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Created on 2012-01-13 05:50:51 (#1419088), last updated 2012-05-15 (279 weeks ago)

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Name:Roderich Edelstein ♫ Republik Österreich
Birthdate:Oct 26
As stated by Himaruya, Austria was born in 976 AD. This was the year that the Babenburgs came into power and unified the territories under the name that would eventually be Austria. As a child, he was close friends with Switzerland, and often harassed by Hungary and Prussia. Despite always being weak and easily defeated in his youth, he was tenacious and brave, and eventually was able to conquer Hungary and take his place as a growing empire. The great and beautiful Danube River flows through his veins, and the famed Austrian Alps are his backbone. His heart is Vienna, and his soul is the music of the centuries.

Throughout his history, Austria has been a world power of sorts, up into the 20th century when the Austro-Hungarian Empire finally fell. As an Empire, Austria was married to first Spain, by the marriage of Philip and Joanna in 1496, which brought the Spanish Empire under Hapsburg rule. This marriage proved lasting and powerful, and was not dissolved until 1700 when the War of Spanish Succession took place.

This was a political alliance at first, as most of Austria's marriages were, but he and Spain eventually were able to come to an agreement, and were quite a close couple during their long marriage. It would be France that dissolved their marriage, with the French Bourbon dynasty taking over in Spain. This divorce was painful for Austria as a person, and the fighting would eventually lead to the War of Austrian Succession as well, in which Austria lost territory to Prussia, and it would eventually lead itself to the Seven Years' War in which he would lose the Holy Roman Empire as well.

His marriage to Hungary began in 1867, and was tumultuous from the start. Revolts, dissent, and other unpleasant political struggles made the empire weak and unstable. However, it was during the 18th and 19th century that Austria's musical dynasty began. Vienna was the heart of the musical world, and the height of culture. Grand balls, sparkling waltzes by Strauss, the great Viennese Romantics, all soothed Austria's artistic soul. Music was his first mistress before all others, and his greatest love.

Any great musician that has passed once through Vienna, Austria knew. He called many of them friends, and adored them for their work and passion. Mozart he loved beyond measure, Strauss was his dearest friend. Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, Liszt, and of course, Chopin. He has befriended them all, and mourned their passing. There are statues of some of these great men erected in palace gardens around Vienna to mark his remembrance.

In the 20th century, Austria saw the fall of his empire, genocide, and occupation. He lost his wife Hungary in the end of the first World War, as well as his beloved imperial family, who had already lost a son and wife in Franz Ferdinand and Sophie. In World War II, he saw the rise of a despot, and learned humility and horror in the fall of the Third Reich. When the Russians invaded the Austrian border, Austria proclaimed his independence from the German Empire and set up his own government to meet the Soviets. The ten years that followed 1945 were ten years of Allied Occupation, in which Austria, a ruined nation like so many others, spent his life in a wheelchair, unable to support himself. On his birthday, Ocotober 26, 1955, he finally was able to pull himself out of his wheelchair, and regained his sovereignty as a nation. The day the Allied Occupation ended was the day he finally declared himself forever neutral.

Over the years, Austria has become self-sufficient living alone. He had devoted himself to peacekeeping missions and human rights, to the point that Vienna is home to one of the great United Nations cities, where summits sometimes take place. But neutrality has not made him weak. Because of his status as a peacekeeping nation, his military is trained extensively in urban warfare, and are often the first deployed on any peace keeping mission. The Glock, a gun manufacturer, was created in Austria, and as such, he knows well how to fire one and keeps one close at hand at all times. We have seen in Hetalia canon his ability to be strict and dominating over those around him, especially when dealing with guests, servants, and the like. He is strict and firm.

However, he still mostly enjoys his personal time. His pastries are impeccable as is his coffee, and his music is still at his heart and soul. His devotion to the arts has made him a meticulous man. Each year, as if in member of the old days of the Empire, a ball season is held to usher in the opera season, with waltzes and dancing, fine dress and all that made his imperial days full of splendor. He is ever a gentleman, finely groomed and well-dressed. Soft spoken unless risen to ire, at which point a flare of the old Empire becomes evident in his mannerisms and speech. He does not deal with impertinence or foolish behavior well; it always gets a Look of Extreme Disapproval.

Because of his famed Spanish Riding School, he oft carries a riding crop. He is a firm, dominant man with an Old World elegance, but always keeps his emotions in check as any gentleman would. His penchant for fine dress and 'pretty things' lends some people to believe that this makes him feminine, but this is far from the case. He is a spendthrift, which is why his economy at the moment is not suffering as badly as others in Europe (and goodness, Franz Joseph I would be ashamed to see such waste elsewhere!). He also tends to keep to himself unless called upon.

However, because he lives alone and has dealt with so much loss in his long life, he is quietly a very lonely man, and jaded. He at times gets lost in the memories of his past days of glory, and feels very old and tired in those moments. It will take a great deal of patience and prying for anyone interested in Austria to break past those walls.

Despite all this, he remains an elegant and sophisticated gentleman, cultured and well-spoken. His accent is that of the Viennese dialect, which varies from the German in many ways. I've provided an example of the late Archduke Otto von Habsburg speaking, who died this past year and was interred with his imperial relatives in Vienna.
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