Double Joint Committee – 30 Years War (Reichstag)

The Holy Roman Empire: The Fatherland Divided

It is a divided time in the Holy Roman Empire. What makes the Empire “Holy” threatens to disunite this grand alliance of states. A century after Martin Luther posted his Theses in Mainz, Catholicism and Protestantism are once again at odds. The uneasy relationship between Protestants and Catholics, once believed to be resolved, reappears as a pertinent threat. Surrounded by the powerful Holy Roman Empire are rivals and friends alike. France, Sweden, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and others all keep their eyes on the HRE, biding their time to either assist the princely states or grab land in this moment of weakness.

Will the Holy Roman Empire maintain its empire across a united German people, or will the Fatherland become forever divided by religion?

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