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Deutsches Reich
German Reich
Flag of the German Empire.svg
1932–1989 Flag of Germany.svg
Flag of German Reich (1933–1935).svg Random german coat of arms by tiltschmaster-d6pmcmx.png
Flag Coat of arms
Motto
Gott mit uns
"God is with us"
Anthem
Das Lied der Deutschen (Official)
Heil dir im Siegerkranz (imperial)
Capital Berlin
Official language German
Religion Protestant, Catholic
Government Single-party totalitarian dictatorship under constitutional monarchy
Emperor
 - 1888-1941 Wilhelm II (first)
 - 1951-1989 Louis Ferdinand (last)
Chancellor
 - 1932-1951 Alfred Hugenberg (first)
 - 1985-1990 Heinrich Hitler (last)
History
 - Established 1932
 - Disestablished 1989
The German Reich was the official name of the Conservative and Authoritarian regime that took power in liberal Germany in 1932 after the German National People's Party took power of the country and reshaped the democratic (albeit chaotic) parliamentary system into a totalitarian regime modeled by Mussolini's Italian Social Republic.

After the German National People's Party won the 1932 federal election, it began to eliminate political opposition and consolidate power. When the Kaiser: Wilhelm II, died on June 4, 1938, the military powers of the Monarchy were merged with the Office of the Chancellor, giving Alfred Hugenberg total dictatorial power. From then on until Hugenberg's death, all power was centralized in his hands, and his word was above law. As the Great Depression wracked the world's economies, the DNVP returned economic stability and ended mass unemployment with use of massive military spending and a mixed economy.

The DNVP, though taking many aspects of Italian Fascism, did not proclaim Germany as Fascist, but rather Nationalist and Conservative. Racism and antisemitism, though not a central feature of the regime, and the treatment of Jews and other minorities was one of the reasons for the souring of relations between Germany and Italy, culminating in the Mussolini-Hugenberg split of 1948. However, the German Reich did do many things akin to Mussolini's Italy, such as the imprisonment, murder or forced exile of liberal, socialist and communist elements within the country. The Christian Church was also oppressed, with many of their leaders in Germany killed, putting a further strain on the relationship between the Germans and their fiercely Catholic Italian allies.

Military

The unified armed forces of Germany from 1933 to the regime's downfall was the Deutsches Volksarmee (German People's Army). This included the Landstreitkräfte (Land Forces), Kriegsmarine (Navy), and Luftwaffe (Air Force).

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