Pomerania was a duchy in the NE of the HRE. Originally (if sparely) settled by Slavic people, German settlers went there and gradually took over. Since 1240, this would happen even faster than in OTL. In 1260, the western half of Farther Pomerania (east of Oder river) was germanized, and in 1270, the whole country was.
While the duchy was originally under the influence of nearby, earlier settled Brandenburg, the uprising of anti-king Waldemar of Brandenburg and his latter defeat against Ottokar II in 1328 made Brandenburg lose it again.
1499-1559, Pomerania was split between the lines of Stettin and Wolgast. During the Twenty-Year War, Pomerania acquired Cammin.
1545, burgrave Johann II von Hohenzollern of Ansbach and Bayreuth defeated the Gottesfreistaat Würzburg, annexed it, thus forming the duchy of Franconia. For this deed, emperor Karl VI promised him to support his claims for Pomerania too. In 1562, the Greifen dynasty died out, and Pomerania was inherited by the Hohenzollern.
1640, Franconia-Pomerania joined the Baltic League under King Erik XVII of Sweden, Northern Norway and Mecklenburg together with Prussia and Brandenburg-Silesia against Polish or Russian threats. When in 1681 Johann IX of Hohenzollern died without heirs, the other member states would govern his country in his place, until new found heir Friedrich IX started his reign in 1694. In the same year, Franconia-Pomerania became a new electorate instead of Saxony-Wittenberg-Lauenburg, which was united with Brandenburg-Silesia.
The reign of his grandson Johann Friedrich since 1739 proved bad for Franconia-Pomerania. Under his reign, lots of money was wasted for building palaces and cathedrals. He even tried to sell Farther Pomerania to Sweden or Prussia, which only didn't happen because noone wanted to buy it.
1766/67, Pomerania sent troops to fight in the short Southern German War, without success. Their participation in the French Republican Wars wasn't great either. In the Peace of Basel 1784, Sweden-Norway had to cede Mecklenburg to the duke of Pomerania, as an exchange for Franconia lost to the republicans. Duke Friedrich Johann relocated his court to Stettin. In the next years, he'd try to expand his country by interfering in the Prussian Civil War since 1786; but in 1793, he lost his country in the Peace of Frankfurt, which became the Rugian Republic. But the new state's end came with the German Uprising against France in 1818, after which it became a part of united Germany.
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