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stillbrainfried From: stillbrainfried Date: June 4th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
We actually got rid of the titles after WWI. Nowadays the title is just part of the surname (e.g. Marion Countess Dönhoff instead of Countess Marion Dönhoff before the war). Although they get it wrong on TV most of the time...

I never thought your political system was complicated (okay, I mostly distinguish between the two houses by the number of members and the time between elections and I don't know if every act has to pass both houses or not) but I'm not sure if I like the whole "the winner takes it all" thing. It makes everything seem very easy at first glance but the outcome might not necessarily be what the majority of the voters actually wanted (depending on how constituencies are set)...

The Schneiders getting titled that way could have happened. At the moment I'm lacking historical examples but it is possible. Although to set the whole thing in the 1700s in the Rhineland is rather complicated. I'm not sure if you're aware of the fact that Germany hasn't been a united country before 1871 (okay, there's the Holy Roman Empire but that's more like putting a sticker on them, there wasn't even free trade) and there were lots of independent countries around (e.g. Prussia, Hessia, free cities like Cologne)...

randomhouses From: randomhouses Date: June 5th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Haha, yeah, I had a hard time with the titles when creating the families (I didn't even realize "von" wasn't officially part of their last name until I looked it up).

That was kinda the point... our political system isn't complicated, and no one bothers to understand it anyway. So one would think the introduction of keeping track of aristocracy would either make people's heads explode or distract them even further due to our celebrity worship culture.

The numbers and years between election are the big distinctions, yeah. There's significant procedural differences (the Senate has a lot more rules in place to slow things down) and divisions of power, for example, only the Senate can approve treaties and presidential nominees for major government and judicial positions, only the House can move to impeach the President but then it's the Senate that votes whether to convict and remove him from power. Both houses must approve identical wordings of a bill before it becomes law, but the bills must be sponsored independently in the two houses, which means they usually approve different versions first (assuming both are even taken up) and then reconcile them in negotiation and re-vote to approve the final version.

The story takes place somewhere in the 1740-1760 time frame (the exact decade changes every time I think about it). I actually am trying to work Rainart's political activities into the historical storyline (to a certain extent... until then I just start screwing with history altogether) but Wikipedia's pretty much my main source.

If you were around a year ago, you might've caught the nightmare that was my timeline when I accidentally thought it was set in the 1850s instead of 1750s and had Rainart going on a whole spiel about German reunification after the fall of the Holy Roman Empire or something. It took me about two months of trying to make that work before just rewriting the whole thing and retconning this chapter, which we usually don't do but that was just a huge gaping plot hole. I think there's some minor references to the lack of unification though, and there's a few forthcoming family members who travel from other "countries" of Germany who'll probably mention that somewhat (I think the Lahnsteins have someone coming from Prussia).
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