I’m not surprised I got requests
for how to write Russia. He’s a very difficult character. I originally started
this series examining how people mischaracterize Ukes, because people like
to dumb them down into the same stereotypes. Russia gets to have a little more
character because he’s a “Seme,” but he too has his own set of
specialized, terrible traits.
I like to split Russia’s character into three sections: the first for his
childhood, the second being his “crazy” period, and the third being modern day.
His childhood shaped him into the nation he is today. As we’ve seen in the
series, he was constantly bullied by the Teutonic knights, the Nordics and,
most importantly, his leaders. In AUs, people like to have General Winter be
Russia’s father, who also abuses him. I should mention that
General Winter wouldn’t be the best for “abusing” Russia, considering he only
aids Russia in wars.
With abused children, you have some similar
characteristics. Abused children are good at reading situations, looking out
for when people get angry, so they could diffuse the situation. They also try
to take up as little of space as possible, to attract less attention onto
themselves. They try to be everyone’s friend.
You can see how Russia’s past morphs into both his modern day personality, as
well as the one people typically associate him with—bat-shit crazy. I will
address both, because they are equally as valid to his character.