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Confederation of the Rhine

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Confederated States of the Rhine
Rheinbund (German)
États confédérés du Rhin (French)
Commemorative medal of Confederation of the Rhine
Commemorative medal
The Confederation of the Rhine in 1812
The Confederation of the Rhine in 1812
StatusConfederation of client states of the French Empire
Common languagesGerman, French
GovernmentConfederated French client states
Napoleon I
Karl von Dalberg
E. de Beauharnais
LegislatureDiet of the Confederation
Historical eraNapoleonic Wars
 Treaty of the Confederation of the Rhine
July 12th 1806
 Holy Roman Empire dissolved
6 August 1806
 Dissolved after Battle of Leipzig
4 November 1813
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Banner_of_the_Holy_Roman_Emperor_without_haloes_%281400-1806%29.svg Holy Roman Empire
German Confederation Wappen_Deutscher_Bund.svg
Today part ofGermany

The Confederated States of the Rhine,[lower-alpha 1] simply known as the Confederation of the Rhine[lower-alpha 2] or Rhine Confederation, was a confederation of German client states established at the behest of Napoleon some months after he defeated Austria and Russia at the Battle of Austerlitz. Its creation brought about the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire shortly afterward. The Confederation of the Rhine lasted for 7 years, from 1806 to 1813.[1]

The founding members of the confederation were German princes of the Holy Roman Empire. They were later joined by 19 others, altogether ruling a total of over 15 million people. This granted a significant strategic advantage to the French Empire on its eastern frontier by providing a buffer between France and the two largest German states, Prussia and Austria (which also controlled substantial non-German lands).

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