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    Posted: 13-Nov-2004 at 13:16

the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III. of Habsburg started to inculde this set of vocals on many official buildings during his reign. no one is sure what exactly it means, there are three (rather similar) possible meanings:

Austriae Est Imperare Orbi Universo

Austria is destined to rule the world

Austria Erit In Orbe Ultima

Austria is eternal

Alles Erdreich Ist Österreich Untertan (German)

the whole earth is subject to Austria

seal from 1446, showing the vocals AEIOU togetehr with the coat of arms of Lower Austria, Austria proper/Habsburg and Upper Austria.

 

www.aeiou.at very good database about everything on Austrian culture and history.

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Austrian culture?  You mean German culture right?  They are totally the same thing right.
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not exactly, Austrians today have a very strong feeling to seperate themselves from Germany.
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Didn't the Austrians once aspire to rule over every German state until their defeat at the hands of the Prussians?
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the Habsburgs were the nominal leaders of the minor German states but they didn't had much power over them and especialy after the Religious wars they lost even mroe influence voer them. after the apoleonic wars the HRE was completely resolved and the Austrians didn't held any more power over them, however, due to the rise of nationalism during the napoleonic wars, Prussia and Austria sought for a new all-encompasing German empire with one of the both as the leading country. after the napoleonic wars prussia gained a lot of territory in Germany itself, while Austria lost much of it's holdings in Germany; and especially after the Prussian-Austria war of 1866 (in which most German principalities were allied to Austria-Hungary), Prussia was not only able to destroy Austrian prestige and gain the support of the other German states, it also paved the way for a unified Germany founded after the French-Prussian war of 1870-71.
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Originally posted by Temujin Temujin wrote:

not exactly, Austrians today have a very strong feeling to seperate themselves from Germany.

 

yeah but only cause of WW2, before that they totally wanted to be one and the same.

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yeah but only cause of WW2, before that they totally wanted to be one and the same.

 

 I think you are confused, Austria, Prussia and the germans states were different entities. All that linked them together was language. Austria was once a very powerful nation, but it was totally destroyed after WW1, losing hungary.

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