Just to clear the term:
Originally Posted by Dan Daniel
The name of the state in German is "Bundesrepublik Deutschland" which translates to "Federal Republic of Germany" in English. After WWII, resulting from the experiences made with the downfall of the "Weimarer Republik" (1918 to 1933), West Germany got a more decentralized political structure with most of the political power residing in initially ten federal states. Therefore, because it became a republic and because there wasn't much empire left to talk of, the name "Deutsches Reich" (German Empire) didn't make sense anymore.