The Greater German Confederation is a nation in Europe, consisting of a 'federation' of sixteen German-speaking states, including Austria, Bavaria, Bohemia and the largest, Prussia. The Confederation was formed in 1953 after the collapse of the German monarchy - a brief period of separation was followed by the signing of the Confederation of Bremen, which federated the former states of the German empire into a republic with a strong federal government but considerable autonomy within each member state.
Germany is a federation. Each of the sixteen states has its own government - all these governments are now democratic 'republics'; however, the state of Prussia continued to have a King as its Head of State until 1986. The President of the Confederation is the country's head of state, elected by the parliament, known as the Bundestag. The Chancellor is the head of government. Germany is a vibrant democracy, and is a leading power in European affairs as one of the few republics on the European continent.