The Treaty of Versailles stated that the Germans could have eight 6,000 ton light cruisers with only six in service and could only be replaced after 20 years. This meant that the Germans could replace the 20 year old cruiser Ariadne / Niobe with a 6,000 ton ship in 1921. The Reichsmarine asked for the funds to build the Emden in the 1920 Naval Estimates and it was approved in March 1921. The order was placed on April 7, 1921. She was to be named after the Emden light cruiser lost in World War I.
The Emden was very similar to the World War I era light cruisers then in service as the Ship Test Institute had been closed in 1920.
The Emden was built with electronic welding, a relatively new technique for the time, which allowed for weight savings.
It was difficult to build the Emden as the Ruhrland was still occupied by the Allied Control Commission.
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