North German Federation
|North German Federation|
|Capital||Adopts the forming nation's capital. (Most likely Berlin (ID 549))|
|Primary culture||North German|
|Tech school||Military-Industrial Complex|
The North German Federation (NGF) may be formed by Prussia or any nation with North German primary culture. It is usually the midway in forming Germany. Even without its southern counterpart, it is one of the most powerful nations on earth, and has a great potential for Industry. It has a southern counterpart in South German Federation.
- the country is a Great Power
- primary culture is North German
- neither the NGF nor the German Empire already exist
- the country is at peace
- the country either owns or has in its sphere of influence all core provinces of the German Empire with majority North German culture. These are all German states except Bavaria, Württemberg and Baden, plus Holstein (initially a puppet of Denmark) and the province of Flensburg in Schleswig, but not Luxembourg .
The decision annexes all sphered North German countries. Luxembourg and Schleswig (if it exists) are optional. Then the decision adds NGF cores on all owned German Empire cores, and finally changes the country to the NGF.
Prussia begins with all required countries in its sphere, except Holstein, Hannover (which is in United Kingdom's sphere, but will break free in a couple of years), and Saxony (which is in Austria's sphere).
This is first step along the path of German unification and the decision Three Hurrahs For Germany!. The North German Federation provides a vastly increased population base, more territory, and more factories. However, true unification as the German Empire lies in war with France and influence over the south German states: Baden, Bavaria and Württemberg. Greater Germany can (in 99% of all playthroughs) only be formed with direct conflict with Austria. One needs influence over Austria, and to do so Austria should drop to at least secondary power.
The strategy follows the strategy of Prussia. One has to go to war with France over Alsass-Lothringen and either by war or diplomacy. NGF should be able to take on both of these countries by it's own might, but it might want to find allies in either Ottoman Empire or Spain.
Forming Germany, once NGF is formed should be doable with or without allies.
If one spheres Austria as well as the 3 other South German States, one can annex all of them. This can be done by completely wiping out Austrias army, occupy all land, wait until they drop to Secondary Power and then adding the war goal 'add to sphere'.
Alternatively, Austria can join Germany after it's formation, but that requires a fully independent Hungary