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Within the Holy Roman Empire was a vast hodge-podge of city-states, and feudal survivals -- arch-duchies, such as Austria; margravates, such as Brandenburg; duchies, like
The Reformation and the Thirty Years War had not only destroyed the prosperity of the country, but had turned it into a hopeless political rubbish heap, consisting of a couple of kingdoms, a few grand-duchies, a large number of duchies and hundreds of margravates, principalities, baronies, electorates, free cities and free villages, ruled by the strangest assortment of potentates that was ever seen off the comic opera stage.
He divided the region he had acquired into several margravates, the most important being: the North Mark, out of which in the course of time the present Kingdom of Prussia developed, and the Mark of Meissen, from which has sprung the present Kingdom of
Great (936-973) divided the territory of Mecklenburg between the two margravates he had formed.