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The flagship Ostmark (797 UC (488 IC / 3597 CE))
|Flag officer:||High Admiral Littenheim|
|Purpose:||Flagship (Littenheim Fleet)|
|Length:||1116 metres (FFC11)|
|Width:||241 metres (FFC11)|
|Height:||337 metres (FFC11)|
The Ostmark served as flagship of the Lippstadt League's 50,000 ship strong Littenheim Fleet during the Imperial Civil War in 797 UC (488 IC / 3597 CE). When the Littenheim Fleet was engaged by the Kircheis Fleet, Wahlen Fleet and Lutz Fleet in the Battle of Kyffhäuser, the Ostmark came under direct threat by a detachment of 800 ships led by High Admiral Siegfried Kircheis' flagship Barbarossa. Littenheim, fearing for his life, beat a hasty retreat to Garmisch Fortress. The Ostmark's shield ships were destroyed in the process. The Ostmark was presumably captured when Kircheis' troops seized the fortress after Littenheim's death. (LOGH: 'Courage and Loyalty')
The Ostmark is apparently identical to the Wilhelmina and Berlin in design. Like the Berlin, in battle is accompanied by two shield ships which travel in close proximity to the port and starboard side. (LOGH: 'Courage and Loyalty')
Starboard (797 UC (488 IC / 3597 CE))
Stern (797 UC (488 IC / 3597 CE))
- Ostmark (LD/DVD subtitles)
- オストマルク (LD/DVD subtitles — Japanese)
Ostmark has several historical uses, and may be a reference to the medieval March of Austria or the Saxon Eastern March east of the Elbe River.
The Ostmark was heavily modified from ships of the same class such as the Wilhelmina, especially in the living quarters area in order to accommodate the luxurious lifestyle of its owner. The living quarters were greatly expanded, luxuriously decorated, and included large open spaces such as a ballroom.
Marquis Littenheim was keenly aware of the activities of his rival Duke Otho von Braunschweig. When he learned that Duke Braunschweig was constructing a personal flagship of the Wilhelmina class for himself, Littenheim insisted on having one too. Duke Braunschweig in turn attempted to hinder the construction of Littenheim's ship by restricting or disrupting the flow of materials and resources.
Not wanting a direct confrontation with Duke Braunschweig, Marquis Littenheim held a grand party onboard upon completion of construction. Noble guests were surprised at the interior which was more discreet and modest than expected. After the party, the ship spent the next 6 months in dock for refitting and correcting of "construction defects". It was rumored that the interior was redecorated with more luxurious fittings but the interior was never seen by the public again.
There was less internal volume dedicated to communication and command facilities compared to the Wilhelmina, making the Ostmark incapable of efficiently commanding a fleet of tens of thousands of ships.
The shield ships were an Imperial Fleet design and so looked relatively modest and similar to the Ostmark itself. The more extravagant intimidating appearance of the shield ships used by the Berlin were the result of a redesign ordered by Duke Braunschweig as a display of his power.
The Ostmark was damaged in the explosion that killed Marquis Littenheim and subsequently captured. The damage was judged difficult to repair so the ship was scrapped. (Fleet File Collection Vol.11)
Fleet File Collection
The Ostmark is included as a model in Fleet File Collection Vol.11.
A sketch of the Ostmark and its shield ships, alongside a hypothetical Brünhild with shield ships, appears in the extra features of the DVD box set. Despite the title of Imperial standard battleship with shield ships, the art notes and the appearance of the shield ships show this to be in fact the Ostmark, and not a standard battleship.
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