The Don-Kuban Union is a country in the middle of Pontic steppe and Northern Caucasus. It borders Russia to the north, Alash Orda to the east, Azerbaijan and Georgia to the south and Ukraine to the west.
The Cossacks of the Don and Kuban regions served the Tsars since the seventeenth century as elite troops and bodyguards - and were granted extensive rights in return. After the collapse of the Empire into revolution the Cossack general Petr Krasnov sided with the Whites, and in 1919 established 'the Liberation Circle of Don' which proclaimed the region's independence from Russia. To secure their power in the region effectively the Cossacks seized ships from the Black Sea Fleet stationed in Rostov at the time and using their defecting sailors to seize the key naval bases and region of Novorossiysk. The flow of trade into the port as well as the failure of the local government to secure the loyalty of the people resulted in the seizure of the city by Krasnov in the midst of intense civic disorder in the form of rioting and outright revolt. This additionally resulted in the taking of the Black Sea Fleet, and thus, dominance on the Black Sea and a vital outlet for trade.
Krasnov's next move was to establish order in the southern Caucasus and beat down the hotbed of nationalist revolts of the disparate Abkhaz and Georgian peoples, among others. The newborn nations there immediately devolved into seizing any territory they could after the dissolution of the organisation of the major Russian forces in the region and the abandonment of large supply caches. This allowed the Georgian militias to freely push into the the vast lands of the North up to Nalchick and establishing them as their own. This was a crucial threat to the naescent Cossack nation, and seeing this Krasnov's troops following their power grab earlier that spring split up their army into two units of the army. These consisted of the First Army under Krasnov who aimed to push into Tsaritsyn and seize the crossing on the Don. The other unit was the Second Army under control of Aleksandr Filimonov would push down into the Caucasus through Grozny and then meet up with the First Army. By the time Filimonovs army arrived in Sochi it was already under control of Georgian militias. Filimonov knew that a seige from the front of the city was impossible as the militias had raided the local supplies left by the deserting Russian Army and the dismal supply situation could not be sustained for long. Additionally, the city was well-fortified, and a head-on attack could not be afforded. Filimonov decided on a strategem of hit-and-run: He utilised the cavalry in various running raids, first to scout the defenses and specifically machine-gun positions. As these were one-by-one discovered, Filimonov hit these positions with intense bombardments, and ordered the hit-and-run attacks to feign the beginnings of larger assaults, digging visible trenches in sight of the defenders, and abandoning them in the night. The effort had its intended effect; the Georgians shifted their reserves to these areas, and Filimonov then committed his infantry reserve to dedicated assaults at weak points far between these strongpoints, especially one to the southeast of Sochi. The resulting assault resulted in mass surrenders, with a few staunch defenders in the townhall fighting to the last man. The remaining Georgian forces crumbled before Filimonov's army, and as they pushed into western Georgia the established government arranged a truce and signed a peace treaty called the Treaty of Alder next to the borders for Georgia, becoming the first state which recognised the Kuban Union.
A few weeks later, Filimonov's Second army arrived in Grozny which at the time had seceded from the Russian empire. At the same time, however, it was besieged by the Soviets and thus sharing an enemy with the Cossacks, the Chechens and Cossacks allied their forces, the Chechens under the leadership of Abdul "Tapa" Tchermoeff. The situation was not good from the Chechen side, due to the lack of industry in the area and the poor infrastructure, many differing firearms were used. Various anecdotes put men using such varying arms from Mosins to Berdan II's, even to muzzle-loading rifles and down to swords among the very worst-armed. This state of affairs gave the Cossacks a political edge, and they imposed an agreement on them in the Treaty of Grozny. Chechnya was to be integrated into the Don Kuban Union as an autonomous state whilst Tchermoeff would operate as the First President of Chechnya. This was a controversial move as the various Islamic leaders of Chechnya perceived this as an unforgivable capitulation to the Christian Cossacks, and feared that their cultural independence and religious freedoms would be destroyed. They declared Jihad, but due to their lack of support, were quickly halted by Tchermoeff's stronger militias, establishing him as the leader of Chechnya at the cost of a few of the hardline Mullahs and Imams. With a few Chechen volunteers now joining the army, Filimonov finally united the Second Army with Krasnov's First a few kilometers away from Tsaritsyn. After a fateful scouting mission towards Tsaritsyn, Krasnov realised that the Soviets had consolidated their forces into a more powerful formation than Krasnov could defeat. Thus, Krasnov negotiated with the German Empire directly, achieving liaisons through the local divisions stationed in Ukraine to lend them modern equipment worthy to outpace the Soviets which included modern German rifles, modern German machine-guns, and most notably, about thirteen A7V tanks in return for a four year allowance of German Convoys to trade on favorable terms and also station troops in Novorossisk, ushering the dawn of German-Cossack relations. However, in manpower terms, the Cossacks were still outnumbered about three to one, and only one other major source of manpower to help match the Red Army was present; the White Army. Russia pressed terms as they could afford- attempting to ply the Don Kuban Union into a subservient position to Russia after the end of the civil war. Krasnov attempted to hold his ground on Cossack independence but was convinced to sign by Filimonov and a few members of his staff. Thus, Tsaritsyn was caught in a massive pincer movement with the Cossacks attacking from one side, and the White Army attacking from the other. They had focused their manpower on the eastern White Army side of the city, but had not accounted for the Cossack's tanks. They smashed the brittle defences before them and surged into the city's center, meeting no resistance as all reserves had gone east to help fend off the Whites. Krasnov's army had to but turn east and focus their efforts into the tender Soviet rear, and thus with one fell swoop, the main Soviet force in the south had been annihilated.
Internationally recognised, with peace on the borders and power at hand, Krasnov proclaimed himself as 'Ataman' (effectively dictator) of the new country but with much controversy from the Atamans of the other regions. The climax of the revolt was the rebellions on Krasnaya street where armed Kuban Cossacks in Yekaterinodar under his former general Filimonov. This initiated the Cossack Civil War or the Yekaterinodar Revolt. This ended in the Battle of Yekaterinodar, and in this battle, there was no clever strategy, just street-to-street fighting. Cossack brother killed Cossack brother, and often Civilians were caught in the cross-fire, caught by a stray bullet, or the victim of a hastily-thrown grenade. It was murderous, but victory finally went to Krasnov by the end of the week, and Filimonov was exiled into Illyria.
Yekaterinodar is the capital of Don-Kuban it is still seeing by the countless nationalist Kuban cassocks as the last free spot for true Cossack freedom. A dedicated project of the Government is to attempt to rebuild Cossack culture, as the violence of the Civil Wars and the poverty of the region resulted in great damage to the population.
Although originally meant to be incorporated into the Unified Russia after the end of the Russian Civil War, Krasnov (with significant German diplomatic support by his generals and from personal letters of Wilhelm II ) managed to retain the independence of his little empire, which now bears the name of Don-Kuban Union. The idea of a Commonwealth between Russia and the Don Kuban Union died in its infancy, with much bitterness from the Russian government, seeing this as a betrayal on the part of the Cossacks. The state possesses very little industry although it has major agricultural development far exceeding what many central European countries have, contesting Ukraine as its main rival in that sphere as they both have vast wheat Lands and best Mineral rich soils in Europe. The Don Kuban Union faces a problem of having them be to agriculturally undeveloped technology wise as the Russian empire never sought to develop them, due to the fact that the area of southern Russia produced enough resources to supply the Empire. Although that they still don't have much and what they do have is geared to support the Cossack military caste - the only part of the population enjoying full political rights (the rest being Poor villagers and common Men compelled to provide military needs). The Cossacks are currently content to stay within their lands, but who knows what opportunities the future may hold - with the unstable situation to the south in the Caucasus, increasing tensions over Cossack garrisons in Alash Orda and the politically unstable regime in Russia could all give rise to an opportunity for the Don-Kuban to gain both new lands, and new helots, as well as a chance to become more then they are and maybe be the next "breadbasket of Europe."
- Head of Government: Petr Krasnov
- Minister of Foreign Affairs: Viktor Fausek
- Minister of Finance: Dimitri Grabbe-Nikitin
- Minister of Justice: Alexei Friedmann
- Head of the Brotherhood of Russian Truth: Gleb Krzhizhanovsky
- Minister of War: Razak Hadjiev
- Chief of Army: Panteleimon Ponomarenko
- Chief of Navy: Ignatz Dmyrkin
- Chief of the Air Force: Nikifor Gapon
The Cossack Army is comprised of two infantry divisions, but its most important units are its four cavalry divisions.
Don-Kuban union stands at a forklift between the Caucasus relationship as they are friends with countries which are considered unlikable like Armenia. The Kuban Union has a neutral relationship with Russia although bitter with the failed treaty to incorporate the lands there the Russian population Still enjoy to freely travel back and forth between Russia and Union having a somewhat open border policy. Whilst also good relations with the Alash Orda (But at tension with the Cossack s still Alash Orda wanting to be part of the Union), Armenia and Azerbaijan, while having horrible relations with Ottomans, Georgians (From the failed attack by them) and having unfriendly relationship with Ukrainians although being somewhat related to them and contest between them being the biggest agricultural exporters in the area.