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Holy Roman Empire Countries

Name the modern countries, in which the Holy Roman Empire controlled land, at any point in its existence from 962–1806.
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Quiz by ArgonianKing
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Last updated: December 1, 2018
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Country
Austria
Belgium
Croatia
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Country
Italy
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Monaco
Netherlands
Country
Poland
San Marino
Slovenia
Switzerland
Vatican City
68 Comments
+19
Level ∞
Nov 30, 2018
No doubt this will be controversial. As Voltaire famously said, the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire. I think that the list of countries is correct, but there may be errors. But please do research before posting. Incorrect or antagonistic posts may be deleted.
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Level 64
Dec 2, 2018
since when are posts deleted in Jetpunk? There are lots of discussion about Cyprus Asia/Europe, Palestine/Taiwan/Kosovo/etc,etc... being countries or not... Why would any argument here be different, considering that whatever arises here is history from at least 2 centuries ago
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Level 69
Dec 3, 2018
He just means that, as with *any* quiz – be it about politics or the Spice Girls – being nasty, vulgar, insulting, rude, or obnoxious will get your posts deleted. There sometimes needs to be a reminder of that, especially on quizzes that are likely to get people all riled up.
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Level 64
Dec 4, 2018
so, of course, some things go without saying (nasty, vulgar, or too insulting and rude), yet it is the first time I see this message. I also doubt this is one of the most controversial quizes in Jetpunk at all
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Level 26
Jan 30, 2019
I think Russia should be included as the HRE did extend to Köningsberg around the 13th century as I think it was part of the Teutonic Order.

As today Köningsberg is Kaliningrad and thus part of Russia, this country should be included.

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Level ∞
Nov 30, 2018
Keep in mind that it was possible for a king to have some lands within the empire and other lands outside of it.
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Level 75
Nov 30, 2018
Surprised not to see San Marino here, but I think you correctly omitted it.
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Level 93
Nov 30, 2018
Malta?
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Level ∞
Nov 30, 2018
After doing some more research I have decided to remove Malta.
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Level 70
Nov 30, 2018
Malta was definitively not. San Marino has been "most likely" a part of the duchy of Spoleto and later of the Papal states. In 1177, the Papal states left the HRE and so did the territory of modern San Marino. ("Most likely" because San Marino is not mentioned in any literature on the HRE, I read so far including P.H. Wilson's epos "The Holy Roman Empire". Shouldn't there be at least a note that the imperial army subdued any duchy except tiny San Marino? It is more plausible that San Marino just did not exist as a sovereign state in those times prior to 1177.)

Finally, the only real contoverse is about Vatican City (or rather the entire city of Rome) - and that since the beginning of the HRE! Accordingly, Vatican City should be removed from this list or at least marked as controverse in order to educate the quizzers about this ancient controverse. ;-)

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Level 73
Dec 1, 2018
"It is more plausible that San Marino just did not exist as a sovereign state ...." That wasn't the question though. Name the MODERN countries....
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Level 70
Dec 1, 2018
True. And I stated that the territory of MODERN San Marino has been a part of the HRE and has to be INCLUDED to the list.
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Level 83
Dec 1, 2018
I found this in Wikipedia:

The land area of San Marino consisted only of Mount Titano until 1463, at which time the republic entered into an alliance against Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, duke of Rimini, who was later defeated. As a result, Pope Pius II gave San Marino some castles and the towns of Fiorentino, Montegiardino and Serravalle.

So San Marino should be certainly included.

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Level 70
Dec 1, 2018
Thanks for that nice work-around! :-D It would be of course still interesting if ALL San Marino land belonged to the HRE.
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Level ∞
Dec 1, 2018
The quiz has been amended to included San Marino because of the evidence posted by Djilas.
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Level 89
Nov 30, 2018
I have tried to find a definitive answer whether Königsberg, now Kaliningrad, Russia was ever considered part of the HRE. Anyone have a solid response?
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Level 70
Nov 30, 2018
In the northeast, the HRE ended about 50km west of the Bay of Gdansk. Königsberg can be thus definitively ruled out as an answer.
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Level 89
Dec 2, 2018
Thanks, I know it and many German speaking lands went through various sovereign entities. Many of these were far flung, ever changing, noncontiguous patches.
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Level 74
Dec 1, 2018
I dig it. No problem with the list of countries, but there's a wee typo ("it's" should be "its").
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Level 70
Dec 1, 2018
'redsplat' wins the 'Golden Nitpickers Award' for Dec. 18. .....Congratulations:
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Level 69
Dec 1, 2018
redsplat was friendly and correct, and this is a site about knowledge. Chill out.
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Level 74
Dec 2, 2018
Thanks tee111. Malbaby seems to have a lot of those awards kicking around.

I will say that my new trophy looks great on the mantle beside 'Contractionist of the Year' and 'If It's Broke, Fix It' :)

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Level 69
Dec 3, 2018
Malbaby, an ellipsis contains three dots, not five, and you've used it incorrectly. You also ended a sentence with a colon instead of a period, and your 'use' of 'single quotation marks' makes no 'sense'. There. Can I have my 'Golden Nitpickers Award' [sic] now, too?
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Level 79
Nov 18, 2022
To be fair the single quotation marks (or 'inverted commas') do make sense.
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Level 70
Dec 1, 2018
Am I the only one that forgot the Vatican?
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Level 81
Dec 1, 2018
No, I did too.
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Level 64
Dec 2, 2018
I only got it because of the alphabetical order
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Level 76
Dec 1, 2018
If the Vatican is included the San Marino MUST be too.
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Level 87
Dec 1, 2018
Normal (for me) pointless correction: The description of this quiz should say "its existence", not "it's existence".
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Level 85
Dec 1, 2018
Indeed. "Its" is possessive, "it's" is a contraction.
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Level 89
Dec 2, 2018
'Tis?
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Level 86
Dec 2, 2018
Came here to say this. Grammar nerds unite!
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Level 64
Dec 2, 2018
Did the HRE posess any lands in the Middle East during the Crussades?
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Level 34
Feb 20, 2020
Yes, They did!
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Level 64
Jul 26, 2022
Certain Holy Roman states may have controlled land within Arabia during the crusades, however these territories would never have been admitted to the HRE proper.
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Level 69
Dec 3, 2018
I was suprised not to find Denmark on that list. Completely forgot, that Schleswig came to Prussia only in 1866. Seems that my schooldays are longer ago, than I thought.
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Level 70
Dec 3, 2018
More promising would be some "forgotten" islands, but I have not yet found any. Indeed first Denmark then UK possessed Heligoland but this island came back under German rule in 1890 (and again in 1952).
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Level 70
Feb 16, 2019
Legoland?
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Level 68
Jan 28, 2019
I would say that part (albeit small one) of Slovakia was also part of HRE
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Level 65
Jan 28, 2019
Russia was part of the Holy Roman Empire, as they controlled half of Kaliningrad.
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Level 65
Jan 28, 2019
Russia was part of the Holy Roman Empire, as they controlled half of Kaliningrad. (forgot to say correction)
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Level 30
Jan 28, 2019
Croatia and Austria is included, but Slovakia not?
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Level 83
May 11, 2021
Not all Habsburg lands were part of HRE
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Level 28
Jan 28, 2019
czech republic was not a country until 1993, how is it on here
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Level 66
Jan 28, 2019
Gee, I wish there were something on this page that would answer the question as to why Czechia may or may not belong on this quiz. Oh wait...........
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Level 59
Jan 28, 2019
The description under the quiz name clearly states that you have to name the MODERN COUNTRY that once had territory controlled by the HRE.
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Level 66
Jan 28, 2019
SHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Let them figure it out for themselves.
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Level 57
Jan 29, 2019
Be better (harder) not in alphabetical order
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Level 59
Feb 1, 2019
I forgot Germany...
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Level 34
Feb 2, 2019
It would be better to say modern countries whose territory was within the HRE. "Controlled by" could very well be argued to include all of the countries of the gigantic Habsburg empire under Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Indeed the first country I guessed was Mexico to find out if this was the case or not.

To put it another way, imagine a quiz that asked for all the countries "controlled by" the United States in it's entire existence, but then the only answer was the United States.

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Level 57
Dec 14, 2019
Is Denmark supposed to be on this list?
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Level 48
Jan 27, 2020
100% first try :D
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Level 34
Feb 20, 2020
You should add Israel...

Friedrich II The Kaiser of The Holy Roman Empire was the King of The ''Kingdom Of Jerusalem'' too.

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Level 60
Aug 14, 2020
Yes, he was. Was Kingdom of Jerusalem part of the HRE though?
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Level 29
Dec 21, 2022
Frederick II claimed the title of King of Jerusalem because he married the Queen regnant of Jerusalem. So, it was a separate title from the title of Holy Roman Emperor, just like Sicily was ruled by Frederick II, yet never acknowledged as part of the HRE. It'd be like saying Spain was in the HRE because a Holy Roman Emperor ruled it, yet it wasn't.

Yes, I know this is 2 years later, but I hope this helped :)

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Level 79
Apr 22, 2020
'Its' is misspelt in the description.
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Level 95
May 20, 2020
Add russia because kallinigrad
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Level 60
Aug 22, 2020
Kaliningrad was a part of Prussia, but not HRE
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Level 72
Aug 23, 2020
Israel Slovakia and Russia are missing from this quiz
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Level 29
Dec 21, 2022
Israel - The Kingdom of Jerusalem (which I'm assuming you're referencing) was ruled by a Holy Roman Emperor (Frederick II) and also claimed by the Habsburgs after, however it was never part of the HRE.

Slovakia - The map the quiz is based on clearly never shows the HRE in the Slovak borders. Slovakia was part of the Kingdom of Hungary, which was then inherited by the Habsburg Holy Roman Emperors. So, basically, saying Slovakia needs to be added also means you need to add Hungary, Romania, Serbia etc. But you don't need to do that because Hungary was, like Jerusalem, ruled by a Holy Roman Emperor without being in the HRE.

Russia - Kaliningrad was part of Prussia, but it was recognised that some countries had lands outside the HRE, and Konigsberg was part of this "outside the Empire" thing

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Level 69
Dec 20, 2020
Latvia should be included. Quoting from Riga's wikipedia page: "With the demise of the Livonian Order during the Livonian War, Riga for twenty years had the status of a Free Imperial City of the Holy Roman Empire". It was an exclave of the HRE from 1561-1582.
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Level 38
Mar 10, 2021
Its not holy, because nothing can be perfectly holy except for God

its not Roman, because it plain isnt the Roman Empire

its not an empire, because it had no colonies

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Level 64
Jul 26, 2022
Perhaps the first two, however colonies are not required to have an empire, rather an Emperor is required. It’s really up to the discretion of the monarch to determine what they will cal their holding.
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Level 51
Aug 23, 2021
Romans ruled over the mediterranean sea bro so turkey and lebanon and israel/palestine, cyprus syria egypt moroco tunisia algeria libya

LMAO bro.

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Level 64
Aug 25, 2021
Wrong empire so...

No u

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Level 26
Aug 27, 2023
Shouldn't Latvia be included for the free imperial city status of Riga?
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Level 45
Oct 23, 2023
I nearly missed Italy bruv
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Level 40
Mar 1, 2024
What about Russia? Modern day Kaliningrad is apart of Russia and in the map you provided its clearly visible as part of the Holy Roman Empire. And Kaliningrad back then was way more important as it was the origins of Prussia. I think Russia should be an answer because of the territory of Kaliningrad.