Weimar is a city-state in former East Germany controling most of the OTL German state of Thuringia.
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Weimar - Jena Cooperative
The nearby university city of Jena managed to survive more or less intact, with the university taking an active role in the city. When representatives of Weimar arrived to discuss resources sharing, the Jenan populace welcomed their neighbors.
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Recognizing the symbolic significance of Weimar, the leadership of Jena relocated to the city, merging with the Weimar city council and bringing both cities under a central government. The university was brought under the jurusdiction of the council and reorganized. The faculties of philosophy, jurisprudence, theology, economics and social sciences were merged into the College of Humanities, the faculties of Mathematics and Physics were merged and expanded as the College of Engineering, the faculties of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Biology were merged into the College of Biotechnology, and to research new more efficient technologies and techniques, or to improve current techniques, the College of Agriculture was created. The emphasis put on maintaining a high standard of education and research was believed to ensure that the region would remain civilized and better able to repel raiders and other such threats.
In 2002, advance scouts for the Northeim Municipal Defence Force encountered a group of Weimar engineers in Nordhausen attempting to build defensive fortifications in the city. These defensive structures were meant to aid the people of Nordhausen against the raider bands that had been plaguing the area, but the NMDF commander mistook them as a sign of overt resistence to Northeim. He ordered his troops to take the fortifications and eliminate resistance so that Nordhausen could be brought to heel for the greater glory of Northeim. When word of the incident reached the Weimar council, they took it as a declaration of war and mobilized troops to repel the Northeim invaders. While the Northeim troops were better trained and more numerous, because of the emphasis the state had put on research and development and engineering, their equipment was far superior. Fighting was fierce for several months, with both sides pushing the other back at different periods. Near the end of 2003, morale dismal, and both sides exhausted, a stalemate had been reached and a ceasefire declared. Representatives for Weimar and Northeim met in Nordhausen in January of 2004 to discuss a peace agreement. The borders of the respective territory was agreed on January 17th when the Treaty of Nordhausen was signed, setting the border betwen the two city states at the old East/West german border and Weimar officially incorporating Nordhausen into its territory.
The government of Weimar is a combination of democratically elected council, and technocracy. The council is in charge of everyday decision making, legislation, and diplomacy, but when a decision is better served by a technical expert, the matter is deferred to the Jenan Colleges, where appropriate experts determine the course of action.
Following the Northeim conflict tentative relations were established with the city-state, but no other states have been encountered.