Soviet Scientific Union

As Marx and Engels had predicted in the 19th century on Earth, writers in Industria predicted that the brutal and exploitative conditions imposed on workers by the industrial revolution would cause revolts by the workers that would abolish the higher classes. The camel's back finally broke in 1706 in Russia where workers throughout Moscow stormed the Tzar's palace, murdering the royal guards they didn't bribe and the royal family itself, as well as any and all upper classes and business owners they could find. Radio broadcasts from the newly-acquired worker's radio stations rang extremely popular with workers all across Russia staging their own impromtu revolutions that day or the next.

To ensure proud Russia would not break up or fall into chaos or anarchy, the workers agreed that a centralisation was needed to co-ordinate the country's efforts and represent them in the world, as they were the most intelligent, and would truly have the ideals of advancement and Russia's prosperity in their interests. Eventually, it was decided that their scientists, both mad and non-mad (although no one is aware of the difference, even today) would rule together as a council. A central committee was elected out of the top professors and intellectuals, but any sufficiently qualified scientist in the SSU is considered council and is able to speak in their central government building, the Soviet University.

This system of government has worked, or at least seemed to work for three hundred years so far. Modern day SSU science has flourished at the expense of culture and society which have largely been overlooked. The SSU are the only country to fund research into jazz technology to any significant degree. Since workers and the common man have virtually no say in how the country is run, and how the scientists seem to favor less and less strict ethics in all things the regime is viewed as oppressive. Due to its expansionist policies it is considered dangerous, especially after the various wars and revolts scientific socialism has caused.

The Nordic Alliance are staunch opponents of the union and have come together in defense against them, both physically and culturally. Several wars, large and small have been fought against the SSU in the past, mostly as landgrabs to liberate seized countries. Currently they are bound by a treaty, but border clashes between both independent bands of fighters and mercenaries cause diplomatic rifts, placing them on a knife edge of war ocne again. The Sovereign Republic of Florence does not partake in such a distasteful war but defends its borders jealously and brutally crushes any whiff of a socialist revolt, as they have lost land to them before.