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I want to say right up front that I did a search for this and found nothing in the forums. Also, I don't have the Empire Army Book, and am basing my thought mainly on the main rule book.
Clearly, the Empire is the equivalent to Germany in the real world. With that in mind, does it seem at all innappropiate the way the Burgomeisters are portrayed? It seems as though, from what I've read about them, GW is buying into every anti-semetic lie that the Nazi's ever told (ie they control all the wealth, they are greedy/evil, etc).
I just want to know if this is addressed in the army book or if my perceptions of how the Burgomeisters are portrayed is way off.
the Empire isnt based on the third reich (hitlers germany) but on the Holy Roman Empire of the middle ages- When the german city states were ruled by elected emperors who often clashed with the other great ecclesiastical power of the time the pope usually fighting in Italy- with probably the most famous of the emperors being Frederick 'barbarossa' (redbeard) who died on his way to take part in the third crusade.
As for the Burgomeisters go i dont think they are based on anti-semitic propoganda but probably on the merchant classes of the Hanseatic league in the middle ages- men who made great wealth importing and exporting all over northern europe and created a new and powerful class removed from the traditional feudal system in operation throughout the rest of europe.
Last edited by Sir Theobold the Lame; August 29th, 2005 at 18:02.
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Furthermore, burgomeister is a historical name. The 'free cities' (i.e. without a feudal overlord) were ruled by a burgomeister and a council. They were powerful and very anxious to keep his city independant. The advantages they had were a large population to work and defend the walls; more money than but the richest nobles and third but not least: often the support of Emperors and Dukes (Elector Counts in WHF to keep the nobility in check.
Most of the free cities were along the Rhine and side rivers and the northern coast of Germany.