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by The Armed Republic of Heimenberg. . 8 reads.

Early Heimenbergian Nationalism

The roots of Heimenbergian nationalism can be traced back to the Napoleonic wars of the late 18th and early 19th century.The Napoleonic wars another line of European wars that spilled out into African soil brought about great feelings of dread amongst Südostländers who were not keen to be dragged into another European war. These feelings of dread led to calls for more Heimenbergian self governance and in some radical spaces full independence from Prussia. The general bitterness many Südostländers felt towards the Prussian elite would increase throughout the years eventually reaching a boiling point with the expansion act of 1872. The expansion act was an attempt by the powers of Europe to stop curtail Germany's influence in Africa by prohibiting the expansion of Heimenberg further into Africa. In an attempt to avoid being placed in an international awkward position the German Kaiser William I agreed to the act. The expansion act sent many parts of Südostländerian society into a frenzy. From the perspective of the average person of the time not only were the far away German elite dragging them into wars they saw as pointless they were also stopping them from fulfilling what they saw as their god given right, the right to expand into the furthest corners of Africa and spread so called "white civilization". The act caused outrage and led to men like Johannes Der Bauarbeiter and Frederick Kruger to talk of independence for the Südostländer "folk". Drawing upon the outrage of the time many argued that Südostländers were their own people with their own culture, their own traditions and a god given duty to spread civilization to the (forgive me) barbarian African natives and as such deserved their own state to protect their interests. As time went on this idea would catch on eventually reaching the height of its popularity in 1913 when 500 Thousand Südostländers made the trek to Hügel fortress an important cultural landmark for Südostländers, the rise of this set of beliefs coincided with the formation of a unified Heimenbergian identity beginning in the 1850s. Before the creation of this unified national identity Heimenberg (the colony) had been split into different "zones" where different ethnic groups lived separated from one another with their own culture, the creation of this new national identity essentially meant that whether you lived in the Swedish enclaves of Dessweit and Gotland in the north or the Italian enclaves of Montagna di formaggi and Bella terra in the south you were a part of something greater than yourself and that you belonged to a glorious and proud people. The beliefs brought on by this formation of national identity spread like wildfire engulfing the colony