Rygen is Danish fief and as such part of the Scandinavian Realm (but not of the Holy Roman Empire). Rygen is a member of the Baltic League.
WAY back in the beginning of the Viking Age *here*,
the region we know as Mecklenburg, Brandenburg, and
Pommerania was occupied by West Slavic heathen tribes
called Wends - _not_ to be confused with Romance-
By the beginning of the 12th century, they were
eventually Christianized except for the island of
Rügen and the nearby coastlines along the mainland,
which remain the last stronghold of slavic heathendom
in Western Europe. Mecklenburg and Brandenburg were
subject to German Christianization and colonization,
while Pommerania was subject to Polish
Christianization and subjugation.
Let's assume a similar thing *there* - the obvious
difference would then be that Preimarn (as Pomerania
is known *there*) would be subject to Venedic
Christianization and perhaps even colonization.
Eventually, Mecklenburg and Brandenburg were
incorporated into the Holy Roman Empire, while
Preimarn become a vassal of the Venedic Kingdom.
Preimarn, however, later became fully independent in
the mid-12th century as the Venedic Kingdom become
preoccupied by internal struggles with the death of
Duke Boleslaw II - at least that's the way it went
with Poland *here*, so Jan may have this differently.
The 12th century was also a time when Denmark was
expanding. In the mid-12th century, Denmark was
repeatedly being harassed by the heathen Wends of
Rügen. The Holy Roman Emperor then assigned Denmark
the task of conquering the "lands of the Wends" in
1162. In the process of carrying out this assignment,
Denmark conquered the Slavic heathen principality of
Rügen, to which not only the island of Rügen itself,
but also the portion of the mainland across the
strait, belonged. After his defeat, Prince Jaromar of
Rügen accepted his land as a fief of Denmark, and
monastaries were established all throughout the
After the conquest of Rügen, Preimarn felt threatened.
It sought protection from the Holy Roman Empire. In
1181 Preimarn became an Imperial fief. This meant that
the Holy Roman Empire now included a Slavic duchy.
In 1184, while the Preimarnians, at the direction of
the new Emperor, were conducting a crusade against
Prince Jaromar of Rügen, who was now a Danish vassal,
the Danes defeated them in a naval battle near
Greifswald. The emperor was unable to protect and
support his own vassal, because he was deeply
involved in Italian politics. In 1185, Preimarn became
a Danish fief, and remained one until 1227, even though
the Holy Roman Empire never gave up its claim to
At one point, Denmark excercised so much power in the
region that even Mecklenburg swore fealty to Denmark,
and the Danish King styled himself as the King of both
the Danes and the Wends. Northeastern Germany was still
called the "Land of the Wends" even though the Wends
themselves were already by then a minority group. There
was even a "Wendic" monetary union in the middle ages
where the different states in the region shared the same
currency system. Anyways, the title of "King of the
Wends" continued to be used by Scandinavian kings *here*
right up to the 1970s as a commemorative title.
Denmark's domination of the Wendic lands changed in 1227
when allied troops from Holstein, Mecklenburg, Saxony,
Lübeck, Hamburg, and Bremen finally put an end to Danish
subjugation by defeating its troops on July 22, 1227, at
the Battle of Bornhöved.
After the Battle of Bornhöved, Preimarn managed to shake
off Danish suzerainty in 1227, but instead swore fealty
to the Holy Roman Empire once again. Its course was set
to become a German territory. Like *here*. But unlike *here*, Denmark was allowed to keep the Principality of Rügen.
The catch to all this is that territory around Rügen *there* is not called Hither Preimarn as would be expected if history was a little more analogous to *here*. Instead, it would be called Ruegen in English
(or Rygen in Danish).
Ruegen would also not be a part of the Holy Roman Empire.
Instead, Ruegen would have had the same status as
Schleswig - that is, a Danish fiefdom in personal union
with the Danish King. It might also have been divided up
into royal portions and ducal portions, like with
Anyways, just as the original slavic language in
Pommerania was replaced with German in Pommerania because
of its subjugation by the Holy Roman Empire, the original
Wendic language of Ruegen would be replaced by Danish
because of its subjugation by Denmark.
I can just imagine what "Rygsk" dialect of Danish sounds