The Dubcek family is/was a minor noble family originating from Olsha. An ancient family, House Dubcek first was rewarded with noble title midway through the Kozub dynasty's reign. The family maintained status through strategic, albeit minor, marriage alliances. The family suffered moderate suppression due to their status as Roman Catholics. However, by the very end of the 16th century, the family managed to gain influence once again. Though sometimes criticized for protecting Jews, the family maintained healthy respect thanks to impressive service during the Turkish-Russo War. This was due to the actions of Cyril Dubcek (d. 1583) who led several cavalry charges and became an important commander. During the war, Cyril gained the title 'Ironfist' when in battle he was thrown from his horse and lost his sword. Witnesses noted he attacked a mounted knight only with his fists.
A modern interpertation of Cyril 'Ironfist' Dubcek
With the death of Cyril 'Ironfist' in 1583, the family fell into disorder and infighting when some attempted to convert to Eastern Orthodoxy. The family appealed to the Tsar to intervene as an independent arbiter. in 1603, the Tsar's decision was still forthcoming when the heirs whom followed Eastern Orthodoxy died of disease. The family began investing in business ventures in the 1620's and began a small trading firm. By the mid 1700's the family was wealthy but remained in relative disfavor due to their Catholic background. Despite disfavor at the Tsar's court, local influence remained moderate and the family even was able to obtain a brief Ambassadorship to the Court of Joseph I of Portugal. The family again served honorably during the Napoleonic Wars as part of the Russian Empire and Marian Dubcek was one of only a few Chernarussian generals.
General Marian Dubcek
Marian Dubcek was at the time well known as a field commander but was only moderately effective and ultimately was blamed for several minor defeats. However he remained on staff throughout the conflicts and became an adviser to Tsar Alexander I until 1818. Returning to Chernarussia in 1820, Marian Dubcek excelled in business and opened several mills and workshops. In 1822, he opened a winery which ultimately failed by 1827. Dying in 1835, Marian built a solid business empire. His son, Pavel was less successful and ruined the business empire by 1856 when the family found themselves in massive debt. Pavel Dubcek was also a drunkard and was suspected of murdering his wife in a drunken rage. By the end of his life in 1862, the family was again fragmented and was losing influence. By the 1880's, the family sold and left their ancestral lands for Novigrad. The 1890's found House Dubcek in stagnant but not dire straits. World War I was in many ways the breaking point for House Dubcek. Many died fighting for the Imperial Eagle and the family fled in late 1916 as the pro-communism movement took hold. In exile, the Dubcek clan began to become leaders in the exiled Chernarussian community.
By 1950, the family became well established in London and were not only fiercely anti-communist but also anti-Russian. Blaming the Russians for both the war deaths of family and the communist movement, the family made it a mission to return to Chernarus to help the people. With the blessing of the Chernarussian government in 1989, some of the family was able to return with the understanding they would not engage in public life. With the fall of communism in 1991, the rest of the family returned and was led by Cyril Dubcek who had worked as both a banker and activist in London. Merek was born on March 10, 1987 in Munich, Germany. The family, with the grudging government approval, returned to Chernarus in 1991. Merek’s father was briefly the Minister of Education before 2 year long stint as the ambassador to Slovakia (1993-1995). The Dubcek family remained influential in politics throughout the 1990’s. This allowed Merek to pursue a quality education. First attending university for a year in Munich, Merek was admitted to the CDF academy where he pursued a commission in the CDF Naval arm. Merek excelled in CDF military sciences and history courses and competed on the academy hockey team as a defenseman. His abilities were described by his coach as “delightfully mediocre”.
Upon graduation in 2009, Merek was assigned to CDF intelligence. During the conflict in South Zagoria, Merek acted as an interrogator and as a general intelligence officer. He became well respected with those he worked with and remained in service following the conflict. When the outbreak began, Merek was deeply confused as to what was happening- both from a military and scientific stance. As the outbreak began to break the military, one of the final orders sent Merek to a patrol ship- the St. Theodosius which sat in port. Merek only found chaos as the public, in panic, fought to climb aboard the small ship. After fire hoses did not work, the captain ordered lethal force which angered the crowd as several children were shot. Merek arrested the captain but after a few days, the loyal crew freed the captain. With no orders Merek was left ashore with nothing but a pack of cigarettes and a hammer which the crew had promised to be 'generous'. He watched as the ship sailed off. He had heard them talking of Australia. Though not a 'line officer', Merek doubted the ship would pass through the Bosphorus and even if it did, Australia was many many miles of sailing away.
Merek has done his best to make his life more simple through simply creating goals for himself. He remains fiercely Catholic like his family and inherited a burning hatred for Russians and communists. Though he generally dislikes foreigners, he has a generally positive view of Brits and Slovaks thanks to his former Slovak girlfriend.
Captain-Lieutenant Merek Dubcek leaves a briefing only days into the outbreak
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