duchy of prussia

anonymous asked:

Wait a minute, I'm confused. Weren't Prussia and Brandenburg the same country? Why do they hate each other?

“As I can assure you, they hardly hate one another - they are brothers nowadays.”

[1785 HRE takeover]

[The Duchy of Prussia was the successor of the state of the Teutonic Knights, and as such was not part of the Holy Roman Empire. When the Margraviate Brandenburg sought to expand its territory and influence, it managed to connect itself to Prussia (and some regions in the Rhineland) through a personal union - the result of a marriage between the margraviate’s son and the daughter of the duke of Prussia. However, the territories were not connected by land and otherwise continued to exist by themselves.

After the 30 Years’ War, Friedrich I. (the Great Elector) reformed his lands which had been ravaged by the war during the rule of his father, and created the kingdom of Prussia in 1701. He was thereby taking advantage of the fact that the duchy of Prussia was not part of the Holy Roman Empire, as the only kingdom allowed within the borders of the empire was Bohemia.

Despite being one of the seven electors of the emperor, Brandenburg was quite poor, as was Prussia. Both regions suffered from very poor soil - in Brandenburg the ground was very sandy, while Prussia’s earth was too muddy for great agricultural efforts. The kingdom was a target of ridicule across Europe even as it rose to prominence due to the fact that its territories were scattered across the lands.]

Tonight is a Historical Hetalia doodle night apparently

Anyway, this is inspired by a bit of reading I did on the Treaty of Marienburg in 1656 signed between King Charles X Gustav of Sweden and Elector Frederick William of Brandenburg during the Second Northern War. By the Treaty of Königsberg in the same year, Ducal Prussia was officially made a fief of the invading Swedish forces. In exchange for military aid, King Charles promised Frederick William control over parts of Prussia. The alliance held out for some time, culminating in a victorious battle against Polish-Lithuanian troops by combined Swedish and Brandenburgian forces. 

When Sweden found itself more dependent on Brandenburg’s support to win the war, Charles was willing to grant Frederick William full sovereignty over the Duchy in exchange for continuous aid. This agreement was solidified by the Treaty of Labiau in the same year. Once he managed to secure his possession of the Duchy of Prussia, Frederick William dropped his alliance with Sweden in favour of a more appealing proposal put up by an envoy of the Holy Roman emperor. If he were to stop supporting Sweden, Poland would acknowledge Hohenzollern sovereign rule over Prussia. Brandenburg accepted these terms by signing the secret Treaty of Wehlau and actively started campaigning against Sweden. 

TLDR; Reiner Wenzel Brandt, Margraviate of Brandenburg, is one crafty son of a bitch.

I love how Lithuania is generally nice to everyone but he just blatantly dislikes Prussia.

They’re civil, but he just straight up says, ‘I don’t like you.’

I blame the Baltic Crusades

Kaiser Wilhelm II was the last German Emperor. He ruled until 1918.

The House of Hohenzollern is a dynasty of former princes, electors, kings, and emperors of Hohenzollern, Brandenburg, Prussia, the German Empire, and Romania. The family arose in the area around the town of Hechingen in Southwestern Germany during the 11th century and took their name from Hohenzollern Castle. The first ancestor of the Hohenzollerns was mentioned in 1061. The family split into 2 branches, the Catholic Swabian branch and the Protestant Franconian branch, which later became the Brandenburg-Prussian branch. The Swabian branch ruled the principalities of Hohenzollern-Hechingen and Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen until 1849, and Romania from 1866 to 1947. Members of the Franconian branch became Margrave of Brandenburg in 1415 and Duke of Prussia in 1525. The Margraviate of Brandenburg and the Duchy of Prussia were ruled in personal union after 1618 as Brandenburg-Prussia. The Kingdom of Prussia was created in 1701, eventually leading to the first unification of Germany and the creation of the German Empire in 1871, with the Hohenzollerns as hereditary German Emperors and Kings of Prussia.
Germany’s defeat in WW1 (1918) led to the German Revolution. The Hohenzollerns were overthrown and the Weimar Republic was established, thus bringing an end to the German monarchy. Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia, technically is the current head of the royal Prussian line, while Karl Friedrich, Prince of Hohenzollern is the head of the princely Swabian line.

I don’t know… I guess I tried to draw Gilbert in “Innocence Lost” (fic by Tezslar)…

I COMPLETELY fell in love with priest Gilbert.

I want more ! *w*

Priest, monk, Duchy of Prussia, anything religious and/or virgin, he’s just so cute and in the same time strong and determinate with that !! =w=

And it’s pleasant to draw.

Bonus in palette colour (quickly done, it will be better with the outfit of the Duchy of Prussia) :

Because of Riley

February 19, 1592

I can’t believe what is happening now! Sve, Estonia and I have the same king as Poland & Lithuania (and Belarus, Ukraine and everybody else who are living with them currently), so we all moved in the same house.

(The same king can unite a lot of people, by me)

Well, the more the merrier, but our earlier union failed because there were two too strong willed members. Poland seems to be quite stubborn too…

Oh, and this weird guy lives in Poland’s and Lithuania’s basement. Estonia said he’s the former Teutonic Order, but nowadays he’s known as Prussia. He took the name when the original Baltic Prussia disappeared mysteriously… But he’s Poland’s vassal these days.

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anonymous asked:

If there's one thing that ticks me off its mostly how people see EngPru/Pruk as not really possible due to anime portrayal as their personalities seem to clash. If only people would just look beyond German and British relations during the build up to WWI and WWII subsequently (1870s onwards). They would realise that since the time of the Hanseatic league (early part of Duchy Prussia), there was a huge influence of trade and technology being shared between Prussia and England. --Hist. A


 Himapapa even drew them together more than once, and I feel it is safe to say they were in a pretty close relationship officially too.

Just because they didn’t get a proper strip doesn’t mean they’re crack gdi u uncultured swine ppl //groans

anonymous asked:

Do you and Prussia celebrate birthdays?

It’s a big occasion every year with the imperial family and the chancellor attending! 

[The Duchy of Prussia was turned into a kingdom on 18th January 1701. 170 years later, on 18th January 1871, the German Empire was declared in Versailles.

As a fun side fact, this work was done on 3rd October, Germany’s national holiday in modern times!]

anonymous asked:

Please tell us what's your headcanon for Prussia's childhood!

//AhhhhhHH well the thing that I want to establish first is that Gilbert strikes me a little as an oddity in that he manages to change his nature so many times: he’s the Teutonic Knights, Duchy of Prussia, Kingdom of Prussia, Freestate of Prussia, AND THEN SUDDENLY EAST GERMANY. And that even though there was a gap between the end of Prussia and the rise of East Germany, and the material I’m reading stresses how Prussia itself changed its own nature as well. 

Then he has an odd appearance, albino-like but without bad eyesight etc even though that is a thing nations can have, etc

To me it feels like he’s simulateously more human than other nations and more monstrous than them because he’s just… an oddity in his own existence.

When I contemplated this and did research I wondered if he could have made a much greater switch at a much earlier time already: from Old Prussian to Teutonic Knight. Now, the Old Prussians didn’t have a coherent shared culture per se and were only united when it went against the Polish, so Gilbert as an Old Prussian would have been tiny, weak, and not been around for all that long at all before the Teutonic Knights! He wouldn’t have had a strong attachment to his people, given that they were hardly a people in the first place, so with the appearance of the Teutonic Knights ~1230 and their attempts to assimilate the people and conquer their lands, Gilbert as a detached being has the choice to join them, which I think he’d do because he’d sense there’s a place for him there which he doesn’t have in his original role.
When I first thought of this I didn’t really consider the problematic implications of this, given that the Old Prussians were forcibly assimilated…!!, so I’m not sure I’ll stick with the headcanon, but at the time I quite liked it because it’d establish something interesting about Gilbert and his thus ambigious ethnicity (since Old Prussians were Balts, though Gilbert would not idenitfy as that given that the PRUSSIAN culture itself is certainly German of origin). 
I actually let this influence my design of him a little in that I draw his eyes differently than Ludwig’s. 

IDK I don’t know what to do with this :T 

A quick look to the history of Prussia

On the 13th century, German crusaders conquered the land of one of the Baltic tribes called Old Prussians. Their name came from the language they spoke, and even though the area was Germanized by German immigrants, the name remained.

In 1466, Old Prussia was split in two: the western part became Poland’s province called Royal Prussia, while in 1525 the eastern part became Duchy of Prussia, a fief of the Crown of Poland.

(Explanation to the map: Light pink area is Royal Prussia, while striped is Duchy of Prussia. Map source.)


In 1618, German Electorate of Bradenburg inherited the Duchy of Prussia. This union led to the proclarnation of the Kingdom of Prussia in 1701, when the Elector of the Hohenzollerns (a noble family with many kings and emperors troughout the history, and which became the lineage of Prussian kings) crowned himself as the King in Prussia.

This interesting diagram below shows, how the history of Prussia and Bradenburg has been interwined. Picture source.


During this time, Bradenburg was a state of Holy Roman Empire, which was in it’s last centuries an extremely loose union between hundreds of different territories (such as principalities, duchies, counties etc). It was not a country, and it’s emperor had almost no power at all. It fell apart during the Napoleonic wars in 1806, and like many other states, the Kingdom of Prussia came to be as an fully independent kingdom. 

To replace the fallen empire, German Confederation was formed in the Congress of Vienna in 1814-1815. Confederation had almost the same territories as Holy Roman Empire, though this time there were only 39 states, which were all independent. However, this Confederation was nearly as weak as it’s predecessor.


In 1871 after the three unification wars led by Wilhelm I and Otto von Bismarck, Prussia had assembled other German nations behind it, and together they formed the German Empire, with Wilhelm I being the emperor. Altough Prussia became a state, like all the other German nations, it still had the most powerlful position within the empire.

For more information on unification wars, please read my other post German unification in 1871”.


In 1888 began the downslide of Prussia. Wilhelm I died, and so did his son Frederik III, who was the emperor only for 99 days. Wilhelm II, the son of Frederik III, succeeded the throne, and to make things short, I’ll just point out that he highlighted German patriotism, ignoring his Prussian roots. The significance, independence and identity of Prussia, who had become the Free State of Prussia, slowly decreased during the 20th century, and finally it was blamed after World War 2 to be the symbolic part / core of Germany, that led to the Nazism and World War 2.

And so, the state of Prussia was abolished in 1947 by the Allies, making Prussia belong to the history.


Note: Please bear in mind that I’m not a native English speaker. I researched this subject for my Finnish essay, and in the end decided to also post this information here, for those who don’t want to research for hours.

Sources: The Finnish translations of the following books: Karsten Alnæs: Historien om Europa 1800-1900 and Robert Cole: A Traveller’s History of Germany. I want to point out that while I did use Wikipedia to discover what some names were in English and to find great maps and diagrams from, it hasn’t been my main research source.