Moscow is the capital and largest city of Russia and the country's principal political, economic, financial, educational, and transportation center. It is located on the Moskva River in the European part of Russia. Historically, its position was central in the Russian homeland. It was the capital of the Grand Duchy of Moscow, the pre-Imperial Russian state. Tsar Peter the Great moved his court to St. Petersburg, which would be the capital for two centuries, until the Soviet Union moved it back to Moscow. Moscow is the site of the famous Kremlin.
Moscow was the capital of the Soviet Union. In late 1941, the Wehrmacht was driving on city when the JapaneseinvadedHawaii in early December. The heavy winter snow and subsequent Russian counter attack defeated the Germans, and drove them back from the Soviet capital. However, Japan’s conquest of Hawaii and their seemingly unstoppable rampage throughout the Pacific pushed this news to the background of nearly all major US media outlets.
In 2014, Igor watched television news footage of an enormous lizard tearing up the Northridge Mall. He considered briefly that it might have been safer to stay in Moscow, but quickly dismissed this thought.
German Field Marshal Walther Model had participated in the battle of Moscow. He remembered that it had been particularly bloody and violent. Even by 1947, when he marched into India, memories of fighting in the city still lingered like they had happened only yesterday.
The People's Republic of Moscow was the Communist nation formed from the western portion of the former Soviet Union when Siberia successfully revolted. The two countries remained hostile and fought several minor wars in the Ural Mountains borderlands subsequent to the revolt. By the time of the Sixty-sixth Winter Games in 23rd century, the Treaty of Sverdlovsk maintained a fragile peace between the two nations, and the athletes of both countries were more or less amiable if not friendly during the Games on Mimas. The athletes' space suits were painted in the national colors of red and gold.
Moscow was the old capital of the Russian Empire and a major industrial city.
In 1944, in the final weeks of the Second Great War, the city became the de facto capital after the government relocated there when the German Empire destroyed Petrograd with a superbomb. It was here Tsar Mikhail II announced that he would take God-sanctioned vengeance against the Germans, a promise he was unable to carry out.
Throughout the first two years of the second European war, Moscow was largely spared from the direct ravages of war, despite the fact that the Soviet Union was fighting on two fronts against Germany and Poland in the west and Japan in the east. Thus the Soviet government continued to operate without much interruption.
However, in 1940, Germany had succeeded in convincing Britain and France to join forces against the USSR. By January 1941, the coalition had pushed deep into Soviet territory. Smolensk was threatened, and it was presumed that once Smolensk fell, Moscow would soon follow. In late 1941, as the fighting intensified around Smolensk, the Luftwaffe was at last in range of the capital and began bombing the city.
When the Race landed in mid-1942, the city was heavily bombed, far more thoroughly than the Germans had, all but destroying the Kremlin. In 1943, the city was the target of a Race offensive, with the aim of knocking the Russian's out of the war. The advance was stalled and later abandoned after the Soviet's destroyed the Race's army with an explosive-metal bomb outside Kaluga. For the remainder of the fighting, Moscow continuously suffered air strikes from the Race, but was never again threatened by their ground troops. When Peace was signed in 1944, Moscow was the only capital of the Big Three nuclear powers not to have been destroyed by atomic weapons.