It didnt had to be. Obodrites could still exist as a culture like Sorbs do ,but one of the Niklots sons made himself a puppet ruler and led to strong germanization. And there was a chance to make Meklemburgia (Veligrad) a truly and fully Slavonic region of the “land of mutes”. There is still hope for Sorbs cause they still exist as nation and culture. Its strange that no one from the Niklots dynasty ever tried to free his people from under the foreign rule. Or maybe they did. I must dig into that.