Deutscher Bund
German Confederation

Flag of None
Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy
Flag of Prussia
Flag of Germany (Weimar) Coat of Arms of the German Confederation
Map of the German Confederation
Status Confederation
- 1815-1835Francis I
- 1835-1848Ferdinand I
- 1848-1866Francis Joseph I
Legislature Federal Assembly
June 8, 1815Established
August 23, 1866Disestablished
Flag of None Confederation of the Rhine
Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy Austria
Flag of Prussia Prussia
North German Confederation Flag of the German Empire
Austria Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy
Kingdom of Bavaria Flag of None
Kingdom of Württemberg Flag of None
Grand Duchy of Baden Flag of None
Grand Duchy of Hesse Flag of None
Luxembourg Flag of Luxembourg
Liechtenstein Flag of Liechtenstein

The German Confederation (1815-1866) was a loose association of states in central Europe created by the Congress of Vienna () in 1815 to coordinate the economies of separate German-speaking countries. It acted as a buffer between the powerful states of Austria and Prussia (|). The United Kingdom approved of it because London felt that there was need for a stable, peaceful power in central Europe that could discourage aggressive moves by France or Russia. It collapsed due to the rivalry between Prussia and Austria, warfare, the 1848 revolution, and the inability of the multiple members to compromise


  • Francis I () (June 8, 1815 - March 2, 1835)
  • Ferdinand I () (March 2, 1835 - December 2, 1848)
  • Francis Joseph I () (December 2, 1848 - August 23, 1866)


German Polities

Neighbouring Nations


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