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The Federal Republic of East Prussia (German: Bundesrepublik Östpreußen) is a small European state. The country was nominally independent after the fall of Prussia in the Imperial Wars due to the tacit support of Prussia for Napoleon, but was not fully recognized as an independent republic with complete autonomy until 1944. The primary language of East Prussia is German, although many Polish speakers live within its borders, and the Lithuanian minority is strong in the east. The capital is Königsberg, where the President of East Prussia, the Chancellor and the Federal Bundestag, the federal parliament, meet.
History of East Prussia
After Napoleon absorbed Old Prussia into the Confederacy of the Rhine as per the Treaty of Danzig and his crowning himself the Duke of Germany, the eastern portion of Prussia broke off from its western, now conquered neighbor. General Wilhelm von Wiedsmark led a daring army known as the "Daring Souls" on a brief campaign in eastern Prussia, defeating a small French-Russian force at Oblen before laying siege to Konisgberg. Coming off the defeat at Dreisen and their new inclusion as a member-state of the French Empire, the demoralized Prussian army began to move towards Königsberg.
The British attempted a landing at Danzig to assist the Prussian resistance, but Napoleon and an army of Danes swiftly defeating the British army in Prussia, paving the way for Denmark's invasion of southern Sweden. Ostpreussen was, for now, on its own.
Napoleon realized that he needed to return his attention towards the encroaching British presence in Italy and continue his Purge of Russia, so he brokered a peace agreement with Wiedsmark and allowed Königsberg to stand alone as an independent city-state. Over time, the East Prussian army moved into large swaths of land in Poland and Lithuania, reclaiming a narrow strip of territory along the Baltic coast.
Napoleon would never turn his attention towards East Prussia again, and the Wiedsmark family ruled their fledgling fief - which was poor, denied aid by Napoleon and barely recognized by the outside world - for the next fifty years. In 1865, Rudolf von Wiedsmark abdicated his title as Steward of Königsberg, and a bloody civil war followed. The infighting in Prussia finally led to the formation of a republic, one operating within the French Empire, which had by this point reoccupied East Prussia, even to the point where the Grand Army operated a major base out of central Königsberg.
The German Republic of East Prussia and the Re-absorption
The first republic formed in East Prussia recognized the Grand Army as its military force but maintained that its government practices were sovereign. Emperor Philippe was unsure how exactly to deal with Ostpreussen, but his stance was to ignore the Congress of Königsberg and run the territory as if it was part of the jurisdiction of the Empire. The Imperial governor and the President of Ostpreussen, Friedrich Siegler, often worked together since the people of Königsberg believed that Ostpreussen was a sovereign power.
This strange dual-government and semi-sovereignty lasted all the way until 1902, when Emperor Louis II finally decreed that Ostpreussen was part of the Empire and that the Congress of Königsberg was to be disbanded. With no army to speak of and in a weak economy, the Prussians acquiesced and on June 30th, 1902, President Rutger von Spieter delivered the final address to the Congress, officially absolving it into the French Empire.
Special Member-State Status and Role in French Civil War
1944 Accords and Independence
Due to the support of the Prussian people for Sebastien and the European Alliance, seen especially in the Prussian Volunteers Corps that had fought so valiantly at Dresden and against Rommel, the nation was granted independence following the Fall of Paris and the total autonomy of Prussia was guaranteed by Sebastien on January 1, 1944. However, the country remained heavily damaged, especially its war-torn capital at Königsberg.