Canton of Waldstätten

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Canton of Waldstätten
Kanton Waldstätten
Canton of the Helvetic Republic
1798–1803 Nidwalden
 
Obwalden
 
Schwyz
 
Uri
 
Zug
Location of Waldstatten
The Helvetic Republic, as at the constitution of 12 April 1798, showing the canton of Waldstätten in orange, centre.
Capital Schwyz
History
 -  Helv. Rep. established 1798
 -  Helv. Rep. disestablished February 19, 1803
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Canton of Nidwalden
Canton of Obwalden
Canton of Schwyz
Canton of Uri
Canton of Zug
Republic of Gersau
Engelberg Abbey
Canton of Nidwalden
Canton of Obwalden
Canton of Schwyz
Canton of Uri
Canton of Zug

Waldstätten was a canton of the Helvetic Republic from 1798 to 1803, combining the territories of the founding cantons of the Old Swiss Confederacy, Uri (without the Leventina but with the Urserental), Schwyz (without March and Höfe) and both cantons of Unterwalden, which were collectively known as Waldstätten (German for Forest states) since the 14th century, along with Zug, the Republic of Gersau and Engelberg Abbey.

The rearrangement of the cantonal borders of the Helvetic Republic was not well received by the population of the inner forest cantons of Switzerland. The political influence of these cantons was also significantly reduced; instead of 16 seats in the Tagsatzung — for the cantons of Zug (with the Freie Ämter and Baden), Schwyz (without March but with Gersau), Unterwalden (Obwalden, Nidwalden and Engelberg) and Uri (without the Leventina but with the Urserental) — Waldstätten benefitted from only four representatives.

Both the Malmaison Constitution and the Second Helvetic Constitution of 1802 proposed the repartition of Waldstätten, though this did not take effect until Napoleon's Act of Mediation in 1803.