WCRB Extras: A 1983 Doomsday Record through the Nation's Eyes.
File 03 -- Alpine Confederation-Fürstentum Liechtenstein/Principality of Liechtenstein - Lili Vogel
"House Liechtenstein trace their descent from the courts of the Holy Roman Empire, the first of their name emerging in the 12th Century. Though the family’s heritage makes it among the oldest noble houses left, it was only in the year 1719, after generations of supporting the Austrian Habsburgs that the Principality they and their successors rule was formally recognized by the Emperor, making their realm the youngest of the Alpine Confederation’s founders. From their castle in Vaduz, the House has became indelibly intwined with their people’s identity – perhaps as well as how I even came to be.
While many events have left indelible marks in our history, those around Doomsday proved to be just as profound. Records from that fateful day in 1983 speak of atomic fires and great turmoil engulfing much of the world – none of which directly affected my land. Like Austria in the east and dear Brüetsch Switzerland to the west, our neutrality protected the realm from a Cold War squabble gone horribly wrong. But even with the best precautions available, the Principality’s true test soon came as the chaos from the surrounding wastelands threatened to overwhelm us all. House Liechtenstein did what they could to help. True, this also meant having decisions of a more – morally dubious nature made for the good of all. Such dark times would push even the most reluctant to more drastic action.
Yet from tragedy, Liechtenstein grew from the experience. Just as the Swiss saved us from the Habsburgs’ collapse after the Great War, to which my people remain ever grateful, they stayed by our side, strengthening already close ties between the two sibling-nations. In return, we made the most of our realm as a center for commerce and diplomacy. While I’m loathed to consider it as such to Brüetsch, as much as it was for our mutual benefit the House was quick in seizing the opportunity facing them. Thus when we joined and helped forged the Alpine Confederation, there was little doubt on my place in it.
Where some opt for guns or pine for worlds lost forever, I choose to move forward while holding true to more lasting values. Peace, diplomacy and mutual prosperity are our keys to success, all protected and shared through the Confederation’s unity. Like our Swiss brethren though, we see much virtue in our independence and don’t hesistate to do what is necessary, be they friend of foe. But unlike the other Alpines, House Liechtenstein remain beloved as sovereigns of the realm, His Serene Highness a respected figure in the Council while the Heir-Regent rules in his stead from Vaduz. Indeed, much has been made of our growing influence compared to our size that it couldn’t possibly be coincidence – but I suppose it would be too presumptuous.
A princely blue predominates the Alpine flag, surrounding the Swiss Cross that forms its center. This represents the central role House Liechtenstein and their people play alongside the other members of the Confederation. It recognizes how in many aspects we are the heart of the Alps – and with Brüetsch, I am what holds it together, powerful for all the world to see.
Oben am jungen Rhein , my anthem begins. So it is from there that the future shall arrive – through me."