Friedrich Wilhelm, Crown Prince of Prussia, is the eldest son and heir of King Joachim August V of Prussia and his wife, Maximilianne of Hesse-Darmstadt. In addition to his duties as the Crown Prince, Friedrich Wilhelm is also the Deputy Führer of the Fatherland Front and the Chief of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, making him the most powerful individual in the Kingdom of Prussia. Prussia is a nominal constitutional monarchy, but in the '60s and '70s, as the Austrian menace began to assert itself again, things took a darker turn. The Fatherland Front was established in 1979 as a nationalist, pro-monarchist and militarist party that was largely aligned with the idea of increasing the military budget and confronting the Hapsburg threat. By the end of the '80s, the Fatherland Front was the largest party in Prussia, and Joachim August V was named the party's Führer, giving him complete control over the Prussian state. The Fatherland Front has not lost an election since 1995, and while there are other parties in the Prussian Landtag, they remain small and ineffective. Joachim August has been accused of arresting and intimidating opposition figures and of encouraging voter fraud. The British Empire has remained silent on this front, as Friedrich Wilhelm and King-Emperor John II are first cousins and Prussia remains Britain's staunchest ally on the Continent.
Friedrich Wilhelm joined the Prussian Luftwaffe as an adult, becoming an officer in the Spezialwaffengruppe, eventually becoming the Inspector-General of Prussia's nuclear weapons (he also did a tour of service in Afghanistan during the Eighth Afghan War commanding a howitzer battery in support of the British Empire). He married Princess Cécilie of Aquitaine and had seven children--six daughters and one son, Prince Joachim. He was named Deputy Führer of the Fatherland Front in 2004 in honor of the party's 25th anniversary, and he was promoted to Generalissimus in 2026 when he was put in command of the Prussian armed forces. Joachim August V has started to retire from public life due to age and health (he turned 80 years old in 2026 and has reportedly been diagnosed with Parkinson's), and he has stated his intention to name Friedrich Wilhelm Führer at the Fatherland Front's 50th anniversary party congress in 2029, making Friedrich Wilhelm the de facto military dictator of Prussia. Over the past several years, the OKW has stripped more and more power from the Landtag and the cabinet, turning Prussia into a military state. Full conscription was brought back into force in 2022, with exceptions allowed for religious minorities such as Traditional and Restorationist Catholics.
Friedrich Wilhelm has created controversy recently due to public comments that he would prefer that Prussia reform its succession laws from male-preference primogeniture to absolute primogeniture so that his oldest daughter, Wilhelmine Auguste (an officer with the Army's Panzerwaffe), would be placed ahead of his only son, Joachim, who is a graduate student studying Medieval German poetry at Berlin University of the Arts. However, such a proposal has been met with harsh criticism from the more conservative elements of the Fatherland Front, many of whom believe that it was a mistake to replace Salic law with primogeniture succession in the first place.
Prussia became the eighth nuclear state and member of the Congress of Atomic Powers in 2002 when it exploded a small, 50 kiloton device on an uninhabited island in Prussian Micronesia. It very quickly gained nuclear triad power, with the intent of using its nuclear weapons primarily as a deterrent against the Hapsburgs. Before 2002, Prussia was a member of Britain's weapons-sharing program wherein continental powers were given responsibility for maintaining and using nuclear weapons in the event of a war against Austria. Since 2002, Britain has withdrawn all nuclear weapons from Prussia, instead choosing to concentrate them in Burgundy, France and Castile. While Prussia's nuclear arsenal is much smaller than Austria's, the Spezialwaffengruppe hopes that Austria is forced to spread outs its nuclear weapons across the whole of Europe, allowing Prussia to concentrate its nuclear fire on Hapsburg forces in Bohemia and the Low Countries. Prussia has reportedly sailed nuclear-armed submarines into the Adriatic Sea and the Balearic Sea out of British submarine pens in Malta and Egypt.
Black Friday Bombings and King-Emperor John II