1291 - First Step Towards Swiss Independence

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Having been granted 'Reichsfrei' status (governed directly by the King/Emperor, without any feudal overlord) by the Hohenstaufen kings, the independence of the three Swabian regions of Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden (on the shores of Lake Lucerne in modern day Switzerland) is threatened by the rise of the Habsburgs.

The three cantons take the opportunity presented by the death of the Habsburg King Rudolph I of Germany earlier in 1291 to sign the Federal Charter on August 1st, forming an alliance for mutual defence against a common enemy. Since 1994, August 1st is celebrated as the Swiss National Day.

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Alamanicus is wandering his old Alemanni haunts, revisiting the places where once he used to drink, carouse, and beat up the odd Roman legionnaire or two. Things have moved on since his day, and the old Alemanni country now lies across south west Germany, French Alsace, and northern Switzerland. Cut through by the mighty Rhine, it is an area of great beauty, and a lot has happened there since Alamanicus last walked this land.


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