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Three Germanic Groups by Arminius1871 Three Germanic Groups by Arminius1871
Just a fast map.

I think the germanic cultures of Europe can be divided in 3 big cultural groups. At first, don´t forget that there is a difference between germanic and german. Germanics are all nordic people of germanic ancestry. Germans are the germanic people in central Europe, and call themselves Deutsche. The english language never used the new name, but kept the old one.

1. Continental Germanics: Germans, Dutch, Flemish, Austrians, Liechtensteiner, Luxemburger, German-Swiss.
In the 19th century many patriots defined all continental Germanics as Germans, the world wars
destroyed this dream and the dutch, part of the Reich until 1648, do not feel as Germans anymore.

2. Island Germanics: During the peoples migration time, the Anglo-Saxons from Northgermany and Denmark moved to the british isles, they built the basis of the english ethnic. Later also danish and other scandinavian vikings settled in Britain and also in Ireland.
There are of course still rather celtic regions like Wales, Cornwall, Northwest Scotland and Northwest Ireland, but even they´re mixed and part of a germanic nation and culture.

3. Scandinavians: The northern kind of Germanics from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, the minorities in Finland and smaller isles like the Färöer Isles.

The symbol in the background is the Valknut, which could be a perfect symbol for the three Germanics:

The runes are saying in German: Alle Germanen vereint = All Germanics united
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theengineerman Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Isn't the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zeland part of this?
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
You are right! I just didn´t include them, cause I wanted to include the original regions,
even tho the Germanics in these mentioned countries are not forgotten of course!
Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 8, 2014  Student Artist
Could we all just unite and become a Triumvirate or something? Also, I think Germany deserves to have Niederschlesien, Pommern and Ostbrandenburg back. The towns are German built, those regions are historically German and most people there are ethnic Germans.
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
I wished we could feel as brothers of the same blood!
Yes we deserve that land, but we can´t get it back, not now,
and not when it causes a war or new hate.

Are u really from Iceland???
Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Student Artist
Yes I am from Iceland.
It doesn't have to be achieved through violence, the lands can be reclaimed with diplomatic solutions. The French president once said that he would gladly give Germany Elsass-Lothringen back if the French would want it. The good Franco-German relations have lead France possibly giving Germany back its land someday. Germany might not get their eastern territories back in this decade or the next, but eventually they will. The Polish never even asked for these regions, it was made their land by the Soviets and the British in order to humiliate the Germans, preventing rise of warfare in the future.
But hopefully someday we Germanics could unite, though Icelanders (being Scandinavians) see Germans as their cousins instead of brothers (as we see the Faroes and Norwegians as brothers).
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
That´s really awesome! I read you love your language a lot, and for every foreign word
a new icelandic one is invented! I always wanted to visit ur great land^^

True, but we´re a family tho^^

Well our problem is, we don´t have any patriotism and a government that likes more to
important millions of foreign people, instead of giving us our historical right XD
Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Student Artist
Well, time will come. Heck, people want their rightful lands whether they admit it or not unless they have no love for their native lands. This happened often during Soviet era and some Japanese want their islands back from Russia. Many Germans are afraid of patriotism. Berlin has even become such a multi-cultural place simply because the government is afraid of being seen as a bad guy if they reject immigrants, of course it is all right to accept some immigrants if there are jobs that need to be filled or something but there is a limit.
But time will come, people will eventually know the value of a whole Germany without being reminded of a Nazi past.
And yes. We are a family, all Teutons are a family and hopefully we will become a one nation one day. It would be fitting, after all, in Icelandic the word for "German/Deutsch" is "Þjóðverji" which means "member of nation".
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
I think the same way, I mean, we always had ups and downs, a century is long for one person and his life,
but for a country it is nothing^^

I will definitly visit all the great nordic countries once **

Is it true, that you all know who were your ancestors landing on Iceland 900 years ago?
And are most of the Icelander blonde?
Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Student Artist

Well, most of us are aware of our ancestry. Iceland became an independent country in 930 AD, after that the we became a semi-anarchist state which was ruled by several Viking clans. The Clans were eventually known as the Sturlungs, the Haukælir, the Oddverjar, the Svínfellingar and the Ausbirnings. Icelanders have a specific system to know our ancestors and which clan they served (some are even descended from the chieftains, due to the fact that we did not believe in "royal blood" and anyone could marry a chieftain). I myself found out about my paternal ancestry (but not my maternal one, since my mother's side is Swedish) and it turns out I am a descendant of Snorri Sturluson (though I'm probably not the only one, he had about 5 children and therefore many grandchildren), a very important member of the Sturlung clan, not to mention that he had a great impact on Germanic culture and is famous among the Nordics.

Not entirely true. Although black hair colour is extremely rare hair colour in Iceland, most Icelanders are either blonde or brown, though some people (usually females) have a hair so blonde that it's almost white. But blue eye colour is very common.
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Wow this is so epic, I would be really proud to be from Iceland,
a nordic island so far away from the shit here in Europe,
with such a well known history and ancestors, and you have even famous
ancestors ^^

Yeah I thought so, so you surely have many beautiful women :)

But even here in Bavaria, we have sometimes white-blonde people,
also many blondes, but most are brown haired indeed. And we have also
some black haired. Blue eyes/ brown eyes are 50/50 I´d say.
That´s the influence from other peoples next to Germany of course.
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