Unification of Germany
In 1804 Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France began his conquests of Germanic states. Napoleon then grouped the Germanic states into the Confederation of the Rhine as a French client-state. Once Napoleon was defeated the Congress of Vienna reinstated the Germanic States into the German Confederation. Revolts started across the German Confederation. The Danish-Prussian War started as Prussia protested against Danish incorporation of Schleswig into the Kingdom of Denmark. Later Napoleon III declared war against Prussia. The Franco-Prussian War ended with Prussian troops capturing Paris, the capital of the Second French Empire. Then on January 18 1871 Germany unification was established at the Versailles Palace in the Hall off Mirrors in France
The Monument to the Battle of the Nations best represents this country. It was built right around the time Napoleon was defeated. It represents the war ending which was seen as a great victory to the German people. The monument is 299 ft tall and contains over 500 steps. It is said that it was placed on the grounds where many people died fighting in some of the bloodiest battles.
Otto von Bismarck
Otto was a great man to represent this country. In the 1860's he engineered wars the unified the German states. The wars also excluded Austria. The German States then became a powerful German Empire under Prussian leadership. He kept Germany at peace by keeping balance of power within the country.
The flag consists of a tri-color format. It was first adopted in 1919 during the Wiemar Republic. The black-red-gold colors first came up in the 19th century and achieved prominence during the 1848 revolutions. After WWI the flag was adopted as the national flag.
The national anthem has been in Germany since 1922. Since World War two and the fall of the Nazi, Germany only the 3rd or last stanza is being used. The first two stanzas are considered unofficial to Germany and is inscribed on modern German Army belt buckles and the rims of some German coins. I believe the line that states "Bloom in the splendor of this happiness" is the best line in the anthem. It shows a lot of emotion and was written when the German States were becoming a nation.