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The Soviet Union, officially Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), is a sovereign communist country in northern EurasiaW.

Since 1986, the leader of the Soviet Union is General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev.[1]



With Gorbachev's assumption of office in 1986, the Soviet Union shifted to his vision of a hybrid economic system that blends the benefits of free enterprise and the social safety net of communism. Together with a more laissez-faire approach by the US, this had lead to a rise of communist movements in many other countries. By 1988, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Colombia in Latin America, as well as Turkey, Egypt, Greece, and more countries around the globe had elected communist governments. Also in that year, the Mexican communist party swept the election,[note 1] turning one of the United States' direct neighbors into a communist state.[2]

Rivalry in space[]

The Soviet Union has rivaled the United States in the Space Race since the 1950s. With their national Soviet Space Program, they were ahead of the US for a long period of time and finally beat them by becoming the first to step foot on the Moon in 1969.[3] They also established their own lunar outpost in 1973, Zvezda, which is located on the rim of the Shackleton Crater, close to the US base Jamestown.



  1. There is a discrepancy here between the article shown in the beginning of episode 3x01 and the Apple TV+ Bonus Video covering the years 1984-1992. While in said article the victory of Arnoldo Martínez VerdugoW in Mexico is dated with April 17, 1986, in the bonus video it is said to have happened in 1988. Since the rise of more communist countries was driven by the new Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who took office in 1986, just 2 weeks before that article's date, it is most likely that 1988 is the correct year of that event.


  • The point of divergence for the Soviets is implied to have been the survival of the chief architect of the Soviet Space Program, Sergei Korolev.
  • In our reality, the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, breaking up into numerous successor states, the largest of which is the Russian Federation.

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  1. For All Mankind TV Series - Season 3, Episode 1: "Polaris"
  2. AppleTV+ Bonus Video: Another Giant Leap: 1984-1992 - [08:00]: Mexico's new president (1988)
  3. For All Mankind TV Series - Season 1, Episode 1: "Red Moon"