Richard Ernst Lagenmauer (born: 17 September 1961) is a North German statesman serving as the North German Imperial and Federal Chancellor since 2011. He serves as the leader of right-wing the National North German Party ever since the NNP Coup crisis of 2011 and has widely been described as the de facto leader of the European Society.
Lagenmauer was born in Akra, the capital city of the North German overseas federal state of Wastrecht. He obtained a mastery in history in Akra itself, before enrolling in the Kaiserin Victoria University in Danzig where he received a doctorate in Political History. His tenure as a politician however did not begin until 1994 when he joined the regional branch of the NNP, eventually becoming one of its representatives in the Reichstag in the election of 1995, becoming the youngest Reichstag representative from Wastrecht and one of the seven youngest in North Germany, a seat he represented until his sudden move to Danzig in 2003 and his election as a representative of the same ever since. Lagenmauer was appointed Minister for Education in the third Erhart-Kramp government in 2004. He led a Nationalist and Progressive coup in the National North German Party in 2010 in response to Erhart-Kramp's increasingly irate pacifist rule and supplanted her as both the Leader of the party.
Following the 2011 snap election, Lagenmauer was appointed chancellor as the Chancellor-Candidate of the largest party in the winning coalition of NNP and LP. The 2011 election was disbanded in the wake of the intervention in Crimea by the Emperor after the largely-anti war Liberals left the NNP coalition. Lagenmauer continued his term as the chancellor by forming a coalition with FVP. His second cabinet concluded naturally in 2017, where the NNP successfully managed to form a coalition with FVP, a ruling coalition that has continued to the day.
As the Chancellor of North Germany, Lagenmauer is the most powerful politician in Continental Europe, contested in the planet only by Prime Minister Gaston in Britain and President Roosevelt in the United States. One of Lagenmauer's consistent priorities has been to strengthen continental relations and secure the Hague Treaty Organization into a formal military force against potential threats to Continental politics. He played a crucial role in the brief but firm military intervention against Russia in 2013. In domestic policy, healthcare reform, renewable and non-fossil energy development and his government's approach to the ongoing crisis in Macedonia have been major issues during his Chancellorship.
Richard Lagenmauer was born as the last child of 5-generation settlers Henri Lagenmauer (1923-2009) and his wife Adeline (née Babenberg; 1928-2000) in Akra, Duchy of Wastrecht on 17 September 1961. His older brother Johannes (1943-1987) left the Akran household only months before Richard was born, leaving to serve as a member of the Wastrecht Ducal Guard as part of his military service. Lagenmauer's childhood was nearly completely influenced by the Survival Politics of Lothar of Wastrecht, followed by the Bundesekecution and a short period of occupation and delotharization implemented by the Federal government.
Like most German-Guineans (in and outside of Wastrecht), he was brought up as a Lutheran in the Church of North Germany. He attended a public school in Akra, close to his own parents' house and was reported to be an exceptionally gifted students "in subjects he cared about". He was not raised traditionally or with the conservative-reactionary values that were the norm in German households in Wastrecht at that era, instead raised by a household of long-time FVP progressive liberals.
Lagenmauer was conscripted at 18 on 1979. He passed the physical exam and was drafted into the Army. He spent his training period in Camp Kabanel in Wastrecht and was drafted in 38th Infantry Regiment (part of 15th Division). He passed his basic training with mediocre ranking, and military documents suggest that his teamwork was his best asset during this time.
In 1980, The Czechoslovak Republic (which had originally been formed out of the Habsburg Dominions in 1911) suffered a crisis. Ethnic tensions reached their height, especially between native Germans, Hungarians, and Slovaks and the Czechs who were the constitutionally-recognized privileged cultural group. Protests by each of these groups and heavy-handed suppression of the same by the Czechoslovak government became a norm, causing numerous condemnations of the Czechoslovak state by many of its neighbors. Eventually, this manifested in the Czechoslovak Crisis in 1983. An armed protest in Bratislava overthrew the local governor through force and declared the Slovak Republic (claiming the provinces of Slovakia and Silesia). The Slovak rebellion itself sparked protests in the Sudeten territories that called for an annexation of Sudetenland by Austria, while Silesian Poles, Germans, and Czechs fell into violent infighting in Silesia.
North Germany officially involved itself in "The Czechoslovak Crisis" in 1983 by its occupation of Bohemia and Moravia in order to deny Austria a means to attempt an annexation of Sudetenland. I think you can see where I'm going with this. The 15th Division was deployed into Bohemia as the vanguard of the forces that marched into Czech, participating in the Battles of Pilsen and Brno, eventually occupying Prague. The short and relatively bloodless intervention in Czech however, would result in a catastrophe in Czechoslovakia. With the federal government utterly incapable of protecting its Czech population against the ire of the Slovaks, Germans and Hungarians outside of mainland Bohemia and Moravia, forcing the North German state to keep the deployed division and reinforce it with a regiment by 1986. In 1987, the Hungarian Republic invaded Czechoslovakia. The Hungarian partition of Slovakia was nearly 33% of its area at the time.
Lagenmauer was part of the detachment that was deployed to Czechoslovakian Silesia in order to pacify the region's murderous Polish majority. The North German intervention in Silesia and Lagenmauer's experience in the wartorn region caused as a direct result of infighting between various ethnicities would later paint the most basic parts of his domestic policy. The aftermath of the Opava massacre in particular (where 87,000 Czechs had been mutilated) would remain part of his rationale for much of his voting regarding Poland and Silesia while in legislature.
Lagenmauer left service in 1986. He attended the University of Akra, studying History up to a mastery. He enrolled in the Kaiserin Victoria University in Danzig in 1992 to continue his education, receiving a doctorate in Political History in 1993. He returned to Akra again, taking a professor's seat in the University of Akra, becoming a Political History professor in the same college until he left Akra for Danzig in 2003.
Lagenmauer originally joined the NNP as a clerk of the local office of the party in Akra. Wastrecht being an etrenched Conservative Party stronghold with few liberals in its territory, Lagenmauer had few rivals or competitors in his party. He became the local office's secretary in 1987. Between 1987 and 1995, he acted as the secretary of NNP's only member of the Reichstag from Wastrecht. When Jon Wilhelm, the NNP seat in Wastrecht, announced his wish to retire, he personally recommended Lagenmauer as his successor.
Richard Lagenmauer, predictably, was elected as the representative of the Akra-Volta constituency in 1995, an office he would continue to hold until he moved to Danzig full-time in 2003. Almost immediately following his entry into parliament, Lagenmauer was approached with an offer to serve as a minister by Chancellor Hanna von Altmark, an offer he refused largely due to inner-party politics, including his fear in alienating the rest of NNP, including the rather large faction represented by Greta Erhart-Kramp. After the Altmark Government was defeated in the 1998 election and he was ousted by Heinz Miller as the leader of the National North German Party -acting as the minor in a coalition led by the FVP- Richard would slowly inch towards joining Erhart-Kramp's faction in opposition to Miller's largely anti-Catholic and anti-interventionist platform.
As the representative of Akra-Volta, Lagenmauer supported substantial reform in the laws of Bundesexekution and the limitations of the state governments against the general Federal agenda. He supported assimilationist policies against minorities in North Germany and a total overhaul of the federal standard of education. He supported a quicker shifting of North German energy from oil to nuclear power, especially the building of nuclear plants in the largely-unpopulated desert regions in Wastrecht, among many others.
He advocated a strong European partnership. During the North German-Libertalian War, he supported a full-scale retaliation against the Continental Association, wishing to bolster European relations and even warm Anglo-North German relations in order to build up a war force against Libertalia, and he was one of the 13 in Reichstag who voted against the Diplomatic Compromise of 2001.
In 2002, he announced his intention to move to Danzig, one of the most contested territories between NNP and DKP at the time. He personally stated that the birth of Ethel, his daughter and better opportunities in Danzig had "not been the reason", though it is possible that a falling out with his father may have something to do with his abrupt move. Lagenmauer was elected as one of Danzig's representatives in Reichstag only months later in the election of 2003, when the NNP successfully supplanted FVP as the leader of their decades-long coalition.
On 2004, he was appointed as the Minister of Education in the Erhart-Kramp government, something that bolstered his own position in the National North German Party. It was at this time that he slowly began inching out of the Erhart-Kramp faction in the party due to political differences. Nonetheless, he served as Erhart-Kramp's Vice Chancellor from 2005 to the day the latter was removed.
At the time, the National North German Party, under leadership of Greta Erhart-Kramp, held a distinct platform of authoritarian populism. Erhart-Kramp was strictly against Catholicism, a national isolationist, and -to some- a luddite. Her party politics followed through. During her tenure as Chancellor, she personally vetoed 7 bills regarding an overhaul of the North German energy industry, passed through 3 bills increasingly enlarging the federal government's authority regarding media censorship purely through forcing a party-bloc, and through her party blocked 3 bills supporting military intervention in support of Israel, Persia, South Africa, and (eventually) Chile despite North Germany having signed prior treaties promising military support in case of crisis to each of these nations. The situation with South Africa in particular, which eventually resulted in an aggression invasion by Luderitz, Angola and Mozambique and the finally the full partition of South Africa in 2007 was cause for a massive, considerable defeat for North German prestige, as North Germany was known as the chief and primary defender of South Africa.
By this point, the NNP was rapidly losing its popularity. Its claims were nearly constantly challenged by other rival parties such as the NVP (North German People's Party) and the Conservatives. Similarly, the revelation of unauthorized laundering, use, and transportation of party funds by a number of individuals largely linked to the Chancellor caused a minor corruption scandal inside the party. By 2007, Erhart-Kramp was unpopular as a chancellor -her popularity had flopped to a staggering 47%, the lowest any leading politician in Europe had ever since early 1940s- and inside the coalition she led with an iron fist. The united front of the Coalition was starting to break as she could no longer ensure her party voted the same way she did. In early 2010, this reached its peak. Lagenmauer criticized Erhart-Kramp's platform and politics and called for a vote of no confidence for her inside her own party. An inner-party election in May 2011 elected Lagenmauer as the new Party leader, though he would not assume office until July of the same year.
Erhart-Kramp, having been reelected in 2009, was not willing to step down, and a large part of both the NNP and the FVP were not willing to continue her lead either. For the next year, the legislature would be run into ground, until the Emperor officially dissolved the Reichstag on 2011, calling for another election effective immediately.
Minister of the Interior
Hans Schönenhausen (2011-2013)
Minister of Economics
Olaf von Lotharberg (2011-2014)
Minister of Justice
Greta Kamp-Schönenhausen (2011-2013)
Minister of War
Henrik Freiherr von Altmark (2011-)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Sonja von Hartmann-Bolweg (2011-2016)
Minister of Health
Ernst von Schmidt (2011-2014)
Minister of Transport
Minister of Education
Herman Spahn (2011-)
Minister of the Environment
Sonja Karrenbauer (2011-2013)
Minister of Labor
The 2011 election was a close shave for the National North German Party. Despite gaining a conventionally high number of votes, the party was forced to incorporate the Progressive People's Party and the Liberal Party into a coalition, resulting in a surge in the progressive faction of the NNP and the formation of a liberal and progressive government with a highly reactionary and conservative opposition. His first term (2011-13) was primarily spent regaining the North German prestige. The first Lagenmauer government first diplomatically stopped a resuming of conflicts between Luderitz and the newly-established Transvaal over Zoutpansberg through negotiations with both sides, and a reintegration of South Africa into the German Confederation as an observer. He then swiftly put an end to the Argentine-Chile War by enforcing a harsh diplomatic treaty on a (in large part thanks to North German operations) wholly defeated Argentine.
Lagenmauer's government was largely responsible for the swift and brutal European response to the Russian aggression for Ukraine in 2013. He had been one of the most vocal opposition to Russia's claims on Crimea and was partially responsible for mobilizing North Germany's regional clients in the Hague Treaty Organization on the vote over a possible intervention against Russia. During the war, he authorized a total of 15 air missions against Russia, 9 of which targeted Russian oil and gas fields, using the intervention as a pretext to weaken Russian capacity for power projection. Immediately following Russia's armistice and the end of the war, Lagenmauer requested a new election to be held, claiming that he wished to 'serve a full term for himself'.
He was re-elected in 2013 with an increased number of seats, forming a governing coalition with FVP alone. During this term, Lagenmauer's government was overshadowed by the crises in East Asia and the Balkans, in particular the The Macedonian Crisis in Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Greece and his own insistence in decreasing the military size in order to defuse tensions with a number of East Asian states, especially Malaya and Sumatra, while diplomatically making an enemy of the two nations through use of their respective claims on Singapur.
Lagenmauer's second government marked the abdication of North Germany's longest ruler and the coronation of Sophie II as the Empress. Sophie's reluctance in joining the political debates and her inaction in both Bundesrat and Reichstag resulted in a period between 2014 and 2016 where the Chancellor was the final and total authority in the realm (comparable only to Wilhelm II's short stint as Emperor in 1945-47). In this period (II. Vakuumzeitraum) Lagenmauer passed a series of reforms especially in healthcare and domestic policy which, while criticized by many, eventually resulted in a sudden drop in unemployment (dropping to less than 3 million in the entire nation). In the latter part of his second term, he backed Empress Sophie's proposals regarding naval expansion -in particular in Prussia and Hanover-, while also being the primary party diffusing tensions between Russia and the United States over Alaska (which awarded him the Peace Nobel Prize in 2018)
Lagenmauer was once again elected as the chancellor in 2017, once again forming a coalition with the Progressives, this time primarily opposed by economic liberals (LP, National Liberals, and the Radicals). He has recently been attempting to find a solution to the Macedonian Crisis. In addition, he also concentrates on healthcare reform, an overhaul of North German energy (primarily by subsiding new plants in remote areas of the Empire and promoting the use of solar and wind energy in public, urban life.
Lagenmauer can best be described as a progressive, an anti-luddite, and a nationalist. Throughout his political career, he has held a number of different views on a number of different issues, but he has been relatively consistent in his Reichstag voting in most of what he sees as 'key issues'.
In home politics, Lagenmauer has concentrated on funding and resourcing research and development, reform of public and private healthcare, insurance, and labor laws in general, reform of public and private education standards, and extending government regulation on many agencies that were deregulated during the liberal era of 1970-90 (most of which have yet to be overturned).
Lagenmauer is a proponent believer of energy system transform. He opposes using fossil fuel (including Silesian and Rhenish coal), most of which needs to be exported from Balkan, American, or Middle Eastern fields. He supports licensing, building, and subsidising nuclear plants outside of generally populated areas (mostly Northeastern Germany and Schleswig-Holstein in the mainland, a number of islands in the pacific, and in the lesser-populated areas in northern Wastrecht). In contrast, he also supports urban development of geothermal, solar, wind, and hydroelectric power.
He opposes motions that attempt to infringe on the North German peoples' privacy, both on cyberspace and in general.
Lagenmauer opposes single-payer healthcare, believing it will erode competition in the nation which he views as necessary for an economy to prosper. On the other hand, he believes the public insurance and healthcare needs to encompass most matters with private industry only acting as a bonus.
He opposes banning abortion (which is legal at any point in the first trimester upon condition of mandatory counseling, and is also permitted later in pregnancy in cases of medical necessity) which was one of the many issues he had with the reactionary-conservative opposition in 2011-13. He supports reforming laws regarding the limitation to the right to self-defense, believing that most regulation in the country is unnecessary at this moment, given nearly everyone undergoes military training upon reaching majority.
Lagenmauer opposes punitive justice and has voiced support in 'removing the last vestiges of our blood fetish'. He opposes reimplementation of the capital punishment and he supports decriminalization of a number of actions he feels 'should not be crimes'.
Despite progressive, egalitarian laws regarding genders and sexuality, Lagenmauer opposes the pride, viewing it as "glorification of a period of persecution by self-hating individuals who were under said persecution". He supports international action against countries with restrictive and oppressive laws regarding sexuality and gender. He supports extending the right for homosexuals to serve in the military, though many opposing politicians have claimed that this view is unnecessary, given statistically speaking nearly every homosexual also serves in the military.
In contrast with many progressive views, Lagenmauer opposes immigration. A very ardent supporter of homogeneity, he opposes the creation of "hyphened North Germans", which he believes generally appears the fastest with immigration. He opposes issuing a declaration of apology to the Polish Republic regarding the treatment of Prussian Poles during the Bismarck era, or to Namibia regarding the treatment of Hereros during 1904-7, which -controversially- he views as "a necessary evil taken against a small minority to ensure a common good for all". He believes in harsh measures against illegal immigration in all Europe and making the process of immigration more difficult so as to dissuade those who "only wish to live in North Germany without being North Germans". Despite such a claim, Lagenmauer is not an ethno-nationalist, viewing the majority of the 10% non-Germans in the country as "North Germans in every way that matters".
Where education is concerned, Lagenmauer supports free education for every North German from the age 7 to 18. He does not oppose private education in any way, but believes that standardized education policies are necessary. He supports the teaching of at least two languages in addition to German, believing "Everyone should be fluent in English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese" given the large language blocs that exist in the world. He supports elective models in High School education, believing that "Everyone should be free to learn what they want, but only after knowing what they need for any given future".
Lagenmauer does not support free Higher education, but he also believes that entry exams should be absolutely necessary for any education and that the price required for entry should be in line with the educational background required for the same. He supports providing federal, public scholarships for promising students, but also believes that military-provided scholarships "make education meaningless".
Lagenmauer supports decreasing the noticeable wealth inequality in North Germany, but has before expressed that it would be impossible to do so within parliamentary protocol and he is "not willing to go that extra mile". He has however voiced support of (and helped the passing of) measures that would increase the national minimum wage while lowering maximum necessary working hours per week.
He does not support a flat tax, though he also opposes a dramatically high average tax rate. He supports a progressive tax code that "ensures the cogs of the state will continue to run smoothly". While Lagenmauer's proposed tax code was the lowest compared to the other relevant candidates ever since 2011, he opposes tax evasion which he has on numerous times compared to treason of the highest order. In the interest of this view, he has also passed legislation that would require companies to pay the highest corporate tax rate on any profit held abroad.
Like most other North German politicians, Lagenmauer views the upkeep and renovation of national infrastructure as something of utmost importance. He opposes privatization of infrastructure (such as private road tolls, etc.), and has repeatedly voted against or struck down bills calling for a constitutional amendment removing the state ownership of railroads.
He opposes socialist notions against business in general, though he has sometimes found support in SPN on bills expanding possible jobs that would weaken the larger corporations. In particular, his informal understanding with SPN resulted in the employment boom of 2013-16 which decreased unemployment to below the 3 million mark.
During 1995-2003, Lagenmauer opposed lowering the minimum wage (at that point, 6.25 ℛℳ/hour). He supported bills expanding insurance for various versions of hard labor (mining, building, etc.). The minimum wage was expanded to 8.5 ℛℳ/hour by legislature he passed in 2013 (which is the equivalent of 6.25 in 1995). In 2018, the NNP passed a bill proposed by Lagenmauer that decreased the working hours to a 28 hour week (4 day week, 7 hour day). Despite his support for lowering work hours, Lagenmauer supports extending legalized work hours indefinitely, viewing that "voluntary labor should not be limited".
Lagenmauer is an interventionist. He believes that the North German Confederation has "a divinely-ordained right" to intervene in any military engagement in the world that North German interests have a stake in. He has voiced support for intervention in a total of 7 different conflicts between foreign nations that he claims North Germany has a stake in, though no military conflict has come into prominence during his term.
He is a Europhile, believing that the European Society should be bolstered and that the Hague Treaty Organization (which is made of a number of European nations) should be made larger and have a larger, more active presence in the world. He does not view the Commonwealth of Nations as "a true threat or promise", believing that the British nation and its organization is neither a current North German enemy nor a friend. He has opened negotiations with Britain to ask for a clarification of whether Malaya's claims regarding Singapur are a view the organization shares, especially as North German-Malayan relations slowly chill.
In international trade, Lagenmauer supports free trade with specific countries with close ties to North Germany, while opposing Favored Treatment (MFN) on principle. He repeatedly opposed the three versions of a bill that called for a permanent normal trade relations with the British Empire during the third Anglo-American chill of 1995-2006, while similarly opposing a free trade agreement with the United States of America in 2009-14.
The official residence of The North German Chancellor is in the Imperial Chancellery. Lagenmauer owns a small apartment in Berlin, Danzig, and Akra, the only places he has ever lived in.
Richard is an accomplished translator, having participated in the German translation of Prince of Lies. He plays piano as a hobby, preferring Jazz to older German Classics. He was a chain smoker, only abandoning his unhealthy habit in 1993 when his daughter Ethel was born. He does not have a drinking habit or any other similar addiction.
He holds unfavorable views over many "unnatural" cultural aspects. This includes views on the Roman Catholic Church, Irreligion, Islam (which held a noticeable plurality in his birth-place of Wastrecht) and -to a certain point- Judaism. He does not view any ethnocentrist views, though he has shown a dislike for many aspects of East Asian societies.
He is fluent in English, French, and Danish. In 1989, he married Gothel Sauer (née Lagenmauer), a West Prussian pianist. The couple have two children (Ethel, born in 1993; Sigfried, born in 1998). The two have not had any marital or domestic disputes, though they live separately from each other as Sauer still resides in Danzig, West Prussia.
Lagenmauer was baptized a Lutheran member of the Church of North Germany and raised in a relatively-religious household (a rarity, given his parents' otherwise anti-conservative views). He has reportedly expressed that he views religion as "not something of importance in my life".
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2018 Nobel Peace Prize
Iron Cross 2nd Class
War Commemorative Medal for Czechoslovakia
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