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RSFSR as the world's largest administrative division by area
Should it be mentioned that, during the late Soviet period at least, the Russian SFSR was the largest administrative division in the entire world? In addition to being the largest division of the world's largest sovereign state, the RSFSR was itself larger than any sovereign state in the world (other than the state containing it, obviously). After all, Canada -- the second largest sovereign country -- is only about half the size of the RSFSR. Can any administrative division today claim the distinction of being larger than any sovereign state except its own? I cannot see how this would be possible unless the modern Russian Federation establishes an administrative division that will be larger than all of Canada. --22.214.171.124 (talk) 22:12, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
There are certain users who have been editing other SSR articles on Wikipedia for the past year, by stating that the soviet republics existed until the adoption of their new constitutions in the mid-1990s.
Russian SFSR declared itself independent and changed its name to Russian Federation in 1991, and there are absolutely no arguments to back up that this state existed until 1993. That would be rewriting history. A new state is not just a matter of all-new constitutions, but also of its status and form of government. Afghanistan has had a lot of states since the abolishment of monarchy in the 1970s: the First Republic (1973–1978), Democratic Republic/Second Republic (1978–1992), the Islamic State (1992–2001), the Islamic Emirate (1996–2001), the Afghan Interim Administration (2001–2002), the Afghan Transitional Administration (2002–2004), and the present-day Islamic Republic since 2004. Yet they have only had four constitutions since then: 1976, 1987, 1990 and 2004. Is that to say that we should change these year spans totally as well, so that most of these states didn't exist? The People's Republic of Hungary ended in 1989, but an all-new constitution was first made in 2011. Should we also say that the PR of Hungary existed until 2011, then? That would make little sense. Although Russia did not adopt a new constitution before 1993, there's no doubt about that it was a totally different state. It had a totally different form of government, its name was changed, it was an independent state (not a federated state), it was not a Soviet socialist republic. These factors are a lot more independent than the adoption of an all-new constitution. And although the constitution was not all-new, and formally the same constitution although heavily amended, it was amended to fit a new state and was not really the same constitution in practice. You'll have to agree that the 1991 transition is a lot more historically significant change in Russia's history than the adoption of a new constitution. A.h. king • Talk to me! 21:03, 27 February 2017 (UTC)