I hate the Communist Party chapter 52
Chapter 25—Russian Capitalism
It’s harsh for those living in Russia, but sometimes winter, which helped to protect my country, returns, and in mid-November, when I moved my residence to the Winter Palace, I was welcoming the long-awaited visitors in the parlor.
Their outfits weren’t flashy, but if you look closely at the texture of the fabric, you can see that it’s a luxury item that you can’t easily find.
If you’re a little more skeptical, you’ll know that there are only things that ordinary workers can’t buy even if they collect a salary for a year.
They were Russian conglomerates who wore a neat but classy atmosphere, rather than the aristocratic attire.
“I want to express my gratitude to everyone for receiving my invitation. Especially the things you showed during this famine were very impressive. No one will deny that the donations you made have been of great help in overcoming the situation. Come on, let’s make a glass for everyone.”
The drink filled in the glasses they lifted was Sminoff No.21 vodka.
What was different from before was that the alcohol content was 40% on the label of the bottle I held in my hand because it was after setting the level of vodka through Mandeleev.
“Blessings to the great Russian Empire and to all who are dedicated to him.”
“God is with us!”
Each of them, who shouted the same words as the symbol of the Russian Empire, drank vodka filled in their cups, but in fact, there was only one situation in the Sminov I handed, so everyone was not very bright.
‘After setting the vodka content standard through Mandeleev, we made the Sminov vodka company semi-state, so it’s worth being wary.’
It was an unavoidable choice to implement the vodka monopoly, one of the ways to finance the reform to the gold standard.
In the original history, under the strong push of Vite, the company of the Sminov family was forcibly nationalized, but I decided not to act so harshly.
Of course, this was not from Sminov’s point of view, but it was a nightmare, and it was an act that instilled anxiety in other conglomerates that their company would be nationalized, but as I said before, there could not be a way for everyone to be happy.
‘However, it must be made better than the fate of having to exile in France after receiving four death sentences from the Bolsheviks after the Communist Revolution. After a certain amount of finance is secured, it will be returned to private management.’
I thought this and looked at the people who gathered.
In the Russian Empire, there was a lot of recognition that there would not have been any other class of capitalists because capitalism was insignificant, but in fact, there were several historic chaebol families in this period as well.
The development of capitalism within the Russian Empire was slow but steady, as there were even chaebol families from serfs who were not from nobles or commoners.
“The Trechakov family, who had accumulated enormous wealth in the textile sector, paid 17,000 rubles in the 1820s to be liberated from the serf, and then used the textile industry to build a chaebol family, the Morozov family. At the same time, most of the people gathered here, such as the Alexeyev family, who exert enormous influence in the textile and mining sectors, are people who have accumulated wealth beyond quite aristocratic ancestors.’
And the reason I brought them together here today was that it was necessary to improve the relationship with the chaebols here in the future.
Beginning with the damages from the last year’s grain export ban, nationalization of railroads and the implementation of a national monopoly for vodka and other necessities, Robert Nobel, a member of the Industrial Committee, and Emmanuel Nobel, a board member of the State Bank The labor reform plan was also acting as a stumbling block between them and me.
After a simple toast, the time for exchanging virtues with each other was short, but this pretense time was ended by my words.
“Now, it can be said that wasting time in this way is one of the sins that God has spoken of, so let’s get to the point right away.”
Tension began to build up on their faces when I announced my intention to explain why I had brought you here without a futile mass.
From their point of view, they could have thought that they had gathered together to inform them that they had decided to nationalize their businesses.
There was some unfairness to me, who brought them together to reach out a hand of reconciliation.
Concealing that regretful heart, I continued.
“In fact, I think some of you who have gathered here are dissatisfied with me. It can be said of course. Some of you are complaining about nationalizing routes in relation to the railway, which is the main business part of your business, or about export-related preferences now given to provinces that used to be Poland.”
I paused for a moment and looked back.
Some of them could be spotted coughing, avoiding their eyes, to see if they were stabbed by what I said.
Representatively, Samuel Polyakov and Sabah Mamontov were turning their faces.
“Or maybe there are people who have benefited from what I have done. There are some people who took part in the Kyoto Treaty signed last year in exchange for what they did to me in the Far East Islands.”
It was a treaty to establish a mining company through a joint venture between the Russian and Japanese governments, but I had attracted some of the Russian conglomerates involved in the mining industry to the company.
This was because fostering large corporations was the most effective way to promote state-led industrialization.
Representatively, the Vishnyakov and Alexeyev families were the beneficiaries of the Kyoto Treaty that I signed.
As it indicates, the expressions of Alexei Vishnakov and Nikolai Alexeev who came here were more comfortable than others.
Among them, Nikolay Alexeyev was also a person I care more about because he was already serving as mayor of Moscow.
He was a person who could serve as a stepping stone in carrying out cooperation with the moderates represented by Moscow Gestbo.
At the time he served as mayor, he increased the budget of 4.7 million rubles to 1,08 million rubles, repaying 1.3 million rubles of debt through him, and at the same time performing the modernization of Moscow city and the maintenance of water pipes, and 30 schools were established. If you think about it, he was already a proven person.
‘Besides, since last year, he has donated the largest amount of his market salary as well as the chaebol as a fund to overcome famine, so he is a person who will be of great help in the future path.’
“But the reason I bring you here today is to tell a story that benefits all of us. The situation where some people lose and some gain gains is good for some, but for some it’s not very pleasant. In other words, I prepared this place to tell a story of money.”
When I talked about calling them here to talk about business, I could see how the eyes of the capitalists gathered here changed.
It is said that there is no one who hates money, but the people gathered here have a different attitude related to money.
I smiled and continued the story.
“First of all, let’s talk about our Russian Empire before talking about money. No one can dare say that we are a weak country. Isn’t that right?”
“Yes, your Majesty!”
“Who can ignore us!”
I calmed down the fierce consent of the heated people with a curiosity about what the Prince was talking about with money.
“Come on, I hope everyone calm down. Yes. No country will be able to ignore us. But, isn’t it funny that such a country can’t produce a single gun or a single bullet for the hands of soldiers who defend their nation and protect their national interests?”
As I coldly pointed out the reality of the Russian Empire, the audience broke away from the heat and began to listen to me.
Some of them were quick to notice and seemed to have noticed why I was telling this story.
“The proud army of our Russian Empire is huge, with over a million people. In addition, if you add the navy, it can be said that the number is the highest in continental Europe. But what a waste of finances and foreign currency outflows to say that such an army armed their soldiers with weapons imported from abroad? So I would like to suggest to you.”
Surprisingly, even in the Russo-Japanese War, Russia was so messy that it entrusted the production of rifles and ammunition to France.
Moreover, it was said that during the First World War, artillery was not properly used since the early days of the war because of poor ammunition production.
Of course, this was not because Russia was stupid, but because of its lack of industrial power.
However, as I knew that several major wars would occur sooner or later, I could not leave it alone.
“I am well aware that some of you are allied with blood. And I know that all of you are not in a business that requires a high level of industrial power.
However, since I can’t just see this situation, I will sooner or later take part in the process of improving the companies we selected through open bidding so that our proud troops can be dressed and armed with our own hands.
Everyone, of course, there has never been a great war on continental Europe since the last war, but I can feel it. Something swirling under the calming surface of the water will soon burst.”
When I finished speaking, each of them seemed to figure out how much the business would benefit.
Even though the abacus did not exist, the sound of the abacus popping seemed to be heard in the room.
“And that’s not all. It’s not confirmed yet, but I’m happy to be able to reveal that you can participate in the railroad project that could be implemented in Manchuria in the Far East in the near future, in the form of equity purchases through capital investment. Not only that, but you can also get commissions from the government to carry out road construction or other public projects. In other words, if you pass the standards we have set, you can put the profits from your business into your wallet.”
Gradually I could feel the room heating up again.
However, the explosive reaction did not come out.
Like lions hiding in the bush and staring at prey, the businessmen gathered in front of me seemed to think about what they could get through their main business.
“Furthermore, I would like to inform you that one of your biggest complaints, the trade-related privileges being offered to Privislinsky Krai¹, will be reduced as soon as the monetary reform through the gold standard is completed. Of course, they are also Your Majesty’s loyal subjects, but would they be inferior to you?”
From the statistic point of view I mentioned earlier, it was a contradictory move, but it couldn’t be helped.
This was because it was wiser to choose to boost the industrial power of mainland Russia itself, rather than continuing to grow regions that might become independent in the future.
Of course, this option included the calculation that the only option for Polish capitalists to remain loyal to the Romanovs.
When my remarks were over and the heads of the chaebol families were busy calculating their own interests, someone opened the door and entered.
It was Bite, not a secretary who usually practiced me, who appeared in the parlor.
He approached me in a hurry and whispered quietly.
“Your Majesty, we just got an emergency message from Ambassador Igorevich.”
“Let your will be done on earth as in heaven. Congratulations, Your Majesty.”
I smiled quietly.
I don’t think it would happen that Japan would enter the ranks of the powers in this world.
Privislinsky Krai¹: The name of Russian Poland. It was called Privislinsky Krai since the autonomy was reduced after the November uprising.
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