In a scenario where Austria is high favorable to German unification, with it accepting leadership of a united Germany at the Frankfurt Assembly, what would then happen to the non-German lands under Emperor Ferdinand and later Franz Joseph. While an Austrian-led Germany can be acceptable at the time since the German states were leaning towards rule by Vienna and even the King of Prussia Frederick Wilhelm favored this position, the German people did not want any non-Germans in their lands. Let's say that the Hapsburgs place leadership of a unified Germany as their number one position, would they easily be willing to let go of their non-German lands? If the non-German lands let go, how does it play out? Does Hungary get the rest of the former Empire with Prince Maximilian accepted as the new King of Hungary? Are the Italian lands given independence, therefore moving them to an increasingly unified Italy? Is Bohemia considered acceptable enough to be German? What about the Polish lands? Personally in my theory, I believe that if Franz Joseph were to let go of the non-German lands, this scenario would play out: Hungary is given independence with Croatia and Transylvania. Maximilian is proclaimed King of Hungary and Hungary signs a close alliance with Germany to tie the two dynastic states together. Lombardy-Venetia is made an independent kingdom under a Hapsburg ruler. Lombardy-Venetia joins a federal Kingdom of Italy under Pope Pius IX since the Hapsburgs easily giving up Italy does not lead to war. Bohemia would probably be included in the German Empire due to historical associations of Bohemia in the HRE. There might be a revolution, but a pan-German army can easily defeat it. With Poland, unless Franz Joseph is willing to cause a severe downgrade of relations with Russia by making an independent Galicia, then Galicia is either made part of Hungary or part of the German Empire under the same exemption that Prussia received with their Polish lands OTL. What's your opinions on the fate of non-German Austria? An easy transition to separation or revolution?