- His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of the Imperial Fatherland, Oswald I
Oswald I (full name: Maximillian Wilhelm Oswald Guillermo von Hohenheim; 25 December, 1907 - 28 January, 1968), also known as Oswald The Immovable, The Iron Emperor (German: Der Eiserner Kaiser), and affectionately nicknamed King David of Germania (German: König David von Germania) was the Emperor of The Imperial Fatherland and King of Karlsland. He is the successor to the throne of former Emperor Leopold I, his grandfather and predecessor. He is the son of Prince Maximillian Wilhelm von Hohenheim and Archduchess Augusta Marianne von Helvetia. He is the twin brother of Prince Aleksandar von Hohenheim. Husband of Empress Elisabeth, Oswald is the father of Empress Dorothea II and his twin daughters, German Princesses Stella and Mercedes.
Born in 25 December, 1907, Oswald was made German Crown Prince of Karlsland at the age of ten years old. In 1922, then fifteen year old German Crown Prince Oswald married his fiancée, fourteen year old Princess Elisabeth in a controversial royal marriage. In 1923, choosing between Aleksandar and Oswald, a dying Leopold chose Oswald to be his successor on the Imperial throne after the assassination of the Prince and Archduchess by a communist. He was then coronated Emperor of the Imperial Fatherland and the King of Karlsland after his grandfather’s death, commencing his reign over a country that was rapidly growing in heavy industries and military but was also becoming alienated from the rest of the world due to his grandfather’s aggressive behaviour towards the whole world as well as his bellicose policies. Oswald was a proponent for establishing a political and economic union in Europa until the Great War broke out in 1923. During the war he was the Supreme Commander of the armed forces and a member in the Greater General Staff. Seven years later in 1930, a complete cessation of hostilities was announced, and the conflict unofficially ended when signatories from the countries involved in the war signed the Non-Aggression Armistice Agreement. Despite the cessation of fighting, the war did not officially end and so technically the world is in a state of a frozen conflict, much to the Emperor’s dismay.
Oswald’s reign in the post-war years and onwards saw his country become one of the major great powers in the world after 1930, thanks to the Ruhr valley becoming a hotbed of German high technology and innovation, giving rise to the earliest examples of technological advancements from robotics to the largely experimental weapons systems for the Imperial military. But despite all of the marvellous progress his country is making under his reign, Oswald’s rulership was far from being a stable and peaceful one, especially in regards to the people he appointed his Imperial Chancellors. After outing Haber, Oswald appointed many politicians with promising intentions into the office of Imperial Chancellor but their tenures were quite short-lived because most of them threatened to continue the war, were involved in scandalous affairs and one of them behaved erratically which embarrassed the emperor.
To honour the memories of his country’s fallen, including the many fallen from the countries who had fought with or against the Empire, Oswald ordered for and/or allowed the construction of many war memorials on Europa’s battlefields from the Francois Republic to former Legadonia and Imperial-occupied Dacia. He hopes to commemorate the sacrifices made from all sides in a rather somber way, to make sure generations will know and remember the First World War as not a great patriotic struggle nor a battle between the forces of good and bad but rather a “war of senseless, mindless slaughter that brought shame to great nations and tore families asunder.”.
Aged 60, Oswald died of natural causes on 28 January, 1968. He was given a state funeral through the streets of Kaisersberg until his body was buried outside of his family’s residence of Castle Hohenheim. And though dead, he is immortalized and fondly remembered by his people as Germania’s beloved ruler. The only thing that Oswald left behind for his family to remember him by is a Shih Tzu he named Leo, a cherished gift.
Born in the proud and influential House of Hohenheim, Oswald is one many people would call the paradigmatic German: he openly embraces powerful industry, developed cities, modern factories and the Empire’s marshal tradition. Even as a young boy he behaves like a grown adult compared to most of the literal adults who surround him in his life and he proves this by being prudent, sensible and stern. The most notable aspect of Oswald is his manner of speaking when he is expressing his opinion or when he is in a conversation as he speaks in a detailed yet straightforward manner. Whether he is praising or criticizing, he will detail what he has learned about someone or something before going straight to the point.
Politically and socially he is a conservative figure who is a great admirer of Germania’s social, political and religious values. He holds a strong sense of moral standards, responsibility and justice; he believes in upholding and enforcing law and order while doing what he thinks is the right way for his country and leading it in the direction he wants it to go. Because of his personal upbringing in a conservative family, Oswald is naturally a staunch opponent of communism and adamantly opposed to any and all branching socialist ideologies. Regarding his conservative views he holds onto views criticized as old-fashioned by his critics. For example, he expresses his definition of an acceptable marriage should only be between one man and one woman. He is against divorce, premarital sex and disloyalty in a marriage. In spite of these views, Oswald has no problem with interracial marriage and he will let his subjects to marry regardless of one of the partner’s skin colour but as long as they are a heterosexual couple. Yet still his conservative attitude enables him to resist demands allowing homosexuals to marry, an aspect of his that he is criticized for by social progressives.
Oswald inherited the ceremonial position of Supreme Commander of the Imperial Armed Forces. Though he profess to be a peacemaker, he is willing to lead his country and wage war against Germania’s enemies who perpetuate threats of aggression against the German people. Close allies in the Greater General Staff noted him to be collected and flexible, attentive and consistently present when invited to the Greater General Staff to discuss on military matters related to winning the war. Regarding the Wunderwaffe Projekt he is firmly opposed to the development of "war-winning wonder weapons", stating his reasons that war should be an honourable affair and developing even more highly destructive weapons will lead Germania down a path of endless destruction. And any plans going to the development of these expensive wonder weapons are rejected almost immediately.
Affectionately nicknamed "King David of Germania" by his supporters, Oswald is a ruler who is honest and honourable, even humble despite of his royal background and ascension to the thrones of Emperor and King. He exhibits fondness and affection to his family and friends, chiefly to Elisabeth whom he is married to. He does have a sense of humour for simple jokes and funny stories; he appreciates the art from the past and the art in the present albeit not so much with the latter due to the works from several avant-garde movements. Though he inherits great wealth all due to his predecessors and their thrifty spending habits, his penchants are simple: in and around Kaisersberg he purchases books from the city’s many bookstores to read in his spare time; he would also purchase tools to build and/or repair some of the machines he built by hand (like his personal automated air-conditioning robot), and toys he collected.
Growing up to become a father, and despite that he has no son to rightly succeed him as tradition in the Imperial court, Oswald exhibited paternal affection and concern for his daughters. He is especially close to his first child and daughter German Princess Dorothea II, nicknamed "Dorothy" and "Dory".
When it comes to consuming food on his plate, he is more of a meat eater to a very hilarious degree. Burgers, hotdogs, bacons and eggs (scrambled, sunny side, boiled etc) are his favourite and desirable foods on his menu. He is not so much of a fan consuming vegetables due to their lack of taste and plain rawness. He can consume a burger with the onions still left on except the pickles as he discards them. He even can tell the difference between a standard beef burger and a plant-based one by smell and taste.
During one, unbearably hot week in the summer of 1924, Oswald assembled his own personal automated air conditioner by hand. This handmade air-conditioning robot roams about on a set of spider-like legs. When activated, the machine follows wherever Oswald goes, bringing a cool and relaxing breeze to the young Emperor. His dogs are not very fond of the robot.
Oswald speaks the Austrian German dialect while Elisabeth speaks the Swabian German dialect.
One of Oswald’s favourite Bible stories is the Parable of the Good Samaritan and the Biblical character, King David who is regarded by Oswald as one of the very few good kings in the Bible.
It is almost rare to hear Oswald raise his voice in an furious tone but when he does, people say they can “feel his wrath for weeks”.
Oswald stands at 170 centimetres (5'7") and weighs around 63 kilograms (140 lbs)
Oswald presided over another war brewing in the middle of the ongoing Great War: the War of the Undead.