Wilhelm Freiherr vom und zum Schuster (born 5 Fleurcin 1723 in Schwarzenroda) is a reikenian statesman in services of Prussien. Serving the state as minister, he is mainly responsible for military matters, but has also several other tasks. His main achievements are the Schustersche Reformen enacted in 1755, which compounds general conscription to draft and conceive a standing army with high professionalism, compulsory education to support the national economy and several other reforms, mainly of taxation and manufacturing matters.

Appearance

Early Life

Wilhelm was born on 5th Fleurcin 1723 in Schwarzenroda, a small village near Lesnitz, as the child of Gunther Freiherr vom und zum Schuster and his wife Barbara. He spent his childhood in the neighbourhood of Schusterhof, a classicistic manor in the meadows of Schwarzenroda, near the road to Lesnitz. He was a vivacious and malicious child, always threatening the villagers to pay their taxes on time. Together with his father, he was the nightmare of any prussien farmer. Appropriate to his attitudes, he had no real friends, though some children of the local nobility tried to get friends with him, which often ended in bitter tears. At the age of 5, his mother passed away, leaving behind a child unable to feel or express love. Thus Wilhelm had no real measurement for love and mistook loyalty for love, which is even today a basic thought of his governing style.

Education

As schools were rather expensive and often non-existent in his childhood, young Wilhelm was taught by his tutor Hoffmansthal in matters of history, algebra and geography while his father taught him tactics and military strategy. His education was missing a humanistic approach and thus his later reasonings were mainly founded of thoughts that lives don't really matter.

Military Career

Wilhelm entered the horse artillery regiment Nr. 8, stationed at the garrison of Schwarzenroda, which was an important military chokepoint, saveguarding the road to the capital Lesnitz. Given the number of his regiment, his favourite number became the 8. Entering the regiment as a Corporal and commanding a 30 men strong group of artillerists. He quickly rose within the ranks to finally become Oberst of his regiment, and the young Friedrich Heinrich, Kronprinz of Prussien, was transferred to this regiment for disciplinary reasons by his father, king Friedrich Heinrich I. Thus, Friedrich, who was not used to the special procedures of the army, had severe problems with integrating there. This was not made much easier by Wilhelms rigid disciplinarisation and exercises, so the young prince had a slight fear for Wilhelm. As Friedrich Heinrich I died in 1751, Friedrich ascended the throne as Friedrich II. He had to return to Lesnitz to rule the nation and took Wilhelm with him, as military advisor and captain of the guard.

War against Poliska

Dasnitz oder Krieg! (Dasnitz or war!)

– Wilhelm vom und zum Schuster, 1752

Soon after Friedrichs ascension, Wilhelm was appointed Geheimrat for foreign affairs and was sent as ambassador to Poliska, the neighbouring kingdom. As Friedrich was excessively loyal to Wilhelm he wanted to send his most diplomatic and eloquent statesman there to settle to growing tensions between the royal governments. Unfortunately for him, Wilhelm was especially interested in war with Poliska and tried to maneuver Prussien into a war, with the eventual aim to connect the lands of the Königsmark with the prussian duchy. This plan succeeded and in 1752, Wilhelm threatened the poliskan king directly with his infamous quote, and following this, fled the country within hours, escorted by his very own horse artillery regiment. Unknown to Wilhelm and thus the prussian diplomacy was the willingness of the king to cede Dasnitz to Prussien in order to prevent the war. As Wilhelm flounced out of the hall without waiting for the answer, the war inevidently had begun. When the king tried to inform Lesnitz about the acceptation of the terms, his envoy found the prussian troops approaching and trespassing the borders, which marked the beginning of the war. The war was an overwhelming success for the prussian army as they simply surprised the poliskan army with their advanced tactics and mobile regiments. Within the course of the next year, Poliska capitutaled without any terms, and the following peace become known as the First Poliskan Partition.

Minister in Prussien

Ich mag mehr Steuern. (I like more taxes.)

– Wilhelm vom und zum Schuster, 1760

After the war, Prussien settled it's affairs and started to consolidate the newly won territory, where Wilhelm played an extraordinary role within managing the incorporation of the foreign population into the prussian state. In order to achieve this, Wilhelm heavily worked on a bunch of reforms later known as Schustersche Reformen.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

Honours

Military Ranks

Arms

Equipment and Mounts

Trivia

His favourite flower is a steel-gray hydrangea. He also likes taxes very much.

See also

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