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Kaiserin Viktoria (Under Construction)

Kaiserin of the Germanian Empire
Viktoria

LinkTheme: Motherland, Forever
Personal Info

Nickname:

The Soldier Empress
War Princess

Born:

Princess Viktoria of Preuswald
17th Augusta, 1897 (age 44)

Birthplace:

Marmorpalais, Potzstadt,
Kingdom of Preuswald

Spouse:

Prince Alexander-Augustus
of Sleswig-Holsatien

Children:

Sieghilde, Crown Princess
Princess Edelgard

Ethnicity:

Preuso-Germanian

Religion:

Arminism

Father:

Kaiser Friedrich IV

Mother:

Thalia of Saxia

Gender:

Female

Dynastic Info

Dynasty:

House von Hohenstein

Reign Began:

13th Novembris, 1925

Ideology Info

Political Ideology:

Constitutional Monarchism

”...Long ago, it was said that those who play with the devil’s toys will be brought to wield his sword. That infernal instrument may yet bring us victory, and perhaps even peace. But there must be no doubt that in that victory, in that peace, there will be a grievous price to be paid by the Empire...and by myself.”

"It is all I can do now to let events run their terrible course, and ask Heaven to forgive me. For I know that history certainly will not."
- Kaiserin Viktoria
, writing in her diary after the Bombing of Portchester.

Viktoria (Viktoria Adelheid Frederika Solaria Christiana Maria Theresa, born 17th Augusta, 1897) is the reigning Kaiserin of the Germanian Empire and Queen Regnant of Preuswald. The second child of Kaiser Friedrich IV and Princess Thalia of Saxia, Viktoria became heir presumptive following the assassination of her brother Crown Prince Karolus in Julius 1923, the event that would spark the Weltkrieg. In 1909, she married Prince Alexander-Augustus of Sleswig-Holsatien, with whom she has two children: Sieghilde, Crown Princess, and Princess Edelgard.

Having borne witness to the assassination as it happened, the future Kaiserin was an early and avid supporter of the war effort against the Entente. Viktoria would go so far as to serve in the Reichsmachthelferin, the female auxiliary component of the Reichsmacht, as a nurse and a truck driver during the first half of the war. She became an instrumental tool of the regime for keeping morale up as the war began to drag on, making numerous speeches to the soldiery along the front espousing the virtue of their cause and to the civilian populace on state radio broadcasts. To this end, she was also a vocal mouthpiece of Germania's pro-war rhetoric, to the point where she is (often erroneously) credited alongside other pro-war proponents of the military and government for bringing the doctrine that would become 'total war' to the forefront of Germanian politics.

Upon the death of her father in Novembris 1925, Viktoria - at 28 years old - acceded to the position of Kaiserin and Queen Regnant of Preuswald, as well as sovereign of the few overseas colonies that remained under Germanian control. However as a result of the policies of her predecessor, a lax wartime leader largely incapacitated by illness in the last years of his reign, the Empire's General Staff had been delegated broad powers in the matters of military strategy and national organization, and had become Germania's de facto ruling institution. Thus the new Kaiserin was a puppet to the military regime in all but name from the first days of her rule.

This period would coincide with the fading of her prior bellicose sentiments and revenge fervor, as her period of service in the auxiliary services prior to her coronation exposed her to many of the horrors of the Weltkrieg. She would come to see many instances of human suffering that she came to see herself as complicit in, largely due to her earlier role as the main driver of Germania's propaganda machine. Her efforts to broker peace after the Fall of Francia would, unfortunately, end in disaster after Frankish anti-armistice elements established a new regime in the Republic's colonial territories, prompting Albion and Soviet Ruthenia to enter the war on the side of the anti-Germanian Entente.

In spite of the escalation and the grave war that faced the Fatherland the Kaiserin would see Germania and its forces through, earning great popularity among the armed forces and the wider populace for refusing to leave the capital in the face of Ruthenian invasion from the east. Events such as this and her prior service would cultivate Viktoria's propaganda image as akin to that of the Preuswalder soldier-kings of old, in concert with the Reichsmarschall's own growing personality cult. The tides of war would eventually turn in the Empire's favor against Soviet Ruthenia, but Albion's resilience would ultimately force the Kaiserin to authorize the Bombing of Portchester, the first and so far only use of nuclear weapons in warfare. Though this would secure the final victory of the Germanian Empire in the Weltkrieg and the eventual Treaty of Brussel, this event was known to have greatly shaken her psychologically.

On the surface, Viktoria's reign over the Germanian Empire and its peoples has seen it go from strength to strength. Having crushed all those who would oppose it by the might of her victorious armies, neutered its long-time rival in Francia, established undisputed military dominance over the mainland, and greatly expanded both its Europan and Cartegan territories, she has overseen the Empire's ascension to its long coveted "place in the sun". Powerless to curb its violent excesses however, the Kaiserin's reign has likewise seen Germania fall from grace in the same manner as Icarus. Adventurist Reichskanzlers who, under the influence of the military, sought to aggressively capitalize upon Germania's newfound hegemony would greatly damage the Empire's post-war international image before it even had the time to heal, and would also fail to mend relations with Albion following the atomic bombing. This pushed Germania further and further into isolation, culminating in the international embargo of the Empire and it's sphere of influence that sent the still-recovering Germanian economy into an unprecedented downturn by 1933.

These blunders by the civilian government resulted in a chaotic period of revolving door governments, coalitions building, collapsing, and rebuilding around newly appointed Reichskanzlers for some months only for scandals and backroom scheming by their parliamentary opponents brought them back down again. Viktoria's attempts to support reformist and even compromise candidates between the Reichstag's political factions ended in disappointment and failure. Wary of the political disorder, Viktoria was pressured by the still heavily influential Reichsmacht to appoint the old Reichsmarschall von Hotzendorf as Reichskanzler, hoping to leverage his heroic status to give the government a unifying figure to rally behind and navigate a way out of the crisis. This decision would prove fruitful as Hotzendorf's political movement, the Germanische Vaterlandspartei, was able to whip up support amongst the Reichstag's conservative blocs, and more importantly among the populace who were eager for anyone to deliver them from the post-war madness.

Although Hotzendorf and the GVP were able to bring forth a lasting and stable government, the old general would ultimately turn out to be far from the ideal choice. As Reichskanzler, von Hotzendorf and his party have overseen an era of stagnation and division the likes of which the Empire has never before had to endure, having suppressed all attempts at reforming the nation's pseudo-military government in the name of internal stability, barely keeping the economy afloat after attempts at autarky met disaster, and reigniting tensions on the Ostfront with Soviet Ruthenia. As sovereign, the Kaiserin is the second face of this abomination of a government and by many accounts complicit in its failings for continuing to act as its de facto rubber stamp. However, whispers among the growing dissident element of the Reichsmacht officer corps both abroad and fighting the shadow war in the Empire's own capital say that she has been far from passive in the face of the Empire's decline, supporting all manner of underground paramilitary and political organizations from behind the curtain of the Empire's political scenes to erode the influence of the military government and finally set the nation back on the right course.



















Early Life

Viktoria was born on 17 Augusta 1897, in the Marble Palace of Potzstadt in Preuswald's Branzenburg Province. Her parents were Prince Friedrich of Preuswald and Princess Thalia of Saxia. At the time, her great-uncle Franciscus reigned as Kaiser of the Germanian Empire...

Life


Education

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Reign


Accession and the Weltkrieg
A younger Kaiserin Viktoria, circa 1925.

When her father died in Novembris 1925, near the end of the Western phase of the Weltkrieg, Viktoria succeeded him to the Germanian throne. Prior to her ascension to head of state however, Kaiser Friedrich had seen fit to delegate virtually all matters regarding the prosecution of the war effort to Reichsmarschall Paulus von Hotzendorf and the Reichsheer's General Staff. Thus the Germanian Empire was left under a de facto state of military dictatorship for the duration of the conflict, relegating Viktoria to a largely powerless ceremonial role. By this point though, her enthusiasm for the war had come to wane deeply.

Viktoria had toured the shelled ruins that filled each of Germania's then three fronts in her years of service as an auxiliary, and had seen thousands of Germanian soldiers come home horrifically maimed by shrapnel, gas, or worse, in body bags. The once green fields and rolling hills of eastern Francia, now a muddy sea of craters and minefields with abandoned ghost towns on the periphery. The natural beauty of Norge's high mountains and Svealand's great forests, mired and scarred by artillery salvos and wildfires sparked to flush out the enemy, and dotted by frozen corpses that could not be buried in the hard winter soil. The legendary city of Veisgrad in Slavonia, the fortress that had withstood no less than a dozen sieges over its long history, reduced to rubble and ash, and the few citizens stubborn or desperate enough to stay subjected to merciless Germanian occupation forces who would arrest or kill any who were so much as suspected of holding resistance sympathies.

Although she did what she could the ease the pain and hardship of the war for those under her care, these experiences stayed with Viktoria and deeply sobered her view on the war. By the time the crown had fallen into her lap she was all but ready to see the conflict come to its final end and for peace to return, having come to regret the role she had played in fanning the flames of the conflict and whipping the Empire into a war frenzy.

In the months following her coronation peace had seemed be within the reach, with the capitulation of Njordr and Slavonia secured and Francia not far behind. Yet this was not to be, as with the Fall of Francia in 1926 came the entry of Albion and Ruthenia into the Weltkrieg as both of these Great Powers feared what fate would be befall them if Germanian hegemony on the mainland was successfully established, especially with a (formerly) bellicose monarch on the throne. In concert with this disastrous development was the founding of the Free Frankish Republic on shores of Jazair, remnants of the mainland Frankish forces that had vowed to continue the war and liberate their homeland, and even worse the arrival of the Atlantian Federation onto the Entente's side of the fray after Akitsushiman provocation.

In a matter of months the war had turned from grueling but winnable to desperate as Germanian forces scrambled to hold the line against the Soviet assault in the east and begin the prosecution of the War in the Desert in Cartega. The fighting across these two new fronts would last for another three long and bloody years that nearly saw the collapse of the Empire's eastern flank when Soviet forces made their first assault across the Wiselka River and moved to occupy Ostpreuswald, prompting many among the nobility and the civilian government to flee west towards the Rhein. Although urged by her advisors to do the same, Viktoria rejected this motion and elected to stay in the capital despite the danger on the horizon, continuing to rally the Empire's population and its remaining allies to the defense.

The Kaiserin's perseverance, and more importantly that of the Reichsmacht and the Polanian Royal Army, was rewarded following the Miracle on the Wiselka and the envelopment of the Soviet army that had been besieging the Polanian capital of Warshuva, giving the Germanians and their allies a long awaited chance at a counter-offensive. The campaigns that followed would see the liberation of Polania from Soviet yoke, but the fighting to come would be some of the fiercest and most brutal in Eastern Europa's history as both sides suffered heavy losses in men and materiel on the long road to Maskeva. At the end of that path the Empire, after suffering the deaths of two and a half million men on the Ostfront and facing nigh starvation at home, had by the skin of its teeth managed to claw out a victory once more, reaching the Ruthenian capital in mid-1929.

While on land and over the eastern skies the forces of the Kaiserin were able to push towards a final victory, the same could not be said for Germania's efforts at sea. With the Reichsmarine outnumbered and outclassed by the sheer size and might of Albion's Royal Navy, the idea of invading Grand Albion was nothing less than a pipe dream for all but the Empire's most delusional generals, realistically leaving them only the option of slowly starving the isle through submarine warfare. The Luftstreitkrafte and the Maguskorps on the other hand, were able to achieve air superiority and had slowly been whittling down its industrial capabilities, but this was far from enough to secure armistice. The Albish government continued to stubbornly resist even into the last days of the war, and was increasingly bolstered by the influx of men and materiel from Atlantia and the rest of Albion's colonial empire. Left to grow, and with the bulk of the Reichsheer's forces fighting on the Ostfront, the multinational force assembling on Albish shores posed the grave threat of retaking Francia and opening up a second front in Europa, one that Germania had no chance of winning.

By the middle of 1929 the war was on a precipice, made worse when intelligence came in from the RND (Reichsnachrichtendienst, Imperial Intelligence Agency) agents in Londinium that the invasion, codenamed "Operation Martel", was scheduled to launch in Julius of that year. A quiet panic once again set in among the nobility and government, and even some of the Empire's generals began to privately express their fatalism and misgivings about the war. Even the Kaiserin herself had come to quietly lament and fear what might soon become of the Empire, and of her if she should be forced to surrender. In that dire hour of the Weltkrieg, it had become clear that Germania would need one last miracle to finally put an end to the bloodshed, to finally put an end to to the War to End All Wars. And the Empire had one last miracle in its back pocket.

After years of top secret development kept safe from even the Kaiserin's eyes, and the successful commencement of a test in the Liwatan Desert, the Reichsmarschall and the Empire's top scientists finally unveiled to her the "Damokles-Projekt", and with it the weapon that would decide the war. The culmination of the Germanian Empire's grand efforts to unlock the secrets of the atom and weaponize the very building blocks of existence for their war against the world, the product of the vast undertaking was the world's very first nuclear bomb. Although highly impressed by the achievement, Viktoria was just as equally horrified by the prospect of using it once the full magnitude of its destructive capabilities was made clear. Despite being the only existing bomb of its type left remaining in the Germanian arsenal, the enriched uranium-bomb "Himmelslicht" was powerful enough to wipe an entire city off the face of Tellus and leave only contaminated ruins in its wake.

In a move made perhaps out of respect for her position, or perhaps to mockingly accentuate the bitter powerlessness of it before that moment, Reichsmarschall von Hotzendorf and the General Staff requested the order from the Kaiserin to use the weapon over Albion. The target was the city of Portchester, a vital Albish port responsible for much of the island's shipbuilding and commerce and the stationing point for a sizable contingent of the Entente force preparing to launch Operation Martel. Although Viktoria held deep-seated misgivings over the choice presented to her, she understood that there was no other option but to use it. Anything else would prolong the conflict and consign even more men and women on every side of the conflict to their deaths than she possibly could with her next decision.

So the order was made. On Junius 16, 1929, the biggest air raid of the Weltkrieg commenced over Portchester and came to a climax with the detonation of Himmelslicht over the city, with the resulting explosion estimated to have incurred as many as 15,000 military deaths and 100,000 civilian deaths. After the bombing the Kaiserin would go on state radio and issue a statement announcing the use of the new weapon, and issuing a warning that if the Albion Commonwealth and her western allies would not make peace that other Albish cities would share Portchester's fate. This was a bluff as Himmelslicht was the only such weapon in Germania's possession, but the terror its effects inspired in the Entente countries and the disruption it dealt to Operation Martel were enough that Albion and Atlantia finally came to the negotiating table.

Viktoria had prepared herself to see the results of the terrible raid, to put her own actions in perspective and see for herself whether what she had done was truly worth the cost. But nothing could truly have prepared her for the first films and images to come out of Portchester. The complete and utter devastation of the city at ground zero, the charred corpses and the shadowed outlines against the walls where civilians stood in their last moments, the flash burns on the surviving victims of the blast and those still half-alive in the aftermath. Traumatized and horrified by the sheer weight of devastation she caused, it is reported that she locked herself in her chambers for a week afterwards. Refusing to speak with anyone save for a priest, Viktoria returned to court life as normal just in time for armistice to be signed and start off the path to peace, but most recognized the profound effects that those last days of the Weltkrieg had upon her psyche.

Titles and Honors

Germanian Version

Albish Translation

Ihre Kaiserliche Majestät Viktoria,
von Gottes Gnaden Kaiserin von Germanien, Königin von Preuswald,
Markgraf von Branzenburg, Burggraf von Nürnberg, Graf von Hohenstein,
Souveräne und Oberste Herzogin von Sileska und der Grafschaft Gladsko,
Herzogin von Saksie, von Westfalen, von Angrien, von Pommern, Lüneburg,
Holsatien und Sleswig, Meideborg, Bremen, Geldern, Kleve,
Jülich und Berg sowie der Wendovien und Kaschuben,
von Crossen, Lauenburg und Mecklen,
Landgraf von Hessen und Thüringen,
Markgraf von Ober- und Niederlausitz,
Prinzessin von Orania,
Prinzessin von Rügen, von Friesland, von Paderborn und Pyrmont, von
Halberstadt, Münster, Minden, Osnabrück, Hildesheim,
von Verden, Kammin, Fulda, Nassau und Mörs,
Fürstliche Gräfin von Henneberg,
Gräfin der Mark und von Ravensberg, von Hohenstauf,
Tecklenburg und Lingen, Mansfield, Sigmaringen und Veringen,
Herrin von Trevaburg.

Her Imperial Majesty Viktoria,
by the Grace of God Empress of Germania, Queen of Preuswald,
Margrave of Branzenburg, Burgrave of Nurnberg, Count of Hohenstein,
Sovereign and Supreme Duchess of Sileska, and the County of Gladsko,
Duchess of Saxia, of Westfalen, of Angria, of Pomerelia, Lüneburg,
Holsatia and Sleswig, of Meideborg, Bremen, Geldern, Cleves,
Jülich and Berg, as well as of the Wendovians and Kashubs,
of Crossen, Lauenburg, and Mecklen,
Landgrave of Hesse and Thuringia,
Margrave of Upper and Lower Lusaty,
Princess of Orania,
Princess of Rügen, of Friesland, of Paderborn and Pyrmont, of
Halberstadt, Münster, Minden, Osnabrück, Hildesheim,
of Verden, Kammin, Fulda, Nassau and Mörs,
Princely Countess of Henneberg,
Countess of the Mark and of Ravensberg, of Hohenstauf,
Tecklenburg and Lingen, of Mansfield, Sigmaringen and Veringen,
Lordess of Trevaburg.

Political Standing
Although largely an apolitical figure as with most modern constitutional monarchs, the Kaiserin has been known to align with conservative factions within the Imperial Court and the Reichstag. The few recordings that escape Branzenburg showing her presiding over the government depict her appealing to the representatives' sense of religious duty and respect for tradition, although those claiming deeper knowledge of her political character understand these as half-hearted platitudes. Excerpts of her writings on the Weltkrieg and modern Europan history seem to carry an almost reformist tone to them, eschewing the militaristic rhetoric much of her government continues to employ in favor of more humanist tendencies.

The Kaiserin's reputation at home is deeply mixed. Some conservatives and old guards fondly remember her as "the Soldier Empress" for her military service and her stalwart demeanor throughout the worst of the war, while the liberal and left-leaning elements of Germanian society scorn her for the role she has played in propping up the military dictatorship and plunging the Empire into international isolation. Abroad she remains widely reviled, especially in Albion, where she is remembered as one of the bloodthirsty war hawks responsible for sowing chaos in wartime and bringing atomic fire to bear on another nation.

For & Against (Most Notable)

  • For: Monarchism, conservatism, Trinitarian democracy, Greater Germanianism, Germanian nationalism, Altmarkian pragmatism, Germanian hegemony, parliamentary democracy, religious tolerance, social traditionalism, the sciences, technology, industry, education, mage acceptance, Development of the Greater East, Western detente, peace.

  • Neutral: Liberalism, social democracy, constitutional monarchy, colonialism, technocracy, nativism, Ildoa and the Hemeterran Pact.

  • Against: Bolshevism, collectivism, republicanism, anarchism, despotism, integralism, anti-Yehudism, absolute monarchism, Soviet Ruthenia, Slavonia, Francia, Albion, Akitsushima and the Co-Prosperity Sphere, totalitarianism, ultranationalism, expansionism, militarism, adventurism, dictatorship, war, and weapons of mass destruction.

Personal Life
Prior to the Weltkrieg and the death of her elder brother Karolus, Viktoria was a well-liked figure in the imperial family. A personable wife to her husband and house and a doting mother to her her children, Viktoria alongside her husband and daughters were for a time the glowing face of the Germanian monarchy.

The Kaiserin's personal life in the present day is a cold and distant one from what little is known by outside observers. Although once known as a beloved figure in the royal family and a devoted wife and mother prior to the war, the events that would rend Europa apart in the Weltkrieg would similarly break apart the home she once knew. Viktoria's grief and rage upon the death of Karolus followed by her insistence on joining the frontlines sowed a rift between her and much of the imperial family...

Personality
Calm, introspective, and deeply reserved in both public and private settings, the Kaiserin is as much a subdued and understated character personally as she is politically. In sharp contrast to the younger woman that loudly clambered for justice and revenge against the Empire's many enemies for the murder of her elder brother, the Viktoria of the modern day is a solemn figure who has come to embody the post-war weariness of the Germanian populace.

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