- Her Imperial Majesty the Empress of the Imperial Fatherland, Elisabeth
Elisabeth (full name: Elisabeth Victoria Edeltraud von Mittelheimen, born 25 December, 1908) is the German Empress and Queen of Karlsland. She is the consort of German Emperor Oswald I, scion of the House of Hohenheim. She is the daughter of Prince Karl of Mittelheimen and Charlotte, Princess Royal and scion of the highly influential noble House of Mittelheimen. Since her marriage to Oswald, Elisabeth was the mother of Empress Dorothea II and twin daughters Stella and Mercedes.
Born on 25 December, 1908, Elisabeth was the first child and daughter of German Prince Karl and Albish Princess Charlotte. Elisabeth was made Princess of Mittelheimen in 1922 at the age of fourteen. As did Oswald’s parents when they were preparing him for his royal marriage with Elisabeth, Elisabeth’s parents were also preparing their daughter for her marriage with Oswald due to rumours and irrational fears of an assassination attempt on Prince Maximillian Wilhelm von Hohenheim, heir presumptive to the throne and the father of Oswald. She was wed to Oswald in 1922 and their royal marriage stirred gossip around the world consequently. Like Maximillian Wilhelm and Augusta Marianne, Karl and Charlotte were criticized for forcing their children to marry at a young age. At first, Oswald and Elisabeth were also resentful towards their parents over their controversial marriage until Oswald’s parents were assassinated and the young prince made heir presumptive and Emperor after his grandfather’s death. The two have decided to accept their new lives together as Emperor and Empress, as husband and wife, and the possibility of becoming father and mother in the future.
Nicknamed "Die Gut Ehefrau", Elisabeth has always remained by Oswald’s side throughout the Great War and the years after the war. Her positive personality did help influence Oswald’s personal character and health, helping him when he is in doubt and depressed. When asked about Elisabeth, Oswald said:
Born in the noble Mittelheimen family, Elisabeth is considered the quintessential princess who is young, fair-skinned, beautiful, and lady-like. Her personality is being a truly kind and good-natured person; she is affectionate and loving, speaking fondly of her family and friends, especially Oswald whom she is very close to and loves sincerely. Elisabeth is loyal to her husband and will remain so even in old age. On top of being affectionate and loving, Elisabeth is also gentle and patient even to people that others would find difficult to be patient with. Despite her young age, she tends to act very motherly towards a person who is low-spirited. The Empress’s philosophy is simple: she wants to provide and assist the unfortunate and downtrodden and set them on the right path to a good life in a bright future.
Despite her seemingly quiet and pacifistic behaviour, Elisabeth is not afraid to speak her mind and will develop some courage to raise her voice and express her opinions, whether it is protesting against imperialism in general and demanding the politicians at the Reichstag to address the issues of injustice in the country. (Oswald loves her for this). The young Empress is described as unusually brave and very determined to protect her loved ones and subjects, and though she is not a fighter and dislikes fighting, she cannot be bullied nor intimidated very easily by her enemies regardless of their size, appearance, status or power.
Unlike so many people in her time—except Oswald and a few others—Elisabeth does not hold racist views and detests those who do. She is passionate when promoting for social justice and equality in the Empire. This is due to her upbringing by her parents who were prominent social progressives and genuine believers in equality both socially and racially. She is an advocate of ecumenism and an opponent of racial intolerance. Because of her liberal and progressive beliefs, Elisabeth is only popular with Christian liberals, pacifists, intellectuals and social progressives in Germania. And though she has supporters, she also has made enemies with the Metzgersdorffs, Christian conservatives and pro-war advocates in the Empire. She has faced fierce backlash for her liberalism and advocacy against war from the Kaiserreiches Partei under incumbent Imperial Chancellor Alfred Furrer.
Elisabeth speaks the regional Swabian German dialect but also speaks the common High German dialect.
Elisabeth no longer celebrates most Christian holidays e.g. Christmas, Easter ever since she discovered that, at their roots, those holidays were rooted in paganism.