| Germanic Federation|
|Motto: "Das Vaterland Einst"|
|Federal Anthem: Requiem|
| Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia |
- Federal Speaker
| Unicameral federal republic |
Johannes Witmire (CDP)
Monika Freidhem (KIP)
| Legislature |
| Federal Assembly |
|Formation from the|
| Association of Germanic Nations|
October 28th, 2007
| m4.295 trillion|
| $5.497 trillion|
|Drives on the||Right|
The Germanic Federation (More formally the Germanic Federation of States or commonly Germany; German: Deutsch Föderation and Deutschland) is a federal democratic republic located in North Central Europe. The Germanic Federation is a result of the 2007 Political Crisis, which caused the European Union to destabilize in its entirety. A collection of Germanic states, Germany, Austria, Leichestien and Switzerland, united into a single country under the Articles of Vienna in late 2007. Following policies that advocated for the upkeep of a Germanic identity, the Federation exited the European Union in 2008. The loss of Germany from the Union and Eurozone caused any expectations of full European integration to stop and capitulate, which in turn allowed for the German economy to grow at a much faster rate. Germany's government continued to upkeep policies of economic growth and separatism from the rest of Europe, resulting in widespread domestic development and support towards the new federation.
The Germanic Federation is a capitalist state with a history of economic systems. However, World War II and the Cold War changed the entire course of the nation's development drastically. With newer buildings and engineering standards surpassing older technologies, the Federation is a leading economic power internationally. Germany has the largest economy in Europe that is continuing growth at a stable rate, with the GDP at an increase of 6.84% in 2012. The national standard of living is high, as well as the HDI and Per Capita GDP. The Gini Index remains at a low rate because of joint social-capitalist systems that the government has effectively put into place. Despite a low amount of primary sector economics, the economy is dominated by both secondary and tertiary industries. Germany's currency is the Bundesmark, now the fifth most traded currency in the world.
Germany is bordered by Italy and Slovenia to the south, Poland, Hungary and the Chezk Republic to the east, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west, and the North Sea, Denmark and the Baltic Sea to the North. Germany is a member of the United Nations and an observer of the European Council. No German entity continues to observe Pan-European agreements, and attitudes toward European integration remain low. For the most part, Germany has warm relations with many Western and Eastern powers, but relations with Middle Eastern and Balkan nations remain unstable.
In the Political Crisis of 2007, the United States broke into a collection of nations that were not able to maintain the world power of their former union. As a result, the world's power shifted itself into introversion which made the formation of more sustainable powers necessary. As Germany was the only economy in the European Union that was not suffering from crippling debt, a conference was held in Zürich to discuss the possibilities of Germany taking control of its cultural neighbors. While Switzerland was reluctant at first to join the conference in full scale, the proposal of Self Defense Forces over active military action allowed for the neutral ideals of the Swiss people to be fully represented. The Zürich Conference of 2007 drafted the initial formation of a confederation over attending Germanic nations. After two weeks, the constituent nations formed the Association of Germanic Nations. The AGN was centered in Vienna, but more destabilization from the former United States caused a crisis in Europe when the American nation itself capitulated. The AGN was called to an emergency session on October 28th, 2007, at which all nations unanimously agreed to form one nation as a whole. The Articles of Vienna were signed by all representatives from attending nations, thus forming the Germanic Federation.
In the Articles, a new government system was pieced together from the existing ones. After the formation of an operating government, the Germanic Federation was recognized by the European Union and then the United Nations. The capital city was chosen as Bonn during the first session of the Federal Assembly from the existing AGN representatives in Vienna. The 2008 Germanic elections were held on February 1st, in which the legitimacy of the Federation was recognized internationally. The Federal Assembly then voted to not join any European governments or recognize any European agreements. News of this caused the overall capitulation of the European Union and Eurozone, but relations with European countries remained high. By 2009, the economy stabilized in Germany, and the domestic association of each former nation was completed. Instead of being recognized as an organization, Germany gained respect as a nation.
The 2012 Germanic elections provided evidence of increased liberalism towards social matters, but economic policies continued to remain at a moderate stance of socialism and capitalism. Germany's highly developed socioeconomic system proved to be at the constant brink of rapid development, but the government has pressed tightly on all sectors to insure that the national system of governance is not overwhelmed in instances such as the Russian Federation. Also, with the recent completion of full domestic integration, Germany has kept a close eye on economic progression, not letting the system become either too capitalist or too socialist. This system is also shown with an even balance in the Federal Assembly of liberal, moderate and conservative parties.
The Germanic Federation is a federal republic with a unicameral legislature and an appointed Federal ministry system of Federal Offices. The Constitution of the Germanic Federation outlines the principle rule of the government, and its basic layout as well. Along with the Code of Law of the Germanic Federation, the government is defined entirely by law as being an organ that operates for the best benefit of the people. The result is a moderately sized government with a unique balanced system of unitary federal power. The government's layout is in two branches with an equal separation of power. The legislative branch creates law, while the executive branch enforces the law. There is no constitutional committee apart of the government, because the rights of the citizens are not defined in the constitution. Instead, the Code of Law fully defines the rights of a citizen, and the executive branch is bound to insuring that the rights of the people are upheld in legislative decisions. The Federal Assembly must also insure that the Chancellor does not become too powerful, or the Chancellor can be impeached by a joint effort of the Federal Assembly and the Federal Chamber.
Constitution and Code of LawEdit
The Constitution is the document which creates the framework of the government. Basic law passed by the Federal Assembly cannot interfere with the constitution's wording, unless the Chancellor, Federal Chamber and popular federal vote allow for the legislature to do so. The constitution defines only the structure and ruling authority of both the federal and state governments. Instead of insuring the civil rights of the people within the constitution, the constitution limits the governing rights of the federal and state governments over certain aspects of civilians.
The Code of Law defines the legal limitations of the people, and extends as a collection of all laws passed by the Federal Assembly. To become apart of the Code, the segment must receive a majority of votes from the Federal Assembly, and then must be signed by the President. The Code is the collection of civic and governmental definitions and limitations, and the Federal Assembly must have a majority vote for certain areas of the code to be removed. The Code also limits the power of authorities over civilians, and protects the rights of speech, expression, petition, public assembly and thought. Religion, however, is not protected by Code, and is a very controversial topic in the Federal Assembly.
The Federation is divided into fifty-one states with separated governing powers. The Germanic Federation is a federation, and is thus entitled to insure a certain amount of power to its largest subdivisions. The states are known as Zustands, and each maintain an equal level of federal power. Each state has a Governor and a State Assembly organized according to the local constitution. However, the Federal constitution explains that the state must maintain the same power structure of the federal government so that the rights of the people are protected. States must also abide by federal laws, and can only make laws that apply to that state directly. States are responsible for the local management of health care, welfare, education and emergency services. Each state also controls taxes, 50% of which goes to the national government.
The executive branch is one of the two branches of the government. The executive branch's main goal, as per the terms of the constitution, is to insure that the rule of law of the Federation is upheld in its territories. The highest position in the executive branch is that of the Chancellor of the Germanic Federation. The Chancellor is elected by a direct popular vote that takes place every four years. The new Chancellor appoints people they can trust to the positions of the Federal Offices of the Germanic Federation. The Federal Offices serve as the administrative bodies of the Chancellors authority, and are collectively known as the Federal Chamber of the Germanic Federation. The Federal Chamber directs the Federal Offices under the guise of the Chancellor. The Chancellor and the Federal Chamber must also agree on laws for them to be added to the Code, but the Chancellor is allowed to overrule the Federal Chamber if necessary. However, the Chancellor has never once overruled the Chamber in the history of the Federation.
The legislative branch is the second branch of the government which creates laws to add to the code, and can also revise the code to remove parts. Effectively, the legislative branch is the lawmaking organ of the government, and is completely composed of the Federal Assembly. The Federal Assembly is the representative body of the people in the government, and there are three representatives from each state. The states choose their representatives every two years, but the entire country votes for the Federal Speaker every four years. The Federal Speaker is the highest position in the Federal Assembly and the legislative branch, but also serves as the 100th chair in the Assembly. The Speaker votes in favour of their party, and also chooses the agenda of the Assembly. The party with the Speaker is usually the ruling party in the government. The Federal Speaker appoints members of the Federal Assembly to a number of committees, each dealing with a topic that is most important at the time. Stationary committees exist for entire Assembly periods. And intern committees exist only when the necessary attention is shifted to a very specific topic.
The Germanic Federation maintains an extensive diplomatic network with 227 diplomatic missions, and maintains relations with 197 nations. As a recognized power in Europe, Germany has many ties abroad. The Federation is a member of the United Nations, the WTO, the IMF, and various other trade organizations. Germany is an observer of the European Council and an associate of the NATO.
The Germanic Federation has a highly consistent political system of liberal conservatives, moderates and leftists. The most extreme right leaning stance in the entire Federation is that of the KIP, which only has a paleoconservative economic policy, but remains with a liberal social policy. Most people in the Germanic Federation have an industrialist and minimalist nature, which gives the populace a strong conservative stance on the economics of the nation. Even so, a significant portion of the nation supports the social free market policies that are currently in place.
While the economic policy of the nation is characterized by conservatism, the social practices and policies of the Federations are centre left. Polls taken by the Federal Office of the Interior have shown high support of various freedoms towards all ethnic groups in the population. Even though most people consider themselves Christian, the presence of actual conservative Christian policy is extremely low for that branding. Nonetheless, abortion and gay marriage are taboo in the Federation, but such social policies are left for the states to decide themselves.
The Germanic Federal Defense Forces (Bundeswehr) are the primary armed forces of the country. The Defense Forces are divided into four groups; the Ground Federal Defense Forces, Air Federal Defense Forces, Sea Federal Defense Forces and the Federal Grenadier Forces.
The Ground Federal Defense Forces (Boden Bundeswehr) are the primary land forces of the Federation, and serve to defend the ground assets and territory of the Federation. The Ground Federal Defense Forces comprise of 180,000 active soldiers, and 67,000 operating vehicles. The Ground Forces are divided into six military zones, which are protected by the six armies making up the general Ground Forces. The six armies, the Federal Northern Army, Federal Eastern Army, Federal Western Army, Federal Swiss Army, Federal Central Army and Federal Austrian Army, are all accommodated to defend the entirety of the Germanic Federation within hours of a first attack. Utilizing the Autobahn and a constantly active GPS strike grid, the Germanic Federation's Unified Defense Network allows for maximum operating defense capabilities of the Ground Federal Defense Forces with the rest of the Bundeswher entirely.
The Air Federal Defense Forces (Luft Bundeswehr) are the primary air forces of the Federation, and protect the airspace that is claimed and governed as Germanic Territory. The Air Federal Defense Forces are composed of 65,000 active soldiers, and 3,400 military air craft. The Air Forces are divided into three wings, the Federal Northern Air Wing, Federal Eastern Air Wing and Federal Western Air Wing. All wings are equal in operational structure, and serve to protect their designated areas of control before assisting other wings with larger operations against opponents. The Air Forces are apart of the Unified Defense Network, and operate as such with areal measures and counter measures against enemy forces.
The Sea Federal Defense Forces (Meer Bundeswehr) are the primary sea forces of the Federation, and operate to protect the coast and oceanic territories of the Federation. Because the Federation only has two coast lines connected by a canal, the Sea Federal Defense Forces comprise of only 120,000 active persons and 104 active warships. Germany's naval forces have undergone vast expansion since leaving the European Union, as the country needed to develop its own effective sea defenses. While 104 warships is not a small amount, it is a particularly lower amount than expected of a world power. The Sea Forces also operate a single aircraft carrier the GMS Bismark. The Sea Forces are divided into two fleets, the Federal North Fleet and the Federal Baltic Fleet. In the Unified Defense Network, the Sea Forces operate an active barrier of defense for seaborne invasion and protect against sea based threats.
The Federal Grenadier Forces (Bundesgrenadier) are a special defense unit of the Federation. The Grenadiers are elite special military units with capabilities to utilize any combat situation in their favour. They are the personal special forces of the Federal Chamber, and operate for the interests of the Federal government in terms of espionage, personal protection and black operations. Being a Grenadier means having special prowess recognized by the Federal government, and there is only 6,703 actively operating in the Grenadiers. As a part of the Unified Defense Forces, they execute the most necessary of operations against foreign enemy governments.
The Germanic Federation is a social market economy with a highly qualified labour force, a large capital stock, a low level of corruption and a high level of innovation and ingenuity. It has the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest in the world by means of GDP. Because of developments in the Western World with the Political Crisis of 2007, the former tertiary sector dominated economy has been actively redeveloped into a mix between secondary and tertiary sector outputs. The government has actively implanted economic policies to keep the Federation's economy from submersion to global events, and all of which have worked effectively. The economic structure of the nation is now at 6% primary, 43% secondary and 51% tertiary. The unemployment rate in June of 2012 was at 5.12%, which is still shrinking. Germany is the only former Eurozone economy that has stabilized and continued growth since the fall of the United States.
Germany was formerly a strong advocate of European integration both politically and commercially. However, the fall of the United States and subsequent global instability caused the European Union and Eurozone to fail at their front most effort. The German political scene and since then dropped ideas of unity with Europe and focused on strong fiscal centralization and isolation. When self reliance and unification between the united countries was achieved in late 2009, the Germanic Federation began actively implanting itself again in world socioeconomics. Germany's economy is now completely self reliant, with international globalization efforts fueling further growth. The Federation's currency, the Bundesmark, is a symbol of the inwards importance economic stance. The Bundesmark is the fifth most traded currency in the world, with an equivalence rate of $1.28.
Germany is the headquarters of 37 of the 500 most important companies in the world. Strong self reintegration has further created several new companies to make up for the lack of international investment and stabilization. Critics have called the large presence of German companies in southern Africa a "new outlook on imperialism." Yet, the federal government has stated that "intervention in the economies of southern African nations will further develop both African and Germanic nations." Some important companies centered in Germany include BMW, Mercedes-Dailmer, Volkswagen, Siemens, Adidas, Audi, Allianz and DHL.
With a central position in Europe, Germany is a transportation hub. Because of its massive reconstruction efforts since World War II, Germany's road network, the Autobahn, is famously known around the world for its use and importance to the country. The Autobahn connects all areas of the Federation, and Switzerland, Austria and Lichtenstein were added to the network by the end of 2010. Train services are also available to the public at a more expensive cost, but faster speeds and better services usually make up for the deficit. Train services are owned by four companies throughout the Federation that are owned 25% by the government. The largest of which is Deutsche Bahn, which serves primarily northern states in the North Germany Region. Air transportation is also popular in the Federation, with the two largest airports being Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport. Both airports are hubs of Lufthansa Airlines. Other major airports in the Federation include Berlin Tegel, Düsseldorf International, Geneva Airport, Zürich Airport, Bern Airport, Innsbruck Airport, and Vienna International.
The Germanic Federation is the ninth largest consumer of energy in the world. The government has actively promoted renewable energy and energy conservation in the guise of the Kyoto Protocol. The Federation produces the fourth most emissions in Europe, after Russia, France and Italy. Renewable energy methods have reached increased popularity since the 2000s throughout Europe, and the Federal government has shown the most commitment to end the high emissions given off from the nation. Through extensive regulation and government policy, Germany went from 1st to 4th in four years following its promise to end high emissions. The Federation uses natural gas (66.3%), coal (18.3%) hydro electric and wind (6.1%) and other renewables (7.9%) as of 2012. All nuclear power plants were phased out in 2009, in what was considered the rise of natural gas power in the Federation.
Science and technologyEdit
The Federation has a long history of scientific importance at a global stage. Research and development form an integral part of the economy. The Federation is also a large researcher and consumer of green technologies. Companies specializing in the development and production of green technologies have an annual turnout of around m200 billion. Especially the expertise in engineering has further driven the economics and sustainability of the industry in the Federation, which may have a large impact on the world's green systems in the future. Historically, many famous scientists and inventors have their roots in Germany such as Albert Einstein and Johannes Gutenberg. The Federation has been the home to 103 Nobel laurets.
The Germanic Federation has a population of 98,203,119 people as of early 2012. Of the 98 million people, 93% is composed of ethnic Germans native to either Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein or Austria. 7% of people, roughly 7 million, are immigrated persons from other countries. Of those immigrants, the three highest ethnicities include 2.5 million Turks, 1.4 million Italians, and 1.7 million Russians. Due to a highly complicated asylum and immigration system, the number of migrants arriving in German territory each year is slowly declining.
62.8% of the population adheres to being some form of Christian, of which 30% are Catholics, 29.9% are Protestants. The remaining denominations make up less than 0.5% of the entire populace. Roman Catholics are primarily located in the south and west, while protestants are located in the north. 1.6% of the national population considers itself Orthodox Christian.
The second largest religion in the Federation is Islam, which makes up 4.6% of the population. Islam does not receive full state recognition, and Muslim groups come from the large amounts of Turks. Islam is followed by Buddhism with about 0.3%, then Judaism with a smaller 0.3% and then Hinduism with about 0.1% adherents. German Muslims are very controversial in Europe as a whole, as many fear that the growing number of Muslims will overrun the country. However, these reports are fake in the sense that Islam only makes up less than 5% of the population, and the number of Islamic immigrants is declining while the number of parsing Muslims is rising. The Federation has the third largest Jewish community in Europe, after the United Kingdom and France. Nearly half of Buddhists are immigrants from Asia and alike countries.
Germans with no stated religions make up 34.1% of the country, especially located in former East German metropolitan areas. The German reunification in 1990 greatly increased the number of atheists in the country, a legacy of the former Soviet state atheist past. Religion has greatly decreased within the population in recent years, especially among Christian Protestants.
The German language is the national and official language of the Germanic Federation. Recognised native minority languages in Germany are Danish, Low German, Sorbian, Romany, and Frisian; they are officially protected by the ECRML. The most used immigrant languages are Turkish, Kurdish, Polish, the Balkan languages, and Russian; 67% of German citizens claim to be able to communicate in at least one foreign language and 27% in at least two languages other than their own.
Standard German is a West Germanic language and is closely related to and classified alongside English, Low German, Dutch, and the Frisian languages. To a lesser extent, it is also related to the East (extinct) and North Germanic languages. Most German vocabulary is derived from the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. Significant minorities of words are derived from Latin and Greek, with a smaller amount from French and most recently English (known as Denglisch). German is written using the Latin alphabet. German dialects, traditional local varieties traced back to the Germanic tribes, are distinguished from varieties of standard German by their lexicon, phonology, and syntax.
The Germanic Federation is the oldest welfare state in the world, dating back the Bismark's social legislation. Yet, in some form the Federation is not considered a welfare state in no way. A balance of privatization and universal systems has allowed for a top quality system of education and health care without creating a federal deficit. The health care and educational systems of the nation have its roots in the privatized-but-universal Swiss system.
The educational system of the Germanic Federation has its roots primarily in the Swiss health care system. Four major educational providers own all education facilities in the Federation. These four providers are given a set limit of properties they can own, and they cannot build their own properties. Instead, they are encouraged to give the highest quality education they can. The best educational out put is awarded with an extra grant every two years upon inspection. The grants drive competition between the providers, and competition allows for a further advancement in facilities. The result of this capitalist system of education is a high quality and low cost network of admirable public schools.
100% of the population is literate, and this amount is greatly induced by the high quality education system. Civilians below the age of 18 are required to attend some form of education. Higher educational facilities are also largely precedent that they will be attended, but this is not required by law. There is an average acceptance rate of 76%, meaning that on average one in four Germans will remain in the middle class or lower for the majority of their lives. 100% of the population has earned at least their secondary school degrees, and 78% of the population has a degree in higher education.
Much like the Swiss health care system and current education system, health care is a mix of privatization and universalism. The entirety of the health care system is owned by four major providers. These providers can only own and operate hospitals, but cannot build them. Instead, competition between the providers is driven by the quality of service they provide to the public. This forces the providers to have a high quality of service, or otherwise they will not receive as much funding from the government. The providers can also not go bankrupt or merge, which further creates a drive to compete with one another. Insurance is also mandatory, but contracts to insurance are illegal. Instead, civilians are allowed to pick which ever policy they want while also being able to choose another at any time. The government provides subsidies to those who cannot afford health insurance, and only gives enough to pay for the least expensive policy. No contractual obligation drives the insurance companies to also compete with one another, but they are not financed by the government.
The result of the privatized-but-universal system is high quality health care services while the government spends very little on the actual services themselves. And in result to quality services is the lowest mortality rate in the world, and also a very high life expectancy.
The Germanic Federation is known for its rich cultural influence in the Western World. It has been known as "the land of poets and thinkers." The federated states are in charge of government owned cultural institutions. There are 310 subsidized theaters, 643 symphonic orchestras, 9,877 museums and 29,601 libraries throughout the country. These facilities are enjoyed by many: there are over 91 million German museum visits every year; annually, 20 million go to theaters and operas; 3.6 million per year listen to the symphonic orchestras. The UNESCO also has 53 World Heritage Sites listed in the Federation.
The Federation has a high standard of gender equality, promotes disability rights, and is legally and socially tolerant towards homosexuals. Gays and lesbians can legally adopt their partner's biological children, and civil marriages have been offered since 2011. The Federation's attitudes towards immigrants has also changed since the early 1990s. Immigrants with special cases are being allowed to stay, and are being integrated into the social strata of the nation. Yet the people and government are still uneasy about immigrants who are completely culturally different, and have come to the Federation without any cause.
Because of the Nazi party's destruction of degenerate art, the damage of World War II and the instability of the Cold War, Germany's classical art forms have been nearly destroyed throughout the centuries. While classical Germanic arts are still displayed throughout Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein, Germany's youth have recreated the fine arts scene entirely since the formation of the Germanic Federation in 2007.
Some classical paintings were spared in World War II and the Cold War, and also paintings from Austria and Switzerland have been kept away from harm. These art styles have given a recreation of classical symbolism in modern art forms, and new styles of paintings have spread throughout the nation. While classical pieces remain famous in the Federation, new modern art has also taken a turn at minimalism but high aesthetics. This form of less-yet-more has been claimed, for the most part, to be a Germanic shot at neo-classicalism. While this unique form of neo-classicalism is popular in the country, people still admire pieces from older times that survived the period of instability following World War II.
North and South Regional Germany is known to be the homeland of some of the most important classical artists of the Renaissance. Composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Wagner have remained in high notice throughout the ages. While Germany is the home of classical music from older times, newer electronic technologies has allowed for the creation of modern music without instruments. Known as electronic, dance or house; this form of music has become popular with the younger generations of the Federation.
As most older buildings were destroyed during the period of instability, modern, revival and post-modern architecture remain dominant throughout the country.
Literature and philosophyEdit
The Germanic Federation has a long running history of well known writers and tales. Of these, the two most known internationally are Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, with his famous "Faust", and the Brothers Grimm, with a large selection of Germanic Folk tales. In recent years, more have found interest in literature, and a rebirth of authors has occurred since the reunification of the two Germanys. Now, over 700 million books are published every year; 80,000 titles and 60,000 of them new. The Federation has the third largest amount of publications in the world, after the English market and the Chinese market. The Frankfurt Book Fair is one of the most important in the world for international deals and trading, with a tradition spanning over 500 years.
Germanic philosophy is historically significant. Gottfried Leibniz's contributions to rationalism; the establishment of classical German idealism by Immanuel Kant, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling; Arthur Schopenhauer's composition of metaphysical pessimism; the formulation of communist theory by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels; Friedrich Nietzsche's development of perspectivism; Gottlob Frege's contributions to the dawn of analytic philosophy; Martin Heidegger's works on Being; and the development of the Frankfurt school by Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse and Jürgen Habermas have been particularly influential. In the 21st century the Germanic Federation has contributed to the development of contemporary analytic philosophy in continental Europe, along with France and the Scandinavian countries.
The Federation's television market is the largest in Europe, with some 54 million TV households. Around 90% of Germanic households have cable or satellite TV, with a variety of free-to-view public and commercial channels. The Code of Law of the Federation prohibits the denial of free speech to the civil body, and so resulting in various amounts of entertainment and other forms of programming. Vienna has become increasingly dominant in television programming and cinematic productions, and has been nicknamed the "Hollywood of Europe." Germanic cinema is another large market in the country. 1,904 studios are registered to exist within Vienna, and 287 more in various locations throughout the country. As a member of the Western civilization, the Federation has extended a considerable amount of genres to and from its studios. As well as with visual media, the radio continues existence within the Federation. Satellites radio is owned by an estimated 76% of the country, and the amount continues to grow with continued integration into vehicles.
The Internet has had a considerable effect on the socioeconomic structure of the civil populace. Connecting people and goods from around the globe, it has created a new "global Internet economy," of which the Federation plays a large part in. The government has left the Internet completely uncensored, and has stated that it is "against constitutional and Code values to do so." The government has also placed restrictions on service providers from interfering in the affairs of their user's Internet use.
Germanic cuisine varies from region to region. The southern regions of Bavaria and Swabia, for instance, share a culinary culture with Switzerland and Austria. In all regions, meat is often eaten in sausage form. Organic food has gained a market share of ca. 2%, and is expected to increase further. Although wine is becoming more popular in many parts of the Federation, the national alcoholic drink is beer. Germanic beer consumption per person is declining, but at 121.4 liters in 2009 it is still among the highest in the world. The Michelin guide has awarded nine restaurants in the Federation three stars, the highest designation, while 15 more received two stars. Germanic restaurants have become the world's second-most decorated after France.
Twenty-seven million Germans are members of a sports club and an additional twelve million pursue sports individually. Association football is the most popular sport. With more than 6.3 million official members, the Germanic Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund) is the largest sports organization of its kind worldwide. The Bundesliga, the top league of German football, attracts the second highest average attendance of any professional sports league in the world.
The German national football team won the FIFA World Cup in 1954, 1974 and 1990 and the UEFA European Football Championship in 1972, 1980 and 1996. Germany hosted the FIFA World Cup in 1974 and 2006 and the UEFA European Football Championship in 1988. Among the most well-known footballers are Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, Jürgen Klinsmann, Lothar Matthäus, and Oliver Kahn. Other popular spectator sports include handball, volleyball, basketball, ice hockey, and tennis.
The Germanic Federation is one of the leading motor sports countries in the world. Constructors like BMW and Mercedes are prominent manufacturers in motor sport. Additionally, Porsche has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, an annual endurance race held in France, 16 times, and Audi has won it 9 times. Formula One driver Michael Schumacher has set many motor sport records during his career, having won more Formula One World Drivers' Championships and more Formula One races than any other driver; he is one of the highest paid sportsmen in history.
Historically, Germanic sportsmen have been successful contenders in the Olympic Games, ranking third in an all-time Olympic Games medal count. The first Olympics competed by Germanic athletes as the Federation was the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The Federation has also competed in the 2010 Vancouver Winter, and will compete in the upcoming 2012 London Summer.