Following the Great Workers’ Revolt of 1951, a civil war broke out between the region of New Serbia and the Imperial government. Confederación de Neuevo Serbo Rocaterranische, as the New Serbian rebels called themselves, were never a match for the Cesarist Army, yet Cesar Georg Nicholai felt the heat, and grudgingly recognized New Serbia as an independent state within the empire. The young women pictured here are majorettes preparing to perform in a victorious homecoming parade for the troops of the Confederación.
As a young man, Kuhler struggled to gain independence and freedom, especially during the years he was trapped on the KZ Ranch with his parents. After several heated arguments, Kuhler refused to work during the hay baling season of 1951 until his parents allowed him to live in a small cabin, separate from the main lodge. Though still dependent upon his parents, Kuhler enjoyed this small victory granting him some personal space.
Kuhler considered himself to be a New Serbian, while his parents were represented by the Imperial government. In particular, his father was represented by Cesar Georg Nicholai. So Kuhler being granted his own cabin on the ranch was represented by the Cesar’s granting some measure of sovereignty to New Serbia within the empire of Rocaterrania. In this illustration, the double-headed eagle insignia on the water canteen represents the co-existence of New Serbia and Rocaterrania.
The stables and outbuildings on the KZ Ranch, the guard uniforms of “Funkenmariechen,” or carnival majorette dancers, originating in Germany’s Rhineland.