Austria-Hungary (also known as the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Dual Monarchy) was a state in Central Europe ruled by the House of Hapsburg. The state was created in 1867 with the combination of the crowns of Austria and Hungary. Austria's Hapsburgs agreed to share power with a separate Hungarian government, dividing the territory of the former Austrian Empire between them. In OTL, the Dual Monarchy existed until 1918, when it dissolved following military defeat in World War I. As a consequence, Austria and Hungary became separate independent states, and the victorious Allies split up the Empire's territory into several countries, often combing territories and regions with little regard to the wishes of the people within the region.
Austria-Hungary in Southern VictoryEdit
In 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serbian nationalist. Austria-Hungary issued a series of ultimata against Serbia relating to the incident, and Serbia, supported by Russia, refused some of these. Austria-Hungary invoked the Central Powers defensive alliance, Russia (also claiming this was a defensive war though it had not been directly threatened by Vienna) invoked the Entente, and the Great War began.
In victory, however, Austria-Hungary found itself losing prestige and being eclipsed by Germany in influence. After the incorporation of Serbia into the Dual Monarchy, restive South Slavs and other minorities remained rebellious; only the Austrians and more lukewarm Hungarians supported the Hapsburgs.
In 1929, Austria-Hungary inadvertently triggered a global economic depression by calling due a loan from Russia. Russia was unable to pay the loan, setting off a panic which spread across the globe. The depression in turn was a stepping stone for various reactionary factions in the Entente countries to take power.
When the Second Great War began in 1941, Austria-Hungary under Charles I once again allied itself with the Central Powers. However, it was a very multicultural empire, and many of its ethnic minorities, including the Bosnians, Serbs and Romanianns, rose up against the imperial authority, supported by Russia. Some of the violent minority nationalist groups made use of people bombs in an attempt to further their cause.
Once again on the winning side in the war, Austria-Hungary continued to exist, but was far from robust.
Austria-Hungary in Crosstime TrafficEdit
Austria-Hungary in Curious NotionsEdit
Austria-Hungary was a close ally of Imperial Germany, which ensured its survival throughout the 20th and 21st Centuries, and made it freer than other countries in the world. The Emperor of Austria-Hungary, like other allied monarchs, was often seen in the company of the German Kaiser in TV broadcasts shown all over the world.
Austria-Hungary in The Disunited States of AmericaEdit
In one alternate visited by Crosstime Traffic, Austria-Hungary still held together into the late 21st century, although it had been a mess for some time. The government treated its minority groups poorly.
When Justin Kloster was able to get samples of a vaccine for a tailored measles, Beckie Royer noticed that the hypodermic needle was made in Slovenia. This was one more clue that Kloster was not everything he seemed.