By the 1990's, the Union was experiencing many difficulties - stagnant economy, lagging technological progress, rising poverty and nationalistic grumblings from the RC's. The VSKP was split between the always inactive conservatives, reformers and the hardliners. The government was in a deadlock by the 1997 as to what is needed to be done, and by 1998 the discontent officer core launched a coup against the government in a bid to restore stability, or so was claimed. The rank and file of the army wasn't very supportive of the command, and neither were the citizens of Kernave. While the coup leaders successfully occupied the BLSAT and arrested many of its members, the still remained. Around it loyalist forces were rallied, composed of a few local army regiments and of local citizens, ready to protect the ministry. The result of this was a small battle in Kernave. After three days, the coup was stopped and it leaders either fled or were arrested. This left the power of the BPU in the hands of the minister council, which at the time was composed of hardliners. It would, over the next year, lead with emergency powers, eventually passing the 1999 reforms and returning the BLSAT to work. However, over the period of the coup, the Ruthenian and Crimean RC's had declared their independence and split off from the BPU, receiving western protection.
I'd go more in depth into what was before 20th century, but I can't be bothered now
Also, since I mention the off shoot republics, should I also make another post for them as well or no?
BPU possess a sizeable and well trained military. However, due to the cuts to defense spending in the 00's, it is lagging behind in terms of technology. The Union also has a sizable arsenal of 216 nuclear warheads, however only 9 of these have been modernized and are treated as up-to-date.
BPU is a fully industrialized nation.
All industries are state controlled and are directly accountable to the VPK (State Planning Committee). Most of these are overseen by a state official, however with the 2002 reforms workplace self-management was incentivized, leading to more worker-controlled industries.
From 2006 on, all agriculture is state-controlled, as all collective farms were absorbed to state farms.
Economic growth is modest, as it has slowed downed from the boom in the early 2000 when the BPU finally started expansion into the digital sector.
Baltas, divided into 100 kopeks.
Friendship is promoted with all fellow socialist states. A policy of mutual coexistence with capitalist states is pursued, for now. Neighboring splinter states from the Union are regarded with a feigned benevolence, with the eventual goal of reintegration towards them.
The BPU pursues a goal of reintegration of the splintered CR's that have broken off after the 1998 coup, however it does it so through political interference and currently avoids any direct confrontation. International solidarity is a secondary goal, as the BLSAT for now sees this as a goal as too resource intensive to pursue.
Life of the average citizen:
The situation has improved massively since 1998. Housing is available for all and reforms to the education and healthcare sectors have been a success. However luxuries are still rather scarce. Only about 64% of the population own a car. Internet access in available to around 79% of the population, however the computers produced for the public, while more durable, are than their western counterparts. Culture industry saw revitalization in the past decade, and a few film and video game releases saw small success in global markets.