The Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867
For centuries, Austria has served as a figurehead of Central European politics, but the legitimacy of the Imperial Crown has been threatened by Prussian ambitions, Russian hostilities, ethnic tensions, and growing Hungarian separatism. After the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1848, Emperor Franz Joseph has become an increasingly authoritarian monarch, and divisions have reached a tipping point. It will be up to the statesmen of Austria, Hungary, and other Balkan territories to decide the future of the Kaisertum Östereich and maintain peace in Central and Eastern Europe. "Gott erhalte, Gott beschütze, Unsern Kaiser, unser Land!