Conversely, efforts at consolidating power were challenged by the various goods and economic crises. As a result of the economic failures of previous governments and poor harvests, the Bolsheviks inherited a broken economy on the verge of collapse, of which was primarily due to WW1. One such failed effort was War Communism was introduced in 1918 as a “series of restrictive economic measures”, designed to restructure the faltering economy. Through the nationalising of banks and industry, and forced requisition of grain from the peasantry, the economy and public support under Bolshevism suffered even more so than previously. As a direct result, a sharp decrease in production occurred between 1918 and 1921, such that industrial production decreased by one million rouble. Reminiscent of the old order, the peasantry continued to experience famine and hunger - unable to operate agriculture to produce goods for both themselves and the key cities, dramatically weakening political influence. While efforts by the Bolshevik party to consolidate power through eradicating hunger difficulties within Russia, power and public support were never fully attained until 1921’s introduction of the NEP, demonstrating that the Bolsheviks largely failed to solve the consolidate power in regards to ‘Bread’.
Thus, through largely strengthening Russia’s political, economic and societal systems, the Bolshevik government was able to substantially consolidate power. While War Communism proved a failed economic policy, the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk and the Land Decree enabled the Bolsheviks to employ a period of societal, economic and political success, demonstrating Bolshevik power was mostly consolidated within Russia. More than a century after, Russia continues to experience consolidation difficulties – although after the fall of the USSR, the Russian government must ensure social, economic and political cohesion occur, or be once again consigned to the coming failures of the Bolshevik legacy.