|Official Language||Bavarian (referred to in linguistic circle as middle-austro-bavarian)|
At the time of the Republican Wars, Bavaria was ruled by a man they considered a schemer and a foreigner (the local reigning line of the Wistlebach had become extinguished less then a decade ago). This ruler, Charles Theodore of Zweibrucken (the elector palatine) only ruled with reluctance, more then happy to let Austria lay claim to part of the country in exchange for the Austrian Netherlands. He preferred to let the local government impose measures (narrow privileges and a stringent clericalism) that other European countries had abandoned in the middle-ages.
It will come as no surprise then that when the French army invaded, the Bavarian offered little if any resistance. Sensing that a compromise could be reached, the French generals agreed to an armistice and retention of Bavarian autonomy in exchange of a promise of aid against Austria and some war reparation.
Although influenced in some part by republicanism, the political system of Bavaria can be seen as a sort of compromise between the conservative and liberal elements of the country. The parliament is elected through universal suffrage while the senate's members are elected by various interest groups (Landowners and chief of enterprises).
One of the most famous events attended by tourists is the "Beerfest" celebrated every year around October.
An organisation often associated with Bavaria is the secretive fraternal Order of the Perfectibilists otherwise known as the Illuminati. Although often blamed (or praised) by some as a group responsible for revolutions and conspiracies in Europe, most see the society as little more then a group of men with pompous titles and funny hats.
Apart from the Bavarian majority, the other main ethnic groups are Franconians and Swabians.