A Russian TV series by Alan Nafzger
In the first days of World War III, a huge asteroid strikes Russia at Veliky Novgorod. The devastation is massive. Not only must Russia endure an invasion from the West but it must endure a near extinction impact event.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY
The moral of the story is that the new Russian is just as tough and resilient as the Soviet Russian from the Great Patriotic War.
The Socialist Government of the United States (SGUS), on the verge of bankruptcy, pulls out of NATO. The United Kingdom leaves NATO on ideological grounds. Winter after winter the last vestiges of wealth are drained from the EU as they must pay large amounts for energy from the East (Russia). Socialism and this economic drain ruin Europe. And like a dying beast they violently lash out. World War III is started by European aggression. Bankrupt and without oil or natural gas resources, European leaders promise their populations a solution in the East. The blame Russian greed for their economic disaster. They launch a nuclear first strike which kills the Russian president. It is a very small device (Davy Crockett M-29) delivered at Minsk during a peace and cooperation conference. The EU diplomats have disappeared and the bomb is detonated. This device was abandoned with the American’s left NATO.
The EU invasion has its goal to drive into the Russian oil and gas fields. They are making progress when the Veliky Novgorod Meteorite strikes. Irony of the story… or perhaps not so much irony. Events in Europe trigger a coupe in the United States and the socialist government there is deposed. The new American president offers support to the Russians. The problem is much of America’s power and military strength has been depleted. And it is also very difficult to trust the American’s intentions.
The impact of the asteroid is on the same scale as the Popigai impact 35 million years ago. The result is an “impact winter” – a period of prolonged cold weather due to the enormous amount of dust, ash, and other material into the atmosphere, blocking the radiation from the sun. Surrounded by enemies and embattled on almost every front, Russia only true friend is the cold. As the global temperature to decrease drastically, the invasion is halted. There is mass extinction, wiping out many of the world’s existing species. However, the Russian people endeavor to win the war and survive.
This story is told on several levels.
- The new president of Russia and the highest military commanders – After the Russian President is killed, events turn a mild mannered reform minded professor and former prime minister (now the Russian president) into changed man. He was elected as a new kinder and gentler Russian leader but events force him to slowly become the old type of Russian leader. CONFLICT – The Russian president is constantly conflicted between his old lofty ideals and a new harsh reality. The idea of using small theater nuclear weapons is debated in the Kremlin.
- The EU-NATO commanders – The anti-heroes are particularly cold blooded, if you will excuse the pun. They are a conglomeration of the Swedish, Ottoman, Napoleonic and German invaders from Russia’s past. They erroneously believe that the impart event helps them strategically. Each week, they under-estimate the Russian resolve and resourcefulness. CONFLICT – Several of the EU commanders advocate the use of first strike nuclear weapons, even after the asteroid strike.
- Russian soldier on the front line – A close knit band of soldiers who fight tooth and nail to defend the motherland of Russia. This is the “band of brothers” part of the story. They fight behind the lines of the invading army. They are light and fast infantry. Their role is to disrupt and delay the advance until Russian government can get organized for war. CONFLICT – The soldiers, with few resources, must fight not only the weather element, but also the invading Europeans.
- A band industrial workers – Unfit of military service, a group of blast survivors travel from Moscow to Izhevsk to reopen the closed Kalashnikov Concern factory. This is essentially the “Rosie the Riveter” component of the story. CONFLICT – The workers of the factory all have personal concerns, immediate family and relatives in Western Russia, but they also have problems getting materials for manufactory weapons. The must fight the elements and scrape together materials to make Kalashnikov rifles.
- The one man counter intelligence racking ball – There is a “Leo Demidov” element in the story. I disgraced police officer is called back into service and almost single handedly hunts down and kills Western spies – European and American. The death of American spies causes a great deal of apprehension in the Kremlin. He does work for the Russian government but he refuses to be controlled by them. CONFLICT – the is no conflict in this man’s mind. He is a high trained and unhesitant killer. He is borderline psychopath, however he is on our side.
- The Americans – Irony of the story… or perhaps not so much irony is that a coup d’etat has taken place in the United States and the socialist government has been deposed. The Russians don’t know if the new government will last or if they can be trusted. CONFLICT – We don’t know if the individual Americans in Russia are loyal to the previous government (aligned with the EU) or the new Free U.S. government. Several Americans are working covertly for the socialist EU.
- Russian oil and gas workers. CONFLICT – Their fight with with the “impact winter”; they must produce enough natural gas to combat the horrible winter.
- Retired Muscovites – After a near extinction event occurs, a band of honest hard working but retired Russian find themselves trapped near the Bulvar Rokossovskogo Metro station. This is a part of the city controlled by a local crime lord. CONFLICT – Government and the security forces abandon the part of the city to fend off a European invasion.
- Moscow anarchist – At the worst time in the history of Russia, in fact the worst time in the history of man, there are anarchist elements who make life even worse than it already has been.
- Ukrainian traitors – The Ukrainians do not side with the EU at first, but after the astroid’s impact the enter the war. They sense Russia’s weakness and with deep historic resentment move into end the Russian control of the Black Sea. CONFLICT – Russian ethnic populations fight a guerilla a war to stop the Ukrainain advance.
TITLE AND THEME OF THE TV SERIES
Every Russian in this story takes inspiration from the Kalashnikov. Every Russian is visited in their dreams by Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov. The TV series is full of references, obvious and slight, to Kalashnikov. There is in every episode, a question of “what would Kalashnikov do?” Magically, the invading European armies can’t sleep for aberration of Kalashnikov and his rifle. The Crimean and Byelorussian resistance use a stencil to spraypaint a Kalashnikov on telephone poles, fences and walls.
ACTORS AND THE ECONOMICS OF THIS TV SERIES
Because of the setting (an impact winter), much of the filming can be done in the winter. If the Russian film industry experiences a lull in the winter, this will be a boom. This is an epic TV series, designed to have many characters and run on television a very long time. It is World War III. Actors should love this. Many a character will die in this film but many actor will be working.
ECONOMIC AND EMOTIONAL IMPACT OF THE STORY
For an American, there is no braver or more resonate story about Russia than the 1942 to 1945 experience. While this has been portrayed many movies it is also taught in every American school. It is emotional story; worldwide people are familiar with it. This story might not be so popular in Europe (they are the bad guys); it will be very popular in America and in Russia. I feel this is such a project, we might film in both English and Russians and have a true partnership.
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