Junkers (Dundorfian: Young lord) were the landed aristocracy of the Dundorfian Reich, primarily in the northern regions of Dorvik and western regions of Rutania. Many Junker families can trace their linage back to the early 11th century and have been a dominant force in post-Reich states. Many Junker families continue to serve their states as officers, politicians and businessmen.
Origins and overviewEdit
"Junker" in Dundorfian means "young lord", and is understood as country squire. It is probably derived from the Dundorfian words Junge Herr, or Young Lord. As part of the nobility, many Junker families have particles such as "von" or "zu" before their family names. During the early period of the Dundorfian Reich the Junkers were traditionally poorer and political insignificant nobles who owed fealty to a higher ranking and more prestigious nobles. Junkers eventually took up duties as soldiers, politicians, traders and mercenaries and over the centuries grew in prominence, wealth and stature.
Junkers are often seen and tend to be conservative and sometimes reactionary, they were traditional supporters of the Traditional Conservative Party (Historical) (Dundorfian: Traditionelle Konservative Partei) which was often funded by Junkers. Junkers in Rutania tended to be far more agrarian and formed into the Westerland (Rutanian) Agrarian League (Dundorfian: Westerland Landbund) while Junkers in Dorvik tended to be far more industrial and financial, however Junkers in Miktar were similar to Junkers in most parts of Rutania and formed their own agrarian leagues and organizations.
Following the Collapse of the Reich the Junkers fled to areas where they would often be accepted, the majority fled to Dorvik with whatever wealth they had and some fled or remained in Rutania. Junkers who held land in Aloria and Kirlawa often saw their land confiscated or redistributed by the Socialist and Communist who would take over their country. Junkers in the modern world continue to exert influence in both political, economic and social circles.
In Rutania Junkers once dominated the civil service, the officer corps of the military. During the 28th-29th century their political influence diminished but they did not lose completely and remained a significant state of leaders. Several Rutanian parties openly embraced the influence of Junkers throughout history: the Freikonservative Partei, the Republican Elitist Party and the Orange Party.
In Dorvik Junkers continue to dominate many offices of the Dorvish government as well as positions throughout the military. The Dorvish Social Nationalist Party has the largest support of both Junkers and Old Nobility.
Traditional Junker familiesEdit
- 1. von Klinkerhoffen (Rutania)
- 2. von Bruckenthal (Rutania)
- 3. von Hoenigsberg (Dorvik)
- 4. von und zu Czimnetz (Dorvik)
- 5. von Aeschelman (Dorvik, Barons of Aeschelman)
- 6. von Paulus (Dorvik)
- 7. von Vorbeck (Dorvik)
- 8. von Lettow (Dorvik)
- 9. von Frosten-Onild (Dorvik)
- 10. von Thorn (Rutania)
- 11. von Mangels-Osterhaus (Rutania)