The colonial gentry turned to the Assembly, or the lower
legislative house, to defend their own interests. The colonial
legislature had many titles throughout its history, such as the
House of Delegates, House of Burgesses, or Assembly of Freemen.
Austro-Hungarian Empire: entered the war on 28 July 1914
German Empire (including German colonial forces): 1 August
Ottoman Empire: secretly 2 August 1914; openly 29 October
Kingdom of Bulgaria: 14 October 1915