''[[Germany|Germany]] > [[German Chronological Jurisdictions|German Chronological Jurisdictions]] > The German Confederation''
The German Confederation was a loose association created by the Congress of Vienna in 1815 after the final defeat of Napoleon, to serve as successor to the German Holy Roman Empire. Revolutions in 1848 and attempts at unification of a German state failed, resulting in its brief re-establishment. Rivalry between Austria and Prussia over the rights to rule German lands, led to the Austro-Prussian War, also called the Seven-Week War, (''Deutscher Krieg'' in German), ''Osterreichisch-preussischer Krieg'' or ''Brüderkrieg''.
*The Free City of Hamburg