This article is about the TV series depicting an alternate history of Margovya. For an actual alternate history of Margovya, see No Russian Imperialism.

El Cuatro Colores: An Alternate History of Margovia is a 2012 Margovyan alternate history television series created by Anastas Karpov and Pristina Quarimova. Its premise, based on detailed historical research and genealogical studies, is to show what Margovya (called "Margovia" in the series) would look like in the present day had the Russian Empire not invaded in 1891. It stars a large cast of actors as characters who are often witnesses to the events that would shape the history of the alternate Margovia. The series is narrated by Iosef Pankavuranov.


Episode no. Title Original Airdate Viewers (millions)
1 "The Decision That Changed History" April 2, 2012 12.54

In a moment that will profoundly change the course of history, Emperor Alexander III of Russia decides not to invade the Nation and Government of Margovia, a small resource-rich South American country with year-round access to summer ports. Instead, Alexander decides to cast his eye on Japan, a country similar to Margovia but much, much closer to Russia. Eventually, the invasion of Japan is dropped, and there is peace in Asia and South America. But it will not last long.

Starring: Ervin Sikhovich as Alexander III

2 "Telesforo" April 9, 2012 9.18

Telesforo Jimenez, a young and ambitious soldier, rises rapidly through the ranks of the Margovian Army, eventually becoming the youngest colonel in the Army at just 38 years old. But he is not satisfied with the country's leadership and with how Margovia is being run, and he plans to change all that by removing the current leadership and taking over the country himself.

Starring: Timofey Ulyanov as Telesforo Jimenez

3 "1892" April 16, 2012 7.59

Colonel Telesforo Jimenez sets in motion a great plan whose success or failure will utterly change the fate of Margovia. Joined by twenty more colonels and their respective commands, Jimenez launches a coup d'etat against Chief Minister Julio Soledad's thirty-year rule over the country. The hours-long Battle of Ciudad Arbat is depicted in minute detail, and the episode ends with Jimenez declaring the birth of the Military Republic of Margovia.

Starring: Timofey Ulyanov as Telesforo Jimenez and Gleb Maryanov as Julio Soledad

4 "The Democratic Alliance" April 23, 2012 11.99

Telesforo Jimenez rules Margovia for twenty-nine years, until he finally dies in 1921. A lot has changed in Margovia in the twenty-nine years he ruled, with the Army finally becoming a modern force for its time, with muskets being replaced with state-of-the-art bolt-action rifles. The Great War has exposed the world to modern warfare, new ways for people to kill each other. Margovia may not have been directly part of the Great War, but it is now headed for the warpath, when a group of twenty-one colonels, led by Juan Basilio Agbayani, declares a new rebellion against the Military Republic of Margovia. This episode explores the motivations of the members of the Alliance to Restore Democracy to the Nation of Margovia, also known as the Democratic Alliance.


5 "Margovian Revolution" April 30, 2012 15.19

Basilio Agbayani and the Democratic Alliance declares a revolution against the Military Republic of Margovia, ushering in the Margovian Revolution. The revolution's major battles are explored, as well as the decisions of the two sides' respective commanders that led them to either win or lose their battles. The episode also shows how women and older children lied about their ages and genders to join the two Margovian armies, using the memoirs of Margovyan Revolution veteran Faddey Flamanov as a basis for the common soldier's experience in the Margovian trenches.


Trivia: Almost the whole cast of the historical fictional drama series Here's to the Men reprised their respective roles in this episode of El Cuatro Colores.

6 "Basilio" May 7. 2012 7.64

Colonel Juan Basilio Agbayani came from a long line of career soldiers, who believed that the affairs of the state should benefit the affairs of the people, and vice versa. His father, Mariano Agbayani, is a member of Telesforo Jimenez's military junta, but he and his son have grown afraid that Jimenez had been corrupted by the power he obtained in his twenty-nine-year rule. But only Basilio is brave enough to suggest that it is time to overthrow the government that the late colonel has set up, and this episode will explore the milestones of his life that led to his decision to lead the people of Margovia back to freedom and democracy.

Starring: Gavril Remontadov as Basilio Agbayani

7 "The First President" May 14, 2012 10.06

Basilio Agbayani became the first president of the Republic of Margovia on April 6, 1923, two years after initiating the Margovian Revolution that changed the face of a nation. Agbayani's presidency, in which a new constitution was ratified, and a new capital for the nation was declared in Icol, was brief, but it paved the way for further changes that would shape Margovia into the country it currently is.

Starring: Gavril Remontadov as Basilio Agbayani and Gregoriy Umalin as Juan Mariano

8 "Dispute" May 21, 2012 11.25

Basilio Agbayani's death on June 27, 1926 sent shockwaves throughout Margovia. The Democratic Alliance, still trying to educate the Margovian people of the merits of democracy, chooses to elevate another one of their members, Colonel Juan Antonio Mariano, to the presidency. Meanwhile, Agustin San Pablo, a lieutenant colonel who fought for the Democratic Alliance during the Revolution, argues against the Alliance's choice of Mariano as president, and tries to convince them to name him president instead. This episode explains the history of rivalry between Mariano and San Pablo, and how this eventually turned into a deadly affair.

Starring: Gregoriy Umalin as Juan Mariano and Karl Khristenko as Agustin San Pablo

9 "Juan" May 28, 2012 9.14 

Juan Antonio Mariano did not expect to become a military man, let alone become the president of his country. All he wanted to do was serve the mandatory five years in the Army so that he could return to his family's estate and help tends its haciendas. From his childhood to his first days in the Army to the battles he won and lost during the Margovian Revolution, this episode explores the events that made Juan Mariano the Democratic Alliance's choice for the new president.

Starring: Gregoriy Umalin as Juan Mariano

10 "Veinte y Ocho de Febrero" June 4, 2012 12.18
On February 28, 1932, a disgraced Agustin San Pablo and seven former soldiers did what had been before deemed impossible: assassinate the president of Margovia. The episode explores San Pablo's careful plotting, recruitment of co-conspirators, and the assassination itself, in bloody detail. Also included is the famous chase from Icol to Ciudad Arbat in which San Pablo was finally killed in a gunfight with local police forces.

Starring: Gregoriy Umalin as Juan Mariano and Karl Khristenko as Agustin San Pablo

11 "The Third Colonel" June 11, 2012 8.11
Another president is dead, and the Democratic Alliance still has not set up the necessary facilities for a proper democratic election. Colonel Juan Egidio Arbat, who incidentally was not a member of the Democratic Alliance during the Margovian Revolution, is named the new president. Arbat promises that he will be the last of the colonels that will lead Margovia, and that democracy will truly finally come to the nation. Arbat's struggles to fulfill his promise is depicted in this episode.

Starring: Gavril Lavrov as Juan Arbat and Marina Arbatskaya as Juana Arbat

12 "La Guerra de Chaco" June 18, 2012 15.94

Juan Arbat's hopes for peace in his time will not be realized, as Bolivia and Paraguay prepare to go to war for the Gran Chaco region, which provides access to the Paraguay River which flows into the Atlantic Ocean. 25,000 Margovian soldiers join their Bolivian allies to fight the Chaco War. The newly-established Margovian Air Force drew its first blood in this war, with former barnstormer Lando Casimiro becoming Margovia's first ace. The episode focuses mostly on the Margovian side of the Chaco War, and Casimiro's death-defying aerial actions that eventually earned him the Republican Medal of Honor.


13 "Tres Años a Último Prosperidad" June 25, 2012 10.53

Retired Colonel Julian Ireneo Amaro, the face of the Liberal Party of Margovia, is the first democratically elected president of Margovia after Juan Arbat finally stepped down and declared the end of the Regime of the Three Colonels. He had a grand vision, called "Three Years to Ultimate Prosperity," in which he planned to turn Margovia into the economic powerhouse of South America. Unfortunately for him, the Great Depression had finally caught up with South America, and the very policies which Amaro had hoped would elevate his country instead ended up bringing it down into the economic abyss.


14 "Three Years, Three Coups" July 2, 2012 14.89

In just the span of three years, Margovia fell from its position as one of the most powerful countries in South America to one of the least powerful. Ireneo Amaro's economic policy, "Three Years to Ultimate Prosperity," ends up causing most of the problems, with economists explaining how it was possible. In those three years, there were three coup d'etat attempts against his administration, with all ending in bloody violence and causing the loss of popular support for the Liberal Party. Also in the episode is Irina Amaro's brief but well-publicized romance with Margovian ace Lando Casimiro, which made people drift further away from the Liberal Party.


15 "La Nueva Generación" July 9, 2012 6.01

Ireneo Amaro and the Liberal Party of Margovia decided not to join the 1938 Margovian general elections. A very fortunate thing, considering that their opponents would have been the likes of Baldomero Agbayani, son of the first president of Margovia, Basilio Agbayani; Ladislao Amaro, who finally turned his back on his father and the Liberales to join the Margovian Federalist Party; and Ramon Dupree, son of one of the founders of the Socialist Party of Margovia. For the next generation of Margovian politics, family deals and old alliances no longer matter; it's all about the politics.


16 "The Second President Agbayani" July 16, 2012 9.45

José Baldomero Basilio Agbayani, son of the Father of Free Margovia Basilio Agbayani, is the new president of Margovia. He is faced with a wealth of problems his father could never have imagined: nationwide unemployment, popular dissatisfaction with the government, and worst of all, the clouds of war on faraway Europe that threatens to engulf the whole world. His policies are definitely not what his people expected him to enact, like the continuation of Ireneo Amaro's heavy industry policies and the downsizing of the Armed Forces. He also tried, unsuccessfully, to navigate through the turbulent period that is the beginning of the Second World War, even going all the way as to declare the nation neutral, but eventually fate and the Axis catches up with him, and he is assassinated by the Abwehr.


17 "The Second President Amaro" July 23, 2012 9.15

Baldomero Agbayani is dead, killed by an assassin's bullet. Ladislao Amaro, his vice president and close friend, barely survives the same fate. This pushes Margovia into the hellstorm that is the Second World War, with Amaro getting Congress to approve his declaration of war on the Axis Powers, conscription being reintroduced, and Margovian soldiers drawing blood and dying far away from their homes. But underneath all the blood and horror of the greatest conflict in human history were the seeds of change that would finally allow Margovia to bloom and prosper after the disaster that is "Three Years to Ultimate Prosperity."


18 "The Margovian Palace" 6.17

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