I was very surprised that Crimeans had voted to be Assimilated into Russia, before I realized that the ballot was of the form, "Die" or "Be Killed." *sigh*
In Soviet Russia, Vote chooses you!
My son's one comment very early on, though, was that Jasper Fforde had it right all (the Thursday Next books are an AU that happens after a second Crimean War). Let's hope things don't lead to that.