It has come to my attention that there are a lot of misconceptions in the fandom concerning Prussia, Piracy, and timelines; so I have taken it upon myself to lend my knowledge
and poor art skills to educate the masses.
The reason people tend to group Prussia with pirates is most likely his canon outfit from the War of Austrian Succession strips/scenes. Now this is alright in a human AU setting or something, but not so much if they’re the actual countries.
The hat does not make the pirate. Hats like that were just common among military wear. It does not mean that he is a pirate. Not only that, but the Kingdom of Prussia, for the most part, focused on being land strong, even during the times of Bismarck. In other words, Prussia wasn’t big on navies.
The biggest thing that gets me about people making Prussia a pirate is that the time periods just don’t match up. The height of piracy was around the 1650’s, during which, Prussia was still a duchy. The solution to so many historical inaccuracies is knowing the year that Prussia went from Duchy to Kingdom, 1713.
In the year 1713, the Peace of Utrecht was signed, ending the War of Spanish Succession and— more importantly— marking the end of the wars of Louis XIV. How did this get Prussia to a Kingdom, you ask? Patience, dear reader, all will be explained.
To fully understand how this worked, it is necessary to know that the Duchy of Prussia was under Frederick the Great Elector of Brandenburg during the war (Brandenburg-Prussia). Brandenburg is located around the northeast of today’s Germany and was pretty much stomped all over by troops during the war. The Peace of Utrecht basically just promoted Frederick from Great Elector to king. It was like saying “Good work, champ. You’re a real man now.” to a boy that just hit puberty or lost his virginity, I don’t know.
Meanwhile, the height of Piracy was over fifty years prior.
So remember kids, if the year is before 1713, then the Kingdom of Prussia doesn’t exist.
Thank you to anyone who reads this for your time. If you see something that you believe to be a mistake, feel free to contact me about it.