Braunau

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Braunau
Braunau and surrounding areas, 2019.
Braunau and surrounding areas, 2019.
Country Ebenthal
ProvinceFlag of New Switzerland (2021).png New Switzerland
Settled2 February 2011
Established19 February 2014
Province capital4 August 2017
Government
 • BodyBraunau City Council
 • AdministratorPrince Alberto Scherer
Population
 • Total6 (permanent)
Demonym(s)Braunauan

Braunau, officially Municipality of Braunau (Portuguese: Município de Braunau, Hunsrik: Braunau Munizipp) is the capital of the Province-Principality of New Switzerland. It is the largest city in the province, with 6 permanent residents, hosting the Hunsrik Palace, the official residence of the Prince of New Switzerland, the only remaining subnational monarch.

The municipality was established by Antônio Scherer in 19 February 2014 as part of the Gros Morne Department of Roschfallen. Months later, involved in the conflict that led to the Ebenthali Independence War, Arthur, 1st Duke of Gallar and Antony proclaimed the independence of their fiefdoms and founded the Most Serene Republic of Gallar, having Braunau as its capital. However, in just two days, the territory was incorporated into the newly established Kingdom of Ebenthal and Braunau became a municipality of the Principality of New Switzerland which had been created as a federative unit of Ebenthal in 13 August 2014. Following the Ebenthali-Brazilian War, in 4 August 2017 the Neo-Swiss Princely Family moved from Bracara (present-day New Gallar), then the Neo-Swiss capital city, to Braunau, establishing the city as the principality's new capital.

Braunau is the main cultural and economic center of New Switzerland, being the municipality that contributes the most to the national GDP after Altenburg, Belmonte and Bauernhof-Sant'Anna. Its territory and population are 100% urban The city is governed by a City Council composed of 4 members appointed by the Administrator, who is in turn appointed by the reigning Prince. The municipality, due to its limited and small territory, does not have divisions of neighborhoods.

Etymology

The city was called Braunau in reference to the Austrian city of Braunau am Inn, hometown of the Scherer family that rules over New Switzerland. The word Braunau first appeared as Prounaw in an 1120 document as a city in the Duchy of Bavaria. Its proper meaning is uncertain, but etymologists suggest that it may be related to the word Braun (brown).

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