@Dave Dardinger; That is not a fair question in this respect. Unlike the USA, the sovereign territories and boundaries of Germany continuously changed throughout a very long and complicated history. Dynasties died out, marriages took place between royals, conquests extinguished mini- or larger-states, and even churches and cathederals had rights. It's much more complicated than you are used to dealing with, so I would take Helmut's advice, and Frank's too, if I were you. I live in a town in Germany of about 8600 people, and at one point in time parts of it belonged to 4 different "nations", all within 20 minutes' walking distance of each other. Not simple, of course, but Germany was never a simple land at all.