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CreationInitially dreamt of by Wilhelm I, then King of Prussia, during the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, the war then gave him the power afterwards to truly fight for it. Following Austria's loss of the war, Prussia replaced the German Confederation with its own North German Confederation in 1866, he was in a position to create a single German nation. However, when the War of Nations resulted in the creation of the German Empire in 1871, Wilhelm's idea for the title, "Emperor of Germany" was argued against by Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck said that choosing such a title would anger Austria, which was heavily German in its administration, and proposed the title "German Emperor" instead. The two entered into a political stand-off, but ultimately, Bismarck won, and Wilhelm I, King of Prussia, became Wilhelm I, German Emperor. emperor
With the establishment of the Empire, the Emperor was made not the single real nobleman of his country, but instead the president of the federated monarchs of the empire, establishing the Empire as a unique state. Multiple other sub-rulers and dukes, such as those in Bavaria and Saxony, continued to rule in Germany, but the Emperor held absolute control of the monarchies, and the Chancellor enforced both of theirs' iron wills. Although the Empire itself has been shifting in its global role since the Empire's founding in 1871, the seat of Emperor has remained powerful, and supreme among the Empire.