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Gott mit uns
Das Lied der Deutschen
|-||Holy Roman Empire||2 February 962|
|-||German Confederation||8 June 1815|
|-||Unification||18 January 1871|
|-||EU Foundation||7 June 1946|
|-|| 540,857.54 km2 (49th)
208,826 sq mi
|-||2014 estimate||105,600,500 (12th)|
|Currency||German Mark (
Germany, officially the German Empire (German: Deutschland, Deutsches Kaiserreich), is a federal constitutional monarchy located in Europe. With an area of 540,858 sq km and a population of over 105 million citizens, it is one of the largest and most populous members of the European Union.
Various Germanic tribes have occupied northern Germany since classical antiquity. A region named Germania was documented before 100 CE. During the Migration Period the Germanic tribes expanded southward. Beginning in the 10th century, German territories formed a central part of the Holy Roman Empire. During the 16th century, northern German regions became the centre of the Protestant Reformation.
The rise of Pan-Germanism inside the German Confederation resulted in the unification of most of the German states in 1871 into the Prussian-dominated German Empire. After a victory in the Continental War, Germany entered an era of economic growth and prosperity until the Great Depression. The German industrial and military strength played a significant role in the Allies earning a decisive victory; ultimately leading to the formation of the German-led European Union and the beginning of the Cold War. With a nuclear arms race against the United States, Germany grew to have one of the largest nuclear arsenals in the world.