- Apr 29, 2004
A reform may be general, and named general, but only affect some significant parts of the territory. It was very common in all non-homogenous countries, and still is. Those are words, only words, and you should focus on facts.
The words are not empty but they show what is reorganized. The Kingdom of Germany was definitively the center of the Reich thus the Reform focussed on it but it nevertheless is a reform of the whole Empire's structures because not only Germany was effected but the whole Reich (as I said Burgundy is seperate from German Kingdom and it was still affected). Words can indicate hidden claims and are one of the most powerfull weapons a Nations Leader has in his reservoir they can decide about war and peace. The Reichsreform was not called Reichsreform out of some funny mood but because it's goal was to strengthen the Empire as a whole by creating more effective institutions. If you would have gone to the Holy Roman Emperor and telling him that his domain is neither holy nor roman nor even an empire you could have expected to be executed on the next day. Same it is with every word which indicates claims. Why do you think there were some serious conflicts about the right to be called Emperor ? Even Napoleon wanted to be Emperor because although only a title (an empty word :I) it brought enormous prestige.
.The New World is the New World, Europe is Europe. The search for statu quo was for Europe, christian Europe in fact. His dream was a crusade, and France prevented him by its aggressivity, but Charles/Karl/Carlos only ever sought statu quo between christian princes
He did not sought status quo out of his ideals but because of political reasons. There were many problems he had to solve (Turkish onslaught, French agression, Reformation,) and it would have been impossible for him to fight the Protestants the French and the Ottomans all at once thus he needed to ensure some stability within the Empire and at the borders of the HRE. Still he was rutheless enough to expand Habsburg power in Italy or to make the Netherlands a entity seperate from both France and HRE. Beside the New World is not something entirely different. It shows that Charles had imperialistic ambitions.
Charles would surely have demandet it. He was not agreeing to give Ferdinand full independance from Habsburg (!) policy in the Austria why should he give him full independance from Habsburg policy in Hungary ? He wouldn't risk Ferdinand or any of his heirs fighting and weakening the Empire.Sure, Ferdinand would have asked, and been granted, support, but not in exchange of submission,
but only affect some significant parts of the territory
Don't get me wrong giving Bohemia to Germany as soon as the first reforms are carried out would be wrong but it would also not be very historical to prevent a reformed HRE (which IS the ultimate goal of the reform) artificialy from annexing Bohemia during the procedure of further uniting the rest of the HRE territorys. In fact they should recieve it after a given time.
Again read carefully:
1st Extended Reforms are carried out thus allowing the Emperor to centralize the HRE These reforms are starting in Germany but will be in a step by step procedure to be carried out in the other HRE regions as well (Perhaps excluding Italy)
2nd Bohemian reaction: Fearing to loose it's special status within the Empire if the Emperor continues the reforms Bohemia resists (absolutely logical because now we have not only the historical reform but some extended and more successfull version)
3rd If the Emperor manages to break Bohemian resistance It becomes vassall or ally of Germany an gets annexed (+claims) later on by event.
This event chain would offer a reason why Bohemia would not be inherited by Habsburg (they don't like each other anymore) and it would make annexiation of Bohemia not to difficult.
This was proposed by TwoFlower and I am perfectly satisfied with an option for further reforms (as long as they won't be that hard to achieve than the first one ) and what I proposed above is just one option to handle it after Germany is founded because I bet not only France and Poland but also Bohemia would be very distrustfull to an Emperor who just united a major part of the HRE under his rule. It's up to you to decide when the Bohemians will start to resist or wether they will resist at all. It was just proposed due to the tendency to limit Germany/HRE's power but if you want Bohemia can of course join the centralized HRE peacefully (I would prefer this for it offers the possibility to give HRE Czech and Slowak culture ).The HRE would not "give up" these lands, it would just not be able to extend the reforms to them initially; as I have said, there should be a possibility to integrate these territories (and gain cores) in later events.