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Holy Roman Empire
Sacrum Romanum Imperium
Heiliges Römisches Reich
Sacro Romano Impero
Saint-Empire Romain

Timeline: Novum Aetatum (Map Game)
Banner of the Holy Roman Emperor with haloes (1400-1806) ConfederationCoA
Flag Coat of Arms
Capital Carolin
Largest city Vienna
Other cities Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin, Stettin, Frankfurt, Nuremburg, Prague, Munich, Cologne, Metz, Dijon, Paris, Stuttgart, Caen, Bern, Milan, Genoa, Florence
Latin, German, Italian, and French
  others Danish, Pomeranian, Dutch, Burgundian, Hungarian, Bohemian
  others Judaism, Islam
Demonym Holy Roman, Imperial
Government Federal Elective Monarchy
  legislature Imperial Senate
Emperor Otto V
  Royal house: Hohenstaufen
Established 962
Currency Imperial Mark or Denarii

The Holy Roman Empire is the largest sovereign state in Europe, and the self-proclaimed successor to the Roman Empire. It is the strongest military power of Europe, and has one of the largest economies.


Since the Start of the Game

At the beginning of the 14th Century the empire was facing something of a crisis. There was no current emperor, and the political situation of Europe, and even the empire, was in turmoil.

By the end of the year, though, a dark horse candidate, Otto Hohenstaufen, came to the attention of the electors. Using his family history and nobility he secured the Imperial Throne.

Over the next four years, Otto V set about to unify the Empire into something much more stronger than the confederation that preceded it. First he occupied the Duchy of Burgundy under the pretense of preventing a French invasion. He further organized the empire by having all states sign the Unification Treaty, which centralized more power in the federal government's hands without jeopardizing that of the states'. Although the Treaty of Zaragoza somewhat weakened Imperial Authority over Italy, the empire was stronger than it was a decade ago.

The collapse of France offered the potential of territorial expansion for the Empire. Under Otto V, the Imperial Army invaded the French successor states. Much land was gained, and the empire was at its height of territorial expansion. A peasant uprising in Holstein was put down, and relations with many other states in Europe were established, leading to new allies.



The absolute authority and head of state is the Emperor, who is elected for life by a council of leaders of the states of the Empire. The only thing the Emperor cannot do is dissolve parliament or suspend the Imperial Constitution.


The states make up the vast majority of the nation, with Imperial lands only comprising a small amount of the country. Each state has the right to its own militia, laws, government, and representation in the federal government.

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