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The New German Empire (German: Neue Deutsches Reich) is a successor state of the Provisional Government of the Third Reich following the Yellowstone Eruption. It is situated in the northeast provinces of the former Third Reich. It also occupies the Danzig Corridor, formerly Polish territory. It has a population of around fifteen million residents. Its capital is Berlin, with other Major cities including Kiel and Hamburg.
The New German Empire is a constitutional monarchy: with the Kaiser as the head of the government, and the Reichstag, a legislative body whose members are elected by the citizens. There is a constitution in place, both outlining the government and setting restrictions on it.
Following the Eruption, The Provisional Government of the Third Reich was established after the death of Adolf Hitler. The Provisional Government was eventually forced out of the north of the country by mostly left-wing revolutionaries. They fled to the south to establish South Germany. In the months after their flee, government was virtually non-existent. Many communities were left to fend for themselves, and food shortages were often. Among these was the town of Potsdam, home of German Crown Prince Wilhelm. Upon hearing of the death of his father, former Kaiser Wilhelm II, in the famines that ravaged the Netherlands and the same situation in Germany, he decided to take action.
Wilhelm asked for the town to hold a meeting. At this meeting, he told his neighbors that he believed that he should do something to bring order to the land: re-establish the Kaiserreich. The peoples reaction was more welcoming than he anticipated, and he was only emboldened when an anonymous man yelled "Long live the Kaiser!", which turned into a chant every soul repeated. Potsdam, and neighboring towns, formed a militia of the men. Wilhelm, remembering his training of troops during the Great War, turned them into disciplined soldiers. The small army moved through the countryside, meeting greatly more supporters than opposition.
On October 5, 1941, Wilhelm and his troops marched into the city of Berlin, a mere shadow of its pre-revolution state. They made their way to the damaged Reichstag building. As Wilhelm looked at the structure holding a memento of the Kaisers former rule: the last Imperial German flag to fly on this building. He saw it only fit that it should do so again. He personally raised it to the cheers of hundreds. He quickly adopted the title of Kaiser Wilhelm III, and set about to kick starting the New German Empire.
Wilhelm appointed temporary legislators to the positions in the Reichstag, until elections could be held the following year. Immediately, a constitution was drafted. It was similar to that of the now reduced United States in that it both established the government, while restricting its power at the same time. Kaiser Wilhelm III and the Reichstag signed the document on October 29, 1941. With the ink barely dry, it was taken outside to the steps of the Reichstag building and read aloud. The Kaisers willingness to surrender the power of his predecessors earned him the trust of his citizens.
The Empire continued expanding for the next few years. When Imperial troops entered Wismar in early 1943, they found the neglected battleship Admiral Scheer. It would become the first ship of the new Kaiserliche Marine, the Imperial Navy. Kiel came under Empire control in 1944, and with it the canal crossing the Jutland Peninsula. With ports under their flag, the German Empire begins to start up their merchant fleet. East Prussia, isolated for years, blocked off the Empires advance west. Seeing it not worth their time, the Imperials moved on.
On July 18, 1946 the entire nation stopped. It was the ten year anniversary of the Yellowstone Eruption. Wilhelm, members of the Reichstag, and other prominent figures spoke about the event, and how hard they've worked to come this far, and plans for the future. It was decided that it was time to secure their new borders, especially to the south, where the surviving Nazi Government has found a home.
The New German Empire Today
In modern times, the New German Empire remains a successful nation, as successful as it could be in a post-Yellowstone time. In 2005, the population elected their first female chancellor, Angela Merkel. Her first visitor as so is Kaiser [V], who welcomes her to the office. The Kaiserreich operates one of the largest merchant fleets in the world. A vast system of highways (Autobahns) connect all corners of the Empire. Most of the damage to the cities caused by the Yellowstone Eruption and the resulting riots and rebellions has been repaired. A monument to Wilhelm III depicting his raising of the Imperial flag on the Reichstag stands outside said building. The German Constitution has been amended several times over the years. Some amendments include women suffrage and civil rights.
The German Government is lead by the Kaiser, who serves in that position until his death, retirement or he is unable to carry out his duty. Below him is the Chancellor, elected by the population to four year terms. There is currently no limit as to the number of terms a chancellor can carry out, but most step down after two or three. The members of the Reichstag are elected by the population which they represent, and each one is up for reelection every two years.
The military of the New German Empire consists of a Navy, Army, and Air Force. Following the Yellowstone Eruption, Nazi Germany halted its remilitarization, leaving many projects incomplete. After the rise of the New Empire, though, these were looked at to see if they can still be completed. Many of the former workers on them did the inspection, and concluded that most of them can continue. Among these are battleships Bismark, Tirpiz and aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin.
Surviving Kriegsmarine ships were rechristened with the "SMS" prefix. The Army made do with trucks and Panzer II tanks found in old warehouses. The Air Force was the worst off, only a handful of planes remained flyable, and none were the new Bf 109 prototypes, and most of the pilots left with the Nazi Government for the south.
The military would go through rearming for the next seven years. By 1949, all branches had some ability to combat enemies.
In 1951, Wilhelm III died, he was succeeded by his son, Louis Ferdinand, now Kaiser Ferdinand I. Sensing a moment of weakness, South Germany attacked. Imperial forces were initially driven back but eventually forced a stalemate, and in the ensuing peace treaty, no territorial concessions were made. But the 1951 German Civil War would not be the last.
The Empire does not have a main focus on foreign policy, instead concentrating on domestic issues. An exception is South Germany. The two nations have had several conflicts over the last half of the twentieth century, many of them have been over the land of the Republic of Saxony, which has a border with both nations. This results in that neither recognize the sovereignty of it. The Empire has a small border with the Republic Of Normandy, which it has good relations with.
In the 1950s, when the NGE began to invest in their sea fleets, it was discovered that the ice caps had advanced south, and stretched from Scotland to Norway. And the lowered sea levels had closed the English Channel, effectively creating an enclosed sea. Faced with this, ideas were drawn. Kaiser Wilhelm III chose the one that he liked the most: build a canal across the new British Peninsula. Diplomats were sent to the Republic of Normandy and the southern British states, all parties agreed to allow the construction as long as it is done by civilian workers. From 1954-56, the sound of exploding dynamite echoed through the land as construction progressed. On September 6, 1956, they broke through the Atlantic side. It would take another six months before the canal would be operational. The flagship of the High Seas Fleet, SMS Admiral Scheer, would be the first to traverse it. The Scheer then traveled across the Atlantic to the Americas to find out what happened to the outside world.