Ante Pavelić
Ante Pavelic
Historical Figure
Nationality: Croatia
(born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire,
citizen of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, 1918-1941), stateless after 1945
Date of Birth: 1889
Date of Death: 1959
Cause of Death: Natural causes exacerbated by two-year-old gunshot wounds
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: Soldier, Politician, Lawyer, Businessman
Spouse: Maria Lovrenčević
Children: Three
Political Party: Ustaše
Turtledove Appearances:
"Ready for the Fatherland"
POD: February 19, 1943>
Type of Appearance: Posthumous(?) reference
Date of Death: Unrevealed
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Tilting the Balance
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Ante Pavelić (14 July 1889 - 28 December 1959) was the Poglavnik and founding member of the Croatian national socialist/fascist Ustaše movement in 1929 and later the leader of the Independent State of Croatia, a puppet state of Nazi Germany during World War II. His brutal regime was responsible for the murder of more than 200,000 Serbs, 31,000 Jews, and 26,000 Roma. At the end of the war, Pavelić escaped abroad, residing in Argentina from 1948 until 1957, when he was wounded by an assassin's bullet. He died of lingering complications from that wound in Madrid, Spain in 1959.

Ante Pavelić in "Ready for the Fatherland"Edit

Ante Pavelić was the first Poglavnik of Croatia. While Pavelić had not invented fascism, he and his successors did even more unpleasant things with it than their German allies had.[1]

Pavelić's portrait appeared on the Croatian 20-dinar note.

Ante Pavelić in WorldwarEdit

Ante Pavelić was the dictator of the Independent State of Croatia. The Race invaded Croatia in 1943, hoping to bend Pavelić to their will, but were driven out by German troops at the Battle of Split, keeping Croatia in the Greater German Reich. The German troops, while recognizing Pavelić as a Reich ally, made jokes among each other at his expense.[2]

Ante Pavelić in In the Presence of Mine EnemiesEdit

Literary commentEdit

In the Presence timeline, the office of Poglavnik of Croatia continued to exist into the 21st century. It is probable that Pavelić was the first Poglavnik, even though the POD came before he took the title. He isn't mentioned by name, however, so any further statements would be speculative.


  1. See, e.g., Counting Up, Counting Down, pg. 91-2.
  2. Tilting the Balance, pgs. 490-492, mmp.
Political offices
Preceded by
Office created
Poglavnik of the Independent State of Croatia
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Preceded by
Office created
Prime Minister of the Independent State of Croatia
Succeeded by
Nikola Mandić
Political offices
(Fictional Work)
Preceded by
Office created
Poglavnik of the Independent State of Croatia
("Ready for the Fatherland")

Succeeded by
Successors unnamed
Political offices
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Office created
Poglavnik of the Independent State of Croatia
Succeeded by

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