Oct 262010

Some Notes on Czechoslovakia


Czechoslovakia became a country in 1918 when it was carved from the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, and, by 1933, was one of the most stable democracies in Europe.  The country was ruled by progressive, intelligent and fair politicians who could count on the support of a patriotic population (despite deep racial and cultural divides).  This wasn’t always the case for the sizable German minority.


The 3 million Germans–who opposed being separated from Germany in the first place–continued to pose problems for the Prague government.  In 1920, Germans were not allowed to participate in the forming of a constitution.  Afterwards, a series of small German rebellions shook the Sudetenland.  For several years of the mid-to-late 20’s, German agitation turned to a more constructive detente, but in 1933, when Hitler began to promise a Reich for all Germans, the German minority in Czechoslovakia began to grumble again. 


Beginning in the early-20’s, the Czech army began to patrol the German-Czech border with increased diligence as weapons, prostitutes, drugs and hostile political elements crossed back and forth.  By 1933, the Czech government was actively worried about a porous border and the clearly foreseeable threat from Nazi encroachment.


The Sudeten Mountains have long been home to packs of werewolves. There are though a number of small fortified keeps controlled by the Tzimisce and Tremere who have somehow made peace with their lupine neighbors.  Most vampires avoid the region if possible, knowing full well that the region is extremely dangerous.


Yes, umm, you may choose to take a little trip soon.

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