In Germany, the exposure and prevention of an attempted far-right coup d'état have been announced. Although security services clearly staged it and despite the general caricature nature of the conspiracy, this is a very serious event. The media hype around the "terrible" right-wing imperial radical conspirators, which will probably last for several months, "overshades" the real processes of the military-political transformation of Germany and the formation of the new Fourth Reich, as well as their agents among the German elites.
In early December, the German secret services announced that they had prevented a coup d'état and uncovered a plot to seize power in the country. The conspirators, whose arrests occurred throughout Germany (3,000 policemen ransacked 130 houses and detained 25 people), were to take the Reichstag (the country's parliament), arrest deputies, create conditions for an uprising and the removal of the federal government. At the same time, they had both a political and a military wing.
The secret services named 71-year-old aristocrat Heinrich Reuss, a scion of the princely house of Reuss, who had ruled part of Thuringia since the 13th century, as the political head of the conspiracy. It was assumed that he would head the revolutionary government and become regent under the name of Heinrich XIII, presumably, with the restoration of the Kaiser's power in the future. The conspirators discussed their plans in his hunting lodge.
Heinrich Reuss, aka Heinrich XIII, Prince of the House of Reuss.
A former high-ranking paratrooper officer, 69-year-old Rüdiger von Pescatore, judging by his last name, was also an aristocrat and was responsible for the military wing. Von Pescatore served as commander of the 251st paratrooper battalion, based on which the Special Forces Command (KSK) of Germany was subsequently created. He gathered around him active officers of the Bundeswehr and retirees from the former National People's Army of the GDR.
The third leader was a former member of the Bundestag (2017-2021) from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) Birgit Malsack-Winkemann. She was supposed to become the Minister of Justice in the new government. Of course, it was not without Russia, to which the conspirators allegedly addressed the arrested Russian citizen but did not receive an answer.
The social basis of the conspirators was the "ultra-right" movement "Reichsburgers" (citizens of the Reich, citizens of the Empire). The ideology of the "Reichsburgers" is based on the non-recognition of the legitimacy of the post-war Federal Republic of Germany. Germany, according to their concept, is just an illegal administrative structure established by the occupiers from the USA, Great Britain and France. They believe that the second German Empire, founded in 1871, is legally sound, they print passports and driver's licenses of a non-existent state for themselves, and for some reason, they consider the borders of the Third Reich as of 1937 to be the correct borders of Germany.
The confusion in their minds is even more aggravated by a parallel commitment to self-proclaimed "national territories" like the "Free State of Prussia". However, there was no such thing in the Second Reich, there was the Kingdom of Prussia, and in the Third Reich, federalism was eliminated entirely. On their websites, the Reichsburgers call for a fight against Germany.
The German Bureau for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) estimates the number of "citizens of the Reich" at 21,000 people, most of them over 50, and they "share ultra-right, populist and Nazi ideology", and are supporters of conspiracy theories. And only 5% of them qualify as far-right extremists who are inclined directly to violent actions, the creation of caches with weapons, etc.
The whole story with a conspiracy of such a crowd looks like a classic provocation of the intelligence when the special services calmly observe the "movement" of slightly insane radical activists, and at the right time, through informants collaborating with them, they "create" and "prevent" a dangerous conspiracy aiming to overthrow the constitutional order.
Well, what a real conspirator and terrorist leader Heinrich Reuss, aka Heinrich XIII, the prince from the House of Reuss, who delivered a shocking 16-minute speech back in 2019 at a digital business forum. According to him, "after a thousand years of rule", following the results of the First World War, his family was "dispossessed", and foreign powers and dark forces in the form of the Rothschilds and Freemasons entered the game. "After the surrender, Germany lost its sovereignty and was turned into an administrative structure of the Allies," he said.
Such conclusions may be justified, but they are hardly worth sharing at a mainstream economic forum, especially if you are plotting to overthrow the government.
It is noteworthy that the current head of the House of Reuss-Greiz (Reuß-Greiz), Prince Heinrich XIV Reuss of Greiz, publicly distanced himself from a relative in August (just when, according to media reports, the secret services were actively investigating activities of the failed revolutionary), calling him "confused old man."
The background is no better for Rüdiger von Pescatore, who was allegedly expelled from the army for illegally selling arms from the former GDR and Birgit Malsack-Winkemann from the AfD. They, too, were addicted to conspiracy theories, seeing conspiracies and the bloody hand of Freemasons in everything, spreading them on the Internet to the delight of the Bureau for the Protection of the Constitution.
However, despite the travesty of the conspiracy, probably fabricated by the secret services, this is a very serious political event, with apparently non-linear goals pursued by at least part of the German elites.
First of all, history in all its real and fictitious details will be chewed over by the media, which in the context of a severe political and economic crisis, can produce an "opposite effect" − an increase in the number of people who sympathize with imperial revanchist ideas, and strange and obviously harmless conspirators, of which the mainstream tries to make "devils in the flesh."
Secondly, discontent and the growth of Nazi sympathies in the Bundeswehr is a reasonably stable trend. Almost every year, rather serious conspiratorial networks are uncovered. Attention to the "funny conspiracy" may well obscure the real pro-Nazi underground. It is possible that this was the "dumping" of the "extra column" to ensure the safety of the main one.
Thirdly, suppose you carefully look at the real actions of the weak leftist government of Olaf Scholz and his military. In that case, you will notice that from under the fundamental "Atlanticism" of the federal republic and the "liberal fluff" on the lips, thoroughly imperial fangs are growing.
Olaf Scholz loves to speak alongside the military.
This is 100 billion extra defence spending from Scholz.
This is the "Operational Instruction for the Armed Forces" of the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr, General Eberhard Zorn, which deals with the creation of an offensive German army, the core of the European armed forces, and preparations for war with Russia.
This is the threat to start revising post-war borders, voiced by Scholz to the Poles this fall.
And, on the day the conspiracy was uncovered, Berlin managed, despite Warsaw's unwillingness, to push through the deployment of German Patriot air defence systems in Poland.