Introduced in Vanilla
|Titles|| Chancellor of the German Empire
|Date of birth||1815|
|Date of death||1898|
|Preferred victory||Scientific Victory|
|Voice actor/actress||Heinz Becker|
Bismarck speaks Modern German. He is in his office.
Unique Ability: Furor Teutonicus
Voice Actor: Heinz Becker
Bismarck will focus on raising a large amount of army consisting primarily of infantries and mobile units. He will take a balanced apporach on offensive and defensive combats as well.
Bismarck is not quite bold, but will often denounce anyone whenever possible. He can also often declare war on anyone, even on his allies. So be careful when you try to befriend him.
In the hands of a player, domination victory is probably the best route to go for. Remember to clear some barbarian camps. A scientific victory is also possible, though.
Otto von Bismarck, also known as the "Iron Chancellor," is perhaps the most significant figure in German history. During his long political career Bismarck unified Germany and founded the German Empire; Germany was transformed from a weak and loose confederation of states into a powerful united country that would come to dominate continental Europe.
Descended of a noble Prussian family, Bismarck certainly inherited the arrogance of the Prussian Junker class. He was a poor student who excelled at dueling and was quite a historian and linguist. However, he spent much of his time drinking with the other aristocrats in their exclusive fraternity.
Unable to accept the discipline required for military service, Bismarck instead entered the Prussian diplomatic corps, where his skill quickly brought him to the attention of the Prussian King. Appointed to the German Federal Diet (congress), Bismarck worked to increase Prussian status and power within Germany. Eventually he would rise to the rank of Prussian Prime Minister, where after years of long struggle, he succeeded in unifying Germany under Prussian rule. Bismarck would accomplish this through crafty diplomacy, aided by a series of successful wars.
Once Germany was unified, Bismarck's main foreign policy aim was to keep the peace in Europe, mostly by isolating France, Germany's historic enemy. In this he was largely successful. He engineered a war with France in 1870 in order to draw several German states (Bavaria, Baden, and others) into the German empire. In the war, France was quickly defeated.
Having achieved his objective of acquiring the German states, Bismarck argued for fairly lenient terms, but the German people and military wanted more, and he was forced to annex the French provinces of Alsace and Loraine. Bismarck knew that this would be trouble in the long run − before the war he had told a colleague, "Supposing we did win Alsace, we would have to maintain our conquest and to keep Strasbourg perpetually garrisoned. This would be an impossible position, for in the end the French would find new allies − and we might have a bad time." This, of course, is exactly what happened in World War I, where Germany had a very bad time indeed.
Although an ardent conservative and monarchist, Bismarck was the first European leader to promote a system of social security for workers. He rebuilt the German monetary system, introducing for the first time a single currency. He also helped fabricate the new country's code of civil and commercial law. His benevolence was not universal, however; while emancipating the Jews, Bismarck also enacted laws aimed at restraining Germany's Catholics.
Judgment of HistoryEdit
As a diplomat, Bismarck's greatest weakness was his single-minded desire to weaken France. He was largely successful during his lifetime, but in doing so he made France into an implacable enemy, which would have dire consequences in the next century. Domestically, Bismarck's great flaw was his indifference to the lives of the German people. As Germany grew in power and stature, the people's lives improved but little. His social security system did some good, but he enacted that mainly to avoid having to make greater concessions to the German Socialists.
Bismarck was a great leader, perhaps the greatest European leader of the 19th Century. His triumphs outweighed his defeats, and he almost single-handedly turned a group of bickering kingdoms into a mighty state. Although his policies did contribute to the disasters in Germany's future, those were more so a result of his successors' inability to adjust to the changing geopolitical climate in Europe.
- Quotes from Bismark
- “The great questions of the time will not be resolved by speeches and majority decisions − that was the great mistake of 1848 and 1849 − but by iron and blood.”
- "Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made."
- Approximately 250 monuments, “Bismarck Towers,” have been erected in his honor on four continents – Australia, South America, Africa, and Europe.
Intro: In the name of the great German people, I welcome ye. ("Im Namen des großen deutschen Volkes heiße ich Euch willkommen.")
Attacked: Depraved Villain! We will bring ye under the earth! ("Verderbter Bösewicht! Wir werden Euch unter die Erde bringen!")
Declares War: I cannot wait until ye grow even mightier, therefore: Prepare for war! ("Ich kann nicht warten bis Ihr noch mächtiger geworden seit. Bereitet Euch also auf den Krieg vor!")
Defeated: Germany has been destroyed. I weep for the future generations. ("Deutschland ist zerstört worden. Ich weine um die zukünftigen Generationen.")
Hate Hello: Well, speak! ("Also - raus damit!")
Hate Let's Hear It 01: Well?! ("Und?!")
Hate Let's Hear It 02: Go On! ("Macht schon!")
Hate Let's Hear It 03: Well, tell me! ("Na, sagt schon!")
Hate Yes: Well, ok. ("Also, gut.")
Hate Yes 02: It seems I can't refuse. ("Ich kann wohl nicht anders.")
Hate No: That is unacceptable! ("Das ist inakzeptabel!")
Hate No 02: Ye can't be serious! ("Das kann doch nich' Euer ernst sein!")
Neutral Hello: What now? ("Was nun?")
Neutral Yes: Agreed! ("Abgemacht!")
Neutral Yes 02: Alright! ("In Ordnung!")
Neutral No: No. ("Nein.")
Neutral No 02: We do not accept. ("Wir nehmen es nicht an.")
Neutral Let's Hear It 01: What did ye say? ("Was habt Ihr gesagt?")
Neutral Let's Hear It 02: Move it! ("Vorwärts!")
Neutral Let's Hear It 03: Yes? ("Ja?")
Peaceful: What do yethink about calling it a draw? ("Was haltet Ihr von einem Unentschieden")
Gloat: Well, I hope ye have learned your lesson. ("Na gut, ich hoffe Ihr habt jetzt Eure Lektion gelernt.")
Demand: Give us what we demand, if ye want your wretched country to survive. ("Gebt uns, was wir verlangen, wenn Euer jämmerliches Land überleben soll.")
Request: It would be in your best interest, to carefully consider this proposal. ("Es wäre in Eurem Interesse, dass Ihr dieses Angebot sorgfältig prüft.")
IntroEditHail mighty Bismarck, first chancellor of Germany and her empire! Germany is an upstart nation, fashioned from the ruins of the Holy Roman Empire and finally unified in 1871, a little more than a century ago. The German people have proven themselves to be creative, industrious and ferocious warriors. Despite enduring great catastrophe in the first half of the 20th century, Germany remains a worldwide economic, artistic and technological leader.
Great Prince Bismarck, the German people look to you to lead them to greater days of glory. Their determination is strong and they turn to you, their beloved iron chancellor, to guide them once more. Will you rule and conquer through blood and iron, or foster the Germanic arts and industry? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?