Official Statements of War Aims and Peace Proposals, December 1916 to November 1918

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REORGANIZATION OF THE GERMAN EMPIRE1
November 9, 1918

A. DECREE OF THE IMPERAL CHANCELLOR

The Kaiser and King has decided to renounce the throne.2

The Imperial Chancellor will remain in office until the questions connected with the abdication of the Kaiser, the renouncing by the Crown Prince of the throne of the German Empire and of Prussia, and the setting up of a regency have been settled.

For the regency he intends to appoint Deputy Ebert as Imperial Chancellor, and he proposes that a bill shall be brought in for the establishment of a law providing for the promulgating of general suffrage and for a constitutional German National Assembly, which will settle finally the future form of government of the German nation and of those peoples which might be desirous of coming within the empire.

THE IMPERIAL CHANCELLOR.


B. STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE PEOPLE'S GOVERNMENTS3

November 9, 1918

In the course of the forenoon of Saturday the formation of a new German people's government was initiated. The greater part of the Berlin garrison, and other troops stationed there temporarily, went over to the new Government.

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1
The New York Times, November 10, 1918, p. 1.
2
The exact effect of this announcement by itself may be judged from the actual abdication of the Kaiser contained in the following document issued by the new German Government in Berlin on November 30 (see The New York Times, December 1, 1918, p. 1):

By the present document I renounce forever my rights to the crown of Prussia and the rights to the German Imperial crown. I release at the same time all the officials of the German Empire and Prussia and also all officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers of the Prussian Navy and Army and of contingents from confederated States from the oath of fidelity they have taken to me as their Emperor, King, and supreme chief.

I expect from them until a new organization of the German Empire exists that they will aid those who effectively hold the power in Germany to protect the German people against the menacing dangers of anarchy, famine, and foreign domination.

Made and executed and signed by our own hand with the imperial seal at Amerongen, Nov. 28.

WILLIAM.

3
The New York Times, November 11, 1918, p. 1.

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