Welcome to AGSH. A solo-wargames blog dedicated to my father and the world's most noble hobby; collecting toy soldiers. Period 1700 to 1918.

"Truly it can be said of him, without count are his soldiers & beyond measure his might." - Prince Edward in reference to Lord Butler & his invasion force departing London for Mars.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Prussian Defense Force - Naval Officers Uniform

This is an early design of an naval captains parade uniform.

Republic Government

Chief of State: Council of Prussia
9 permanent members, appointed by the Chancellor and confirmed by the National Assembly. The National Assembly can also recommend candidates to the Chancellor. Once confirmed by a two-thirds majority of the National Assembly the candidate becomes a lifetime Counsel. The Council of Prussia may not submit bills to the National Assembly.

Head of Government: Chancellor
Selected by the National Assembly from among it's members or the citizenry. Once confirmed by the National Assembly the candidate must be approved by a majority vote of the Council of Prussia. The Chancellor has the authority to introduce bills to the National Assembly. Any bill passed by the National Assembly must be signed by the Chancellor to become law. The Chancellor is invested with the powers of a "line-item veto." The Council of Prussia can remove the Chancellor, if the Supreme Court has found the Chancellor guilty of wrong doing and submits to the National Assembly a vote for impeachment. The Assembly must have a two-thirds majority to impeach. Then the Counselors will vote on whether to enforce the impeachment.

Legislature: National Assembly
Members of the National Assembly are known as ministers. Each city and village in Prussia may elect it's ministers to the Assembly from among it's citizens. Neither the Council of Prussia nor the Chancellor are allowed to select ministers. Currently there is 1 minister for every 1,000 citizens. Which places the total ministers of the National Assembly at 225. Civilians have no representation in government, although their liberties are protected by the Constitution. It is the duty of the ministers of the National Assembly to create our laws.

Judicial: Supreme Court of Prussia
The Justices of the Supreme Court of Prussia are selected by the Chancellor, & confirmed by the National Assembly. Once selected the candidate is sworn in as a Justice for life. The Supreme Court is the final stop in the judicial process. It can submit to the Council of Prussia laws that appear to be unconstitutional for any needed repeal or revision.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Penal Code Enacted

A harsh penal code system has been adopted by the National Assembly upon advisement from the Council of Prussia. The bill sits on the Chancellor's desk awaiting his signature. Corporal punishment will be delivered and available for public view.

The Koenigsberg Citizen, Weekly Newspaper of the Republic.

(AP) Koenigsberg, PRUSSIA.
The Council of Prussia sent ambassadors to the Republic of Lithuania & the Russian Federation. In Lithuania, our noble ally Russia, has allowed use of an office within their own embassy in Vilnius for our diplomat, the Honorable Rodja Lepp Skoja. Ambassador Skoja bears a letter from the Council of Prussia to the Lithuanian president stating that those lands formerly of Prussian heritage should be immediately ceded to the new republic based upon the results of a general annexation vote. Our ambassador to the Russian Federation, the Honorable Sepp Reinhardt and his staff took up residence in the former embassy of Georgia.

In recent weeks the people living in those lands have protested and marched for annexation to the new Prussian state. Polls taken clearly show that 73% of the population there favor annexation to Prussia.

(In secret, the Council of Prussia has been encouraging & funding local pro-Prussian groups in Lithuania.)

In other news, the Council of Prussia presided over the first session of the National Assembly as each minister was sworn in to office. As is commonly known, only citizens may vote or serve in government office, although civilians (second-class citizens) enjoy all other liberties of the Republic. The ministers completed work on our constitution and submitted it to Chancellor Conrad Hekel and the Council of Prussia for approval.

The Prussian Defense Force recently took possession of three MIG-21 Lancer fighter jets from Russia. The jets were part of a military aid package from Moscow. Russian military advisors arrived in Konigsberg to offer training assistance per the request of the Commandant of the PDF, Colonel Lettow-Vorbeck. (I purchased Ambush Alley's Force on Force rules today! A 188MB pdf file download, price $25.)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The National Assembly

The National Assembly & the Council of Prussia are housed in what used to be Koenigsberg's Old Stock Exchange.

Baltic Sea Map as of January 28, 2010.

Heinleinism & the Constitution

The interim government council, the Council of Prussia, has called for a National Assembly in Konigsberg to draft the Prussian Constitution. Deliberations are on-going but what exists on paper thus far is:

Basic freedoms for all:
1. Assembly
2. Movement
3. Press
4. To own property
5. Speech
6. Information
7. Thought
8. Due process
9. To trial
10. Privacy

Only citizens are allowed to vote or take part in government. Citizenship is granted through service to the Republic.

Republic Service:
State Works

Republic Service Centers will be set up throughout the state and will function as the inception center for all those who seek to endure service to their country. Candidates will be screened medically and administratively along with their personal preference to see where they may best serve.

The Council of Prussia also required that all public servants and any whom desired, should immediately swear the pledge of allegiance to Prussia. Those whom chose not to swear were dismissed from service. Those whom swore were registered and recognized as the first citizens of the republic. From this day forward citizenship must be earned through service.

Prussian Pledge of Allegiance
I do solemnly swear that I shall consider Prussia my country. I shall be a loyal citizen of the Republic of Prussia, shall honor and observe the Constitution and laws thereof. I shall defend my country with the utmost of my strength and last breath if needs be, and shall serve it according to the best of my abilities. So help me God!

The Council of Prussia also raised 60 million Euros in donations and bonds from among it's own populace and has called for a national volunteer week, in so much that all current public servants work the remainder of this week for free.

The Council of Prussia has authorized the creation of the National Assembly, the legistlative body of the Republic. A statement that there will be no ethnic division in Prussia, there are no Germans, Poles, Lats, Lithuanians, only Prussians. Bound by a common nation, flag and the restoration of the Old Prussian language and the creation of a new Prussian culture. A declaration that Prussia is not a germanic state but a Baltic State!

The Council of Prussia has authorized the creation of the Supreme Court of Prussia and it's judicial branches.

The Council of Prussia has arranged an payroll tax system and a national sales tax. Members of the Republic Service shall not be subject to the payroll tax. There will be no administrative divisions of Prussia due to it's small size. All municipal departments, police, fire, mail, hospitals, schools etc, in every city shall be brought together under the umbrella of the Republic Service Bureau. Private schools & universities are exempt from this.

The Council of Prussia has authorized the creation of the Prussian Defense Force, and appointed citizen Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck as it's Commandant and elevated him to the rank of Colonel. The PDF is hereby authorized to create a single brigade of infantry with applicable heavy weapon, air and naval support.

The Council of Prussia has created the basic monetary unit of Prussia; the Prussian Thaler. 1 Thaler is equal to 1 Euro.

Map of Prussia

Map of Prussia as of Indenpendence Day. The current Prussian state exists above the old 1945 Soviet-Poland Frontier. The area in light green shows the current state and those areas that will be annexed by summer of 2010 according to the secession vote. Those areas in horse green are lands that are claimed by the new state of Prussia but no plebiscite was allowed. The area in dark green is an area claimed by Prussia but which voted to remain a part of Poland.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A New Nation......

2002 to 2008 - Thousands of descendants of Prussian families travel to Poland, Russia & Lithuania and settle in lands that were formerly East Prussia. Many begin to migrate into that western part of Russia formerly known as Koenigsberg but now called Kaliningrad. A sense of nationalism starts to take hold in these "new Prussians."

Early 2009 - Polish government records indicate that Prussian immigrants are the majority in Gdansk and other areas of East Prussia. Prussian activist groups are starting to form. The National Prussian Party is formed in Gdansk. These groups join with groups in other countries like the Prussian Brotherhood of Latvia, the Prussian Alliance of Lithuania and the Society of Russians for a United Prussia.

Late 2009 - The NPP and other pro-Prussian parties march in the streets in a protest push for a plebiscite on statehood. NPP leaders make secret overtures to the Russian ambassador in Warsaw that if Russia would support Prussian Independence that they would soon find themselves an ally in the against Polish government and their pro-NATO tendencies. Conrad Hekel even goes so far to say that a new Prussia would honor Russia as it once served the Grand Duchy of Moscow in medieval times.

January 3, 2010 - Swayed by the NPP and others, Russia pushes the EU into forcing a vote for Prussian Independence from Poland. German & Polish ministers complain but are eventually forced to concede to a general plebiscite on the issue. The vote is set for January 24th.

January 24, 2010 - In no surprise, the vote for Prussia succeeds and plans are in place to create the new Prussian state within 6 months. An interim government is formed.

January 26, 2010 - Russia announces that they will recognize the will of the Prussian people and formally recognize the new Prussian state and in a gesture of goodwill cede their territory of Kaliningrad to Prussia, within 2 days. Secretly the interimn Prussian government signs a treaty vowing to remain independent from the EU and never to join NATO.

January 28, 2010 - Prussian Independance Day. The Baltic Map is redrawn. The city of Kaliningrad is renamed back to Koenigsberg and becomes the capital of an independent Prussia.