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War began, but everyone knows how it ended. Twenty thousand nuclear warheads were detonated
across the planet, turning the Earth into a toxic wasteland. Animal and plant life mutated beyond recognition,
barely capable of survival across the irradiated surface of the world. Humanity is nearly extinct, a few thousand
live on, not knowing if they are the only survivors on the planet. They have eked out a meager existence in the
Moscow Metro, the biggest air-raid shelter ever built, and perhaps humanity’s last
refuge. It is a world without tomorrow, with no room
for dreams, plans or hope. Feelings have given way to instinct, and the
relentless conflicts that have defined all of human history have not faltered with the
end of the world. In the ruins of the Moscow Metro, various
factions compete to survive. The largest is a nation that has found inspiration
in one of the great ideologies of the old world, The Red Line. Based on the tenets of Stalinist communism,
the Red Line is a totalitarian socialist republic. Despite lacking any of the traditional infrastructure
or governmental organization found in any pre-war nation, the Red Line has adopted the
nomenclature and structure of the former Soviet Union. Its government is headed by the General Secretary
of the Central Committee which, despite the various honorifics of the position, rules
as nothing more than a petty tyrant. The divide between how the Red Line presents
itself and how it functions in reality extends through every level of the state. On paper, the resources of the Red Line are
shared equally, with each citizen entitled to food, water, and shelter. In practice, life in the Red Line is as brutal
as anywhere else in the Metro, with constant shortages of food and other necessities. Citizens are overworked, underpaid, and generally
terrorized by their government, which enforces its authority through what has come to resemble
a brutal police state. Well-armed soldiers are a regular sight in
the territory controlled by the Red Line, and individuals will routinely sell out their
neighbors for the promises of extra food. The judicial system is likewise harsh and
swift. Those who do so much as disrespect a soldier,
or are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, are arrested and sent to Lubyanka station,
beneath the former headquarters of the KGB. Lubyanka functions as the Red Line’s political
prison, leading to the expression “the ticket to Lubyanka is one way”. Despite the grim existence found in the Red
Line, the faction has by far the largest population within the Metro and control over many of
its stations, rivaled only by the Commonwealth of Stations of the Ring Line. It administers sixteen stations directly with
de facto control over two others. Perhaps the most important of these is the
former Kuznetsky Most station, now known as Armory which produces many of the weapons
found within the Moscow Metro. The Red Line’s population and local industry
means its military forces are likely the largest within the Metro. With its size comes lower standards and many
of its soldiers and equipment function at much lower effectiveness when compared to
the other factions of the Metro. New conscripts are often sent immediately
into battle, lacking training and sometimes even adequate weaponry. The Red Army is the only force capable of
mounting costly human wave attacks however and their superior numbers are often the key
to victory. Red Army officers are particularly disciplined,
required to enforce their authority across an army of conscripts who might have joined
because of a true belief in the communist ideal, family tradition, or simply for the
money. Elite, more specialized units exist within
the Red Army, made up of a core of trained professionals. These are equipped with advanced night vision
goggles, assault rifles, and even various optics and chemical suits. Some of the best sniper units in the Metro
are found within the Red Army, while various units of spies and infiltrators have worked
their way into many of the Red Line’s rival factions. The foundation of the Red Line began in the
collapse and overthrow of the Central Metro Command, a hastily organized government intended
to create some semblance of order for the traumatized survivors who had sought shelter
underground. Communist ideology experienced a sudden revival
in these early days of the Metro, with many drawn to the former glory of the Soviet Union. Everywhere across the Metro, communist agitators
recruited others to their cause, eventually overthrowing the administrators of various
stations and establishing revolutionary councils. The masterminds of the revolution declared
the establishment of the so called “First Interstational”, with the goal of uniting
every station in the Metro and establishing true communism. For a time, this seemed inevitable. After conquering almost all of the Sokol Branch,
the Red Line was poised to achieve a complete victory over the remaining stations. They were opposed by a growing coalition who
objected to the authority of the Red Line, either ideologically or on more practical
grounds. These stations united under the leadership
of the Commonwealth of the Stations of the Ring Line and as war neared, they prepared
to defend themselves. What should have been a short, decisive conflict
grew into a bloody stalemate, wasting precious lives and resources that could have been used
to improve the quality of life within the Metro. With growing frustration and mutinies on both
sides, an armistice was reached and a guarantee of free transit made to all parties. With this treaty, a relationship of mutual
economic dependency has slowly begun to develop. Peace has still not arrived in the Metro however. Today the Red Line remains in a semi-permanent
conflict with the Fourth Reich, a Neo Nazi faction which has thus far fought the far
larger Red Line to a standstill. Most within the Red Line believe that their
victory in this conflict is certain and that the glories of the Great Patriotic War are
destined to be repeated, but until that day comes, should it ever come, the Moscow Metro
is nothing but a tomb for human civilization, surrounded on all sides by the world it has
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