Liechtenstein (German: Fürstentum Liechtenstein, English: Principality of Liechtenstein) is a European microstate located in the alps between Switzerland (the cantons of St. Gallens and Grisons specifically) and Austria. The Principality came into being on 23 January, 1719, when Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI united the Counties of Vaduz and Schellenberg to form the Principality, recognizing Anton Florian as the first prince. The Principality navigated its way adroitly through the wars of the 18th century, the Napoleonic Wars, the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire and then the German Confederation, and two World Wars. Today, Liechtenstein has one of the highest gross domestic products per capita in the world and enjoys a high standard of living. About 36,000 people live in the Principality, the capital of which is the town of Vaduz. The country is approximately 160 square kilometers in area. This blog exists in consideration of the historical improbabilities and skillful diplomacy that brought the Principality safely into the third millennium.