Player Handout 1

 

Local Newspaper “Kievlianin” (the paper is obviously not independent and the heroes will assume that the articles are approved by the Tsarist regime. The Kievlianin is the only paper that continued to publish during the worker strikes). Note that Russia used the Julian calendar in this period. The dates listed in the
module are for the rest of the world, Russian dates are 13 days behind that calendar. So if the heroes buy a newspaper, they will note the difference. This makes no difference to the campaign play.

1. Article about the Tsar’s progressive policies that are endearing him to the workers. Many quotes from workers and their families on how much they love and respect their royal family. Yuri Andrope quoted as “Due to the Tsars policies, I have a good job and my family is well fed, I bow my head in respect whenever I pass the palace”. It goes on to discuss how wrong the workers are to be striking and causing problems.

2. War story about the Russo-Japanese war peace treaty and how it was obviously tilted in the favor of Russia as they retained the northern half of Sakhalin Island and monetary indemnity was not being paid. A soldier is quoted “we would have won, but that the Japanese soldiers were sneaky, they wouldn’t fight fairly and acted like cowards when it came to the actual battles” (article ignores the crucial role of Prime Minister Witte in those negotiations, current event that the heroes would know about).

3. Financial story about the good relations with France and how various debts were being restructured in favor of Russia. Quote from French bankers Noetzlin, Mazerat, Ulman, Dorizon and Hottinger “We are happy to be loaning money to a government as wise as that of the Tsar”.

4. Agricultural article about the wonderful fall harvest and how plentiful foodstuffs were. Local farmer quoted as saying “The food we are growing this year is the best tasting I have seen in my days as a farmer.”

5. Human interest story of the electrical surge in the neighborhood surrounding the Peter and Paul fortress last week. According to the manager at the local electrical generating facility, there has been a larger drain of electricity since then. They aren’t sure of the reason, but he has his top men looking into it and is sure they will find it soon. The public has nothing to worry about.”

6. Article about the stringent training the Russian cavalry undertake. The Tsar is quoted on how proud he is of the cavalry tradition.