Maximum security We take you and data protection seriously! We give you maximum protection with 256-bit SSL encryption and an encrypted login process. Highest level of trust. Trust, quality and privacy! We do not store your IP address and data in the Usenet is not.The edict of the Golden Bull issued in 1356 by Emperor Charles IV provided the basic constitutional structure of the Empire and codified the election of the emperor by seven prince-electors who ruled some of the most powerful principalities and archbishoprics.This in turn descends from Proto-Germanic iudiskaz "popular" (see also the Latinised form Theodiscus derived from eud, descended from Proto-Indo-European tewtéh- "people". 12 History Main article: History of Germany The Nebra sky disk, c.Simultaneously several large tribes formed in what is now Germany and displaced or absorbed smaller Germanic tribes. Large areas known since the Merovingian period as Austrasia, Neustria, and Aquitaine were conquered by the Franks who established the Frankish Kingdom, and pushed further east to subjugate.22 Following the break up of the Frankish Realm, for 900 years, the history of Germany was intertwined with the history of the Holy Roman Empire, 23 which subsequently emerged from the eastern portion of Charlemagne's original empire.24 Martin Luther (14831546) initiated the Protestant Reformation. In the 12th century, under the Hohenstaufen emperors (11381254 German princes increased their influence further south and east into territories inhabited by Slavs ; they encouraged German settlement in these areas, called the eastern settlement movement (.Members of the Hanseatic League, which included mostly north German cities and towns, prospered in the expansion of trade. 25 In the south, the Greater Ravensburg Trade Corporation ( Große Ravensburger Handelsgesellschaft ) served a similar function.