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Holy Roman Empire ~ Grunge Flag (1433 - 1806)
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Published: May 17, 2013
The Holy Roman Empire (Latin: Sacrum Imperium Romanum, German: Heiliges Römisches Reich, Dutch: Heilige Roomse Rijk, Italian: Sacro Romano Impero, Czech: Svatá říše římská, Slovene: Sveto rimsko cesarstvo, French: Saint-Empire romain germanique) was a vast conglomerate of states across Central Europe which was proclaimed at the imperial coronation of Otto I on 2 February 962. It lasted for almost a millennium, until its dissolution by emperor Francis II in August 1806, following the defeat of Habsburg Austria by Napoleonic France. The empire was known simply as the ‘Roman Empire’ until the reign of Frederick I Barbarossa (r. 1155 – 1190), who called it ‘Holy’ to signify his self-proclaimed authority over the papacy. A 1512 decree of the Imperial Diet formally declared ‘Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation’ to be the official name.

The Holy Roman Empire had no official national flag but rather an imperial banner associated with the person of the Holy Roman emperor. From around 1430, the banner’s basic design was a gold field with a black double-headed eagle in the centre, sometimes adorned with haloes and the escutcheon of the reigning emperor.

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FritzFromm's avatar
FritzFromm|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic
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ImperatorGermaniae's avatar
We vote for a Renovatio Imperii!

PS: +fav 
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Undevicesimus's avatar
Undevicesimus|Student Digital Artist
Yea I'd vote for it too! :la:
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ImperatorGermaniae's avatar
Deus defende Imperatorem! I am a dummy! 
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MacX85's avatar
MacX85|Professional Digital Artist
"A 1512 decree of the Imperial Diet formally declared ‘Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation’ to be the official name."

That's not true. It was a term meaning the German speaking lands of the empire rather than the empire itself. That official title stayed Sacrum Imperium Romanum until the very end.
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Oh, race of Franks, race from across the mountains, race chosen and beloved by Godas shines forth in very many of your works set apart from all nations by the situation of your country, as well as by your catholic faith and the honor of the holy church! To you our discourse is addressed and for you our exhortation is intended. We wish you to know what a grievous cause has led us to Your country, what peril threatening you and all the faithful has brought us.

From the confines of Jerusalem and the city of Constantinople a horrible tale has gone forth and very frequently has been brought to our ears, namely, that a race from the kingdom of the Persians, an accursed race, a race utterly alienated from God, a generation forsooth which has not directed its heart and has not entrusted its spirit to God, has invaded the lands of those Christians and has depopulated them by the sword, pillage and fire; it has led away a part of the captives into its own country, and a part it has destroyed by cruel tortures; it has either entirely destroyed the churches of God or appropriated them for the rites of its own religion. They destroy the altars, after having defiled them with their uncleanness. They circumcise the Christians, and the blood of the circumcision they either spread upon the altars or pour into the vases of the baptismal font. When they wish to torture people by a base death, they perforate their navels, and dragging forth the extremity of the intestines, bind it to a stake; then with flogging they lead the victim around until the viscera having gushed forth the victim falls prostrate upon the ground. Others they bind to a post and pierce with arrows. Others they compel to extend their necks and then, attacking them with naked swords, attempt to cut through the neck with a single blow. What shall I say of the abominable rape of the women? To speak of it is worse than to be silent. The kingdom of the Greeks is now dismembered by them and deprived of territory so vast in extent that it can not be traversed in a march of two months. On whom therefore is the labor of avenging these wrongs and of recovering this territory incumbent, if not upon you? You, upon whom above other nations God has conferred remarkable glory in arms, great courage, bodily activity, and strength to humble the hairy scalp of those who resist you.

Pope La 2 

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GGY128's avatar
the decline in my opinion began with the dead of the staufen and the interregno before that HRE was the super power of europa for the last 340 years (960-1300)
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fredrikslicer's avatar
Or the german-roman state in Swedish not sure when we stopped using the holy part
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Undevicesimus's avatar
Undevicesimus|Student Digital Artist
How do you say that in Swedish?

Sweden played a big part in the downfall of the HRE, as you probably know :)
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fredrikslicer's avatar
tysk-romerska riket

We were very lucky to have the lion from the north and Oxenstierna
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Undevicesimus's avatar
Undevicesimus|Student Digital Artist
You're referring to Gustavus II Adolphus as "lion of the north", right? Definitely a brilliant man :) But Sweden basically played the game of the French in the 30 Years War, I think.
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Raubritter's avatar
Raubritter|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To this flag I feel far more close then to the actual German tricolore
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Arminius1871's avatar
Das Reich ist heilig.
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Undevicesimus's avatar
Undevicesimus|Student Digital Artist
If only it still existed... :iconbowplz:
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Arminius1871's avatar
It was like an early EU, whole Europe should´ve joined it XD
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Undevicesimus|Student Digital Artist
The Habsburgs should've succeeded in their mission to centralize the HRE into one of the "New Monarchies" (like Henry VIII in England, and Francis I in France did), but alas, it was not to be... And the Thirty Years' War literally burned down any hope for it after 1648.
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WorldWasted|Hobbyist Writer
jeez I'm making little flags for my room, and I really like the old countries so I making flags for them too. but Prussia and this flag has to be the hardest to draw
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