Reichskommissariat Ostland

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Reich Commissariat of Ostland
Reichskommissariat Ostland
Flag of the Reichkommissariat Ostland
TAG = OST
Politics
CapitalRiga
Ruling Party Arbeitsbereich Osten der Nationalsozialistischen Deutschen Arbeiterpartei
(Tr: Working Area East of the National Socialist German Workers' Party)
Head of StateReichskommissar
Hinrich Lohse
Diplomacy
Sphere Grossraum Kontinentaleuropa
Foreign Alignment Integrated Reichskommissariat, Einheitspakt
Economy
GDP$5.32B
Credit Rating Fair
Market Type Gelenkte Wirtschaft

The Reichkommissariat Ostland is the German colonial administration in the regions northeast of the Reich's core territories. It administers territory won and occupied by Germany during World War II, specifically the Soviet SSRs of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Belarus.

Compared to the other Reichskommissariats such as Ukraine and Moskowien, Ostland is the most prosperous, and is on the surface, a model colony.

History[edit | edit source]

Reichskommissariat Ostland was formed during the Second World War on July 1941, consisting of territory from the Belarusian SSR and the countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. the region became host to relentless colonisation efforts and genocide, with entire cities renamed and depopulated. While this was conducted, resistance organisations sprang up, though they were mostly contained.

German planning documents initially referred to the occupied Baltics as an equivalent Reichskommissariat, known as Baltenland. The political organization for this territory – after an initial period of military administration before its establishment – involved a German civilian administration, nominally under the authority of the Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories led by ideologist Alfred Rosenberg - he himself a Baltic German, but actually controlled by the government official Hinrich Lohse, its appointed Reichskommissar.

The citizens of the Reichskommissariat originally treated the Germans as liberators following their enduring an entire year of harsh Soviet occupation as a result of annexation in the secret treatises of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, particularly involving the forced implementation of a series of ruthless collectivization policies. Over time however this view changed for some of the local population, especially as the war progressed in Germany’s favor and with it the ever dwindling prospect of the Baltic states regaining their independence. Of course, while some acts of insurgency occurred from time to time throughout the boundaries of Ostland, the Reichskommissariat proved itself to be one of the most manageable and hospitable of all the occupied eastern territories in Generalplan Ost.

Following the end of the Second World War and total collapse of the Soviet Union in 1945, Reichskommissariat Ostland experienced a large influx of German settlers while simultaneously mass deportations of almost the entirety of the Jewish population in the region had been all but achieved. Living standards and economic development soared throughout the Reichskommissariat - especially when compared to the others which experienced seemingly endless bouts of instability and chaos - Ostland on the other hand stood as a gleaming example of the Greater German Reich’s potential at what could be achieved through its ambitious Germanization policies mapped out in “Generalplan Ost”.

This provided an excellent propaganda opportunity for German foreign policy, earning Ostland the moniker of being the “model colony”. However, things are not what they seem on the surface, as interally, the Reichskommissariat is suffering from the same factionalism that befalls the Reich.

Politics[edit | edit source]

Within Ostland are 5 political factions and 1 partisan organisation:

  • Conservatives led by Franz Walter Stahlecker to preserve the current institutions and continue to rule with principles of Lohse's administration.
  • Militarists led by Otto-Heinrich Drechsler, which deems the current government as weak and wants to militarize Ostland in order to handle any foreign threat.
  • SS Forces under the command of Friedrich Jeckeln, following the pattern of the German sphere, grows more and more disloyal to the civilian government of Ostland. Fully committing himself to the ideals of Burgundian System and service to Heinrich Himmler in the SS State of Burgundy, Jeckeln intends to remake Ostland in a Spartanist image and cleanse it of all signs of decadence and degeneracy.
  • Liberal Forces of Andreas Meyer-Landrut, formed under the influence of Albert Speer.
  • Central European Council formed by the Belarusian-Nazi collaborator, Michał Vituška. His loyalists argue for larger native autonomy and representation of natives in the government.
  • And finally the United Partisan Organization led by Abba Kovner. While not a formal faction by any definition, Kovner amassed the largest anti-Nazi resistance group consisting of Jews and natives under his banner. There is no doubt that Kovner can turn out to be a contender for power in Ostland in case of a political turmoil.

National Spirits[edit | edit source]

Ostland starts with the following national spirits:

Name In Game Description Effects
The Model Colony We are the model colony of Germany! Nowhere else has Germanization gone so well, nowhere else are the people united in such great purpose and drive! The National Socialists at the world marvel at our great works and projects and the unity of our nation, and even the partisans that so plague the rest of Europe have seemingly begun to fade away! Surely such great fortune shall only fade with that of the 1000 year Reich! We will live forever! Stability +10.00%

Construction Speed +5.00%

The Unusual Quiet Ever since the assassination of Wilhelm Keiten and the subsequent crisis in the 50s, we've had little to no problems with the native partisans in the area. Whether this is because of Hinrich Lohse's successful rule or a plot by the assorted partisan groups remains to be seen, all we know is that for now we the Reichskommissariat have a rare period of peace and prosperity. Division Organisation +5.0%

War Support +10.00%