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Germany (ドイツ, ルートヴィッヒ, ウェースト)Nation's name: Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany)
National flower: Centaurea
Human name: Ludwig
Height: 180cm (5’11”)
Age: 20 (appearance)
A tall, burly country and one of the Axis Powers, who is constantly being harassed by Italy and his crazy boss (Hitler). He’s lived a life of hardship, and pretty much, it seems as though his life can’t get any worse than it already is.
His older brother is Prussia, who lives with him in his house and is also his drinking buddy. Prussia affectionately calls him “West,” but due to his impulsive nature and his habit of buying “strange” things off the net, Germany is usually annoyed with him. However, underneath it all, they seem to have a healthy sibling relationship and care for each other.
Often bailing him out, saving him, and anything else you want to throw in there, Germany, although usually bothered by him, considers Italy his best friend. They met during WWI, where Germany proceeded to take Italy captive. Once WWII broke out, Italy immediately became Germany’s ally, which Germany and the other German officers freaked out at when they heard the news. After years of spending time together, they’ve managed to maintain a close friendship and even though Germany seems to have the short end of the stick in their relationship, he takes good care of Italy, more or less like an older brother of some sorts.
He has a rather serious, but pessimistic personality (both on and off the clock), and is a total neat-freak and rule-abiding perfectionist who does not tolerate mistakes. His hobbies include walking his three dogs (named “Blackie,” “Aster,” and “Berlitz,” who are just as manly as he is), cleaning, reading, recycling, saving money, and baking. It’s said that all of his pent-up stress is released once he has a beer. Surprisingly, he is completely illiterate when it comes to technology, and relies on schedules and manuals, making him very inflexible. Italy once commented that Germany’s a fan of hardcore BDSM, stating that “…some of the videos even had dogs in them!” Often times, he’s seen wearing a Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (this was left out of the anime adaptation). It should also be noted that he has an underlying respect for Grandpa Rome, whom he idolizes, and although it doesn’t seem to be a hobby of his, he enjoys touring Italy.
His human name was revealed to be "Ludwig," but without a given surname. Hidekaz Himaruya stated that "...the fans will find out eventually."
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