About The IAN

The Imperial Andermani Navy is a sometime-allied service of the Royal Manticoran Navy, though they have exchanged fire in the past. The IAN provides the defense for the Andermani Empire and helps oversee its far-flung possessions in Silesia, while safeguarding the thirteen home systems of the Empire. The IAN was in some ways predates the existence of the Empire it is charged with safeguarding as its original components were formed from the mercenary group that Gustav Anderman the First used to found his empire. The home planet of the Anderman Empire was originally founded by Chinese colonists from old Terra, but the colony was failing, with its population starving to death. Gustav Anderman made the colony a deal whereby he would invest in them and save the colony but that they would then acknowledge him as their Emperor. They agreed, and he kept his word. He would go on to bring other additional worlds into the Empire in much the same way. This has led to a fusion of Chinese and Prussian cultures, due to Gustav believing he was the reincarnation of Frederick the Great.

As a component of the TRMN the IAN was originally formed to give our German speaking members a home in the organization that was rooted in the Honorverse Canon. The group grew to include a chapter in the United States. Since then the group has expanded into the second largest Allied Navy in the TRMN with members in Germany, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. The service is growing with opportunities for people who are dedicated to find positions in leadership or to start new chapters.

If you are looking for a challenge, and to be a part of an organization in way that is non-traditional than the IAN may be where you want to join!

In-Universe History

The Andermani Empire was founded by Gustav Anderman in 1512 PD, a highly successful mercenary who had a shrewd business sense. During one of his operations, he came across the planet Kuan Yin, settled centuries earlier by colonists of Chinese descent. The planet had seemed perfect for colonization upon the initial survey, but it had a native microorganism that proved deadly to terrestrial crops. The colonists had arrived on a sublight “sleeper ship” and therefore could not return or relocate to a different planet. As a result, the population of Kuan Yin was facing the very real threat of extinction when Anderman’s fleet moved in.

Anderman brought in modern microbiologists and genetic engineers to produce crops which were immune to the microorganisms, saving the people of Kuan Yin, who were quite willing to accept him as Emperor. They also embraced Gustav’s “Prussian heritage”: the planet was officially renamed Potsdam. With this highly loyal population base, the Andermani Empire was born in the 16th Century PD.

Following the death of Gustav I in 1546 PD, his son, Andrew assumed the throne as Gustav II. During his first year as emperor, he put down a rebellion in the Tomlinson System as well as a coup attempt by his half-sister, Florence Hansen. That same year, he cemented a friendship with the Star Kingdom of Manticore through interactions with Travis and Lisa Long and Travis’ half-brother, Gavin, the Baron Winterfall.

Over the centuries since its founding, the Empire slowly acquired more planets. While technically expansionist, it only annexed systems that were agreeable to join, either because of the economic and military benefit of joining the Empire, or because they were in some sort of trouble. This was in contrast to the Solarian League or the People’s Republic of Haven, which routinely engineered situations in order to seize systems. Once a system joined the Empire, it was generally allowed considerable autonomy. It had a well-deserved reputation for extraordinarily competent rulers, though many of them were somewhat eccentric.

In 1900 PD, the Empire was the only multi-system rival to the People’s Republic of Haven in the Havenite Sector, and Haven did not want to turn against them. The Empire did not openly enter the First Havenite-Manticoran War, but their neutrality strongly favored Manticore, and they neglected to push matters in Silesia while the Star Kingdom was fighting the People’s Republic.

The reigning monarch in the early 20th Century PD was Emperor Gustav XI.

The Empire’s long-term policy of expanding into Silesia was completed when the Andermani and the Star Kingdom of Manticore agreed to buy off the Silesian Government and annex the Confederacy. This agreement also cemented a military alliance against the Republic of Haven.

When the Republic and the Star Empire signed a peace treaty and military alliance following the revelation of the Mesan Alignment’s centuries-long scheme to foment war between the two nations, the Andermani Empire opted out of the Grand Alliance on the advice of Honor Harrington and Queen Elizabeth III, in order to free the Andermani navy for potential independent action against the Alignment.

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