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Germany, 1648. The Thirty Years' War has just finished, leaving the German lands on the edge of destruction. The country is divided in hundreds of potentates with different ambitions, from powerful Electorates eager to rule all Germany to minor powers only worried about defending themselves from their closest neighbors. From this chaotic panorama, seven major Powers emerge: each one of them does have enough influence to aspire to the throne of the Holy Roman Empire. The Spanish branch of the House of Habsburg, which once bore the title of Emperor, is now settled in the western part of the Empire. The Austrian Habsburg have managed to develop their vast domain in the eastern old Empire. The prominent family of Wittelsbach controls the Electoral Palatinate: their possessions are not only concentrated in the Rhine basin, but extend in the whole country. The Bavarian branch of the Wittelsbach family controls a tough Electorate in the southern Germany. The Wettin family has reached the honorable title of Elector of Saxony, and plans to further extend his territories. The noble House of Hohenzollern owns the Electorate of Brandenburg, as well as a number of smaller potentates spread all over the Empire. The Church still owns huge terrains, ruled by influential Bishops and Archbishops; even if they formally pay their respect to the Pope, sitting far in Rome, they administrate their domains as they prefer. The lands of the Empire are scattered with dozens of Free Imperial Cities, which somehow have gained their independency and are determined not to lose it. Shall one Power reduce them to obedience, and unify once again the Holy Roman Empire?
Notes on Geography