The German Empire (German: Deutsches Reich), sometimes referred to as the Second Reich, was the German nation state that has existed since the unification of Firesland and Austria with Prussia in 1662 by Kaiser Franz II Von Hohenzollern.
It was founded on 3 September 1662 when the Prussian nation state removed themselves from the Holy Roman Empire in response to Emperor Albrecht Von Wallenstein of Bohemia's demand to return the former-Austrian and Friesian lands that had been peacefully annexed by Prussia. With the annexation of Friesland and Austria, King Franz II Von Hohenzollern removed Prussia from the Holy Roman Empire and proclaimed himself the Kaiser of all Germans, creating the German nation state.
The German Empire consisted of 38 German states upon its founding, but would grow to 44 directly owned states and 96 indirectly controlled client states.
With the unification of all Germans, Kaiser Franz II Von Hohenzollern spent the last 10 years of his life fighting internal politics (see Kulturkampf) and foreign relations. Upon his death, his son Achilles I Von Hohenzollern became the Kaiser of the German Empire. Most notably, he dismantled the Holy Roman Empire by annexing Bohemia on 17 April 1678. In the next decade he would also annex mainland Denmark, Silesia, Wallonia, and parts of Poland.
Kaiser Achilles I Von Hohenzollern met with his advisors on 5 February 1694 to discuss a radical plan to Germanize the lands he had annexed, called the Eindeutschung Plan. This plan was an experiment to spread German culture into conquered non-German territories. Though a slow process, a success was declared on 27 December 1707. With the completion of the plan, Germanic culture had spread to the states of Wallonia, Schleswig-Holstein, North Jutland, Denmark, Kuyavia, Wielkopolska, Silesia, Erzegebirge, and Bohemia, as well as the provinces of Sudtirol and Istria.
With the major success of the Eindeutschung Plan, Kaiser Achilles I Von Hohenzollern began the next plan; the creation of a Reichskomissar in the remaining few-remaining West Slavic peoples of Poland. The purpose of the Reichskommissar was to slowly Germanize the local populace over decades.
Before he could set his next plan in motion, Kaiser Achilles I Von Hohenzollern died. His son Wilhelm III Von Hohenzollern ascended the throne. Determined to achieve his father's vision, he declared war on Poland, annexing all West Slavic peoples by 9 April 1710. On 1 March 1710, the Reichskommissar Westslawisch was created in former Poland.
Over the course of the next century, three Kaisers would continue to make the Reichskommissars of (in order) RK Baltisch (1721), RK Karpaten(1729), RK Nordisch (1738), RK Südslawisch (1749), RK Byzantinisch( 1749), RK Ostslawisch (1767), RK Latein (1782), RK Französisch (1793).