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51st State

The U.S. Army has been based in Bavaria for nearly 70 years. Budget cuts by the U.S. Government increasingly drive the withdrawal of troops and closure of barracks. In Bavaria, only the garrisons Ansbach and Grafenwöhr remain. In recent years, more and more criticism from the German public raises against "the Americans". The focus of this thesis project is neither the operations of the military nor the criticism thereof, but instead the unique private lives of soldiers and their families. This "temporary home", the "city within a city", the little "America within Bavaria" is like a 51st U.S. State. Within these strictly isolated barracks, everything is like at home in America: 110V outlets, chlorinated water, American supermarkets, U.S. Postal Service, the American school system -- even the dollar serves as major currency and the residents pay no German taxes.