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The House of Kohleschmied
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Sigil
A Knight's helmet atop a shield, flanked by two storks.
Words
Prosperity through Endeavor
Titles
Duke of Venice, Duke of Zurich (formerly), King of Genoa (Formerly)
Seat
Palazzo Ducale, Venice
Region
Venice
Vassals
Religion
Roman Catholicism
Cadet branches
House of Ermmano (Formerly)
Date of founding
1714
Age
36 Years
Founder
Lord Jozef Kohleschmied
The House of Kohleschmied is one of the Noble Houses of Switzerland. It rules over the Duchy of Venice, a vast, populated, and fertile region of the Kingdom of the Swiss, from their seat at the Palazzo Ducale. The House was founded and is currently headed by Lord Jozef Kohleschmied, Duke of Venice and former Prime Minister of Switzerland. The House of Kohleschmied is vassal to only the royal House of Kroshbon.

The House sigil is a knights helmet atop a shield flanked by two storks. Their words are: "Prosperity through endeavor". 

HistoryEdit

The House of Kohleschmied was founded in 1714 by Lord Jozef Kohleschmied, after the death of his father and his forging of documents in order to join the Reicharmee of Habsburg Austria. On paper, the House of Kohleschmied was painted as a minor noble house from Winterthur; however, in reality the sole member was Jozef. For nearly 25 years, the House would remain one largely in name only. In 1738, Jozef was named Duke of Zurich, elevating him to Lordship, and thus the House of Kohleschmied to Nobility. As Lord, Jozef presided over a complete modernization of the Kanton Zurich, transforming it into the leading economic power and financial center of the nation. His term as Prime Minister of Switzerland was characterized by the close coordination between him and the King. Their coordination turned Switzerland from a quiet confederation based on years of foreign rule and sleepy farm towns into an economic powerhouse. This newly invigorated House of Kohleschmied thrived under its neutrality during the numerous Anglo-Spanish wars, allowing Switzerland to trade with both sides of the conflict, and turning the microstate into one of the most prominent nations in Europe.

RelationshipsEdit

MembersEdit

  • Lord Jozef Kohleschmied, Duke of Venice and four-time Prime Minister of Switzerland. One of the founding fathers of the current Swiss state and the longest serving Swiss official.
    • {Sir Wilhelm Kohleschmied}, heir to the Duchy of Zurich and Count of Lucerne. Noted for his command of the Zurich army during the War of the Sardinian Succession. Disappeared in 1750.
    • Sir Alexander Kohleschmied, second son of the Duke, former Minister of Defense and current Minister of State in the Cabinet of Lord Bailey Kroshbon.
      • Lady Elizabeth Kohleschmied, wife of Sir Alexander.
  • {Sir Wilhelm "Grunt" Kohleschmied}, Brother to the Duke, who died in 1748.
    • {Sir Lynx Kohleschmied}, eldest son of Sir Wilhelm. Died 1752.
    • Sir Odell Kohleschmied, second son of Sir Wilhelm. 
  • Sir Harold Kohleschmied, Younger Brother to the Duke. Minister of Law in 1751.
  • {Sir Jack Kohleschmied}, cousin to Lord Jozef Kohleschmied.
  • Sir Gellert Kohleschmied, younger brother of Sir Jack, and cousin to Lord Jozef. Minister of Home in 1751.
    • Lady Jade Kohleschmied, eldest daughter of Sir Gellert.

Military strengthEdit

The House of Kohleschmied controlled Zurich, the second most populated Kanton of Switzerland. With nearly 1.4 million citizens, the House is able to raise 39,000 infantry, 5,000 cavalry, and 900 artillery, roughly half of the House of Kroshbon's military strength. However, the feared Alpen Guard, a 1,000 member regiment of the most elite Swiss troops, are also garrisoned in Zurich, bolstering the House's military strength.