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1[[quoteright:350:]]²[[caption-width-right:350:The Bonn skyline.]]²²Bonn is the former capital of UsefulNotes/WestGermany. It's also known as "A Small Town in Germany", from the title of a Creator/JohnLeCarre novel which is set in Bonn.²²After the war, the division of UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} - and UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}} itself - was expected to be a temporary arrangement, and the West German government were wary of choosing one of the bigger cities as capital - Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt or Munich, for instance, in case it looked like they were accepting the status quo.²²So Bonn [[SuddenlySignificantCity got the job]], largely through the lobbying of West Germany's first [[UsefulNotes/TheChancellorsOfGermany Federal Chancellor]], Konrad Adenauer, who was from Cologne[[note]]He had been its mayor from 1917 until the Nazis kicked him out in 1933, and then again for a few months after the end of the war in 1945[[/note]] and was living in a village near the city at the time, and thus just so happened to have a house in commuting distance. The vote which decided against Frankfurt (which had been the site of the first German constitutional convention during the UsefulNotes/RevolutionsOf1848) was DecidedByOneVote. The public dryly referred to it as the Bundeshauptdorf (Federal Capital Village). It was widely regarded as a place politicians went to seal themselves away from German culture; even the politicians themselves joked about "Raumschiff Bonn" (Spaceship Bonn). While this is an obvious exaggeration (Bonn had a preexisting population long before becoming the capital), to find any major cultural ''events'' you did have to travel a few kilometers northwest to the much larger Cologne. ²²The West German government had to put up with a motley collection of temporary and converted buildings for ''decades'', because building new purpose-built governmental headquarters might likewise signal the final acceptance of a divided nation.²²The West German government finally gave up and commissioned a "proper" governmental quarter complete with a "Museum Mile" - in the late 1980s, just before the wall fell. Even governments weren't immune to TheGreatPoliticsMessUp.²²Since the reunification, it's managed to retain about half of the government jobs (too expensive to move in many cases). Much of the "new" governmental quarter has still never been used. Due to its history as German capital the city is allowed to call itself ''Bundesstadt'' (Federal City) although it has always been a part of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia rather than a city-state like UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}} or Hamburg or a New World-style federal district like UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC, [[UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} Canberra]] or [[SpaceBrasilia Brasilia]].²²Birthplace of Music/LudwigVanBeethoven (who [[HatedHometown didn't care for it]] and spent most of his life in UsefulNotes/{{Vienna}}). Childhood home of Music/YukiKajiura (who was born and leads her adult life in UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}}).²----


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