Friedrich Wilhelm II (1840-1861)
Wilhelm I (1861-1871)
to German Empire
The Confederation of the Rhine was an confederation in almost the whole area of the OTL German Empire. It major nation was the Prussian Kingdom, who created the German Empire, uniting all the nations. The Confederation was created by Napoleon, after he gain the support of all the German estates. The Confederation adopted several symbols of the old Holy Roman Empire, like the coat of arms, but since the Prussians joined the confederation and helped the French, Napoleon gave the Prussian king the title of Kaiser of the Confederation, since the new Kaiser of Austria was forced to abdicate of the title, by the Doge orders.