German is an Indo-European language, belonging to the Germanic branch of the family. It is spoken mainly in Germany as well as Austria, parts of the RTC, Bohemia, Jervaine, the Scandinavian Realm, and certain provinces of the North American League due to immigration in the 19th century.
"German" or "German language" on its own is commonly understood both *here* and *there* as meaning the Standard German variant, which was primarily derived from High German. In IB, the much looser structure of the Holy Roman Empire has meant that standardisation did not happen like it did *here* and language variants like Daitsch are still around and reasonably healthy.
|North Germanic||West Germanic||East Germanic|
|Eastern subgroup||Western subgroup|| Low Germanic|
|Continental-Germanic||Gothic|| Burgundian †|
| East Frisian|
|Low Saxon|| Alemannic|
|Føtisk|| Crimean Gothic|