The County of Wildeshausen, Wildeshausen, is a small constitutional monarchy on the northern edge of the Holy Roman Empire. It is bordered by Denmark and Münster-Westphalia. The capital is Wildeshausen and the population is around 81,000.
The Head of State is Count Karl II.
The official language is German.
It uses the Danish Krona (DDK).
Spending much of its early history being passed back and forth between Oldenburg, Bremen and Münster, Wildeshausen was handed to the younger cousin of Catherine of Oldenburg, Sophia of Delmenhorst, during the course of the Fifty Years War, largely to avoid any possible arguments over Denmark's annexation of Oldenberg. Mostly kept out of much of the wider conflict thanks to an agreement to supply horses to both Kalmar and Luxembourg, Sophia turned it into a model feudal state. Her marriage to the illegitimate son of John VI of Gothenland, Christian of Eksjö, in 1644 however brought it firmly into the Kalmar sphere.It would be severely disrupted by the Catholic revolt sponsored by Wessex in 1685 and it fell into decline.
In debt and with his personal estates in Gothenland more lucrative, Count Christian II sold the entire county and its title to a local noble family, the Hoyerswegers, in 1760. The Hoyerswegers had long been in service to the Danish crown, serving as commanders during the Danish Civil War and even serving in Leifia during the Mexic-Kalmar War (1743-1752).
The new Count, Jakob I, did not rely totally on the Kalmar connections and upon buying their new title they sought imperial recognition too. This has largely kept the county from simply being subsumed into Denmark. It remains probably the most vociferously pro-Danish voice in the Imperial Diet however. Still mostly agricultural it has attracted many wealthy Danes and Westphalians due to its low-tax regime and laisse-faire laws.
A constitutional monarchy, elections for Wildeshausen's small single chambered Diet are held every four years. The counts still retain a small degree of executive power.
The current Head of State is Count Karl II and the Chief Minister is Reinhard Verlag.