Step One: The Effect of the War on Soldiers
- After Tannenberg and the Mazurian Lakes, it seems as though there is no hope left.
- Low morale: supply shortage, weapon shortage, high desertion rate (twenty-five percent at times!) as well as no medical care, high fatality rate (greater than a million fatalities), miscommunications!
- Complete, utter chaos.
Step Two: The Effect of the War on Cities
- Peasants have joined the army, so there is nobody to cultivate food and the city is starving
- Poverty and unemployment everywhere as jobs in factories are lost, because there's no money to pay the people
- The sale of vodka is banned
- Massive inflation
- Industrial materials are short: cold, hunger
Step Three: Tsarina's in Charge
- September 1915: The Tsar goes to handle affairs and boost morale at the warfront
- He hands power to the Tsarina, the closest relative
- BIG MISTAKE, as incompetent to rule, she has massive faith in Rasputin for healing her son
- Rasputin replaces competent ministers with men of his own; yes-men, essentially
- Rumours are rampant about his relationship with the Tsarina
- Morale in the cities falls, because people think the Tsarina is supporting the other side and purposely making…