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The Hapsburg (or Habsburg) and the successor family, Habsburg-Lorraine, were important ruling houses of Europe and are best known as the ruling Houses of Austria (and the Austrian Empire) for over six centuries. They also at times controlled Germany, Spain, and Mexico.

Hapsburg in Ruled Britannia Edit

The Spanish King Philip II was the first Hapsburg King of Spain. Under his leadership, Spain considerably expanded the Hapsburg empire.

In 1588, Philip's daughter Isabella was installed as Queen of England. She married Albert, her cousin and an Austrian Hapsburg, who became England's King.

After Philip II died, Isabella and Albert were overthorwn by a popular uprising led by Robert Cecil and barely manged to flee England in a boat sailing down the Thames in the night. Spain continued to be ruled by the Hapsburgs in the person of Philip III.

Hapsburg in Southern Victory Edit

In Austria-HungaryEdit

The Hapsburgs were the ruling family of Austria-Hungary. The assassination of the Hapsburg Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 touched off the Great War.

Being on the winning side on both of the Great Wars, the Hapsburgs still retained their imperial throne in 1944, but their empire was threatned with increasing unrest and nationaist uprisings.

In MexicoEdit

An Austrian Hapsburg, Maximilian I, was installed as Emperor of Mexico by France in 1864. He became the founder of a Hapsburg dynasty that, supported by the Confederate States, continued to rule Mexico as of 1943, despite a US backed coup against them in the Mexican Civil War. The Mexican Hapsburg emperors aligned themselves with the Entente despite their Austrian cousins' membership in the Central Powers. Emperor Francisco José was a staunch ally of Jake Featherston, although his loyalty was maintained by a certain amount of coercion.

Hapsburg Characters in Turtledove's WorksEdit

Ruled Britannia Edit

Southern Victory Edit

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