Federal State of Austria

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The Federal State of Austria (Austrian German: Bundesstaat Österreich; colloquially known as the Ständestaat, "Corporate State") refers to Austria between 1934 and 1938 while it was a one-party state led by the Fatherland's Front. The Ständestaat concept, derived from Stände ("estates" or "corporations"), was advocated by leading politicians such as Engelbert Dollfuss and Kurt Schuschnigg, who originally were politicians of the Christian Social Party.

The result was an authoritarian government based on a mix of conservative Catholic and Italian Fascist influences. The ideology of this state has sometimes been termed "Austrofascism". It was nationalist, but not identical with Austrian National Socialism, which was pan-German in outlook.

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