Greater German Reich
From Autonomicon Mk. II
The Greater German Reich is a single party fascist state located primarily throughout the Internum Sector. It is one of the four humans nations categorized as a Superpower and the undisputed leader of fascist ideology. Acting as a successor state to the German Empire of Earth, the Greater German Reich acquired new territories during the Second World War and despite massive losses during the subsequent Scinfaxi Invasion retained control over the majority of its acquired lands.
A leader in both the development of science and industry, the German Reich was the first human nation to achieve spaceflight and has been a pioneer in space exploration and interstellar development. In the Post Colonization Era the GGR has suffered declining influence, losing control over several of its major puppet nations including the Cambadera State and the Vega Union State. With the outbreak of near total war with the Soviet Union the Greater German Reich has begun an unprecedented conflict that aims to dramatically alter the balance of power in the Orion Arm.
The Greater German Reich put up fanatical resistance to the Scinfaxi Invasion and consequently suffered for it. Scinfaxi landings were concentrated in Europe and the German nation would face the majority of the Scinfaxi forces for the entirety of the war. Peace, though signed with the Soviet Union, existed more on paper than on the front lines with major battles fought between the Wehrmacht and the Red Army until German forces withdrew to defend the heart of Germany. With static defense lines useless against the Scinfaxi the German armed forces operated on a campaign of mobile defense fighting running battles throughout much of Spain, France, and Poland.
The destruction of major cities like Berlin and Stuttgart decapitated the nation both militarily and politically with nearly all of the Nazi upper leadership killed between 1944 and 1946. A provisional military government led by Ludwig Beck and Henning von Tresckow retained nominal control over the nation with resistance falling into the hands of local army commanders. Only the detonation of an atomic bomb in the Ukraine prevented a complete collapse of Germany drawing Scinfaxi forces away and granting critical time to German scientists unlocking the potential of captured Scinfaxi fuel sources. German made nuclear weapons were soon detonated in quick succession in the Balkans and Italy, which when combined with similar developments across the world resulted in the retreat of all Scinfaxi forces.
Europe was thrown into chaos with the governments of Italy, Spain, Occupied France, essentially ceasing to exist. The German Army, the only force in Western Europe capable of operating effectively in the devastated countryside would work to restore order in the years following the end of the First Scinfaxi War. While losing much of their wartime gains, the Greater German Reich in 1950 consisted of the Iberian Peninsula, France, Central and Southern Europe, and the westernmost portions of Poland, Romania and Bulgaria, losing their eastern territories to the advancing Soviet Union. The majority of these territories were consolidated directly into the German Reich, with only Italy and Spain granted independent governments, albeit under the supervision of the Reich.
Reconstruction would remain the top priority of the German Reich well into the late 1960s combined with renewed development into rocketry. In 1967 a manned German spacecraft landed on the moon, sparking a space race with the Western Allies and the Soviet Union. While initially conducted for reason purely of prestige, the revelation that the Scinfaxi devices in the Southern Hemisphere were slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable made space exploration the primary focus of German industry. A string of technical achievements continued into the late 21st century eventually becoming the second nation on Earth to develop faster than light propulsion after the United States of America. After the disastrous Alpha Centauri colony, the Greater German Reich began a period of independent colonization settling a number of worlds in the Internum Sector.
In the modern era the Greater German Reich has seen mixed successes with its international influence severely affected by the collapse of the Vega Union State and Cambadera State. The expansion of Soviet influence on its border worlds and growing Soviet military power has thrust the German military into an armed conflict with the Soviet Union over the border systems of Tanarsus, Galleria, and Vega.
The Reichskansler and Chancellery are the ruling political institutions of the German government. The various ministries controlling the vast Reich are controlled by the leadership of the party, each of whom has a firm power base and a great amount of influence, but are ultimately fanatically loyal and subserviant to the Fuhrer.
- Office of the Reich Chancellery
- Office of the Inspector for Interplanetary Travel
- Reich Youth Office
- Reich Treasury Office
- Reich Foreign Ministry
- Reich Science Ministry
- Reich Interior Ministry
- Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda
- Reich Aerospace Ministry
- Reich Interstellar Naval Ministry
- Reich Ministry of Finance
- Reich Ministry of Justice
- Reich Labour Ministry
- Reich Ministry of Lebensraum
- Reich Ministry for Weapons, Munitions, and Armament
- Reich Ministry for Development
- Reich Culture Ministry
- Reich Ministry for War
- Governing Council of the SS
- SS Interior Operations Unit (also known as the Gestapo)
- SS Science Department
- SS Intelligence Section
- SS National German Accredition Offices
- SS Enforcement Liason
- Waffen SS Command
Despite the truce that had prevailed throughout the Scinfaxi War, the Greater German Reich immediately resumed its icy relations with the other human powers when the war ended.
When reconstruction began, and its shattered infrastructure was restored, the Greater German Reich adopted a period of isolation. For over 20 years there was little contact until the mid 1960s when the German Spacecraft Bismarck IV landed on the moon.
Although the Reich attempted to maintain relations with the Democratic Federation, when Earth was finally abandoned, this became harder to maintain. A break away state, New Weimar Republic, after resisting efforts to be incorporated into the GGR, has adopted hostile relations to the Reich. Only the Soviet Union and the Democratic Federation are keeping war (which would almost inevitably be a GGR victory) between the two at bay.
Relations with the Empire of Japan remain strong, with talk of an official reaffirmation of the Triparite Pact between the two nations circulating between both Empires' foreign ministries. The Kriegsmarine and the Imperial Japanese Navy conduct an annual naval exercise, whilst the selected Heer and the Imperial Japanese Army units conduct war games against one another on military reserved planets.
Unlike the Empire of Japan, the Reich makes little use of permenant puppet states or protectorates, directly absorbing worlds or states directly into its national body over time with justification presented by the Constitution and national policies. Had the Vega Union State succeeded in maintaining control over the New Weimar Republic, it would have been reintroduced into the Reich completely.
The Wehrmacht of the Greater German Reich includes the Heer (also known as the Wehrmacht), Kriegsmarine, and the Luftwaffe. The Waffen-SS, is also an active military unit, maintaining its own powerful ground, air and naval units controlled directly by the Council of the SS.
While numerically smaller than other human national militaries, the average German soldier is trained far longer and is expected to accomplish far more, with the discipline of ancient Prussia and the determination to defend the Reich. All military forces, apart from the independent Waffen-SS, are commanded by the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, which is in turn commanded by the Reichskansler. Under the current political arrangement, Waffen-SS units are still responsible to the Reichskansler for their activities.
|German Armed Forces|
|High Command||Oberkommando der Wehrmacht|
|Uniformed Services||Heer • Luftwaffe • Kriegsmarine • Waffen-SS|
Policing functions are provided by the Schutzsfaffel, which has absorbed almost all federal law enforcement and intelligence duties into itself. Whilst local Volksturmm militia on planets handle local protection, the Schutzsfaffel is the most powerful federal agency, only held in check thanks to the combined will of the rest of the Reich government, the Reichskansler and the constitution of the Reich. Whilst the Schutzstaffel controls a significant portion of the Reich's colonization programmes, with its own Lebensraum Colonization and Settlement Office, these are currently in the process of being withdrawn from their authority.
- Wünch & Werner (Weapons manufacturer)
- Hock & Locken (Weapons manufacturer)
- Mauser AG (Weapons manufacturer)
- Hartmann-Krupp AG (Weapons and Orbital manufacturer)
- Arado Flugzeugwerke (Aerospace manufacturer)
- Junkers & Co (Aerospace manufacturer)
- Henschel & Son (Aerospace manufacturer)
- Messerschmitt AG (Aerospace manufacturer)
- Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau AG (Aerospace manufacturer)
- Gothaer Schiffbau AG (Aerospace manufacturer)
- MeyerNeumann Marine Systems (Shipbuilder and Space Station manufacturer)
- Blohm + Voss Shipbuilding GmbH(Shipbuilder)
- Krauss-Werner GmbH & Co AG (Produces Kampfpanzers, IFVs, Self Propelled Artillery)
- Rheinmetall AG (Produces Kampfpanzers, IFVs, APCs)
see also: Deep Space Monitoring "Octavian"
Greater German Reich's scientific research is arguably the most efficient of the 3 major factions, and the most unethical, too. The German scientists are allowed to use any means neccessary, including tests and experiments on humans, to gain technologial superiority. This is one of the major reasons why the Greater German Reich is currently the most technologially advanced human faction in the galaxy. Currently the Research might of the GGR is concentrating on superior weaponry and equipment, meanwhile for example, the Democratic Federation is focusing on advancing the armour of it's navy ships, and perfecting the EMP weaponry.
The Technological Research is majorly concentrated on the Military Research, but from time to time several inventions that are suitable for civilians, are released for public use to ensure the happiness and loyalty of the people.
Education in the Reich starts at an early age, and continues until age nineteen. Throughout their education, German children are taught their place within German society, and the duty they hold for its preservation and defence. All young Germans are members of the Deustche Jugend, a government run youth programme that is subsidiary to the main educational structures. Those who want to teach in the schools and acadamies must go through a rigorous screening process by the SS and other Reich ministries. A defining aspect of the German education system is it's strictness, with corporal punishment being the main disciplinary style. All German children must wear school uniforms approved by the state, and keep in top physical shape throughout their school careers. After a German child goes through the education system, he/she may choose to enter the armed forces, or go one to pursue a different career of national service for at least three years. Completing the three years of service grants Germans a certificate of citizenship, allowing participation in Reich politics and opening considerable opportunities in life that are otherwise closed.
There remains a small and marginalised section of society without such a certification, as the certificate may be withdrawn by Reich authorities should suspicion ever fall upon a person of undertaking "Un-German" activities. Examples include membership of socialist or communist organizations, being a consciencious objector, owning copies of banned literature, and fraternising with other "Un-German" persons. Non-certified "residents" or "civilians" are not counted for the purposes of electoral franchise, are withdrawn from social welfare programmes, have their wages docked and are banned from many careers. A lost certificate can rarely be recovered if withdrawn by the Reich authorities or the SS. Judicial authorities do have hearings to consider whether a person has been wrongly struck off, but decisions in favour of the claimant are rare.
In the Greater German Reich, social welfare is given a large priority. The system focuses on providing employment for German citizens and ensuring a minimal living standard. Heavily focused on was the idea of a national German community. To aid the fostering of a feeling of community, the German people's labour and entertainment experiences—from festivals, to vacation trips and traveling cinemas—were all made a part of the "Strength through Joy" (Kraft durch Freude) program. Also crucial to the building of loyalty and comradeship was the implementation of the National Labour Service and the German Youth Organization, with compulsory membership. Although welfare is free for all, the burden of financing much of the system comes from the docked pay of the "Un-German" section of society.
German health care is arguably the most efficient in the Orion sector. German citizens are given free healthcare, although this is denied to non-certified citzens. The Reich's health programs are also well known for it's massive anti-smoking campaigns. German products are given regular health screenings in order to remove harmful chemicals, and women are encouraged to undergo regular screenings for breast cancer.
Women in the German Reich once had minimal standareds, being encouraged to be housewives, mothers, and nothing else. With a new war looming on the horizon, however, German women are steadily being given more and more freedoms, with women now working in the factories or serving in the armed forces. Although some women still hold on the the old "mothers before workers" mentality, many more are turning to once men dominated jobs, such as ship command and politics.
German environmentalism can best be described as somewhat effective. The concept of the Dauerwald (best translated as the "perpetual forest") which included concepts such as forest management and protection was promoted and efforts were also made to curb air pollution. In practice, the enacted laws and policies met resistance from various ministries that sought to undermine them, and from the priority that the war-effort took to environmental protection.
The majority of German films combine entertainment with political and patriotic propaganda. The import of foreign films was legally restricted (expecially Soviet films) after 2126 and the German industry, which was effectively nationalised in 2127, had to make up for the missing foreign films. German media is also known for it's patriotic commercials, many of which urge common citizens to join their brothers and sisters in the armed forces.
Christianity is the largest denomination within the Reich, although heavily state regulated through the Reichskirche. Other religions are tolerated by the Reich authorities as long as the organization can receive a charitable certification from the SS and the relevant Reich ministry. Any Church, Synagogue or Mosque may be shut down at a moments notice if the congregation is ever considered to be disloyal. The Reich does not by habit label religions as "Un-German" but considerable stigma is attached to any which appear to place Germany second to the interests of the faith.
Established in 2104, the Nationalsozialistischer Reichsbund für Leibesübungen (NSRL), (sometimes also known under the acronym NSRBL) is the umbrella organization for sports in the Reich. The aims of the promotion of sports in the Reich included hardening the spirit of every German as well as making German citizens feel that they were part of a wider national purpose. One major part of the NSRL's ideas is the superiority of German sports skills. Out of all sports in the Reich, football remains the most popular, with many Germans partaking in community-organized events.
Racial and Colonization Policy
See: Aryan Lebensraum
|Superpowers of the Orion Region|
|Democratic Federation | Greater German Reich | Empire of Japan | Soviet Union|