The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.
I will run for the position as Reichpräsident unless my party leader wants me to back down.
Franz Ferdinand "Legbreaker" Schüttler
((I know it is unrealistic to think I would ever get elected due to my... reputation, but one can never stop trying ))
((If I'm elected, do we have an interim Chancellor?))
((I suppose I'll finally stop lurking. Let me know if there's any glaring inconsistencies with the AAR.))
Name: Klaus Siekert
Born: June 14, 1867
Party: Communist Party of Germany (KPD)
Klaus Siekert had emerged as a radical firebrand over the past decade. The son of a lawyer and a farmer’s daughter, Siekert hailed from a modest, middle-class family. He’d grown up in a small village just outside the beautiful city of Munich, steeped in the rich culture and history of Bavaria. Nearby Dachau, a great liberal bastion, with its lively artist colony, would prove to have a greater influence on the boy, however.
Inspired by his father’s teachings, he had travelled to Berlin at the age of 17 to pursue a degree in law. His experiences at the university only fanned the flames of his passion. Seeing the plight of the proletariat in what he had once supposed to be one of Germany’s greatest cities, he turned to that eternally great tool of revolutionaries; the pen. His writings found a greater audience than even he had expected, inspiring protests and political movements throughout the country. He quickly became an influential figure among the Communists of the day, but it wasn’t until the Great War that he truly found his voice.
Angered and disgusted by the ruling elite and their wealthy supporters who had sacrificed the lives of millions of poor, young, German workers for a few square miles of farmland, he began to advocate for more direct action. The state, he believed, should not be ruled by a select few, out of touch with the dark realities of the majority, but by a government that was truly of, by, and for the people.
And so it was that the fiery young Klaus Siekert emerged onto the political stage during the Election of 1898. Though perhaps a bit more vocal and a bit less tactful than his peers, he did have his fair share of supporters. Despite the recent relative calm, Klaus knew that it would only take a spark to ignite the passions of the proletariat, and he knew that he could be that spark.