⋆THE NORTH GERMAN CONFEDERATION⋆
"Nicht durch Reden und Majoritätsbeschlüsse werden die großen Fragen der Zeit entschieden,
das ist der große Fehler von 1848 und 1849 gewesen, sondern durch Eisen und Blut"
-Otto von Bismarck-
The North German Confederation (Norddeutscher Bund) was a union of the German states north of the Main River (without the southern states Württemberg, Baden, Southern Hesse, Bavaria, and Austria). The federal-state was formed after Prussia had defeated Austria in the Seven Weeks War of 1866. The capital was Berlin and the king of Prussia at the same time its president.
The Prussian chancellor Otto von Bismarck was at the same time chancellor of the North German Confederation.
A description of the Confederations flag was disseminated in the States so that German ships could be welcomed in American waters.