White Dragon

White Dragon or Bourgeois Imperialist Reptile of Counter-Revolutionary Hue and Instinct A “dragon”, “Soviet” entry for the November ’5 Ronnies. White Dragon is about drinking your neighbours under the table, betraying them before they sell you out, revenging the purges of the past, blackmailing favours and bribing Party officials, about looking out for the first among equals, and above all, about not getting eaten by the white dragon.

Labor Hero of the collective farm, persevere! Your endeavour is just, and the rewards benefit not only yourself, not only your family, not only your cadre and your village, not only your Soviet, but all mankind, for it is your Labour that spreads revolution throughout the world. Join with the NKVD in purging the disloyal from the Party! Cast aside your superstitions! The modern era of the socialist workers paradise has rendered such anachronism obsolete, so march gladly with your comrades into an enlightened age. Denounce class traitors, kulaks and bourgeois thinkers: purging the old is necessary for new growth. There is no place in the Five Year Plan for the dragons of counter-revolution!

In White Dragon, you play Soviet farmers in a 193s village farming community that has endured the rigours of collectivization. Most of the community?s families were decimated in the process, dozens of your friends, neighbours and family members consigned to the Gulag.

What makes your village different from thousands of other productive little collectives is Belosnezhnyi, the White Dragon, a fabulously beautiful, wise, cruel and hungry serpent that periodically wakes from its gargantuan slumbers deep beneath the hills nearby, and demands food in return for bountiful harvests. His diet is quite particular: one adult, no more, no less. Besides the agricultural blessing, Belosnezhnyi?s influence has had an effect on many of the families in your village, who walk closer to the unseen, and can perform what can only be called magic.

It is best not to demonstrate your uncanny powers in public, though. When the over-wealthy of your village left for the labour camps, they were replaced by whole families of loyal agricultural workers, Party members all. The eyes of the Party are everywhere, and the local Party Chairman ? a ?socially conscious? industrial worker ? can summon the attention of the dreaded People?s Commissariat for Internal Affairs, or NKVD. Nobody wants that, for a visit from the NKVD usually means only one thing: someone?s going to the corrective labour camps.

White Dragon is about drinking your neighbours under the table, betraying them before they sell you out, revenging the purges of the past, blackmailing favours and bribing Party officials, about looking out for the first among equals, and above all, about not


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