Heil to the Kaiserreich: What If The Kaiser returned to throne after world war one?

Heil to the Kaiserreich
Authors Note
So My first official timeline and one that will also be posted as I write. Inspired by Heart's of iron four and the plentiful amount world war 2 axis victory timelines. Unlike my Prototype American story, which I had already nearly finished writing by the time I began to post it this one will be posted as I write. Which means updates could be frequent or they could not. Feel free to leave any suggestions, request's or questions. I will always answer every comment. How Realistic this will be, I do not know but I hope you enjoy and if there is something you don't enjoy do feel free to tell me what.​
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Prologue: Once Upon A Time In Germany

Prologue: Once Upon A Time In Germany​

Once upon a time, Germany was not a nation or even an idea. It was just a group of German speaking people who could never be united. Not even the Romans united what is now known as Germany under one government; they managed to occupy only its southern and western portions. Only one Nation came close to the idea of conquering Germany and that was a long time ago in 800 AD with Charlemagne who came to rule most of Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands Switzerland but within one generation of family this nation was all but gone. An idea that people believed in, a nation broken apart. It would be this way for a while longer yet, the dream of a united Germany a long way in the distance for anyone to even dream about.

This did not change during the medieval times either. In fact, the people were driven further apart, all sense of unity had evaporated between the German princes who existed in the HRE. As other Nations such as Spain, England and France began there long but historic journeys to nation states and empire’s Germany remained divided by ruthless wars which tore apart the notion of a United Kingdom. The only hint at any form of unity was in the form of the Austrian Hapsburg Dynasty which had a tight hold on the HRE. Soon the situation in the German provinces would become much worse as religious unity was torn asunder by the Protestant Reformation. The lands where destroyed, pillaged and entire lives destroyed as the thirty years war descended upon the people of these lands. The idea of a German nation was far from anyone’s mind as Germany became the battle ground of Europe.

Soon everything would change again. The Thirty Years was ended and the Peace of Westphalia came to pass. Two Nations, one old and one new burst onto the scene as the dominant German nations. Prussia and Austria now the largest nations in Germany divided the remaining independent provinces. This began a new fight between the two nations as the fight for domination over the German people began to climb. Any smaller states sought to retain their independence by allying themselves with one or other as not to do so was not a safe move. This hostility however would soon be put aside as a greater threat loomed over them both. From the mid-1790s till the allied nations of Europe (Prussia, Austria, and Russia) defeated napoleon, Germany was under occupation. Though in reality this was not as bad for the German people as it seemed.

Napoleon's empire had abolished numerous small states and planned for an empire of Germany to rule as a republic to consolidate napoleons control over troupe. Eventually the Emperor was defeated but the change to Germany was permanent. after the Congress of Vienna in 1815, the German territory consisted of only about 40 states with Prussia and Austria returning to fight for dominance over the remaining states. The effects of Napoleon however would not vanish and soon the idea of a German nation began to grow. Scholars, bureaucrats, students, journalists, and businessmen all called for a united republic of Germany akin to the united states. They wanted to wash away the tyranny and confusion to build up again with a new united code of law and a currency which worked for all.

The ideas for German unification however did not pleese the monarchs of Europe, they did not want a republican nation in the heart of Europe. Revolutions that took place in the 1840s however brought a united republican Germany closer to existence then it ever would. But it was not to be. King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia, rejected the German crown and the idea of a republican Germany soon died away not to be realised. It would be a conservative Prussian aristocrat who would bring about the united empire of Germany. Not liberals, not rioters or communists but instead Otto von Bismarck. He saw the value in a united Germany and set about to bring it into creation for his own gains. To protect the German way. The race to be a great power between Austria and Germany soon came to a head but Bismarck was much more prepared.

After a series of masterful diplomatic measures and three brief but dazzlingly successful military campaigns, Austria was left out in the cold as Bismarck finally gave the provinces of Germany something he believed it needed. A central government, a united nation. No more were their smaller provinces alone. Now them and Prussia had come together some diplomatically some by force to create the German empire. From here the only way path for Germany to follow was one that led to there slow but sure rise to great power. There was a parliament (Reichstag) but in reality, this was elected by the rich and powerful. All the power remained in the hands of the Emperor which suited the many German’s who now found a better life under the new empire.

German’s rein as a superpower would last for over thirty years. But then came the war. Germany made amends with its former foe in Austria and soon an alliance was born. An alliance that was to backfire on the German nation. Germany’s aims in Europe were to expand and they foresaw an enlarged Germany, with Belgium and Poland as vassal states and with colonies in Africa. This alienated France and Russia who game to form the entante powers with France. For a while tensions grew and then they ignited. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to Emperor Franz Joseph, ignited troupe into war and a peace that lasted for decades was destroyed. Germany seemed poised to make its plans for victory a success.

The plan would be a disaster for Germany. Germany’s military strategy, involving a two-front war in France and Belgium in the west and Russia in the east, ultimately failed. The armies were stretched thin, there navies bested and American support made the situation seem even more dire. The arrival of the Spanish flu soon began to decimate German forced and the empire which had once stood so strong was forced to surrounded to the victorious entante powers who did not take to kindly to the central powers and so the repercussions for war where harsher then ever. Territory was taken, the army and navy limited to a pity defence force if that and financial reparations where harsh upon a war wary nation. The age Of the German empire was over.

And so now the German people suffer. Seeking answers for the war’s loss. Accusations flying around the country as people sought to rebuild their life’s. Husband’s, father’s, son’s never to return again. Germany was in shambles. The Weimar Republic was established with a constitution that provided for a parliamentary democracy in which the government was ultimately responsible to the people. It was liked but the players who would change the fate of Germany had already begun to move into action. The former Kaiser lived with his son in exile in the Netherlands, one plotting away, Gustav Stresemann a German statesmen schemed in the shadows for a new Germany, Paul von Hindenburg kept the ship steady and smaller players pondered their own position in the new Germany. The stage was set, the actors ready. All Germany had to do was rise anew once more.
you caught my attention if your inspiration is hoi4 does that mean that there will be a German civil war Austria will unite with Germany and France will take another beating or will it be an important adversary/ally.
If not, good luck for the future :)
you caught my attention if your inspiration is hoi4 does that mean that there will be a German civil war Austria will unite with Germany and France will take another beating or will it be an important adversary/ally.
If not, good luck for the future :)
Some of this will happen. some of it will not. we will see as we go along.
Chapter One: The Crown Prince in exile

Chapter One: The Crown Prince in exile​

The war was over and for all intents and purposes. Germany and her allies where the losers. The German people seemed to blame everyone from the Jews, to the British to the germane monarch himself. And there lay the problem for Germany in the imediiate aftermath of world war one. Wilhelm II had become disliked over the cause of the war as favour turned against Germany. Even if the man acted as a shadow Kaiser Paul von Hindenburg and General Erich Ludendorff taking more and more control as the war went on. Revolution followed and Hindenburg plus Ludendorff despite being what was basically dictators at that time pinned the blame on the Kaiser. Wilhelm who was at the Imperial Army headquarters in Belgium was taken back by the uprisings but by now there was little he could do. Social Democrat Philipp Scheidemann, proclaimed Germany a republic. Any hope of reclaiming the throne was quickly broken as the army pledged support now not to the king but to the republic. For now, the support for the monarchy was gone.

On 10 November 1918, Wilhelm crossed the border by train and went into exile in the Netherlands, which had remained neutral throughout the war. He would never return to his natural Germany again. calls for his extraditing to England were placed on the Netherlands but refusal is all that returned to those demands. Wilhelm found a peaceful life in the country. He purchased a country house in the municipality of Doorn, known as Huis Doorn, and moved in on 15 May 1920. This was to be his home for the remainder of his life. Exile was kind to the old king who had just ended the 500-year rule of his family over Germany in just four years. He was content but unhappy with all that had happened but knew Germany now had to move on without him. He learnt the Dutch language and did his best to blend in. Wilhelm seemed to enjoy life in exile.

While the former king enjoyed exile, another man did not. The crown prince Wilhelm Victor August Ernst once had a bright future ahead of him. Germany was a great power, her future looking bright and her dominance over Europe assured. Wilhelm became crown prince at the age of six, retaining that title for more than 30 years and during most that time he enjoyed the life the title brought. The crown prince himself was still popular in Germany. Unlike the Kaiser who was blamed the war, the crown prince had taken a more active role in the war itself. Wilhelm had been active in pushing German expansion, and sought a leading role on the outbreak of war and got it he did as soon as war began, he was appointed commander of the 5th Army.

Though this meant he answered to more experienced people, for all intents and purposes he was in charge till the war’s end. He was very nearly appointed to lead the Verdun Offensive but as history now knows the year-long effort to destroy the French armies would end in failure and had the crown prince been leading that charge the love for him in Germany would likely have evaporated. Instead, he took a shrapnel blast to the leg which would permentantly disable him for life, giving him his now trademark limp. It was though this bravery however that the crown prince was able to retain some level of appreciation among the Germany people. Even as he was forced into exile.

Life in exile for the crown prince was vastly different to that of the Kaiser. The younger Wilhelm (only 38) in 1920 found life much more boring than it was before. He too learnt Dutch and he also learnt French but he was bored and restless. He often drew up plans and held parties where he spent hours talking to close friends about his goal to restore himself as the new Kaiser or put his father back on the throne. The older Wilhelm, though wanting to return himself, became cold towards his son. He accepted his mistakes and arguments soon followed between the pair. They met less frequently though the son respected his father’s wishes. He never stoped plotting and while Germany for now enjoyed her republican days. Not all where happy with the current situation.

Gustav Stresemann was for now the main prepotent of admiration for the former crown prince. While there where pockets of praise scattered across the country for the man who would have been king it was not yet a unified voice but Stresemann was key in keeping the idea of a return alive. Be it in a low-key way as the republic was still young and the people still believed it could work. In what some may consider a lucky twist of fate. Streseman was not always the monarchy he supporter he became. He was once associated with the left wing of the National Liberals and dreamed of a republic. But over the course of world war one his views shifted right and his support for the monarchy and the dream of a German Europe grew. Of cause these ideas were kept down low when the war ended and republican support shot though the roof but he never truly let the ideas go. In the early years of the new republic, he quickly rose up the ranks and became one of the most influential men.

It was this influence which would be vital for the former crown prince for one solid ally was already in place. Letters between the pair began as soon as the crown prince was settled in the Netherlands. The correspondence was never ending and though at first some were hostile. The pair soon struck up what could be called a friendship. Streseman would soon begun visiting the former crown prince and attending his parties. Which where a front for private conversations between the pair which nobody was every privy to. Without Streseman visiting him, the crown prince may have vanished from the people’s memories but because he did visit him his image was maintained. Right wing news papers and speakers spoke of the war hero crown prince who took physical scaring for Germany was thrown aside by the left in order to usher in a communist dictatorship.

It was this spark that was needed but it would also have consequences. As the former crown prince began to change his image. To become the war hero and could have been king to save Germany. His relations with his father rapidly declined. He began to give interviews to Dutch newspapers and reporters from Germany also arrived to get takes on his new life. The former king was infuriated and as the former crown prince plotted his return to Germany to give a speech in berlin. The Former Kaiser struck a heavy blow. His father forbade him from acting on the idea, he threatened to cut him of from money and cast him out from the family. If the former Kaiser had gone ahead with this, then the former crown prince would of never been able to reclaim his position.

After his plans had been blocked by his father, the pair never truly spoke again. the former easier kept away from his son as long as his son promised to do no more then he already had. The former king supported the republic even if he wanted his throne back and wanted to see Germany do well, he did not like his son steering up the pot. The former crown prince however would not stop and under the title *the prodigal son* began writing newspaper articles about the war, the Kaiser, the republic and himself trying to drum up support. It was not an easy task and with only one man on his side for now it seemed impossible. Germany would remain a republic, a fractured but healing nation. The peace would not last, the former crown prince would not stop in his efforts be it now he did them more secretly. And soon more allies would follow, allies who would be vital in his return to Germany.

I wonder what the reaction of Britain and France would be to the restoration of the German monarchy.
Annoyance among many I presume. but there is one certain British person who may be more favourable to them. The Nazis had plans for him, maybe the future Kaiser can too. They will share some common problems after all.
Wonder how the future Kaiser will avoid becoming a puppet to the military as Wilhelm II did OTL or a puppet of the Nazis if they take power like OTL?
Is everything so far still as it was OTL?

I'm not sure that the British will have a huge problem with Wilhelm's comeback attempt; he's a descendant of Queen Victoria after all, and it was Wilson and the Americans who were most firmly anti-monarchist.
Uh during the Kapp Putsch of 1920 when there was talk about restoring the german monarchy france in no certain terms told Germany that they would invade if they did that. It was one of the major reasons why the Putsch failed. So what changed here? France had the support of the German Social Democrats, the Belgians and Americans to invade too otl.