So in History class we learned a little about Switzerland’s History and wow this guy’s been neutral for more centuries than I thought! I mean, his first “yo I’m neutral” declaration was in the 13th century!!
Despite being part of the HRE, Switz and his people were remarkably resistant and kept their old traditions and customs the whole time! By the end of the 13th century, the swiss and HRE’s armies started multiple batles (long story short the swiss “weren’t behaving like a proper conquered territory should” aka “they were too rebelious”) that only ended about two hundred years later, when HRE retreated and Switz became “de facto” independent.
Switz then declared, in the Peace of Kappel (1529-1531), that he:
1) Would NOT participate in the Augsburg Confession (smth the HRE’s emperor, Charles V, was organizing at the time)
2) Would NOT support Charles V, who was catholic and wanted the HRE to be entirely so.
3) Would NOT support Luther.
At the end they welcomed Calvinism as their official religion.
Anyways I thought it’d be nice to share this with yall! :D