Confederation of the Rhine
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OTL equivalent: Germany, Southern Madagascar, Ninety Miles Beach, Lesser Antilles
Alleged flag of the Rhine Confederation 1806-13 COA NAV Confederation of the Rhine
Flag Coat of Arms
Location Confederation of the Rhine
Location of the Confederation of the Rhine

Einigkeit macht stark (German)
("Unity makes strength")

Anthem "Hymn of the German People"
(and largest city)
  others French
Demonym German, Rhinish
Government Monarchical Confederation
  legislature Diet of the Confederation of the Rhine
Protector Napoleon VII
  Royal house: Bonaparte
Prince-Primate Albrecht, King of Wurttemberg
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Population 80 million [1] (European states)
Established 1806
Currency Rheinmark
Internet TLD .cor
Organizations FN

The Confederation of the Rhine, commonly referred to as Germany, is a country in central Europe. It is bordered to the East, West, and North by the French Empire, and to the South by Switzerland. it has numerous territories around the world, including Madagascar, the German Antilles, the Maldives and Dampieria in Western Australia. The country is a confederation of 37 largely self-governing monarchies, but each sends representatives to the Confederal Diet in Frankfurt.


The Confederation was created in 1806 by Napoleon I out of the defeated and outdated Holy Roman Empire. The new state was a significant help to Napoleon, supplying him with troops and supplies throughout all his campaigns. Although originally a French puppet, the Confederation was, for all intents and purposes, independent by the reign of Napoleon II.

The confederation embarked on a small campaign of colonialisation throughout the remainder of the 19th century. The German Antilles were established through a combination of gifts from France, purchases from France, and some actual colonisation. Bases were established on the Maldives in the 1840s, and a bit of gunboat diplomacy resulted in a protectorae over the sultanate in 1849. Prince Luitpold von Wittelsbach established a primarily Bavarian settlement in North-Western Australia, establishing the himself as Duke of the "Duchy of Dampieria", which became a protectorate the following year. Gradually elbowing into the Indian Ocean trade, still dominated by the British in India, the rotectorates were both a source of national wealth and national pride for the Confederation. Economic expansion into Madagascar began in the late 1860s, and after a three-year conflict, the Malagasy Kingdom accepted German protectorate status in 1875.

The twentieth century was one of good fortunes for the Confederation. Spared from most of the fighting of the Asia-pacific War, as well as most of the economic woes of its neighbour, the Confederation flourished. The protectorates were granted full member-state status after the end of the war. With the turn of the century, the Confederation is a world leader in renewable energy technologies, as well as a very strong economic power.


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The Confederation of the Rhine has quite a unique system of government. It has two heads of state, and a tricameral legislature. Each of the constituent monarchies also have their own monarchs and parliaments.

Constituent States

The thirty-two states of the Confederation are divided into two "colleges": the College of Kings and the College of Princes. The former is made up of the largest, most powerful states, whilst the latter comprises small principalities and duchies.

College of Kings

Country Capital Monarch
Flagge Großherzogtum Baden (1891-1918)Grand Duchy of Baden Karlsruhe Grand Duke Maximillian II
Flag of Bavaria (striped) Kingdom of Bavaria Munich King Franz
Flag of Poland (1807–1815)Grand Duchy of Berg Dusseldorf Grand Duke Louis III
Flag of Frankfurt am MainGrand Duchy of Frankfurt Frankfurt Grand Duke Richard
Flagge Großherzogtum Hessen ohne WappenGrand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt Darmstadt Grand Duke Heinrich
Flag of MadagascarKingdom of Madagaskar Antananarivo Queen Ranalavona IV
Flag of SaxonyKingdom of Saxony Dresden King Alexander
Flag of the Kingdom of WestphaliaKingdom of Westphalia Kassel King Napoleon VII/III
Flagge Königreich WürttembergKingdom of Wurrtemberg Stuttgart King Albrecht
Flag of the Grandduchy of Wurzburg Duchy of Wurzburg Wurzburg Grand Duke Sigmund

College of Princes

Country Capital Monarch
Flagge Herzogtum AnhaltDuchy of Anhalt Dessau Duke Julius

NAV Flag of DampierienDuchy of Dampieria

Luitpoldshaven Duke Otto II
Flag of Hohenzollern (The Kalmar Union).svgPrincipality of Hohenzollern-Hechingen Hechingen Prince Karl Friederich
Flag of Hohenzollern (The Kalmar Union).svgPrncipality of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen Sigmaringen Princess Adelheid
Flag of UkrainePrincipality of Isenburg-Birstein Isenburg Prince Konrad
Flag of the Principality of Leyen (1806-1813)Principality of Leyen Hohensgeroldseck Prince Wilhelm II
Flag of Liechtenstein (1852-1921)Principality of Liechtenstein Vaduz Prince Hans-Adam
Flag of Lippe (1815-1880)Principality of Lippe-Detmold Detmold Friederich Wilhelm
Flag of MaldivesSultanate of the Maldives Male Sultan Muhammed Shamsuddeen IV
Flagge Großherzogtümer MecklenburgDuchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin Schwerin Duke Karl-Leopold II
800px-Flag of Mecklenburg 1992 proposalDuchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz Strelitz Duke Borwin
Flagge Herzogtum Nassau (1806-1866)Duchy of Nassau Wiesbaden Duke Friederich Karl
30pxPrincipality of Reuss Gera Prince Heinrich XIII
Flag of the Sultanate of ZanzibarSultanate of Sansibar Sansibar Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah
Flagge Herzogtum Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha (1911-1920)Duchy of Saxe-Coburg Coburg Duke Andreas
AustriaFlagDuchy of Saxe-Gotha Gotha Duke Karl
Flag of the Emirate of HeratDuchy of Saxe-Hildeburghausen Hildeburghausen Duchess Sieglinde
600px-Saxe- MeiningenDuchy of Saxe-Meinigen Meinigen Duke Konrad
SaxonyWeimarEisenachDuchy of Saxe-Weimar Weimar Duke Wolfram
Flagge Fürstentum Schaumburg-LippePrincipality of Schaumburg-Lippe Buckelburg Prince Alexander
Flagge Fürstentümer SchwarzburgPrincipality of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt Rudolstadt Princess Maria II
NAV Flag of Schwarzburg-RudolstadtPrincipality of Schwarzburg-Sonderhausen Sonderhausen Prince Rudolf
Flag of Waldeck before 1830Principality of Waldeck Waldeck Prince Wittekind


Territory Capital Governor
POL Szczecin flagConfederal Territory of Stettin Stettin Governor Peter Krystein
Netherlands antillesGerman Antilles Chaguanas Governor Antonius Glucksburg

Confederational Politics

The de jure head of state of the Confederation of the Rhine is, in fact, the French Emperor, Napoleon VII, who is simultaneously the Protector of the Confederation. Although the position is a remnant from the days of total French domination, with little actual power, the Protector has been useful in the nation's history. For example, then Protector Napoleon VI successfully stopped a national crisis after the assassination of the Prince-Primate in 1964.[2]

The de facto head of state, however, is the Prince-Primate. He is a monarch of a constituent state who is elected by the people of the Confederation. He serves a ten year term, and has executive control over the military of the Confederation. He is the president of the College of Kings.

The monarchs of the states of the Confederation each have a seat in either the College of Kings or the College of Princes. These are the higher two of the three houses of the Diet, and the equivalent of the old House of Lords in England. Bills must pass in at least one of these colleges to become laws.

The Head of Government of the Confederation is the Chancellor. They are the leader of the party in majority in the lowest house; the College of the People. Members of the College are elected by all citizens aged 18 and above. Elections are generally held every four years. The People's College has the right to introduce bills, and any bill introduced by one of the noble colleges must pass in the People's College to become Confederational Law.

State Politics

Each of the member-states of the Confederation have their own governments. Whilst the government of the Confederation is in control of healthcare, finance, main roads, the judicial system and welfare, the rest is left to the states. For instance: amenities, basic services, policing, and state militaries.

A typical state government consists of the monarch, and a small elected assembly. The monarch has the final say on bills before they come into law. State elections are generally held every three years.

Location Confederation of the Rhine and Colonies

The Confederation's colonies

Overseas Territories

Despite the majority of the population residing in Germany, the Confederation does possess states and one territory overseas, as a result of their former colonial empire. These are:

  • The German Antilles
  • Kingdom of Madagaskar
  • Sultanate of Sansibar
  • Sultanate of the Maldives
  • Duchy of Dampieria

The latter four are full member-states, however due to the distance between them and European Germany, they do tend to exercise greater autonomy. Madagaskar, Sansibar and the Maldives were pre-existing monarchies which the Confederation made colonial protectorates of in the mid-to-late Nineteenth century. Dampieria was established as a settler-duchy in 1856 when Luitpold von Wittelsbach and two hundred Bavarian settlers arrived there in 1856.  

The Antilles, never having had a native monarchy, are still administered the same way as a colony; with a Frankfurt-appointed Governor. The territory exercises extensive internal autonomy however. 

Military and Foreign Affairs

Foreign relations of the Confederation centre on a strong military, political and historical link to France, and it is a member of the French Bloc. It is also a close ally of the Duchy of Warsaw

The Confederation does not possess a centralised army. Instead, all of the constituent states maintain their own armies. These range in size from the large and well-equipped Bavarian and Malagasy armies to the insignificant Army of Liechtenstein, which contributes fifty men. During times of war, the Confederal General Staff takes overall control of the land forces. Member-states are technically permitted to engage in independent military actions without the rest of the confederation, but this almost never occurs.

The Confederal Navy is a middling force that is operated by the central government. Its primary task is defending the Confederation and the sea-lanes to the more far-flung territories.  


  1. Encyclopédie française, Confederation de Rhin Montpellier & Co, Paris
  2. Schmidt, F.die Dunklere Tage; ReihenfolgekriseGotha Press, Gotha