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

    Sep 13, 2012
    Indianapolis, Indiana, Neu Deustchland
    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

    Dec 18, 2010
    West of Constantinople
    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

    Oct 27, 2009
    France was more decentralized than the HRE prior to, I think, the 1200s. That's a start.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2012
  4. Lleibi Well-Unknown Member

    Jul 11, 2011
    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