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In Soviet history and iconography, a Stakhanovite (Russian: стахановец, Stakhanovets) followed the example of Alexey Stakhanov, a coal miner who had mined 102 tons of coal in less than 6 hours (14 times his quota) on 31 August 1935. Stakhanovites employed hard work or Taylorist efficiencies to over-achieve on the job. Such a worker exhibited socialist emulation of model workers and was, or aspired to be, a shock worker. The movement began during Stalin's second 5-year plan, and soon spread across the country's industries. After Stalin's death, the movement was discredited as propaganda.

Stakhanovite in The GladiatorEdit

In an alternate where the Soviet Union won the Cold War, Stakhanovites were still lauded by the ruling parties of the world.[1] However, the average person was skeptical of Stakhanovites,[2] particularly as the term could as easily be applied to what would be average competence in other systems.[3]

Eduardo Caruso suspected that the ideas of capitalism that Crosstime Traffic sought to introduce into the world would have to sound communist, and used the example of "Stakhanovite economic effort."[4]

Stakhanovite in The Hot WarEdit

When Vasili Yasevich settled into Smidovich, he continued to work hard and fast as he had in Harbin leading to him being labeled a Stakhanovite. Nikolai Feldman cautioned Yasevich that Soviet people did not like Stakhanovites since it forced them to work hard too. This proved accurate when Yasevich was threatened a few days later by Grigory Papanin and two of his friends for being showed up by Yasevich.[5]

Radio Moscow habitually ended its news broadcasts either boasting about how the goals of the Five Year Plan were being exceeded or by praising the Stakhanovite Shock Workers of a particular city for greatly exceeding production norms.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Gladiator, pg. 17, HC.
  2. Ibid., pg 73.
  3. Ibid., pg. 201.
  4. Ibid., pg. 173.
  5. Fallout, pgs. 75-78, HC.
  6. The Hot War, generally.