AHC: Holy Roman Empire Goes Centralized

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by Die Kaiserin, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. Die Kaiserin Killer Queen of Trans-Terra

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    I have a challenge: turn Holy Rome into some form of centralized, fully going and united empire. A pack of peanut butter filled chocolate cupcakes to whoever gets it, as I have no idea how to do it.
     
  2. Elfwine Byzantophilic Brony

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    There are several old threads on the subject.

    TL;DR sum up: Get a series of good emperors able to keep things together like the Capets did in France in 1180-1328. The Staufen from Henry VI are a favorite choice.

    Hereditary monarchy is a useful step but not strictly necessary.

    Obviously, this is only the beginning of a long road, but that's national centralization for you. The best you can hope for is something comparable to OTL England or France - full and complete centralization is beyond the means available for a long time (thanks to issues with communication and travel), but functional centralization is definitely possible with enough work and some luck.
     
  3. Zuvarq Pinche pendejo güey

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    France was more decentralized than the HRE prior to, I think, the 1200s. That's a start.
     
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  4. Lleibi Well-Unknown Member

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    If the process is allowed to last centuries, make it a family police of the imperial line to marry their heirs with the heirs of the most powerful nobiliar families inside the empire.

    Maybe? :D