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"Forward we march
To conquer those who defile the graves of our fathers
For the everlasting glory of the Emperor, king of kings"
-Excerpt from the anthem of the East Europan Imperial Alliance-

The East Europan Imperial Alliance is one of two major world powers of Europa in the Valkyria Chronicles universe and the main antagonist in Valkyria Chronicles, Valkyria Chronicles 3, and Valkyria Chronicles 4.

Overview

An Imperial soldier supporting a light tank

A conglomerate of nations united under the rule of the East Europan Emperor, commonly referred to as "The Empire."

The Industrial Revolution that occurred when ragnite was discovered as a useful energy source saw the nations of eastern Europa, pioneers in machine technology, rise to power. Already tightly bound by a network of marriages amongst their royalty, these nations now joined hands in a formal international alliance.

While not technically an autocracy, the emperor enjoys limitless authority within the alliance. The Empire retains customs and practices held over from medieval times, and its people are known to harbor conservative views including a strong hatred for the Darcsen race, who are often put into forced labor camps to provide labour and materials for the Empire, as well as the subordination of women outside of special circumstances, much to the displeasure of foreign women like Riley Miller.

The culture of the Imperial Alliance still has strong roots in medieval times. This influence can be seen in the armor that the soldiers wear, and in the vows of fealty that each soldier makes to the king.

The capital of the Empire is Schwartzgrad.

Military

The Empire's western territory right before EWII, colored red

The Empire places a heavy emphasis on armor and large caliber weapons, with many of its tanks greatly out-massing their Federation and Gallian counterparts. The latest weapons developed by the Empire include a variety of superheavy tanks (Batomys-class) and even a terrestrial dreadnaught, Marmota.


Regions, Cities, & Areas of Interest

  • Schwartzgrad: The Imperial capital.
  • Einhemt: Located northeast of the Siegval Line, it is considered to be the gateway into the northern Empire.
  • Loweholm: An annexed city with an active underground resistance movement.
  • Port Kosvall: An annexed port that serves as a supply depot for the Imperial Navy.
  • Reine: A small town in the western Empire. It serves as a vital communications hub.
  • Fort Garsbruck: A fortress on the Crystal Sea.
  • Fort Krest: A 16th-century castle refurbished into a defensive outpost.
  • Achtzehn Mountains: A mountain range between the Empire's inland and northwestern coast.
  • Hammer of the Valkyrur: An ancient complex built by the Valkyrur.
  • Krimm[1]: A region in the western Empire. It serves as the highest-producing arms manufacturing region in Imperial territory.
  • The Crystal Sea: A large body of water off the Empire's west coast. It serves as a natural defense for the Imperial capital.
  • Siegval Line: A series of defensive fortifications along the Empire's old borders.

Foreign Relations

Atlantic Federation

Being the only other super-power on the continent, the Atlantic Federation is the primary rival of the Empire. Both the First Europan War and the Second Europan War were primarily conflicts arising between the Empire and the Federation over Ragnite resources.

Principality of Gallia

Map of the south western regions of the Empire, by the third year of EWII

Rich in Ragnite minerals, Gallia was a target of Empire invasion during both the First Europan War and the Second Europan War. Both invasions were repelled by Gallian forces.

After Prince Maximilian died in the Invasion of Gallia in 1935, the Empire signed a treaty ending its war with Gallia. As part of the agreement, members of the Imperial nobility, such as Helmut Bourdais, were sent to Gallia ostensibly to help further ties between the two nations. In reality, they were hostages against any new attempts by the Empire to invade.

Prominent Members

Real-World References

  • The Empire references several powers, including but not limited to the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Imperial Germany, Tsarist Russia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
  • The Empire's territories cover a similar area to that held by the Warsaw Pact during the Cold War with the addition of the Austro Hungarian and German Empire's, as well as apparent control over Europa's version of Sweden. Furthermore Atlantic Federation it opposes bears a similar name to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that was formed to oppose the USSR. Ironically, both the Atlantic Federation and Soviets pride themselves on women serving in the army and being Federations, albeit with overbearing central governments, while the Empire's reactionary views and a number of its aesthetics are more at home with Tsarist Russia. In addition, the American equivalent of Vinland has no part in the Second Europan war and special rivalry with the Empire, unlike how the Soviets and Americans were arch enemies after World War II.
  • Imperial vehicles are armed with weapons using the same calibers as the Soviet Union's.
  • The Empire's invasion of Gallia is reminiscent of the German invasion of Belgium in both 1914 and 1940, as well as the German invasion of the Netherlands in 1940 and the Soviet invasion of Finland in 1939, all of which involved a major great power invading a neutral nation for the sake of preparing for battle against a larger threat and rival great power. The main difference is that, in spite of the Imperial attack, the Gallians were able to defend themselves and remain neutral, while the prior listed examples allied with their invaders' rivals, with Belgium being part of the American sphere while Finland remained officially natural and unwilling to spite the Soviets.
  • There are a number of references to Nazi Germany in the Empire, most notably by being the main antagonistic faction in a second major war in the early 20th century. The Empire also is referred to as Fascist in Valkyria Chronicles 4, though the real Nazis were staunchly anti monarchy, viewing the former German royalty as failures.
    • Many of its weapons are based on real-world weapons used by the Germans during WW2. For example, the ZM Kar has a similar name to the Karabiner 98 and 43 rifles, commonly shortened to Kar, and the ZM MP models are visually based on the MP 40 SMG, appearing practically identical from the trigger guard back.
    • The Empire's cruel treatment of Darcsens reflects part of the treatment that Jews, and various other "undesirables" suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime. The stereotypes of Darcsens by the Empire specifically bear reference to how the Axis viewed Romani people as mystical troublemakers.
  • It also bears resemblance to the Central Powers of Austria-Hungary and the German Empire with the latter being hinted at by the overview.
    • The ZM SG rifle bears a visual similarity to the Mannlicher designs issued by Austria-Hungary and later their successor states, such as the 35M Puska and a model briefly fielded by the German Empire during the 1890s.
    • The Imperial coat of arms is also vaguely similar to the Double-headed Eagle that was the coat of arms of Austria-Hungary, Prussia/Imperial Germany, Byzantine Empire, Russian Empire etc., although it bears the most resemblance to the one on the flag of the Greek Orthodox Church.
    • The Army of the German Empire also issued armour to its troops during the First World War, but to a much lesser degree.
    • Several Imperial characters wear holsters for German Luger pistols, such as Gregor.
  • At least three of the Empire's arms companies are named after real manufacturers; Krimm is named after Krupp, Mustela after Mauser, Tula after the Tula Arsenal (better known by the name TOZ). Zechmeister seems to be a more oblique reference to Hugo Schmiesser and his work with "United Suhl-Zella Mehlis Armament Makers" (ie ZM).
  • The reference to the Emperor as the "King of Kings" echoes the traditional title of the Persian and Ottoman rulers, Padishah (literally "master of kings") rendered in Arabic as Malik Al-Amlak. Broadly, it is a statement that there is no greater authority than the holder of the title. It made its way to Europe in a number of ways, most notably in its use to describe the Christian God in 1 Timothy 6:15 and Jesus in Revelation 17:14 and 19:16, and it is commonly used as a title for God or Jesus in Christian hymns. It was also used in the motto of the Byzantine Palaiologos dynasty in the form Βασιλεύς Βασιλέων Βασιλεύων Βασιλευόντων (Basileus Basileon, Basileuon Basileuonton - "King of Kings, Ruling over Those who Rule") and appears in Western works such as the poem Ozymandias.

References

  1. Valkyria Chronicles Design Archive, pg. 218
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