Republic of Saar
Republik Saarland
Timeline: Great Nuclear War

OTL equivalent: Saarland
Flag Coat of Arms
Flag Coat of Arms
Location of Saarland
location of Saar

aus der Asche steigen wir
("From The Ashes We Rise")

Anthem "Saarlandlied"
(and largest city)
Other cities Mezig, Volklingen
  others French and other European languages
Ethnic Groups
  others French and European
Government Federal parliamentary republic
  legislature Saarland Council
President Werner Zeyer
Chancellor Werner Klumpp
Area 2570 km²
Population 1,060,493 
Independence from West Germany
Currency Saar Mark

Saar was a survivor state located in southwestern Germany. It is comprised of the former German state of Saarland, untl it returned under West Germany in 1971.


Immediate Response

In light of the Great Nuclear War, Prime Minister Franz Joseph-Roder declares a state of emergency. To try to cope with this disaster Ministers and local law enforcement from the surrounding cities meet in an emergency session in the city of Saarbrucken to discuss the situation. From this meeting it was agreed that they would try to best accommodate the survivors as possible. In order to do this farming was to be increased and an army was to be formed. 

In the first few years after 1962, the natives suffered from scarce resources. Mortality from death, disease, and rioting was terribly high. The ad hoc committees that had been created to maintain order and distribute supplies very nearly fell apart. By 1963 the crises was finally declared over as the new organized society had formed in Saarland.

A New Republic

After the crisis was over, it had become apparent to the people of Saar that the West German government was no more, and a new government was demanded. After nearly a year of political debate, a decision was reached. The new country would use a modified West German Constitution, and be run very similarly to the manner in which the German state of Saarland had been. The old flag and coat of arms of the Saar Protectorate was adopted (though this decision was questioned by some German Nationalists within Saar).

After a short election, Werner Klumpp, a rising politician and German nationalist of the time, was elected the new Prime Minister by a slim margin. On January 1st, 1965, the state came officially came into being. For the next few years, the new government focused on improving the local economy and the region's ability to farm.

Reunification with Germany

By the early 1970's things had finally begun to normalize in Saar, and so the people once more became curious as to the fate of Germany. Although there were various unofficial reports from fishermen and sailors who had ventured close to shore, nothing could be sustained. So in 1971 one expeditions were set out to assess the conditions in the immediate area. The first of these left north to seek Germany.


Saar is industrialized and has a moderate unemployment rate, but has fared much better than other nations. The economy mainly depends on agriculture and limited shipping along the Saar river. Sarreguemine remains the poorest part of the country and is currently subsidized in order to bring its standards of living up to par with the rest of the rest of the country. The river port here is a major source of revenue.

Employment remains an important issue in rural communities with experienced population shortages, as many young people move to large cities, and the elderly retire. The government continues to provide incentives for farming in the northern reaches of the state.

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