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Duke Vladimir II was the son of Aleksandr IV Harkonnen.
When Feyd I executed Aleksandr in 1029 AG, Vladimir was placed in a foster home, raised without the knowledge of his father's background.
New emperor Josif I issued an edict restoring all lost titles, lands, and properties to their original owners before the accession of Feyd I and Vladimir became Duke of Chamizai.
About this time the House Harkonnen were first proposed for membership among the Great Houses. Vladimir Harkonnen persuaded Count Ernst von Wikkheiser to sponsor a resolution in the Landsraad proposing the Harkonnens as a voting house but the motion failed by a small number of votes when the Atreides spoke against it.