Federal Germans as a noun
or Federal German as an adjective
are terms to describe the citizens
of the Federal Republic of Germany, until the reunification in 1990 in contrast to the citizens
of the German Democratic Republic
and East Berlin or the Sarrois, the citizens
of the Saar Protectorate
, who were legally entitled to Federal German citizenship but unable to claim it or utilize it in any meaningful way prior to the reunification.