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Alexander Romanov
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Biographical information
Gender

Male

Political information
Affiliation

Soviet Union

Rank

Premier of the Soviet Union

Game information
Appearances

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
Yuri's Revenge

Role

USSR Head of State, Commander-in-chief of the Soviet Military

Actor

Nicholas Worth

Premier Alexander Romanov (Russian: Александр Романов) was the leader of the USSR during the first and second iterations of the Third World War.

Background[edit | edit source]

Although a charming and eloquent man of peace at first glance, Romanov was in reality a dictator consumed by progressing madness. His experiences during the Second World War branded him; memories of foreign troops crossing the snowy streets, burning factories, his homeland crushed by the decadent empire of the west refuse to die and feed a relentless hate of the western Allies. As he grew up, he carefully nurtured this feeling, drawing both from communist ideals and his tsarist roots, drawing up his plan to rebuild the Soviet Union as a superpower.[1]

He realized that the only way to actually be able to execute his plan was to become Premier. He masked his hate well and built up a reputation as a man of peace, an advocate of an alliance with the west. His camouflage was extremely effective - he was hand-picked by Allied intelligence operations to lead the Soviet Union, keep it a declawed tiger.[1] He quickly gained the trust and respect of Soviet citizens and acclaim from western media and politicians.

While the world praised him as a leader, Romanov began putting his plans in motion. With the aid of Yuri, who originated from Stalin's Psychic Corps, he rearmed the Union with the latest in military technology. He used the new World Socialist Alliance, an ostensibly West-friendly organization, to create a global network of Soviet countries that can be used to strike against the Allies.

Alexander Romanov may be relative of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, whose remains were not found with other members of the royal family.

Character development[edit | edit source]

Red Alert 2 Allied campaign[edit | edit source]

Tanya and Romanov in the Kremlin.

Surprisingly to Allied intelligence, the former puppet Romanov started the Third World War by striking hard on North America and Europe, with his first main target being New York. However, the Allied commanders turned the tide of the war by destroying Nuclear missile silos in Poland and retaking the Pentagon.

Romanov's final defeat came when the Allies used the Chronosphere to launch an invasion in Moscow. They overran the Soviet defenses and even Romanov's elite Black Guard surrounding the Kremlin. Once the defenses were cleared, Tanya stormed into the Kremlin to arrest Romanov. Romanov attempted to trick the Allies by forcing an aide (ironically, the one visible to the Allied commander after Operation: Fallout) to pose as the Premier, but Tanya was unconvinced by this ruse and found the Premier hiding under his desk, with nothing but his undershirt and boxers. He was pictured in this sorry state with his American captors, and photos of him circulated across the globe, humiliating him. He was later trialed and imprisoned in the Tower of London.

It is unknown if his decisions were affected by Yuri in the canon timeline.

Red Alert 2 Soviet campaign[edit | edit source]

RA2Sovietlogo.png The following is based on the Soviet campaign for Red Alert 2 and might contradict canon.

Romanov's first target in the war was the Pentagon, thus crippling the Allied military control, after which he continued attacking the Allies in many other locations. When the Allies were at their knees, he meant to end the war, but his advisor Yuri used his psychic powers to persuade him to carry on with the war and proclaim him the leader of the Soviet armed forces instead of general Vladimir or the unnamed commander.

With all opposition eliminated, Yuri made himself de facto Premier, sending the commander on a witch hunt for Vladimir who supposedly "brutally murdered" Romanov (although Romanov was seen alive in a hospital). However, Premier Romanov had recorded a video just before his death in which he elaborated that he was not in control of his own mind during the war, and that Yuri was. This recording was shared across the Soviet Union and led to Operation: Red Revolution, in which the unnamed commander avenged Romanov's death by supposedly killing Yuri beneath the rubble of the Kremlin.

Yuri's Revenge Allied campaign[edit | edit source]

Romanov, who was still the reigning Soviet leader in his timeline, signed the London peace treaty with the Allies before the final joint attack on Yuri's forces. During the initial events of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, it is implied that the Premier (possibly Romanov) fled the country (as a result of the merging timelines which left the USSR in a state of disarray after the war).

Yuri's Revenge Soviet Campaign[edit | edit source]

RA2Sovietlogo.png The following is based on the Soviet campaign for Yuri's Revenge and might contradict canon.

When most of the psychic dominators were coming online, Romanov was still in the Tower of London. He informed the Commander of the Allied time machine, but had to quickly end transmission, as a guard was about to unlock his cell.

The commander went back in time, when the Soviet invasion of the Third World War was at its very beginning. Romanov was still in command, in his office. He was now aware of Yuri's plans and looked eager to stop him, but was also proceeding with the war against the Allies. After the Allies surrendered to the Soviet Union, Romanov led the fight against Yuri along with remaining Allied forces.

However, while he was traveling by plane to Moscow, his plane was shot down above Morocco. He survived the crash unharmed, as he parachuted off the plane before it went down. Yuri's forces were ordered to search for him, but he was saved by the Commander at Rick's Place. Upon his return to Moscow, Romanov continued leading the war against Yuri until the end.

Selected quotes[edit | edit source]

Listen very carefully to me! I am not your pet, Mr. President! We Romanovs have our legacy to consider...
- Romanov to Michael Dugan (Red Alert 2)
I offer special invitation to citizens of United States from the great Soviet Union. See your Liberty how she lies broken before you. In but a moment's time your once powerful city of New York will follow in her footsteps. The choice is yours - you can continue to mourn your past, or surrender... and join us in the great Soviet revolution!
- Romanov when the Soviets destroyed the Statue of Liberty during Operation: Lone Guardian (Red Alert 2)
This message goes out to hidden commander, who continues to dance, but ceases to amuse. Now is time to submit to Soviet supremacy, commander. After you feel pain from my nuclear bombs, you will wish for another chance.
- Romanov to Allied Commander during Operation: Fallout (Red Alert 2)
RA2Sovietlogo.png The following is based on the Soviet campaign for Red Alert 2 and might contradict canon.
Comrade general, welcome to the future of Soviet Union. I want to introduce you my little friend. This is Sam... like Uncle Sam. Say hello, little Uncle. The Americans, they have turtle in children's film, it teaches them to fear Soviet Union. The little turtle says "big Russian missiles coming", and he ducks and he covers. Duck, cover, haha! Today, we will make history, comrade! Together we will destroy the United States - their cities, their homes, their dreams, and perhaps more!
- Romanov to Soviet Commander (Red Alert 2)
If you have... received this, then I presume by now I'm finally dead. I'm... losing... I don't know... how to... Oh, Mother Russia. I'm forgetting words... Pah! Yuri, he is controlling my mind. He has killed me. If I am gone now, the command is yours. Send this tape far and wide, take my country back for the glory of Russia and the spirit of justice!
- Romanov's final message (Red Alert 2)
RA2Sovietlogo.png The following is based on the Soviet campaign for Yuri's Revenge and might contradict canon.
Have you seen State news magazine? War is over, comrade general! The Allies have surrendered. Now, they fight with us against the traitor Yuri. All of Soviet people are full of gratefulness to you. Nazdarovya!
- Romanov to Soviet Commander at the intro to Operation: Brain Wash (Yuri's Revenge)
Finally, Soviets have reached the Moon! One baby step for comrade general, one giant leap for Soviet people, yes? Haha!
- Romanov to Soviet Commander at the intro to Operation: To the Moon (Yuri's Revenge)
Yuri commands his forces from his ancestral home in Transylvania! He is like monster from movies, yes! Hahaha!
- Romanov to Soviet Commander at the intro to Operation: Head Games (Yuri's Revenge)

In-game unit quotes[edit | edit source]

I'm Premier, you know.
- When selected
I have legacy to consider.
- When selected
Which way, comrade?
- When selected
Guide me to safety.
- When selected
I will consider it.
- When moving
At my own pace.
- When moving
Onto victory.
- When moving
For Soviet glory.
- When moving
These boots are too tight.
- When moving
Finally!
- When ordered to attack
To the frontlines!
- When ordered to attack
Crush and destroy!
- When ordered to attack
The weak shall die!
- When ordered to attack
Ha ha ha!
- When ordered to attack
How dare you!
- Under fire
I'll get you for that!
- Under fire
Ow, Mother Russia!
- Under fire
I must not die!
- Under fire
Save me!
- Under fire

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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