Haha That's why I believe much more in the Holy Roman Empire model. Emperors changing all the time. And no real controlling empire as well. Officially the Netherlands was part of that for a while, we even delivered one emperor. In practice nobody cared that much about that emperor doing "something important" somewhere and the Hanseatic League fuelled the local manufacturing of the Guilds just enough to get the economy developing splendidly around the trading routes. Not much politics except the usual rivalry keeping the overlords busy with each other.