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Post by Appe96 on Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:38 pm

Mittelamerikan Encyclopedia



Welcome to the Mittelamerikan Encyclopedia. All information that you might wanna know about our nation is published here for the world to enjoy.




Our Federation is a vassal to the Holy Roman Empire, and are located in the Westindies and Central America. We internally divided into three Länder (States); Westindien, Geldland and Welserland. There are talks about Trockesien applying for statehood, but no formal request has been sent as of yet.

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Capital City: Karlsburg




Our Federation are rightfully run by the mightiest families in Mittelamerika. Currently the six largest families holds seats in the Bundesrat(Federal Council), with the richest 15% of the population being able to vote.

Government Type: Aristocratic Oligarchy, Federation

Head of State: Ferdinand III von Hohenzollern, the righfull Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
Head of Government: Rudolf Fugger
Ruling Family: Alliance between Welser and Fugger Family.

Ideology: Conservative
Economic Type: Interventionist Proto-Capitalism

Religion: Christianity




Our history consists of the bravery of the Europeans moving to the new world. Our resolve against native american threats and a struggle for our rights. We hold our history in high regard for the brave men who has lead our Federation forward. Gott Mitt Uns!

History:

1500 - 1600

In 1528 Bartholomeus V. Welser lent Emperor Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire a large sum of money. As a security, he was granted the colonial rights over what is now known as St. Frederich (Haiti OTL).

Comming from the wealthy Welser family, known for its merchants and bankers. Bartholomeus took his savings and joined forces with several other prominent merchants and bankers from his family, and their contacts in the Hanseatic League, and launched the Westindische Kompanie.

By 1531, all preparations had been made for the maiden voyage towards the Americas, and after several months journey, the first expedition of 250 settlers landed in St. Frederich. The settlement was crowned as Neu Augsburg, named after the home city of the Welser family, whom was mostly responsible for this journey.

The first years of the colony were harsh, due to unfamiliar soil conditions. However, as the colonists began to adapt the colony expanded. By 1540, the population levels had reached 800 colonists, but also a considerable number of slaves.

Although many natives died from the dieases brought by the Europeans, a number of them survived and were enslaved as the colony grew. The colony thrived by exporting Tobacco, Indigo, Cotton, Cacao and Cattle to Europe and to the colonies in North America.

The Westindische Kompanie grew as its revenues from the colony increased, and soon were able to finance a second colony. The colonial rights for a large swath of lands (Honduras, Belize and parts of Guatemala OTL) in central america was bought.

The first colonial fleet landed in was to be known as Geldland in 1568 and founded the settlement Karlsburg, named after the Emperor who reigned during the establishment of the first colony on St. Frederich.

Karlsburg quickly took root, and drew many migrants after gold and silver were discovered in 1571. It quickly became a large source of revenue for the Westindische Kompanie and the colonists. Not only did Karlsburg prosper from this, but also Neu Augsburg as it became a large trade hub in the West Indies. It were a natural stop for traders going between Europe, North American and Central America. The island colony expanded more and more as trade and population grew. In the eastern tip of St. Frederich, the Klein-Venedig settlement were established and a settlement to the southern tip of the island called Flandern.

The following decade saw a rapid increase in settlers moving into the colonies. By 1583, there were 80,000 living in the colonies. Large plantations were covering the plains in Geldland and St. Frederich, large mining towns such as Silberdorf, Rheinstadt and Fuggerdorf took root in Geldland and merchants were moving through the very busy port of Neu Augsburg. The colonial venture had been deemed a grand success and investment for the families who owned the company.

Colonial rights for what was to be known as Welserland were bought in 1587, and the first settlement were established in 1592, named Neu Lübeck. It became an agrarian settlement with large plantations run by the aristocrats, worked by enslaved native americans.

1600 - 1700

By 1643, a population of 2,000,000 people lived in the colonies. More political autonomy and power were demanded by the people and governors. A political crisis was brewing in the colonial empire against the crown and something had to be done. Some people even spoke of secession.

1645 saw an end to the political crisis, when the council of the Holy Roman Empire voted in favour of granting the colony the status of electoral member in the Empire. Now the colony could personally vote for Emperor of the Reich among other things. They were also granted the right of independently appointing governor without the direct approval of the Emperor. The colony had in many regards, been granted the status that the other kingdoms and fiefdoms in the Empire in Europe were having.

The colonists expanded further and further into virgin territory. Islands such as Soninsel (Roughly translated as Sunny island, Kuba otl), Geldport (Puerto Rico), Felsia (Jamaica) and various smaller islands.

1648 saw the adoption of an constitution and a flag for the colony. The constitution reformed the colony into a sort of Federal Oligarchy, where the wealthiest families had the power to vote for Chancellor of the Federation, but also to hold seats in the senate. If you belonged to one of the wealthy families, you could run for Chancellor of the colony on a four year term basis. Each state (Länder) also votes on a governor (Statthalter), and just like the other elections, only the wealthy may vote. Federation was divided into three Länder; Geldland, Welserland and Westindien with Westindien incoperating every island the carribean.

The Landwehr and Kriegsmarine were established in 1672 to oversee the defences of the colonial nation. Previously, defence were handled by local militias, mercenaries bought by the Westindische Kompanie and professional soldiers from the Holy Roman Empire. This was all very expensive, a professional military forced had to be created.

The Landwehr became the proffesional standing army of Mittelamerika. They were outfitted with the latest equipment and could be used to aid the HRE in their wars aswell as acting as a strong deterrent towards any greedy neighbours.

The Kriegsmarine became the first standing navy of Mittelamerika. It was and still is to this day, a navy build of smaller ships that are designed to navigate the archipelagos of the west indies and defend vital trade routes and intercept enemy ships.

1700 - 1800

The 18th century was a century of massive growth for the colony. Shiploads of colonists arrived each month from Europe, trying to find themselves a better life in the new world. The concept of Mittelamerika had grown, from a small colonial venture launched by the wealthiest families in the Holy Roman Empire, to a sprawling regional power. Settlements were spawning, seemingly every month. Welserland had expanded further south into south America (Colombia and Venezuela)

In 1731, a large slave rebellion shook the country in Welserland, and lead to a two year conflict. It was the first real test of the Landwehr and proved a catastrophy for the rebels. In massacres and on the battlefield, the slave population were decimated. It has been estimatemated that a third of the slave population were killed in the war. Something which has never really recovered, and remains a 5th of the total population to this day.

By 1733 just after the slave rebellion, the head of the rebellion leader were shipped over the Atlantic to Bohemia for the personal amusment of the Holy Roman Emperor.

In 1788, the population reached 8,000,000, that is quite larger than most HRE electoral states combined. Yet again the flames of leaving the HRE were lit in the colony. What is known as the sugar crisis were triggered, where the colony started to refuse selling their produce to the HRE states for a reduced prize as previously.

The crisis quickly escalated to what people believed to be a military conflict. However, it was settled in the Neu Augsburg conference in 1789 between the governor and all states of the HRE.

Mittelamerika would gain more political power in the HRE by be granted more say in the elections than the average country due to their sheer size. It would also be classed as a country, the same way as Bohemia and Austria and the others are classed as a country, and would be granted the same rights accordingly. They would also be allowed to sell their produce for the same prizes as the other member states of the HRE.

Mittelamerika had grown from an exploitive colonial venture, into a real country and political power inside the HRE.

In 1792 it was evident that most mineral resources in the Geldland province were running out. The economy of the province were modelled for a agrarian economy with large plantations for those rich enough to own slaves, and a series of family farms for those less fortunate. Some 200,000 settlers set off from the colony for greener pastures in Trockesien (Central Mexico) and established Kaiserdorf.

1800 - 1900

By the turn of the century, Mittelamerika were home to 9,000,000 people, most of them with ancestors from the North German states, South German states, Bohemia, Rheinland and the Dutch regions, but a sixth of the population were slaves of native american etethnicities.

As the world now enters the 19th century, what challenges will lay ahead for Mittelamerika?
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Post by Appe96 on Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:38 pm

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Relations

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The States of the Holy Roman Empire

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Anyone not mentioned

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Treaties that we have signed with other nations.
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Trade Agreements

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Holy Roman Empire and its vassals.

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