The emperor (German: Kaiser) was the head of state of German Empire (Kaiserreich) from 1871, the unification of Germany, to 1918, when Wilhelm II was forced to abdicate during World War I. There were three emperors in that time: Wilhelm I, Friedrich III, and Wilhelm II, all members of the House of Hohenzollern. The emperor also doubled as the King of Prussia (and took his numerical title from its kings as well, hence Friedrich III), as well as the president of the federated monarchies (the kings of Bavaria, Württemberg, Saxony, the grand dukes of Baden, Mecklenburg, Hesse, as well as other principalities, duchies and of the free cities of Hamburg, Lübeck and Bremen). The German Emperor was not the only German-speaking monarch to use the title of Kaiser, but was by far the most prominent.
This article lists the known emperors found in the works of Harry Turtledove after the Point of Divergence in any given alternate history. Emperors who died before the POD of a given alternate history should not be listed here. Stories set in the history of OTL may reference past emperors, or even the incumbent emperor, but unless these works are explicitly speculative, they do not belong here.
In "Alternate 3477" as designated by Crosstime Traffic, Germany won the equivalent of World War I, and the Kaiser eventually became the de facto ruler of the world. This arrangement persisted throughout the 21st century.
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Some speculation is required here. Wilhelm II was reigning at the break-point in 1914, and circumstantial evidence places Wilhelm IV on the throne in 1956, suggesting that Wilhelm III reigned between them. Logically, Wilhelm III and IV would be the historical son and grandson of Wilhelm II.
Under the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Germany soundly defeated the Entente in the Great War and emerged as the dominant power in Europe. Wilhelm's death and the ascension of his son helped trigger the Second Great War, but again, Germany emerged victorious, and Wilhelm III reigned over a victorious Germany and a more precarious peace.
Incumbent at series' end, 1945
Friedrich III is not mentioned in the series, so his reign is presumed. The identity of Wilhelm II's successor is open to some debate; see here and here for the reasons supporting the moderators' decision to refer to him as Wilhelm III.
In addition to his aforementioned roles, Wilhelm II is the reigning Emperor in "Uncle Alf", where his reign continues in 1929. He is fleetingly referenced in "Christmas Truce", set in 1914 with a fairly compact time frame from the POD, and directly appears in "Last Flight of the Swan of the East", which is set in the period between July, 1914 and mid-1915.
- Führer of the Greater German Reich, the office Adolf Hitler held in his capacity of the head of state and government of Germany from 1934 to 1945. Harry Turtledove has created several lines of Führer in multiple works.
- Monarch of the United Kingdom, the monarchical head of state of Great Britain. Turtledove has created several lines of the British Monarchy in multiple works.