In 1918, the Austro-Hungarian Empire surrenders after the brutal First World War and the last great Habsburg Empire falls. The empire is split into many different countries and the Emperor, Charles I and IV abdicates and is exiled to Spain. The fall of the Empire helped change the course of world history. What if this great empire never fell to the ashes in 1918.
Charles saves the Empire
Emperor Charles I and IV was the last ruler of the Habsburg Empire but did not officially abdicate until 1919. In 1917, Charles secretly entered into peace negotiations with France. He employed his brother-in-law,Prince Sixtus of Bourbon-Parma, an officer in the Belgian Army, as intermediary. In this timeline, the Emperor succeeds but in order for the empire to live, Charles follows forward on the plans of his uncle to federalize the empire and give autonomy to the peoples of Austria-Hungary. Otto succeeds his father in 1922 and reigns until his death in 2011 (his son acting as regent). Otto would be know as Otto the Great for his service to the Empire.