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Heinrich Trelk is a New Swabian officer who served in both the New Swabian Nazi Party and NSLP governments. He served on both sides of the New Swabian Civil War and the New Swabian War defecting when ordered to execute the first-born child of every family in Toll.
Heinrich Trelk was born in the New Swabian city of Toll, which at the time was still under allied occupation. His father was a New Swabian Air-Force pilot who had fought in the war and his mother died giving birth to him. He grew up with his father and step-mother and was affected by their bitterness towards the allies who had occupied New Swabia, each of them blaming the allies for their previous partners death.
This bitterness rubbed off onto him, and his school teachers noted that he was a sad child who was only interested in New Swabia's history and in physical activities. He was determined to make his parents proud, and after leaving school he attended the Neumoyer military academy. At the academy he was often considered to be very dull and boring preferring to stay in his room and work than to go out into the city but was an excellent student and graduated with distinction at the age of 19.
Civil Rights Riots
After graduating he was given the rank of lieutenant and given command of one of the platoons charged with preventing civil disobedience. Unfortunately the day he took command was February the 24th 1965, the day before the riots that kick-started the New Swabian Civil War.
As his platoon took positions, for a scheduled demonstration they were unaware of the disaster that they were about to become involved in. As the marchers approached the New Swabian parliament building, the Platoon and police forces formed a barricade to prevent them going further. The marchers began to throw stones and petrol bombs at the barricade and he gave the order to fire above the heads of the marchers. Unfortunately this caused one man in the crowd (Later realized to be Otto Dietrich) to call on the marchers to overrun the barricades.
Although he was reluctant to do so, he was ordered to open fire on the marchers by his superiors and the march dissolved into violence. Although Otto Dietrich escaped the violence the vast majority of the marchers were shot dead with the loss of no soldiers, in other words it was a massacre.
Early Civil War Period
After the riots in Neumoyer the simmering discontent in New Swabia erupted into full fledged violence. Although the New Swabian Liberation Party didn't exactly declare independence it did launch an armed campaign against the Nazis. As a reward for his unflinching attitude during the riots Heinrich Trelk was promoted to Captain and given command of the 1st company of the 1st Division which specialized in Counter-Terrorism operations. This put Trelk in the front lines of the civil war, the 1st division found itself deployed to several hotshots.
Despite the constant work by the 1st Division, Trelk found time to marry a fellow New Swabian Army officer in the admin branch. He also spent a lot of time with his family in Toll and began to change from the emotionless officer from his late teens into both the model of a New Swabian officer and a man who loved his family and friends. Alongside this however he did begin to regret some of his actions, while cleansing a New Swabian village of NSLP insurgents he reportedly sought out the local vicar and asked for forgiveness for his sin's. It was against this that the background of increasing tensions in New Swabia continued with more strikes against military targets.
New Swabian War (Nazi Party)
In late 1979 Trelk was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and placed in charge of the 1st division in the city of Neumoyer. The day after his promotion marked the beginning the the New Swabian war as Maudlandic troops crossed the border into New Swabia and launched a major campaign against New Swabia. Trelk and the 1st division were moved closer to the border but a string of defeats inflicted on the New Swabian army forced them to move back to Neumoyer. After the defeat of the New Swabian army at Toll by NSLP and Maudlandic forces nothing stood between the Maudlandics and the capital except the 1st division.
Trelk was given overall command of the defense of the city. He gathered together all the New Swabian forces in the area and acquired some Panzer V tanks from museums and surplus depots and also set up a huge number of ambush points and traps within the city itself. The Norwegian navy bombarded the city alongside air strikes but Trelk and his forces hid inside bunkers and buildings to minimize their losses. However he knew that when the Maudlandic infantry entered the city their air and naval support would probably guarantee them victory. He was granted a reprieve from the inevitable. However, when Argentinian forces under the command Rear Admiral Carlos Busser attacked the Norwegian navy sinking a destroyer and causing them to retreat. This alongside Argentinian air cover gave Trelk the chance he needed to launch a counter-attack, using the Panzer's New Swabian forces drove the Maudlandic's out of Neumoyer and launched a huge counter-offensive.
Like the New Swabians before them the Maudlandic army attempted to stop the offensive at Toll with the help of the NSLP but were outnumbered and crushed by Trelk's forces who then rested at the city. It was there that something sparked the uneasiness Trelk had felt at carrying out some of his orders into full blown rebellion. To make an example of the NSLP sympathizers in Toll Trelk was ordered to execute the first born son of every resident, including those who like himself served in the military. This would have meant most of the 1st Division killing their own children (As the 1st division was primarily drawn from Toll as opposed to the 2nd from Neumoyer and the 3rd & 4th which were made up of conscripts).
Trelk called a meeting with the brigade commanders of the 1st Division who unanimously agreed that it would be better to defect than to carry out the order. Gathering up their families and telling their soldiers to the same the 1st Division set out after the retreating Maudlandics, supposedly to press the attack. However when the 2nd division began the purge it discovered that nearly all the military families had vanished leading them to conclude that the 1st had defected. Meanwhile the 1st Division under Trelk reached the city of Ny Kristiansand and surrendered to Otto Dietrich, offering their allegiance to him and the NSLP.
New Swabian War (NSLP)
Dietrich demoted Trelk back to a Brigade commander appointing a NSLP member in his place with Dietrich as commander of all NSLP forces. The Maudlandic commander of the city Erlend Bekkestad remembered Trelk's skill from the attack on Neumoyer and asked for him to be placed in command of the NSLP's forces in the city but Dietrich refused saying that Trelk would be a liability.
During the 1st Battle of Ny Kristiansand the New Swabian army (Backed by the Argentinean Air Force) succeeded in easily destroying the defenses and minefields that the Maudlandic army had set up. The NSLP's attempt to meet the New Swabian army outside the city failed as Trelk knew it would due to lack of cover and the failure of the NSLP commander to use the 1st divisions skills in urban combat. Realizing that the city was lost Trelk attempted to get Dietrich to order the NSLP to retreat to Ny Bergen. Dietrich refused but using his previous position as its commander Trelk ordered the 1st Division to retreat, it was due to this foresight that the 1st Division was the only part of the allied forces the retreated orderly and mostly intact back to Ny Bergen while the rest of the NSLP and AFNM retreated in a disorderly panic.
When the rest of the allied forces reached Ny Bergen the 1st Division was the only one that was still equipped to fight again quickly. Although the Maudlandics were able to produce two under strength divisions under Tomas Lykke the NSLP's contribution (Excluding the 1st Division) was minimal. However all the defenders were emboldened by the knowledge that the Argentine navy wouldn't be helping the New Swabian Army as it was engaged in a campaign against the Royal Navy of Antarctica's west coast. Against the protests of Dietrich Maudlandic Premier Thobias Mjoen insisted that Trelk be given joint command of the defense of the city alongside Lykke and be promoted to General (The same rank as Lykke and one below the ranks of Oberbefehlshaber held by Dietrich and store Admiral held by Mjoen).
The relationship between Lykke and Trelk was not a friendly one, The two men actively despised each other and had completely different military tactics. Lykke was a huge supporter of armored mobility doctrines and wanted the smash through the New Swabian's with Trelk's Panzers and his Snow Tracs and Aerosleds and use the infantry to widen the gap. While Trelk was a support of the combined arms doctrines and wanted to use the city to their advantage hiding infantrymen and tanks and supporting them with artillery and air power. Despite this the two men were united by their desire to defeat the Nazi's and were able to agree on a defense plan that combined their relative strengths.
When the New Swabian army approached Ny Bergen the 65 Panzer V's and 43 Beskytter tanks drove out alongside 46 Snow Trac's and 7000 men on Snowmobiles. They punched a hole through the New Swabian armies lines and continued raiding the New Swabian supplies and units throughout the battle. However they didn't prevent the New Swabian's advancing as per their orders allowing them to advance into the outskirts of the city where they were met by artillery fire from Maudlandic forces. After taking cover the New Swabians were attacked by the 1st Division, when they attempted to retreat the tanks returned causing heavy loses and the New Swabian army routed.
Taking advantage of this the Maudlandic Army and NSLP pushed the attack pushing the New Swabian's back to Ny Kristiansand. There the New Swabians put up a determined defense and aware of the dangers of slowing down and failing to capitalize on their gains both Lykke and Trelk agreed to use the forces from their Israeli allies to surround the city and bypass it allowing them to march on to Neumoyer for the 2nd time. As a result of his previous experience with Neumoyer Trelk was allowed to remain joint commander with Lykke and they assembled the largest force ever assembled by the allies with the NSLP providing two divisions and a brigade (Drawn from the 1st Division and volunteers from New Swabia) and the AFNM providing two armoured battalions and three divisions.
Under covering fire from the AFNM's tanks and artillery the Allied troops entered Neumoyer on June the 13th 1982. The New Swabian army attempted to stop the Allies from capturing Neumoyer but was unsuccessful with General Heidrich surrendering to Trelk on the 14th and Trelk was also present for the signing of the Treaty of Neumoyer
Late Civil War Period
After the New Swabian war ended Trelk left the New Swabian army to live with his family in Toll. He purchased a plot of land outside the city and wanted to establish a farm where he worked on developing crops that would grow in Antarctica's arid climate. His wishes were broken however when Nazi insurgents planted a bomb in 1990 which killed his wife and nineteen year old son as well as crippling him and leaving his twenty one year old daughter severely scared. After he recovered from his injuries (His left leg was amputated bellow the knee) Trelk traveled to Neumoyer to ask Dietrich for permission to rejoin the New Swabian Army at his old rank.
Although initially reluctant the continued Nazi insurgency led by Wilhelm Kunz was causing severe damage to Dietrich's presidency and with the backing of parliament the 1st Army Corps was created with Trelk at its head to defeat Kunz and his supporters. Over the next seven years Kunz and Trelk waged a long an complex campaign against one another over the fate of New Swabia. Despite starting with a smaller force Kunz succeeded in carrying out hit and run attacks against the New Swabian army and even captured Neumoyer at one point.
However capturing Neumoyer would prove to be Kunz's greatest mistake. Knowing that support for the Nazi's was strong in the capital Trelk deliberately failed to defend it properly and allowed Kunz to drive in as a victorious conqueror. Being as vain as he was Kunz did exactly that and entered Neumoyer in a open top car on October the 1st 1997. Seizing the parliament building Kunz declared the independence of the Fascist Republic of New Swabia and declared it to be the legitimate government of New Swabia. This caused many Nazi supporters to flock to the capital, their process unimpeded by New Swabian army forces who had been ordered by Trelk not to impede them. This also caused worries abroad causing Ernst Hersman to have to travel around Antarctica to assure politians that Trelk knew what he was doing.
Trelk did not disappoint and the 1st Army Corps launched a massive attack on Neumoyer on October the 7th after Trelk became aware that most of New Swabia's Nazi's had made their way to Neumoyer. The 1st corps crushed the Nazi defenses in Neumoyer and entered the city. They shot all obvious Nazi supporters in sight but most of Kunz's forces retreated to a military barracks in the city along with the General himself. Trelk took personal command of the 1st division to lead the attack in the compound and when the 1st division entered the compound they came across Kunz hiding in a toilet, dragged him out and threw him to the ground in front of Trelk. Trelk, overcome with fury at what Kunz and his ilk had done not only to his family but also New Swabia as a whole took out his officers pistol and shot Kunz three times in the head.
Kunz's death and the recapture of Neumoyer brought a final end to the New Swabian Civil war and the Nazi menace although the final war trials would finish in 2011. In addition to this at the end of the civil war Otto Dietrich, by now an old man decided to finally relinquish the title of Oberbefehlshaber. The parliament called for Trelk to be installed as Supreme Commander but he initially wanted to go back to farming. However after Dietrich visited him at his farm he was convinced that it would be better for New Swabia if he accepted the title. He did so and was unanimously elected to the position.
In New Swabia the rank of Oberbefehlshaber held significant political power and was considered the third most powerful position in the government. Trelk however relinquished much of the posts power in line with his beliefs that the Armed Forces should be subservient to the state although he did set up a military committee to watch over New Swabia's politics to prevent it ever again being under the control of an extremist government. This committee has come under attack many times but remains in place and is strongly defended by Trelk.
As Oberbefehlshaber Trelk has forced change on the New Swabian military, once again it has become an institution respected by the people and looked up to as a protector of the values of democracy, freedom and liberty that the New Swabian people fought so hard to achieve. He has also forced various governments to accept his modernization plans and has transformed the New Swabian military into the most advanced on the continent and instigated new partnerships with the German miltary which saw the New Swabian army involved in ISAF and other German operations.
The main role of his Supreme Commandership has been overseeing the last Trials of the Nazi war criminals and transforming the role into a more military and less political role.
Personality & Family
Trelk's personality has been, and probably always will be, the most controversial factor of his life. It has been analysed by historians, strategists, and psychologists. The generally accepted conclusion has been that Trelk is above all else a nationalist, but one who's loyalty was to the state of New Swabia and its people, rather than its government, although he has always believed that the military should be subservient to the government.
Trelk was a devoted christian who often sought consolidation from pastors after carrying out his orders. He was also well known for praying before a battle, and asking God for help in his battles. His loyalty to his family was his strongest attachment, though, and the only reason he rejoined the military was due to the desire to avenge the deaths of his son and wife.
Trelk married in 1975 a New Swabian army administration officer, who he remained married to until her death at the hands of the Nazis. He had two children with his wife, a son who died alongside his wife, and a daughter who later married and had two children of her own.
Although Trelk is still alive his legacy is considerable, he jointly lead the allied ground forces in the New Swabian war. He was also one of the three men who is regarded as a founder of modern New Swabia alongside Dietrich and Tillo Freudberger as the military commander who backed up their political power.
About Otto Dietrich
"He was arrogant, divisive, and pompous. But, he was a brilliant strategist and an inspirational man. In short, he was the only man who could have led us to liberty"
- — Heinrich Trelk speaking at Dietrich's resignation from the Supreme Commandership
"I acknowledge that he is a great man but I still think that he was wrong"
- — Heinrich Trelk
About Wilhelm Kunz
"That was for my family, you bastard"
- — Heinrich Trelk after executing Kunz
"He was the only man who I ever saw as a challenge"
- — Heinrich Trelk
"To know that I had him under my thumb at one point, my subordinate who I could have ordered to his death. Had I known then what I know now..."
- — Heinrich Trelk
"My duty is not to the government, it is not to the Army, it is to New Swabia itself"
- — Heinrich Trelk
"I do not want this duty; I wanted to live with my family in peace. These scum have given me no choice, and I will carry out my duty to the full strength of my ability"
- — After his rejoining the military.