Thursday, December 29, 2011

Birthday of the Mad Baron

It was today in 1885 that our blog mascot, my deranged hero, Baron Roman Fyodorovich Ungern von Sternberg was born. Readers are invited to take a look back on the many past posts dealing with the White Russian crusader and Mad Monarchist of Mongolia. And how is this for raising an eyebrow or two: it was also on this day in 1911 that Mongolia first declared independence from China as a theocratic Buddhist monarchy under the Bogd Khan -whom the Baron would one day liberate from Chinese captivity and restore to his throne. This declaration of independence was done in conjunction with the "Great 13th" Dalai Lama of Tibet as the Qing Empire was collapsing in China. But, getting back to the 'man of the hour' the Baron was born in Graz, in what was then the Dual Empire of Austria-Hungary. He was an ethnic German (as were many in the Baltic where his family was from and where he grew up) but of course was also an ardent defender of Imperial Russia and who would one day command an army made up mostly of Asians. His aim? Far-fetched but oh so glorious, to force a pan-monarchist coalition that would stretch across Eurasia, covering all the lands of the great Mongol Empire of Genghis Khan to create an imperial, religious-monarchist bulwark against the revolutionary tide. Here is something like what he had in mind:
Ultimately, it didn't quite work out, but what a glorious vision it was...

10 comments:

  1. Baron von Ungern-Sternberg, not Ungern von Sternberg. :) And he was born in our Empire! :)

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  2. "von Ungern-Sternberg" was on most of his papers but he usually signed his name "Ungern von Sternberg" so I consider either acceptable.

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  3. Apparently, January 22 of the following year has been going around as an alternative birth date. You wouldn't happen to know why, sir?

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  4. This screenshot is from the computer game Europa Universalis III, a grand strategy game set in the era between 1399 and 1820. As a great admirer of the Mad Baron, I thought you might get a kick out of it.

    Hint: Look at the last cardinal in the Papal Curia.

    http://twitpic.com/809wnv/full

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  5. January 10, 1886 is the only other one I have ever seen, just the difference between the Gregorian and Julian calendars. I wouldn't know where the 22nd would come from.

    A Cardinal? He'd have to be a fighting one like Richelieu or Ruffo or some of their type.

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  6. January 22, 1886 was listed at Wikipedia up until January this year -- that is up until about a year ago. Not that that is a reliable source of information.

    A likely source of January 22 would be a case of erroneous double calendar conversion. Note that January 10 is exactly half-way between December 29 and January 22.

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  7. I'd say that's a safe bet. Someone probably had changed it and someone else came along and changed it again or some such. Ugh- public encyclopedias, God help us all.

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  8. The Mad Baron had a Truly Nobel Goal, his Empire would today no doubt be a light against the dankness of "Democracy" that has gripped the world

    I am sure he would have upheld the Buddhist and Christan Transitions of his Empire, and there would be no need for us Reactionaries because we would keep the Jacobin Traitors down.

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  9. Did the Baron plan to allow the independence of the various Indian Princely States?

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  10. As far as I know, India was not part of his considerations. I've never heard what his opinion on that subject was or if he had one. He was mostly concerned with northeast Asia and Russia.

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