German State Flag Tag
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Monday, July 30, 2012
Virginia, United States
In 100:n attribuutin haaste
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THIS IS A REPLACEMENT GERMAN FLAG TAG. SADLY THE PREVIOUS ONE WAS LOST. PLEASE MOVE THIS ALONG.
My goal is to find my way home to Germany.
But in the meantime I would like to see many sites around me.
Please move me along.
About This Item
I am the flag of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen (German: Freie Hansestadt Bremen.This is the smallest of Germany's 16 states. A more informal name, but used in some official contexts, is Land Bremen ('Country Bremen').
The state of Bremen consists of two separated enclaves: Bremen, officially the 'City' (Stadtgemeinde Bremen) which is the state capital, and the city of Bremerhaven(Stadt Bremerhaven). Both are located on the River Weser; Bremerhaven is further downstream and serves as a North Seaharbour(the name Bremerhaven means "Bremen's harbour"). Both cities are completely surrounded by the neighbouring State of Lower Saxony(Niedersachsen). The two cities are the only administrative subdivisions the state has.
At the unwinding of the Holy Roman Empirein 1806 the Free Imperial Cityof Bremen (as of 1646, after earlier privileges of autonomy of 1186) was not mediatisedbut became a sovereign state officially titled Free Hanseatic Cityof Bremen. Its currency was the Bremen thaler(until 1873). In 1811 the First French Empireannexed the city-state. Upon the first, albeit only preliminary, defeat of Napoléon Bonaparte, Bremen resumed its pre-1811 status as city-state in 1813. The Vienna Congressof 1815 confirmed Bremen's - as well as Frankfurt's, Hamburg's, and Lübeck's- independence after pressuring by Bremen's emissary, and later burgomaster, Johann Smidt. Bremen became one of 39 sovereign states of the German Confederation. In 1827 the state of Bremen bought the tract of land from the Kingdom of Hanover, where future Bremerhaven would be established. Bremen became part of the North German Confederationin 1867 and became an autonomous component state of the new-founded German Empirein 1871 and stayed with Germany in its following forms of government.
Bremen, which in 1935 had become a regular city at the de facto abolition of statehood of all component German states within the Third Reich, was reestablished as state in 1947. Being - at that time - actually located in the British Zone of Occupationthe Control Commission for Germany - British Elementand the Office of Military Government for Germany, U.S. (OMGUS)agreed in 1947 to constitute the cities of Bremen and then Wesermünde- in their borders altered in 1939 - as a German statenamed again Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, becoming at that occasion an exclaveof the American Zone of Occupationwithin the British zone. In 1949 the city-state joined the then West German Federal Republic of Germany.
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