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Rhineland-Palatinate
Rheinland-Pfalz
— State of Germany
Timeline: Scotland says "Yes"

OTL equivalent: Rhineland-Palatinate, German-Speaking Community of Belgium
Flag of Rhineland-Palatinate Coat of arms of Rhineland-Palatinate
Flag Coat of Arms
Capital
(and largest city)
Mainz
Minister-President Malu Dreyer (SPD)
Governing parties SPD / Free Democratic Party (Germany) / Greens
Votes in Bundesrat 4 (of 69)
Area 20707.36 km²
Population 4070456 
Rhineland-Palatinate (German: Rheinland-Pfalz) is one of the 16 states of the Federal Republic of Germany. It has an area of 19,846 square kilometres (7,663 sq mi) and about four million inhabitants. Its state capital is Mainz. Rhineland-Palatinate is located in western Germany and borders Luxembourg and France, and the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, Baden-Württemberg and Saarland. It recently expanded to include the Districts of Eupen and Eifel, previously part of the German-Speaking Community of Belgium, before the Partition of Belgium.

History

Rhineland-Palatine was established as a State on 30th August 1946, from the northern part of the French Occupation Zone, wuth the state constitution confirmed by referendum on the 18th May 1947.

Geography

Located in western Germany, the Rhineland-Palatine borders (north, clockwise) the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Baden-Württemberg. It shares an international border with France, followed by the German Saarland , and international borders with Luxembourg and again with the French Province of Wallonia.

The largest river in the state, and partial namesake, is the Rhine, which forms the border with Baden-Württemberg and Hesse in the southeast. The Rhine Valley is bounded by mountain chains.

Administration

Rhineland-Palatine is divded into 38 districts (25 rural and 13 urban). There were previously 36 (24 rural and 12 urbal) until the Partition of Belgium, when Eupen and Eifel became the 37th and 38th districts.



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