Revolutionary Narrative: Nicholas II
I feel my temple throb to the knocking on my door. “Tsar Nicholas, the riot outside is worsening! I beg you on behalf of all your civil servants to make a move. Peasants would rather obey the Soviets than you, my sir. News of your own uncle, Grand Duke Serge had been blown into pieces just a day ago!”
His words struck me like lightning and even now, the Soviets threaten me like a knife hovering over my throat. These ministers think I don’t know what’s going on outside, they think I’m being ignorant, they think I’m a magician who can solve any problem! Anxiety bubbles within me when I think about the mutiny on Potemkin. Who can I trust when my own armed forces betrayed me? Dread hits me when I think about the hundreds of generals who were murdered and landlords who were butchered by peasants. What can I do to let the majority be on my side?
Time passed with more knocking and yelling. Inside the chaotic and vulnerable voices, I suddenly feel a rush of hope and find comfort. I see victory and peace. I wondered if this was the right decision as it holds the risk of losing some of my power. However, the question lingered no longer than the rebels who marched at the front of the pack to my winter palace on Bloody Sunday. Sitting on my jewel adorned throne in the back of my office, I shut my eyes, took a deep breath, and thought, I’m Nicholas II, the Tsar of Russia, God’s chosen one. I can and will govern my people.
From then on, I brought my idea to reality, issuing the October Manifesto. I set up an elected parliament called Duma to help govern Russia. I also allowed fundamental rights for Russian people such as rights to form political parties and free of speech. However, political parties such as the Soviets must be immediately terminated. I’ve ordered armies to destroy Soviets, police to arrest members of the St. Petersburg Soviet, and everything I could do to put an end to this revolution.
Steadily and successfully, the revolution ended in March 1906. In the Duma, I’ve announced the Fundamental Laws, emphasizing in my first line, “To the Emperor of all the Russias belongs supreme autocratic power”. Needn’t to say, I’ve always believed in myself because I’m Nicholas II, the Tsar of Russia, the God’s chosen one. I can and will govern my people.