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-->"''Deutschland, Deutschland, über alles!''"


In 1871, Germany was unified for the first time ever (though the HolyRomanEmpire was a basically German institution, it [[strike:wasn't]] [[TheRemnant hadn't been for several centuries]] a true union of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters myriad of small independent countries]], but rather a loose confederation not unlike the constantly [[ZeroPunctuation feuding and inbreeding residents of some backwards Louisiana swamp]], and was formally dissolved in 1806). A lot bigger than modern Germany, it incorporated a large part of modern Poland, the conquered Alsace and Moselle areas of France, small slices of Lithuania and Denmark, and what is now the Kaliningrad exclave of the Russian Federation. All had German populations at a time, but in some places they were not a majority or "German in sentiment". [[InternetBackdraft Be very careful when you talk about this. It may spontaneously combust.]] Germans were kicked out of a lot of places after WorldWarII, but in Germany and these places (Poland and the Czech Republic) [[ElephantInTheLivingRoom it's considered polite not to mention this.]]

Imperial Germany (Das Deutsche Reich, or Deutsches Reich) was a constitutional monarchy with a rather limp constitution and a great deal of influence in the hands of generals, landowners, and industrialists (although it did look good when it stood next to [[TsaristRussia some of its contemporaries]], and much of the weakness of its parliament was by comparison to Britain and France's supreme legislatures). It had an elected Parliament with very limited influence, as it had the power to pass, amend or reject bills, but only the chancellor could initiate them. The chancellor, in turn, was appointed by the Emperor and was responsible only to him. It is notable for having introduced universal suffrage early on, however, and for Bismarck's creation of a an advanced (for the time) welfare state.

The German Empire consisted of 4 Kingdoms ({{Prussia}}, Bavaria, Saxony and Württemberg), 6 grand duchies, 5 duchies, 7 principalities, 3 free cities and 1 imperial territory (Alsace-Lorraine). Prussia was by far the most dominant state, as it made up 64% of the empire and the [[PrussianKings King of Prussia]] was also the German Emperor.

Germany became a major world power at this time, because of its booming economy and powerful army. It produced a lot of leading artists and scientists, and began to dabble in overseas colonialism and to build up a navy to rival Britain.

The most famous statesman of the time was UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck. Bismarck engineered the unification of Germany through a lot of extremely ruthless and deceptive tricks, but he was so good at it that you [[MagnificentBastard can't help but cheer for the guy]] ([[EvilChancellor though that may be disputable]]). He spend his later years juggling a complex alliance system in an attempt to keep the peace in Europe. Historians are divided as to whether he could have kept it up, but Kaiser Wilhelm II booted him out, so we may never know. He also made the famous prediction that the next war in Europe would start over "some damned silly thing in the Balkans". [[WorldWarOne He was right]].

The other best-known characters of the period are of course the Kaisers. There were three. The first was Wilhelm I, a conservative old Prussian stalwart with magnificent whiskers who had fought in the Napoleonic Wars. His reign was dominated, politically, by Bismarck. Then came Friedrich III,[[hottip:*:They were using the Prussian numbering]] for 99 days. A man of vague liberal sympathies (he quite admired Britain; he even married QueenVictoria's eldest daughter) he was struck down by cancer of the larynx and is a favourite of AlternateHistory. Finally and notoriously, Wilhelm II. A notoriously temperamental man with some [[FreudianExcuse major childhood issues concerning his arm defect]] who veered between liberal and conservative, strident militarism and sympathy for socialism, and, during the war that came to define his reign, defeatism and dreams of victory.[[hottip:*:Also, serious MommyIssues involving his relationship with Britain and British culture: unlike his father, who had a healthy respect for Britain, Wilhelm was at once awestruck and envious, hating his mother but also wanting to be British...and then hating them again because he could never be British. It's suspected that this obsession with Britain informed his focus on building up the German Navy.]] He fell out with Bismarck and dismissed him, and the rest of his reign was a succession of brief and unmemorable chancellors with himself as the real centre of gravity until during the war he was rendered irrelevant by the generals.

It's sometimes called "the Second Reich", but that term was used by the Nazis as part of their warped view of history. "Bismarckreich", "Kaiserreich" and "German Empire" are the usual terms for the state (not "Deutsches Reich": this was the official name, but it was also the official name of WeimarGermany and Nazi Germany, as well as the short way to refer to the Holy Roman Empire, so its too unspecific.).

[[WorldWarOne It all ended very badly]].

Important note: never confuse Imperial Germany with the Nazis. People with any knowledge of German history (well, okay, {{nerd}}s, but it's pretty much the same around here) scream and writhe when they hear this. And this wiki is full of nerds.

Imperial Germany has relatively few fans today, but it's generally agreed that they deserve some credit for not being the Nazis, and none other than WinstonChurchill, writing in ''The Gathering Storm'' in 1948 concluded that Germany (and the world) would have been far better off keeping the Hohenzollerns under a true constitutional monarchy than the troubled republic of WeimarGermany, and a lot of facts seem to stand up for this. The Kaiser, despite remaining a reactionary, intolerant, and somewhat bonkers gentleman till the end, strongly condemned the violent Nazi persecution of Jews (despite being viciously anti-Semitic himself), and he died before the Holocaust even happened. Monarchism was strong in the WeimarRepublic but today very few people support monarchism.

For several centuries, Germany had been splintered into many small states, most of which weren't really able to defend if the great powers (France, England, Sweden, Russia, Austria) decided to attack their country and use it as a battlefield. But now, as some historians stated, Germany had turned from a sponge (i.e. being soft and absorbing attacks) to a steel block. Its neighbors were pretty uncomfortable with that.

The Imperial flag of Black-White-Red is used as [[NoSwastikas an alternative to their banned symbols]] by Neo-Nazis, but monarchists universally condemn this, and people who know anything about history point out that the Neo-Nazis are grasping on to a symbol they have only a minimal connection to in order to circumvent German hate-speech laws and try (and fail) to gain some measure of legitimacy.

See also {{Fatherland}}.

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!!Tropes displayed by Imperial Germany include:

* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Founded in Versailles, the old palace of the French kings, just to rub it in, with much outrageous headgear and swords being waved in the air. See picture.
* BadAssMoustache: A symbol of the era throughout Europe, but especially in Germany, where many people imitated Wilhelm II's rather magnificent example.
* DuringTheWar: The most popular period to show it in.
* TheEmpire: The most common perception of it [[WrittenByTheWinners from the outside]]...[[SecretPolice and non-Germans inside it.]] Though it should be noted that the German Empire was just about the most homogeneous state in Europe: over 95% of its inhabitants spoke German as their first language. That's not even true of Germany today, though mostly due to immigration, mostly Turkish and Kurdish. Most of the Empire's security apparatus' loving concern fell on the left-wing parties, so [[TheEmpire the perception]] was strongest among Germans. Also, by far the largest minority in the German Empire, Poles, actually had it better (which is not to say they had it good) than the majority of Poles, living in the Russian Empire.
** It's sometimes compared with the ''other'' [[TheSoundOfMartialMusic Kaiserreich]] to the south, which was in sharp contrast an institutionalized MultinationalTeam.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Wilhelm II wasn't exactly a paragon of virtue, but he was thoroughly disgusted at {{Adolf Hitler}}'s treatment of Germany's Jews and declared that Hitler's actions made him "ashamed to be a German!"
* TheFederation: Imperial Germany was a federal monarchy with the King of Prussia having power over all the other guys.
** Yes, that's right. This nation may be one of the few countries in history to have been a representative of both the Federation and the Empire at the same time. Note that the man who invented the term "Federal Monarchy" actually thought of that system of government as functionally impossible and only a theoretical concept.
* FreudianExcuse: Wilhelm II and his withered left arm.
* HeAlsoDid: Somewhat randomly, Britain and the US chose Wilhelm I to settle a dispute about the sea border between Washington State (then the Washington Territory) and British Columbia in 1871, as a result of the "[[SillyReasonForWar Pig]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_War War]]" twelve years earlier.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: They could be per-itty bad, but they weren't the Nazis. [[CriticalResearchFailure Some people aren't clear on this.]] [[VillainwithGoodPublicity On both sides of said issue.]] The Allies' propaganda during WorldWarOne and the total responsibility that was laid on them by the Versailles treaty didn't help.
* MagnificentBastard: OttoVonBismarck.
* NiceHat: The notorious ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pickelhaube Pickelhaube]]''.
* {{Prussia}}: But of course.
* RoyallyScrewedUp: Wilhelm II was rather loopy.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Maybe calling them villains is unfair, but if they didn't want to give that impression, they should have lost the spikes. (Ironically, the Pickelhaube went out of fashion because the new-fangled steel helmets - of a design on which most of today's military helmets are based - provided better protection.)
* StartOfDarkness: World War One, for the German nation.
* TooDumbToFool: Bismarck could play almost any other foreign or domestic statesman like a fiddle, but Wilhelm II was so stubbornly determined to have a hand in things that he proved almost immune to Bismarck's influence.
** What Wilhelm refused to play along with was Bismarck intentionally provoking German socialists to revolt, and then militarily crushing them to eliminate their political influence in Germany. Hardly a case of "too dumb to fool." Maybe "too humane to puppet."
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Friedrich III was liberal and pro-British. If he had ruled Germany might have much more democratic and the First World War could have been avoided. Or Germany was far too conservative for his reforms to be implemented and a clash between the major powers in Europe was inevitable.
** Large parts of Western Austria were part of the colloquial "German Confederation" and Austria had been pushing for a Großdeutschland which would be ruled by the Habsburg royal family (who Austrians believed had more "right" to rule Germany, as the successors to the Holy Roman Empire). This idea faced significant resistance by Germans and Austrian non-German populations like the Czechs and Slovenes who were against incorporating non-German regions into Germany. There was briefly discussion on whether the Habsburgs could unite a greater German state including German Austria if they simultaneously renounced its claim to the territories east of Hungary. This fell through after the introduction of a new centralized Austrian constitution for the entire Austrian Empire, thereby affirming the Austrian domination of its eastern territories. Had the Austrian Emperor relinquished his claim on those territories, Germany might have been unified under the Habsburg dynasty, creating a revived Holy Roman Empire.

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!!Depictions in fiction:

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* Margot Benary-Isbert's ''Under A Changing Moon'' takes place during the unification.
* In the 1978 sci-fi novel "And Having Writ", the 1908 explosion in Tunguska, Siberia, is revealed to be the crashing of an alien spacecraft. The aliens pay visits to several major turn-of-the-century historical figures, including Kaiser Wilhelm II. They cure him of his withered arm, which lightens his bellicose personality and thereby prevents his leading Germany into war.
* Imperial Germany is the setting of many of the works of Heinrich Mann (the elder brother of Thomas Mann), in which he paints a rather unflattering image of its burgeois society as hypocritical, conceited, and spinelessly servile to authority. See ''Literature/ProfessorUnrat'' and his most famous novel, ''The Subject'' (''Der Untertan'').
* The Kaiserreich resorts to resurrecting the dead in a desperate attempt to win World War One in the novel "By The Blood of Heroes: The Great Undead War."
** An idea that Bertolt Brecht treated for black comedy in his "Ballad of the Dead Soldier".
* Many people in Victorian and Edwardian England apparently lived in mortal fear of Imperial Germany's rising power, because at least three novels exist on the subject of an invasion of England by the German Kaiserreich. "The Battle of Dorking", from 1871, deals with a British defeat and the dismemberment of the Empire, "When William Came", written in 1913, deals with England under German occupation, and "The Riddle of the Sands" (1903) concerns two British yachtsmen who discover and thwart a German plan to launch a naval invasion force from the Frisian Islands. This latter work was made into a film in 1979 starring Michael York.
* The subject matter of the absurdly over-the-top Alternate History Wank German book series "Kaiserfront 1949" and its sequel series "Kaiserfront 1953."

[[AC:{{Advertising}}]]
* The Kaiser also appeared in a 1993 commercial for Tab Clear soda, in which he drinks Tab while planning military strategy with his generals, pops out his monocle into his glass in amazement at the taste, swallows it, coughs it up thereby re-arranging the army men on the map so that divisions are instantly moved into battle, flees in embarrassment aboard an enormous bratwurst-shaped zeppelin, flies all the way to the boglands of Oregon, pricks the balloon accidentally with his Pickelhaube helmet, falls into the mud and thereafter makes a career as the original film-captured Bigfoot, payed by the government as a tourist attraction. Now everything is clear...

[[AC:{{Fanfic}}]]
* The MassEffect fanfic series {{Fanfic/Uplifted}}, which is set 47 years into the exile, is basically centered around this distinction. The Imperial Germans are by and large depicted as arrogant, reactionary, intolerant, and anti-Semitic, but still horrified when they discover the Final Solution. The Quarians intentions are less than pure however, as they intend to [[spoiler: uplift Humanity and use them as foot soldiers to retake Rannoch]]. The Quarians decision to Uplift Humanity ultimately results in a Imperial Germany with interesting geopolitical results. Vietnam for example, becomes a war against a National Socialist uprising presumably led by people no longer welcome in the new German state.

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* The Kaiserreich is depicted as the primary villains in the 1985 film version of "Literature/KingSolomonsMines", which updated the story to the African front of the First World War.
* An armed skirmish erupts between the heroes of the film "The Wind And The Lion" and their troops (miraculously not resulting in a German-American war), as they are one of the foreign powers taking advantage of the crisis to seize Moroccan territory.
* The 1971 film "Zeppelin" concerns their attempt to use the titular craft to steal the original Magna Carta from the British.
* The novel and film adaptations of "AllQuietOnTheWesternFront" deal with the First World War from their perspective.
* Frequent adversaries in "The Adventures of YoungIndianaJones" tv series.
* They attempted to utilize an elaborate disintegrating ray as a secret weapon in "Biggles, Adventures in Time."
* The protagonists must face off against their re-animated mecha zombies to steal a copy of the Kaiser's war plans in "SuckerPunch."
* The Kaiser is also taken prisoner at the end of Creator/CharlieChaplin's short 1918 film "Shoulder Arms", having been portrayed by his brother Sydney.
* Their soldiers are attacked with a knife from behind and scalped by Tristan in ''LegendsOfTheFall'', after they go to the rather elaborate lengths of setting up a machine gun just to kill Samuel when he is blinded by gas and trapped on the barbed wire.
* Represented by buffoonish German Colonel Manfred Von Holstein in ''ThoseMagnificentMenInTheirFlyingMachines''.
* Were the comical villains of the British sex-comedy "Up The Front"
* Various silent First World War propaganda films portrayed them as melodramatic moustache-twiddling villains, such as in "Hearts of the World" and the now lost "The Kaiser: The Beast of Berlin", starring Rupert Julian.
* ''Film/DieFeuerzangenbowle'' is set here. It's a lighthearted comedy, even if you think that's impossible.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* Kaiser Wilhelm II appeared as a zombie in a ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons: Treehouse of Horror'' episode, working with several Old West zombie outlaws to terrorize Springfield.
** He was even called [[AdolfHitler the scariest German who ever lived]].
-->"Hey. he's not a cowboy!"
-->"Sure I em! YIPPEE VIPPEE VIPPEE!!!!!"
** The Simpsons also featured a lone old man with a pickelhaube and Kaiser-esque moustache, the only member of Mr Burns' party at his attempt to marry Marge's mother, who screams "''NEIN!!!!''" and refuses to go "down in front" when Old Man Jasper goes to sit on the groom's side.
** Another Simpsons joke involves Imperial German World War One recreationists celebrating their graduation by throwing their pickelhaubes into the air, only to regret this when they fall with the points facing downwards.
* Also appearing in ''The Simpsons'' was Baron Von Kissalot, whose nickname apparently comes from his enormous lips and who receives the taxi cab bill that Marge had sent to a lecherous Arty Ziff, as the contemptuous nickname she referred to him by caused some confusion with the Baron's name.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' episode "Ren's Retirement," Ren (who has gone prematurely senile after discovering that he is actually seventy in dog years) hallucinates fictitious experiences in WorldWarI and spills his pureed food on stimpy, strangling him when the moustache and pickelhaube-shaped blobs on Stimpy convince Ren that he is Kaiser Wilhelm II.
** "YOU ONE-HORNED DEVIL, YOOUUUUU!!!!!!"
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' villain Heinrich Von Froelich (from the episode "Shadow of the Condor") is a First World War German flying ace, and is the archtypical villainous Prussian officer, complete with monocle, moustache and general haughty demeanour.
* Represented in the ''{{Jumanji}}'' cartoon by the pickelhaube-wearing big game hunter Herr Von Richter, complete with monocle and buffalo horn moustache, who is apparently Van Pelt's most hated rival and enters into a contest with him to see who can kill Alan Parrish first.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* The British historical miniseries "Fall of Eagles" deals to a great extent with Imperial Germany's rise and fall.

[[AC:TabletopRPG]]
* One of the powers involved in outer space colonization in the RPG "{{Space 1889}}."
* The RPG in development "Kaiser's Gate" involves a portal to another dimension that contains living dragons being opened by the 1908 Tunguska Event, and these dragons being utilized by the Kaiser's army as a secret "wunderwaffe".

[[AC:Breakfast Cereal]]
* The now discontinued "Baron Von Redberry" cereal, the mascot of which was the titular moustachioed Baron in his red biplane, who had an ongoing competition with rival British air ace Sir Grapefellow about whose breakfast cereal was superior.

[[AC:{{Music}}]]
* California-based death metal band Minenwerfer's music is concerned primarily with the First World War from their perspective.
* Is the subject of Ammer and Einheit's "historical sound recording opera"/electronic song series "Kaiser Wilhelm Overdrive," from the album "Deutscher Krieger."
* The IndustrialMetal band Hanzel Und Gretyl, known for playing up the MusicToInvadePolandTo trope to its fullest as a parody, did a song called "Kaiserreich".
-->"''Eins fur der Kaiser, zwei fur das Reich!''"
* Several individual songs by the satanic black death metal band Endstille, including "Vorwarts Sturmangriff II," "No Heaven Over Germany", "1914" and "Verfuhrer" (German for "seducer"). The cover for the album "Verfuhrer" is a French war propaganda cartoon depicting the Kaiser with his sleeves rolled up, wearing a bloody apron and wielding a blood-soaked machete.

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-->"''Deutschland, Deutschland, über alles!''"


In 1871, Germany was unified for the first time ever (though the HolyRomanEmpire was a basically German institution, it [[strike:wasn't]] [[TheRemnant hadn't been for several centuries]] a true union of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters myriad of small independent countries]], but rather a loose confederation not unlike the constantly [[ZeroPunctuation feuding and inbreeding residents of some backwards Louisiana swamp]], and was formally dissolved in 1806). A lot bigger than modern Germany, it incorporated a large part of modern Poland, the conquered Alsace and Moselle areas of France, small slices of Lithuania and Denmark, and what is now the Kaliningrad exclave of the Russian Federation. All had German populations at a time, but in some places they were not a majority or "German in sentiment". [[InternetBackdraft Be very careful when you talk about this. It may spontaneously combust.]] Germans were kicked out of a lot of places after WorldWarII, but in Germany and these places (Poland and the Czech Republic) [[ElephantInTheLivingRoom it's considered polite not to mention this.]]

Imperial Germany (Das Deutsche Reich, or Deutsches Reich) was a constitutional monarchy with a rather limp constitution and a great deal of influence in the hands of generals, landowners, and industrialists (although it did look good when it stood next to [[TsaristRussia some of its contemporaries]], and much of the weakness of its parliament was by comparison to Britain and France's supreme legislatures). It had an elected Parliament with very limited influence, as it had the power to pass, amend or reject bills, but only the chancellor could initiate them. The chancellor, in turn, was appointed by the Emperor and was responsible only to him. It is notable for having introduced universal suffrage early on, however, and for Bismarck's creation of a an advanced (for the time) welfare state.

The German Empire consisted of 4 Kingdoms ({{Prussia}}, Bavaria, Saxony and Württemberg), 6 grand duchies, 5 duchies, 7 principalities, 3 free cities and 1 imperial territory (Alsace-Lorraine). Prussia was by far the most dominant state, as it made up 64% of the empire and the [[PrussianKings King of Prussia]] was also the German Emperor.

Germany became a major world power at this time, because of its booming economy and powerful army. It produced a lot of leading artists and scientists, and began to dabble in overseas colonialism and to build up a navy to rival Britain.

The most famous statesman of the time was UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck. Bismarck engineered the unification of Germany through a lot of extremely ruthless and deceptive tricks, but he was so good at it that you [[MagnificentBastard can't help but cheer for the guy]] ([[EvilChancellor though that may be disputable]]). He spend his later years juggling a complex alliance system in an attempt to keep the peace in Europe. Historians are divided as to whether he could have kept it up, but Kaiser Wilhelm II booted him out, so we may never know. He also made the famous prediction that the next war in Europe would start over "some damned silly thing in the Balkans". [[WorldWarOne He was right]].

The other best-known characters of the period are of course the Kaisers. There were three. The first was Wilhelm I, a conservative old Prussian stalwart with magnificent whiskers who had fought in the Napoleonic Wars. His reign was dominated, politically, by Bismarck. Then came Friedrich III,[[hottip:*:They were using the Prussian numbering]] for 99 days. A man of vague liberal sympathies (he quite admired Britain; he even married QueenVictoria's eldest daughter) he was struck down by cancer of the larynx and is a favourite of AlternateHistory. Finally and notoriously, Wilhelm II. A notoriously temperamental man with some [[FreudianExcuse major childhood issues concerning his arm defect]] who veered between liberal and conservative, strident militarism and sympathy for socialism, and, during the war that came to define his reign, defeatism and dreams of victory.[[hottip:*:Also, serious MommyIssues involving his relationship with Britain and British culture: unlike his father, who had a healthy respect for Britain, Wilhelm was at once awestruck and envious, hating his mother but also wanting to be British...and then hating them again because he could never be British. It's suspected that this obsession with Britain informed his focus on building up the German Navy.]] He fell out with Bismarck and dismissed him, and the rest of his reign was a succession of brief and unmemorable chancellors with himself as the real centre of gravity until during the war he was rendered irrelevant by the generals.

It's sometimes called "the Second Reich", but that term was used by the Nazis as part of their warped view of history. "Bismarckreich", "Kaiserreich" and "German Empire" are the usual terms for the state (not "Deutsches Reich": this was the official name, but it was also the official name of WeimarGermany and Nazi Germany, as well as the short way to refer to the Holy Roman Empire, so its too unspecific.).

[[WorldWarOne It all ended very badly]].

Important note: never confuse Imperial Germany with the Nazis. People with any knowledge of German history (well, okay, {{nerd}}s, but it's pretty much the same around here) scream and writhe when they hear this. And this wiki is full of nerds.

Imperial Germany has relatively few fans today, but it's generally agreed that they deserve some credit for not being the Nazis, and none other than WinstonChurchill, writing in ''The Gathering Storm'' in 1948 concluded that Germany (and the world) would have been far better off keeping the Hohenzollerns under a true constitutional monarchy than the troubled republic of WeimarGermany, and a lot of facts seem to stand up for this. The Kaiser, despite remaining a reactionary, intolerant, and somewhat bonkers gentleman till the end, strongly condemned the violent Nazi persecution of Jews (despite being viciously anti-Semitic himself), and he died before the Holocaust even happened. Monarchism was strong in the WeimarRepublic but today very few people support monarchism.

For several centuries, Germany had been splintered into many small states, most of which weren't really able to defend if the great powers (France, England, Sweden, Russia, Austria) decided to attack their country and use it as a battlefield. But now, as some historians stated, Germany had turned from a sponge (i.e. being soft and absorbing attacks) to a steel block. Its neighbors were pretty uncomfortable with that.

The Imperial flag of Black-White-Red is used as [[NoSwastikas an alternative to their banned symbols]] by Neo-Nazis, but monarchists universally condemn this, and people who know anything about history point out that the Neo-Nazis are grasping on to a symbol they have only a minimal connection to in order to circumvent German hate-speech laws and try (and fail) to gain some measure of legitimacy.

See also {{Fatherland}}.

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!!Tropes displayed by Imperial Germany include:

* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Founded in Versailles, the old palace of the French kings, just to rub it in, with much outrageous headgear and swords being waved in the air. See picture.
* BadAssMoustache: A symbol of the era throughout Europe, but especially in Germany, where many people imitated Wilhelm II's rather magnificent example.
* DuringTheWar: The most popular period to show it in.
* TheEmpire: The most common perception of it [[WrittenByTheWinners from the outside]]...[[SecretPolice and non-Germans inside it.]] Though it should be noted that the German Empire was just about the most homogeneous state in Europe: over 95% of its inhabitants spoke German as their first language. That's not even true of Germany today, though mostly due to immigration, mostly Turkish and Kurdish. Most of the Empire's security apparatus' loving concern fell on the left-wing parties, so [[TheEmpire the perception]] was strongest among Germans. Also, by far the largest minority in the German Empire, Poles, actually had it better (which is not to say they had it good) than the majority of Poles, living in the Russian Empire.
** It's sometimes compared with the ''other'' [[TheSoundOfMartialMusic Kaiserreich]] to the south, which was in sharp contrast an institutionalized MultinationalTeam.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Wilhelm II wasn't exactly a paragon of virtue, but he was thoroughly disgusted at {{Adolf Hitler}}'s treatment of Germany's Jews and declared that Hitler's actions made him "ashamed to be a German!"
* TheFederation: Imperial Germany was a federal monarchy with the King of Prussia having power over all the other guys.
** Yes, that's right. This nation may be one of the few countries in history to have been a representative of both the Federation and the Empire at the same time. Note that the man who invented the term "Federal Monarchy" actually thought of that system of government as functionally impossible and only a theoretical concept.
* FreudianExcuse: Wilhelm II and his withered left arm.
* HeAlsoDid: Somewhat randomly, Britain and the US chose Wilhelm I to settle a dispute about the sea border between Washington State (then the Washington Territory) and British Columbia in 1871, as a result of the "[[SillyReasonForWar Pig]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_War War]]" twelve years earlier.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: They could be per-itty bad, but they weren't the Nazis. [[CriticalResearchFailure Some people aren't clear on this.]] [[VillainwithGoodPublicity On both sides of said issue.]] The Allies' propaganda during WorldWarOne and the total responsibility that was laid on them by the Versailles treaty didn't help.
* MagnificentBastard: OttoVonBismarck.
* NiceHat: The notorious ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pickelhaube Pickelhaube]]''.
* {{Prussia}}: But of course.
* RoyallyScrewedUp: Wilhelm II was rather loopy.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Maybe calling them villains is unfair, but if they didn't want to give that impression, they should have lost the spikes. (Ironically, the Pickelhaube went out of fashion because the new-fangled steel helmets - of a design on which most of today's military helmets are based - provided better protection.)
* StartOfDarkness: World War One, for the German nation.
* TooDumbToFool: Bismarck could play almost any other foreign or domestic statesman like a fiddle, but Wilhelm II was so stubbornly determined to have a hand in things that he proved almost immune to Bismarck's influence.
** What Wilhelm refused to play along with was Bismarck intentionally provoking German socialists to revolt, and then militarily crushing them to eliminate their political influence in Germany. Hardly a case of "too dumb to fool." Maybe "too humane to puppet."
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Friedrich III was liberal and pro-British. If he had ruled Germany might have much more democratic and the First World War could have been avoided. Or Germany was far too conservative for his reforms to be implemented and a clash between the major powers in Europe was inevitable.
** Large parts of Western Austria were part of the colloquial "German Confederation" and Austria had been pushing for a Großdeutschland which would be ruled by the Habsburg royal family (who Austrians believed had more "right" to rule Germany, as the successors to the Holy Roman Empire). This idea faced significant resistance by Germans and Austrian non-German populations like the Czechs and Slovenes who were against incorporating non-German regions into Germany. There was briefly discussion on whether the Habsburgs could unite a greater German state including German Austria if they simultaneously renounced its claim to the territories east of Hungary. This fell through after the introduction of a new centralized Austrian constitution for the entire Austrian Empire, thereby affirming the Austrian domination of its eastern territories. Had the Austrian Emperor relinquished his claim on those territories, Germany might have been unified under the Habsburg dynasty, creating a revived Holy Roman Empire.

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!!Depictions in fiction:

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Margot Benary-Isbert's ''Under A Changing Moon'' takes place during the unification.
* In the 1978 sci-fi novel "And Having Writ", the 1908 explosion in Tunguska, Siberia, is revealed to be the crashing of an alien spacecraft. The aliens pay visits to several major turn-of-the-century historical figures, including Kaiser Wilhelm II. They cure him of his withered arm, which lightens his bellicose personality and thereby prevents his leading Germany into war.
* Imperial Germany is the setting of many of the works of Heinrich Mann (the elder brother of Thomas Mann), in which he paints a rather unflattering image of its burgeois society as hypocritical, conceited, and spinelessly servile to authority. See ''Literature/ProfessorUnrat'' and his most famous novel, ''The Subject'' (''Der Untertan'').
* The Kaiserreich resorts to resurrecting the dead in a desperate attempt to win World War One in the novel "By The Blood of Heroes: The Great Undead War."
** An idea that Bertolt Brecht treated for black comedy in his "Ballad of the Dead Soldier".
* Many people in Victorian and Edwardian England apparently lived in mortal fear of Imperial Germany's rising power, because at least three novels exist on the subject of an invasion of England by the German Kaiserreich. "The Battle of Dorking", from 1871, deals with a British defeat and the dismemberment of the Empire, "When William Came", written in 1913, deals with England under German occupation, and "The Riddle of the Sands" (1903) concerns two British yachtsmen who discover and thwart a German plan to launch a naval invasion force from the Frisian Islands. This latter work was made into a film in 1979 starring Michael York.
* The subject matter of the absurdly over-the-top Alternate History Wank German book series "Kaiserfront 1949" and its sequel series "Kaiserfront 1953."

[[AC:{{Advertising}}]]
* The Kaiser also appeared in a 1993 commercial for Tab Clear soda, in which he drinks Tab while planning military strategy with his generals, pops out his monocle into his glass in amazement at the taste, swallows it, coughs it up thereby re-arranging the army men on the map so that divisions are instantly moved into battle, flees in embarrassment aboard an enormous bratwurst-shaped zeppelin, flies all the way to the boglands of Oregon, pricks the balloon accidentally with his Pickelhaube helmet, falls into the mud and thereafter makes a career as the original film-captured Bigfoot, payed by the government as a tourist attraction. Now everything is clear...

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* The MassEffect fanfic series {{Fanfic/Uplifted}}, which is set 47 years into the exile, is basically centered around this distinction. The Imperial Germans are by and large depicted as arrogant, reactionary, intolerant, and anti-Semitic, but still horrified when they discover the Final Solution. The Quarians intentions are less than pure however, as they intend to [[spoiler: uplift Humanity and use them as foot soldiers to retake Rannoch]]. The Quarians decision to Uplift Humanity ultimately results in a Imperial Germany with interesting geopolitical results. Vietnam for example, becomes a war against a National Socialist uprising presumably led by people no longer welcome in the new German state.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* The Kaiserreich is depicted as the primary villains in the 1985 film version of "Literature/KingSolomonsMines", which updated the story to the African front of the First World War.
* An armed skirmish erupts between the heroes of the film "The Wind And The Lion" and their troops (miraculously not resulting in a German-American war), as they are one of the foreign powers taking advantage of the crisis to seize Moroccan territory.
* The 1971 film "Zeppelin" concerns their attempt to use the titular craft to steal the original Magna Carta from the British.
* The novel and film adaptations of "AllQuietOnTheWesternFront" deal with the First World War from their perspective.
* Frequent adversaries in "The Adventures of YoungIndianaJones" tv series.
* They attempted to utilize an elaborate disintegrating ray as a secret weapon in "Biggles, Adventures in Time."
* The protagonists must face off against their re-animated mecha zombies to steal a copy of the Kaiser's war plans in "SuckerPunch."
* The Kaiser is also taken prisoner at the end of Creator/CharlieChaplin's short 1918 film "Shoulder Arms", having been portrayed by his brother Sydney.
* Their soldiers are attacked with a knife from behind and scalped by Tristan in ''LegendsOfTheFall'', after they go to the rather elaborate lengths of setting up a machine gun just to kill Samuel when he is blinded by gas and trapped on the barbed wire.
* Represented by buffoonish German Colonel Manfred Von Holstein in ''ThoseMagnificentMenInTheirFlyingMachines''.
* Were the comical villains of the British sex-comedy "Up The Front"
* Various silent First World War propaganda films portrayed them as melodramatic moustache-twiddling villains, such as in "Hearts of the World" and the now lost "The Kaiser: The Beast of Berlin", starring Rupert Julian.
* ''Film/DieFeuerzangenbowle'' is set here. It's a lighthearted comedy, even if you think that's impossible.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* Kaiser Wilhelm II appeared as a zombie in a ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons: Treehouse of Horror'' episode, working with several Old West zombie outlaws to terrorize Springfield.
** He was even called [[AdolfHitler the scariest German who ever lived]].
-->"Hey. he's not a cowboy!"
-->"Sure I em! YIPPEE VIPPEE VIPPEE!!!!!"
** The Simpsons also featured a lone old man with a pickelhaube and Kaiser-esque moustache, the only member of Mr Burns' party at his attempt to marry Marge's mother, who screams "''NEIN!!!!''" and refuses to go "down in front" when Old Man Jasper goes to sit on the groom's side.
** Another Simpsons joke involves Imperial German World War One recreationists celebrating their graduation by throwing their pickelhaubes into the air, only to regret this when they fall with the points facing downwards.
* Also appearing in ''The Simpsons'' was Baron Von Kissalot, whose nickname apparently comes from his enormous lips and who receives the taxi cab bill that Marge had sent to a lecherous Arty Ziff, as the contemptuous nickname she referred to him by caused some confusion with the Baron's name.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' episode "Ren's Retirement," Ren (who has gone prematurely senile after discovering that he is actually seventy in dog years) hallucinates fictitious experiences in WorldWarI and spills his pureed food on stimpy, strangling him when the moustache and pickelhaube-shaped blobs on Stimpy convince Ren that he is Kaiser Wilhelm II.
** "YOU ONE-HORNED DEVIL, YOOUUUUU!!!!!!"
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' villain Heinrich Von Froelich (from the episode "Shadow of the Condor") is a First World War German flying ace, and is the archtypical villainous Prussian officer, complete with monocle, moustache and general haughty demeanour.
* Represented in the ''{{Jumanji}}'' cartoon by the pickelhaube-wearing big game hunter Herr Von Richter, complete with monocle and buffalo horn moustache, who is apparently Van Pelt's most hated rival and enters into a contest with him to see who can kill Alan Parrish first.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* The British historical miniseries "Fall of Eagles" deals to a great extent with Imperial Germany's rise and fall.

[[AC:TabletopRPG]]
* One of the powers involved in outer space colonization in the RPG "{{Space 1889}}."
* The RPG in development "Kaiser's Gate" involves a portal to another dimension that contains living dragons being opened by the 1908 Tunguska Event, and these dragons being utilized by the Kaiser's army as a secret "wunderwaffe".

[[AC:Breakfast Cereal]]
* The now discontinued "Baron Von Redberry" cereal, the mascot of which was the titular moustachioed Baron in his red biplane, who had an ongoing competition with rival British air ace Sir Grapefellow about whose breakfast cereal was superior.

[[AC:{{Music}}]]
* California-based death metal band Minenwerfer's music is concerned primarily with the First World War from their perspective.
* Is the subject of Ammer and Einheit's "historical sound recording opera"/electronic song series "Kaiser Wilhelm Overdrive," from the album "Deutscher Krieger."
* The IndustrialMetal band Hanzel Und Gretyl, known for playing up the MusicToInvadePolandTo trope to its fullest as a parody, did a song called "Kaiserreich".
-->"''Eins fur der Kaiser, zwei fur das Reich!''"
* Several individual songs by the satanic black death metal band Endstille, including "Vorwarts Sturmangriff II," "No Heaven Over Germany", "1914" and "Verfuhrer" (German for "seducer"). The cover for the album "Verfuhrer" is a French war propaganda cartoon depicting the Kaiser with his sleeves rolled up, wearing a bloody apron and wielding a blood-soaked machete.

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** Large parts of Western Austria were part of the colloquial "German Confederation" and Austria had been pushing for a Grossdeutschland which would be ruled by the Hapsburg royal family (who Austrians believed had more "right" to rule Germany, as the successors to the Holy Roman Empire). This idea faced significant resistance by Germans and Austrian non-German populations like the Czechs and Slovenes who were against incorporating non-German regions into Germany. There was briefly discussion on whether the Hapsburgs could unite a greater German state including German Austria if they simultaneously renounced its claim to the territories east of Hungary. This fell through after the introduction of a new centralized Austrian constitution for the entire Austrian empire, thereby affirming the Austrian domination of its eastern territories. Had the Austrian Emperor relinquished his claim on those territories, Germany might have been unified under the Habsburg dynasty, creating a revived Holy Roman Empire.

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** Large parts of Western Austria were part of the colloquial "German Confederation" and Austria had been pushing for a Grossdeutschland Großdeutschland which would be ruled by the Hapsburg Habsburg royal family (who Austrians believed had more "right" to rule Germany, as the successors to the Holy Roman Empire). This idea faced significant resistance by Germans and Austrian non-German populations like the Czechs and Slovenes who were against incorporating non-German regions into Germany. There was briefly discussion on whether the Hapsburgs Habsburgs could unite a greater German state including German Austria if they simultaneously renounced its claim to the territories east of Hungary. This fell through after the introduction of a new centralized Austrian constitution for the entire Austrian empire, Empire, thereby affirming the Austrian domination of its eastern territories. Had the Austrian Emperor relinquished his claim on those territories, Germany might have been unified under the Habsburg dynasty, creating a revived Holy Roman Empire.
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-->"Deutschland, Deutschland, über alles!"


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-->"Deutschland, -->"''Deutschland, Deutschland, über alles!"

alles!''"




The other best-known characters of the period are of course the Kaisers. There were three. The first was Wilhelm I, a conservative old Prussian stalwart with magnificent whiskers who had fought in the Napoleonic Wars. His reign was dominated, politically, by Bismarck. Then came Frederick III,[[hottip:*:They were using the Prussian numbering]] for 99 days. A man of vague liberal sympathies (he quite admired Britain; he even married QueenVictoria's eldest daughter) he was struck down by cancer of the larynx and is a favourite of AlternateHistory. Finally and notoriously, Wilhelm II. A notoriously temperamental man with some [[FreudianExcuse major childhood issues concerning his arm defect]] who veered between liberal and conservative, strident militarism and sympathy for socialism, and, during the war that came to define his reign, defeatism and dreams of victory.[[hottip:*:Also, serious MommyIssues involving his relationship with Britain and British culture: unlike his father, who had a healthy respect for Britain, Wilhelm was at once awestruck and envious, hating his mother but also wanting to be British...and then hating them again because he could never be British. It's suspected that this obsession with Britain informed his focus on building up the German Navy.]] He fell out with Bismarck and dismissed him, and the rest of his reign was a succession of brief and unmemorable chancellors with himself as the real centre of gravity until during the war he was rendered irrelevant by the generals.

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The other best-known characters of the period are of course the Kaisers. There were three. The first was Wilhelm I, a conservative old Prussian stalwart with magnificent whiskers who had fought in the Napoleonic Wars. His reign was dominated, politically, by Bismarck. Then came Frederick Friedrich III,[[hottip:*:They were using the Prussian numbering]] for 99 days. A man of vague liberal sympathies (he quite admired Britain; he even married QueenVictoria's eldest daughter) he was struck down by cancer of the larynx and is a favourite of AlternateHistory. Finally and notoriously, Wilhelm II. A notoriously temperamental man with some [[FreudianExcuse major childhood issues concerning his arm defect]] who veered between liberal and conservative, strident militarism and sympathy for socialism, and, during the war that came to define his reign, defeatism and dreams of victory.[[hottip:*:Also, serious MommyIssues involving his relationship with Britain and British culture: unlike his father, who had a healthy respect for Britain, Wilhelm was at once awestruck and envious, hating his mother but also wanting to be British...and then hating them again because he could never be British. It's suspected that this obsession with Britain informed his focus on building up the German Navy.]] He fell out with Bismarck and dismissed him, and the rest of his reign was a succession of brief and unmemorable chancellors with himself as the real centre of gravity until during the war he was rendered irrelevant by the generals.



* TheEmpire: The most common perception of it [[WrittenByTheWinners from the outside]].... [[SecretPolice and non-Germans inside it.]] Though it should be noted that the German Empire was just about the most homogeneous state in Europe: over 95% of its inhabitants spoke German as their first language. That's not even true of Germany today, though mostly due to immigration, mostly Turkish and Kurdish. Most of the Empire's security apparatus' loving concern fell on the left-wing parties, so [[TheEmpire the perception]] was strongest among Germans. Also, by far the largest minority in the German Empire, Poles, actually had it better (which is not to say they had it good) than the majority of Poles, living in the Russian Empire.

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* TheEmpire: The most common perception of it [[WrittenByTheWinners from the outside]].... outside]]...[[SecretPolice and non-Germans inside it.]] Though it should be noted that the German Empire was just about the most homogeneous state in Europe: over 95% of its inhabitants spoke German as their first language. That's not even true of Germany today, though mostly due to immigration, mostly Turkish and Kurdish. Most of the Empire's security apparatus' loving concern fell on the left-wing parties, so [[TheEmpire the perception]] was strongest among Germans. Also, by far the largest minority in the German Empire, Poles, actually had it better (which is not to say they had it good) than the majority of Poles, living in the Russian Empire.



** Yes, that's right. This nation may be one of the few countries in history to have been a representative of both the Federation and the Empire at the same time. Note that the man who invented the term federal monarchy actually thought of that system of government as functionally impossible and only a theoretical concept.

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** Yes, that's right. This nation may be one of the few countries in history to have been a representative of both the Federation and the Empire at the same time. Note that the man who invented the term federal monarchy "Federal Monarchy" actually thought of that system of government as functionally impossible and only a theoretical concept.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Frederick III was liberal and pro-British. If he had ruled Germany might have much more democratic and the First World War could have been avoided. Or Germany was far too conservative for his reforms to be implemented and a clash between the major powers in Europe was inevitable.
** Large parts of Western Austria were part of the colloquial "German Confederation" and Austria had been pushing for a Grossdeutschland which would be ruled by the Hapsburg royal family (who Austrians believed had more "right" to rule Germany, as the successors to the Holy Roman Empire). This idea faced significant resistance by Germans and Austrian non-German populations like the Czechs and Slovenes who were against incorporating non-German regions into Germany. There was briefly discussion on whether the Hapsburgs could unite a greater German state including German Austria if they simultaneously renounced its claim to the territories east of Hungary. This fell through after the introduction of a new centralized Austrian constitution for the entire Austrian empire, thereby affirming the Austrian domination of its eastern territories. Had the Austrian Emperor relinquished his claim on those territories, Germany might have been unified under the Hapsburg dynasty, creating a revived Holy Roman Empire.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Frederick Friedrich III was liberal and pro-British. If he had ruled Germany might have much more democratic and the First World War could have been avoided. Or Germany was far too conservative for his reforms to be implemented and a clash between the major powers in Europe was inevitable.
** Large parts of Western Austria were part of the colloquial "German Confederation" and Austria had been pushing for a Grossdeutschland which would be ruled by the Hapsburg royal family (who Austrians believed had more "right" to rule Germany, as the successors to the Holy Roman Empire). This idea faced significant resistance by Germans and Austrian non-German populations like the Czechs and Slovenes who were against incorporating non-German regions into Germany. There was briefly discussion on whether the Hapsburgs could unite a greater German state including German Austria if they simultaneously renounced its claim to the territories east of Hungary. This fell through after the introduction of a new centralized Austrian constitution for the entire Austrian empire, thereby affirming the Austrian domination of its eastern territories. Had the Austrian Emperor relinquished his claim on those territories, Germany might have been unified under the Hapsburg Habsburg dynasty, creating a revived Holy Roman Empire.



* The MassEffect fanfic series {{Fanfic/Uplifted}}, which is set 47 years into the exile, is basically centered around this distinction. The Imperial Germans are by and large depicted as arrogant, reactionary, intolerant, and anti-semetic, but still horrified when they discover the Final Solution. The Quarians intentions are less than pure however, as they intend to [[spoiler: uplift Humanity and use them as foot soldiers to retake Rannoch]]. The Quarians decision to Uplift Humanity ultimately results in a Imperial Germany with interesting geopolitical results. Vietnam for example, becomes a war against a National Socialist uprising presumably led by people no longer welcome in the new German state.

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* The MassEffect fanfic series {{Fanfic/Uplifted}}, which is set 47 years into the exile, is basically centered around this distinction. The Imperial Germans are by and large depicted as arrogant, reactionary, intolerant, and anti-semetic, anti-Semitic, but still horrified when they discover the Final Solution. The Quarians intentions are less than pure however, as they intend to [[spoiler: uplift Humanity and use them as foot soldiers to retake Rannoch]]. The Quarians decision to Uplift Humanity ultimately results in a Imperial Germany with interesting geopolitical results. Vietnam for example, becomes a war against a National Socialist uprising presumably led by people no longer welcome in the new German state.



* Kaiser Wilhelm the Second appeared as a zombie in a ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons: Treehouse of Horror'' episode, working with several Old West zombie outlaws to terrorize Springfield.
** He was even called [[AdolfHitler the scariest german who ever lived]]
** "Hey. he's not a cowboy!" "Sure I em! YIPPEE VIPPEE VIPPEE!!!!!"
** The Simpsons also featured a lone old man with a pickelhaube and kaiser moustache, the only member of Mr Burns' party at his attempt to marry Marge's mother, who screams "NEIN!!!!" and refuses to go "down in front" when Old Man Jasper goes to sit on the groom's side.

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* Kaiser Wilhelm the Second II appeared as a zombie in a ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons: Treehouse of Horror'' episode, working with several Old West zombie outlaws to terrorize Springfield.
** He was even called [[AdolfHitler the scariest german German who ever lived]]
** "Hey.
lived]].
-->"Hey.
he's not a cowboy!" "Sure cowboy!"
-->"Sure
I em! YIPPEE VIPPEE VIPPEE!!!!!"
** The Simpsons also featured a lone old man with a pickelhaube and kaiser Kaiser-esque moustache, the only member of Mr Burns' party at his attempt to marry Marge's mother, who screams "NEIN!!!!" "''NEIN!!!!''" and refuses to go "down in front" when Old Man Jasper goes to sit on the groom's side.



* Also appearing in The Simpsons was Baron Von Kissalot, whose nickname apparently comes from his enormous lips and who receives the taxi cab bill that Marge had sent to a lecherous Arty Ziff, as the contemptuous nickname she referred to him by caused some confusion with the Baron's name.

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* Also appearing in The Simpsons ''The Simpsons'' was Baron Von Kissalot, whose nickname apparently comes from his enormous lips and who receives the taxi cab bill that Marge had sent to a lecherous Arty Ziff, as the contemptuous nickname she referred to him by caused some confusion with the Baron's name.



** "YOU ONE HORNED DEVIL, YOOUUUUU!!!!!!"
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' villain Heinrich Von Froelich (from the episode "Shadow of the Condor") is a First World War German flying ace, and is the archetypal villainous Prussian officer, complete with monocle, moustache and general haughty demeanour.

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** "YOU ONE HORNED ONE-HORNED DEVIL, YOOUUUUU!!!!!!"
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' villain Heinrich Von Froelich (from the episode "Shadow of the Condor") is a First World War German flying ace, and is the archetypal archtypical villainous Prussian officer, complete with monocle, moustache and general haughty demeanour.



-->" Eins fur der Kaiser, zwei fur das Reich!"

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-->" Eins -->"''Eins fur der Kaiser, zwei fur das Reich!"Reich!''"
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It's sometimes called "the second Reich", but that term was used by the Nazis as part of their warped view of history. "Bismarckreich", "Kaiserreich" and "German Empire" are the usual terms for the state (not "Deutsches Reich": this was the official name, but it was also the official name of WeimarGermany and Nazi Germany, as well as the short way to refer to the Holy Roman Empire, so its too unspecific.).

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It's sometimes called "the second Second Reich", but that term was used by the Nazis as part of their warped view of history. "Bismarckreich", "Kaiserreich" and "German Empire" are the usual terms for the state (not "Deutsches Reich": this was the official name, but it was also the official name of WeimarGermany and Nazi Germany, as well as the short way to refer to the Holy Roman Empire, so its too unspecific.).
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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: They could be per-itty bad, but they weren't the Nazis. [[CriticalResearchFailure Some people aren't clear on this.]] [[VillainwithGoodPublicity On both sides of said issue.]]

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: They could be per-itty bad, but they weren't the Nazis. [[CriticalResearchFailure Some people aren't clear on this.]] [[VillainwithGoodPublicity On both sides of said issue.]] The Allies' propaganda during WorldWarOne and the total responsibility that was laid on them by the Versailles treaty didn't help.
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* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Founded in the old palace of the French kings, just to rub it in, with much outrageous headgear and swords being waved in the air. See picture.

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* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Founded in Versailles, the old palace of the French kings, just to rub it in, with much outrageous headgear and swords being waved in the air. See picture.
17th Mar '13 3:51:45 PM Deusirae76
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In 1871, Germany was unified for the first time ever (though the HolyRomanEmpire was a basically German institution, it [[strike:wasn't]] [[TheRemnant hadn't been for several centuries]] a true union of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters myriad of small independent countries]], but rather a loose confederation not unlike the constantly [[ZeroPunctuation feuding and inbreeding residents of some backwards Louisiana swamp]], and was formally dissolved in 1806). A lot bigger than modern Germany, it incorporated a large part of modern Poland, the conquered Alsace and Moselle areas of France, small slices of Lithuania and Denmark, and what is now the Kaliningrad exclave of the Russian Federation. All had German populations at a time, but in some places they were not a majority or "German in sentiment". [[InternetBackdraft Be very careful when you talk about this. It may spontaneously combust.]] Germans were kicked out of a lot of places after the Second World War, but in Germany and these places (Poland and the Czech Republic) [[ElephantInTheLivingRoom it's considered polite not to mention this.]]

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In 1871, Germany was unified for the first time ever (though the HolyRomanEmpire was a basically German institution, it [[strike:wasn't]] [[TheRemnant hadn't been for several centuries]] a true union of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters myriad of small independent countries]], but rather a loose confederation not unlike the constantly [[ZeroPunctuation feuding and inbreeding residents of some backwards Louisiana swamp]], and was formally dissolved in 1806). A lot bigger than modern Germany, it incorporated a large part of modern Poland, the conquered Alsace and Moselle areas of France, small slices of Lithuania and Denmark, and what is now the Kaliningrad exclave of the Russian Federation. All had German populations at a time, but in some places they were not a majority or "German in sentiment". [[InternetBackdraft Be very careful when you talk about this. It may spontaneously combust.]] Germans were kicked out of a lot of places after the Second World War, WorldWarII, but in Germany and these places (Poland and the Czech Republic) [[ElephantInTheLivingRoom it's considered polite not to mention this.]]
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In 1871, Germany was unified for the first time ever (though the HolyRomanEmpire was a basically German institution, it [[strike:wasn't]] [[TheRemnant hadn't been for several centuries]] a true union of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters myriad of small independent countries]], but rather a loose confederation not unlike the constantly [[ZeroPunctuation feuding and inbreeding residents of some backwards Louisiana swamp]], and was formally dissolved in 1806). A lot bigger than modern Germany, it incorporated a large part of modern Poland, the conquered Alsace and Lorraine areas of France, small slices of Lithuania and Denmark, and what is now the Kaliningrad exclave of the Russian Federation. All had German populations at a time, but in some places they were not a majority or "German in sentiment". [[InternetBackdraft Be very careful when you talk about this. It may spontaneously combust.]] Germans were kicked out of a lot of places after the Second World War, but in Germany and these places (Poland and the Czech Republic) [[ElephantInTheLivingRoom it's considered polite not to mention this.]]

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In 1871, Germany was unified for the first time ever (though the HolyRomanEmpire was a basically German institution, it [[strike:wasn't]] [[TheRemnant hadn't been for several centuries]] a true union of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters myriad of small independent countries]], but rather a loose confederation not unlike the constantly [[ZeroPunctuation feuding and inbreeding residents of some backwards Louisiana swamp]], and was formally dissolved in 1806). A lot bigger than modern Germany, it incorporated a large part of modern Poland, the conquered Alsace and Lorraine Moselle areas of France, small slices of Lithuania and Denmark, and what is now the Kaliningrad exclave of the Russian Federation. All had German populations at a time, but in some places they were not a majority or "German in sentiment". [[InternetBackdraft Be very careful when you talk about this. It may spontaneously combust.]] Germans were kicked out of a lot of places after the Second World War, but in Germany and these places (Poland and the Czech Republic) [[ElephantInTheLivingRoom it's considered polite not to mention this.]]
14th Mar '13 6:59:33 AM Frank75
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Imperial Germany (Das Deutsches Reich) was a constitutional monarchy with a rather limp constitution and a great deal of influence in the hands of generals, landowners, and industrialists (although it did look good when it stood next to [[TsaristRussia some of its contemporaries]], and much of the weakness of its parliament was by comparison to Britain and France's supreme legislatures). It had an elected Parliament with very limited influence, as it had the power to pass, amend or reject bills, but only the chancellor could initiate them. The chancellor, in turn, was appointed by the Emperor and was responsible only to him. It is notable for having introduced universal suffrage early on, however, and for Bismarck's creation of a an advanced (for the time) welfare state.

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Imperial Germany (Das Deutsche Reich, or Deutsches Reich) was a constitutional monarchy with a rather limp constitution and a great deal of influence in the hands of generals, landowners, and industrialists (although it did look good when it stood next to [[TsaristRussia some of its contemporaries]], and much of the weakness of its parliament was by comparison to Britain and France's supreme legislatures). It had an elected Parliament with very limited influence, as it had the power to pass, amend or reject bills, but only the chancellor could initiate them. The chancellor, in turn, was appointed by the Emperor and was responsible only to him. It is notable for having introduced universal suffrage early on, however, and for Bismarck's creation of a an advanced (for the time) welfare state.



* MagnificentBastard: Bismarck.

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* MagnificentBastard: Bismarck.OttoVonBismarck.
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