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The History of Preussen-Nassau

The Kingdom of Preussen-Nassau, named after its ruling dynasty, has been founded during middle ages as a one of many small principalities in the area. In contrast to these other smaller states though, Preussen-Nassau managed to stick around; It began by conquering many of its neighbors and building overseas colonies, but soon started to focus more on its economy than its expansion.
This ultimately led to rapid industrialization, but also caused massive inequality throughout the country's society. After many years of industrial growth, the workers of the nation decided to rise up against the oppressive upper class, who forced the laborers to work for barely enough money to survive. The overwhelming majority of all of Preussen-Nassau's workers striked for extensive periods of time, causing the economy to almost entirely collapse and many people from the upper class to go bankrupt.
Ultimately, after an entire year of repetitive mass-strikes, the absolute monarch that ruled at this time, Duke Wilhelmus The Reformer, decided to enact many reforms to fulfill the worker's demands in order to bring the strikes to an end. Many of these reforms are still in power today.
Besides the so-called "Worker's Reforms", Wilhelmus also gave the nation a constitution, granting himself the title of king but also implementing democratic elements, such as elections and a parliament, which limited his own power. He also supported art and poetry throughout the kingdom and even went so far as to grant some of Preussen-Nassau's colonies the status of a dominion.
Throughout the ages, both the parliament and the labor unions became increasingly powerful and the welfare system of Preussen-Nassau expanded continuously and also the autonomy of Preussen-Nassau's colonies grew steadily.
Despite growing autonomy though, most of the colonies and dominions of Preussen-Nassau became independent only very recently and often still acknowledge the king of Preussen-Nassau as their head of state.