The Federal Oligarchy of Blanjiland, the Lowlands, Northern France, and England (Den føderale oligarki af Blanjiland, de lave lande, Nordfrankrig og England), informally and more commonly known as Blanjiland, is a collection of northern states on the European continent. A vast, cultured nation, Blanjiland shares a long, chilly history with its many neighbors, which include the Keepo Republic, Swaden, Cuthon, France, Ulm, and the Baltic Order. Globally, Blanjiland is at the center stage of world politics, and is a permanent League of Nations Security Council Member, along with the Keepo Republic, Swaden, the United States, the Confederation of America, the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China. Blanjiland's government is ruled by the wealthy elite of each district, comprising of four regions, twenty sectors, fifty counties and two hundred and fifty districts. Blanjiland also governs over the colonial holdings in Indochina and is currently advising the newly independent Free Congolese State.
Blanjiland sits among the world superpowers such as the Keepo Republic, Swaden, Afgeristan, and the Soviet Union and is the head of the North Sea Treaty Organization Security Council. A League of Nations member, Blanjiland enjoys the world's highest quality of life and best passport, able to visit visa-free over one hundred and fifty nations. The world's strongest economy, Blanjiland also leads the world in technology and scientific enlightenment. Starting in the 1970s, Blanjiland has been at the forefront of space exploration and quantum theory. Blanjiland struggles to maintain peace with her neighbors, which will hopefully cease to be an issue following the Treaty of Rome, ending the most recent global conflict. Blanjiland currently is involved with conflicts in Indo-China, Afgeristan and the Balkans.
The term "Blanjiland" originates from Blanjiland's first Oligarch, Walter Van Blanj. In 1340, Van Blanj overthrew the Danish government, establishing an aristocratic state with himself as a ruler. Van Blanj's demense soon became referred to informally as "Land of Blanj", which slowly became more and more simplified until the name "Blanjiland" came to fruition. The term "Blanjiland" dates back to ~ 1640 A.D.
Blanji historians believe the origins of Blanjiland come from the small Merchant Republics within central Jutland. Most of the Jutland peninsula had remained fairly free of feudalism for most of the late 9th and 10th centuries, as most of the peninsula's population were Viking raiders that would sack cities on the coastlines of France, Germany, and the British Islands. Due to this, most raiders would work as artisan merchants in the time between campaigns, leading to economic prosperity during peacetime.
The Merchant Republic of Herning was a small city-state that swore fealty to the Kingdom of Denmark for much of the 10th century through the 14th century. Starting in the 13th century, the Merchant Republic of Herning began to expand its influence. Whether through purchasing titles and claims from neighboring counties and duchies, or infiltrating the courts of these aforementioned duchies and effectively vassalizing them, Herning would dominate the Jutland Peninsula by the turn of the century. In 1327, with the establishment of the Kalmar Union, the Merchant Republic of Jutland (as it was called) began to influence the royal courts of Denmark. Before 1400, Denmark was effectively owned by the wealthy merchants of Herning. One such merchant was Walter Van Blanj, whose wealth was said to have been able to purchase Rome itself. Most historians believe his wealth to have been similar in abundance to history’s wealthiest individual, Mansa Musa.
Van Blanj’s influence over the politics of the Merchant Republic led many to follow him in an attempt to seize power. In 1340, Van Blanj overthrew the Merchant Republic, establishing an oligarchical state lead by him and his acquaintances.
Historians call this period “Van Blanj’s Oligarchy”, as this was when the economic state of government officials was unilaterally aristocracy, as compared to the predominantly mercantile society before Van Blanj’s coup.
This shift in leadership is also widely believed to be the origin of the name “Blanjiland”, as commoners of neighboring regions would call Van Blanj’s Oligarchy the “Land of Blanj”, or “Blanjiland”.
Van Blanj’s Oligarchy was also a period of rapid expansion for Blanjiland. By the time of his death in 1373, the Oligarchy of Blanjiland had claimed from Scania to Holland and established a fort on the Isle of Wight from which Blanjiland would expand further into the British Isles.
However, with the exile of the Danish Monarchy lead to the formation of the Kingdom of Swaden, based in Stockholm as a remnant of the Kalmar Union. While largely ignored for the first few decades of its existence, Swaden would soon become Blanjiland’s greatest adversary.
The Holy Roman Empire, while now a deeply rooted ally of Blanjiland, was at odds with Blanjiland for most of its history. While Van Blanj made an effort to avoid conflict with the HRE, offering favorable deals to the Emperor and aligned itself against their enemies in exchange for major centers of trade, his successors would not be so careful when engaging with the Emperor and would soon antagonize the HRE. The first such of these incidents was in 1504, when Oligarch Adolf Frederikson insulted the Duke of Saxony, ending in Emperor Maximilian I calling forth an army and raiding the town of Hamburg. In response, Blanji mercenaries were hired and sacked the towns of Berlin and Rostock, afterward fully annexing the towns and its outlying regions. This incident sparked an all-out war, lasting until 1519 with Maximilian I’s death and the Holy Roman Empire conceding Berlin and Rostock, in exchange for the return of previously purchased Leipzig and a pledge to never again insult the Emperor or his subjects. Of course, this oath was not followed. It is believed Blanjiland and the HRE have fought in an estimated forty wars from 1504 until 1921.
The New World
In 1492, explorers from the kingdom of Castile came across a new landmass with unparalleled wealth. This piqued the interest of Oligarch Simon Jakobsen, who organized an exploration fleet of his own to sail to the New World. Jakobsen personally led the expedition, however, he would die of complications in 1495.
These expeditionary fleets were packed with mercenaries, explorers and merchants all looking for wealth and to make a name for themselves. Many settlements were made along the coast, though through one way or another every settlement was either abandoned or destroyed. This would change, however, when in 1607 Blanjiland signed an agreement with the Keepan Union (now the Keepo Republic), establishing a joint-colonial venture along the coast of Plymouth and Pennsylvania with the goal of a permanent colony to better solidify relations between the two nations and gain a profit in the meantime.
However, Blanjiland was deceived. In 1615, Keepan soldiers raided the colonies and deported any and all Blanji colonists back to Blanjiland. This sparked a naval war between Blanjiland and the Keepo Republic that would end in Blanjiland’s defeat.
Oligarchs would continue to attempt to establish new colonial holdings throughout the New World but, for the most part, would fail at every corner. It was not until Oligarch Hartmut Aalfs did a colony become a permanent settlement.
Colonial Ventures to the Congo
In 1686, Hartmut Aalfs hired the most prestigious navigators and explorers of Europe to set out and find a more prosperous land, by any means necessary.
By 1690, Aalfs' expedition returned with claims of a land rich in rare minerals - the Congo. With the discovery of the Congo and all its promised treasure, Aalfs funded a massive colonization campaign, with most funds coming from his personal fortune.
While the colonization efforts were at first slow, once a foothold was made Aalfs hade made back his fortune, and then some.
Following success in the Congo, successors looked once again to the New World. Blanji colonies were established on the islands of Bermuda and Trinidad. The Bermuda colony was lost years later after documentation regarding the colony was lost, and the settlers left to survive on their own. The Bermuda colony was eventually occupied by the Keepo Republic after coming across the island in 1701, which was met with minimal objections by the Blanji government. In Trinidad, Blanji settlers had established an extremely profitable trading port by 1700. Eventually, Blanji merchants set out on expeditions on the mainland, however were met with Spanish officials deporting them back to Trinidad. In 1705, Spain declared war on Blanjiland after repeated silence over the issue of illegal entry of their territory.
Trinidad was seized early in the war and would remain occupied until a Blanji fleet arrived in 1707. In Europe, Spain defeated the Blanji Navy at several key battles such as the Battle of the Bay of Biscay, where four Blanji ships were sunk and twelve were captured. Aalfs organized a mercenary army comprising of French, Germans, and Blanji that proceeded to raid and capture Spanish towns, eventually occupying vast portions of the country. Aalf’s army of 15,000 was met by a Spanish army of 20,000 at Guernica, resulting in defeat for Blanjiland. Aalfs was finally reinforced soon after and defeated the Spanish at Barcelona and Toledo, and would capture the capital of Madrid in 1708, along with the capture of the Spanish king Philip V. The incident sparked a major succession war between Spain, France, and the Holy Roman Empire, and forced Spain to surrender its colonies in modern-day Bolivian Venezuela and Suriname. Further colonization efforts would see Blanjiland encompass all of central and southern Africa, the Spice Islands, and the pride of its colonial holdings, Indo-China.
In the early 18th century, tensions between the French and the Keepans would arise over disputes on the highly coveted Great Lakes. In 1720, minor skirmishes in the region would escalate to a full-scale war after a French army extended deep into Keepan territory, occupying several towns and a military fort in northern New York. The conflict would remain limited to the New World until 1725 when the French occupied the city of Boston. Immediately following this development, the Keepan Navy blockaded France. When the French Navy moved to intercept, a Blanji merchant ship was caught in the crossfire and was sunk by an overzealous Keepan captain. Blanjiland promptly declared war on the Keepan Empire, after they refused to pay concessions for the incident. Blanji soldiers moved to occupy Cardiff but were met with stiff resistance by a local militia before the Keepan Army arrived, driving the invasion force back to the border. As the three powers began to mobilize, the Holy Roman Empire state of Prussia struck Blanjiland, occupying the city of Berlin. The Holy Roman Emperor condemned the attack and ordered Prussian forces to abandon the city, but when Blanji forces reciprocated the action by occupying Prussia’s capital of Frankfurt, the HRE declared war.
The combined French and Blanji Navy were capable of breaking the Keepan blockade, but the ensuing battle left the Blanji Navy in a desperate state, knocking it permanently out of the war. When news of the war reached Blanjiland’s oriental possessions, local mercenaries refused to fight until their salaries were doubled (as it was not in their contract to fight fellow Europeans). The protestors were fired and a second army was dispatched a year later. Several Indian warlords took advantage of this period and attacked both Blanji and Keepan settlements in India and Indo-China. By the time the Blanji army arrived, most of the colony was ravaged, occupied by several dozen separate warring states. Furthermore, the fired army revolted, terrorizing the countryside before they were finally arrested in 1729.
Back in Europe, French and Blanji forced coordinated together against the HRE, winning key battles at Metz and the Rhine. This was not enough to subdue the HRE, with Prussia occupying Silesia following a decisive victory at Lobositz. Separately, the Kingdom of Swaden invaded the Russian Empire in 1728, prompting the Russians to entire an alliance with France and Blanjiland. Swaden afterward proclaimed friendship with the Keepan Empire, however, their relations remained poor and eventually the two canceled their alliance midway through the war. Swaden successfully reconquered the Kola peninsula, which had previously lost in the third Russo-Swadenian War in 1671. Blanjiland held onto its territory in Scania, however, Gotland was occupied for a brief time before liberation forces could arrive.
The Keepan Empire’s luck turned in its favor in 1729, when a seasoned army from Europe arrived in the New World, liberating vast portions of its territory and even occupying the city of Quebec in 1731. Blanji forces in the British Isles were defeated at the Battle of Bristol, and again at the Second Battle of Dover. Blanjiland would hold onto London and began to push the Keepans back mid-1732, however, the oncoming peace failed to fully drive them out by the end of the war. Blanjiland agreed to a separate peace in August 1732, which forced Blanjiland to forfeit its claims to the island of Borneo (which they promptly ignored) and granted the city of Cape to the Keepans. In Europe, Blanjiland and the Keepan Empire agreed to a Status Quo antebellum, returning all territory to a pre-war state. In December 1732, France offered a conditional surrender, giving up its colonies on mainland North America east of the Mississippi, along with France’s territories in India, barring Pondichéry.
Prussia, furious it did not gain Silesia, broke relations with the Keepans and actively worked to align themselves with Blanjiland over the next few centuries. Russia finally agreed to cede the Kola Peninsula in 1734, officially ending all conflict in Europe. The Seven Years’ War (1720-1732) is widely considered by historians to be the first global war. Despite its significance in forging alliance blocs that would rise over the next 200 years, the Seven Years’ War is fairly unknown in modern times. Most Blanji culture ignores the events of the war, citing its irrelevance in relation to territory gained or lost. In the Keepo Republic, however, the war is revered as one of the nation’s greatest victories, along with the Wars of the Coalition and the Great Blanji-Swadenian War. The war is viewed with general negativity from both France and Swaden as well, with the French considering the war an embarrassment and the Swadenians with irreverence, due to its lackluster participation and most of its engagements focusing on Russia.
The 12-Years' War
In the late 18th century, a joint Blanji-French mercenary army was sent to the Keepan Chesapeake Bay Colony to incite a revolt, in an effort to cut down the Keepan Empire. The plot succeeded, and France would continue to pour their entire treasury into the newly-founded Confederacy of America. The Confederacy of America would manage to achieve its independence after twelve years of brutal fighting, however, would ultimately be forced to pay reparations to the Keepan Empire in return. On top of this, France was bankrupt. Despite the Franco-Blanji Alliance formed to liberate America, Blanjiland would stab France in the back and forcefully annexed all of Northern France, including Paris itself.
The French Revolution
The French people had enough and rose up in a violent revolution against the French Monarchy.
The French Republic fought on all fronts to protect its fledgling democracy, however, in 1784, French general Napoleon Bonaparte seized power declaring himself as First Consul of France. In 1793, France declared war on Blanjiland, in an alliance with the Keepan Empire. While Blanjiland made initial gains, occupying all of the Keepan Cape Colony, and some of Keepan Colombia, in 1799 Napoleon was sitting outside the gates of Herning, and Blanjiland was forced to surrender. Not before a revolution could begin in Blanjiland.
The Federation of Blanjiland
Tired of the wealthy elite holding almost all power in the nation, the people of Blanjiland rose up and overthrew the Oligarchy, with help from Napoleon and Keepan volunteers. The Oligarchy was forced to flee to Swaden, while the new Federation negotiated with France. In exchange for Northern France and most of Blanjiland's colonies, Blanjiland would remain a sovereign state and would be given claims over Eastern Prussia and Silesia. These borders are still held to this day.
The Oligarchs make their case
The Oligarchy-in Exile approached the Swadenian courts, begging for intervention on their behalf. After the Oligarchs made extremely generous promises, the Kingdom of Swaden declared war on the Federation of Blanjiland and France.
Seeing an opportunity, and fear of Napoleon's meteoric expansion, the Keepan Empire also declared war on Blanjiland and France.
War of the Coalition
The newfound Federation of Blanjiland fought long and hard, winning decisive battles at Scania, Picardie, and Singapore. However, it would not be enough. France saw itself as the target of a larger and larger coalition. As Napoleon expanded his empire, eventually, the Holy Roman Empire would become involved. While the HRE's involvement was short-lived, Swadenian and Keepan forces were free to reorganize as the HRE took the brunt of the fighting. after the Battle of Austerlitz and the Sack of Rome, the Emperor chose to surrender, and the Coalition was once again on the offensive.
In 1812, the Confederacy of America was convinced to stand by its ally France after a series of trade embargoes and international incidents with the Keepan Empire. While a distraction for Keepan forces, this gave France the opportunity to hit the Keepans where it hurt - Aberdeen.
The Oligarchs return to power
France used Blanji-owned Southern Britain as a staging zone for an offensive on the Keepan capital, Aberdeen. Unfortunately for Napoleon, however, was a Swadenian assault on Herning.
While Napoleon was busy planning the invasion of the British Isles, Swaden had plowed through Blanji armies, skipping Copenhagen and charging straight to Herning, believing a decisive battle could turn the tide in favor of the coalition.
The siege of Herning lasted fourteen months before the city garrison was forced to surrender after French forces were routed in an effort to alleviate the siege.
Federation leaders were arrested and the Oligarchs took control of the country once more, declaring war on France the following day.
Napoleon would continue to fight on the defensive at this point in the war, winning battles such as Waterloo, Lisbon, and London. However, France would soon be overwhelmed and Paris was once again in Blanji hands.
In 1821, Napoleon died of uncertain causes, and France was forced to surrender.
Pre-Coalition War borders were restored, and France was forced to pay reparations for their campaigns throughout Europe.
As it became more and more apparent to the Oligarchs, after the War of the Coalition Blanjiland made reforms to delegate power to lower levels to prevent another revolution.
The first reform came with the establishment of the four regions. The four regions consisted of Blanjiland (Jutland Peninsula, Danish Belts, Scania, Gotland, Northern Germany, East Prussia, Silesia), the Lowlands (Holland, Flanders, Wallonia, and Luxembourg), Northern France (Ille de France, Normandie, and Brittany) and England (Greater London Area, Cornwall, Birmingham, Eastern England, and Dover).
From this, counties were distributed and later provincial districts. The local wealthy elite was given these titles, and further devolution efforts would continue throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries.
In 1829, Blanjiland was forced to become involved in the Great Northern War, which began when Swaden invaded the Russian Empire in 1825. While Swaden had made fantastic triumphs against the Russians, they were defeated at the gates of Moscow and forced into a defensive position for several years. In 1828, the Keepan Union intervened after their merchant ships in the North Sea were mistaken for Russian ships. Blanji intervention was inspired by Keepan diplomats promising land up to Oslo to Blanjiland. Blanji forces worked in tandem with the Russian Empire and the Keepan Empire to destroy Swaden.
Blanjiland marched swiftly into Swaden, with many Oligarchs veterans of the War of the Coalition. A join invasion by the three superpowers of Europe overpowered Swaden, and in a year, was under full occupation. The invasion was not received well in Blanjiland. Some Oligarchs feared such sudden invasions so soon to the Wars of the Coalition would inspire yet another revolution. Citizens were weary of war and were extremely disapproving of the return to mercenaries after the Federal Army was dissolved in 1825.
Despite the success of the war, with Swaden totally occupied by 1830 and the Keepan Union keeping their promise to give Blanjiland territory, extreme opposition to the war forced Blanji Oligarchs to reconsider the war. Finally, in 1840, Prime Oligarch Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig dismissed the mercenaries occupying Southern Swaden and signed a treaty splitting the region between Keepan and Russian occupation. Foreign forces would finally leave Swaden in 1870.
Leopold II and the Force Publique
In 1850, Wallonian aristocrat Leopold II du Belgique was given a charter by Prime Oligarch Webster Meeuwsen to expand the Congo colony, after meager profits for the past twenty years. The initial charter promised Leopold would increase the quality of life for the natives while working to increase rubber and diamond exports over a thirty-year period. To accomplish this, the Blanji government hired a mercenary army for Leopold II personally, which he often called the "Force Publique".
From the beginning, Leopold ignored these conditions and millions of Congolese inhabitants, including children, were mutilated and killed. He ran the Congo using the Force Publique for his personal enrichment. Failure to meet rubber collection quotas was punishable by death. Meanwhile, the Force Publique was required to provide the hand of their victims as proof when they had shot and killed someone, as it was believed that they would otherwise use the munitions (imported from Europe at considerable cost) for hunting. As a consequence, the rubber quotas were in part paid off in chopped-off hands.
He used great sums of the money from this exploitation for public and private construction projects in Belgium during this period. He donated the private buildings to the state before his death.
Leopold extracted a fortune from the Congo, initially by the collection of ivory, and after a rise in the price of rubber in the 1890s, by forced labor from the natives to harvest and process rubber. Under his regime, millions of Congolese people died. Modern estimates range from one million to fifteen million, with a consensus growing around 10 million. Several historians argue against this figure due to the absence of reliable censuses, the enormous mortality of diseases such as smallpox or sleeping sickness and the fact that there were only 175 administrative agents in charge of rubber exploitation.
Reports of deaths and abuse led to a major international scandal in the early 20th century, and Leopold was forced by the Blanji government to relinquish control of the colony to the civil administration in 1908.
1890 London Conference
In 1890, Blanjiland hosted an international conference concerning the future of the African continent. With most of the continent owned by Blanjiland and the Keepo Republic, the portions of land left were heavily disputed and caused great tensions between the major nations of Europe. One major point of contingency was the Empire of Afgeristan, a North African empire that spanned from Morocco to Mesopotamia. Afgeristan was highly resistant to European colonization attempts, and often raided Keepan settlements in Eastern Africa and Kuwait.
While the Great Blanji-Swadenian seriously damaged Blanjiland's economy, recovery was swift due to economic revitalization efforts and promotion of the middle class. By the 1930s, Blanjiland had nearly eliminated poverty and was the strongest economy in the world.
The Cold War between the Keepo Republic and Swaden began in the mid-forties, as Keepan scientists developed the first atomic bomb. Swadenian researchers were quick to replicate the technology, and now, the two greatest superpowers the world had ever seen were at each others' throats with the most powerful weapon known to man. Both nations struggled to gain influence over Blanjiland, a vital ally that would shift the balance of power in favor of one side over the other.
In 1952, Swaden declared the formation of the Communist International, an international alliance of socialist and communist states dedicated to spreading the revolution throughout the world.
While the Keepo Republic focused on maintaining her crumbling empire, Swaden sent spies to sow dissent in Blanjiland.
1945 Ho Chi Mihn Rebellion
With tensions rising between Swaden and the Keepo Republic, Swadenian operatives were dispatched to The United Provinces of Indo-China, who armed and trained a communist faction in the Viet Nam territory in 1943. In 1945, communist guerillas began attacking Blanji buildings and civilians, led by Vietnamese insurgent Ho Chi Minh.
The insurgency commonly referred to as the Ho Chi Mihn Rebellion, brought terror among the Indo-China colony, causing Blanjiland to divert more and more resources to handle the rebellion.
In 1956, Blanji Special Operatives from the 16th Black Ops Division "The Diamond Dogs" successfully assassinated Ho Chi Minh along with the majority of the rebellion's commanders. Swadenian operatives were also found and arrested during the raid.
The insurgents were finally defeated in 1957, however, tensions still remain high between the Indo-Chinese population and the Blanji administration.
Socialist riots plagued Blanjiland throughout the 70s and 80s, escalating into one of the greatest blemishes on Blanjiland's history.
On August 7, 1986, a demonstration by socialist, communist and anarchists met in Brussels square, in protest of the city's policy to restrict essential services on communist sympathizers. As the demonstration soon became a riot, nervous and untrained law enforcement opened fire on the protestors, leading to the deaths of 230 civilians. Since the incident, firearms have been banned in all districts, and can only be accessed by the government's armed forces.
There is a very popular conspiracy theory that the Blanji Government was behind the 1986 Brussels Square Massacre. The theory goes that due to the rising strength of the radical pro-french terrorist organization “Armée De Libération Française“ (FLA), the increasing demand for military intervention in Northern France led to Prime Oligarch Jean-Paul de Vogne organizing a controlled incident to justify said intervention. The first thing he did was pay the Oligarch of Brussels to restrict essential services to members of the now-defunct Workers’ Union Party, which would attract the FLA to the region. Meanwhile, SOA (Strategic Operations Agency) agents infiltrated and routed the next FLA attack to Brussels.
In the city itself, experienced police (or otherwise deemed too competent at their job) were given paid vacation or transferred to other cities, while new, inexperienced officers hired and purposefully inadequately trained. Once word got out about Brussels’ new policy, the FLA immediately took the bait and began protesting in the city. Finally, on August 5, the protests devolved into riots, encompassing the Brussels Square region. On August 7, police lost control of the situation as both Workers’ Union protestors and FLA rioters became indistinguishable and violent towards police. The mix of inexperienced officers and the intentionally incited riot rapidly devolved into the bloodiest incident in Blanji history. In recent years, the theory has become increasingly popular due to Swadenian agents uncovering the SOA and revealing it to the world, and the seeming lack of documentation by the Blanji Government regarding the incident, and even worse so the fact that video recording of the incident shows certain protestors (assumed SOA agents) evacuated the region the moment the police gave the order to open fire.
Critics of the theory cite the fact that all branches of the Blanji Government already approved of intervention and a bill mandating the action was already in the midst of legislation. Furthermore, there was no documentation whatsoever supporting that the deal between the two oligarchs ever took place. The anomaly with the police rotation can be refuted by the fact that August is the holiday season of Blanjiland, and new recruits were hired to temporarily fill the position until the month was over, which happens yearly. Whether or not the theory is true may never be revealed.
In late 1986, farmers in England began to notice strange behavior and sudden death in their cattle livestock. This prompted an investigation by the Blanji Health and Quality Assurance Agency (BHQAA), which identified a misfolded protein nearly all of the expired cattle. Almost immediately, beef exports were shut down and international ports were closed while Blanji officials looked into containing the spread of the disease. In 1987, the prion was named "Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy", which triggered a total neurological collapse in cattle and caused the disease simply known as Mad Cow. Countries dependent on Blanji beef imports such as the Keepo Republic began petitioning for the lift of the quarantine put in place in England. When Oligarchs of Agriculture and Social Welfare Jadyn Artur Van Kan and Danette Hafner turned down such demands, several underground businesses began to smuggle beef off the island. Despite crackdown attempts and even a partial naval blockade, Blanjiland was unsuccessful in containing the rapidly growing smuggling crisis. In 1990, an international coalition of scientists from Blanjiland, France, the Confederation of America, Japan, and Swaden found links between the misshapen protein responsible for Mad Cow and the prion responsible for Creutzfeld-Jacob in Humans. These theories were suppressed by the weary cattle industry in England, which was facing bankruptcy due to four years of no profit, and over 80,000 cattle dead from the disease. In 1992, the disease peaked at over 1,000 new cases a week. Following a short decline in cases in late 1993, the beef industry lobbied for the end of the embargo, even with both the scientific community and the general population against them.
Prime Oligarch Sofie Renold, who had just ascended to office in 1994, finally agreed to lift all restrictions on beef exports and ended the naval blockade after an extremely fierce lobbying campaign. Unconfirmed reports also indicate the Prime Oligarch may have also had a large number of shares in the beef industry due to her English background and family owning one of the largest agricultural businesses in Blanjiland. Four months later, a massive spike in Creutzfeld-Jacob cases led to doctors discovering the same protein responsible for Mad Cow in humans-presumably from consumption of infected beef. From June-September of that year, an estimated 500 cases in England alone caused a massive panic in Blanjiland and across the world. Fearing a total pandemic, major trade partners of Blanjiland closed their borders and banned all beef. Prime Oligarch Sofie Renold was met with insults and threats from all sides of Blanjiland, with even members of her own party, the Corporate League, denouncing her actions as totally unethical and endangering to the whole world. This prompted her resignation at the end of the year, leaving Secretary of the Cabinet Dolph Njord Schöttmer as the new Prime Oligarch. Under Schöttmer's supervision, all cattle in England confirmed to have or were at risk of contracting Mad Cow were slaughtered without hesitation. The beef industry was not compensated in retribution for their actions. All subsidies given to the companies to keep them afloat during the previous embargo were revoked, and the funding instead given to find a cure to the disease. In January 1995, the island was once again under total quarantine and the navy, in collaboration with the Keepo Republic, established a total blockade. In 1996, the first case of vCJD was confirmed in the Keepo Republic, with 200 more throughout the year. In countries such as the Greater Bolivar, over two dozen cases were reported. In the United States and the Confederation of America, three individuals presented with the disease, and another forty were reported in the Congo. In 2003, officials finally confirmed the last known cattle with Mad Cow in England was culled, and the panic soon subsided. The embargo and blockade were lifted in 2004. Scientists finally artificially produced an enzyme capable of refolding the prion responsible for Mad Cow and vCJD in September 2019, and distribution of the cure is expected to be delivered worldwide in October and November to prevent the progression of the disease in those around the world who still suffer from it.
Swadenian victory in the Cold War
On December 3rd, 1991, the Keepo Republic collapsed into civil war. Decades of unrest saw the once global empire in a state of disarray and anarchy. With Swaden victorious, Blanjiland soon fell short in nearly all categories as socialism swept across the globe.
Soon, nearly the whole world had embraced the revolution.
With the turn of the millennium saw Blanjiland's luck turn once again. After nearly a decade since the "communist spring", many nations grew restless and some regimes toppled.
Many nations joined and left, until 2016, where the Keepo Republic suffered yet another internal crisis and left the NSTO.
With Blanjiland beginning to take a far more prominent role in international politics, Swaden did not hesitate to put the Blanji in their place. In 2002, Swaden successfully tampered with elections in the Greater Bolivar, causing socialist politicians to win in all national elections throughout all states of the Bolivar. While the United States declared the elections faulty and accused Swaden of rigging the Bolivarian elections and interfering in the politics of the Americas, which was perceived as an attack on the Organization of American States Treaty of 1948. The United States then retaliated by expanding an embargo on Swadenian goods to all goods from all socialist nations across the world. The United States urged Blanjiland to follow suit, as the Bolivar was one of Blanjiland's largest trading partners, however, Blanjiland refused. Following the election of 2004, newly elected Prime Oligarch Annelise Wescott agreed to the embargo and went even further by backing a coup in the Baltic States, one of Swaden's greatest trade partners. When the North Sea Treaty was signed later that year, the Keepo Republic was coerced by Blanjiland to embargo the Swadenians as well. In 2006, Blanjiland supported an uprising in the Belorus, supporting the independence of the newfound state of Cuthon. Additionally, when the First Hellenic Federation collapsed into civil war in 2007, Blanjiland backed the Second Hellenic Federation to ensure they would not fall to the Communist International.
This pattern of overthrowing governments who refuse to take sides, or backing rebel groups to cripple those who have already aligned themselves repeated for the next decade, until the scale of the situation reached its peak in 2016, forcing both Blanjiland and Swaden to officially declare a trade war between each other.
The effective dissolution of the NSTO (however never officially declared) in 2016 saw mass riots across Blanjiland, as most of the population disapproved of the previous century of contention and conflict. Both colonies, the Congo and Indo-China petitioned for independence. While eventually Free Congolese State worked out a deal for independence in 2019, radicals in Indo-China looked towards Ho-Chi Mihn and other Indo-Chinese revolutionaries to answer their calls.
Supported by a Communist International mission in the colony, promoting the virtues of socialism and communism, Indo-China became fervent in establishing a socialist state in Southeast Asia once again.
Protests spread throughout the entire colony, eventually leading to mass riots in the capital, Bangkok. Demonstrations blocked up the entire territory of Siam. In late 2017, martial law was declared in an emergency after riots became excessively violent. In November 2017, the BRN Normandie was bombed off the shore of Bangkok, sparking the beginning of the 2017 Indo-Chinese war.
In January 2018, prominent figureheads of the revolution joined together in Hanoi and officially declared independence from Blanjiland, establishing the The Indo-Chinese Federation.
While Blanji forces were deployed, a general distaste for the war at home saw limited intervention by the Blanji government. News reports of the 1945 Ho Chi Minh Rebellion also lead to approval ratings of the BAF reaching an all-time low in mid-2018.
After the end of the Second Great Blanji-Swadenian War, Blanjiland once again turned its head towards the insurgency in Indo-China, shipping 200,000 additional combat forces to Indo-China to quell the rebellion. While the Blanji administration still holds the south of the colony, it will be a long time before the communist uprising could possibly be defeated.
In late 2018, a new, reactionary regime seized power over the Keepo Republic. Quickly, they worked to reassert themselves as the superpower they once were.
The first attempt was to take back control of the Faroe Islands, a disputed territory between the Keepo Republic and Swaden.
The initial invasion was successful and showed to the world the complacency of the Swadenian army.
As per mandate by the Treaty of Ulm, Blanjiland sent peacekeepers to help with humanitarian efforts in rebuilding the island.
However, blanji peacekeepers found traces of cluster weapons used, which is considered a war crime.
Further investigation revealed a massive conspiracy involving Ulm Reich and its manipulation of world politics since the foundation of the League of Nations.
In early March 2019, Afgeristan seized the Gibraltar Strait, leading to the two nations embroiled in war.
Met with overwhelming force, Blanjiland found itself immediately on the defensive as Blanji forces retreated to Copenhagen within two days of the war's outbreak.
After a week, Copenhagen had been locked down by the BAF with its citizens evacuated. The bridge between Copenhagen and Scania had been destroyed and the orders to fortify the coast had been given.
Further reinforcement along the Danish Belts forced the two nations into a stalemate. Due to this, both sides scrambled to open new fronts.
In an effort to break this stalemate, Swaden launched a surprise invasion through Cuthon, a border state that had to that point remained neutral. Within forty minutes, Swaden had overrun the frontlines of the Cuthonian army, and after an hour, Blanjiland deployed forces to intercept the Swadenian incursion.
The French Commune, which had to this point remained neutral, saw an opportunity to reclaim Northern France and declared war on Blanjiland on day twelve. Unorganized forces scrambled to establish a proper frontline, but thanks to the re-active FLA insurgency, France was able to make significant gains. While Paris was never reached, most of Northern France was devastated by the fighting.
After four hours, Blanji High Command was left with no choice other than to strategically nuke the Blanji-Cuthonian and Cuthonian-Swadenian borders, as to prevent Swaden from entering or exiting Cuthon into Blanjiland or back into Swaden. The decision was met with international backlash and is widely considered the reason for the collapse of the Republic of Cuthon.
Seeing the disaster of the Cuthon campaign and hoping to avoid a repeat, Blanji High Command pre-emptively invaded Poland, in order to secure a proper defensive line along the Vistula river. Polish guerillas massively slowed down Blanji efforts, but when Swadenian forces inevitably crossed the Polish border, they were unable to push past the river line.
The African Theater
With fighting between the Keepo Republic and Afgeristan being the catalyst for the war, most international efforts focused on defeating Afgeristan, or commonly referred to by the NSTO, the "Underbelly of the International".
Blanji presence in Afgeristan was minimal, reserved to logistics and behind-the-line counterterrorism efforts, as radical groups such as the Caliphate of West Africa and the Islamic State of Iraq, Syria, and Afgeristan began to gain traction.
The Blanji Luftwaffe launched an extensive air raid campaign over Zimbabwe suppressed Zimbabwean air defense platforms, allowing the 2nd Air Cavalry Division to rapidly secure northern Zimbabwe. Within days of the operation, the Zimbabwean government was toppled and were knocked out of the war.
Roughly forty days into the war, the Keepo Republic and Blanjiland launched a secretive plan named "Operation Crimson Dagger", an operation planned by the NSTO since the early days of the alliance. The operation saw naval invasions along the coastline of Swaden, with major beachheads around Trondheim being the primary staging ground of the operation. Minor invasions in South America also successfully captured dozens of islands and laid siege to coastal cities.
On day 45 of the war, France agreed to an armistice, and after the Ulmer declaration of war on the International, all sides finally agreed to peace talks.
Two days later, Afgeristan agreed to a ceasefire.
On the fiftieth day of the war, all parties convened and signed the Treaty of Rome.
The global recovery has been exceptionally slow and is expected to take up to a century for the world to recover from the sheer annihilation of the entire European continent's industry. Despite this, immediately following the end of the war, Blanjiland and Swaden returned to engaging with each other in the trade war responsible for the rise in global tensions.
To stimulate the Blanji economy, Prime Oligarch Blanjipan Tirole agreed to pass a bill proposed by Corporate League head Peter Van Doorn to loosen regulations on Blanji corporation's practices when it comes to foreign investment and offshoring. The bill also came with a stimulus package of several trillion Blanjs to fund the initial efforts. This, and as a result of Europe's industry utterly crippled, convinced Blanji companies to double their efforts to offshore labor and industry to distant nations. By August 2019, any economic loss Blanjiland suffered was regained through the many exploitative practices these conglomerates have taken. Thousands of foreign companies and factories were purchased by Blanji companies, with some entire markets acquired by single corporations. This global monopoly crisis sparked the international community to take notice, and convened an emergy League of Nations session excluding Blanjiland to handle the issue.
The meeting ended with several nations filing lawsuits against over 15 Blanji megacorporations for their exploitative, monopolistic and uncompetitive attitudes when it came to foreign markets. The initial proceedings of these lawsuits are expected to begin sometime mid-February 2020, with some legal professors expecting the oncoming legal war to wage for up to a decade.
Blanjiland is located in Northern Europe and is home to forests, marshes, and plains. Most of the Lowlands is a marsh, while Blanjiland and England are forested.
Northern France consists of gentle, rolling hills. Non-urban areas are known for their ubiquitous greenbelts and horizon-spanning farms, which feeds nearly the entirety of Blanjiland alone.
The Danish Belts and Jutland Peninsula are a mostly forested archipelago, while Scania is a cold forest region.
Northern Germany is the home of the North German Plain including the marshes along the coastline of the North and Baltic Seas, as well as the geest and heaths inland. Also prominent are the low hills of the Baltic Uplands, the ground moraines, end moraines, sandur, glacial valleys, bogs, and Luch.
England comprises most of the central and southern two-thirds of the island of Great Britain, in addition to a number of small islands of which the largest is the Isle of Wight. England is generally lower and flatter than the rest of the British Isles but has two main divisions in its form – the lowland areas of the south, east, and Midlands and the more rugged and upland areas of the north and west. East Anglia is the lowest area in England, having no high hills or mountains and hosting an area of the Fens, the lowest area of England. The highest area of England is the North West, which contains England's highest hills and mountains, including its highest – Scafell Pike.
Central Blanjiland, which consists of the Jutland Peninsula, Danish Belts, and Scania is home to 7,109,764 people. Nearly 90% of the region's population is comprised of people of Blanji descent, which means having at least one parent born in the country with Blanji citizenship. Most of the remaining 10% are immigrants or the descendants of recent immigrants, most of whom came from France, the Keepo Republic, Cuthon, New medico, the Middle East, and the United States/Confederation of America. About 74% of the non-Blanji citizens have a Western background.
Southern Blanjiland, which consists of Northern Germany, Silesia, and East Prussia is home to 8,053,181 people. Around 85% of the region's population is comprised of people of Blanji descent, which means having at least one parent born in the country with Blanji citizenship. Most of the remaining 15% are immigrants or the descendants of recent immigrants, most of whom from the nations listed prior.
Eastern Blanjiland, or Gotland, house only around 58,464 people. About 95% of the region's population is comprised of people of Blanji descent, which means having at least one parent born in the country with Blanji citizenship. The remaining 5% hail from a variety of nations, including the nations mentioned above.
The Low Countries, which consists of the Netherlands, Flanders, Wallonia, and Luxembourg, is home to 29,020,667 people. About 79% of the region's population is comprised of people of Blanji descent, which means having at least one parent born in the country with Blanji citizenship. Most of the remaining 21% are immigrants or the descendants of recent immigrants, most of whom come from France, the Keepo Republic, Qatar and the Free Congolese State.
Northern France, which consists of Ille de France, Normandie, and Brittany is home to 27,590,155 people. About 56% of the region's population is comprised of people of Blanji descent, which means having at least one parent born in the country with Blanji citizenship. Nearly all of the remaining 44% are immigrants or the descendants of recent immigrants from France or the Free Congolese State.
England, which consists of the Greater London Area, Cornwall, Birmingham, Eastern England, and Dover is home to around 55,268,100 people. About 75% of the region's population is comprised of people of Blanji descent, which means having at least one parent born in the country with Blanji citizenship. Nearly all of the remaining 25% are immigrants or the descendants of recent immigrants from the Keepo Republic, or a nation mentioned prior.
There are six official languages in Blanjiland, Danish, German, Flemish, French, Dutch, English.
Danish and English, as they are the most spoken languages, are primarily used in government, while French and German are only spoken in their region.
All Blanji citizens are expected to learn at least three of the six official languages, with Danish being a requirement for all citizens.
Danish is spoken by an estimated 98% of the population, while English is spoken by around 85%.
French comes in third place, with an estimated 82% of the population fluent in French.
German and Dutch are tied for fourth place, with around 67% of the population fluent in these languages.
Flemish is spoken by only 34% of the population, however, it is still prevalent enough to be considered an official state language.
All members of the Blanji cabinet and higher-up positions are required to be fluent in all six languages.
Religion does not play a major role in the average Blanji's life, as a reported 59% of all Blanjis state, they are irreligious.
The remaining 41% of the country that is religious consists of mostly Protestant and Roman Catholic Christianity, consisting of over 50% of all spiritual citizens. The final 9% is a blend of all religions, with the highest being Islam at 4.9%.
In a 2018 census, it was reported around 84% of the nation is Caucasian-White. The final 16% is a mix of Middle Eastern, Black and Asian.
Most non-white citizens live in Northern France and England, where trade and transport are abundant.
Southern Blanjiland has the highest white population, consisting of 95% of all citizens in the sector.
Blanjiland is a Federal Oligarchy, in which regional power is delegated to local aristocrats who then, in turn, elect higher-ups from a pool of wealthier aristocrats. The three wealthiest individuals from each region make up the Blanji Cabinet, who run the nation and delegate tasks to lower authorities.
The Blanji Cabinet is shuffled every four years, and members of the Cabinet elect the Prime Oligarch.
wealthiest individuals from each region make up the Blanji Cabinet, who run the nation and delegate tasks to lower authorities.
The Prime Oligarch (Primære Oligark) is the official head of state, who oversees foreign relations and international fiscal policy. The Prime Oligarch also handles national issues and is the deciding vote in Cabinet affairs. The Prime Oligarch appoints the Secretary of the Cabinet, which oversees Cabinet and internal issues and delivers the rulings of the Cabinet and Prime Oligarch.
The Secretary of the Cabinet is considered to be the most powerful position in the Blanji Cabinet, as the position often has more influence on the nation itself than the Prime Oligarch.
The official head of government is the Prime Minister, who oversees domestic and judicial policy. The current Prime Minister is Meyrem Almaci, who has been incumbent since 2008. The Prime Minister's deputy official is the Chancellor, who manages public works and fiscal policy. The incumbent Chancellor is Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who was appointed in 2018. The Prime Minister is determined via national election, which occurs every four years. There is no term limit. The Prime Minister also appoints the Chancellor, who remains incumbent at their discretion, and can be removed from office at any time.
Blanjiland is divided into four regions, Blanjiland, the Lowlands, Northern France, and England. These regions have cabinets of their own, along with three Prime Oligarchs for each cabinet. These Prime Oligarchs represent these regions in the Blanji Cabinet.
There is a Parliamentary system, divided into the Lower and Higher Parliament, which handles local disputes and rulings for each of the four regions. The Parliament resides in the Capital City, Herning, along with the High Cabinet.
The Lower Parliament has representatives from the fifty counties, which speaks for the 250 districts, or provinces. The Lower Parliament debates and enacts non-federal laws or laws that do not apply nationwide. The Lower Parliament also has the important role of confirming the decisions of the Higher Parliament and the Cabinet. All judicial and federal appointments, nationwide legislation, and other such actions must be approved by the Lower Parliament before it can take effect. The only exception to this is in times of war or other national emergencies, in which confirmations are postponed until the end of said emergency.
The Higher Parliament has representatives serving for the four regions they hail from. The Higher Parliament supervises the Lower Parliament's rulings and enacts federal laws, which are nationwide in effect.
Blanjiland uses a civil legal system wherein law arises primarily from written statutes, though judges are given great autonomy to interpret the law as they see fit, though decisions that vary greatly from the status quo must be confirmed by a federal court. Judges are also encouraged to write an opinion regarding their decision, though, in the regions of the Lowlands and Northern France, they are not legally required to justify a ruling. In the region of England, judges can be disbarred for failing to provide adequate reasoning for a decision.
The court system is bicameral in design; district courts and federal courts. There are two district courts (one civil and one criminal) in each district as well as an appellate court to review previous decisions. In total, there are 500 district courts and 250 appellate courts. There are five federal courts in each region (two civil and two criminal, with one supreme court), which confirms the decisions of district courts, and in the case of supreme courts, are responsible for judicial review regarding regional legislation and advising the opinions of lower courts, both federal and district. In total, there are 84 federal courts, 4 of which are supreme courts.
Since 1901, religious influence on government has been outlawed and the separation of church and state federally guaranteed. Religious figures and imagery are not allowed within the confines of Blanji courts (only allowed if determined relevant to an ongoing case), and courts are not allowed to discriminate against any religion.
LGBT rights and same-sex marriage has been federally protected since 1974 (with homosexuality being decriminalized in 1882), with anti-discrimination laws first implemented in 1901. Abortion has also been legal since 1977. Women's Suffrage was federally guaranteed in 1886, with voting rights extended universally later that year. Since 2014, all undocumented migrants have been granted permanent amnesty, and are granted the same legal rights as natural-born citizens (though they are expected to apply for citizenship within two years of entering Blanji borders).
With the rise of Socialism and Communism throughout the world, Blanjiland has chilly relations with most of its neighbors, primarily regarding hostilities with Swaden, France, the former Soviet Union, Poland, and New baltic reich.
Blanjiland enjoys one of the world's strongest passports, thanks to its extremely strong economic ties with many foreign markets and recent rise to global hegemony outside of the Communist International.
The Blanji military consists of contracted mercenaries from around the world. Of the 3.23 million active personnel in the Blanji Armed Forces, only 2.12 million are Blanji citizens. Most international servicemen hail from The Faroe Union, Free Congolese State, The United Provinces of Indo-China and Ulm Reich.
The largest of these government contractors include:
Blanji Aviation, an aeronautics company that designs and manufactures civilian and military aircraft for the Blanji Strategic Air Defense Force.
Van Doorn-Burton, an automobile manufacturer that specializes in civilian and military vehicles, including IFVs, Tanks, and APCs.
Rowe Incorporated, a private space exploration company that supplies Blanjiland with most of its spacecraft, engines, and high-tech equipment.
Blanjiland's economy is a free-market society with a great emphasis on information technology, space exploration and industrialization, the sciences, and automation. Beyond this, Blanjiland is the world's leading manufacturer in advanced electronics, medicine, and energy. Other major sectors include steel production, petrol extraction, and book publishing.
Blanjiland is perhaps most famous for its tourism industry, which contributes significantly to the overall income of Blanjiland. Cities such as Paris and Brest are worldwide tourism capitals. These cities include a great number of small business thanks to this influx of tourists, with the city of Paris alone home to the majority of the country's cafes and restaurants. Paris, and its sister city, London, are home to several world-class museums, including the Louvre and the Blanji Museum for International Art.
Cities such as London and Herning are international trade hubs, with Herning being home to the Blanji Stock Market (as well as most government activities). London is largely considered the financial capital of the world, with frequent flights coming in from dozens of other major economic hubs such as New York City and Singapore.
A great deal of industry is offshored to several major trade partners, including the United States, the Confederation of America, the Congo, and Indo-China. As of August 2019, Blanjiland's economic output is estimated to be roughly 1 quadrillion Blanjs, and encompasses 50% of the world's economic output. Major Blanji corporations include Rowe Inc, Van Doorn-Burton, Maersk, Crown Metalworks, Blanji Aviation, MagLev Industries, Vodafone, and LuftBerlin.
Economic indicators hint towards further growth over the next 15 years, with an estimated 12% increase in output by 2035. However, there is currently an investigation ongoing over whether Blanji corporations are in violation of international trade law, which could potentially cause a recession if the investigation proves fruitful. Blanjiland is also in the midst of a major trade war with Swaden, as both compete to expand and prevent each other from controlling foreign nation's markets. This trade war has lasted since 2016, and has caused an estimated 250 trillion Blanjs in losses for Swaden and 100 trillion in losses of Blanjiland.
A highly industrialized, automated nation, Blanjiland is a well-developed, advanced society that spends massively on scientific and medical breakthroughs. The Blanji Cabinet pays for global, universal healthcare for all citizens and immigrants to Blanjiland. Blanji Infrastructure is developed to promote a life of luxury, providing bountiful economic opportunities for all strata of society. While higher positions of authority are reserved for the wealthy elite, Blanjiland enjoys sprawling urban and suburban residences, as well as plentiful nature reserves and one of the world's best ecosystems.
Trade between major city centers is supported by a vast, expansive maglev and highway systems, along with an excessive number of airports.
Transport between the British Isles and the mainland is fast due to the short crossing times over the Channel, along with an underground tunnel connecting London and Paris.