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The Holy Empire of Deutsch-Francia


Flag


Coat of Arms


Motto: For God, Freedom, and the Homeland!



Imperial Anthem: LinkDie Wacht am Rhein
("The Watch on the Rhine")


Location


Population: 2.508 Billion
-Density:


Capital and largest city: Berlin


Official Languages: German, French
Recognized Minority Languages: Polish, Dutch, and Corsican



Demonym: Deutsch-Francian

Government: Constitutional Monarchy
- Emperor: Jacques I
- Chancellor: Wilhelm Mayer
- President of the Bundestag: Alfred Muller
- Chief Justice: Karl Schmidt


Legislature:
- Upper House: Bundesrat
- Lower House: Bundestag


Establishment: June 3rd, 1927


Land Area: 852,857.54 kmē
Water (%): 0.91


Elevation
Highest Point: Mont Blanc (4,801.81 m)
Lowest Point: Neuendorf-Sachsenbande (-3.54 m)


GDP (nominal): $224 Trillion
GDP (nominal) per capita: $89,378


Human Development Index: 0.95


Currency: Deutsch-Franc Mark


Time Zone: CET


Drives on the: right


Calling code: +49


Internet TLD: .def


Holy Empire of Deutsch-Francia

The Holy Empire of Deutsch-Francia, commonly called Deutsch-Francia, is a constitutional monarchy in Europe. It is bordered on the north by Denmark and the Netherlands, on the south by Austria-Hungary, Switzerland, and Monaco, on the east by the Russian Empire, and on the west by France.

Since the period of decolonization in the mid to late 20th century, Deutsch-Francia has maintained close ties to its former colonies through the Imperial Commonwealth.

Etymology
The first part of the Empire's name is "Deutsch", which is the word for "German" in the German language. The second part of the name is "Francia" and is meant to reference both the post-Roman kingdom and the modern nation of France, around half of which is ruled by Deutsch-Francia.

History

Prior to the early 1870s, the lands that make up what is now the German Empire were divided into a collection of smaller states. These smaller states previously had been part of both the Holy Roman Empire and the German Confederation. After German Unification, the German Empire expanded by establishing colonies in Africa and Asia, although Chancellor Otto von Bismarck was initially quite hesitant to do so, and the country continued to industrialize. Relations between Germany and France were quite poor during this period due to the annexation of Alsace-Lorraine. Chancellor Otto von Bismarck notably led the Kulturkampf (Culture struggle) against the Catholic Church in the 1870s. Under Bismarck, Germany also created a modern welfare state. Notably, one of the reasons for doing so was to weaken socialist movements.

After Kaiser Wilhelm II ascended the throne in the aftermath of the Year of the Three Emperors, Bismarck was forced to resign in 1890. From there, Wilhelm II led the German Empire down a more aggressive path, leading ultimately to Germany supporting Austria-Hungary during the July Crisis. The entangled alliances of Europe which has been established over the decades then dragged most of the continent into the Great War of 1914-1918 when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. The war saw new technology clash with old tactics, leading to devastating consequences for those fighting in it. Germany and the other Central Powers did quite well as they won the war in the east and signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Bolshevik Russia. The western front, however, was not quite as successful. In a last ditch effort to win in the west, Germany launched the 1918 spring offensive. This offensive proved to be quite successful, as the Imperial German Army took Paris by July 1918. This sudden success caused morale among the Entente forces to drop dramatically. By November 1918, Germany and the Entente agreed to an armistice on the 11th. Under the Treaty of Munich, signed on March 15th, 1919, Germany officially annexed Belgium, Luxembourg, and large swathes of France. Despite this, the Central Powers could not maintain their gains in eastern Europe, and so they were forced to withdraw.

In the immediate aftermath of the Great War, Germany faced an economic crisis as inflation skyrocketed to absurd heights. The country also had to deal with managing the newly-annexed regions, where opposition to the government in Berlin was widespread and manifested itself in the form of riots and protests. Initially, the Imperial German Army sought to simply put down the riots, but as time went on, it became clear that this alone would not solve the issue. In order to appease those living in Belgium, Luxembourg, and eastern France and Corsica, the German government began a process of reforming the Empire in order to allow those regions to have more autonomy. This began with the creation of the Imperial Reform Council in 1924, which contained representatives from each region of the Empire. The Council recommended that the new territories should be given more self-government. This period of reform also applied to the central government itself, which saw the German legislature strip the Kaiser of any remaining political power and strengthen democratic institutions under Chancellor Alexander Kohl. Kohl's administration was able to successfully push through a series of reforms that led to the signing of the Strasbourg Pact on June 3rd, 1927. This agreement officially established the Holy Empire of Deutsch-Francia and stated that it would be a constitutional monarchy divided into the two realms of the German Empire and the Kingdom of France. Belgium would be incorporated as a province of the Kingdom of France, while Luxembourg would be incorporated as a province of the German Empire. The agreement stated that both realms would maintain the right to have a local government managing their own affairs under a central government in Berlin. It was also during this period that the poor economic situation began to improve. Kaiser Wilhelm II initially despised these political reforms, but ultimately had no choice but to accept them.

The 1929 Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression had a severe impact on Deutsch-Francia, and as much as 15-20% of the working population were unemployed. This period saw an increase in violence from both local separatists as well as the far-left and far-right. The government desperately tried to maintain order and attempted to enact social programs based on the New Deal programs that were established in the US around the same time. The Deutsch-Francian economy in the 1930s would slowly recover, and only reach pre-depression levels by the late 1940s.

The 1930s would be defined as a period where totalitarian movements would become more influential in Europe, notably in France and Italy. In the French Republic, the United French People's Party (UFPP) seized power in 1936, turning France into a totalitarian state officially known as the People's State of France. The new government in Nantes made it quite clear that they wanted to reclaim the territories lost in the Great War and began to rearm. The UFPP government also signed treaties with Italy and Japan. Great Britain and Austria-Hungary both attempted to come up with solutions in order to diffuse the rising tensions between Nantes and Berlin. On September 1st, 1939, The People's State of France invaded Deutsch-Francia after an ultimatum demanding Normandy and Ile-de-France was rejected by Berlin. Austria-Hungary joined the war shortly after news reached Vienna. Within a week of the invasion, Italy joined the war on the side of the UFPP government. Britain officially joined the war on the side of Berlin and Vienna by October 2nd, 1939. Initially, the forces of the Nantes government were successful, as large swathes of the Kingdom of France were occupied by the Spring of 1940. The Italian front, meanwhile, developed into a stalemate where Italian forces had only taken parts of South Tyrol and the Austro-Hungarians had only taken parts of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Initially, some welcomed the French army as liberators. This sentiment would not last long as French forces were ultimately responsible for numerous atrocities against innocent civilians, which only strengthened the resistance movement. In mid-1940, the Grand Alliance of Great Britain, Deutsch-Francia, and Austria-Hungary recognized Charles de Gaulle as the future leader of a new French government.

On June 4th, 1941, Kaiser Wilhelm II passed away at the age of 82 from a pulmonary embolism. A state funeral was held in Berlin shortly after, and his son, Prince Eitel Friedrich, ascended the throne as Kaiser Eitel Friedrich I. While this would initially serve as a blow to morale, the tide began to turn in the Grand Alliance's favor as the Americans joined the war after Pearl Harbor and the lands of the Kingdom of France were liberated by early 1943, when Allied forces retook Paris and liberated Normandy. On the Italian front, the Austro-Hungarian military had taken much of northeastern Italy, and the King of Italy launched a coup that removed the totalitarian government from power and saw Italy join the Grand Alliance. Throughout 1944, the Allies fought their way through the People's State of France, which proved to be a more difficult fight than was expected.

In May 1945, Nantes fell to the Imperial Army of Deutsch-Francia, and the government surrendered, ending the European front of the Second Great War. Meanwhile, the Americans had been fighting against Japan in the Pacific front, which ended with Japan's surrender in August 1945. With the war finally over, the leaders of the totalitarian regimes in France and Italy were tried in Brussels on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Those leaders were then either sentenced to death or life in prison. The Allies also tried various figures in Japan on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, which had similar results to the trials over in Europe. Charles de Gaulle was officially made President of the provisional government of the French Republic in 1946, and it was under him that the last remaining influence of the UFPP's totalitarian regime was removed from the government and society as the party itself was abolished by his administration. In 1946, Italy would abolish the monarchy after a referendum and formally declare the establishment of the Italian Republic.


Deutsch-Francian troops raising the Imperial
war flag in Nantes in 1945

Eitel Friedrich I would suddenly die of a heart attack on July 26th, 1951. His son, Ferdinand von Hohenzollern, would succeed him as Kaiser Ferdinand I. The 1950s would be a period of economic and political stability for Deutsch-Francia. During this period, tensions between the Soviet Union and Deutsch-Francia would increase as both developed their nuclear programs. Thus, Deutsch-Francia would continue to align itself with the United States and Britain. It was also during this era that nations like the United States and the USSR began to pressure Deutsch-Francia and the other European empires to begin a process of decolonization. Deutsch-Francia also made an effort to normalize relations with the French Republic, with some success.

From 1955 to 1960, Deutsch-Francia was involved in the Kamerun War, which saw the Imperial Army fight against the Kamerun Liberation Front (KLF). Most Deutsch-Francians were initially in favor of the war, but public opinion ultimately turned against the war as it became clear that it was unwinnable. The future Kaiser Wilhelm-Gerhard I would notably command a brigade during this conflict, for which he would earn an Iron Cross 2nd class. Delegates from Deutsch-Francia and the KLF entered negotiations by 1958, and signed the Posen Agreement in 1960. This paved the way for Kamerun to become an independent state by 1962.

Kaiser Ferdinand I would be assassinated by a far-right extremist while visiting Bremen on October 4th, 1963. The assassin reportedly opposed the Kaiser's support for decolonization. Ferdinand I would be succeeded by his cousin, Wilhelm-Gerhard. Kaiser Wilhelm-Gerhard I's reign saw continued economic prosperity into the early 70s. In Deutsch-Francia, the early 1970s would be defined by economic downturn, although the economy would improve by the mid 1970s. On December 5th, 1983, Kaiser Wilhelm-Gerhard I abdicated in favor of his 26 year old son, Wilhelm-Gerhard II, citing poor health. Under Kaiser Wilhelm-Gerhard II, Deutsch-Francia's economy continued to grow, and the Imperial Commonwealth was officially established in order for Deutsch-Francia and her former colonies to maintain close ties. Politically, the 1980s saw the Conservative Party become the dominant force in the Deutsch-Francian government, which enacted more fiscally conservative policies.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Deutsch-Francia cautiously moved to improve relations with Russia. Deutsch-Francia also provided support to the United States during the Gulf War. Relations between Deutsch-Francia and France also continued to improve. In the 2000s, Deutsch-Francia would be a US ally that refused to join them in the invasion of Iraq, claiming that it was unjustifiable. The country would also be heavily affected by the 2008 recession. Deutsch-Francia would end up being one of the many nations involved in supporting rebel movements in Libya during their 2011 revolution. During the Syrian Civil War, Deutsch-Francia would condemn the government of Bashar al-Assad for his use of chemical weapons.

On December 17th, 2017, Kaiser Wilhelm-Gerhard II died of cancer, and his son Jacques would take the throne. Under Kaiser Jacques I, Deutsch-Francia has had to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. While local separatist groups still exist, separatist violence has dramatically decreased since the 1950s as most citizens and political parties support the more decentralized system currently in place. Today, Deutsch-Francia is a prosperous nation that maintains a strong military and also ranks quite highly in most metrics. Its beautiful museums, theaters, restaurants, and parks have made it a popular tourist destination.

Geography

Deutsch-Francia is one of the largest countries in Europe; bordering Denmark to the north, Russia to the east, Austria-Hungary to the southeast, Switzerland and Monaco to the south, and the French Republic to the west.

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Demographics

Population

The population of Deutsch-Francia is around 2.514 billion, and is quite diverse in culture, language, and religion. A slight majority of the population is German, with Frenchmen making up a close second in terms of the overall population. After that is the Poles and the Belgians. Lastly, there are Luxembourgers and Corsicans. There are also various small communities of other backgrounds within the Empire.

Language

Deutsch-Francia has historically been a multilingual country. A slight majority of the empire speaks German as their native tongue, with French as a close second. Most German speakers live in the German Empire, while the majority of French speakers live in the Kingdom of France. A minority of French speakers live in the region of Wallonia, which is part of the French province of Belgium.

There are also small communities of Polish, Dutch, Luxembourgish, and Corsican speaking communities throughout the country as well. Most Dutch speaking communities in Deutsch-Francia can be found in the region of Flanders within the province of Belgium. Most Luxembourgish communities can be found within the province of Luxembourg. The few Corsican speaking communities in Deutsch-Francia can mostly be found in Corsica. Polish speaking communities are mostly found in the easternmost regions of the province of Prussia.

Officially, German and French are the only languages used by the central government, but Polish, Dutch, and Corsican are all recognized as minority languages. As such, local administrations provide services in those languages.

Religion

The majority of Deutsch-Francians adhere to Christianity, although there is a split between those that are Protestant and those that are Catholic. The majority of those living in more northern and eastern German provinces are Protestants, while the majority of those living in more western and southern German provinces are Catholic, including the province of Luxembourg. There is also a prominent Catholic minority in eastern Prussia. The majority of people living in the provinces of the Kingdom of France are also Catholic.

In addition, there are large minorities of people in Deutsch-Francia who identify as irreligious. There are also incredibly small Jewish and Muslim communities within Deutsch-Francia, most of whom live in major urban centers like Berlin, Paris, and Brussels.

Politics

Deutsch-Francia is a constitutional monarchy under the House of Hohenzollern, and its political system is ultimately governed by the 1927 Imperial Constitution. Said constitution can only be amended by a two-thirds majority in both houses of the legislature. The government is split into three branches: an executive branch, a legislative branch, and a judicial branch. The current Chancellor is Wilhelm Mayer, who is a member of the Conservative Party. The legislative branch includes the Bundesrat and the Bundestag, which serve as the upper house and lower house respectively. The representatives of the Bundesrat are appointed by local administrations, while the representatives of the Bundestag are directly elected through a mixed-member proportional representation system.

The position of head of state officially belongs to the ruling monarch, who has remained little more than a ceremonial figurehead since the Imperial Constitution went into effect. The current monarch is Kaiser Jacques I, who is a member of the House of Hohenzollern. Under the Imperial Constitution, the ruling monarch reigns over both halves of the Empire and officially holds the titles of German Emperor, King of Prussia, and King of France. The judicial branch is the Supreme Court of the Empire, which verifies if laws passed within Deutsch-Francia are constitutional or not.

Since the 1950s, the country has largely been governed by the three major parties: The Conservative Party, the Social Democrats, and the Catholic Centre Party. Currently, every Chancellor in the Empire's history has come from one of those three parties. The Chancellor is considered the head of the government, and is appointed by the President of the Bundestag after being chosen by the party with the most seats in the Bundestag.

Constituent States

Deutsch-Francia is a real union between the German Empire and the Kingdom of France under the House of Hohenzollern. In addition to the national government in Berlin, the German Empire and the Kingdom of France both maintain their own parliaments, each with their own Prime Minister. Both governments appoint their own representatives from their provinces to the Bundesrat. In the various states of the German Empire, local royal families still maintain their positions, but acknowledge the head of the House of Hohenzollern as German Emperor. In the Kingdom of France, the House of Hohenzollern is the only royal dynasty that rules over the area, as the House of Bourbon and the House of Bonaparte had long since been overthrown, and the House of Belgium, which ruled the former Kingdom of Belgium, was forced into exile after the Great War of 1914.

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Economic Indicators

Rank: Fourth
Currency: Deutsch-Franc Mark
Fiscal Year: January 1st - December 31st


GDP (nominal): $298 Trillion
GDP (nominal) per capita: 110,241 Deutsch-Franc Marks
Labor Force: 62.50
Unemployment: 5%

Deutsch-Francia has a market-based economy with a reasonably strong welfare state, and has a well-educated labor force and a high level of innovation. Corruption remains an issue in certain areas, but the government has been quite effective at cracking down on it. The nation has the largest economy in Europe, driven primarily by Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Cheese exports. Deutsch-Francia's currency is the Deutsch-Franc Mark. The Empire's GDP is 298 Trillion Deutsch-Franc Marks, with an average income of 110,241 Deutsch-Franc Marks per person. The richest 10% earn an average of 224,396 Deutsch-Franc Marks, while the poorest 10% earn an average of 48,021 Deutsch-Franc Marks.

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Infrastructure

Deutsch-Francia, as a massive nation in western/central Europe, is considered to be a major transport hub for the continent. The nation maintains a massive highway network that connects most of the country. Deutsch-Francia also has a well-developed public transport system that also connects to other public transport systems in neighboring countries. The most prominent airports in Deutsch-Francia are the Frankfurt Airport and Charles de Gaulle Airport. The Port of Hamburg is considered one of the most important ports on the continent.

Energy

Prior to the late 20th century, Deutsch-Francia relied heavily on fossil fuels. Nowadays, the country mostly relies on renewables and nuclear energy, which combined generate around 60% of the Empire's energy. This trend started around the 1970s and 1980s, but the number of nuclear power plants being commissioned decreased quite drastically after the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. It wasn't until the early 2000s when the government began commissioning more nuclear power plants again. The Empire is a signatory of the Paris Climate Accords, and has recently been working to lower emissions.

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