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Eiffelland

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Trier, Eiffelland

After the old Lothar von Walsrode died, his sons Felix and Armin inherited the Jugendstil villa in Trier-Dahlem. Because Felix was about to retire, he decided to buy Armin’s share in the villa so that he could live in it himself. The renovations took a year, and were finished when Felix actually retired. For the first time in his life, he lived in the country he served. Although, not really for the first time. He went to secondary school in Eiffelland, at the boarding school for children of Eiffellandian diplomats in Trier. Then he served military service in Eiffelland, and studied in Weissenfels. After that, he was admitted to the internship for diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From age 32 until his retirement at age 67, he was sent across the globe.

The reason why the boarding school for the children of diplomats was established was to give the children of diplomats some Eiffellandian roots. Diplomats were not obliged to send their children to this boarding school, but most of them did. The reason was, that there were quite some families who were diplomats by family tradition. In order to prevent that the members of these diplomat dynasties never actually lived in the country they served, they went to secondary school in Eiffelland, served society service in Eiffelland, and studied in Eiffelland.

This year it was for the first time since his student time that Felix Herzog von Walsrode would celebrate Easter in Eiffelland. And even more extraordinary, with his complete family. His eldest child Stephan was currently working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Trier. The reason was, that his wife was currently pregnant. Normally that would not be a reason not to be sent abroad, but his wife had become pregnant through an IVF procedure. With sperm cells of Stephan’s brother Jonathan, because Stephan himself was infertile. But this was a family secret. Officially, Stephan was the father. The only persons outside the family who knew about this were the treating physician, her team, and Jonathan’s boyfriend, Prince Ludwig.
It was not the first time that Stephan’s wife Angela had undergone an IVF procedure. The first time was three years ago, also with Jonathan’s sperm cells, and led to the birth of the young Lothar von Walsrode two years ago. But according to the idea “a heir and a spare”, a second IVF-procedure was initiated.
Meanwhile, Ludwig and Jonathan had started to philosophise about having children themselves. What if a lesbian couple would conceive children through sperm cells of Ludwig and Jonathan?

But that wasn’t a discussion point now. Today they were looking for easter eggs in the garden. Early that morning, Felix had hidden them. Now everybody was looking them up. The young Lothar had been told that the Easter Bunny had hidden the eggs. Until decades ago, the Catholics had their own story for the children: During the Lenten Season, the church bells of Catholic churches didn’t ring; the children were told that the church bells had flown to Tibur and would return at Easter while dropping the easter eggs in the gardens. But this story had been jostled by the Easter Bunny story.

Indeed, the Von Walsrodes looked for easter eggs on Eastermonday. They had already done so the day before, but without Ludwig and Jonathan, who had spent Eastersunday with the Royal Family. It was impossible that Prince Ludwig would be absent from the Easter Mass in the Hofkirche, Trier’s largest church, next to the Royal Palace in the city centre. So Jonathan had to be there as well, as Ludwig’s boyfriend. That also meant that Easter Day was for the Royal Family. Like Christmas Day.
So Ludwig and Jonathan celebrated Eastersunday at the Royal Palace, with looking for eggs in the palace garden, going to Church and having an Easter brunch. Ludwig’s two brothers were there as well, his brother Friedrich with wife and three children Philipp (who would turn 3 in two months), Mathilde and Charlotte (who both would turn 1 in two weeks).
As was the tradition for royal princes, Friedrich, Johann and Ludwig had served in the armed forces for four years before they went to Weissenfels for studying. When Friedrich started to study, the King bought a villa in Weissenfels-Blasewitz where all his three sons would live during their studies together with security staff. Crown-prince Friedrich studied history and law to prepare him for his work as King, Johann studied economics and started a company producing software for the pharmaceutical and medical device industry with three friends (TrialValid), and Ludwig studied law and was active in a student orchestra. Currently Ludwig and Jonathan lived together in the villa. Ideal for Jonathan, who studied medicine, because it was close to the university hospital of Weissenfels.


Wetzlar, Eiffelland

Another man who was celebrating Eastermonday with his family, was Segimer von Heidemar-Siegen. He was a relative of the King, but that family tie went in male line back to 900 years ago. Towards the end of the 11th century, Lothar von Hadamar became the Fürst of Lotharingen. This Lothar had two sons: Lothar and Segimer. Because Lothar was the elder son, he became the Fürst and would become the progenitor of the main line of House Hadamar, as well as the Kings of Eiffelland. But the main line died out in 1784. Originally, the house rules stipulated that the oldest side branch would inherit. And the oldest side branch was the Segimer-line. But King Lothar XV had changed the houserules without the leader of the Segimer-line knowing it. This went to court, but the court ruled that King Lothar XV was allowed to change the house rules. Since then, there is an enmity between the King of Eiffelland and the Segimer-line. Meanwhile, the sidebranch inheriting the throne died out as well, so that currently a new sidebranch is ruling. And that while the Segimer-branch never debranched.
Segimer von Heidemar-Siegen was a conservative man. Very conservative. Actually, he was far-right. Segimer von Heidemar-Siegen saw with regret how Eiffelland became a liberal lovefest.
But he had plans. Chancellor Von Seydewitz was very active during his reign. He not only broke down Horst Jörgens's drugs empire, but also eliminated the Gotisch-Eiffelländische Liga (GEL). Now Segimer was building up a far-right organisation again. But nobody could prove that. From the outside, he was a businessman with a good reputation. Of course the secret service knew that something was brewing, but not exactly what. Von Seydewitz was proud about "dismantling" the GEL, but a consequence was that the far-rights went underground. Now the authorities hardly had a focus on it.
 
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Trier, Eiffelland

Normally the cabinet meetings finished around 3pm, but this time it lasted longer. The reason was the situation in Bajorország.

“Zimmermann, it is not as simple as you think it is,” the Chancellor said to the Minister of Internal Affairs Rüdiger Zimmermann. He called the Minister just by his family name. This would never happen in public in Eiffelland, but this was the workplace. Furthermore, they were all Ministers, so equal in rank. OK, the Chancellor outranked all, but also he was just called “Rheinfeld” by the Ministers.
“Indeed, we can stop the arms deliveries to Bajorország, but that will have consequences. Not only that we will loose money. Also more. Furthermore, how much sense will it make when Bajorország simply goes to other countries for weapons, or starts to make its own weapons?” Rheinfeld asked.

“But we have to make a statement,” Zimmermann said. “Shooting a complete apartment building to pieces because one of the apartments houses a terrorist cell, that is the action of a madman. And it was an Eiffellandian-built tank.”

“Rheinfeld, it is not only about how much effect such a boycot will have. It is also about our reputation, how the world looks at us. You saw the images of the demonstration in front of the Eiffellandian embassy in Wekerletelep. You saw the letter from the Remian foreign minister. At this moment, the world is looking at us as well. Kovács is clearly considered the bad guy at the moment, and we are associated with the camp of the bad guy. This has consequences to us on the longer term,” Schmelzer said.

“But how certain are we that it will make a difference?” Rheinfeld asked. “Will Kovács really back down when we suspend the weapons delivery?”

“We don’t know beforehand, but that is not the most important question,” Schmelzer said. “Zimmermann is right; we cannot sit by idle when Kovács is sending in the army against civilians. Because that is what is happening now: This attack on this apartment building was not just an action against terrorists; it was an action against innocent civilians. Maybe unintended, but still it was. We have to give the signal that this is a despiccable deed. Not only because it is, also because we have a strategic matter to handle. It remains to be seen whether he is seeing it, but Kovács is demolishing Bajorország’s international reputation and turning the country into a rogue state. When we continue our weapons deliveries to Bajorország, we will end up in that league as well. There is currently a momentum against Bajorország; the only wise thing for us to do is joining that momentum.”

“But then there is another thing we have to look at. I want to keep up a neutral stance in this. Even if it affects us, this is an internal matter of the nation of Bajorország. We cannot commit ourselves to an independent state for the Zarans. Should this become the end result of peace negotiations, it is fine, but we can’t actively commit ourselves to that, because then we loose our neutrality,” Rheinfeld said.

“And I have to add something to this,” Minister of Defence Jean-Marc Dupont said. “And that is Tarusa. That country is siding more and more with Kovács. This can lead to surprises. We really have to be careful.”

“So here we have all the 10,000 pieces of the jigsaw puzzle,” Rheinfeld said. “How are we going to stop delivering weapons to Bajorország in such a way that still uphold our neutrality and doesn’t give Tarusa an excuse to do funny things?”

“It is all a matter of formulating,” Schmelzer said. “We have to make clear that we condemn the terrorist attacks by the ZFA as well, and that we completely understand that Kovács wants to arest the culprits. But we also have to make clear that we cannot agree with the way Kovács is tracking down the culprits. Furthermore, we have to make clear that we are neutral in the matter of independence for Zara. Let’s start formulating.”
 

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The first of May is a special day in Eiffelland. It is a public holiday. Also the shops are closed, to be precise all shops. Normally, shops have to be closed on at least one day of the week. That can be the Friday, Saturday or Sunday, based on the holy weekdays in Islam, the Jewish faith and Christianity. Cafés, bars, restaurants, danceclubs, motels and hotels are excepted from this rule; furthermore, essential services like hospitals, police, the fire departments and undertakers go on 24/7 as well.

Of course the most important reason why the first of May is a public holiday, is because it is Labour Day. Another reason is the traditional celebration of Walpurgisnacht. Although it is a well-known fest because of Goethe’s Faust, it is not widely celebrated in Eiffelland: Only the island Rügen and the rural areas of the province Thorsringen celebrate it (especially on the mountain Brocken). This tradition goes back to several prechristian legends; it is believed that in the night from 30 April to 1 May the demarcation line between life and death is the narrowest, and it is a fest to celebrate the start of Spring. Part of the celebrations is the ignition of bonfires, but in Thorsringen it is also traditional for the women to dress like witches as a reference to the belief that in the Walpurgisnacht witches are allowed to celebrate on the Brocken.
A third tradition is the surrection of the Maibaum. This happens mainly in the smaller villages of Eiffelland. This is a pole with on top a wreath and short decorative ribbons that is surrected in the evening of 30 April. Then after the pole has been planted, everybody in the village dances around the pole until after midnight; this is called “Tanz in den Mai” (dance into May). The Maypole remains surrected during the whole month of May; then it is removed for next year. The pole is permanently guarded by the villagers, because it is tradition that people from other villages try to steal it. It depends on the region whether the maypole is surrected on 30 April or on other days; in Rheinland, it is surrected on the Saturday before Whitsuntide/Pentecoste; in Rügen, it is surrected on the evening of 20 June to celebrate Midsummer.

Emser Sümpfe
Emsland, Eiffelland

Celebrating the Walpurgisnacht as a reference to the history of the Germanics fitted in Segimer von Heidemar-Siegen’s ideology. This year he celebrated it at a farm near the Emser Sümpfe, the big lake and swamp system in the Eiffellandian province Emsland. The farm belonged to one of his followers. Yesterday evening, there was a large gathering of Segimer and his followers at this farm to celebrate Walpurgisnacht according to pre-Christian pagan rites. About 100 people were there, ranging from the top of his organisation to local young loyal followers.
The morning of the 1st of May was reserved for recovering. Especially for the younger guests. Eiffellandians are known for their restraint with alcohol, because getting drunk is frowned upon, but people aged 16 to 30 years are not subjected to this frown. In the afternoon, there was a meeting with Segimer von Heidermar-Siegen and some of his confidants.


Trier, Eiffelland

The larger cities were the place where the first of May was celebrated as Labour Day. It was mainly party time for leftwing people, and sometimes radical leftwingers got into fights with the police. But there were also many more relaxed festivities, although all dedicated to themes related to oppression. Of course Bajorország was a big theme at those festivities.
Christoph von Weizenburg and Bastian Holzbrenner were at such a festivity with some of their friends. About half a year before, Christoph and Bastian had knelt down for each other and proposed to marry. They had decided to do so to honour the tradition that the man kneels down for the womant to propose to her; given the fact that they were both men, they both knelt and proposed to each other. On the one hand, they wanted to wait a couple of years so that they would have the money to throw a big party and none of their friends would have to worry about exams. On the other hand, they would be together for ten years this year, and that would be a good symbolic moment. So on the 1st of June, they would marry with a simple and small party, and then they would throw a big party in five years.
University studies lasted five years in Eiffelland, but most people studied longer because of activities next to the study, like committee work for fraternities or student associations, or for playing in an orchestra. The government stipendia lasted seven years.
Christoph obtained his engineer diploma in electronics in January. He had followed an internship at the Roussillac-factory of chip manufacturing machines in Trier, and he had been offered a job there. He had accepted that job. Bastian was still working at the computer and internet department of the Reichsnachrichtendienst; he obtained his MSc. in September last year. Now they were considering to move to a bigger house, also because they were thinking of getting children with a lesbian couple.

OOC: Indeed, I took my inspiration for the Walpurgisnacht from a recent discussion on Discord concerning this.
 

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Wetzlar, 17JUN2021

“So new elections in October,” Segimer von Heidemar-Siegen said.
“I’ve done what I could to get them earlier,” political leader of the Volksunion Günther Ziesche said.
“I know, Mr. Ziesche, I know. But it did surprise me that they let you join their motion of distrust. This is historical: Grün and the communists bond with us to get Rheinfeld out of office, and even those breakaway people from the SPE and the LDP don’t see a problem with bonding with us,” Von Heidemar‑Siegen said. “Unseen up to now. Is this hatred towards Rheinfeld, or is this really about the looming war in Pannonia?”
“I do think that some people would love to decapitate the CDP close before elections,” Ziesche said. “Because it is the only chance to finally get the CDP out of the government.”
“True,” Von Heidemar‑Siegen said. “But the coming elections will completely depend on Pannonia. If the situation remains as it is, Rheinfeld will remain Chancellor but De Chambéry will replace the Sociodemocrats. If a full-blown war breaks out, the situation becomes different. If Eiffelland, The Federation and Remion win, Rheinfeld, Zimmermann and Fritschler are the big men. But if Eiffelland, The Federation and Remion lose, things become different. That could lead to big losses for the coalition, and for the UFD. If we play it nicely, we could become by far the biggest force. Maybe we could even coalide with the CRVP and the TKP.”
“So we must hope for a loss of the war,” Ziesche said. “Is there a way to enlarge the chances on that?”
“That can backfire, Mr. Ziesche, that can badly backfire,” Von Heidemar‑Siegen said. “If this becomes known, we are in serious trouble. I really have to think about whether I want this, and if yes, how I will play it.”
“We have our allies in the armed forces,” Ziesche said.
“I have to think about the risks,” Von Heidemar‑Siegen said. “We get the RND on our trails if this flares up, and they are different guys than the police."

Von Heidemar‑Siegen thought for some moments. Then he said: "No, we are not going to do it. We don't betray our country to the enemy so that Eiffellandians die.”
 
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Weissenfels, 10 July 2021

Eiffelland has a temperate continental climate. The winters are cold and quite snowy, and the summers are warm and a bit dryer than the winters. Daily highs of 30 degrees Celsius are quite common during Eiffellandian Summers.
But not today in Weissenfels. Today it was 22 degrees Celsius with a thin altostratus sky when Jonathan von Walsrode woke up. He and Ludwig had been partying a lot the night before after Jonathan had performed the Erste Reichsexam of his study Medicine. He didn’t have the results yet, but he was confident. He had absolved the University exams with very good notes as well, and he knew the things he had to know.

When Jonathan woke up, Ludwig was still sleeping. Jonathan was still amazed that he was the boyfriend of who used to be Eiffelland’s most desired batchelor. The fact that he and Ludwig got together was a nationwide scandal and even a topic in the elections three years ago. But it was worth it.
Prince Ludwig von Heidemar-Loorburg, third son of the King of Eiffelland, was extremely gorgeous. His bright-blonde hair and sapphire‑blue eyes, plus the fact that he still could be considered 18 despite being 28, brought him the nickname Angel‑Prince. The fact that he looked so young often led to the situation that he had to show his ID-card to document his age when he ordered alcohol; in those cases, he always drew the ID-card of his incognito-identity to not embarras the waiter. And indeed to avoid the situation that the waiter would not believe that the ID‑card with his real name was real.
But the real special thing was, that Ludwig acted as if he were not aware of his special position and his looks. He was polite and slightly aloof like the typical Eiffellandian, but also very humble. He never used his identity to get personal advantages, only to help other people. He was not aware of the fact that he could steamroll everyone with his position and his looks. Or maybe he was aware of that, but had decided not to use that skill.
When Ludwig’s brother Prince Johann moved his company to Engelsheim in order to be closer to the biopharmaceutical industry, Jonathan moved in. Since then, they lived together.

Jonathan went to the kitchen to make some coffee and sandwitches. He placed the coffee and the sandwitches on a plate, added two mugs of milk and went to the bedroom with the plate. Then he kissed Ludwig awake.

“Actually, you would be perfect for an anatomy-in-vivo class,” Jonathan said after breakfast. They were still lying in bed, naked, like they had gone to bed the night before. Ludwig was lying on his belly.
“Why that?,” Ludwig giggled.
“You see each and every major superficial muscle,” Jonathan grinned.
Jonathan kissed one of Ludwig’s lower legs. “There. The musculus soleus.”
Another kiss. “Caput laterale of the musculus gastrocnemius.”
Another kiss. “Caput mediale of the musculus gastrocnemius. The musculus gastrocnemius and the musculus soleus form the musculus triceps surae together.”
Jonathan moved to Ludwig’s upper leg. Kiss. “Musculus vastus medialis.” Kiss. “Musculus sartorius.” Kiss. “Musculus gracilis.” Kiss. “Musculus semimembranosus.” Kiss. “Musculus semitendinosus.” Kiss. “Musculus biceps femoris, caput longum.” Kiss. “Musculus biceps femoris, caput breve.”
“Musculus biceps? Isn’t that a muscle in your upper arm?” Ludwig giggled.
“Well, in your upper arm, there is the musculus biceps brachii. In your upper leg, however, there is also a muscle called musculus biceps, the musculus biceps femoris. The reason why these muscles are called musculi bicipites is that they are two-headed muscles,” Jonathan taught.
Kiss. “Musculus vastus lateralis.” Then Jonathan placed a trace of kisses on Ludwig’s upper leg to end at the next musle. Another kiss. “Musculus tensor fasciae latae”. And another kiss on a muscle. “Musculus glutaeus maximus.” Then a series of kisses along Ludwig’s spine. “Musculus erector spinae.”
“I do hope that I am a bit more than a study-object,” Ludwig giggled.
Jonathan started to lick Ludwig’s ear. “Ludwig, you are my alpha and omega,” he said sensually. Then he placed a love-bite in Ludwig’s neck. “I love you with all my body, mind and life,” he said. Then he covered Ludwig’s face with kisses. “I love you beyond eternity,” he said.
Ludwig kissed Jonathan on the mouth. One more time. Then they started to kiss, and started to make love.
 
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