Alte EidgenossenschaftTimeline: Principia Moderni IV (Map Game)
OTL equivalent: Old Swiss Confederacy
Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno
Swiss Confederacy in light purple
|Official languages||Swiss German, Romand, Romansh, Unified Swiss|
|Religion||Roman Catholic, Waldensian, Islam, Eastern Orthodoxy|
|Government||Confederation of cantons|
|-||Head of State||Tre Guppa|
|-||Pact of Brunnen signed||1315|
|-||United legislature established||1400|
The Swiss Confederacy is a confederal state in Europe consisting of eight autonomous cantons; Uri, Three Leagues, Schwyz, Unterwalden, Lucerne, Glarus, Berne, Zürich and Zug(with pending membership from Freiburg and Wallis). Each canton is largely self-governing, primarily through elected councils, the nine uniting primarily in foreign policy and to uphold shared freedoms, particularly in the face of Austrian aggression. Nominally members of the Holy Roman Empire, the Swiss largely reject its rule. As of 1400, under the Pact of Lucerne, the cantons also share a legislature, the Tagastzung, which allows can make decisions on areas of national interest, such as collective financial and trade policy.
In 1706, Swiss Explorers went to North Africa and the Middle East, bringing back various Islamic Sciences and the religion itself. The Academy of Islamic Mathematics and Art was opened up in Zurich by one of the explorers who had actually converted to Islam. They created a small commune known as Schveis Mekka or Swiss Mecca.
Unified Swiss Language
In 1706, Swiss Linguist and Nationalist Hans Zuremburg set about creating a unified Swiss language to be used in Swiss schools and to eventually replace the common languages used in the region. His work was funded by the Tagastzung legislature. He is set to finish it by 1710
In 1706, the Tagastzung decided to initiate a new education program where off-duty diplomats, soldiers, and merchants would teach children about regional politics, Swiss Democracy, and a variety of other subjects about the world. This was aimed at creating a new generation of crafty Swiss who have very good social skills. Universities made so far include: Radical Syndicalist University, Linguistic University, Islamic Culture University, Belkan Culture University, Burgundian Culture University, Islamic Engineering University, and European Engineering University.
Swiss Mercenary Corps
The Swiss mercenary corps are a large group of soldiers from the Swiss Confederacy and neighboring cantons that hire themselves out to different nations. They have no allegiance except they won't fight against Switzerland. There are approximately 5,000 men and women in them and they possess state of the art guns and machinery made at the finest engineering universities(see above). Some of them settle down in the areas that they fight in to form small Swiss communities. There is currently a community of 500 Swiss people living on the frontier of British Arcadia, most of whom are or were mercenaries. There is also a community of 1,000 in Aragon, a community of 20(mostly from Swiss Mecca) in Rashidun, and a community of 300 in the Belkan Empire. The others are either travelling all the time or in the service of mainland European armies.
The Syndicalist movement is one of the first counter-culture movements known, and was born originally in democratic Swiss universities. Its adherents quickly grew to a group of radical intellectuals, militant peasants, and the urban lower class. They possess a faction which focuses on purely philosophy in the cities and a larger, more militant faction in the frontiers. They have become a growing nuisance to traders and the states bordering the confederacy.