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The flag of Estonia SSR.

The Baltic Republics of the Soviet Union, or simply Baltic Republics, is the term used to refer to the three republics of Estonian SSR, Latvian SSR and Lithuanian SSR, with the territory and borders not exactly the same as the nowadays Baltic states.
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Flag of the Latvian SSR

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Flag of the Lithuanian SSR

Puppet statesEdit

Main article: 1940 Russian occupation and annexation of the Baltic states

On the beginning of the Winter War, the Soviets came up to claim the Karelia area, and create their first puppet state, the Finnish Democratic Republic. Later, the area became the Karelo - Finnish SSR, later Karelia ASSR.

Shortly after, in July 1940, the Soviet Union created puppet states of Estonian SSR, Latvian SSR and Lithuanian SSR. In August, these nations were annexed into the Soviet Union.

The German OccupationEdit

Main article: 1941 German occupation of the Baltic states

In 1941, Nazi Germany reaches the territory of the Baltic states. At first, the local people were very happy and fought on the German side, hoping Germany will free them from the Soviets. However, they quickly realizes what they were going to be was falling under another power

Under Soviet ruleEdit

Main article: Under Soviet rule (1944 - 1991)

In 1944, the Soviet Union again annexed the three nations.

Stalin eraEdit

Stalin treated the citizens hard, especially those eho had alied with Germans. They are treated with mostly gulag, even after the Stalin era, until 1960, when the Gulag system dissolved.

Krushchev eraEdit

The exiles are alowed to return home from Kazakhstan and the Siberian Gulags. The citizens were treated better and more welcome, and the Party includes more of the ethnic Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians. However, it was not until 1985 that the Balts were treated equal.

Frastructure was inproved as the Narva Power Plants and other items were starting to be built.

Gorbachev eraEdit

See also: Singing Revolution and Baltic Way

Gorbachev took power and immediately start reforms. Local peoples are equal, newspaper are open to write about anything. The Molotov - Ribbentrop Pact and its additional secret protocols are revealed. Popular Fronts were etablished in the Baltic countries willing to independence of all three nations. As the anti-communist "Revolutions of 1989" began, the Baltic states etablished one for themselves, the Singing Revolution. Events started. In 1989 Independence Party of Estonia was the first non - Communist legal party to be etablished. The domino effect hits Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan and soon destroy the whole Soviet system. The Soviet Union recognized the independence of the three Baltic states on September 6, 1991, leaving the state with only twelve republics in its final months of existense. It also means the Baltic Republics cease to exist that day.

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