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Formed in the wake of the Yellowstone Eruption, it is the successor state to the Provisional Government of the Third Reich which in turn was a successor to the Nazi German State. It was formally established following the left-wing's victory in Berlin during the German Revolution, and the flight of a number of high ranking Nazi officials to south-Germany, who dissolved the provisional government on May 5, 1941, with Hermann Göring, then incumbent President of the Reich, declaring the newly established State of Germany as a successor to the entirety of the Third Reich.
Currently, South Germany has been described as a single-party "totalitarian dictatorship" by many international observers. The ruling National Socialist Party has often been called out for frequent human rights abuses such as the silencing of political opposition, the state ownership of many large businesses and executions and imprisonment without a proper trial. The party has also been attacked on their anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, extreme nationalistic views, and the stance of the nation's President and Chancellor, Günter Deckert and Udo Voigt respectively.
Germany has been inhabited by human beings for over 50,000 years, with the origins of a "Germanic" people going back to the Nordic bronze age period (between 1700 and 600 BCE). Subsequent wars against the Roman State, and the centralisation following said empire's decline saw the formation of a number of states within the Germanic region, which, over time, came together to form the Holy Roman Empire. The Napoleonic wars would later lead to the "Empire's" dissolution, however, German nationalism would flourish in the early-to-mid 19th century, when the Kingdom of Prussia led the way for the formation of a modern German nation.
On 18 July, 1936, the Yellowstone National Park collapsed into itself and erupted, sending thousands of cubic meters of ash, rock and debris into the atmosphere. Thousands died over the first days following the eruption as the mid-west of the continental United States was blanketed in volcanic material, and the debris left in the upper-atmosphere would lead to spectacular worldwide sunsets, as well as a the cooling of the temperature (falling by as low as 3°C by December). In Germany, the then current ruling party, the National Socialist German Worker's Party (NSDAP; or the Nazi Party), were forced to deal with the outcome of the eruption, with the period after which becoming known as the "years without summer"; a twelve to fifteen year period following the Yellowstone event that saw a drastic decrease in the Earth's temperature, as well as mass crop failure, starvation and an epidemic of famine.
These effects were the same witnessed in Germany, as the winter saw the stalling of the south-German agricultural base, and the lack of produce/food shipments saw the initial waves of famine and food riots in the nation. Attempts to quell the dissent failed, as capital, Berlin, saw the largest of the riots in mid-Spring after cooler temperatures set in, furthering the failure of crops worldwide, and thousands in many rural areas of Germany died without the support of the government. This reached its climax on the 13 June,1937, when Hitler appeared before a large crowd in the capital to comfort and reassure his nation's citizens that the food production would ultimately increase in the following months. As he came to the end of his speech, a sixteen year-old German youth named Martin Scheunemann, who in a display of dissatisfaction with the leader's response to the crisis, appeared before Hitler and shot him 5 times.
Provisional ReichFollowing the death of Hitler in 1937, the period following was known as the Provisional Reich Era, when the Provisional Government of the Third Reich ruled in Berlin, headed by Hermann Göring as President of the Provisional Reich. The era took place during the time of extreme dissatisfaction with the Nazi government, with outright violence and protests beginning to occur in the last weeks of 1937 and the first of 1938. Food and good shipping to Germany halted after February 1938, which caused a violent reaction from many in the North. Between the 18 March and the 3 August 1938, clashes between the Sturmabteilung (Assault Division; Brownshirts) and protesters escalated, leading to an uprising in the capital, the perpetrators being moderate to left-wing groups that felt the Nazi's had failed in their position of ruling Germany, and attempted to take over the Reichstag by force. The Communist Party of Germany was one of the leading groups behind the attempts, and with a large group of civilians in the agricultural sector supporting them, by mid-July, it began to appear the left-wing revolutionaries were gaining the upper hand.
The attempted revolution, however, failed, for in the late summer and early autumn, the Wehrmacht (German military) were deployed to an area in East Berlin were militant group of Communists that had been hauled up. This began a period of increased military presence within Berlin, and the end of the outwardly violent clashes, turning the left-wing groups a guerrilla campaign against minor or major military targets. Under Göering, suppression became a central part of the public and private life of the nation's citizens, as newspapers, radio and other forms of entertainment became more rigorously controlled than when the country was led by Hitler. Martial law was introduced in late 1938, and strict regulation and observation of citizens activities had begun.
The two years of 1939 and 1940 saw a marked decrease in instances of violence and protest, and the stability brought about by the control of the people saw a period of stability and even growth, despite temperatures being as low as they had ever been. Agricultural out-put went up, if only slightly, and international shipments had began up again in late 1939. The government control of the agricultural sector allowed Göering to create the first public works program, which saw the formation of large farms across the Bavaria region. This allowed many poor migrants from the north to find work once again, and by 1940, the farmland built by the Göering government was outproducing that of France.
This period also saw a drastic change within the spiritual community, as Alfred Rosenberg, then Deputy President to Göring, managed to persuade the President to help pass legislation through the NSDAP-controlled Reichstag in support of "Positive Christianity"; a form of Christianity that was interwoven with aspects of the Nazi policies of race and religion, rejecting the Jewish written Old Testament and claiming that Jesus himself was Aryan. Whilst this identity of the religion was not popular in Germany for years after the legislation passed, it would eventually become the largest faith in South Germany following it's adoption as a state religion in 1968.
However, in 1941, the stability that had been built over the previous two years appeared to be in decline. A cold-snap occurred during the 1940-41 winter season, and crop production began to decrease once more. Initial protests in the capital were put down violently by both the Wehrmacht and Sturmabteilung, however, as the months passed, further cold-induced harvest failures led many more to begin protesting against the Nazi government. By mid-April, 1941, units of the military were beginning to join their fellow citizens in many of the capitals, and the provisional Göring government was beginning to lose its grip over the north of the country. Finally, on April 26, a violent uprising began in the north of Berlin, orchestrated by a multiple of dissatisfied right, left, and central wing groups that openly advocated for revolution. Fire fights occurred throughout the week in most major cities across north-Germany, with those in official positions fled Berlin to cities in the southern regions of the nation, such as Munich and Nuremberg. On May 1, Göring himself, along with members of his cabinet, fled to the "Nazi capital" Nuremberg to escape the rioters and revolutionaries who by now defeated a majority of the military/brownshirt groups that remained loyal to the government. As revolution inflamed the north, with most major cities now under the left/central revolutionaries control, the NSDAP dissolved the Provisional Republic on 5 May, with Göring forming the State of Germany in a public speech in Nuremberg that same day, establishing the city as the seat of government.
South Germany, as described as by many international observers, is a far-right, totalitarian single-party state. The national is currently structured under a framework set-out in the 1945 constitution (also known as the Nuremberg Constitution). Amendments to the constitution require a majority (51%) of the vote in the Reichstag, however, due to the single-party nature of the legislature, almost all official amendments proposed and brought forth by high ranking government get passed.The president is the current head of state in South Germany, and invested with a large number of legislative, executive and representative powers. The president is elected via members of the Reichstag to serve a life term until incumbent dies, resigns, or becomes incapable of carrying out their duties. The deputy president is an official office held in Germany, however, the officer holder has no legislative powers, and is an entirely representative position. Those in the position have been described as the "right-hand-man" of the president, and are chosen by the head of state personally. The current president of the German state, Günter Deckert, has been in his position since 1994.
The second-highest official position in the German state is that of the chancellor; the head of government and the Reichstag and is invested with a number of legislative powers. Whilst the position is held by those who are the head of the majority party in the legislature, and is elected by the members of such, the position is more often attained by those chosen by the president directly, and in a similar fashion to the head of state, the chancellor serves a life term until they die, resign, or become incapable. The incumbent chancellor, Udo Voigt, has been serving his term since 2000.
Since the Nazi party came to power in Germany in 1933, national law has mandated unconditional bio-science to the office of president, also known as Führerprinzip in German. The concept was originally built around the "cult of personality" of Adolf Hitler, however, during the Göring administration, and subsequent presidencies since his death, the idea has been slowly shifting away from one office, but the entirety of the government; primarily the NSDAP controlled Reichstag. In 1958, the first of the "oaths of alligeance acts" were passed in the national legislature, making it mandatory for students, civil servents, soldiers, and those in official government organizations (such as the German Youth Movement) to speak on oath to the state everyday before going about their business. Updates to the oath were made in 1963 and 1999, and today, the oath to German nation is read as such;
Ich schwöre einen Eid auf das Deutsche Reich und seine einzig wahre Volk, meine Aufgaben zu erfüllen mein Möglichstes Fähigkeit, so wahr mir Gott helfe!
I swear an oath to the German empire, and its one true people, to fulfill my duties to my utmost ability; so help me God!
Ever since its inception in 1934, the people's court (Volksgerichtshof) has been the leading establishment in the German state to deal with politically important matters. Under the 1945 constitution, the court has the power to issue the death penalty for a number of offences, the most prevalent in 2012 being;
- Speaking something deemed seditious, provocative or "anti-German" - 100+ executed
- Condemning the government and/or the courts - 60+ executed
- Being a declared Communist - 50+ executed
The most prevalent methods of execution used in Germany today is hanging, followed by the firing squad, and the majority of executions carried out in 2012 have been performed under the former method. The current police system in the nation is divided into two main branches; the Sicherheitspolizei (Security Police), and the Reichssicherheitshauptamt, or RSHS (Reich Central Security Office), the former involved in the apprehension and detainment of criminals, whilst the latter is involved more organized emergency response (i.e. fire brigades, night watchmen, civil defence, etc.).
Germany is also known world-wide for its "extreme" laws against what the NSDAP considers "undesirables"; Jews, gypsies, homosexuals and the disabled. It is currently illegal in Germany for these groups to marry German citizens, hold citizenship, own a business, or be employed by "full-blood" Germans under the age of 50. Most of these groups exist in Germany today in only small numbers, living in what detractors have described as "modern ghettos", mostly in the northern cities of the nation. They are forced to wear armbands/patches so law enforcement can more easily identify them, and almost all live in a state of poverty. These laws are believed to help promote the party endorsed racial discrimination and "eliminate" the groups, whilst official, high ranking members of the Nazi party have said that these measures are instituted for the protection of the German citizen, and the preservation of the supposed "Aryan race".
South Germany is divided into thirteen administrative districts (known as Landkreise in German), one being the capital, known officially as the Nuremberg Capital District. Each district has its own constitution (most being based on the national constitution), yet they have little internal autonomy. The most populous of these districts is the Munich-Upper Bavaria (German: München-Oberbayern) district, home to three million of the nation's estimated twenty-five million citizens. As of 2013, the thirteen administrative districts are divided into 195 district divisions (German: Bezirk Divisionen); these consisting of 163 rural divisions, and 32 urban divisions.
Since its establishment in 1941, the German state has maintained poor relations with many surrounding nations, especially those on the European continent. It does, however, preserve stronger relations with its "fascists allies" to the South; Austria and the Federal State of Italy, primarily Austria owing to a shared "culture" and language. Germany is also involved (to some degree) in the Fascist International, and as of 2013, remains active in the organization.
According to defectors from South Germany, as well as international observers, the nation remains in a state of animosity against its Northern neighbour, the New German Empire. Violence and conflict has sparked over the course of their history, primary due to their claims on the entirety of pre-eruption Germany. Fighting is often undertaken inside the territory of the de jure independent Saxony; a republic that has been vied for by the German Empire and South Germany since its declaration of independence.
According to a wide array of sources, the 2011 population report indicated that the state of Germany was home to around 25 million citizens. The overall life expectancy of the nation is relatively high in comparison to surrounding nations, currently standing at 75.8, an increase of 2 points from five years ago. The nation's fertility rate is high for the European community, currently standing at around 3.09 births/per women, or 16 per 1,000 inhabitants. Since the 1960's, South Germany's birthrate has been higher than it's death rate, and despite closing off its borders to thousands of immigrants per year, its population is growing, with an expectation it will exceed 30,000,000 by the late-2010's.
Ethnic Germans make up a majority in the nation, with 94% of the populace being descended from the German citizens from around the time of the Yellowstone event, with 10% of those being ethnic Germans who immigrated from Austria. A further 4% are native French, whilst the remaining 2% are comprised of other European ethnic groups; such as the Polish border populace. Around 28% of the entire South German citizenry is comprised of those aged under 18, whilst only 14% is aged over 75.
Of these twenty-one and a half million Christians, 41% have declared themselves part of the "Positive Christian" identity, whilst 27% have self-identified as Catholic and 18% as Protestant. The second largest group in Germany is the irreligious, with 14% being described as having "no official religious belief or affiliation". Of this demographic, 8% of irreligious citizens are agnostic, whilst a smaller statistic describe themselves as atheistic.
Originally, the Christian breakdown in South Germany after 1936 was a north-south split between the Protestant and Catholic faiths, with the former being prevalent in the north of the country, and the latter being more practices in the south and east. However, after a series of religious acts passed by the Reichstag in the early to mid-1940's, all being pushed forth and promoted by Deputy President Alfred Rosenberg, the Positive Christian movement began to become far more widespread and popular, especially in the more "National Socialist" cities; especially the capital, Nuremberg. The push for a state religion centered around "Aryan Christianity" began in the 1950's, but it wouldn't be until 1968 in which the legislature passed the "Promoting Act", essentially prescribing Positive Christianity as the nation's one religion.
In Germany, over 99.5% of the population over the age of 15 can read and write according to the 2011 Fascist International general census report, one of the highest literacy rates in the world. All educational facilities within the nation are under strict control by the government, and in accordance with the Nuremberg constitution, the schools operate on a three tier level; kindergarten education, primary schooling, and secondary schooling, all of which are compulsory. Higher level university/college and vocational education is also available, but it is, however, non-mandatory. Almost all schools within South Germany are considered government run public educational facilities.
Compulsory education begins when a child is aged 5 (and enrolled in kindergarten), the school year beginning around early-February depending on the district. This form of education continues for two years (when the child is 5 and 6), before they "graduate" to primary schooling. Primary public schooling last for another 6 years until the student is 12, before they enroll in the third tier of education, secondary schooling, which lasts for another 6 years, until the students graduate from the institution at age 18. Secondary schooling is primarily focused around two forms of institutions, the Gymnasium, where intermediate and more gifted learners prepare to go to university, and the Hauptschule, where those students that choose to do so, prepare to enter vocational training or the work force after graduating.
In recent years, many international rights organizations have put the government of Germany, and the German educational system under scrutiny due to the excessive "indoctrination" of the students. Those enrolled in the educational system are required to go through "racial identification classes", where they are taught to identify "undesirables", and the promotion of the government's racial policy to the students is rampant. It is also noted that in most districts in Germany, only those affiliated with the Nazi party are given permission to work with the students, and in the the capital city, it is mandatory for teachers to be a card-carrying member of the NSDAP before they can begin university training to become an teacher.