Russia officially known as the Russian Federation is a country in northern Eurasia. It is a federal semi-presidential republic and the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area.
As the Soviet Union (1922-1991), it served as the political, military, and economic rival of the United States throughout the Cold War (1947-1991). Both nations were involved in a series of Space Race, nuclear arms race, and proxy conflicts throughout majority of the Third World.
War of 1996
During the War of 1996 the appearance of the City Destroyers caused mass panic across Russia. These were widely reported in international new stations. Moscow and Vladivostok were completely destroyed during the first day of the invasion. On the second day, the aliens targeted the cities of St. Petersburg and Volgograd.
Russian military retaliation against the aliens were met with similar catastrophic results as in other nations, except that the Russians failed to recognize the absolute invulnerability of the aliens' force-field technology and allowing many of their servicemen to die in pointless assaults. During the July 4th counteroffensive, Russian forces managed to intercept a City Destroyer over Petropavlovsk.
Post War of 1996
After the war, Russia was left severely devastated and weakened with four major cities being destroyed during the invasion. As a result, the Russian government requested foreign military aid against surviving alien forces in Russia. The remaining aliens in Russia were eradicated a few months later. Russia soon joined the Earth Space Defense and became the first nation to colonize Rhea.
Behind the Scenes
- The map of Russia shown in "Sky News" (in Russian), erroneously shows the city of St. Petersburg as Petrograd, a name used only from 1914 until 1924 (it was called St. Petersburg 1703-1914, Leningrad 1924-1991, and St. Petersburg again ever since.) Other misspellings: Novosibirsk spelled "Novosyoyrsk" (and erroneously described as mountainous), "Fenomen" (phenomenon) spelled "Fznamenon". Inexplicably, the news station is called "Soviet Central News," even though the movie takes place in 1996, five years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. George Putnam also erroneously refer to Russia as the "Russian Republic".