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Bernd Baltzar

Bernd Baltzar is an officer in the Weissen Army who quickly climbs up the officer ranks during the First Norden-Trade War. After the war he is reassigned as a military advisor and lecturer to Baselland's military academy.

  • The Ace: He is top of his class at his military academy days and see Do-Anything Soldier below.
  • Badass Teacher
  • Do-Anything Soldier: Theorist, instructor, and practitioner of artillery, infantry, cavalry. He is also a diplomat.
  • Majorly Awesome: His rank for most of the series.
  • Nerves of Steel: Few things can make him panic but if he does, he always can quickly regains his wits.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: see the Main page for details.
  • The Paragon: His superior, Groener, praises him as exemplary Weissen soldier in mind, body, and spirit. He is also able to detach his emotion from his reason.
  • The Rival: He and Liebknecht competed to be top of their class in their academy days. Then Liebknecht starts to use extreme methods to strengthen Weissen.
  • Sole Survivor: Along with Liebknecht to his whole academy, after failed coup attempt.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Liebknecht.

Hermann Groener

Baltzar's immediate superior in the Weissen Army.

  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When Baltzar was first jailed in Baselland, he didn't blame for it and acknowledging the fault is in him and other higher-ups for not having enough information as Baselland only tells minimum info for their request.

Holst Von Stauffenberg : Weissen Army Chief of Staff

The head of the Weissen armed forces and de facto leader of the country.


     Baselland Royal Family 

Reiner August Winklefeldt

Chief drill master of Baselland's Royal Military Academy and 2nd in line for the throne. Later he attempts to use his influence to modernize his country's military and to keep Baselland independent from great power realpolitik.

  • Broken Pedestal: He used to idolize his brother but his brother changed...
  • Child Prodigy: He made a very detailed (rude, but still has a chance according to Baltzar) plan of a coup before he was 12.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Used to this until he met Balzar.
  • Fake King / Body Double: He is not the real Reiner, only randomly chosen Erzreich child.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He uses the his influence and kingdom's treasury to educate people, strengthen his nation, and keep his nation's independent.

Franz Theodor Winklefeldt

Crown prince and heir apparent to the Baselland throne. His conservative and isolationist policies stand in opposition to Reiner's. Later it is revealed that he plans to align the country to Erzreich under Rudolph's influence.

     Baselland Military Academy 

Dieter Strunz

Second year student in the artillery division. He is the heir to Strunz Heavy Industries.

  • Adorkable:
  • Genius Ditz: Has some shades of this. He can gawk at wonder of modern arms for hours, making people question if he understands if those arms are used for bloodshed.
  • Puppet King: He is instated as Director of Baselland Railroad Company but everyone knows Balzar is the one pulling his strings. His only concerns are whether the company is used to draw Basellaand into Weissen's conflicts instead. Baltzar then explains to him, in the short run the company will be used as Weissen's tools but in the long run, HE, Dieter will be the one to choose what direction the company will take.

Paul Breitner

Second year student in the artillery division.

  • Always Second Best: To Dieter in Artillery Class.
  • Humble Goal: To be a governmental clerk in peaceful office after he graduates.
  • "Join the Army," They Said: You could become governmental clerk in peaceful office they said. He has none but himself to blame this trope. Unknown to him things are going to change for Baselland so wars are surely coming.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: He has 8 siblings.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: As Baltzar points out himself, Paul's understanding of his choices' consequences means that he has the greater soldierly potential over Dieter. When he is chosen as part of the academy contingent for the war against Holbeck, he does not ponder over his future lightly.

Marcel Jansen

Student in the infantry division.

Thomas Rinke

Student in the infantry division.

  • The Load: Used to be this. So Marcel has to protect him. Not his fault really but his musket.

Helmut Markus von Babel

Student in the cavalry division.

  • The Lad-ette: Just before her gender reveal, everybody (except cavalry cadets) sees Helmut as a guy.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: No one in the academy [except cavalry cadets(not even the reader] knew that Helmut is a girl. Baltzar (except cavalry cadets) is the first person to discover this when Helmut tries to get rid of the leeches from her body and then, Balzer saw her breasts.
  • Oblivious to Love: Posibbly to Jurgen
  • Open Secret: To Cavalry Division those spoilered bits are this. Then Jurgen spilled the beans to Paul, Dieter, Marcel and Thomas.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: At Gala in Weissen's Embassy in Erzreich, she had to wear a dress. She doesn't look much different but still a feast to the eyes.
  • Suppressed Mammaries: Done in the same way as Mulan


Student in the cavalry division.

Frank von Baumann

Headmaster of the academy.

Heiko Gerber

Head instructor and vice-principal of the academy.


Captain Nielsen

A cavalry officer in the Holbeck Army. During the Second Norden-Trade War he leads the invading Holbeck troops on the Norden-Trade peninsula's eastern coast.

  • Blood Knight
  • Colonel Kilgore: He LIKES war.
  • Kick the Dog: Ordering the execution of the wounded Weissen soldiers in direct opposition to the agreement regarding the treatment of occupied territories, simply because he finds the idea of a "humanitarian war" disgusting and unmanly.
  • War Is Glorious


Empress Maria Ludovica

The monarch of Erzreich.

  • Altar Diplomacy: Planning to marry her Granddaughter to Reiner (Who is anti-Erzreich), while Franz to marry a Weissen princess (Who is anti-Weissen)
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Implied, she looks like a kind old lady, but has been manipulating Baselland long before the series begins.
  • Expy: To Maria Theresa.
  • The Chessmaster: Oh yes.
  • The Reveal: The real Reiner and Franz were kidnapped in 1845, never be found (kinda hard to find your baby in a midst of 315), she convinced the queen to pick anyone, then essentially blackmailed the two princes, using the truth as leverage.


Rudolph von Liebknecht (WARNING: SPOILER)

A political agitator and a former junior officer of the Weissen Imperial Guard; he was once Baltzar's friend during their military academy days. When the First Norden-Trade War began, he led a military coup in Weissen, that in spite of its failure gave the Weissen military a more prominent role in the country. Officially, he is a Baselland court musician, but he later reveals himself to be an officer serving under the Ezreich Empire. He has a spinoff called Yuukoku no Liebknecht, Liebknecht the Patriot.

President Strunz

Dieter's father and the head of Strunz Heavy Industries.


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