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Alte Eidgenossenschaft
Timeline: Principia Moderni IV (Map Game)
OTL equivalent: Old Swiss Confederacy
. 1315 - Present
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Motto: 
Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno
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Swiss Confederacy in light purple
CapitalVariable
Official languages Swiss German, Romand, Romansh, Unified Swiss
Ethnic groups  Swiss
Demonym Swiss
Religion Roman Catholic, Waldensian, Islam, Eastern Orthodoxy
Government Confederation of cantons
 -  Head of State Tre Guppa
Establishment
 -  Pact of Brunnen signed 1315 
 -  United legislature established 1400 

The Swiss Confederacy is a confederal state in Europe consisting of ten autonomous cantons; Uri, Grisons, Schwyz, Unterwalden, Lucerne, Glarus, Berne, Zürich, Zug, Fribourg and Valais. Each canton is largely self-governing, primarily through elected councils, the ten 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.

History

Establishment

Islamic Influences

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.

Policies

Nation Building

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

University Building

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.

Syndicalist Movement

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.

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