representative democracy, where the voice of every man or woman can be heard and will be heard, breaking away with the single-party dictatorship.

Although the hard efforts of Voznesensky brought daily bread and a sense of confidence for average Komi citizens, the reputation of Syktyvkar brought many unsavory people to the city who seek nothing but eliminate the democracy of Komi through her own institutions. But challenges to Voznesensky come not only from the extremists, but also from his fellow democratic politicians, who question the capability of Voznesenky to maintain the republican values, citing his abrasive and inappropriate behavior for a man of his position and his embarrassing ties to various Socialist groups. However, despite the political pressure, Voznesensky is not a person who wants to abandon the system he envisioned without a fight.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early Life

Nikolai Voznesensky was born in Tula in the family of a clerk of a forestry office. He was the younger brother of Alexander Voznesensky. His first job was as an apprentice locksmith.

Voznesensky joined the Komsomol in 1919 and quickly rose through its ranks becoming the editor in chief of the Kommunar newspaper which was the official organ of the Tula Komsomol District in 1925.

After graduating from the Sverdlov Communist University he was sent to study at the economic faculty of the Institute of Red Professors in 1928 and later himself became a professor of the institute from 1931. In 1935 he was awarded the academic degree of Doctor of Economics.

World War 2 and the West Russian War

Voznesensky was quickly rising through the ranks of the party with the help of his mentor Andrei Zhdanov. In 1934 he became a member of the Central Control Commission and was the representative of the party control commission in Donetsk. From 1935 to 1937 he was the head of the Leningrad Control Commission, after which he enjoyed rapid promotion, when Bukharin's exile of many persons opened up vacancies at the most senior level.

In November 1937 he was appointed deputy head of the State Planning Committee (Gosplan), of which he was then appointed chairman in 1938 after the previous incumbent, Valery Mezhlauk had been exiled.

In March 1941, Voznesensky gave up the chairmanship of Gosplan, but he was elected as a candidate member of the Politburo of the VKP (b), and he received the newly created post of Deputy Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars, making him one of the few powerful men in the Soviet Union at the age of thirty eight.

During the Second World War, he was responsible for putting the economy on a war footing. In 1942, he was co-opted onto the State Defense Committee, and was again chairman of Gosplan, until the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Subsequently after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Voznesensky would find himself in the WRRF, serving the administration during the West Russian War.

During the West Russian War, he was still following Marxism-Leninism, but all of this would change as he would see the WRRF fall apart due to factionalism and lose its newly territories. This was his breaking point, as he soon realized that the dogmatic nature of the Front and USSR as a whole was one of the key causes for its loss in both wars, and as such, despite the orders of the Front's high command, seized the area of Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic of Komi in Syktyvkar, declaring a multi-party democratic regime, with his new founded People's Democratic Socialist Party in charge of the new state.

However, Komi was soon declared as a safe haven for almost all political ideologies, which caused massive instability within the new formed state.

In Game Path

Trying to play as a democratic Komi led by Vosnesensky is very hard due to the large amount of political parties in Komi. The player must secure the election for his party located in the centre. When the elections are close to begin, the player can choose to target the right, the left, or being concentrated on growing the democratic parties. Additionally, the player should be careful when playing Voznesensky, since he can be cued, killed, or exiled at any moment.

If Voznesensky unites Western Russia, he will step down from power and Alexander Yakovlev will take over.