Metro 2033 Universe

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    The Universe of «Metro 2033»- a book series, which continues the idea of the novel by Dmitry Glukhovsky «Metro 2033» and describes post-nuclear world. In 2010, there were described:Moscow, St. Petersburg, Leningrad Region, Tver Region, Moscow Region, Kola Peninsula, and Kiev. In 2011, added at the moment,Rostov-on-Don,Samara,Novosibirsk,Yekaterinburg,United Kingdom,Kaliningrad region and Antarctica.
    == Novels =

    1
    Vladimir Berezin
    The road signs
    Moscow, Sankt Petersburg,Leningrad region,Tver region,Moscow region
    December 2009

    2
    Sergey Antonov
    The dark tunnels
    Moscow
    January 2010

    3
    Shimun Vrochek
    Piter
    Sankt Petersburg, Leningrad region
    February 2010

    4
    Andrey Dyakov
    Towards the light
    Sankt Petersburg,Leningrad region
    June 2010

    5
    Andrey Erpylyov
    Breakthrough
    Moscow
    July 2010

    6
    Sergey Kuznetsov
    The marble paradise
    Moscow region,Moscow
    August 2010

    7
    Suren Tsormudian
    The wanderer
    Moscow
    September 2010

    8
    Andrey Butorin.
    The North
    Kola Peninsula,Murmansk
    October 2010

    9
    Sergey Antonov
    In the interests of the revolution
    Moscow
    November 2010

    10
    Alexander Shakilov
    The war of moles
    Kiev
    December 2010

    11
    Ruslan Melnikov
    Murancha
    Rostov on Don
    January 2011

    12
    Sergey Paliy
    The Nameless
    Samara
    February 2011

    13
    Sergey Moskvin
    To see the sun
    Novosibirsk
    March 2011

    14
    Andrey Grebenschikov
    Beneath the hell
    Yekaterinburg
    April 2011

    15
    Anna Kalinkina
    The ghost station
    Moscow
    June 2011

    16
    Andrey Dyakov
    Into the darkness
    Leningrad region, Sankt Petersburg
    June 2011

    17
    Sergey Zaytsev
    The medics
    Moscow
    August 2011

    18
    Grant McMaster
    Britania
    Glasgow, Scotland, England, Carlisle, York, Conisbrough, Doncaster, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Lester, London
    September 2011

    19
    Igor Vardunas
    Ice prison
    Pionersk, Baltic sea, La Manche, Atlantic ocean, Africa, Antarctica
    October 2011

    20
    Andrew Butorin
    The Siege of the paradise
    Kola Peninsula, Polyarnye Zori
    November 2011

    21
    «Residents» of the "Metro 2033"site.
    Last Refuge
    Moscow, Sankt Petersburg, Moscow region, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar, Biisk, Sochi
    December 2011

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    Tullio Avoledo
    Le radici del Cielo
    Rome, Lazio, Torrita Tiberina, Umbria, Marke, Urbino, Emilia Romagna, Rimini, Santarcangelo di Romagna, Ravenna, Veneto, Venezia
    December 2011
     
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    All these novels are officially approved by the author of Metro 2033(Dmitry Glukhovsky).There were many fanfic authors,who could not received permission to be included in a series.The storyline of all these novels take place in 2033.

    == Universe description ==
    An apocalyptic war on a grand scale has devastated the surface of the Earth, leaving deadly radiation and bio-weapons (mutagens and such) changed fauna into dangerous mutants.

    === Moscow Metro ===
    Moscow Metro, which was built during the Cold War as a giant underground shelter, becomes the last shelter of humanity. Twenty years later the surface is still uninhabitable. People live in metro stations, constantly fighting for survival and trying to defend themselfs from the mutated creatures that inhabit the dark tunnels, while others fight each other over ideologies.
    In this bizzare world, over 20 years Metro stations have become independent states, forming confederations and alliances, even fighting wars, trading, etc. The tonnels are a source of constant dangers - radiation, mental threats and mutant predators take lives of many brave people, who venture between stations to trade for life or travel for other purposes. Stalkers are people who risk their lives to go above, in the dead city and it's surroundings, and bring back guns, fuel, and other commodities - even books.
    ==== Living conditions ====

    ===== Food =====
    Because of radiation pollution,people can not grow anything on the surface (with rare exceptions), so their diet is all that they were able to grow under the ground.

    * Water.Most of the stations were built to double as bomb shelters, and many stations have air and water filters.

    * Mushrooms do not need sunlight. The survivors began to grow mushrooms in the first months after a nuclear attack.Also at some stations(VDNH and Pechatniki)produce mushroom tea

    * Eatable moss-the cheapest meal in the metro

    * Eatable snails.Preserved at the Sokol station and sold all over the metro.

    * Chickens.They are difficult to feed in underground conditions.Chicken meat is more expensive than pork,but cheaper than potato.

    * Rats-the cheapest meat in the metro.Popular among the Muslims.

    * Vegetables.Some of the rich survivors plant grow potatoes and tomatoes in artificial light.

    * Pigs.There is no reliable information about how pigs were brought to Metro.There is a legend that it was precisely from VDNH the pigs had entered the metro.

    ''Back at the very beginning of things when certain daredevils had made their way to the ‘pig-breeding pavilion’ at the Exhibition and managed to herd the animals back down to the station.''

    Dmitry Glukhovsky.Metro 2033.Chapter 1.

    ===== Money =====
    *Pre-war ammo.These rounds may only be loaded into an automatic weapon, and deliver
    more damage (about double, maybe a little more) than the home-made rounds.

    === States ===
    After the collapse of the central Metro administration,stations have become mini-statelets, their people uniting around ideas, religions, water-filters or the simple need to repulse an enemy incursion.

    ==== The Commonwealth of the Stations of the Ring Line ("Hansa")====
    The Commonwealth of the Stations of the Ring Line emerged shortly after central control was disbanded. Crossing all other lines, these stations were vital points of trade routes. They quickly became the place for all traders, getting incredibly rich in a short while. Soon they understood that their riches would become the envy of others, and took the only possible decision. They formed the Commonwealth. It's official name is rarely used, though, because people were quick to title them "Hansa" - after the Hanseatic League (Hansa), an alliance of trading cities in the Middle Ages. At first, Hansa included only a part of the Ring Line stations, the unification was not momental. The so-called "Northern Arc" included at first stations from Kievskaya to Prospekt Mira, the other fraction consisted of Kurskaya, Taganskaya and Oktyabrskaya. Later Paveletskaya and Dobryninskaya joined the Hansa, and the "Southern Arc" emerged. But the key obstacle to joining this ring of power was in the Sokolnicheskaya (renamed Red) Line. This led to one of the major conflicts in the Metro, the war between Hansa and the Red Line. After this war, with a mutually-beneficial agreement signed by Red Line and Hansa, the circle was complete. Hansa forgot it's old conflict, seeing a worthy trade partner in the Red Line. Hansa is the extreme capitalism with worst means of exploitation of non-citizen workforce, and is currently suffering from overpopulation - wealth attracts thousands of legal and illegal emigrants; however, the "golden population" of the Hansa are very wealthy. The Commonwealth is one of the few places in the Metro where you can find complete electrification of the tonnels (the other one being the Red Line, obviously) and public transporation on motorized trolleys, rather than hand-powered railcars or bare feet. Sacred books of the Hansa include some famous economists' works (like Adam Smith), despite Hansa lacking any competition - it is basically a giant uber-powerful monopoly. The people of Hansa, especially those born after the War, are indocrinated heavily with career- and money- hunger values. Hansa is well-militarized to protect it's wealth, all it's stations are heavily guarded, it boasts motor transportation and flamethrowers. Stations on the radial "dead-ends" usually end up as Hansa's appendages, which have little power and their wealth depends sometimes entirely on Hansa. Supreme power: Prime Minister of the Commonwealth Loginov.

    ''The Hanseatic League was the name of the ‘Concord of Ring Line Stations.’ These stations were located at the intersection of all the other lines, and, therefore of all the trade routes. The lines were linked to one another by tunnels, which became a meeting place for businessmen from all over the metro. These businessmen grew rich with fantastic speed, and soon, knowing that their wealth was arousing the envy of too many, they decided to join forces. The official name was too unwieldy though, and among the people, the Concord was nicknamed the ‘Hansa’ (someone had once accurately compared them to the union of trade cities in Medieval Germany). The short word was catchy, and it stuck. At the beginning, the Hansa consisted of only a few stations; the Concord only came together gradually. The part of the Ring from Kievskaya to Prospect Mir, what’s called the Northern Arc, and that included Kurskaya, Taganskaya and Oktyabrskaya. Then Paveletskaya and Dobrynskaya joined in and formed another Arc, the Southern Arc.''

    Dmitry Glukhovsky.Metro 2033.Chapter 1.


    ==== Red Line ====
    Former Sokolnicheskaya Line. Somehow this line drew everyone who dreamt of re-establising the Soviet past. Preobrazhenskaya Ploschad' was the first station to officialy re-endorse communism and the socialist type of government. It's neighboring stations did so in a short while, some of them revolutioneered against own governments. All the war veterans, former com.party people, the ever-thriving lumpen-proletarias gathered on the revolutionary stations. At first they created a commitee which was responsible for propaganda of revolution and communism in the whole Metro, with an almost Lenin's name - "Interstational" (the original commitee, was obviously called International). Interstational prepared revolutioneers and propagandists, sending them further down the line. At first there was almost no conflict, since people on the poor Sokolnicheskaya line were literally starving because their leadership could not provide food, and so they awaited changes that should bring justice. Or, in their view, equity. The whole line soon became communist. Thanks to the luckily-undamaged bridge over the river Yauza between Sokol'niki and Preobrazhenskaya Ploschad' the communcations were steady. At first the short bridge had to be crossed only overnight on ffast hand- or motorcars, but later it was hermetized and deactivated. After that, the line was officially renamed to Red Line, which was it's former nickname, before the war. The conflict over Komsomolskaya and Ploschad' Revolutsii, which was the cause of war between the Anticommunist Coalition (Hansa and the Arbat Confederation) and the Red Line went for a year and a half. People on both sides were worn out, leaders were losing support. The Red Line concentrated it's power on taking the "Ploschad' Revolutsii" (Revolution Square) from the Arbat Confederation, while Hansa wanted to have the Ring Station "Komsomolskaya", and the Coalition also tried to beat the communists out of "Lenin Library". Revolution Square was somewhat of a holy station for RL, because it was closest to the Kremlin and there, the mausoleum. In the end Red Line lost it's terminal of the Lenin Library, but it was made a free-for-all transit station. The Arbat Confederation, on the other side, lost the Revolution Square - one of it's few member stations. Hansa benefited the most - it bargained to close the Ring, and the Red Line just could not reject the offer of the Revolution Square. The Red Line is actively trading consumer goods (food and other commodities) with Hansa, Belorusskaya trade outpost and the plantations and factories behind it. It has electrification of tonnels, but there are hunger problems from time to time, as well as conflicts with the Nazis. Lately there had been no direct confrontation; the Red Line prefers to have freelance revolutioneer brigades fight the Nazis unofficially. Supreme power: General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Moscow Metropoliten Moskvin.

    ''Sokolnicheskaya line was always sort of special. When you glance at the map, your attention is immediately drawn to it. First of all, it’s a straight line, straight as an arrow. Secondly, it was marked in bright red on metro maps. And its station names contributed too: Krasnoselskaya, Krasne Vorota, Komsomolskaya, Biblioteka imena Lenina and Leninskie Gori. And whether it was because of these names or because of something else, the line would draw to itself everyone who was nostalgic for the glorious Soviet past. The idea of a resurrection of the Soviet state took easily there. At first, just one station returned to communist ideals and a socialist form of rule, and then the one next to it, and then people from the tunnel on the other side caught wind of this optimistic revolution and chucked out their administration and so on and so on. The veterans who were still alive, former Komsomol men and Party officials, permanent members of the proletariat – they all came together at the revolutionary stations. They founded a committee, responsible for the dissemination of this new revolution and its communist idea throughout the metro system, under the almost Lenin-era name of ‘Interstational.’ It prepared divisions of professional revolutionaries and propagandists and sent them to enemy stations. In general, little blood was spilt since the starving inhabitants of the Sokolnicheskaya line were thirsting for the restoration of justice, for which, as far as they understood, apart from unjustified egalitarianism, there was no other option. So the whole branch, having flared up at one end, was soon engulfed by the crimson flames of revolution. The stations returned to their old, Soviet names: Chistye Prudy became Kirovskaya again; Lubyanka became Dzerzhinskaya; Okhotnyi Ryad became Prospect Marx. The stations with neutral names were renamed with something more ideologically clear: Sportivnaya became Kommunisticheskaya; Sokolniki became Stalinskaya; Preobrazhenskaya Ploshchhad where it all began, became Znamya Revolutsya. And the line itself, once Sokol, was now called by most the ‘Red Line’ – it was usual in the old days for Muscovites to call their metro lines by their colours on the map anyway, but now the line was officially called the "Red Line."''

    Dmitry Glukhovsky.Metro 2033.Chapter 1.


    ==== Polis ====
    Borovickaja,Aleksandrowskij Sad,Leninskaja library and Arbatscaja stations. Seen by many as the last hope for humanity, it's last bastion and last think-tank, "the last place on Earth where people live as people, where they still remember what the word human means, and how it should sound". Sometimes named "the City" with a capital C, for most Metro-dwellers it's a dream place. The Greek "polis" or "city-state" was the term coined probably by one of the station dwellers, and it was only a matter of time before it became official and sticked to the place for good. Polis is a unique state of the Metro. Only there the keepers of old pre-war knowledge remain in substantial quantity. All scientific knowledge became useless for other Metro states, as they slowly descended into the abyss of chaos and ignorance. Scientists from everywhere, where their skills were useless, came to Polis. Only there you could meet really old people from pre-war universities, the last artists, artisans, musicians and poets, physics, chemists, biologists, mathematicians... All those who kept the knowledge achieved by thousands of years of human history, that will be lost forever as they pass away. Polis is situated right under the very center of the city that was above it sometime before. And right over the Polis loomed the gigantic building of Lenin Library, the biggest information storage of the old times. After the war it was called "Great Library" and become a religious and sacred place for Polis dwellers, the rest of Metro calls it with respect "Library" with a capital "L". Only Polis of all Metro powers could afford sending stalkers for books. Only there knowledge was still valued worthy to risk your life for it. Polis keeps libraries, and the people there can afford "flats" - trash-built homes inbetween the station pylons or columns. The rest of Metro, aside from a few Ganza citizens, live in tents or even without them. This may seem unrational, but because it was the last science center, it was never attacked, threatened or devastated, but rather traded with and meticulously guarded. All Metro powers were ready to defent it were it attacked. Even the war between Hansa and Red Line did not touch Polis. Polis lacks any tonnels, it only has 4 stations, but has full electrification and daylight lamps. Polis boasts a small, but professional military corps from the former FSB-KGB officers and military leadership, whose buildings were right above the stations of Polis when the War happened. It's system of govenment and life is borrowed from the indian caste system, which was substantially softened. The Polis caste system: - Brahmans are "keepers" or "priests" of science and art. Their tatoo is an open book in front of a colonnade which symbolizes the Great Library (Lenin Library). - Kshatriya are warriors, former military servicemen. Their tatoo is the two-headed Russian eagle from the Russian Coat of Arms. - Vaishya are merchants. - Shudra are servants. Caste are not given at birth, you can choose when you are 18. In each caste there are special initiation rituals, which are especially hard for the Kshatriya and Brahman. They fulfill the role of exams. Supreme power: Polis Council

    ''Polis… Just the mere mention of this name in a conversation made Artyom (and most others) fall into a reverential silence. He clearly remembered even now the first time he heard the word in a story told by one of his stepfather’s friends. Afterwards when the guest had left, he asked Sukhoi quietly what the word meant. His stepfather then looked at him carefully and, with a vague sadness in his voice, he said, ‘That, Artyom, is probably the last place on the earth where people live like people. Where they haven’t forgotten what the word “person” means, and, moreover, how the word should sound.’ His stepfather smiled sadly and added, "That is a City".Polis was located where four metro lines crossed, and it took up four stations all by itself: Alexander’s Garden, Arbatskaya, Borovitzskaya and the Lenin Library. That enormous territory was the last, genuine seat of civilization, the last place with such a large population that provincial types who happened upon it couldn’t help but call it a city. It was given a name – but it meant the same thing anyway: Polis. And perhaps it was because this word had a foreign ring to it, an echo of a powerful and marvellous ancient culture which seemed to protect the settlement, that the name stuck.Polis remained a unique phenomenon in the metro. There, and only there, you could still meet the keepers of old and strange knowledge, which in this severe new world, with its disappearing laws, you just couldn’t find anymore. Knowledge for the inhabitants of almost all the other stations, and in essence for the whole metro, was slowly plunging into an abyss of chaos and ignorance, becoming useless along with those who carried it. Driven from everywhere, the only refuge they found was in Polis, where they were welcomed with open arms, because their colleagues were in power here. That’s why in Polis, and only in Polis, you could meet decrepit professors, who at some point worked in the departments of famous universities, which were now empty and in ruins, crawling with rats and mould. And the last remaining artists lived there too – the actors, the poets. The last physicists, chemists, biologists… Those who stored the best of man’s achievements in their skulls, and who knew a thousand years of history. Those whose knowledge would be lost when they died.Polis was below what used to be the very centre of the city above. Right above Polis stood the building of Lenin’s Library – the most extensive storehouse of information to come from all ages. There were hundreds of thousands of books in dozens of languages, covering probably all the areas in which human thought was directed. There were hundreds of tonnes of papers marked with all sorts of letters, signs, hieroglyphs, some of which no one could read anymore because the language had died with the last of their speakers. But the whole massive collection of books could still be read and understood, and the people who died a hundred years ago and who wrote them still had a lot to say to the living.''

    Dmitry Glukhovsky.Metro 2033.

    ==== VDNH/Exibition Commonwealth ====
    Station where Artyom(the main character of Metro 2033 lived.This commonwealth formed from an alliance of three stations: VDNH, Alekseevskaya and Rizhskaya, VDNH being the leader. The other two joined it because of the tea industry, which granted VDNH at least some self-value, so that they could avoid being assimilated into the territory-hungry overpopulated Hansa.
    Botanichesky Sad, the station next after VDNH, was lost due to fire and mutant threats early in the METRO history, but the tonnel could not have been blown up due to underground water breach threat, or closed, as the hermetic doors were dismantled even prior to that, during the Central Metro Administration times. No one tried to resettle Botanichesky Sad (Botanic Garden), as something horrible dwelt in the Garden above it. After one of the station's teen dwellers opened the hermetic doors on Botanichesky Sad by accident, the Black - humanoid mutants - came down and started metodically assaulting VDNH. With no means of cutting the tonnel off, VDNH in a few years turned into a war-torn place. This problem of VDNH effectively set in motion the events of METRO novel.Every station in the Commonwealth has it's own administration (formed from the actual former Metro administration workers even in the first Central Control time), the cooperation consists of free-ride for traders and citizens between the stations of the Commonwealth. Passports are issued for each station, however.There is a strict law enforcement and harsch punishment on all stations. VDNH also enforces labour duties on every citizen. All men from VDNH, above the rest, must take armed watch in the northern tonnel to Botanichesky Sad.
    One of the few radial governments situated in a dead end that can actually make ends meet and even spare some on culture. They have a small library of own and Polis-bought books, high literacy rate with courses for children. Stability and relative prosperity due to "speciality" tea production which is produced for a half of the Metro, attract people, but VDNH Commonwealth is not that immigrant-friendly.
    Main business: minor agriculture (mushroom plantations) and meat (pig farms) production, mass tea production.
    Supreme power: Station administration, no overall power.

    ==== Moscow State University (“Emerald City”) ====
    “Emerald City” is a city from a russian children’s book, a remake of Baum’s “Wizard of Oz”, called “Wizard of Emerald City”. This is a half-mythical state rumored to exist in the three cut-off deep stations,Soviet bunker and bomb shelters below the Moscow State University( Universitet,Prospekt Vernandskogo,Jugo-Zapadnaja), where all the scientists from the University dwell, governed by deans and the rector. This rumor is very unlikely, since no one, not even the Red Line, knows what is out there, however, it gets passed around in the still-surviving intelligentsia circles. The myth also involves scientific activity that is still going strong there, and that the Emerald City has developed special protected costumes and boats to cross the river and their scouts occasionaly visit the Metro. Talking about the Emerald City in the proximity of the Red Line is not exactly a good idea. Whatever the Red Line knows about it, it’s very hostile to any mentions of this mythical state. Perhaps the reasons lie in the fact that this rumor was used as anti-redline propaganda during the war.

    ''They have power across the whole branch. And no one will tell you about that, and the Reds will never admit to it, but University is not under their control and everything beyond University too! Yes, yes, The Red Line continues to Sportivnaya. There’s a passage that starts there, you know, which was once the station Leninskye Gory, and then they changed the name but I can only remember the old one… But Leninskye Gory, was below a bridge actually. And you see, there was an explosion on the bridge and it collapsed into the river and the station was flooded, so there hasn’t been any communication with University from the very beginning…''

    Dmitry Glukhovsky.Metro 2033.Chapter 8.

    ==== Fourth Reich ====
    Pushkinskaja,Tverskaja,Chehovskaja stations.Sparsely populated by hardcore militant russo-neo-nazis, the Fourth Reich is known for it’s atrocities against people of non-russian nationality. They have some motor-powered railcars. Population is terribly unbalanced, there are a lot of men and few women, which means eventually the Reich will die out. As of now, their extreme militarisation and the fear of Hansa satellites could not give way to annihilation of the Reich by blowing up their tonnels or dismantling rail. Small states fear retribution, Hansa and Belorusskaya, as well as the plantations, have some trade business with the Nazis. What sort of trade that could be, remains a question. Nazis are known for raids against the dominantly non-russian, organised crime-ruled stations. They are despised and hated, but the only way they are fough with is through the hands of free Che-like revolutioneers, who attack the Nazis from time to time and cut their sparse population even more. Nazis seem to realise their doom; there are talks about their plans for an ultimate crusade to capture the Polis; however, that would hardly help them avoid their fate.

    ==== Kuznetsky Most/Armory Technicians ====
    The station’s name means “Blacksmith Bridge” This station is one of the technician’s refuges in the Metro. It houses huge workshops where machinery from the whole Metro is sent for repairs, which helped the station to become relatively wealthy. It’s informally leaning to the Red Line, especially given it’s location. There are two fully repaired and electrified trains on both station railways, reworked for people’s houses. Supreme power: station administration

    ''Kuznetsky Most was no different from most of the other stations that Artyom had managed to see on his journey so far. It had the same marble on the walls and granite on the floors, but the arches here were unusually high and wide, creating an unusual sensation of spaciousness.But the most surprising thing was that on each of the tracks stood entire trains that were incredibly long and so enormous that they took up almost all the room at the station. The windows were lit up with a warm light that shone through variously coloured curtains, and the doors were welcomingly open…''

    Dmitry Glukhovsky.Metro 2033.

    ==== Commonwealth of human mutants ====
    Located at three stations Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya and Filyovskaya lines(Molodoznaya,Krylatskoje and Strogino). Inhabited by people affected by radiation and their mutated descendants. Filyovskaya line is not very deep, and many of its stations and rails are situated on the surface, so radiation protection virtually none.

    ''Artyom choked, remembering the stories about the three-legged people from the Filevskaya line where some of the stations went up to the surface, and the tunnel didn’t run very deep at all, so they had almost no protection from the radiation. There were three-legged things, two-headed things and all kinds of weird shit crawling all over the metro from those parts.''

    Dmitry Glukhovsky.Metro 2033.Chapter 1.
     
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    ==== Abandoned Stations ====
    Stations abandoned for one reason or other. Most common reason is lethal danger to human life on the station, such as gas, biohazard in forms of mutant fauna, mental threats, flooding.

    ==== Destroyed Stations ====
    Stations destroyed or probably destroyed in the bombardment.

    ==== Inhabited stations ====
    Various inhabited stations, on which little or almost nothing is known aside from the general fact.

    ==== Unexplored stations ====
    Stations about which absolutely nothing is known.

    ==== Stations captured by mutants ====
    Several stations captured or likely captured by mutants from the surface.

    ==== D-6(or Metro 2) ====
    D-6 secret government communication network.
     
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    === Saint Petersburg Metro ===
    One of the deepest metro system.Saint Peterburg is situated by the Baltic Sea and have some islands not far from the beaches.
    Living conditions in the Saint Petersburg and Moscow are same.

    ==== States ====

    ===== Seaside Allianse =====
    Includes:Vasileostrovskaya,Admiralteiskaya I,Admiralteiskaya II.
    Vasileostrovskaya-poor station,but it has autonomy from the capital(Admiralteiskaya).The head of the alliance(general Memov) tried to subdue rebellious station by stealing electric generator.Generator was successfully stolen.Soon, residents learned about the Memov plans, but it was too late to do anything.
    Despite of it, residents of the station continue to resist.In response to this, the general orders to block the tunnel and cut off Vasileostrovskaza from the whole Metro. At the same time the electricity supply is blocked (after the generator stealing, the station was supplied electricity through the wires of the Admiralteiskaya).
    Internal resources of the station is enough for two weeks, so people decide to surrender. All the leadership of the uprising were arrested, and the station came under the complete control of the alliance. Electricity supplies and commodities can be accessed only from stations alliance (Vasileostrovskaya located at an impasse).
    The station was saved by a stalker (Ivan Merkulov), who was able to get together with friends to Leningadskaya nuclear power plant.There was one well working nuclear reactor and an old scientist,who helped Ivans group to find a hopper from where it was possible to connect the power grid to the station.
    On the way back, almost all of his friends died. Ivan get into the central hopper and turn the electricity on Vasileostrovskaya. Later, Ivan came to his station and went into battle with a new Vasileoatrovskaya command. During the shooting, Ivan was seriously wounded. The general was killed. The fate of Ivan unknown. Perhaps he was rescued.

    ===== Vegan Empire =====
    Ecofashists and slavetraders.Have many stations.
     
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    ===== Tehnolozgka =====
    This station is one of the technician’s and scientists refuges in the Metro. Tre was a Technican University near the station before the blast.It houses huge workshops where machinery from the whole Metro is sent for repairs, which helped the station to become relatively wealthy.
    Saint Petersburg analog of Polis.

    ===== Other stations =====
    There are many independent station inhabited by simple people,criminals,communists,muslims e.t.c.

    ===== Trade City =====
    Includes stations:
    Independent and big undeground city.Adheres to neutrality and does not extradite criminals. Used by many as political asylum. Including Ivan Merkulov.
     
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    Resurrecting.

    Just dug up this really old thread and moved it here since it fits perfectly in our new section. This thread is similar to what I recently did, though featuring more (now commonly available) information about the original novels and a bit less about the Universe books. Thought I'd post in it just so someone else notices it and appreciates the fact that others tried to bring to this forum more English info about the series long before me, which I didn't even know up until today (I was convinced that Autumnal Wanderer, Heavygunner, SagaZelda, rolfwar and I were the only people on the forum who have read any of the Universe of Metro 2033 books). I'm guessing that had a section for books been created long ago, perhaps even back in our Luster days when the forum was more active, we may have attracted plenty more fans of the series and sparked numerous interesting discussions. A missed opportunity, but I guess better late than never. :)