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.
other royal/noble families:
all the inheritance is going to the first born son only. it makes sense. you guys got a problem take it up with him.
i have two or more sons??? no problem. you're ALL margraves of brandenburg now. there's no single heir nope you're all taking care of this margraviate all together. where are your male cousins? let's bring them into this too.
602 years ago today (April 30, 1415), future Emperor Sigismund, King of the Romans, Hungary, and Bohemia, granted
Burgrave Friedrich VI of Nürnberg hereditary rights to the Margraviate of Brandenburg. This was in honor of Friedrich’s faithful support of Sigismund in securing the kingship of Germany and his ruthless crushing of a rebellion of nobles in Brandenburg. Acquiring the title of Prince-Elector of the Empire (Princeps elector imperii) greatly enhanced Hohenzollern prestige.
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]
[Brandenburg-Prussia] [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.]
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.
The four secular electorates of the Holy Roman Empire: The Kingdom of Bohemia, the County Palatine of the Rhine, the Duchy of Saxony and the Margraviate of Brandenburg - from the Ingeram Codex, 1459 - Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna