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Russia: The World's Largest Nation

Back before the days of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Russia was America's enemy numero uno. This giant, mysterious nation has been home to some of the world's best hockey players, communist revolutionaries, delicious baked treats and - of course - those wacky wooden dolls that fit inside each other. Read on to discover just a little more about this puzzling nation.

Where is Russia?

Russia is 10.5 million square miles (17 million square kilometers), which makes it the largest country in the world. It's located in northeastern Europe and northern Asia. Russia stretches from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east and from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Black Sea in the south.

Communism, Cold War and Collapse :: Russian History 101

As with most countries, Russia's history is a long and confusing one. In 862 A.D., Vikings founded Novgorod. Novgorod then joined up with neighboring city-states and Russia (such as it was) was born. Russia was ruled by tsars and tsarinas (like kings and queens) for a lot of its history. The centuries of mistreatment suffered by poor farmers led up to civil war in 1917. The poor people wanted to change to a communist system. Communism is a kind of political system (so is democracy) in which all property is publicly owned and each person is paid and works according to his or her needs and abilities.

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), which included Russia and 14 other soviet communist republics, was established in 1922. Stalin became the USSR's communist dictator (a ruler with absolute power) and a particularly dark period in Russian history began. Millions of people who were thought to be enemies of the government were killed or sent to concentration camps. Out of this era came the Cold War, which wasn't actually a war, but rather a period of time marked by political tension and weaponry stockpiling between the Soviet Union and the United States. Eventually Stalin died, the Cold War thawed and in 1991 the USSR broke up. These days, Russia is conflict with Georgia over the disputed independence of Georgia's South Ossetia territory.

Did U Know?

  • Many of the world's best hockey players are from Russia, including Ilya Kovalchuk, Sergei Fedorov, and Nikolai Khabibulin.
  • Surnames (last names) did not exist in Russia for most of the Middle Ages.
  • Russia's Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railway in the world; it's 5,787 miles (9,288.2 kilometres) long and spans eight time zones.
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  • Oddollinskis.
  • Matryoshka.
  • Woodidolli.
  • Fittogetherdoli.

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"Synyster3" wrote:I have used both the Steam and standalone version of GameMaker. This could just be me being biased against Steam, but I recommend the standalone version. I think it loads faster, compiles faster, and is just overall smoother... The only thing that the Steam version has that this one does not is access to the 'workshop,' in which you can easily share and play other people's games. Ah, cool! X3 I'll pass on your advice to my friend so someone may benefit from it, as I don't use the application anymore. Thanks ^-^
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Synyster3 posted in Electronics:
@AnnaOfExquizurd: I have used both the Steam and standalone versions of GameMaker. This could just be me being biased against Steam, but I recommend the standalone version. I think it loads faster, compiles faster, and is overall smoother... The only thing that the Steam version has that this one does not is access to the 'workshop,' in which you can easily share and play other people's games.
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"Streety43" wrote:Donald Trump became our 45th president yesterday. Do you support him and his actions? I do support him and his actions. He's the leader of our country, whether we like it or not, and we need to help him, as our government is based on the people. When you wish for him to fail, you're practically wishing for the country to fall... which isn't a good thing for the citizens o.o
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"Synyster3" wrote:Yeah, I'm very interested in game development!For over three years, I have been working with a program called GameMaker Studio... I've made several top-down and platformer games, as well as one 3D game. I never got too far with my 3D game, but I have the basic movement down. Right now, I'm working on a top-down survival shooter game! I've done a bit of experimenting with GameMaker Studio, but was too lazy to learn the coding and dropped it :P My friend is learning how to actually USE it though. He always makes fun of me for it, lol. Do you use it through Steam or found the program and downloaded it?
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