The Union of Soviet Socialist Republic was a socialist state on the Eurasian continent that governed as a single-party state with Moscow as its capital. The USSR was a union of socialist states (Russia, Ukraine and Transcaucasia) formed during the first world war. During it's time the Soviet Union would make great strides in research, and industry; however mis-managment, and a high focus on expansion of industrial production over agriculture lead to an economic collapse in 1989 that would lead to the union being dissolved in 1991. Following this collapse, fifteen post-soviet states emerged, and thousands of people where displaced. Without a central economic authority the people had to begin finding ways to supply themselves via barter, or self made enterprises. Townships would come together to figure out how to proceed as they laid claim to factories, mines, and farms that had once been owned by the state. The desolution of this collapse can be seen in the episode Missing Linka.