The Fight For An Independent Bavaria
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The Fight For An Independent Bavaria

September 21, 2019

If you live in Bavaria, you get 13 public
holidays per year. However if you live in Berlin, or any German
city outside of Bavaria, you only get nine. That’s because Bavaria recognizes Catholic
traditions, whereas Germany as a whole adheres to Protestantism. This is far from the only difference between
the two. From food to architecture to dialect, life
in Germany’s largest and southern-most state is distinctly unique from the country as a
whole—not unlike the cultural divide between the Northern and Southern United States. In fact, similar to Texas, Bavaria has a reputation
of isolationism and conservatism, one that has divided the German population for more
than a century. This is, in part, because the history of Bavaria
is completely distinct from that of Germany. Bavaria is one of the oldest states in Europe,
dating back to the 6th century. The territory was incorporated into the Holy
Roman Empire in the 10th century, and for hundreds of years was one of its wealthiest
and most influential territories. After the empire fell in the early 19th century,
Bavaria was a kingdom under a constitutional monarchy. The region had six kings over the course of
more than 100 years, giving way to many of the castles and architecture it is famous
for today. In 1871, Bavaria was incorporated into newly
unified Germany. But Bavarians felt more culturally akin to
Catholics in neighboring Austria, and after the territory became a republic in the aftermath
of World War One, Bavarian nationalists made numerous efforts to secede. There was a short-lived push for a Soviet
Republic of Bavaria and another to restore the independent monarchy, both of which ultimately
failed. Calls for secession renewed after World War
2, culminating in the pro-independence Bavaria Party. Throughout the 1940’s and early 50’s the
party saw some successes at the polls and secured a considerable presence in Parliament. However it quickly lost steam and today is
practically nonexistent in German politics. But amid the success of Brexit and the rise
of other secession movements, calls for Bavarian independence have made a resurgence. The movement is called Bayxit, a play on the
German word for Bavaria: Bayern. Proponents argue that Bavarians are forced
to bear the economic weight of poor states in Germany, as well as poorer countries in
the European Union. Bavaria’s economy accounts for nearly 20
percent of Germany’s GDP, and is larger than most countries in the EU. The migrant crisis has also played a role,
as thousands of asylum seekers pass through Bavaria on their way to other parts of Europe. Many Bavarians have criticized German Chancellor
Angela Merkel, saying she has fallen short of controlling German borders. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party
has long been opposed to Bavarian secession. But an independent Bavaria is close to impossible. A 2016 bid for a referendum recently failed,
as Germany’s constitution does not allow states to secede Still, the Bayxit movement
represents a cultural divide that has existed for decades. Northern Germany is stereotypically intellectual,
cool, industrialized and liberal, whereas Bavaria to the south of often regarded as
more traditional, warm, easy-going and conservative. Much of what we think of as German, like lederhosen,
beer gardens and Oktoberfest, are actually Bavarian. There is even an unofficial border that divides
the two regions, called the Weißwurstäquator, which literally translates to “white sausage
equator”. This is a reference to Bavaria’s veal Weisswurst
[vice-worst] sausages. Referendum or not, there’s no doubt Bavarians
have their own history and cultural traditions, and many residents will continue to identify
as “Bavarian first, German second.” Similar feelings of isolationism, nationalism
and economic resentment can be found in Catalonia. In fact, the wealthy region of Northern Spain
has their own secession movement. To find out more about Catalan Independence,
check out this video. Catalonia makes up about 12,500 square miles
comprising roughy 6 percent of Spain. Their population is about 7.5 million with
1 in 6 Spanish residents living in Catalonia. Thanks for watching Seeker Daily! Don’t forget to like and subscribe for new
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  1. oh come on! all those centuries and lives lost would be for nought! such bullsiht its like tyrol and catalonia DX


  3. All German states are like this. Bavaria is not a city. All German states were once independent. The independence movement has died down.

  4. We needed more than 1000 years for full unity. 28 years we finally did it and now and we won't split up!

  5. Lower Saxony could be independent from Germany too and renamed into Lower Saxon Republic.
    Hamburg and Bremen can be unified with Lower Saxon Republic.

  6. Bavaria should get it's independence, Scotland, Catalonia too… These central governments is a big problem, people have a right to govern themselves the way they want to… Why should they live under the rules and regulations others impose on them?? not fair at all

  7. All these secessions are just so dumb and unneccesary. We should be trying to unite more than we should be trying to seccede. Regardless of what people say about how ''This region alone would be able to survive, it makes more money of the rest of the country bla bla'' is so irrelevant. The moment any of these states seccede their economy will crash and the amount of work that has to be done to create a new ''country'' will always be more of a burden than whatever ''economic hardships'' some members of these states will claim their country puts them through.

  8. Only some Bavarians want Independence. Most people in Franconia and Swabia don't want to be independent

  9. They speak the same language with different dialects. I go for a united and strong Germany! Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit!

  10. I suggest to do a video on why many countries constitutions doesn’t allow secession of a particular state or area?

  11. Germany and Bavaria are not like Spain and Catalonia. We have a very different relationship to each other. In the past Bavaria likes the idea to be an independent State. There was a "fight" in the past between Prussia and Bavaria who is the leading State in Germany, if it ever gets united. And Prussia win. Because of this Berlin (the great prussian City) becomes the german Captial. And not Munich. In this time Bavaria was not the leading State and they had realy financial problems. So they make the decision to join the german unit. That makes Bavaria and the new german State stronger. "Together forever makes us stronger". Today Bavaria is a strong part of Germany. And they realy like there very old traditions. And they care for her more than the rest oft Germany! But they don't want to be indepence from Germany! That's totaly not true! So you can not compare Bavaria with Catalonia. This two states in different countrys habe a total different past. And Catalonia as an independent State makes more sense than Bavaria as an independent State. Germany is one and will not separate!!!

  12. If Napoleon III had won the Franco-Prussian war, the Rhineland would become French, Bavaria would be it's own country and the Northern German states would never have become powerful enough to ever pose a threat to European stability.

    Our idea of "Germany" as a country has not existed for very long. It is very possible that had history played out a little different, Bavaria would have become it's own country that speak German, just like Austria

  13. As a Bavarian myself I want Bavaria to be free of the prison that is the Bundesrepublik Deutschland with an incompetent, Germany-hating, multi-culti, just idiotic leader, who just wants to see ALL of Germany being destroyed.

  14. They lost their previous power state , Prussia to the Poles. They don't need another one to go.

    Also Bayern Munich 🙁

  15. Did you know that the colors of the Bavarian flag derived from the national flag of Greece?! Greece had a lot of Bavarian kings in the 19th century if I'm not mistaken ☺️

  16. No thanks. We don't need another country. It's like what Quebec is trying to do. But a monarchy would be nice. I love monarchies.

  17. Instead of focusing on those territories not wanting to be independent… we can focus on the real places wanted independence: somaliland, jubaland, puntland, palestine, irian jaya, parts of brazil, quebec, khalistan, greenland , kurdustan and western sahara. Those should be supported.

  18. Bavaria, eastern Ukraine, Tibet, Kurdistan, Venice, Quebec, Palestine, Catalonia, South Brazil, Greenland, Northern Ireland, Scotland even Texas and California all deserve their independence.

  19. Instead of Bavaria succeeding, Germany should just reunite Austria, Eastern Switzerland, Luxembourg, Eastern France and South Tyrol…. This might be more stable as easier control over religious and dialectual regions of the German state

  20. Why are you ignoring Baden-Württemberg and adding it to Bavaria when showing them as part of Bavaria in the map? Besides, there are also catholic holidays in Baden-Württemberg.

  21. no history is "completely distinct." Bajern may be different, but it is still connected historically with the rest of Deutschland.

  22. Germany's constitution does not allow states to secede. Well is there a single constitution that allows its own members to secede?

  23. Is amazing how, for centuries, all humans struggled to build large, powerful states and in these days so many people want to destroy and go small. What will happen in 50 or 200 years if EU will fail? Europe will be just a gathering of small, weak states. Without a common market, small states will struggle to exist. Today peace in Europe can change. It is stupid to think it will be no wars. A small state is always just food for big powerful states. Is amazing how many people do not think on this anymore. EU is changing. People do not see it. Crowd are blind and easy to manipulate. Humanity will get what deserve. Slavery to big companies. A small state cannot defend against big multinational companies. All big companies want to destabilize states to escape regulations. This is the future that expects us. Because most of today people are low educated and naive.

  24. My great grandfather was
    Brvarian he was the only
    Brvarian in his SS division and it caused a bit if tension when he took command of it.

  25. the south isnt as industrial as the north? how comes? bmw man siemens audi and many others are from bavaria or are having headquarters here ….

  26. Bayxit? I live near by Munich but I never heart people seriously talking about seperate from germany. Exept from a very few crazy "Bayern Partei" voters. The critisism against EU is all over Europe. Not just Bavaria. It is funny when americans see Bavarians and Prussians as enemys. It´s nice that they learn our culture and history. But it´s dying. Oktoberfest and Hofbräuhaus is not real. Whole Munich is not real. The real left over Bavarians live outside of the cities.

  27. Well, making things up and then failing to even pronounce "Bayern" correctly. At least it is good for advertising and tourism. Prost! (what else to say … watch it on at least two promille)

  28. My neighbor is Bavarian and hates the Germans to the north, calls them lazy and moochers. He said that one day, Bavarian will be independent.

  29. One thing you got right: Bavaria is like the texas of germany.
    Alot of us want to be "special" or lets say, do our own thing.
    But almost nobody wants an independent bavaria lol. We want to stay with germany, just get respected as a free state in germany.
    (there are only 3 "free states" remaining in germany, bavaria is one of them, the rest are just "normal" federal states)

  30. Sorry, I disliked this video.
    You made it sound like the "Bayxit" (the name is horrible, btw) movement has a serious amount of followers, which it doesn't. Nobody in Bavaria wants independence. You really tried hard to paint Germany and Bavaria to be two different things, when culturally and ethnically, Bavaria is undoubtedly German, as is Austria, German Switzerland, and Luxembourg. The only difference is that the latter three developed separate national identities from the rest of Germany.
    Bavaria was not "incorporated" into the Holy Roman Empire, in fact, it had always been a part of it since its (the empire's) inception. You make it sound like Germany somehow "conquered" Bavaria. Yes, after the end of the empire, Bavaria was an independent country, but ALL of Germany consisted of independent countries, the largest of which were Prussia, Austria, Saxony, Hanover and Württemberg, among others. Also, Bavaria is not the only Catholic region in Germany, but Swabia and especially the Rhineland are also predominantly Catholic.
    You said it yourself, the Bavaria Party is nonexistent on a state level and nobody cares about it. Many Bavarians have criticised Merkel, yes, but this is in no way limited to Bavaria. I'd even argue that Merkel has more opponents in the former East Germany than in Bavaria.
    Most of the stereotypes that you think of as distinctly German are actually Bavarian because that's the region that America occupied after WWII. Also, the White Sausage equator is first of all, a JOKE and it is not the boundary between Bavaria and the rest, but between the South and the Centre. Germany has a lot of cultural regions, and each of them has a little bit of a different identity; Bavaria is just one of them. We're all Germans.

    Don't compare Bavaria to Catalonia, it's completely different. From a Bavarian first, German first.

  31. Well Germany is actually Bavaria and the rest. Like seriously when you think in German people the stereotype is usually bavarian. I don't even know what is the culture in the north of Germany.

  32. That's not entirely true. Bavaria has its own unique aspects but so do most regions of Germany. Germany is generally made up of various tribes that once used to live on large parts of the central european territory. The Dutch, the Luxemburgish, the Austrian, many of the Swiss and many more are also Germanic people and at some point, they were all part of some kind of German state/empire or whatever. Bavaria just tends to think it's different but Saarland e.g., where I'm from, is just as distinct. We have had a long history of being French and even independent at times and so did the neighbouring Lorraine, which today is part of France. We have an even higher percentage of catholicism (and also 12 bank holidays) and our dialect is as distinct as the Bavarian. Dialects spoken in northern Germany are often way more similar to Dutch than to Standard German and way harder to understand than "Bavarian". And even Bavaria in itself consists of different regions with different dialects, so there isn't even such a thing as Bavarian. Look at the west and the south west of Germany, where you have catholicism and the carneval culture, which Bavaria, just like the rest of Germany, doesn't have. It's so stupid that Bavaria is always portrayed as more different than the general regional differences already recognized.

  33. The "Weißwurstäquator" is completely wrong on the map in 2:57. It is far more in the south and only includes "Altbayern" wich only is the south-eastern part of Bavaria. Your map includes whole Franconia and Baden-Württemberg and even parts of Saxony. This would give every proper Bavarian a heart attack. 😀

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