The Fall of Bismarck

            6 February
            The Germany army is increased by upping the age limit.
            3 March
            Kaiser William I dies
            Unlike William I, William II does not plan to be a passive Kaiser and let Bismarck effectively reign. In May  1889, he challenge's Bismarck's labour legislation by wanting to pass some mildly liberal ideas, like labour laws. The Kaiser favours the workers in the Westphalian coal mine stick, but Bismarck protects the industry and deals forcefully with the dissent.

            After the Kaiser announces a Council meeting for later that day, Bismarck meets secretly with the Ministers to ask them to postpone action on William II's labour laws. At the meeting Bismarck threatens to tear up the German Constitution and use force against labourers and the ministers side with him.
            The Kaiser meets with the Ministers individually later, so Bismarck reissues the 1852 decree forbidding the Ministers to speak to the King without the presence of the Chancellor. The Kaiser demands the repeal of the Order of 1852.
            17 March
            Bismarck refuses to cancel the Order of 1852 and refuses to resign. William II sends him a note through the     departments (so it was not private) saying that he was saddened not to have heard of the Russian troop movements and mentions a war with Russia.
            18 March
            Because the Kaiser is interfering with Foreign Policy, Bismarck feels justified in resigning.
            Bismarck reveals the up-until-now secret Reinsurance Treaty (1887) in a newspaper and condemns William II for not renewing it in 1890 and the Kaiser wants him imprisoned for treason. Hohenlohe convinces the Kaiser otherwise as a matter of PR because the minimum treason sentence would kill old Bismarck, who had been rather regaining public popularity since 1894.
            30 July
            Bismarck dies.