Once upon a time, a little boy named Nikolai, worked on a farm with his family of serfs. Serfdom made their life miserable.
Can I join you guys?
Let's spy on the Tsar!
One day, Nikolai was walking in the streets when his master decided to sell him to the Russian police to become a soldier in the Crimean War, the Russian war of expansion.
We should create the zemstvo.
We abolished serfdom, but how do we keep the people under control and happy?
Nikolai trained and trained until he was finally sent out to fight in the Crimean War against the Ottoman Empire, Great Britain, and France.
You're going to get us caught!
After the war was over, and Russia had lost, it was time to go home. Nikolai was packing when he heard the other soldiers talking about living at the Castle to spy on Tsar Alexander.
On their first spy mission, the boys heard that serfdom had been abolished, but the Tsar still wanted to keep the people under a strong rule, so he created zemstvo, an institution of local governmnet.
One of the little boys also heard the Head Officer of War telling the Tsar that the reason that Russia lost the war was because they had not modernized like the other countries. The boy was so excited that he started to jump and scream, which is why he got caught. Later that day, Nikolai and his friends were sent back home.