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Some claim "high german" was standarized mainly by the brothers Grimm (yes, the fairy tale ones) starting as late as 1818 and technically they weren't finished by 1863, when the last of them died. Both were deep into the idea making Germany a true nation state with one ruler (again) after the shattering of the napoleonic era. Jacob Grimm even was a delegate in the Reichstag in Frankfurt in 1848. And only after Prussia nicked 2/3rds of Germany after unification in 1871 standard German was teached in school among the various states (including modern day Austria). The brothers Grimm finalized the standard German at the university of Göttingen, Kingdom of Hannover, which is the reason, why Hannoveranians are credited with talking the clearest standard German, even though it has strong middle German influences, since they started their work in Kassel, Hessen. Und wenn ein Germanistikstudent dies hier liest und den Drang verspürt mich zu korrigieren, darf er oder sie dies gerne tun.

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Oh most honourable @Legate of Mineta, did the team get the news about the new games approval policy adopted by the USK* in Germany this week?

In short games are now treated like book and films as the use of symbols as the Swastika in games is now subsumed under the exemption from the criminal code films and books already enjoy. 
So under certain circumstances Swastikas and other Nazi symbols are now legal to use in games. You have to apply with the game and it's all fresh and without any precedences, but the legal possibility is now there.

§86 (3) StGB (german crimnal code) reads as follows:
[Die Benutzung eines verbotenen Propagandamittels ist nicht strafbar,] "wenn das Propagandamittel oder die Handlung der staatsbürgerlichen Aufklärung, der Abwehr verfassungswidriger Bestrebungen, der Kunst oder der Wissenschaft, der Forschung oder der Lehre, der Berichterstattung über Vorgänge des Zeitgeschehens oder der Geschichte oder ähnlichen Zwecken dient."
[The use of prohibited propaganda is not punishable], "if the piece propaganda or the (prohibited) act is used for the elucidation of state citizens, the defense against anticonstitutional endeavours, art or science, research or teaching, reporting about contemporary events or history or similiar puposes."

Games can now classify as art or any other case of the above on a case to case basis. A bit like book or films. There is no general exemption as of now.

Just wanted to tell you in case you missed.

*USK = Unterhaltungssoftwarekontrolle / Entertainment software control. Those nasty bug... I mean friendly feds who give games an age rating in Germany or tell you to change it or suffer a ban (which is not a 100% ban, but it feels like one). To protect the kids.

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I put it here as a rare example of lower German. We even got it teached in school, because our half-polish music teacher wanted to preserve lower German in some of us. And don't be irritated by the pseudo medieval sound. The song is much younger. Probably 17XX's. And strictly speaking it's a tiny bit amorale for puritanic people.


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Since Belfast refers to the topic I thought I get a shortlist together with possible German heroes.

Arminius also known as "Hermann der Cherusker" or in english "Herman the German".
Annihilated three roman Legions in the German forests in 9 Anno Domini/762 Ab Urbe Condita, ending Roman expansion into Germania for good. Then got killed by his own family, because his success made him a bit megalomanic.

Wieland der Schmied (Wieland the smith)
Excellent smith. Learned his trade from dwarves and his blade could easily cut almost everything. He was so skill full he could smith himself metal wings to escape imprisonment.

Siegfried (Sigurd)
Hero of the Nibelungen and other sagas, most commonly known for the slaying of the dragon Fafner somewhere at the Rhine. Usually seen as the ideal German warrior (not debatable in 1939).

Karl der Große elsewhere probably better known as Charlemagne, Carolus Magnus or Charles the Great.
Legendary frankian king who united most of western Europe into his Reich. "Incorporated" the Saxons, Bavarians and Alemanni into his Reich and the Saxons into Christendom.
(Don't mention too openly it's a hero shared with France in 1939)

Widukind or Wittekind
Legendary Saxon duke who fought Charles the Great around 780A.D. (1533 A.U.C.) ultimatively failed and even converted to christianity....and then got killed by his new friends. Still inspired the Saxons to fight on even after his loss, which bittered Charles enough to initiate the massacre of Verden, where he killed 3000 unarmed Saxon nobles, gaining him in some parts of Germany not the name "the Great", but "the Saxonbutcher".

Ludwig der Deutsche (Louis the German)
Solidified the East-Frankian Reich in the aftermath of the shattering of the Frankian Reich in the treaty of Verdun in 843A.D./1596A.U.C. It would later become what is now known as the German Reich. (Clasically seen as "start" of German national history in 1939)

Otto I. der Große (Otto the Great)
Ended the slavic threat from the east in the battles on the Lechfeld against the Magyars (Hungarian) and at the Raxa against the perished slavic tribe of the Obotrites. Gained the German crown, but also the Italian crown, enabling him to become the first roman emperor from Germany in 962A.D./1715A.U.C..

Friedrich I. "Barbarossa" (Frederick I. red beard)
Became Roman-German Kaiser in 1152 A.D./1905A.U.C., solidified the Reich against inner struggles and the pope. Drowned on his crusade, but will return in Germanys darkest hour to save it. Until then sleeps under the Kyffhäuser mountain.

Walther von der Vogelweide 
Most famous medieval poet from Germany. A lot of legends and poetry are spun around his person. Also his birthplace is claimed by almost any German tribe.

Legendary field marshal in the 30 years war. Was, in contrast to his successor Tilly, respected by catholics and protestants alike for his fair treatment of protestant opponents. The latter made him unpopular in radical papal circles which made him first fall out of favour with the Kaiser and then got him killed by radical catholic officers.

August I. der Starke, Herzog von Sachsen als August II. König von Polen (August I. the strong, Duke of Saxony as August II. King of Poland)
Became Duke of Saxony in 2447A.U.C./1694A.D. and King of Poland three years later. Known for
the height of the Saxon renaissance, introducing true Saxon porcellain and being so strong he could break and bend horseshoes with his bare hands. His reign in Saxon is considered a full success and he established it as one of the great powers in Germany. His reign in Poland a mixed bag, but in Germany, no one remembers him for Poland anyways.

Friedrich II. der Große von Preußen (Frederick II. the Great of Prussia) a.k.a. der alte Fritz (the old Fritz)
Became King IN Prussia in 2496A.U.C./1740A.D. Solidified Prussia as a major power in Europe at the cost of almost everyone else, but it enabled him to cut Prussia off of Poland and become King OF Prussia in 2525AUC/1772AD. Known for establishing Enlightenment and the potato in Germany. Under him the Prussian army got its fearsome reputation.

Maria Theresia Erzherzogin von Österreich (Maria Theresia, Archduchess of Austria)
Became Archduchess of Austria in her own right(!) in 2496AUC/1740AD. Much to the anger of the old Fritz. Had to make a deal with him which gave her husband the Kaisercrown and denied it to her.
Lost a quite a bit of territory, but was very successful in making Austria a modern and efficient country.

Luise von Preußen (Louise of Prussia)
Became Queen of Prussia as the wife of Friedrich Wilhelm III. in 2550AUC/1797AD. She (and not her husband, who is remembered as a wimp) stands for the common German resistance against Napoleon and the (re-)uniting of Germany.

Die Gebrüder Grimm (the brothers Grimm)
Pushed for cultural unification of Germany by standardising German language and folklore. The Fairy Tales might be known to some of you. Also pushed for stronger German unification in the revolution of 2601AUC/1848AD. One of them even went to Frankfurt as a member of parliament. Started the first German dictionary.

Friedrich Schiller and Wolfgang von Goethe
The two giants of German poetry. Considered not the first but biggest German "national poets", shaping its cultural identity with their works. (i.e. "Die Räuber" or "Faust")

Otto von Bismarck
United Germany in the "small" German solution in 2624AUC/1871AD. Remembered as masterful statesman and true "pater patriae" (father of the fatherland). In reality pulled some very dirty tricks to ensure a Germany under Prussian dominance.

Ludwig II. von Bayern, der Märchenkönig (Ludwig II. of Bavaria, the Fairy Tale King)
Mostly remembered for building beautiful castles, keeping Bavarian identity and souvereignity in a unified Germany and drowing himself later, after he had gone mad, in
the Würmlake (todays Lake Starnberg).

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Heroes if you're a socialist or communist otherwise probably not so much. Most known for their socialist theories and the "communist manifesto".

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This is very important and has to be obeyed as closely as possible by any Kapitän of the Kriegsmarine and in fact every German (and funnily enough by Luxemburger and Österreichern) as it is still a valid treaty in 1939 (and in fact at the time I'm writing this as well):

Freundschaftsvertrag zwischen den Staaten des Deutschen Zollvereins und Japan

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GKS bis Nov 1941 (Top Secret until November 1941)


Im folgenden Filmdokument erklärt ein offensichtlich Obdachloser, dem Trunke ergebener und völlig verlotterter Historiker(?) warum der durch andere Armeen (im FD: der Franzose) benutzte und in Zukunft auf unsere heroischen Truppen angewandte Begriff des "Blitzkriegs" völliger Mumpitz ist. Vgl. dazu auch die militärischen Wochenblätter, welche Erwähnung und Zitierung finden. Der Begriff taugt nur um unsere Kameraden im Heer ein wenig zu triezen.





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