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Goslar is a historic town in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Northern Germany, on the slopes of the Harz mountains. The Altstadt (old town) and local mines have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The town lies 40 km from Braunschweig and 70 km from the state capital Hannover. It has a rich cultural, political, and industrial history. Salian Emperor Henry I founded it in the 10th century after the discovery of silver deposits. The wealth derived from silver mining brought Goslar the status of an Imperial City, which attracted the interest of the Holy Roman Emperor. The medieval Imperial Palace was built in the 11th century and became a summer residence for the emperors, especially Henry III of Germany. Henry’s heart is buried in Goslar, his body lies in the family vault in Speyer Cathedral. Local sites include the 16-century town hall and the old mines, which now house a museum. During the Cold War, Goslar was a major garrison town for the West German army and the border police. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the barracks were vacated. There’s skiing here in winter.

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Automaton of a Ship dated 1585 from the Holy Roman Empire on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna

Made by Hans Schlottheim in Augsburg from partially painted silver, copper alloy and iron.

Centrepieces in the shape of a ship have a long tradition. Here the decorative figures and coats of arms glorify the ruler and his empire. A complex mechanism propels the ship across the table while the crew movers to the music from inside the ship. As a highlight the cannons fire a salvo.

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Girardoni 1779 system Windbüchse

Designed in 1779 by Austrian inventor Bartholomäus Girardoni, copied and manufactured in Great Britain c.late 18th century.
.48/12,2mm caliber barrel, 20-round tubular magazine, gravity-fed repeating air rifle, leather-bound brass pressurized air tank fitted as the stock.

Hailing from the soon-to-be-extinct Holy Roman Empire, the Girardoni air rifle might be famous to American readers as one of the weapon brought by Lewis and Clarke on their expedition into the untamed West.

Possibly that exact same rifle, manufactured c.1795.

The rifle adopted in 1780 by the Austrian army was a .46~.51 caliber design fitted with a 20-ball gravity magazine and a 30-shot air tank made of sheet iron. These characteristics gave it a high rate of fire, a low muzzle report, no smoke upon shooting, and made it the very first repeating gun in military service, as well as one of the very first tubular magazine designs. Reloading was made through the forward end of the tube, after which the rifleman would be good to shoot 20 rounds by simply holding the weapon skyward and work the spring-loaded breech block to the side. Each soldier was equipped with two air tanks - not counting the one currently screwed on, a full magazine, 80 extra shots in 20-round tin tubes as well as a cleaning kit and a hand pump.


Staying in limited service throughout the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, the Girardoni rifle had a few defaults that prevented its widespread usage, foremost of which was its stock/air tank. Although very difficult to manufacture in 18th century factories, it wasn’t tough enough for military service, and every dent would render it useless. On top of that the pump issued with it required upward of 1500 hand strokes to fill it completely if no specialized utility wagon was available

It also comes in pistol size.

Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, Mary of Burgundy and their son Philip “The Handsome” on “Maximilian. Das Spiel von Macht und Liebe” (”Maximilian. The game of power and love”) TV series.

anonymous asked:

How would the chibis (Italy romano HRE prussia russia America and Canada) deal with having their first crush?

How Chibi-talia handles having their first crush

Italy

This sweet baby would do anything and everything to gain the attention of his crush. He would offer to eat pasta with them and might even draw a portrait of said crush as a gift. He could also be very shy around his crush and might avoid them sometimes, but once he comes to terms with having a crush he becomes very confident and friendly. He doesn’t care if their crush doesn’t return their feelings, as long as they can remain close friends that is enough for him.

Romano

The classic “If a boy if mean to you, he likes you”. Romano has troubles processing and understanding his feelings as it is, having a crush now makes it worse. He would tease his crush at first, but then once he sees how hurtful his behavior is, he would have a change of heart. As an apology, he might offer to make them pasta or eat tomatoes with him while blushing. However, once his crush returns his feelings he becomes more romantic and friendly.

Holy Roman Empire

Similar to Romano, he can be sometimes mean to his crush because he doesn’t know how to process his emotions well. He might follow his crush around, just to observe them and study their habits so he can know more about them. He really tries to give them things he thinks they might like, such as picking a couple flowers or ‘attempting’ to draw a nice picture for them. In the end, HRE is just a complete blushing mess around his crush no matter what.

Prussia

He is too awesome to become flustered over a crush! Everyone likes him anyways, right? So he will just assume they already like him. However, once informed his crush doesn’t feel that way yet he will try his best to win their heart the traditional way. He, in fact, loves someone who is different and can challenge him. However, he might have trouble trying to woo his crush and might seek counsel from France.

Russia

HE IS SUCH A SWEETHEART. All Russia wants is someone to love him and give him attention. If someone catches his eye, they must be special. Since he is chibi, he is still somewhat innocent and kindhearted, so he wouldn’t demand them to “become one”. He will simply pick them sunflowers and give them to his crush as a gift, and might even offer his jacket on a particularly cold day.

America

America could announce that his crush is now his heroine, because he is the hero of course! Every hero needs a sidekick, and that is what they will be. He will always be there for his crush. If they fall and scrape their knee, he will be there to make it better with a bandaid and flower in hand. He will be very shy and flustered at first, but he eventually becomes more confident around them.

Canada

If someone noticed the sweet child, he immediately likes them already. However, a crush is something completely different. He will always try to gain their attention to maybe play together or just simply stare at the clouds. He is very kindhearted, so he will go about this the traditional shy way. He will stutter a lot when talking to his crush! LOVE HIM