The month of November of the year 2017 will embark the 100th anniversary of the rise of the communist revolution in Russia which took place in 1917. In the year 1991, one of the world’s superpowers, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics split in 1991 due to many factors; economic collapse being one of the main culprits. If something bizarre was to take place and the USSR also known as the Soviet Union was to reunite, it would comprise of the present day Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Moldova, Estonia, Latvia, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. The mere combination of all these present day independent republics would make the ‘new’ reunited Soviet Union a major country on the world map. This fact can be backed up by the fact that Russia alone possesses a larger land surface area than Pluto. Discussed below are the various parameters on which we would be able to determine how different the current would look like if such an event were to take place.
Once together again, the Soviet Union will be larger than Antarctica, Australia, South America, The Southern Ocean, and the Arctic Ocean. In short, it will be bigger than two oceans, three entire continents, and a former planet. To add to this, there will be 11 separate time zones in the newly formed Soviet Union which means that if it is 12 PM in Moscow, which is at the easternmost side of the vast country, it will still be 11 PM in Naukan, which is the westernmost point of Russia.
If this does not amaze you, then know this that the population count of the Soviet Union would jump up to 294,837,000, making it the 4th most populated country in the world, only after the United States of America with 318,900,000 on the 3rd place. This may seem really big of a number but in reality, it is not that surprising if you were to compare it with the statistics of 1991, the year when the USSR said farewell. In 1991, the population of the USSR stood at 293,048,000. This really shows how stagnant the population of the former Soviet Republics has become. If compared to the population of the United States of America in 1991 which was around 248,710,000, Russia along with other former Soviet Republics have not made much progress in terms of manpower.
The almost overwhelming population of the new Soviet Union would be ethnically diverse as well. The majority of the population would be Russians comprising of about 46 percent of the population; Uzbeks and Ukrainians would comprise of up to 25 percent of the population, and the remaining portion would belong to over a 100 different ethnic groups. The dominant language in the Soviet Republic would be Russian, just the way it was till 1991. Almost 58 percent of the population would speak Russian. Not only this, but Russian would also probably be the only official language of the state. There are extremely high chances that this would be followed by the return of the Marxist-Leninist Communism, which brings us to the next topic.
In order to complete the true recreation of the Soviet Union, the return of the Marxist-Leninist communism in the USSR is inevitable. As this happens, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union will have the sole authority over the Soviet politics. Apart from this, it will also be the sole legal political party in the nation. A return to state initiated atheism will be imposed on the public. The people will be free to follow whichever god they worship but a public display of religion or deities would be prohibited. It would be allowed in religious buildings in private but public displays of such things would be banned. This, however, will not justify the religious status of the population in the USSR. The majority of the people would be religious with merely 12 percent of the population claiming to be non-religious or atheists. Among the remaining, 54 percent would be Orthodox Christians, 3 percent Catholic Christians, 24 percent of Sunni Muslims, and only 3 percent of Shia Muslims.
As in the older times, Moscow will remain the capital of the newly formed USSR along with being the biggest city in the modern Soviet Union. The other largest cities in the Soviet Union would be St. Petersburg which will probably be renamed as Leningrad, Kiev, and Tashkent.
The economy of the newly formed Soviet state would stand somewhere around USD 2.03 trillion making it the 8th largest economy in the world. This is a boost of four ranks as compared to the current position of Russia is the 12th largest economy in the world and a place above countries like Canada and Japan but behind countries like France and India. Despite the boost in ranks of the major economies of the world, the per capita income of modern Soviet Union will remain fairly low at USD 6,899 putting the modern USSR at the 76th position behind China but ahead of Bulgaria.
The new Soviet economy will be helpful for the military too. With a military budget of USD 80.4 billion, Soviet Union will become the country with the 4th largest military spending only after Saudi Arabia, China, and of course, the United States of America. Not only this, but the ‘red army’ will have a staggering amount of troops as well. The new combined army of USSR will have 1,436,000 soldiers, which will be only second to China with its 2,335,000 soldiers. But the USSR will also have a reserve of 2,884,000 soldiers in case a war situation comes up. This would give the USSR a combined strength of 4,320,000 troops. This would make it at level with the combined Chinese troops. In addition to this, the modern Soviet Union will own the biggest nuclear arsenal in the world with 7,300 nuclear warheads leaving the United States behind with its 6,970 nuclear warheads.
When it comes to oil, the USSR will overtake both the United States and Saudi Arabia as the largest oil producing country in the entire world by producing 12,966,000 barrels of oil per day.
This is roughly what the modern day USSR would look like and we have to admit that it is quite intimidating. But we do have to face the truth as well that despite all the aforementioned feats, the modern USSR will not be as strong and powerful as its previous counterpart. We do agree that it will have the world’s largest nuclear arsenal, the largest foot army, and the most amount of oil in the world but it will still struggle due to its weak economic conditions, a crumbling man force, and lack of strategic positions from a military point of view such as non-frozen sea ports, which leaves its navy highly underutilized.
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