A state (Bundesland) in the Federal Republic of Germany, Bavaria (Bayern) takes up the entire southeastern corner of the country. Major cities in Bavaria include Munich (München) and Nuremberg (Nürnberg).

Bavarians are largely conservative and religious (Catholic, to be exact) and have a distinctive accent. There is a major conservative party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), that finds its base of support almost exclusively in Bavaria and which strives for issues like manditorily posting the Ten Commandments in schools. Bavaria is to Germany like Texas is to the USA.

Americans love Bavaria, especially those who flock to Munich for Oktoberfest. Many American soldiers were stationed in the state during the Cold War, since Bavaria was in the American sector. Many of the stereotypes Americans have about Germans come from Bavaria: lederhosen and dirndls, elaborate beer steins, quaint half-timber houses, and open-air beer fests.