| Field Marshal|
Elections: 1940 1945 1950 1955 1960 1965 1970 1975
14 April 1940 - 26 September 1979
|Leader of the Confederation|| Otto II|
|Vice-Chancellor|| Himself (1940–52)|
Alfred Contenza (1952–74)
Himnak Bentley (1974–79)
|Predecessor||Himself as the Grand Comrade of the Republic|
17 December 1927 - 8 May 1979
7 August 1952 - 8 February 1967
14 April 1940 - 14 April 1980
|Born|| May 1895|
Skarsham, Duchy of Auleus
|Died|| 7 March 1981|
4 Nancy Street, Nakson, Grand Duchy of Carran, Auleus
|Resting place|| Church of St Christopher, Carran|
|Political party||Socialist Party of Auleus|
| Other political
|Skarsham Communist League|
|Spouse(s)|| Angela Leonards (m. 1935; div. 1954) |
Sally Leyton (m. 1974)
|Domestic partner|| Christina Huddleson (1951-1956) |
Bess Edgar (1958-1967)
Maxine Armstrong (1970-1972)
|Children||4 including Joseph Hillser|
|Religion|| none (1895-1980) |
|Allegiance|| Aulean Empire (1910-1921)|
Auleus Socialist (1921-1933)
Peoples Republic of Auleus (1933-1938)
Aulean Confederation (1938-1979)
|Service/branch|| Imperial Aulean Army|
Army of Liberation
Aulean Armed Forces
|Commands|| Chief of the Aulean Armed Forces (1938-1979)|
Chief of Army of Liberation (1921-1938)
Army of Fevevia and Northern Sudestia (1917-1921)
5th Aburian Infantry Division (1913-1917)
12th Moratzer Infantry Battalion (1912-1913)
|Battles/wars||Aulean Civil War|
Thomas Hillser (7 May 1895 - 7 March 1981) was an Aulean politician and revolutionary. He served as head of government of the Aulean Confederation from the 14th April 1940 until the 26th September 1979.
Born in Skarsham he operated paddle steamers on the upper Cooragwengwenup River. He joined the Aulean Socialist army in 1912, and rose through the ranks until 1927 when he was second in command to Edward Parish this was due to Hillser's exceptional military strategy ability which some say shortened the war by years. When Parish was assassinated Hillser assumed control of the Socialist Party a post he would hold until 1979. After victory in the Civil War, Hillser was made Grand Comrade of the Republic in North Auleus, he held the Grand Comradership for the entire existance of North Auleus until the collapse of South Auleus and restoration period, when he sent troops to South Auleus, these troops ended up rounding up and murdering many republicans who previously had been Hillser allies during the Civil War this later impeaded on Hillser international relationship abillities as in many countries he would be arrested for war crimes. After unification Hillser ruled Auleus as essentially a belevolent dictator for nearly fourty years. Despite be a vehement anti-monarchist he managed to cooperate with the various monarchs of the Aulean Confederation.
Thomas Hillser was born in May 1895 to George Hillser and Elizabeth neé Wills in Skarsham. Growing up in the Corridors Area of Skarsham, he resented the life of luxury that the elite of Skarsham lived. His father was a member of the Skarsham Communist League and Thomas joined in 1908. In 1910 when the Aulean Civil War began, the Imperial Militia Force arrested the members of the Skarsham Communist League. George Hillser and many of more senior members of the SCL were shot as soon as they were arrested. Thomas Hillser was marched with some other young SCL members at gunpoint to Fort Aestra where he was armed with a rifle, and instructed to shoot at an invading Sudestian army, his platoon quickly mutinied, however found themselves between charging Sudestian cavalry and charging Imperial infantry, and so decided to surrender to whoever got to them first. This plan didn't work out very well as most in his platoon were cut down by the sabres used by the Sudestian cavalrymen. Hillser was placed in a prisoner of war (POW) camp. At this POW camp he met George v'Luckder a captured young noble from Moratz, after initially looking down upon him, von Luckder as he was known at the time began aligning himself will Hillser as he realised that it was likely the only way to get back to the Imperial Army. Although Hillser was only 15 at the time he started to indoctrinate the other prisoners of war in the camp in his communist ideolegy with is excellent oratory skills. In 1911 Hillser and his new followers managed to escape from the camp and rejoined the imperial Army of Moratz, Hillser quickly clashed with the army leadership which consisted mostly of Moratzer nobility, Hillser resented Moratz as he felt that it was a rich, overtly religious city that stole Skarsham's resources.
Early Civil War
After Hillser and his followers refused to fight under the command of any Moratzer Thomas von Krelis, Duke of Kalmburg was forced to move Hillser's now battalion sized following to the Army of Aburia and grant Hillser the title of Lieutenant Colonel. This moved paid off though as the battalion under Hillser played a crucial role in the Battle of the Green Creek destroying a Sudestian division in a surprise attack. After this victory the Emperor took notice of Hillser's ability and made him a colonel, he then invited Hillser to Carran to be knighted, Hillser was reluctant to go as he felt he was abandoning his men and had his own ideological reasoning and knew that his father would have been very against it. Hillser though was enjoying the life as a respected officer and was highly encoraged to go by the other officers and was encoraged by his troops, before he left though he fought Sudestian forces again at the Second Battle of Sheepsford and the Siege of Rapids. When Hillser finally made it to Carran he was knighted and made a major general becoming Major General Sir Thomas Otto Hillser, being given the Emperors name as a middle name, as was customary, Hillser would latter claim that the name was given to him at birth. In 1916 there was a socialist rebellion in the north, the rebels attempted to contact Hillser as they knew that he would sympathise with their cause. Hillser realised that the rebellion was not large enough to succeed. Hillser crushed the rebellion but hid the leaders as he felt that he could use them later. At the Fourth Battle of Minwickton, Hillser managed to outflank the whole Sudestian Northern Army even capturing General Franzois de Merville, Hillser's 5th Aburian Infantry Division managed to cross the Coorangwengwenup River and chased the ailing remains of the Sudestian Northern Army until they were in a few kilometers of Ibalonia, when they were told to stop and entrench themselves in preparation of a perceived much larger Sudestian attack. The attack never came, however the Sudestians entrenched themselves a few hundred meters away. The war would continue in trenches for years during which Hillser had limited success, failing to capture Ibalonia, during this time though Hillser would continue to espouse the ideals of socialism, much to the irritation the military leadership. In an attempt to gain Hillser's loyalty, the Emperor made Hillser a noble, and gave him the title of Baron of Skarsham, he also split the Army of Fevevia and Northern Sudestia (AFNS) from the Army of Aburia, Hillser was put in command of prior. After this Hillser was known as General Sir Thomas Otto von Hillser, 1st Baron of Skarsham. When it was clear that the AFNS would not be able capture Ibalonia, Hillser was directed to destroy Ibalonia, which he did causing Ibalonia to have to be rebuild after the war giving it it's distinctive grid pattern. During these years the fronts moved very little and the Siege of Ibalonia continued, with the city being near abandoned during it. In 1921 a strike broke out in a military factory in Parktown, this was responded to with force by the Eusland Government with the factory workers being shot at. Because of this rebellion flared all around the north, with workers going on strike. Hillser decided that it was the time to act against the empire. Hillser turned his army around and attacked the Army of Aburia, who promptly joined him. Due to the surprise of the switch and the problems up north, the imperial forces were slow to respond. By the time Hillser's army was intercepted, the northern rioters, Hillser and Sudestian forces had already connected.
Mid Civil War
Pushing quickly across Auleus, crossing the Cooragwengwenup River before the bridges were destroyed. Capturing 25,000 Imperial troops in Fort Aestra, before seizing the coalfields of the Coora Valley. The front stabilised running through Inerup, Upper Forest, Upper Dardup, Lords Wood, Carsile Ranges, Georgetown, Mount Henry and up to Parktown. Due to the initially quick advance of the combined forces of Hillser and Sudestia, many Auleans thought that the war would be over soon and desired to be on correct side of it, soon many rebellions sprung up, mostly close to the front, including, the Yulla Commune, the Peoples Republic of Upper Dardup and the Carsile Ingerish Republic. Others further away included the République Populaire Ferronese, Gillian Directorate and the State of Uxbridge and the Lower Castermans. Most of these movements were either suppressed or merged with the rebels, notably the Carsile Ingerish Republic was renamed the Republic of Auleus and absorbed the Yulla Commune. In 1923 Hillser first met Edward Parish, Parish was leader of the Carsile Labour Party and was first and foremost a politician, this mean that even when Parish was elected leader of the Aulean Socialist movement, Hillser remained in charge of military affairs. Once the Eastern Coalition was formed in 1924, the war once again became stationary along most of the front, as the both sides were equally powerful, however the it was still a war of movement in the northern steppe, with Hillser using this to his advantage in the Battle of Landsdowne pushing far to the west. These battles in the north were significant for the large of cavalry used in these battles.
Soon after this Sir William von Nilsburg proposed a ceasefire to Edward Parish, the ceasefire was signed in Moratz by the Eastern Coalition representatives, Edward Parish, Theodore Jefferson, Thomas Hillser, James Welch and Guilliame II, as well as the Imperial representatives of Otto I and Sir William von Nilsburg. The ceasefire was signed on the 24th of November 1926, with it coming into effect the next day, the ceasefire lasted until the 16th of December 1927, when Edward Parish was assassinated.
After the ceasefire was broken Hillser launched a massive invasion of the Aulean Empire. His armies capturing Kalmburg, Durnovaria and the Jul Valley. Advancing at high speed across the plains of western Auleus, the advance was halted at Tyelars River and Pointless Mountain. Hillser personally led his troops up Pointless Mountain in the Battle of Forestrom, during the battle Hillser was injured by shrapnel, Hillser however fought on until he reached the summit, or collapsed half way up, sources differ. After this Hillser recouped in a military hospital in Julmouth for nearly all of 1929, returning to the battlefield in January 1930. After the 1928 offensive, Eastern Coalition held territory had very little manpower left, because of this the front was fairly stable, with only movement being near Grisberge. With the Imperial forces surrounded on 3 fronts, high level Imperial officers started planning a coup, so they would be able to reform the country and win the war or negotiate peace. During the coup however Eastern Coalition agents interfered, with Emperor Otto I being shot during the confusion, with no clear successor and Imperial military units only loyal to him, many of them defecting to the Eastern Coalition. The strength of these highly trained, well armed and battle hardened units enabled Hillser to push through Lords Wood and Oestonville. One of Hillser's best generals Klaus Hofmeister then won the significant Battle of Kattarn in January 1931. By September 1931 most of the street fighting in Carran and Ferron had subsided and most Imperial leaders were being besieged in the Carran Old Town. On the 15th January 1932 the Imperial remnants unconditionally surrendered, with a peace treaty being signed on the 14th of April 1932.
In the aftermath of the Civil War in the Treaty of Ardent, Auleus was partitioned in half with North Auleus and South Auleus, Hillser quickly seized all political power in the north and installed himself as Grand Comrade of the Republic.