WMG regarding the character of Prussia goes here.
Prussia used to be married when he was younger.It's history canon. The reason why his profile says he was never married is because the Holy Roman Empire and Poland wouldn't allow them to officially marry (at the time, Brandenburg and Prussia were fiefs of HRE and Poland, respectively). The two still lived together like a married couple, anyway. Common-law marriage, see? After the HRE's collapse, Brandenburg was absorbed into Prussia and ceased to exist. Prussia was devastated and never remarried, and denies that he ever was.
Prussia becomes East Germany.He calls his brother Ludwig 'West', he dislikes Russia, and he somehow still exists in modern day strips.
Prussia is not PrussiaAt least, not in present day strips. He's actually New Prussia
New Prussia is Prussia's kidAnd by New Prussia I mean this kid, not the town in Ontario. I can so see Prussia pulling a Sat W!Iceland, pulling out an urn with his ashes in it...
Prussia is a ZombieHe's dead, he just doesn't really seem to realize it yet. This explains the ghostly appearance and red eyes.
Prussia is really GermanyHe was so shattered at his brother's death that Germany gained a split personality, also inhabiting the brother that isn't there any longer. The fact that Germany and Prussia are never seen together in official pictures in modern time supports this.
Prussia represents Awesome.
Prussia became Berlin state
Prussia doesn't represent anything anymore.
Prussia becomes Brandenburg state.
Prussia no longer represents anything, but keeps himself alive out of sheer willpower.Despite not actually being a country anymore, he's still around in the present day. What keeps him around? His monstrous ego. He's here to stay whether the other nations like it or not, dammit.
Gilbert is now the personification of the InternetAdmittedly, this WMG is based on a fanfic that I read, but somehow it just fits, plus it'd explain a lot. You have to admit, there is something rather Prussia-esque about the Net.
During WWI Prussia was actually in control of Germany at the time, Not GermanySeeing that Prussia dominated the political scene of the German Empire this makes sense, it also explains why Germany didn't meet Italy before, as The German Empire and Austrian-Hungarian Empires were Allies with the Kingdom Of Italy prior to WWI.
Prussia is still around because of the House of HohenzollernThe House of Hohenzollern was the royal family of Prussia and had been since before Old Fritz came along. According to The Other Wiki, despite the abolition of the German monarchy in 1918, the House of Hohenzollern never relinquished their claims to the thrones of Prussia and the German Empire. Members of the family still style themselves princes of Prussia. This troper reasons that if some nut claiming a seafort and calling himself a prince is enough to create a nation-tan, then the descendents of a country's royal family continuing to claim the throne and call themselves princes of the country in question should be enough to keep one going.
Prussia is Germany's militarismOkay, bear with me here. Modern Germany was created by combining the existing German states into one country. The personalities and defining traits of each of these states mixed together to create the 'Complete' Germany. Some of these states had enough of their own identity to continue existing as seperate beings, one example being Prussia. The question is, what aspect of Germany's psyche would Prussia represent? Looking through history, at the Teutonic Knights, Prussia and supposedly the GDR, all of these states have something in common- state glorification of war/violence, in other words, militarism. However, in the modern day, Germany is very anti-militaristic, so despite him caring about his brother, he is still rejecting what his brother represents. However, he can't make that part of him disappear, so instead Prussia is still hanging about, waiting until his brother needs him again...
The Kingdom of Prussia will return.And that's why Prussia is still alive.
Whatever it is that decides when a nation-tan is going to die seems to know when a country is gone for good and when it's going to return. If they started to die as soon as their nation stopped existing, then we wouldn't still be on the original Poland. So the nation Prussia is going to return somehow.
I realise that this theory depends somewhat on Himaruya being clairvoyent... but why not?
Prussia has always been alone because he took a vow of celibacy as a Teutonic priest/his extreme religiousness.Because he was formed as a religious order, and because there are, in fact, legitimate drawings of him in Teutonic priest garb, it seems it could be possible that Prussia claims to hate "clustering" so much and likes to exalt the benefits of being alone simply because he has no other choice. Catholic priests take a vow of celibacy upon entering the papacy.
Prussia is, in fact, a Cyborg.After the end of WWII, the Allies had several plans for Germany. One was to split it into three parts and de-industrialize it, which was quickly scrapped due to being near impossible (an industrial society supports more people than a pre-industrial one, so what would happen to all those extra Germans). Instead, they went with the plan we're all familiar with, in which Germany was split into occupied zones governed by the Allies, and later reconstituted as today's Germany. Well, all except for one piece... Before and during WWII, Hitler centralized Germany as much as he could, removing many of the special rights as he could from German states and cities. For example, Austria ("Österreich" meaning "Eastern Realm") became "Östmark" (meaning Eastern March), basically making it a simple area of Germany and attempting to remove any aspects of a separate Austrian identity. Prussia was another one of the hardest hit, and lost pretty much every right he had as the Kingdom of Prussia within Germany, and later the Free State of Prussia with the Weimar Republic. At the end of WWII, the Allies were set to make this de facto status official, and also disassembled Prussia's body, giving much of it to Poland and Russia. Prussia likely would have died, his people and land (the Russian occupation zone) becoming part of Germany... However, Russia, not wanting to play nice and deciding instead to not completely reunify Germany as a Federal Republic, declared "We Can Rebuild Him!!!" *Slasher Smile* Thus, the Russian occupied zone was reconstituted as the German Democratic Republic (GDR). This is represented by having Russia perform some seriously disturbing surgery on Prussia, giving his land and people a new country, but also integrating as much Soviet philosophy, government, doctrine, technology, and culture as he possibly could. This, combined with the fact that Russia annexed historical East Prussia (Kaliningrad), resulted in Robo!Prussia. Robo!Prussia remained a loyal Soviet underling for decades before the USSR collapsed. This, of course, allowed Gilbert to reunify with his brother, although his continued robotic existence kept him somewhat separate from his brother (read: Ostalgie). However, Russia still has control of the Kaliningrad region (which acts as a type of remote control). He simply awaits the best moment to... make use of it. The personification of Kaliningrad, the Soviet ace-in-the-hole? ... GILBIRD
Prussia is actually Lithuania and Latvia's brother.The original Prussia was Baltic in language. However, he was only the two Baltics' half-brother, as his father was Germania. When he became the Order of the Teutonic Knights, Prussia tried to forget his original Baltic identity and was successful in doing so.
Prussia is actually the city King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
Yet another why-Prussia-is-still-around WMGPrussia is still around because he originally wasn't a country at all. He wasn't even Prussia - the original Prussia was a country in Europe that the Teutonic Order took over. Thanks to this unusual origin, the awesomeness that is Prussia will never be destroyed.
Prussia's died lots of times....and keeps coming back because he's awesome.
Prussia is a Time Lord.Someone had to say it.
Prussia is the Holocaust.Inspired by a fanfic, yes. But hear me out. There have been a few good fanfics of Prussia being imprisoned behind old Luddy's back. Without anyone to represent them, the people in the concentration camps stopped thinking about themselves as Germans and Poles ect. and started thinking of themselves as members of the concentration camp, later referred to as the holocaust. And Prussia was just chillin without a country. So he took over.
Prussia and Rance are the same person, just from different dimensions.This means that somewhere in the Ranceverse, there is a country called Rance, and it is awesome. And hey, Rance's theme is a remix of the East Germany anthem.
Prussia, or a descendant of him, goes on to become the Galactic Empire.Taken in part from the Legend of the Galactic Heroes WMG, it wouldn't really be surprising if it turns out that Gilbert, or at least his successor, is the Empire, especially given how blatantly German it is (or more specifically, Prussian). Suppose that he manages to be the one who convinced Kaiser Rudolf to forge that interstellar country in the first place? Eventually, he'd be the premier Nation in the galaxy (though perhaps not the only one left, given the Free Planets Alliance, Phezzan and the fringe worlds). On the other hand, it's not hard to imagine this being a tad bitter, especially when Hungary, Austria and Germany would have been long dead by the time the series takes place...
Prussia is still around because of the comicOkay, this troper's head canon is that nation-tans exist as long as their's enough people who think of themselves as being part of that nation. Even though Prussia ceased to exist as a state decades ago, there were still enough people around who thought of themselves as Prussian to keep Gilbert going (being East Germany for a while may also have helped). However, with the passage of time, the people who identified themselves as Prussian or East German steadily decreased in number and under norml circumstances Gilbert would have eventually faded away. But them, luckily for Prussia, Axis Powers Hetalia comes along and suddenly there's a hoard of Prussia fans, with any of them who have the right ancestry proclaiming themselves to be Prussia (there's an entire group devoted to it on deviantArt for pete's sake). The number of people that Prussia has to his name shoots up and he bounces back from the brink.
Prussia is now a Jagermonster.He's a powerful soldier with a strong accent, he already looks a little unusual by human standards even if he hasn't got the six-inch fangs, and Episode 12 shows him with the appropriate Nice Hat. He doesn't wear the Nice Hat in public in order not to attract suspicion. This is why he hasn't aged since the fall of Prussia; he would have become a regular human if he hadn't drunk the Jagerbrau, and now he's a Jager, he'll live for hundreds more years.
Prussia is Anonymous.
Prussia lied about how much Frederick praised him.Frederick the Great was a really avid Francophile. He spoke French better than he spoke German, openly disparaged German culture, and would hire French advisors—even when there were more qualified German applicants. Even though Frederick loved Prussia, he would constantly compare him (unfavorably) to France and suggest that Prussia be more like him. Prussia became a "Well Done, Son" Guy to Frederick, and lied to all the Nations about how much his favorite leader praised him. Prussia still resents France a little over it, though his pride won’t let him admit it.
Prussia is the illuminati''.either Prussia, (the nation) was a controlled firmly enough by the Illuminati so that after wold war 2 when Prussia was dissolved and the government went on to became Illuminati, Prussia (the tan) became the nation of the behind the scenes one world government, OR when the one world government was formed (some time after world war 2, but don't quote me I'm not 100% sure on the Illuminati back story) the Illuminti nation tan passed him self off as Prussia to hide himself from the other Nation tans. AH! but why Assassins creed you may ask? Given the plot in assassins creed, (and the fact that creed 3 takes place during the American revolution) it is entirely possible for some one to stumble across a nation tan in the past using the Animus, and then find the still living nation.
Prussia nowadays plays StarCraft in Germany's basementAlright, I didn't think it up (that honor goes to Irene Flores, AKA beanclam from deviantART), but I was surprised no one put it up yet, so here we go.