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Holy Roman Empire ~ Grunge Flag (1433 - 1806) by Undevicesimus Holy Roman Empire ~ Grunge Flag (1433 - 1806) by Undevicesimus
The Holy Roman Empire (Latin: Sacrum Imperium Romanum, German: Heiliges Römisches Reich, Dutch: Heilige Roomse Rijk, Italian: Sacro Romano Impero, Czech: Svatá říše římská, Slovene: Sveto rimsko cesarstvo, French: Saint-Empire romain germanique) was a vast conglomerate of states across Central Europe which was proclaimed at the imperial coronation of Otto I in 962. It lasted for almost a millennium, until its dissolution by Emperor Francis II in August 1806, following the defeat of Habsburg Austria by Napoleon Bonaparte. The empire was known simply as the ‘Roman Empire’ until the reign of Frederick I Barbarossa (r. 1155 – 1190), who called it ‘Holy’ to signify his self-proclaimed authority over the Papacy. A 1512 decree of the Imperial Diet formally declared ‘Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation’ to be the official name.

The Holy Roman Empire had no official national flag but rather an imperial banner associated with the person of the Holy Roman Emperor. From around 1430, the banner’s basic design was a gold field with a black double-headed eagle in the centre, sometimes adorned with haloes and the escutcheon of the reigning Emperor.

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Raubritter Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To this flag I feel far more close then to the actual German tricolore
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Das Reich ist heilig.
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Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014   Artist
If only it still existed... :iconbowplz:
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
It was like an early EU, whole Europe should´ve joined it XD
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Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014   Artist
The Habsburgs should've succeeded in their mission to centralize the HRE into one of the "New Monarchies" (like Henry VIII in England, and Francis I in France did), but alas, it was not to be... And the Thirty Years' War literally burned down any hope for it after 1648.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Yes the HRE had so bad luck in history...I played the game EU4, and after playing it,
I really understand how awful diplomacy was at that time, and how easily you got problems
with other states...the local princes of the Reich were too strong for unity.
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Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014   Artist
Ah yes EU4 :XD: I haven't played that yet, but I've played EU3 - Divine Wind countless hours... My two best games were one as Austria (Habsburgs!), and becoming Emperor, then passing the Imperial Reforms and keeping the Imperial title, and ultimately uniting the HRE. At the end of the game in 1821, I had torn France apart into different states (sound familiar? :XD:) and my Holy Roman Empire extented from Flanders to China and India... If I can find a screenshot of it, I should maybe upload it to dA :)

And my second-best game was as the Palatinate, uniting Germany, and then vassalizing all of Europe (Belgium controlled all of France as a German vassal, Byzantium had the entire Eastern Roman Empire as a German vassal, etc) and expanding east into Russia. At the end, Germany extended from the North Sea to the Ural mountains and had vassalized all of Europe except Britain and much of the Middle-east and Northern Africa :) Good times haha
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Wow that sounds awesome, yes please make a screenshot^^
I also thought about adding a mod, but it would mean I must play in English :/

I must do the same as you XD But the states can be so aggressive lol.
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Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   Artist
I'll post that HRE screenshot soon, I hope I still have it :)

A good mod for EU3 is Death&Taxes, but yes it's only in English...

Yea I admit the Palatinate game was difficult, cause you start with only 3 territories (which are separated too) and surrounded by stronger states: France is very close and eager to take stuff in the HRE, Bavaria is very close too and they usually declare war on the Palatinate very early in the game, Austria and Bohemia are also very close and one of them usually offers an alliance and then declares war on the other... So it wasn't easy :) But I united Germany somewhere in the 1530's, still way before it happened in reality XD Great feeling, to rise from a minor 3-province country to a united German state and then conquer Europe and populate it with German vassal states :la:

The states I played in EU3 are: Austria (formed HRE), France, Castile (formed Spain), Burgundy, Brabant (formed Belgium in D&T), Lüneburg (formed Westphalia), Bavaria (formed Germany), Tuscany (formed Italy), Savoy, Taira (formed Japan) and Korea... Never Byzantium to form the Roman Empire, come to think of it...

Also, I don't know if you can do this in EU4, but in EU3 it's very easy to add music to the playlist. So I added a bunch of German and Austrian marching songs while playing as Austria/HRE and the Palatinate/Germany.. Adds another layer of awesomeness :D
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WorldWasted Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
jeez I'm making little flags for my room, and I really like the old countries so I making flags for them too. but Prussia and this flag has to be the hardest to draw
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