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  1. ☭ Comrade tankers, Today, we continue with our groundbreaking studies on the economics of gold shells with the KV-1 breakthrough tank, which is named after the people's Commissar Kliment Voroshilov. First, we would like to clarify common misconceptions about the name. Comrade Voroshilov is not the same person as Comrade Molotov, the same with how Comrade Stalin is not the same person as Comrade Lenin, even though their names end with the same sound. Voroshilov is the Soviet defense commissar. Molotov is the Soviet diplomatic officer. They are both famous names, as Voroshilov commands the KV tanks, and it is said that Molotov invented the Molotov cocktail. Folk tales describe how Molotov created his cocktail by accident a long time ago during a hypothetical meeting with the Germans regarding a mythical document called the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Much partying business took place during the meeting, and Molotov somehow became so intoxicated that he mistook a bottle of vodka for a giant cigarette and tried to light it. The alcohol outside the leaky bottle caught fire and Molotov immediately recognized his mistake. The part about the burning sensation on his hands certainly helped quite a bit to waken him. Molotov instinctively threw the burning bottle away, and it hit and shattered upon a table full of signed documents. The burning alcohol immediately incinerated all the contents of the table. Unfortunately, included among the destroyed documents was the one and only original copy of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The meeting promptly ended after that. With the Pact destroyed, Germany saw this as a "fair" opportunity to launch an invasion on Mother Russia, thus opening the Eastern Front. Of course, the validity of this tale is questionable, since we would never negotiate with the fascists in the first place, for it is known that we have always been at war with them since the very beginning. Nevertheless, the name Molotov stuck with weapons involving flammable liquids in a bottle. Anyways, the focus of this study is the KV-1 heavy tank. When the Pride of Voroshilov was first fielded, there was no fascist or capitalist tank in existence that could penetrate its invincible armour. Soviet engineers designed it as a breakthrough tank to lead the way to victory. The bullets and shells that may leech the lives of our comrades in the infantry corps cannot hope to damage the Voroshilov tank. What may kill others is but a scratch upon the hull of the KV-1. Countless times have this noble machine lighted our righteous path with the burning wrecks of enemy tanks and bunkers alike. Though initially armed with a tested-and-true 76mm cannon, various other weapons were experimented with. One promising success was a short-barreled 122mm cannon designed to fire high-caliber high-explosive shells, which was very fitting for a breakthrough tank. This weapon was a nightmare for fascist infantry and bunkers, but was not as reliable against later tank models. However, as the Great Patriotic War progressed, there was a pressing need for more mobile and versatile tanks capable of quickly adjusting to the flow of battle. Seeing this, the great and everlasting Party ordered the retooling of factories to produce additional T-34 series tanks. The Voroshilov series was eventually dropped and succeeded by the Iosif Stalin series. Despite this retirement, the KV-1 still remains a monument to the power of our Soviet might. Proof of Soviet superiority (*not within the 30 battles of the study); as we see, Comrade Kolobanov's medal has a KV-1 on it: As it is known, due to recent events, i.e. the Gold Shell Revolution, large surplusses of HEAT shells were distributed among all tank regiments. It was found that the remaining models of the KV-1 could be equipped with 122mm HEAT shells, and trials have indicated that such shells, despite being launched from a short-barreled cannon, are highly effective against most tanks due to the ability to fully penetrate armour and dealing full damage. In these days of fast tank-focused warfare, is it possible that the old Voroshilov series can be brought back to its former pride and glory? This experiment across 30 battles in the KV-1/122 aims to assess 1) the practicality of Russian 122mm HEAT shells in terms of combat capabilities against the fascists and capitalists hordes and 2) the economic sustainability of our valued silver ration tickets in using such a weapon. KV-1 HEAT shells were treated as standard AP shells and was thus the primary method of crushing our enemies. Like AP, HEAT relies entirely on armour penetration. Due to relatively poor accuracy, it was preferred to fearlessly engage the enemy at close ranges when possible, or use HE shells to splash hull down enemies or targets at longer ranges. But is it viable to fire shells in this manner without depleting the Union's silver ration tickets and entering debt like the capitalists? The analysis has been complete and the results now released for the benefit of the working public. Prior to showing the results, we must first establish the credibility of this study. Authentic recordings of the KV-1 fighting fiercely on the frontlines have been de-classified and disclosed to the public. Furthermore, performance records and documents describing the disbursement of silver ration tickets have been released by the Party to further validate this experiment. Full Replays of glorious KV-1/122 in action: http://www.mediafire...e1xw12i4zfvz896 End-of-battle screenshots: http://www.mediafire...unmh0bl5j6y2ey5 We may now proceed to the study. The conditions of the experiment are thus: >30 battles of Solo Pub - Comrade Voroshilov leads the way and shows the light of victory to random pubbies. >KV-1/122 is armed with 25 HE shells and 25 HEAT shells. >Our many crates of HEAT shells were already acquired beforehand at 2000 silver ration tickets each, thus there are no post-combat records of purchasing additional HEAT shells. >Some HE shells were already available, but were used partway through the experiment. Past some point there will be post-combat records of purchasing additional HE shells. >A Premium Economics Policy was active for the entire duration of the study, brought to us by the people's Party. However, we account for the flow of ration tickets and experience for both Standard and Premium Economics Policies in all our battles, so this should not affect any results in the experiment. The results of the experiment are detailed in the following chart: These values may be compared to previous records of KV-1 performance, in which HEAT shells were not used. As we see, previous averages are thus: >61% victory. >1.63 targets destroyed per battle. >950.13 damage points inflicted. >508 average EXP points awarded. Compared to averages obtained with gold ammunition: >70% victory. >2.70 targets destroyed per battle. >1239.77 damage points inflicted. >647.27 average EXP points awarded. We can observe the changes in performance. Once again, arming HEAT does NOT guarantee insta-win against the hordes of pubs; once again the 100% victory ratio eludes us. However, from this sample we observe that win ratio has improved. Targets destroyed per battle has greatly improved, perhaps because of the high alpha damage of the 122mm HEAT shells, which increases chances for taking the killing shot upon an enemy tank. Damage per battle has also been improved, leading to an additional boost in EXP gained per battle. Clearly we can see that HEAT shells are very effective on the KV-1's 122mm cannon; without a doubt, the KV-1/122 is a very potent weapon. The Voroshilov is a tank to be revered by our comrades and feared by our foes! As for the economic side of HEAT shells, we find that if the shells were ordered at half price, we can perpetually use them to annihilate our enemies and generate a moderate income to fuel our Soviet war machines. If using a Premium Economics Policy, we may produce a strong income from our patriotic efforts. If the HEAT shells were obtained at full price, a small loss would occur, but of course this is because these shells are produced by the heroic labour of the working public of the Soviet Union and are highly valuable to the war effort. To maintain a moderate income, a Premium Economics Policy is required. Thus, to have Premium is to crush our enemies forevermore! Notes: Here are the overall KV-1 records upon the conclusion of the experiment: And here are unicorns: Comrades, be sure to also learn about the original Workers' Revolutionary Soviet SU-26 Gold Economics Study: As well as the Glorious Expeditionary Soviet SU-152 Gold Economics Study: And the People's Party's Premium Soviet T-127 Gold Economics Study: In addition to the Great Industrial Soviet T-54 Gold Economics Study: Plus the Marching Volunteers' Chinese Type T-34 Gold Economics Study: Including the Spacefaring Cosmonauts' Soviet S-51 Gold Economics Study: Furthermore, the Proletarian Public's Soviet IS-6 Gold Economics Study: Be sure to comment and spread the Soviet glory!
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