Kaiser Martens Posted May 30, 2010 Report Share Posted May 30, 2010 Long ago, through war, Kaiser Martens' Germany had achieved an amount of territory in Northern Italy. Over time, as relations with Italy improved, most of all of that territory was given back. All of it but one city. Martenshaven. Located roughly between Venice and the Eastern Italian Border, it was created from scratch as a coastal and fortified city and became one of the most important centers of German Culture overnight. As it had been a pre-planned city, it was much better organized than most European cities, and was the one place where German and then Nordlandic culture did not succumb to the natural Italian influence. Throughout the years, the city too saw war and repairs well, and it was the place where General Mannelig, second only to Martens himself in term of recent history heroes for Silver Germany, had married to Empress Gebiv. Much later, when he succumbed to Cancer after his brief reign, which resulted in a phyrric victory for Visari when he invaded Mannelig's Italy, he was buried in an elaborate monument in that city as well. The monument was that of a tank of the time. Only that the top of the tank was made out of glass and showed the General, in his uniform, dead inside and illuminated. As the Panzerlied said, this Tank was his honorable grave. He remains there to this day, the place having become borderline of religious relevance. He had stood up against overwhelming force to defend Italy valiantly as if it were Germany proper - from Germany itself. For his allegiance was not Patriotic, but Nationalistic, and he even earlier than Martens the Elder knew that Visarism was incompatible with the German Nation. If only the Kaiser had listened to his General. But he didn't. For a long time now, Martenshaven had remained part of the protectorate that was Italy altogether. The population had become simply depressed and decadent due to the German defeats, and had remained apathetic. As of lately however, the North German advancements seemed to inspire them. They saw in this New Martens maybe a light of hope. They saw in him someone like Mannelig, who would rather fight an impossible fight than to surrender in shame. Seeing Northern Germany recovering and developing, they soon wanted to be a part of that. They meet at Mannelig's grave periodically, in assemblies. They soon reach a resolution, that they want to become again part of Germany, specifically, of Northern Germany. They get their old uniforms...they fix their own flags...they get ready, and they begin to parade through the city, gathering overwhelming support in their favor. But then, the authorities, were Italian, not German. Their petition to join Northern Germany was denied by the local Governor who then used his police... Riot police stood face to face before the Martencist Crowd, which in turn looked like an army. But they had not come to fight. They were not ready. When the police moves forwards, they make short work of them, and arrest nearly fifty people, the rest forced to run away. The situation is tense. Limited rioting will happen on the next day. The people start to arm themselves. Would the city need to fight for its independence? The Chancellor had been attending to Karl Martin's funeral when he was notified of the news. As soon as it was over, he got ready to board a plane and contacted the Sicilians, who ultimately were in charge, to see what could be done. Martenshaven had not been his problem, but now, its citizens, had changed that. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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