The Hanseatic Imperium is a surviving remnant of old Western European colonies in the area. Unlike the Empire of Ostland, the modern Hanseatic Imperium is very pro-Coalition. The Hanseatic Imperium has become a trading hub for that region of the galaxy, becoming both adored and despised for their role.
The colonies that formed the Hanseatic Imperium, unlike their neighbors, were only lightly touched by the Collapse and became refugee havens. However, what American and Soviet nuclear weapons could not do, increased social strife could. The influx of immigrants led to mass starvation, plague and riots. Eventually, the colonial governments collapsed and anarchy ruled. Several aerospace and private military corporations managed to escape the chaos and regroup in various systems' asteroid belts, vowing to retake the worlds for themselves. After months of debating what to do, they attached rockets to asteroids and sent them to collide with major cities. After picking up the pieces, a new government was formed by the corporate leaders. It intentionally invoked the old Hanseatic League and was designed from the ground-up as a privately-owned state. The old CEOs became members of Parliament and the state was run as a business. Eventually, the system degraded and the Hanseatic Imperium became a de-facto absolute monarchy, much like other governments throughout the galaxy.
The modern Hanseatic Imperium still stays true to its corporate roots in that it has invested in long-range Alkaev drives to help foster trade among the Inner Sphere states, the Coalition and independent worlds in the region. The Hanseatic Imperium is also notable for pioneering the practice of “blackboxing,” a strategy employed even by the superpowers. Blackboxing is the practice of selling labor-saving technology to primitive societies that have no hope of reproducing them. As soon as one primitive purchases a machine (at an undoubtedly great cost), he becomes so effective that his competitors are also forced to buy, at which point the advanced culture introduces a slightly more efficient and advanced model. Although the practice has been used by the superpowers to buy land out from under a primitive society’s feet, the Hanseatic Imperium has little territorial ambition and instead turns societies they encounter into independent, if dependent, markets for their goods. Consequently, the modern Hanseatic military is focused mainly on defending trading outposts and not much else. They are dependent on their Coalition allies for greater defense.