WIR, Indivisibiliter ac Inseparabiliter

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Left: Alfred I Fürst zu Windisch-Grätz, Right: Josip Jelačić Graf von Bužim, Center: Johann Josef Graf Radetzky von Radetz

Heroes of the Imperial Army of Austria in the 1848 Revolution. Long may their memory be honored.

Tartsa Isten, óvja Isten
Királyunk s a közhazát!
Erőt lelve a szent hitben
Ossza bölcs parancsszavát!
Hadd védnünk ős koronáját
Bárhonnét fenyítse vész!
Magyar honnal Habsburg trónját
Egyesíté égi kéz

Civilization, the Continual Vigilance

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Out of this intimate co-operation of Church and state came one of the most brilliant ideas in the history of statesmanship: the transformation of Charlemagne’s realm into a Holy Roman Empire that should have behind it all the prestige, sanctity, and stability of both Imperial and Papal Rome… If the bold scheme could be carried through there would again be a Roman emperor in the West, Latin Christianity would stand strong and unified against schismatic Byzantium and threatening Saracens, and by the awe and magic of the imperial name, barbarized Europe might reach back across centuries of darkness, and inherit and Christianize the civilization and culture of the ancient world… the Holy Roman Empire was a noble conception, a dream of security and peace, order and civilization restored in a world heroically won from barbarism, violence, and ignorance

-Will Durant, The Story of Civilization: The Age of Faith

The Freedom of Authority

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If we were slaves of our king and Emperor, subjected to him by your jurisdiction, it would not be permissible for us to separate ourselves from you [our duke]. Yet now, since we are free, and hold our king and Emperor the supreme defender of our liberty on earth, as soon as we desert him, we lose our liberty, which no good man, as it is said, loses save with his life. Since this is so, we are willing to obey whatever honorable and just requirement you make of us. If, however, you will something which is contrary to this, we shall return freely into that position whence we came under certain conditions to you.

-Anselm and Frederick, Counts of the Holy Roman Empire, Gesta Chuonradi II Imperatoris

For God, the Emperor, and Fatherland: Andreas Hofer and the Tyrolean Rebellion

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Mander ‘s isch Zeit!

On the morning of the ninth of April, 1809, the Church bells tolled fiercely, summoning the men of the Imperial County of Tyrol to gather in defense of their country. The Heir of Revolutionary Nationalism, the tyrant styling himself as Emperor, had suppressed the ancient liberties and Austrian loyalty of the Tyrol for long enough. The next day Imperial forces under the command of Archduke Karl von Teschen crossed the river Inn, beginning the War of the Fifth Coalition. In South Tyrol an army was gathering, under the command of a former militia Captain Andreas Hofer, the Innkeeper of Passeiertal.

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Ever Ancient, Ever New: A Random Day’s Post

This is the modern version of the ancient and yet always contemporary idea of a great occidental empire.

-Otto von Hapsburg, The Social Order of Tomorrow

Recently I did some experimenting on the website mapchart.net (κῦδος to the Catholic Underground for sharing this site). The idea was to create the borders and subdivisions of a restored Holy Roman Empire in the present day. The borders are far from perfect, particularly in the region of Lorraine-Burgundy (interesting side note: the Duchy of Lorraine if recovered would be ruled by the Hohenberg family, the descendants of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, as per different laws of morganatic succession. Thanks to The Imperial Traditionalist for the information on that). Also controversial may be the inclusion of the Kingdoms of Hungary, Croatia, and Naples (Bourbon Two-Sicilies) as under the direct jurisdiction of the Empire. However I believe that these countries would be best united to the other countries of the “heart of the Empire” and that historically this would have eventually been the case.

Well there you are, just a(n) (random) exploration in cartography, nothing official as far as the Restoration Movement is concerned. I do have plans to post an official Map of the Holy Roman Empire, as well as the Restorationist plans for Europe and the rest of Christendom. For now though, please let me know about all the numerous errors involved in the above map. It may be useful if I haven’t already caught them.

The Needy Immigrant, Nationalism, Globalism, and the Universal Destination of Goods

A well-written essay by Pater Edmund von Waldstein on Immigration, and more importantly, the (oft forgotten) Universal Destination of Goods, upholding reason and the teaching of the Catholic Church for a world which has forgotten both.

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The current debates on immigration between liberal globalists on the one hand and populist nationalists on the other raise fundamental questions about the nature of political community and solidarity. Neither side offers satisfactory answers to these questions. Immigration naturally raises such fundamental questions, since the extent to which new members are admitted to a community varies widely depending on how that community understands and sustains its own internal unity. Thus a nomadic tribe, living in easily breachable tents, and depending on close bonds of trust will have approach the integration of strangers differently than a city-state with stone houses, locking doors, speculative philosophy, and law courts.

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Europe is the Empire: The Social Order of Tomorrow

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The West is Europe and Europe is the Empire; Europe is the Empire Revisited; Europe is the Empire: Benedict Edition

The Social Order of Tomorrow by the his late majesty Otto of Austria is book which every true Rightist should read. His vision of the repersonalization of economics brought about by the coming “Atomic Age” has not come to pass, however all of the underlying societal, economic, and especially political principles (with one exception that will be discussed later) remain as true today as they were eight hundred years before the book was written. In examining the political aspect, let us begin where his Majesty began, with this very important principle;

We are not the playthings of blind forces, but free men who, in accordance with the will of God, are able to shape their own lives.

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Blessed Carolus, Holy Roman Emperor

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On the most Holy Day of the Nativity of the Lord when the King rose from praying at Mass before the tomb of biased Peter the Apostle, Pope Leo placed a crown on his head and all the Roman people cried out, “To Carolus, pious Augustus, crowned by God, great and peace giving Emperor of the Romans, life and victory.” And after the laudation he was honoured by the pope in the manner of the ancient princes and, the title of Patrician being set aside, he was called Emperor and Augustus.

Of all the rulers of the Holy Roman Empire the most renowned, the first to receive the golden Imperial Crown from the hands of the Roman Pontiff, no Emperor has so captured the Catholic imagination as Carolus Magnus, the Emperor Charlemagne. The beginning of the Sacred Ages might truly be dated to his coronation on the feast of the Nativity of Our Lord. Born on the second of April in the year of Our Lord 742 in the realm of Austrasia, Karol (as he was named in old Frankish) was the oldest son of Pippin the Short, King of Francia and Patrician of the Roman Empire. Upon the death of King Pippin in A.D. 768, Karol and his younger brother Karloman jointly ascended to the Frankish throne, in the midst of a rebellion in Aquitania.

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A Note on Sovereignty and the Knights of St. John

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This post is in part a response to a very recent article by the Modern Medievalist, whom I respect highly (and yet nonetheless disagree with in this case), and partly as a general response to the distortion of the concept of Sovereignty in Modern times. This has been brought to the forefront by the investigation of Holy See into the Religious Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta. As the investigation is still on-going, it would be unwise to comment on specific situation of the Order today, so this post is mainly confined to the general principles involved.

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Catholic, Western, and Supranational

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Austria has always been a stronghold of Catholicism: the former head of the supranational Holy Roman Empire, the secular arm of Christendom, has always been a luminous antithesis to all forms of provincialism. This is not primarily because Austria was the head of a great empire with many inhabitants, but rather because it was Catholic, Western, and supranational…

-Dietrich von Hildebrand, Der Genius Österreichs und der Provinzialismus

Austria, the true heir and embodiment of the Holy Roman Empire, has always reflected in its forms and institutions the true Catholic ideal of the supranational county. Ever since the Roman Empire was transformed into a truly foederatial system in the fifth century Heroic Age has Christendom striven for this ideal. However, in few institutions has this ideal ever been as wholly achieved or pursued as in the Kaiserlich und Königlich Gemeinsame Armee, the Imperial and Royal Common Army, of which the Hapsburg Restoration Movement is in part a spiritual succesor and continuation. Therefore, it might be asked, what are the qualities that allowed the K.u.K. Armee to act as a unifying element of the Empire? 

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