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Historical Jurisdictions in Germany[edit | edit source]

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The following jurisdictions apply to Germany during the time of the German Empire (1871-1918).

Each of the 26 member states of the German Empire had been independent countries and had their own jurisdiction names and sizes. For example, a Regierungsbezirk in Bayern (Bavaria) is many, many times the size of a Kreis in Baden, and both are level one jurisdictions (largest size). Level one jurisdictions are the largest, while level two jurisdictions are smaller. For a very rough equivalent to the United States, think of states (level one) and counties (level two).

German Jurisdictions
Member state Level one (largest) Level two Level three (if applicable)
Duchy of Anhalt Kreis
Grand Duchy of Baden Kreis Amtsbezirk
Kingdom of Bayern (Bavaria) Regierungsbezirk Bezirksamt
Duchy of Braunschweig (Brunswick) Kreis
Free City of Bremen
Imperial territory of Elsass-Lothringen (Alsace-Lorraine) Bezirk Kreis
Free City of Hamburg
Grand Duchy of Hessen (Hesse) Provinz Kreis
Principality of Lippe Verwaltungsamt Amt
Free City of Lübeck
Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin Ritteramt Amt
Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz Domänenamt Amt
Grand Duchy of Oldenburg Amt
Kingdom of Preussen (Prussia) Provinz Regierungsbezirk Kreis
Principality of Reuss-ältere-Linie (Reuss-Greiz) Verwaltungsamt Landratsamt
Principality of Reuss-jüngere-Linie (Reuss-Gera) Verwaltungsamt Landratsamt
Kingdom of Sachsen (Saxony) Kreishauptmannschaft Amtshauptmannschaft
Duchy of Sachsen-Altenburg (Saxe-Altenburg) Verwaltungsamt Landratsamt
Duchy of Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (Saxe-Coburg and Gotha) Verwaltungsamt Landratsamt
Duchy of Sachsen-Meiningen (Saxe-Meiningen) Verwaltungsamt Landratsamt
Grand Duchy of Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach (Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach) Verwaltungsamt Landratsamt
Principality of Schaumburg-Lippe Kreis
Principality of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt Verwaltungsamt Landratsamt
Principality of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen Verwaltungsamt Landratsamt
Principality of Waldeck-Pyrmont
Kingdom of Württemberg Kreis Oberamt

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