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[Prussian Republic] Oder ist es Preußen, wo die Proletarier arbeiten?

Title: The Republic of Prussia
Motto: Die Gedanken sind frei (Thoughts are free)
Anthem: LinkRising From the Ruins
Capital City: Berlin
Official Language: German
Demonym: Prussian, East German
Government: Unitary, semi-presidential republic
Legislature: National Chamber
Population: 27,640,000 (1965)
Currency: Preussen Mark
Driving Side: Right
The Republic of Prussia or the Prussian Republic or East Germany, most commonly known as Prussia, is an independent state in Central Europe albeit heavily Finlandized by the Soviet Union as is the rest of Eastern Europe. They are bordered by the Socialist Republic of Poland and the Soviet Union in the east, the Federal Republic of Germany in the west, and the Czechoslovak Federative Republic in the southeast. Prussia is an unitary semi-presidential republic with Berlin as its administrative capital while Konigsberg has a significant cultural importance for the state. The country has been ruled by the Popular Front of Germany which is comprised of the United Social Democratic Party (USPD) and the Greens as of 1960 with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in opposition. Its government is relatively democratic compared to its West German junta counterpart and the so-called "Iron Curtain" with barbed wires and heavy foreign military presence has served to drift the two Germanies apart from each other. Its government under State-President (Staatprasident) Louis-Ferdinand, a former Hohenzollern prince, has been accused of drifting further to the Soviet orbit with it joining the Saratov Pact on 1964.

Map of the Prussian Republic

Prussia received its independence in 1949 after World War II and the Potsdam Conference by its Soviet occupiers. Under General-Secretary Nikolai Bukharin, Prussia and all of the liberated Easten European states were given the political autonomy in electing their own government under so-called "Popular Fronts" as long as they remained diplomatically subservient to the USSR. Prussia was re-established as a spiritual successor to the Weimar-era Prussian Free State as well as to separate both Germanies from together culturally. Prussian authorities retained control over Silesia and East-Prussia after a Polish revolt in 1947.

Prussia was allowed to manage its own government and the 50s saw a Soviet-friendly CDU government in power. However in 1953 during a workers' strike known as the Prussian Uprising over poor working conditions; the CDU entered into a government of national unity with the USPD which would set in stone for their eventual rise to power. Political developments in West Germany where Chancellor Konrad Adenauer was assassinated and the Bundeswehr led by General Heinz Guderian launched a military coup in 1955 (in addition to the failure of Denazification) has dissuaded East Germans from leaving Prussia. By the 60s, the Prussian economy grew thanks to light industry and mining as well as Soviet lenience on reparations.

The current Prussian government since 1960 is led by the former Hohenzollern Crown Prince and anti-Nazi resistance fighter, Prince Louis-Ferdinand, who is a member of the USPD. He is responsible for the economic and political stabilization of Germany. In addition to feigning off Soviet influence in Prussian politics and entering normalization of relations with Britain and France during detente as a part of its "Westpolitik" strategy. Yet the looming threat of West Germany still persists under its Bundeswehr junta (comprised of ex-Wehrmacht officers) and the heavy escalation of military activities in the so-called Iron Curtain. The Louis-Ferdinand government has been accused of using the Soviet threat to justify him remaining in power and Finlandizing the country to the Soviet Union. However all of it is a necessary price for Prussia to retain her independence and political autonomy in this Cold War world.

Modern History

"Bukharin - That is Peace"
He Was the USSR's GenSec

In the aftermath of World War II, Germany was split into four occupied administrative zones. Occupied by France, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Soviet Union. With the Soviet Union occupying eastern Germany as well as Silesia and Konigsberg. However the establishment of our today's Prussia was intrinsic to the Soviet Union's political system. Before that, the October Revolution saw the establishment of the Soviet Union under Lenin. After Lenin's death in 1924; a power struggle ensued between Trotsky, Stalin, and Zinoniev.

However by merit of being chosen as Lenin's successor, Nikolai Bukharin was chosen as the Soviet Union's General-Secretary after being able to gain the loyalty of the Cheka then NKVD. Trotsky and Stalin were exiled to Patagonia while Zinoniev and his associates were imprisoned. Under Bukharin, he embarked on a policy of emancipating the local communes of Russia and continuing the NEP course. Compared to the real-life Stalin, Bukharin was relatively benign though small-scale purges did occur in 1936 during Marshal Tukhachevksy's attempted hardliner coup against him. Another figure of interest was Anastas Mikoyan, Foreign Minister of the USSR, who pursued favorable relations with the west out of pragmatism for the fascist threat in Berlin...

In Germany, the economic woes of the Great Depression and a communist resurgence compelled the people of Silesia and East Prussia to vote for the NSDAP in the 1932 elections. Under Adolf Hitler, the industry of Silesia and Eastern Germany were expanded with the establishment of factories and coal power plants. In 1939, he failed to secure a non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union when Germany invaded Poland in 1939 and went as far as to Polish Kresy. With the Allies invading Germany for annexing rest of Czechoslovakia in 1938; Germany was taken aback at first but managed to recoup strength which led to history proceeding as normal in our timeline with Germany invading the USSR in Operation Barbarossa. Before stopping at Rostov where the bloody Battle of Bukharingrad of 1942 turned the tide of the war against Germany.

Hindenburg and Hitler - Representing
Reactionary Forces of Old Germany

By 1945, Germany fell to the Allied - Soviet onslaught leading to where we are now. During the Potsdam Conference, Bukharin offered the Western Powers a neutral demilitarized Germany in exchange for withdrawing from the region. President Henry Wallace, a Soviet sympathizer, seemed amiable to the offer but France and Britain outright rejected. With Henry Wallace's support, the Soviets were given full control of Berlin with promises of "ensuring free and fair elections throughout Eastern Europe". Throughout 1946-49, "Popular Fronts" (broad coalitions of social democrats, agrarians, and democratic socialists) swept across Eastern Europe and they were victorious in elections which were deemed as "relatively free and fair". The largest of these Popular Fronts was the French SFIO which ruled France in the 30s and the Spanish Popular Front that defined Republican Spain's government during the Civil War.

In occupied Germany under the Soviet Union, there were mass migrations of Easterners to the West as many fled for better economic conditions in the west. Leading to some sort of brain drain. In Silesia, there had been reprisals against the German community by the Poles which were stopped at the intervention of the Red Army (didn't stop them from raping German women). It was planned that Silesia would be given to the newly-independent Poland yet the Home Army uprising in 1947 changed everything. The Polish rebels were brutally suppressed by the Red Army under Marshal Rokossovsky in 1949. As punishment, the Bukharin government transferred control of Silesia and East Prussia to the Soviet East German Zone (SEGZ) albeit with Polish port rights for Danzig.

Red Army Soldier Raising
the Soviet Flag

The Soviet plan for Germany had been to Balkanize the entire region such as creating the Rhein Confederacy, Hanover Republic, Bavarian Republic, and then Prussia as an independent state. But this was rejected by the Western Powers who saw a stronger unified Germany to be much more beneficial for the security of Europe and saw the whole scheme as a Soviet power grab. Talks that went nowhere culminated into the establishment of US-backed West Germany in the west and the so-called "Prussian Republic" in the east with its Oder-Neisse territories. That was after a military crisis on 1948 near the Saxony border where American tanks and fighters "mistakenly" wandered into Soviet territory and covertly assisted in the defection of East German soldiers.

An "Iron Curtain" had descended upon Europe between the United States and the Soviet Union. Goebbels first coined this term but Churchill popularized it during a speech. The so-called Iron Curtain separated German families between East and West, and there was a demarcation line which separated both countries.

German Man Voting for the CDU
In the Country's First Election

In the independent Prussian Republic, it had to deal with a brain drain as many "Ossies" left the East for better economic opportunities in the west. Seeing this brain drain, the Soviet Union gave Prussia and her Eastern Europe "allies" economic aid known as the "Commissar's Plan". The Prussian state stressed its continuity with the previous Weimar-era Prussian Free State and claimed that the "Free State was a victim of Nazism" in order to gain moral legitimacy.

They viewed that West Germany was a mere "American-puppet" in the same manner as the Napoleonic Confederacy of the Rhein. Prussia built her military in a few days using soldiers and officers from the Seydlitz-Troop, the National Committee for a Free Germany, and Wehrmacht POWs. Conspirators in the Valkyrie 1944 plot also assisted in the nation-building of Prussia including Prince Louis-Ferdinand, Hans Oster, von Tresckow, Ludwig Beck, and much more.

Workers' Uprising in 1953

In Prussia, elections were held which had a competitive atmosphere on 1950. It saw the victory of the Prussian CDU, successor of Zentrum, as the winner of the election. Jakob Kaiser was its first Chancellor of the republic and he had to grapple with the realities of German re-unification getting unlikelier by the years. Thus the government settled with nominally aligning itself to the Soviet Union by agreeing to be put under the Soviet's military defense umbrella.

The CDU entered into a coalition with the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) with 52% of the votes against the USPD, a democratic socialist party. Under the CDU-LDP, the economy languished while it seemed that the west made steady gains under Konrad Adenauer. This culminated into a workers' general strike on 1953 which paralyzed the entire country's economy. At the forefront of this, the USPD led by Otto Grotewohl and Berlin Mayor Ernst Reuter spearheaded the workers' strike. The local Soviet garrison allowed it to happen as a way to pressure the CDU to accepting the USPD into a national coalition.

The CDU Now in Coalition
With the Junior USPD

On 1953, Jakob Kaiser stepped down and he was replaced by his LDP partner, Wilhelm Kutz as Chancellor from 1953 until 1960 when he was re-elected in 1955. The aging liberal Chancellor set forth to get the USPD into their coalition, thus alienating the CDU. From 1953 until 1960 was a period of relative political stabilization in Prussia as the country was able to reach a treaty with Poland in regards to recognizing the new borders in the Treaty of Krakow facilitated by the USSR.

A social market economy was established in Prussia which combined reformist socialism with elements of the free market. The political developments in neighboring West Germany proved to be a grave danger for Prussia. On 1955, Chancellor Konrad Adenauer was assassinated and a Bundeswehr coup led by General Heinz Guderian (backed by NATO as the alternative was SPD) sent shockwaves throughout Europe. The apparent failures of the West's Denazification process and sluggish economic growth dissuaded a majority of Ossies from leaving Prussia.

Former Prince Louis-Ferdinand
Ascending to the Presidency in Crisis

In 1963 when Wilhelm Kutz died, Prince Louis-Ferdinand was chosen as Staatpresidant (State President) with majority support from the National Kammer (National Chamber). He was a resistance fighter and a war hero who endeared himself to the Prussian public by opening his royal estates to tourism and as recreational parks in addition to renouncing his titles after the war.

He was a "safe" candidate compared to Otto Grotewohl who was accused of "being a social democrat with communist sympathies" which is ironic for a Soviet-aligned state. Louis-Ferdinand was not content with being a ceremonial figurehead and he issued a referendum for a constitutional amendment in granting powers for the head of state. Due to his popularity, it passed with 67% of the vote and the Staat-President was given substantial powers comparable to the Gaullist presidency.

Under Louis-Ferdinand, Prussia experienced economic growth which was dubbed the "Miracle on the Oder" kickstarted by Soviet aid and investment. Louis-Ferdinand sought to find a middle balance between pursuing relations with the West and serving the Soviet Union in order to maintain Prussia's political neutrality and his own power. Since Berlin is under total Prussian control, there would be little need for a Berlin Wall to exist in our world.

Demographics and Society

"Brothers Reunited" Pulitzer Photo
Prussia Relaxed Its Migration Laws

Prussia has a population of 27,640,000 in 1965. A further 12 million were added by incorporating the Silesian territories which included Silesian Germans from Posen as well as Volga Germans. About a quarter million East Germans left Prussia from 1946 until 1955 when the West German junta rose to power and the borders were closed between two nations. However, the two nation reached an agreement in the 60s to allow families to visit each other and giving them the choice in between living two nations.

The fertility rate in Prussia was 2.62 with an infant mortality rate of 15.8 for 1.000 children on 1965. The birth rate was 80.4 and the median age was 27.5. Life expectancy was 76.2 with HDI in 87.1 and with all of these statistics, Prussia has one of the highest living standards in Europe. It continues to outshine her Saratov Pact neighbors with high-quality universal healthcare and child benefits. Ironically, there's currently a immigration trend from the west to the east as many left-wing political dissidents left the Bundeswehr military junta's grasp after the 1955 coup.

Prussia is a mostly homogeneous society with Germans constituting a majority of 96% of the population. A majority of these Germans lived in East Germany proper. The population of Prussia is heavily concentrated in urban cities with 80% being urbanites and 20% rural agrarians living in villages. The five largest cities in Prussia were as follows: Berlin, Konigsberg, Leipzig, Dresden, and Stauffenberg-Stadt (Chemnitz).

Prussian Family in the 60s in
their Cozy Apartment Flat

Though Prussia is primarily German, there are 4% of the population belonging to ethnic minorities or so-called "Gastarbeiter" (Guest Workers). Ethnic minorities included the Poles of Danzig which constituted 3% of the ethnic minorities followed by Yugoslav, Romanian, Greek, and Kurdish guest workers. The Prussian government implemented natalist policies in encouraging growing birth rates by incentivizing women to give birth and settle down. The state was ambivalent to immigration policies and the guest workers but they welcomed them as potential labor in the service industry.

The Prussian Republic is officially secular as outlined by its constitution where the church would be put under state control and a clear separation between church and state. The majority of Prussians are Christian Protestants with the largest sub-domination being Lutherans and Calvinists. With a sizable minority of Jehovah Witnesses. 65% of the country are Christians in general. However, in recent years, there's a growing upsurge in Agnostic and Atheistic thoughts in correlation with a present youthful need to rebel against all authority be it the state or the church amidst the Counter-Culture Revolution which has swept the west. By 1965, 35% of Prussians identify themselves Agnostics or Atheists with church attendance dropping in recent years.

The Restored Konigsberg Castle
A Symbol of "Prussianism"

Prussia's culture is a peculiar synthesis between traditional German culture in Prussia, Slavic influence from Poland and Russia, as well as the more recent influx of Western products and media for Prussians in the 60s. Germany's identity is intrinsically tied to the concept and nation of Prussia itself which spearheaded German unification in 1871. Prussia is most often associated with militarism, the aristocracy and landed nobility, antiquated monarchical ideals, and then the Prussian code of virtue. A set of virtue which rewarded quality over quantity, hard-work, punctuality, serenity, obedience, humility and much more. No doubt that the values of Prussian virtue has influenced both Prussia and West Germany. The Prussian Republic has often been called the "Socialist Teutons".

With the state viewing the ideal Prussian being a hard-working and honorable laborer. Yet the Germans of today struggle to grapple with the newfound political realities of being separated from one another and struggle to understand what it means to be a "Prussian" after WWII as the Soviets re-established the polity willy-nilly. It was a terrifying thought to have Germany relegated as a regional power, split in half, and becoming a resident of a "socialist Prussia" anachronism. Its army which proclaimed allegiance to a socialist nation while wearing Wehrmacht-esque nations were an example of this.

More special emphasis was put on developing a distinct Prussian culture synthesized with socialist and democratic virtues. The Prussian state drew itself as a spiritual successor to the Prussian Free State of the Weimar Republic as it was the stronghold of the political left concentrated in the "Red Ruhr and Berlin". The Prussia of today neither celebrates nor abhor the Wilhelmine period in spite of its bearing conservativeness and Junker-class oppression.

May Day Celebrations in Prussia

Many royal castles and manors were left intact and converted into cultural sites. The bureaucrats of the USPD, the military, and medium-scale business owners are the new Junker-class in this Prussia. In the constitution, the government outlines that the country has aspirations to "establish a social and democratic society in Prussia" with their view of a classless society being similar to Volksgemeinschaft.

The state lauds the SPD role during the reign of Wilhelm II and they emphasized anti-fascism by intensifying Denazification efforts in the 60s. Something which failed in the West and especially when ex-Wehrmacht generals seized control of West Germany. The Prussian republic's entire identity revolves around its past Wilhelmine traditions and being the "anti-fascist" halve of Germany.

Unlike Prussia of old, this new Prussia is anti-militaristic and committed to peace. With a further re-examination of the Holocaust and questioning "Germanness" in this Cold War era fostering a sense of collective guilt and emasculation of "ethno-German nationalism" in favor of civic nationalism. Anti-semitism is denounced by the government yet the state government were not afraid in criticizing the Israeli government's handling of the Palestinian issue.

Prussian Youths Dancing in Clubs
Prussia Was a Gateway to the West

Ironically, compared to its West German counterpart; Prussia is more open to accepting Western forms of art and pop culture compared to its West German neighbor. Through privately-owned broadcasting services; there's an influx of Western media which Prussians blissfully consumed. With opening of trade relations with Britain and France in the 60s, Western goods were entering the country and many Germans began following the latest trends which developed in America.

Prussia is also susceptible to Slavic influences as the many cultural exchanges between Prussia and the Soviet Union as well as Poland has opened many opportunities for citizens of Prussia to study more about Slavic culture. To put it in summary; West Germany is noticeably more conservative and traditionalistic while Prussia was more progressive and collectivistic which is reflected in their tolerance of LGBT rights and communal mindset.

The Counter-Culture Movement
in Prussia Within the FDJ

Music: Music in Prussia is influenced by classical rock in the 60s as well as folk music in the spirit of the counter-culture New Age. Schlager which was popular in the underground scene of West Germany was the mainstream in Prussia and it was popular in the 60s until 70s. With many schlager festivals being held in Rostock. Polish, Yugoslav, and Czech bands were reasonably popular in Prussia. The state allowed the proliferation of music which was political in nature and were permissive of criticism.

However the state encouraged anti-war music among German youths in the FDJ (Free German Youth) amidst the Vietnam War. Classical music was endorsed by the Prussian government with investments and governmental support of classical music maintained some fifty symphony orchestras, such as Gewandhausorchester and Thomanerchor in Leipzig; Sächsische Staatskapelle in Dresden; and Berliner Sinfonie Orchester and Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin.

Films: Prussia's cinema was managed by the publicly-owned DEFA, Deutsche Film AG, and the East German industry became known worldwide for its productions, especially children's movies such as Das kalte Hertz which was a re-adaption of Brothers Grimm stories and Sandman which was a claymation kid show. Anti-fascist war films which celebrated the German and international resistance to Nazism was popular.

Sandman, a Popular's Children Show

Frank Beyer's Jakob der Lügner (Jacob the Liar), about the Holocaust, and Fünf Patronenhülsen (Five Cartridges), about resistance against fascism, became internationally famous. Soap operas and films about coming-of-age protagonists were in addition poplar with mothers and teenagers in the FDJ. The film industry was remarkable for its production of Ostern, or Western-like movies where Amerindians in these films often took the role of displaced people who fight for their rights. The Sons of Great Bear released in 1966 was a popular example of this. Films didn't had to have political values to be approved; many risque films as well as films which were critical of the government as a form of self-expression were shown throughout theaters lauded by film critics in Prussia.

Theatre: Prussian theatre was dominated by playwright and poet Bertold Brecht who formulated the "Epic theory" and using theatre to explore political ideals. Many of his works involved dialectical materialism. Bertold Brecht is a celebrated playwright in Prussia and many of his works have influenced future generations of poets for years to come. Literature is where Prussia's socialist realism is more accentuated.

Economy and Politics

A Street in Berlin, 1967

Prussia's economy is managed as a Social Market Economy (SME) which implements Bismarckian social welfare, public ownership of industry, and redistribution methods of the free market. The GDP PPP was $380 billion and per capita was $14,650 in 1965. The economic growth rate was 4.5% and inflation rate stood at 12%. This makes East Germany's economy the 13th highest in the entire world in the mid-60s though not as large as West Germany, France nor the Soviet Union.

However for nations of the Saratov Pact alliance and COMECON trade bloc, it is indeed the second highest after the USSR. Its largest trade partners as follows: the Soviet Union, Poland, Czechoslovakia, France, then Britain. 58% of Prussia's imports came from the COMECON countries with 42% being non-communist nations either in NATO or NAM (Non-Aligned Movement). 90% of the country's industry are oriented towards industry and consumer goods with 10% focused on rye agriculture. 60% of the country's industries were publicly owned, 25% were state-owned while 15% were privately-owned.

Alexanderplatz in 1968

Prussia's economy is regulated in a way that would ensure labor rights and for safety standards to be properly reinforced. Many in the east often cite Prussian products as "durable German-engineering" and their work ethic being exemplar as the stereotype goes. The country is a welfare state and has a robust welfare system only second to Sweden. The government's synthesis between socialist economics and ordoliberalism is called the "Prussian model" which is a third-way economic model.

The state sometimes intervenes in the economy to facilitate growth in an economic sector and would launch public work programs to lessen unemployment. The Prussian economy would be adaptive to the rapidly-changing conditions of the market. The state endorsed private initiatives in improving consumer services and they engage in bilateral trades more than multilateral free market agreements. However the country lacks hard currency and the Prussian mark has saw its value decreasing over the years. However, with weaker currency means that the local Prussian industry would be more competitive with foreign companies.

Typical Prussian Living Room

There's a highly unionized workforce (60% of the population are in unions) which engages in collective bargaining with employers and some workplaces have adopted workers' self-management with collective ownership of the means of production and workers' democracy. The "third way" model of the Prussian economy is an interesting case study when contrasted with the centrally-planned economy of Poland.

In Poland, the state had been able to industrialize at the cost of goods shortages while in Prussia, a special emphasis was put on light industry and Prussian needs were satisfied with a steady flow of consumer goods into the market. Since the 60s, there had been an increase of Prussian entrepreneurs in the free market as well as a flow of Western goods coming into the other side of the Iron Curtain as a part of Prussia's "Westpolitik" (beginning trade relations with the west). Prussia is rapidly growing in their post-war economic recovery known as the "Miracle on the Oder".

Trabant Manufacturing Plant

Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Konigsberg and Stauffenberg-Stadt were heralded as cities of the future in the Eastern Bloc. The five cities were rebuilt from the ground up after the war at rapid speed thanks to Soviet lenience on war reparations as well as economic investment from the COMECON trade bloc. Now they have one of the most advanced infrastructures in the Eastern Bloc. Coal power plants and mining in Silesia as well as steel mills in East Germany proper were vital for the Prussian economy. The Autobahns connected the country and ensured rapid transportation of materials in supply chains.

37.5% industry, 21.1% services, 10.8% agriculture and forestry, 10.3% commerce, 7.4% transport and communications, 6.6% construction, 3.1% handicrafts, 3.2% other constituted the Prussian economy. Notable Prussian exports were photographic cameras, under the Praktica brand; automobiles under the Trabant, Wartburg, and the IFA brands; hunting rifles, sextants, typewriters and wristwatches.

The State President

The Chancellor

Citizen Louis-Ferdinand of Prussia

Ernst Junger

Palast der Republik, the
Parliamentary Building

Prussia is officially an unitar, semi-presidential republic where the people vote directly for the president in free and fair elections. The Head of State is a Staat-Prasident and the Head of Government is a Chancellor which is the German equivalent to Prime Minister. Their semi-presidential system is modeled after France as the president has the power to appoint/dismiss Chancellors and pass legislation albeit with approval from parliament. Plebiscites are also undertaken to decide new policies or reforms.

The guiding principal of the Prussian state is the Prussian Constitution of 1950 as well as "social democracy" as a welfare state. Prussia is nominally a socialist state under Soviet sphere of influence but offers high amounts of civil and political rights for its people in practice. As an unitary state, Prussia is divided into 15 "Landers" or states ruled by Minister-Presidents. These Minister-Presidents are appointed from Berlin by the central government.

Landerkammer Session in 1970

The legislature is the National Kammer which passes and approves legislation. The upper house is the Landerkammer (State Chamber) and the Volkskammer (People's Chamber). The Landerkammer which has 400 seats is directly elected half by majority vote and proportional representation.

Amendments generally require a two-thirds majority of both the Landerkammer and the Volkskammer; the fundamental principles of the constitution, as expressed in the articles guaranteeing human dignity, the separation of powers, the federal structure, and the rule of law, are valid in perpetuity. As a democratic republic, there's a clear separation of power and distribution of power between the three major political parties in Prussia. But the Popular Front is the most dominant force in Prussian politics.

Republic Day in Prussia Held on 7 October

The United Social Democratic Party (USPD), a democratic socialist sister party of the banned western SPD, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) as a Christian democratic ordoliberal party, then the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) which is a classical liberal party in the mold of the western Free Democratic Party (FDP). The ruling party is the USPD since 1963 after entering a coalition with the CDU/LDP in an unity government.

The USPD has 240 seats, the CDU has 125 seats, the LDP has 30 seats while the Greens has 5 seats. Currently, the USPD has a majority over the Landerkammer as it enters into a "Popular Front" with the agrarian Greens and liberal LDP. The USPD is far from being as dominant as its real-life SED counterpart and their primary aim is to establish a democratic socialist state in Prussia through reformism.

Wilhelm Pieck and Otto Grotewohl
Both Pro-Moscow "K-Link" Members

Prussia is led by both the State-President Louis-Ferdinand of Prussia and Chancellor Ernst Junger. Louis-Ferdinand is a former soldier in the Wehrmacht as well as an anti-Nazi resistance fighter. Louis-Ferdinand is a lauded anti-fascist war hero by both the post-war German right and left. He has especially endeared himself to the public by relinquishing his royal titles, converting royal castles into cultural sites and museums, and visiting public work spaces to work.

Under Louis-Ferdinand; socialist welfare programs were passed, small and medium businesses were given investment funds, Prussia opened itself to Western Europe in "Westpolitik", and has brought back consumer goods on the shelves after years of shortages. However he has been accused of using the pretext of Soviet threat to justify his rather authoritarian way of ruling and being "chummy" with communist-sympathizing politicians as well as the Soviet ambassador and military attaches of the so-called "K-Linke" (Kremlin Link).

A Stasi Agent on the Radio - Don't Worry,
They Only Spy on West Germans in Bed

As for Ernst Juner, he is a noted war hero who had a disdain for Hitler and was a popular author of "All Quiet on the Western Front". He had little interest in democratic politics and was Independent. Admittedly he was an unlikely pick by the State-President for Chancellor but he has proven to be a competent administrator and good partner of Louis-Ferdinand.

After many years of short-lived governments and cabinets born out of political infighting; Junger has restored a semblance of political stability into the National Kammer. However there has been murmurs that Junger isn't what he seems to be as a "Man of the People" and "avowed conservative socialist". He has contacts with the Strasser Brothers and is rumored to have "National Bolshevik" sympathies.

Prussia, as an observer state of the Saratov Pact alliance led by the USSR, has one of the highest political and civil freedoms in the Soviet's sphere of influence. Most of Eastern Europe ranges from being democratic socialists (Prussia, Finland, Czechoslovakia, and Bulgaria) to hybrid regimes (USSR, Yugoslavia, Hungary, and Romania) to authoritarian dictatorial states (Poland and Albania). It is labelled as being a "Flawed Democracy" with a score of 8.0 in Democracy Index coupled with good human rights scores. However, concerns have been raised with the growing power in Prussia's state agency, the Stasi, as well as incidents on the West German-Prussian border between the countries' border guards.

Prussian USPD Poster

Foreign Relations

Prussia maintains relations through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and nearly all of the nations who are a part of the UN jointly recognize both Prussia and the FRG. As Prussia is technically considered as a separate nation and profess to have a different identity from the FRG. But the governmental stance on a potential German reunification has been a gray matter and they "unofficially" state that it prefers a peaceful gradual reunification between the two states. With the Soviet Union having a tight leash on Prussia's foreign policy; there is little space for Prussia to expand its influence globally and for talks about a German detente to go forward. The Prussian government under President Louis-Ferdinand has condemned the West German junta under President Heinz Guderian for human rights violation and aggressive military posturing along the border. The relationship between Prussia and FRG, initially chilly if distant, now took a downward turn as tensions have flare up between the two nations over legitimacy and territorial water rights.

Prussia's foreign policy is shaped by a strategy known as the "Winzer Doctrine" named after the Prussian diplomat, Otto Winzer, who conceived the term. The Winzer Doctrine operates along the line of Kekonen's Finlandization with the goal of maintaining Prussia's political independence. It dictates that Prussia must maintain good relations with the USSR and be at arms-length with the West. Since Prussia is at the forefront of the Cold War, the government recognizes that neutrality is impossible to achieve and thus saw fit to maintain closer ties with the Soviet Union under General-Secretary Zhukov. The USSR acts as a benefactor to the Prussian Republic in that they have provided economic investment which was vital to kickstart the languishing economy. In addition to supporting every of Prussia's motions on the UN and taking a hardline stance against the FRG.

In addition to pouring in military aid to prop up Prussia as the "Shield of the East". Relations between Prussia and the USSR have been extremely close and cordial ever since Louis-Ferdinand ascended to the presidency. The President himself stated that both Prussia and the USSR have a "special relationship" akin to the US and FRG. When they're not chummy with the USSR, Prussia makes overture to Western nations such as Britain and France on the matter of economy. The three nations have a shared distrusts of the FRG under Guderian and has formed an informal alliance of some sort to contain a "resurgent German threat" through diplomatic isolation. A relationship built on mutual distrust of an enemy. While Prussian relations with nations such as Sweden and Italy have been warm for the most part while it is non-existent with Francoist Iberia and the United States.

Prussia is a member of the UN, SARPAC, COMECON, and the Third Internationale. It is once a part of the UN Security Council and they have been in constant trouble with nations like West Germany due to military provocations, Israel for its treatment of Palestinians, and Albania due to revisionism (Bukharinism won in the power struggle). Prussia is a member of the collective security, military alliance known as the Saratov Pact which comprises of central and eastern European states which were all similarly Finlandized by the USSR. Prussia has the strongest military within the SARPAC and their military have been 24/7 on guard in the case of a potential NATO invasion. The strongest military after Yugoslavia, Poland, and Romania. Prussia is a member state of COMECON which is the Eastern Bloc equivalent to the EU as an economic bloc and free trade zone between fraternal socialist nations. Prussia maintains the second largest economy in COMECON after Yugoslavia.