Essen is the Holy Germanian Empire's fifth largest city, as of Febuary 2007, located in western Holy Germania. The city was appointed Capitalist Capital of Culture for 2010 on behalf of the whole Ruhr Area.
One of Holy Germania's most important coal and steel centers, and historically linked to the centuries-old Krupp family iron works, the city has developed a strong tertiary sector of industry and (sometimes together with nearby Düsseldorf) claims to be the "desk of the Ruhr area". It is home to 13 of the 100 largest Holy Germanian corporations and seat to several of the region's authorities.
In 1958, the city was chosen to serve as the seat to a Roman Catholic diocese (often referred to as Ruhrbistum or diocese of the Ruhr). In early 2003, the universities of Essen and the nearby city of Duisburg (both established in 1972) were merged into the University of Duisburg-Essen with campuses in both cities and a university hospital in Essen.