Making Austria Great Again

Spread the True Enlightenment

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In 1916, Emperor Charles ascended to the Austro-Hungarian throne and had the difficult task of keeping his Empire together while negotiating a peace to withdraw from the Great War. He was unsuccessful and the Empire was torn apart by the allies as well as the democratic forces of nationalism, socialism, and communism. The dismemberment of the Empire left Central Europe weak and divided while communist and fascist forces took over most of these once great nations. As Adolf Hitler rose to power, his task couldn’t have been easier as one by one he was able to invade these lands. Though WWII ended in 1945 for the West, it continued for Central Europe until 1989, when the Soviet Army finally left. Today the Central European nations once more are submitting to a leftist Germany in the form of the EU. With sub-par governments and inadequate influence, Central Europe has no hope of any real power unless they once more join together.

The nations of Central Europe have been kept weak with democratic propaganda such as the “right to self-determination.” Schools teach that Austria-Hungary was a weak ‘prison of nations’ and was doomed to fail, however many important details are left out. Not many people know for example, that in 1900 less than 50% of French citizens spoke French as their first language. Was France not a prison of nations then? Why does the UK rule over Scotland, England, Wales, Cornwall, and Northern Ireland? Shouldn’t the Hispanic and African people of the United States get their own country instead of having to submit to the United States?

In Austria-Hungary there were many different languages and there were cities where four or five different languages were spoken, culture was easily preserved because citizens had the freedom to do so, unlike with today’s nation states. At the same time, the vast majority of the inhabitants also spoke German or Hungarian as a second third or fourth language. This system was destroyed by the allies and now the people of Central Europe must usually resort to communicating with each other in English. The Dual Monarchy wasn’t perfect, but it was the absolute best time in history for Central Europe. All the peoples of the monarchy were represented in the Viennese and Budapest parliaments, local culture was promoted, and the Empire represented the interests of all the Central European peoples.

Under the Empire innovation flourished. Bohemia produced inventors such as Frantisek Krizik who helped create the arc lamp which is used around the world for public lighting. They produced composers like Antonin Dvorak, and Gustav Mahler and created the car manufacturing company that drove the Empire: Tatra. Stefan Banic was a Slovak who created the military parachute. Marcel Kiepach was a Croatian inventor who helped make improved compasses, vehicle lighting, and other electronics. Eduard Penkala was a Croat who had constructed aircraft and developed the mechanical pencil. Jozef Stefan was a Slovene physicist who created Stefan’s Law which he then used to determine the temperature of the sun’s surface. Ivan Puluj was a Ukrainian scientist who created the first X-Ray and opened several power plants throughout the Empire. Great composers such as Johann Strauss II, Franz Liszt, Emmerich Kalman, and Austrian and Hungarian inventors such as Tivadar Puskas, Janos von Neumann, Kalman Tihanyi, Ferdinand Porsche, and Gaston Glock were all a product of the Central European Empire. Even Nikola Tesla, who is claimed by Serbia, was born in the Empire and studied in the Empire. These are just a small fraction of the achievements of the imperial citizens.  Every nation that was under the empire was more successful under it than they are today, and while nationalists like to claim these achievements for their respective nation states, all of these achievements are in reality Austro-Hungarian achievements; Central European culture flourished under the empire, and the freedom of ideas and the unity of the empires’ peoples allowed for all of these innovations to take place.

If the people of Central Europe want to once again be part of a successful great power, they must join together once more. With Western Europe committing suicide and attempting to force Central Europe to follow the same path, it’s more important than ever to reunite; not just for prosperity, but security as well.

If the Empire were to reunite today, some important improvements could be made to the previous Empire. Just as the Swiss all learn German, French, and Italian, all the languages of the empire could be taught to all citizens in kindergarten; in this way the citizens would not only speak their local language, but would be able to converse with all citizens. With all citizens being able to speak 8 languages, the citizenry would instantly be more unified and it would grow the intellectual capability of the people. In addition there would then be around 80 million people who would be able to speak German, Hungarian, Romanian, Croatian, Czech, Italian, Slovakian, and Slovenian, which would create great potential for all the businesses of the empire. The nation would easily be able to compete with Germany, France, Italy, Russia, and the UK. It could also eventually rival the United States.

The people of central Europe have lived in a common Empire for hundreds of years and were only recently split up and weakened. Unification would mean that no Central European country would ever be the pawn of a Great Power again; instead Central Europe would be the Great Power. It’s time to abandon our failing nation states, and unite the Austro-Hungarian peoples of Central Europe. We can either remain slaves of the US, EU, and Russia, or we can restore our greatness in the world once more.

Let’s Make Austria Great Again.

 

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  • Mirci

    Shouldn’t Romanian be included? Or you are not considering Transylvania as part of the empire?

    • Caesarian

      Sorry about that. Fixed!

  • Tihi

    ” It’s time to abandon our failing nation states, and unite the Austro-Hungarian peoples of Central Europe ”
    I do not have anything against uniting Austria and Hungary in “Austro-Hungarian ” Empire , but let us , other mentioned nations, out.
    If you are talking about making Empires ,for other nations there is other , much more ” natural ” choice of federations and ” empires ” . If you want make Empires let Czech, Slovaks and Pols go together ( same mentality, very similar language, same religion… ) . On the south, resurrect Yugoslavia ( just remove political influence from outside , and restrain religion influence ( main reason for war in 90-is ) ) , may be ad Greece and Bulgaria.

    • Caesarian

      None of what you mentioned are natural. We’ve been living in the same nation, (Austria) for hundreds of years, and as a result have developed our culture together. Czechs and Slovaks belong with Austrians and Hungarians. We’ve had a shared culture. It doesn’t matter whether a language is Slavic or Germanic. For example, Austrians have more in common with Bavarians, Czechs, and Hungarians than with the Protestant North Germans. Slovaks have been living together with Hungary for over 1000 years, they definitely have more in common with Hungarians than Poles. In addition Yugoslavia failed because Croatians and and to some extent Bosnians are part of the Central European Catholic culture and have more in common with Central Europeans than the Orthodox Serbs, despite having a very similar language. Language is part of culture, but it is definitely not as important as a shared history, religion, and way of life.

      • Tihi

        Austro-Hungari (Habsburg monarchy ) was school example of unnatural state for modern society . It function well before emerging of nationalism, at the time when state was king , L’Etat, C’Est Moi (The State, That’s Me) Louis XIV, and peasants were fighting for king or god. Concept of state was completely different that it is today. Friction between nations was present all the time in Habsburg monarchy . You remember 1848 …

        If you go to live in multicultural surroundings ( my example : 6-8 months, 1000-1500 people working and living together in very small area, extremely multicultural ( 40-50 different nationalities , different religions, skin color, people from all continent except Australia ) , you will see that Czech and Slovaks sticks together, and hanging out with Pols more then with anybody else, ex Yugoslavians sticks together despite recent war or different religion, because mentality and language is the same . That comes completely natural, nobody force them to be together because someone lose war , or some king by marriage inherited some land.
        In modern society religion for politics and society in general should be trivial, completely private thing.

        Yugoslavia did not failed because ” Croatians and and to some extent Bosnians are part of the Central European Catholic culture and have more in common with Central Europeans than the Orthodox Serb “. There is no differences between Serbs, Croats, Bosnians ( except religion , and that just because at the time of church schism some regions, where those people lived, were under influence of Orthodox Byzantine Empire ( Serbs , Bosnians ( later Turks come , so some of Bosnians switch to Islam )) and Catholic Frankish empire ( Croats ) . Other ” differences ” were created recently in propaganda purpose and used from some external and internal element to divide people .

        Initial idea for creating common country ( Kingdom SHS , later Yugoslavia ) did not come from Serbs, it come from ” different ” Croatians , it come from Empire , from students that study in Prague ( Illyrian movement )

        • Caesarian

          There were of course nationalistic movements which caused the revolutions of 1848, this is true. However I do dispute that the empire was unnatural. Although it arose out of feudalism, it quickly evolved to enlightened monarchy, where all the nationalities were represented in the parliament, the monarch spoke all the languages of the empire, and it was quickly modernizing into a federal empire. In addition it isn’t the 19th century anymore, people have tried out nationalism and all sorts of democratic governments and they have been failures. A lot of Central Europeans are nostalgic for better days under the empire. I don’t know if Czechs and Slovaks get along with Poles better than Hungarians do. The historical tie of Hungarians with Poles is much deeper yet they have no Slavic ties. In addition the Yugoslavian nations still hate each other. There is virtually no Croat who would ever want to live in the same country as Serbs, by contrast, this article has gotten a lot of support from Croatians (on our Facebook page)
          Croatians and Serbs are completely different, other than a common language, they have completely different culture, besides the fact that religion has a huge impact on culture and that Catholics have a completely different mentality from Orthodox Christians, Serbs were under Eastern influence for most of their history, Byzantines and Ottomans whereas Croatia was always part of the West. Ask any Croatian which people they hate the most and it will be Serbs.

          • Tihi

            So we have come to the point where we agree about almost everything . I agree that Monarchy is better system then democracy ( if you handle power transfer process, and have some ” tool ” skip or elimainate unsuitable ( intellectually ) monarch.

            I am not in the position to judge Hungarian – Austrians these days relations . But i can tall you situation between Croats , Serbs , Bosnians . First let me tell you, i am “officially ” Serb who is born and lives in Croatia . So let me say why i say ” officially ” . My father is Serb , my mother Croatian so that make me half/half . But because we are patriarchal society ( who knows when someone decided that name, nationality …, will be inherited from fathers blood line ) i am Serb, my children will be Serbs . But i we would not be patriarchal society , if nationality would be inherited from mother i would not be Serb, but i would not be Croatian . My mothers mother i Czech , so i would be Czech . So nationality often do not have much i common with genetic , so for me nationality is trivial . I would not mind to live in Austria, Hungary or Philippines ( ok not there, i do not like them 😀 ) .

            It is truth that there is many Croatians who hate Serbs and other way . But they are not majority, those people you can put in two groups . Firs is one that lost someone in the war ( and i understand them ) . Second group are young people who never been in Serbia/Croatia, and do not have real contacts with other side , and are raised on war propaganda . Few day ago i come back from Serbia ( from city Novi Sad you call it Ujvidek , there is lot of Hungarians ) i did not have any problem .Last 4 years i spend most of time on other side of world, surrounded with Serbs, Croatians, Bosnian, and there was not even one problem. Trust me when i tell you that we are the same, devided with religion and politics . All of them think the same, and if you put all Croatians, Serbs, Bosnians in that situation 99% after would some time would tell you that we are one nation . So for us it would be much more natural to resurrect Yugoslavia .

          • Caesarian

            It’s great to see another monarchist, as we are of course the best kind of people =]
            It is of course always a loud minority that can very effectively set the tone of a nation. While my experience with Serbian nationalists may be more limited than yours, so far what I have received is support from Croatians and violent threats from Serbian nationalists, even going as far as supporting the terrorist Princip. Of course the nationalists don’t represent the majority of Serbians, but it does show that the most vocal groups would not get along with each other, regardless of the majority. My basis for the reunification of the empire is the fact that these nations have lived together successfully for hundreds of years, developing culture, cities, art and business together. Yugoslavia only survived for about 50 years, and was unsuccessful in dealing with conflicts, both internal and external. We are a patriarchal society, and while your father is Serbian, your fatherland is Croatian. There is no European who doesn’t have blood from other European nations, but what determines our nationality is our culture, birthplace, and choice. Of course I respect your view and would be honored to live in the same nation together.

  • Dániel Baksa

    Oh dear, it is a naive fantasy from a person who never studied history befor…

    • Caesarian

      Please offer specifics, insults aren’t an argument. Try using logic.

  • Michal Šatara

    “culture was easily preserved because citizens had the freedom to do so, unlike with today’s nation states” Are kidding me my friend? Do you know anything about tragedy in Černová(near Ružomberok) in Slovakia, which hapenned in 27th. of October 1907? I think you don´t. That was how Hungarians used to imagine freedom to preserve and develop culture of other nations in Hungarian part of Empire. It was MURDER by Hungarian forces nothing else just MURDER. For Slovaks it was prison for nations, mainly because Hungarias denied to accept Slovaks as a nation with their own language and culture

    • Caesarian

      I know plenty about it. Priotestors threw stones at the gendarmes. The gendarmes then opened fire. Both the commander of the gendarmes and the majority of the gendarme force present were Slovak… This has been proven as fact, look it up the only ones claiming it was Hungarians are Slovaks, yet if you look up the names of the officer and the soldiers they have Slovak names.
      In my proposal here, 80 million people would be speaking Slovak. Your language would be preserved and we would be strong together. Only nationalists try to tear us apart with lies and propaganda.

  • Holnap Kapitány

    Of course, this post as such is a useless joke. There are two ideas are worth developing, though.
    One: there is truth in the claim that ethnic groups were deprived of important liberties in Austria-Hungary — but at the same time, making it a central issue to justify the eventual break-up of Austria-Hungary is a misconception. In its day Austria-Hungary was quite a liberal, advanced and successful state, something that has not been replicated in this region until very recently, with the EU (and even that is questionable). The ’empire’ was broken up on the ground of world politics, being a loser of WWI. Of course, the break-up was hugely favorable to new political elites of the emerging nation states, who used the nationalist playbook to bend the facts in their communication and education systems. It is so that for example the myth of Hungarian oppression has become totally widespread in Slovakia. Yes, it is true that Slovaks never had the political liberties of Hungarians during the late 19th century, and that was regrettable and a source of pain. But at the same time, these two nations have been living together very successfully for many centuries, and essentially, continue to do so still today. This is a matter of fact.
    The other point where there is a grain of truth in the notion of the post is that Central and Eastern European nation states have not been kind to their citizens at all during the 20th century. Everyone has suffered badly and most continue to do so under incompetent populist governments in backward CEE nation states such as Hungary (where I live), but equally in Poland, Slovakia, Czech, Romania, etc. So it is no suprise that the idea of a more successful state (which Austria-Hungary certainly was) emerges. But there is no way back and what people should do is take matters into their own hands, co-operate with each other and not tolerate a backward, third-rate a political class. Now, that may be almost as far fetched as the post, of course. 🙂

    • Caesarian

      If I understand correctly, you basically agree with everything in my post except you’re a skeptic as to whether it can happen, thereby calling it “a useless joke.” However, great events never occur because of skeptical minds, great things are built by dreamers who turn their dreams into reality. What I propose isn’t “turning back” but using the successes of the past and improving on them. The EU is not only a failure, but an oppressive failure. The democratic nation states have proved weak and corrupt. The only way we can bring about something better is by pushing for it, not accepting the status quo. Promote good ideas, don’t deride them. We’ve gotten impressive support on social media for this idea and quite a few citizens of the former empire support reunification.