Lemberg, also known as Ljwiu or the German Slavonic Republic is a German controlled area in Eastern Europe. It was formed out of the Treaty of Lviv along with Volynia and Úsgorod. Since its formation on the 21st of October, much efforts have been made to "Europeanise" the region however Lemberg has been the least successful. Only about a quarter of the population speak German as their native language (26%).
Lemberg has a relatively strong economy with a total GDP of 196B and a per capita of 36,568 as of 2030 and people are generally much better off than in surrounding countries such as Ukraine, Romania and Slovakia where the GDP per capita is under 20,000. Since Germany took control of the region. The area has become quickly industrialised and has one of the fastest growing economies in the EU. Similar to Germany, much of its economy relies on export of technology, contributing to 67% of the economy. Agriculture and tourism are also very important contributing to 10% and 17% of the economy.
Lemberg is a part of the Federal German Republic and functions under German law (Grudgesetz) but unlike the other German states, the state government has more control over trade, foreign affairs, finance, taxes and many other things. This has added to frustrations by Ukrainian nationalists who want to re-join Germany. But due to a huge amount of economic growth, nationalism has decreased in popularity.
Like Spain and France, Germany also made many attempts to Europeanise the country but it has been the least successful of the three. Ukrainian has remained the language of the majority with almost twice as many speakers than German. Ukrainians also make the largest ethnic group being over four times larger than the German population. Europeanisation efforts began in January of 2021 and during the first wave of German settlers (2021-2030) only 45,000 people arrived. However followiing the Bavarian War of Independence in 2028, over 750,000 protestant refugees who fled the anti-protestant rule in Bavaria were transported to Lemburg by the German government. This caused a huge shift in demographics raising the percentage of German speakers from 14% to 26%. Ethnic tensions are also far higher in Lemberg than in other Úsgorod and Volynia.
Lemberg has seen huge population growth from 2.5M to 5.3M in the space of about 15 years. Before the treaty of L'viv, the former L'viv oblast was mostly homogenous with 95% Ukrainian population but following the treaty, economic growth and EU membership, multiculturalism has been on the rise. According to the 2030 census, up to 30% of the population had come to the country within the last ten years. After Germans from the mainland (who were given automatic citizenship) Poles make up the largest immigrant group with almost half a million people with Polish passports entering the country within the last ten years.
Before the Bavarian War of Independence, 60% of Ukrainians were members of the Ukrainian Catholic Church but following the war efforts were made by protestant settlers to reduce the number of Catholics. This led to the formation of the Church of Ukraine, a protestant sect based on Lutheranism aimed at creating a single church for the entire country. Lutherans make up the largest religion making 40.7% of the population.
Ukrainian is the most spoken language in the country by native speakers but as 78% of the population speak German to a certain extent (26% as a native language). German is the official language and is the only language used in television and the education system but Ukrainian, Russian, Yiddish and Polish are officially recognised as minority languages and are protected under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. There are a number of immigrant languages spoken in the country, the largest being Polish spoken by 9% of the population.