The ideal capital for a Greater Russia

AlpinLuke

Ad Honoris
Oct 2011
24,533
Lago Maggiore, Italy
#13
Astana is in Central Asia. Yekaterinburg or Novosibirsk would be more rational option.
Novosibirsk is the better and the most natural option. A part climate which is really severe in winter, the position is perfect and the city offers a lot.

P.S. the city is a bit little [less wide than Milan], I know a bit that region because I collected information for eventual trekking expeditions [in winter, of course]. Wiki page: Novosibirsk - Wikipedia
 
Apr 2017
714
U.S.A.
#15
Rostov on the Don, with the construction of the Don-Volga canal it would connect the black sea (and the Mediterranean) to the Volga river (and by it to the White and Baltic seas) and Caspian Sea. It would be a short cruise to Constantinople (presuming they conquered it) and from there closely accessible to the Mediterranean community of Europe while still being close (and easily accessible) to central Asia. This would give you the best and fastest movement from the interior of Russia to the west and north. I also has a warm climate.
 
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Futurist

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May 2014
13,495
SoCal
#16
Conquering Constantinople and Asia Minor was pretty important. Kicking the muslim Turks out of Europe and restoring Constantinople was on the Russian foreign policy agenda for hundreds of years. They fought many wars over it, up to and including WW1 (before the revolution).
Oh, sure, Russia wanting to liberate the Balkans and capture Constantinople. However, I stand by my point that Constantinople isn't a very good capital for Russia unless one also has a land connection between it and the rest of Russia.

Izhevsk (600,000+) is the most centrally located city in Russia by current (2016) population distribution. It's east of Moscow in the western Urals. Of course population distributions change. I would keep it in Moscow for cultural and practical reasons. It's the largest city in Europe (over 10 million) and a transport hub that would be hard to replicate. Also if Russia expanded to the west, the population center would move closer to Moscow.

Izhevsk - Wikipedia
What about moving the capital to somewhere on the Volga such as Kazan?
 

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
13,495
SoCal
#18
Rostov on the Don, with the construction of the Don-Volga canal it would connect the black sea (and the Mediterranean) to the Volga river (and by it to the White and Baltic seas) and Caspian Sea. It would be a short cruise to Constantinople (presuming they conquered it) and from there closely accessible to the Mediterranean community of Europe while still being close (and easily accessible) to central Asia. This would give you the best and fastest movement from the interior of Russia to the west and north. I also has a warm climate.
That's actually a pretty good idea. :)
 
Dec 2017
433
Australia
#19
I previously talked about the merits of moving Greater Germany's capital to Prague so that it would have a more centralized location. That said, though, here is another question for you:

What do you think that the ideal capital for a Greater Russia would have been?

I'm asking this question because both St. Petersburg (Petorgrad) and Moscow strike me as being too far to the west to be an effective symbol of a Greater Russia. Thus, I was wondering if there was the possibility of the capital of a Greater Russia being moved to some more central location.

For instance, could the city that is now known as Astana in real life have become a good new capital for a Greater Russia?

Any thoughts on this?
80% of Russian population lives between Ural and western borders. Probably 65% between middle Volga and western borders. Western and eastern Siberia are empty.
Moscow is historic capital of Moscow principality from which modern Russia emerged. Novosibirsk could be a capital in the middle of Russia. But it's too far from most states and the rest of the country.

Kazakhstan successfully transferred its capital from Almaty (near Chinese border) into central Kazakhstan (Astana). But Kazakhstan is not Russia and Astana can easily be reached by train, buses and planes from region of the country
 

Frank81

Ad Honorem
Feb 2010
4,889
Canary Islands-Spain
#20
Moscow was at the centre of the river system of European Russia, allowing an easy link to Siberian territories via Kazan

The development of rails made the river transport less important (today, 1.3 billion tons are moved by railway, for 136 million tons through inner waterways)

At the time, it was as well probably close, a bit east, of the demographic centre of population

Since the Soviet development of Siberia and the loss of the western countries, it is clear the centre have shifted. It is stimated the center of population in Russia now is around Izhevsk

In terms of transport, Yekaterinburg is the node between the west and the east, and the third most powerful city in economics. If we want a "centred" capital, maybe that's the best option, also pointing to a more eastern politics (the city is considered to be "the window to Asia"). Other similar option could be Samara.

However, being in the mid isn't always the best choice for a capital, and any option is politically charged
 
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