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The Free State of Bavaria (German: Freistaat Bayern, Austro-Bavarian: Freistoot Boarn) is the reconstituted successor to the former West German state of the same name. It was recently created from the merger of several survivor nations in the south-east of Bavaria. It is currently a self-governing protectorate of the Alpine Confederation.
One of the oldest states of Europe, it was established as a duchy in the sixth century. In the 17th century, the Duke of Bavaria became a Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire. When the Holy Roman Empire was dissolved in 1806, Bavaria became an independent kingdom. The Kingdom of Bavaria existed until Germany's defeat in the First World War in 1918, and Bavaria became a Free State (Republic).
By 1983, Bavaria was the largest state in West Germany in terms of area, and the second largest (after North Rhine-Westphalia) in population. It was one of the largest economies in Western Europe. Numerous corporations had its headquarters in Bavaria, including BMW, Siemens, Audi, PUMA AG, and Adidas AG.
Although it was spared the absolute devastation that fell on most of West Germany, Southeast Bavaria did not go through Doomsday unscathed. Besides the destruction of its largest city of Munich, several NATO air bases were also hit. The destruction effectively cut off the south-east of Bavaria from the rest of the country, and the survivors had to deal with the radioactive fallout as well as a tide of refugees mostly from Munich's outer suburbs. The agricultural base spared the survivors from complete starvation, at least for the first few years. However, as food stocks and other essential supplies began to dwindle, many of the provisional governments that were set up collapsed. Until well into the 1990s, much of the region was in various degrees of anarchy.
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In November of 1983, after the first wave of radiation deaths subsided, the surviving government officials gathered together remnants of the Bundeswehr (West German Army), Bayerische Polizei (Bavarian State Police), and GrePo (Border Police) to restore order and to conscript the remaining population into agricultural duties to prevent starvation. They were also given the grim responsibility of choosing who would receive the limited food and water supplies, and who would simply to be left to die. In many cases, people deemed unfit for work for taken outside the city and murdered. Although most considered the tactics harsh, even monstrous, most also agreed it was necessary for the community's survival.
By the year 1990, as deaths from the effects of Doomsday began to decrease and the population began to stabilize, thoughts were turning to exploring the world outside Landshut. In 1993, the Landshut government sent expeditions north and west of the city. The first significant group of survivors the expeditions found was in the town of Straubing. They found about 8,000 inhabitants in what the scouts had described as "appalling conditions". Upon seeing the armed expedition, the local thugs who ruled over Straubing instantly surrendered. Within a year, as the road between the two towns was secured, the towns of Landshut and Straubing were officially unified.
That Straubing was liberated without a single shot fired was a huge moral boost back in Landshut. More expeditions were planned, in the hopes that the rest of the region would be just as easily reclaimed.
Those hopes would soon be dashed.
The Regensburg War
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As of June 1, 2010, Freistaat Bayern controls most of pre-Doomsday southern Bavaria, specifically all of Upper and Lower Bavaria, as well as parts of Upper Palatinate. Along the northern, western, and eastern frontiers is a ten-km buffer zone patrolled by the Alpine Militia, to handle refugees and protect the interior from any remaining militants. The area around the destroyed city of Munich (25-km radius of the presumed DP) is off limits.
The Freistat currently is divided into several administrative districts (Regierungsbezirk).
North Upper Bavaria (Nord-Oberbayern) - capital at Ingolstadt
South Upper Bavaria (Süd-Oberbayern) - capital at Rosenheim
Lower Bavaria (Niederbayern) - capital at Straubing
Three Rivers (Drei-Flüsse) - capital at Passau
Upper Palatinate (Oberpfalz) - capital at Regensburg
The Freistaat is currently governed by a Provisional Council consisting of fifteen persons, twelve chosen by the delegates of the Rosenheim Convention, and three appointed by the Alpine Confederation Council. These members of the Council represents a region of the Freistaat. Its main responsibility is to resolve disputes between communities and to represent their communities to the outside world (specifically the Alpine Confederation). Any resolution made by the Free State members of the Council can be overruled by two of the three Confederation members.
The Freistaat Verfassung (Free State Constitution) is largely based on the original Bavarian Constitution, with a few modifications. One of those was the creation of a head of state, a Staathalter. On June 4, 2010, the Provisional Council unanimously elected Hans Ramph (pictured left), former mayor of Landshut and hero of the Regensburg War, as Acting Staathalter.
On June 7, 2010, Acting Staathalter Hans Ramph set Sunday, September 5, 2010 for elections for a permanent Staathalter and a legislature (Landtag).
On Sunday, September 5, 2010, elections were held for a Staathalter and Landtag. Hans Ramph was elected for the position of Staathalter with nearly 90% of the vote. In the Landtag, the CSU (Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern) won 28 of a possible 40 seats, with the SDP (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands) winning 10 seats, and the remaining two seats won by the Green Party (Die Grünen).
Gabriele Bauer, the former mayor of Rosenheim, was selected by the CSU to be Minister-President
Like most Post-Doomsday European societies, the economy is mainly devoted to agricultural production. Although some fuel is available for tractors and combines, most farms are still plowed by horses and other animals.
In 2008, the two nuclear power plants near Landshut, which were shut down on Doomsday, were restarted on a limited basis. With the restoration of electricity to Bavaria's largest communities, manufacturing is starting to rise. In particular, an old BMW plant in Regensburg was restored in 2009, and is currently being retooled to produce bio-diesel vehicles.
Bavaria's largest export, by far, is beer.
Bavaria has no formal standing army, only a volunteer millitia which assists the Alpine Militia in border security.
Association football (Fußball), or soccer, is by far the most popular team sport. In 2009, a semi-professional league, the Fußball-Bayernliga (FBL) was formed, with competition beginning in August 2011. The reformed clubs which make up the FBL are
- FC Passau
- SpVgg Landshut
- FC Ingolstadt
- TSV Straubing
- SSV Jahn Regensburg
- TSV 1860 Rosenheim
- TSV Ampfing
- SV Wacker Burghausen
Due to its proximity to the Alps, winter activities such as alpine skiing, cross country skiing, and ski jumping are performed.
The main newspapers in Bavaria are the Landshuter Zeitung, the Bayerwald Echo (Regensburg), and Passauer Neue Presse. All these newspapers are published on Wednsdays and Sundays.
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