The Reichstag is the highest-level political body in Großgermania. It is democratically elected anually by the population of the Empire, and consists of one member for every hundred thousand citizens (it currently has 760 members). Members are elected through a plurality-at-large voting system; all candidates can campaign nation-wide. No person can serve more than one term successively.
The Reichstag was established by the Constitution of Großgermania, based on the principles of National Unionism. A unicameral body, the Reichstag cannot pass legislation of its own accord (a power reserved to the Emperor), although it routinely makes recommendations to the Emperor on legislative matters. The purpose of the Reichstag is to exert moderating influence on the Emperor, and it can veto any of his decisions within fourteen days of the release of an imperial decree. Although technically the Emperor can make decisions without the express approval of the Reichstag, it is common-place for him to make a speech before the assembly and ask for their approval before any major decision is made. As the Emperor has no power to make economic decisions (which is reserved to a separate assembly, the Witenagemot), similarly the Reichstag has no power to reverse economic decisions. The vote of both the Reichstag and the Witenagemot, along with the approval of the Emperor, is needed to amend the Constitution.
The only political party represented in the Reichstag is the National Unionist Party of Großgermania, which controls 452 of the 760 seats in the assembly. The other seats are held by independent members, which, for administrative and seating purposes, are divided into left-wing, right-wing, and centrist members. The Reichstag is presided over by a Ministerpräsident (currently Horst Köhler), who is appointed by the Emperor and receives no vote (except in case of deadlock). The assembly convenes in the New Reichstag Building in the capital, Nordhausen.
Auferstanden aus Ruinen (English: Risen from Ruins) is the national anthem of Großgermania, adopted in 2009 to replace the former anthem, Das Lied der Deutschen, which was perceived as Germanocentric by many of the Empire's ethnic minorities. The song's original lyrics were written to the melody of Das Lied der Deutschen in 1949 by Johannes R. Becher; Hanns Eisler later composed a separate score for the anthem, which was officially adopted as the anthem of the German Democratic Republic that same year. After undergoing extensive lyrical changes under the direction of Emperor Michael von Preußen, the anthem was adopted on Unification Day, 2009, in commemoration of Großgermania's unification and held on the first anniversary of its proclamation.
Although written as the anthem for East Germany, the anthem reflects heavily on German unity. Prior to the rejection of the March Note by Western powers, unification of the post-war Allied Occupation Zones in Germany was seen by Germans, specifically those in the Soviet sector, as a viable future for Germany. As such, Auferstanden aus Ruinen was written to reflect Germany as a unified state.
Becher's lyrics were abandoned by the East German government in 1973 as a gesture of goodwill towards the Federal Republic of Germany, and would never again be officially adopted as part of the anthem. Following German reunification in 1990, Auferstanden aus Ruinen ceased to be used as an anthem, with Das Lied der Deutschen replacing it as the anthem of a unified German state. Following the creation of Großgermania in 2008, it was decreed that Das Lied der Deutschen would continue to serve as the country's national anthem, with versions in all of Großgermania's regional languages being official. No lyrical changes were made to the anthem, maintaining use of the words "Germany" and "German" in reference to the nation. This was harshly criticized by numerous regional governments, specifically that of the Kingdom of Denmark.
The 2009 Großgermanian Reichstag Election, formally the First General Election in Großgermania, was held on Sunday, 4 January 2009, to elect members to the First Reichstag of Großgermania. The election formed the first elected government of the Empire; the previous de facto Reichstag was comprised of six members appointed by the heads of state of the constituent countries. The election yielded a majority government for the National Unionist Party of Großgermania (NUPG), the only party allowed to run in the election (although many independent candidates did run). As per a previous Supreme Court judgement, the election of the NUPG to a majority of seats served as a ratification of the Constitution with regard to the institution of the principles of National Unionism.
The final results showed a decisive victory for the National Unionists, who easily won a majority of seats. This is due not only to widespread public support for the Party, but also due to strategic campaigning. As the only organized party running in the election, the NUPG was able to ensure that no vote being cast for a National Unionist candidate was wasted.
As expected, voter turnout was exceptionally high, as people flocked to cast their vote to form the first elected government of Großgermania. Under election regulations issued by the Office of the Greffier shortly after the unification of Germania, all citizens age fourteen years and over were eligible to vote. Although individuals under the age of fourteen were granted the right to petition for the ability to vote, very few (under 2,000) actually did so. In total, approximately 94% of the electorate cast a ballot.
The Commonwealth of Maiden's Isle is a nation in Oceania off the coast of the Republic of Jerna. It was created on 15 May 2009 with the purchase of the island, formerly known as Rottnest Island, by the King of Germany. In a treaty with the Rottnest Island Authority (now the Isle Authority), which administered the island, Maiden's Isle was granted independence by way of a Personal Union with Germany. The King of Germany, currently Michael von Preußen, has absolute control within the island, assuming the title of Lord Protector of Maiden's Isle. When the Lord Protector is not on the island, or when he so prescribes, local governmental functions are vested in the Isle Authority, which acts as a regnal council.
The local economy is firmly rooted in tourism, with ninety-five percent of the gross national product coming directly or indirectly from tourism-related industry. Despite its economic importance, tourism is strictly limited due to the unique ecology of the island, which is home to several species of flora and fauna not found elsewhere. Under Australian control, the island was protected as a Class A Natural Reserve, but as the island had fallen largely into disuse since the breakup of that country, such designation was deemed unnecessary by the Republic of Jerna. Since independence, the government has worked to preserve the wilderness areas on the island.
First discovered by Europeans in 1610, the island remained unnamed until 1681 when English captain and cartographer John Daniel labelled it Maiden's Isle on a map of the Western Australian Seaboard. The name was subsequently abandoned by Dutch settlers in exchange for Rottnest Island, a derivative of the Dutch Rattenest, after the quokka, a native marsupial which was believed to be a form of large rat. Subsequently claimed jointly by the Netherlands, France, and England, it was incorporated into the British Swan River Colony in 1830. Lakes on the island provided an invaluable source of salt for the mainland colony.
Nordhausen is the capital city of Großgermania. Located at the southern edge of the Harz Mountains on the River Zorge, the city is also capital of the Province of Thuringia. With a population of over fourty thousand, Nordhausen also has Stadtrecht (city rights), and is designated Unter-Zorge-Tal (Lower Zorge Valley) by the Committee for the Oversight of Imperial Cities.
A relatively small city by German standards, Nordhausen was chosen as the capital largely due to concerns that maintaining the capital at Berlin or another larger German city would unfairly marginalize minority interests in the new Empire. Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark, said, at a meeting of the heads of state of the Association of Germanic States (the supranational precursor to Großgermania), that '[Berlin] is the capital of hedonism, prostitution, and lederhosen.'
The city is the center of imperial politics. Both the Reichstag and the Witenagemot meet in the city, and the Imperial Palace, the Emperor's summer residence and office, is located on the river a short ways outside city limits.
Originally founded in 785 by the Carolingians, Nordhausen became a Free Imperial City of the Holy Roman Empire in 1220. Embracing the Protestant Reformation during the Thirty Years War, and was part of the Confederation of the Rhine under Napoleonic domination. Serving as a concentration camp under the Großdeutsches Reich, it was captured by Soviet forces on 2 July 1945. Becoming part of the German Democratic Republic following World War II, it became part of the historic state of Thuringia in 1990 upon German reunification.
The Germanic University of Heidelberg is a public university in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg. Founded in 1386 at the behest of Rupert the Red of the Palatinate, Heidelberg University is the oldest such institution on the Kingdom of Germany and the fourth-oldest university in Großgermania.
As of the 2009–2010 semester, the University of Heidelberg offers ninety-seven courses in twelve faculties. Notable alumni include five German Chancellors, heads of state or government of seven countries, as well as numerous Roman Catholic and Protestant religious figures and businesspeople. The University has long prided itself on being a 'stronghold of humanism', and has carefully balanced science and religion throughout a history spanning four centuries.
With the election of Michael von Preußen to the chancellorship of Germany in 2007, the University saw its name changed to the "Germanic University of Heidelberg", the first alteration made to the facility's name since Karl Friedrich's name was added in 1803. Although a number of technology-focused courses were cut from the University's programme upon the Unification of Germania in 2008, several research facilities were maintained for use by the Imperial Military of Großgermania, making the University of Heidelberg one of the few locations in Großgermania where technological studies can still be pursued. In addition to this, three new political science and history courses focused on Germanic studies and National Unionist governance were added.