Gregor von Mückenberger
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'Mückenberger' redirects here. For Gregor's father, see Wilhelm von Mückenberger.
Fleet Admiral Mückenberger (795 UC (486 IC / 3595 CE))
|Rank:||Fleet Admiral (former)|
|Occupation:||Chief Commander of the Space Fleet (former)|
|Status:||Alive (796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE))|
|Played by:||Shibata Hidekatsu|
Gregor von Mückenberger (Japanese: グレゴール・フォン・ミュッケンベルガー) was an Imperial Fleet Admiral and one of three military chiefs of staff under Kaiser Friedrich IV, during the waning years of the Goldenbaum Dynasty. Mückenberger was considered to be a competent leader and became one of the first Imperial elites to acknowledge the capabilities of Reinhard von Lohengramm. He decided to retire shortly after the death of Kaiser Friedrich IV and just before the outbreak of the civil war in the Empire, refusing overtures from the nobility of the Lippstadt League to support them.
Gregor was the son of Imperial Vice Admiral Wilhelm von Mückenberger, who was killed in action during the Second Battle of Tiamat by the Free Planets Star Fleet under Bruce Ashbey. In his dying moments he said that he wanted his son to join the Imperial Fleet as he had done, a wish that the younger Mückenberger followed and by 794 UC (485 IC / 3594 CE) had risen to the highest office in the armed forces, that of Chief Space Fleet Commander. By the time of the late Goldenbaum Dynasty, Fleet Admiral Mückenberger was considered to be a capable officer and was respected by the high nobles due to his noble birth. He commanded Imperial forces during the Battle of Van-Fleet, Sixth Battle of Iserlohn, and Third Battle of Tiamat, the latter of which occurred as an offensive to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the coronation of Kaiser Friedrich IV. He was later present at the Fourth Battle of Tiamat, in which he tried to get the young Reinhard von Lohengramm sacrificed by sending him agaisnt the enemy by himself, completely exposed. However, Reinhard managed to not only survive but played a major role in defeating the enemy forces. (HBSHBL: 'Truth Is the Daughter of Time', 'The Sixth Battle of Iserlohn', 'A Hundred Billion Stars, One Ambition', TBT: 'Part One', 'Part Two', My Conquest Is the Sea of Stars)
As the space fleet commander, Mückenberger was the one who initially had to work with the young Reinhard von Lohengramm as he rose through the ranks of the Fleet. At first he reacted with skepticism and disrespect, believing as the high nobles did that the blond officer only got promoted due to his sister's relationship with the Kaiser. For his part, Reinhard viewed Mückenberger as only having the appearance of dignity and competence, while being just as hidebound and unimaginative as the rest of the nobles and Imperial officer corps, based on his flustered reaction to Alliance tactics during the Sixth Battle of Iserlohn, the Third Battle of Tiamat, and the Fourth Battle of Tiamat. Mückenberger ended up changing his mind in 796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE) after Reinhard's victory the Battle of Astarte. Mückenberger noted his accomplishment in a conversation with High Admiral Ovlesser by saying that even the brilliant Willibald Joachim von Merkatz was impressed. In 796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE), when Iserlohn Fortress had fallen to Admiral Yang Wen-li of the Alliance, Mückenberger was held accountable by the Kaiser and only Reinhard's request for mercy towards the three military chiefs allowed him to keep his position. After that point the veteran fleet admiral began to realize Reinhard's talents and by the time that the younger officer managed to fight off the invasion attempt by the Free Planets Alliance he came to respect him. (Overture to a New War, LOGH: 'Birth of the 13th Fleet', 'Cool, Clear Artificial Eyes')
Retirement and legacy
Thus upon the emperor's death shortly after the invasion, the space fleet commander chose to go into retirement quietly rather than get caught up in the inevitable power struggle between Reinhard and the nobility. He rejected the request of Duke Otto von Braunschweig and Marquis Wilhelm von Littenheim to join their Lippstadt League and support them against the axis of Fleet Admiral Lohengramm and Minister of State Klaus von Lichtenlade. He handed his position peacefully to Reinhard and ended up becoming one of the few high ranking Goldenbaum officials to not get punished in some way. (LOGH: 'New Trends')
- My Conquest Is the Sea of Stars (first appearance)
- Overture to a New War
Mückenberg is the German name for the mountain Komáří hůrka located in north-west Czech Republic, near its border with Germany.
The Wilhelmina class of battleships was named after Gregor von Mückenberger's mother. He served a total of 35 years in the military from the time of his graduation from the Imperial Officer Academy. (DVD extra features).
Japanese online sources give his family's noble rank as Count.
|Monarchs||Friedrich IV • Erwin Josef II • Katharin Kätchen|
|Prime ministers||Klaus von Lichtenlade • Reinhard von Lohengramm|
|Chiefs of the military services||Gregor von Mückenberger • Ehrenberg • Steinhof • Klasen • Reinhard von Lohengramm|
|Others||Gerlach • Jürgen Offer von Pegnitz • Jochen von Remscheid|