This is more complex than you think. There was a German Empire, a German Confederation, a West Germany, an East Germany, a German Reich, allied occupied Germany, North German Confederation, etc. that existed in different times and encompassed different locations. We can't just call them all Germany. In order to tell where an ancestor came from, we need to know the name of the country they were living in and the location within the country as best we can. A country is defined by a name, location and a time. We spent a lot of time figuring out the names that should be used for US states as they went from being colonies and territories to states. I think we have to spend some time figuring out the names and date ranges for other countries, as well,--probably in more than one language.