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The shuttle with Premier Odezvan, his daughter Aeryn, and her friend Christopher, was flying over the broad expanses of the Soyuz Sovietskikh Sotzialesticheskikh Respublik--Union of Soviet Socialist Republics--when Aeryn made an odd sounding request to her father.

"Let me see if I have this straight. You would like to invite the grandchildren of the tyrant who tried to strangle our revolution in its cradle, suppressed our comrades, invaded and bombed our lands, and have attempted to assassinate me more times than I can count, into the heart of our socialist homeland? Am I understanding you correctly?"

"You are, father." Aeryn acknowledged.

"Ochen khorosho. I hate to think I was going deaf in my old age. What the hell, go ahead. But right now, I'm going to go lie down." He got up to head for the back of the shuttle, but stopped at the doorway. Odezvan looked at Christopher, who fell asleep shortly after takeoff, and saw his head was resting on Aeryn's shoulder. She smiled, a rubbed his head affectionately. Aeryn looked outside as they passed over Omsk, looking fondly at the red flags with sickle and hammer emblems that waved below. Odezvan sighed, shook his head, and went back to lie down. As he headed towards the rear of the shuttle he muttered to himself; "...The weirdest part of this is that a few decades ago I would've found this whole situation very strange..."


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TRANSLATIONS

RUSSIAN
Babushka: A kind of head scarf
Zdrast'ye: Hello
Tovarischi: Comrade
Soyuz Sovietskikh Sotzialesticheskikh Respublik (SSSR): Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)
Nyet: No
Da: Yes
Nye za chto: Thank You
Nyet. Spaesbo, aber nyet: No. Thanks, But No
Spaesbo: Thank You
Komitet Gosudarstvennoi Bezopasnosti: Committee for State Security
Nichevo: It Can't Be Helped
Ochen khorosho: Very Good
Do svidanya: Good-bye

LATIN
Carpe Diem: Seize the Day

YIDDISH
Gevalt: My God
Meshuggeh: Crazy

JAPANESE
Gomen nasai: So Sorry

OTHER
CPSU: Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Comintern: Communist International
Commissar: Commissioner

DISCLAIMERS

All Sonic the Hedgehog and Knuckles the Echidna characters are copyrighted to Archie Comics, Sega, DiC, and whoever else that isn't me. Any original characters or plots belong to me.

Aeryn Odezvan, Nikolai Odezvan, Christopher Kangaroo, Naomi Acorn, Nick Acorn, Teilani, Derek D'Coolette, William St. John, and Thomas Acorn are original characters and are thus copyrighted to me.

The following characters were named in honor of other fictional characters:
Admiral Parck: Named for an Imperial Admiral in the Star Wars novel: The Hand of Thrawn.
Taun-We: Named for the Kaminoan cloner Taun We from Star Wars: Episode II Attach of the Clones.
Zartan: Named for a Cobra mercenary from G.I. Joe. It just seemed like a good idea at the time.

LAST MINUTE NOTES

For those of you wondering about my decision to introduce communism and a resurrected Soviet Union on Mobius, let me explain. I wanted to do something unusual, unique. I also wanted to have something besides a "They All Lived Happily Ever After" ending once Robotnik was dead. It just seems too cliché. Plus, since King Acorn was such a jerk, who'd want HIM back?
Then I got to thinking, if I was going to introduce some new political ideology to Mobius, what should it be? I wanted something vague, ambiguous, and above all else, completely unpredictable. I mean, if I brought American democracy and created a USA on Mobius, a lot of people would think 'Wow! That's a good thing.' If I brought a Fascist Italy or Nazi Germany, everyone would say 'Yikes! That's DEFINITELY a bad thing!' I wanted something that wasn't angelic or demonic, something where people would scratch their heads and ask 'Is this a good thing or a bad thing?' Communism is vague. On the one hand, it gave the world Stalin and Pol Pot. On the other, some of the most fierce Civil Rights Activists and anti-Fascist freedom fighters were communist. So its kind of hard to say just what this Mobian USSR will be like.
That's what I'm after, something that the audience doesn't see coming a mile away. I like reading books where I DON'T know what's going to happen next and that's how I'd like to write. People have different opinions about communism. For some it could possibly be good, for others it's evil incarnate. That's good, a mixed reaction; excellent! If you happen to think I'm a jerk or an idiot for writing this, that's your opinion. If you think this could yield interesting results; please read my future fics!
That's all I can ask for. Thank you for your time. Bye!
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