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The Empire (帝国), or alternatively The Fatherland, Reich (ライヒ[1]), is a powerful nation residing in the alternate Earth. The main character, Tanya Degurechaff, was sent to here following her first encounter with Being X. It is characterized by a strong military and rationalist attitude towards warfare. The Empire's capital is Berun. They use Mark as their official currency.[2] The Empire is also famous for its milk.  

Government Structure

The Imperial administration is close to constitutional monarchy.[3] Their cabinet is named Supreme High Command, consisting of Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Finance, Foreign Office, General Staff, and so on.

General Staff is one of His Imperial Majesty the Emperor's advisory committees technically. Supreme High Command is de facto rubber-stamping things for General Staff before the Great War. Each regional army group is nominally reporting to Supreme High Command.

International Relations

  • Francois Republic (フランソワ共和国) - They recognized each other as the main threat. Their long-smoldering border disputes and territorial issues between the two have erupted into localized wars on multiple occasions in the past.
  • Commonwealth (連合王国) - Although praising the right to self-determination, the Commonwealth worries about a new great power on the continent to challenge the balance of powers. In the beginning of Great War, it kept neutral yet sent limited support to the Empire's enemies.
  • Legadonia Entente Alliance (レガドニア協商連合) - They used to had an unofficial dispute over the domain of Norden. The Treaty of Londinium, which was mediated by Commonwealth, allowed them to resolve their dispute by compromising and recognizing a common national boundary. However, multiple isolated accidents have occurred along the border recently. There has been unintentional fire on both sides, which led to firefights due to misunderstanding, causing the situation to become tense. Those finally led to the outbreak of Norden Incident. See also Norden Incident.
  • Kingdom of Ildoa (イルドア王国) - It was an alliance with Empire, maintaining its neutrality in the beginning of Great War. The Kingdom had a skirmish with the Empire about Unredeemed Ildoa, a part of Ildoa-speaking regions yet presently governed by the Empire. Their treaty of alliance only stipulated some war provisions without the obligation to join the war on ally's side. In order to expand their influence on the Southern Continent, the Kingdom acquiesced in the Imperial Army stationing in its colonies.
  • Russy Federation (ルーシー連邦) - The government signed a nonaggression pact and other treaties with Empire, while claiming the domain of Imperial Ostland to the Empire. It kept neutral in the beginning of Great War. However, in year 1926, they declared war on the Empire upon their General Secretary's order.

History

The Empire is a new country that was born from the annexation and merger of numerous statelets, while maintaining traditional formalities and abandoning racial and gender discrimination. It had obtained all its historical lands during founding period and incurred hatred from most neighboring countries. Since the founding of the Empire, it secures its historical territory by Great-Reichism but was also hounded by territorial conflicts, so there was never any lack of sparks for the next war.[4]

Territories

  • The Empire in novel
  • The Empire in anime
  • The Empire in manga

Its territory border mostly follows the borders of the modern Europe nations in our world. Based on that, its territories contain Germany, Denmark, Scania of Sweden, all of low countries, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Czech, Slovakia, Poland, and Kaliningrad of Russia. Here listed the disputed territories of the Empire.

  • Imperial Norden (to Legadonia Entente Alliance) - It refers to Denmark and Scania of Sweden. It is mountainous while having the mineral deposits that cause local magnetic abnormalities.
  • Low Lands industrial region - It refers to Low Countries. It is one of the vital industrial regions of the Empire.
  • Unredeemed Ildoa (to Kingdom of Ildoa) - It refers to Slovenia. The Kingdom of Ildoa claimed the domain since part of the locals speak Ildoa language.
  • Imperial Dacia (to Principality of Dacia) - It refers to Hungary.
  • Imperial Ostland (to Russy Federation) - It refers to the part of Poland at the east of the Vistula and Kaliningrad of Russia.

In the anime, the Empire has larger territory compared to the novel one.

National Defense

Background

For historical reasons, the Empire is located right in the middle of the continent and has territorial disputes to most neighboring countries, which formed a containment net against the Empire, so the Empire had to think of its neighboring countries as potential enemies. To defend its vast territory, its troop numbers were always a tricky topic. To prevent the inferior numbers on all fronts, the Imperial General Staff decided to adopt a national defense plan that could ensure the overwhelming advantages in one front to destroy the invading forces one by one, while avoiding the lethal depletion of others.

Interior Lines Strategy

As known as Plan 315. It is a delicate defense policy which requires taking advantage on railway and fortifications. It will commit troops superior in quality and quantity topically, transfer the advantages to another front rapidly, finally defeat all enemies by winning several decisive battles. Based on it, regional army group is dictated to obstruct the enemy's advance and for the Great Army reinforcements to surround and annihilate the forces that have penetrated too deeply into Imperial territory. Since the Great Army is the main forces of the Empire, the plan 315 focuses on maximizing the speed of domestic theater maneuvering, making the Great Army the rapid reaction troops of the Imperial Army theoretically.

Strength

The Empire had invested a lot of time and money in building infrastructure and defense installations. With regard to maintaining supply lines, the Imperial Army had been optimized from the beginning for a domestic interior lines doctrine. The Imperial Army relied heavily on railroads and lacked adaptability of extreme environment outside the homeland.

Originally, the plan called for Central to send 3 divisions within 24 hours of mobilization orders, including an Imperial Guard Division as vanguard, and within 72 hours, seven more divisions to follow. Within a week or so, the Great Army itself would invest an overwhelming force──20 divisions of their dignified regular troops and enough reserves for 60 divisions.[5] In 1926, as Russy Federation declared war on the Empire, the Imperial Eastern Army Group had 60 divisions, while the Great Army was expanded to 100 divisions yet lacked key officers, machine guns and the canons in service.[6]

Military Strength

Army

The Empire is known for its superior armaments. It has the most outstanding and advanced army in the alternate world. The majority of their manpower is focused in land, air and not sea. Now, both air and land are prioritized due to the spread of mages. The Imperial Army is supplied with relatively new equipment, so much so that they've gone beyond believing in firepower supremacy and more in obeying it as accepted doctrine. Since the Rhine, the Imperial Army’s mage policy has progressed from using them as support for infantry to using them on their own more often. They are also known for their heavy firepower troops on the front line and emphasizing maneuver capability and maneuver warfare.[7]

Navy

They have a large amount of submarines than long-ranged and heavy barreled battleships. Their navy was expanded for the past few years, but the strength is still far weaker than Commonwealth Navy and matches to Republican Navy. Their Imperial High Seas Fleet has more naval ships while the Imperial North Sea Fleet has newer ones, whose flagship is SMS Helgoland.[8] The Empire have a few military ports at Inner Sea, but since their ally consensus with Kingdom of Ildoa, their only have some old fashioned armored cruisers, ex-Republican war ships, destroyers, and well-equipped submarines in Inner Sea.

Airforce

The Imperial air forces focus on air superiority and battlefield support. Most of their pilots are elite and highly-trained personnel. Therefore, they put a lot of effort to maintain the air superiority in the sky. In 1926, the Imperial air forces were still researching on naval attack doctrine. Before the Great War, the passing line of well-trained Imperial pilots was 600 flying hours, but in 1927, the Western Command even had to deploy the young pilots who have less than 100 flying hours.

Technology

Research and Development

The researchers are dedicated and motivated to create and improve their technology. In 1924, with the guidance of Dr. Schugel, Empire finally created a dual-core orb named Type 97 Elinium Orb that helps their mages to move freely to 8,000 feet above sea level. However, this operation orb is still a generation ahead of existing orbs used by other countries. It is a revolutionary model that was hard to handle for single-core users.

Land/Air

In land, Empire's researchers and engineers developed long-ranged bombers, long-ranged artillery and also tanks. Surpassing the technology of the other countries, they improved the guns and equipment of their troops. In 1923, there were some of armored units took part in Norden Incident.[9] In 1924, some of dive bombers joined the retraining mission of V601.[10] In 1925, armored divisions and mechanized infantry took part in Operation Revolving Door.[11] They also developed new model of assault rifle in 1925. In June, 1926, IV D tank had been considered an old model already being used for training and security in the rear, and G model, in service.

Sea

The warships the Imperial Navy use are mostly from WWI. In light novel, SMS Helgoland was considered the newest model in 1925. In both anime and manga, they have SMS Bayern as flagship instead. However, their torpedo is criticized by many submarine captains for several defects of its fuse.

Failed Attempts To Stop The War

1st moment: Reject Ludwig, who was the Chief of General Staff at that time, to mobilize the entire Great Army against Legedonia. The Empire could just defeat the invading army and threaten their government by political means. However, its massive assault finally destroyed the fragile balance and led to a series of war against itself, which were called “The World War” afterwards.[12]

2nd moment: Accept Commonwealth's call for ceasefire before the defeat of the Republic. Commonwealth asked the Empire for “restitutio in integrum”, and was rejected by the Imperial General Staff.[13]

3rd moment: Allow Tanya to take out General de Lugo so the Free Republic can't form and prevent the Commonwealth from entering the war. That would have ended in a clear Empire's victory but the General Staff prevents her.[14]

4th moment: Don't allow Tanya to strike at Moscow and go with the original plan 315. Let the Federation forces inside the Empire's territory and defeat them each time they invade. Eventually they will sue for peace. Tanya prevents this path to be taken.[15]

5th moment: Accept Ildoa's ceasefire deal in the middle of Federation Spring Offensive. The General Staff rejected this offer.[16] Accept Ildoa's ceasefire deal after the defeat of Federation Army. The Imperial cabinet rejected this offer.[17]

Trivia

  • In the manga, the Empire's soldiers resemble the German Wehrmacht from World War Two, and in the anime, Imperial soldiers resemble the German Kaiserliches Heer from World War One.
  • In name, territorial boundaries, culture, and geopolitical situation, the Empire heavily presents itself as a parallel to Imperial Germany and Austria-Hungary during the First World War.
  • The Fatherland, the Empire's second most prominent title, among it's own citizenry and military especially, was also a common epithet for Germany spoken among German nationalists during the World Wars.
  • On the maps that show up in the background of the anime, the country's name shows up as "Vaterland" in a highly stylized font.
  • It is interesting that even the tank technologies had taking place in this era, a massive trench warfare still occurred in Rhine.
  • In the novel, the flagship of Imperial North Sea Fleet is SMS Helgoland. In the anime and the manga, it seems to be a Bayern-class battleship.

Reference

  1. Plus Ultra - Chapter III Norden II
  2. Ut sementem feceris, ita metes - Chapter VI Excessive triumph
  3. Manga chapter 23
  4. Plus Ultra - Chapter V The Rhine's demon
  5. Deus lo vult - Chapter III The Watch / Guard On The Rhine
  6. Dabit deus his quoque finem - Chapter III Magnificent victory
  7. Nil admirari - Chapter V Portent
  8. Plus Ultra - Chapter III Norden II
  9. Deus lo vult - Chapter I The sky in Norden
  10. Deus lo vult - Chapter V Primeval Battalion
  11. The finest hour - Chapter II The interfere, which was too late
  12. Deus lo vult - Chapter I The sky in Norden
  13. The finest hour - Chapter II The intervene, which was too late
  14. The finest hour - Chapter III Operation an ark
  15. Dabit deus his quoque finem - Chapter II Goodwill visit
  16. Ut sementem feceris, ita metes - Chapter IV Operation Iron Hammer
  17. Ut sementem feceris, ita metes - Chapter VI Excessive triumph