On 12 March 1919, the Constituent Assembly re-confirmed an earlier declaration that German-Austria was a constituent part of the German republic.Pan-Germans and Social Democrats supported the union with Germany, while Christian Socialists were less supportive.
The assembly included representatives from Bohemia, Moravia, and Austrian Silesia who refused to submit to the new state of Czechoslovakia which had been declared on 28 October 1918.
It also proclaimed that "the German people in Austria are resolved to determine their own future political organization to form an independent German-Austrian state, and to regulate their relations with other nations through free agreements with them".
It is nothing but the remnant of what remained of the old Empire after other nations had broken away from it.
It remained as a loose bundle of divergent Lands." On 13 November 1918, German-Austria asked Germany to start negotiations of union and on 15 November sent a telegram to President Wilson to support union of Germany and Austria.
This was grounded in the view that Austria had never been a nation in the true sense.
While the Austrian state had existed in one form or another for over 700 years (dating to the Holy Roman Empire), its only unifying force had been the Habsburgs.Apart from being German-inhabited, these Lands had no common "Austrian" identity.They were Habsburg-ruled lands that had not joined the Prussian-dominated German Empire after the Austrian Empire lost the Austro-Prussian War.) was a country created following World War I as the initial rump state for areas with a predominantly German-speaking population within what had been the Austro-Hungarian Empire.German-Austria demanded an area of 118 311 km², with 10.4 million inhabitants in the area of the present-day Republic of Austria and other areas where most ethnic Germans lived.In Habsburg Austria-Hungary, "German-Austria" was an unofficial term for the areas of the empire inhabited by Austrian Germans.