Republic of Osteuropa Osteuropäisch Republik Kelet-európai Köztársaság After the refusal by the Grand Alliance and, more specifically, the Hapsburgs, to the financial and territorial concessions demanded by Federick I, Prussia would initially remain neutral in the War of the Spanish Succession. That is, of course, until the War of Hungarian Freedom opened itself as a theatre. Eager to take the lands previous demanded and more, as well as seeing the chance to finally snuff out the Hapsburgs, the Prussians would begin to aid the Hungarian rebels, eventually leading to the creation of the Free Kingdom of Hungary under King Francis I of the House of Rákóczy. Despite the eventual victory of the Grand Alliance, most of the losses Austria suffered remained unreveresed due to the pyhrric nature of the negotiations, including the independence of Hungary, though some concessions were made in terms of the western border. However, in only a few years after independence, Hungary began to collapse from debt, having been required to pay war reparations that soon become too much as the Hungarian economy declined from the large outbreak of disease across the Kingdom, likely caused by the infections of returning, wounded soldiers. To make matters worse, Francis I fell ill, dying with little more than seven years of reign. His son Leopold, who would become Francis II in order to avoid any association with the past Leopold of House Hapsburg, was looked down on, and his younger brother Joseph was far more favored by the nobility and courts. His position tenuous, Leopold was approached by Frederick I of Prussia to marry his daughter Wilhelmina, who, after the death of Prince Frederick August and the denouncement of Princess Luise, was one of the only heirs to the throne Frederick had, in exchange for economic relief. At first, the two nations were merely in personal union, under King Francis II and Queen Wilhelmina respectively. However, the birth of their son Frederick, with all other siblings being stillborn, led to the official unification of the Kingdoms a generation later. The Kingdom of Prussia-Hungary, briefly the Prusso-Hungarian Empire, while ultimately shortlived, was admittedly successful under the House of Hohenzollern-Rákóczy, securing custody over the majority of Poland in the Partition, as well as taking Wallachia from the Ottomans in their first collaboration with the Kingdom of Austria, later officially the Empire of Germany when the remaining Hapsburgs moved to centralize the Holy Roman Empire (with limited success) following their lost of most of their easternmost lands. However, when the French Republican Empire began to spread its wings, moving across the continent under the swift command of Supreme Consul Napoleon I, revolutionary fervor began to take root in the multi-ethnic state. Though much of the inherent nationalism was suppressed, the ideals of democratic and republican rule were not, and as famine struck the Prusso-Hungarian Empire, coupled with the empty coffers from their expensive expansionist wars, revolution struck like lightning. The formation of the Republic of Osteuropa, so called because of the ownership of much the continent west of Russia and east of Germany, including ownership of much of the Balkans with the decline of the Ottomans, was one of blood, sacrifice, and violence. The flag is not technically official, with only a tricolor being used by the government, but the vast majority of military units and townships used the variant of the tricolor defaced by the words "FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE", either in German, Hungarian, or both, as the two have become the primary lingua franca for the entire Republic and the Empire before it.. The green is taken from the coat of arms of Hungary, representing both the Magyar and all 'Southern peoples' of the Republic. The blue is taken from the uniforms worn by Prussian soldiers, who came to symbolize the revolution in the north as common men in service led most of the take over, the rebelling army being the ones to take Berlin and depose Francis III. This blue now represents the Prussians (who have increasingly begun to identify themselves as separate from other types of German peoples) and all other 'Northern peoples' of the Republic, with white representing peace, cooperation, and the purity of the revolution.