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Deutsche Freistaten Bund

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The Deutsche Freistaten Bund
(German Free-state Federation)

Unification
Prussia used to be under Swedish law, back when Sweden was a Baltic superpower. With help of the Swedes, Prussia gained the upper hand in the Internal Wars, unifying all German states. The resulting large, but loosely tied kingdoms and duchies were found to be too large an entity for the Swedes the rule at that time, so the Prussian Empire came to be. However, Sweden remained the owner of the Baltic coast.

Growth
Under the inspired leadership of Kaiser Wilhelm, the Prussian Empire grew to be a strong nation, both economically and militaristic. So much, in fact, that the citizens of all the connected kingdoms and duchies became more and more proud of the Preußische Reich. In that light, it is understandable that the lack of a coast, for such a large and proud nation, was a sore pain in the royal behind.

Pride
With the Prussian Emperor becoming more and more self-assured, he knew himself backed by the people when on 12th May, 1906, he started the first of many rounds of negotiations with the Swedes with regards to handing over the German Baltic Coast under peaceful terms.

The Swedes were, of course, stubborn. They wanted to keep their stranglehold on the Baltic as much as any authoritarian state would, especially since the Prussian empire was still viewed as a former colony by some high-ranking ministers in the Swedish administration. At one time, the Kaiser was even outright refused to come and visit the Swedish foreign affairs ministry. This only cemented the Kaiser's resolve.

Arrogance
To increase his influence, the Kaiser locked himself into a number of arrangements and alliances. His political power was real, tangible, and his name was heard in many houses of parliament all around Europe, spoken with fear. And then, some Austro-Hungarian Prince got shot.

Consequence
Since the Great War developed on more than one front, the armed forces were spread out. While swift maneuvers and tactical insight gave victory after victory on the eastern front, the western front got stuck and all belligerents dug their own graves in the shape of bunkers, trenches and underground tunnel networks.

As soon as the Russian revolution took place, all German forces could be thrown into the meat grinder that was the western front, but it wasn't enough. The war of attrition left the Preußian Empire bankrupt, robbed of its workforce, and trapped in the treaty of Versailles.

Result
The only tangible victory that lasted beyond 1918 was the annexing of the so badly needed coastline from the Swedes. However, the entire eastern side of the Preußian Empire was ceded to Poland, as well as all ground gained in France and Belgium. On top of that, Germany was basically no longer allowed to have a strong army or navy.

On top of that, the Kaiser was exiled from Germany and under the guidance of the winning countries, a new government came into existence. This government has seen some restructuring, like the herorganisierung of 1932.

Arise
However, the resilience of the nation proved to be greater than previously thought. Within the boundaries of the much-hated treaty, the DFB inched closer to the limit of what was seen as acceptable to the victors of 1918 with regards to their military power. However, the foreign policy has been that of stability and isolationism. Recently, with the newly elected Bundeskanzler Alfred Hüber, the DFB is stepping more and more into the international spotlight.


Structure of the DNB Government
The DFB is divided internally into 12 Freistaaten (Free states). After the 1932 Herorganisierung, these are Baden, Bayern, Brandenburg, Hessen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Nassau, Pommern, Sachsen, Schlesien, Schleswig Holstein, Westfalen and Württemberg.

Each Freistaat is governed by a Staatskongress (State Congress) headed by a Staatskanzler (State Chancellor). The Staatskongress is democratically chosen, the Staatskanzler is the leader of the largest party in the Staatskongress. This congress only deals with regional affairs.

The Freistaten all have a handful of representatives who have a seat in the Bundestag. This seat of the federal government deals with all the issues that transcend the Freistaat's borders. It is headed by the Bundeskanzler, who is assisted by 7 ministers of his picking, who are leading the 7 ministries.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Internal Affairs
Ministry of Agriculture and Industry
Ministry of Defense
Ministry of Education and Culture
Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Economy and Finance

In 1935, the Bundeskanzler was provided by Westfalen: Alfred Hüber is of the nationally active, patriotic right-wing party Neu Preußen, as it has 54% of the Bundestag. Their politics revolve around raising DFB up to its former glory. Other major parties include:
Anti-Revolutionistischer Partei (29%) - A center party that seeks stability and peace
Rot-Weiß-Schwarz Front (16%) - Patriotic, but isolationistic
Nationale Arbeiters Partei (7%) - Left-centre party, aiming for more welfare at the cost of the army
Kommunisten für Deutschland (2%) - The communists, who want to transform the DFB into a Socialist welfare state


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