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Summative History of Blanjiland

The Federal Oligarchy of Blanjiland

The Federal Oligarchy of Blanjiland, the Lowlands, Northern France, and England
Den føderale oligarki af Blanjiland, de lave lande, Nordfrankrig og England

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Motto
Blanjiland is Best Land
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Core Population: 127,100,331
Capital City: Herning
Official Language(s): Danish, German, Flemish, French, Dutch, English
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Government: Federal Oligarchy
- Prime Oligarch: Blanjipan Tirole
- Secretary of the Cabinet: Geoff Heymans
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Establishment: Mid-1340 A.D.
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Size (Core Territory): 104,005,629 km2
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GDP (nominal): 1,005,997,000,000,000 Blanjs
GDP per capita (nominal): 180,328.10 Blanjs
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Human Development Index (Non-NS): 1.15

(Very High)

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Currency: Blanj

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Drives on the: Right
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Calling Code:
+45 (Blanjiland)
+32 (Lowlands)
+33 (Northern France)
+44 (England)
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ISO 3166 code: BL

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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 permament 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. However, Blanjiland struggles to maintain peace with her neighbors, however, has formally signed the Treaty of Rome, ending the most recent global conflict. Blanjiland currently is involved with conflicts in Indo-China, Afgeristan and the Balkans.

Etymology

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 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.

History

Blanji 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 century, 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 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.


(Merchant Republic of Jutland, circa 1335, restored)

Van Blanj’s influence over the politics of the Merchant Republic lead 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 claims from Scania to Holland and established a fort on the Isle of Wight from which Blanjiland would expand further into the British Isles.


(Van Blanj's Oligarchy, circa 1375, restored)

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 Kingdom of Swaden, circa 1377, restored)

The Holy Roman Wars

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.

Blanji Colonial Empire

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 lead the expedition, however, 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, however, 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 Kingdom of Keepo (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.


(Blanji-Keepan Plymouth Bay Company, circa 1610)

Oligarchs would continue to attempt to establish new colonial holdings throughout the New World, however, for the most part, had failed 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.

The Blanji-Spanish War and South America

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, however the occupation was lifted after 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, however, was 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.

The Seven Years’ War

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 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 was 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 afterwards proclaimed friendship with the Keepan Empire, however their relations remained poor and eventually the two cancelled 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 ante bellum, 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.


(Height of the Blanji Colonial Empire, circa 1797)

The Napoleonic and Revolutionary Wars

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 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, however.

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.


(The Napoleonic/Revolutionary Wars, circa 1799, restored)

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 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.

The Establishment of the Federal Oligarchy

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 as 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 century.

1830 Occupation of Swaden

In 1829, Blanjiland worked in tandem with the Russian Empire and the Keepan Empire to destroy Swaden, after a Swadenian diplomat insulted the Keepan ambassador to the 1826 Conference of America, which was concerning the future of the Americas.

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.

Due to internal politics, and a general desire to remain out of world affairs, Blanjiland left the occupied Swaden to the Keepo Republic and Russian Empire.

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 were 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.

The Great Blanji-Swadenian War

The Great Blanji-Swadenian War was the ultimate escalation of rising tensions between Blanjiland and Swaden. In 1830, Swaden was occupied by the Keepo Republic and the Russian Empire after the Great Northern War ended in Swaden's defeat. In 1870, the Keepo Republic and Russian Empire removed their forces and liberated Swaden after forty years of brutal occupation. Over the following few decades, Swaden would prove itself a rising power once again on the world stage, after successfully installing a puppet regime in the Baltic Union in 1874, and again in 1881 with Swadenian forces attacking a Blanji merchant ship in the North Sea, embarrassing Blanjiland in front of the world stage. For this reason, in 1890, when the London Conference was held partitioning what was left of Africa, Blanjiland chose not to invite Swaden to the delegation. Things escalated once again when in 1910, a Communist Uprising seized control of Swaden, and a formal trade and travel ban placed on Blanjiland. This sparked a major international crisis, and in 1911, the Berlin Pact was signed between Blanjiland, Sparta and Prussia in the name of international security. In 1912, a believed Swadenian spy assassinated prominent Blanji figure Leon du Belgique, and Blanjiland formally declaring war on September 1st, 1912.

The war begins

Blanjiland initially made rapid gains, making it as far as Norrköping by December of that year. In January of 1913, however, the Keepo Republic intervened on behalf of Swaden, and shortly after, the Russian Empire and the French Republic doing so as well. Fighting in France remained a standstill for most of the war, while Sparta struggled to hold off the impending Russian invasion.

In May of 1913, Swadenian forces repelled the Blanji assault on Borensberg. This proved a pivotal point in the war, as Blanji High Command feared a potential Swadenian counterattack. At this moment, Blanjiland gave their forces the order to entrench.

The Keepo Republic swiftly secured Southern Britain, and with their naval supremacy, blockaded Blanjiland across the North Sea and the English Channel, making Brest the only port where vital resources could flow. The Keepo Republic and France had agreed the city needed to fall, however, with Blanjiland entrenching not only on the Swadenian front but also on the French front, they needed to act fast.

In order to buy Blanjiland more time, a Blanji-backed coup in Greater Bolivar saw the Keepo Republic forced to turn their attention to the colonies.

Prussia, while officially in the Berlin Pact, was unable to assist in the war effort due to its member in the Holy Roman Empire and the Holy Roman Emperor's strict policy of neutrality. In 1914, Prussia declared the Holy Roman Emperor illegitimate and declared war on the Grand Duchy of Ulm Reich. Prussian forces caught the Ulmian army off guard, and by August of 1914, Prussian troops were at the gates of Ulm itself.

Spartan Troops fared much worse against the Empire and were forced to retreat further into Spartan territory. Seeing an opportunity, the Ottoman Empire declared war on Sparta, securing the Aegean islands and the contended city of Constantinople by January 1915.

In order to save the Spartan Front, Blanjiland sent general Napoléon Tirole along with an elite force through neutral Poland. While Napoléon's forces safely made its way to Sparta, Poland saw this move a blatant attack on its sovereignty and declared war on Blanjiland in July 1915.

Poland was dealt with swiftly, however Blanjiland now saw itself with a massive front line with the Russians. Swadenian sympathizers in the Baltic Union agreed to declare war on Blanjiland that same month.

Becoming more and more boxed in, Blanjiland made one final desperate attempt to turn the war back in Blanji favor. Yet another group of Blanji spies backed a radical Islamic group in Afgeristan, hoping the nation would rise up in jihad against the Ottomans and the French. The plan worked, and Afgeristan declared war on the Ottomans and French in June of 1916. With Afgeristani help, Sparta quickly eliminated the Ottomans from the war and was able to block Keepan access to the Mediterranian, with Afgeristani forces seizing the Gibraltar strait later that year. Sparta reorganized, and prepared for an offensive against the Russians.

Prussia was finally able to enforce their demands after Ulm fell in autumn 1916, and Prussia could officially join the war efforts.

The Blanji and Spartan general staffs coordinated an offensive against Russia, and by November 1916 Blanji Forces were only twenty kilometers from Moscow.

This sparked a major outcry in Russia, and in 1917, riots soon enveloped the nation in full-scale civil war. Russian forces unconditionally surrendered to Blanjiland and Sparta, and now they could finally turn their attention back to the West.

By 1917, the fronts against France and Swaden had hardly changed since 1913. This would soon change. In May 1917, a Keepan invasion force landed in the ports of Brest, taking the city by storm. Blanjiland was forced to retreat to cover the gaps, soon making Paris a front-line city.

The Swadenians also had a trick up their sleeve. In the midst of the fighting on the Eastern Front, Swaden was busy developing a new weapon to break the stalemate that plagued their homeland. During the Tenth Battle of Norrköping, Swaden deployed the first models of what would become known as the tank. Blanji forces were utterly horrified by this new weapon of war and soon found themselves in a rout. This break in the line saw Blanjiland make a desperate attempt to stop the rapid gains on both the French and Swadenian fronts - the deployment of chemical weapons.

Blanjiland would soon develop their own tanks by October 1917 and would see combat during the third battle of Paris, where they would have the same effect on the French and Keepans as the Swadenian tanks had on the Blanjis.

The use of chemical weapons did not go unnoticed by the international community, however, and in 1918 a coalition led by the United States all declared war on the members of the Berlin Pact in February 1918. With tens of millions dead, the Blanji people were starting to demand an end to the war.

By August 1918, Greater Bolivar had capitulated to coalition forces and the Keepo Republic liberated the Gibraltar Strait.. In September, Sparta would be forced to surrender after the cities of Sparta, Athens, Constantinople, and Thessaloniki were terror bombed and gassed by Keepan forces. Afgeristan conditionally surrendered afterward, fearing a Keepan invasion was imminent.

Ulm Reich declared war yet again, storming Frankfurt as Prussian forces were fighting in France. With their allies gone and their colonies occupied, Blanjiland agreed to an armistice on February 25, 1919, ending the Great Blanji-Swadenian War.

Peace Conferences were held in Copenhagen, resulting in the following territorial changes:

Blanjiland would cede all colonies in Indonesia to the Keepo Republic, as well as all African territories south and east of the Zambezi. The exception was Madagascar, as it would be transferred to France and the territories of Angola and Mozambique gave to Portugal. Southern Britain would be occupied by the Keepo Republic until 1939, where Blanjiland and the Keepo Republic can finally redraft the borders of the British Isles. Paris would be considered a free city, independent of Blanjiland or France and run by the international organization founded with the signing of the Treaty of Copenhagen, the League of Nations. The Island of Gotland would also be under Swadenian occupation for the foreseeable future until an agreement could be made between the two powers. Blanjiland would also be forced to demilitarize Scania, Jutland and Northern France and be limited to an army no greater than two hundred thousand active soldiers at once. The Blanji Navy would be disbanded, and Blanjiland would pay reparations worth 540 billion Blanjs in current day currency to the Keepo Republic and Swaden.

The Kingdom of Sparta would be forced to recognize the Yugoslavian Federation and the Kingdom of Romania as independent states, as well as demilitarization of the Bulgarian Province. The Bulgarian Province would also be given self-governance and autonomy from the Spartan government, however still under Spartan jurisdiction. Sparta would also pay war reparations to the Ottomans, worth roughly 182.93 billion Blanjs in current day currency.

The Empire of Greater Bolivar dissolved into the Republics of Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Panama, and Bolivia.

The Empire of Afgeristan would secede Northern Algeria and Syria to France, and the establishment of the North African Trade Company.

The Kingdom of Prussia would lose its electorate status in the Holy Roman Empire, as well pay war reparations worth roughly 25 billion Blanjs in current day currency to the Grand Duchy of Ulm Reich.

Post-war recovery

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.

However, the rise of the Keepo Republic and Swaden as the two global superpowers saw Blanjiland shift to the backstage as a new war began; a war with no bloodshed, no battles, a war only by name.

The Cold War

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 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.


(Blanji soldiers from the 18th Air Cavalry Division land deep in the jungles of Indo-China.)

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.

1986 Brussels Square Massacre

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.

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, there were very few capitalist nations left.

Milennium Dawn

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.

As Blanjiland had survived the external turmoil, many nations looked to Blanjiland in order to limit the spread of Communism throughout the globe.

In 2004, Blanjiland and the Keepo Republic signed the North Sea Treaty, establishing the North Sea Treaty Organization (NSTO) as a direct counter to the Communist International.

Many nations joined and left, until 2016, where the Keepo Republic suffered yet another internal crisis and left the NSTO.

Blanjiland once again stood alone against Swaden.

2017 Indo-Chinese War

The effective dissolution of the NSTO (however never officially declared) 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 an 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.


(A Blanji patrol on the outskirts of Da Nang.)

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.

The Faroe War

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.

The Keepo Republic attacked the Blanji peacekeepers, and a short conflict involving the Keepo Republic, Blanjiland, and Swaden began.

With the fear of yet another global conflict beginning, the Keepo Republic managed to negotiate a treaty with Blanjiland, establishing The Faroe Union as an independent nation.

The Second Great Blanji-Swadenian War

The Keepo Republic after the war has agreed to collaborate with Blanjiland and has rejoined the NSTO.

However, due to rising tensions between the Keepo Republic and Afgeristan, Blanjiland has attempted to remain neutral in the affairs of the Keepo Republic.

In early March 2019, Afgeristan seized the Gibraltar Strait, leading to the two nations embroiled in war.

The war escalated after the new socialist state of Greater Bolivar joined Afgeristan, and the NSTO officially became involved in the war.

Still neutral, Blanjiland supplied the Keepo Republic with equipment to combat Afgeristan.

Later that month, Swaden annexed the Soviet Union in the name of national security and launched a surprise attack on Blanjiland, sparking the Second Great Blanji-Swadenian 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.

Both sides scrambled to gain the advantage over the other, with Swaden achieving key victories against Blanjiland on the sea during the Battle of the Baltic Sea, crippling the Blanji Navy.

The 20 Day War

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.


(A lone BAF-2A1 Doorn tank skirmishing Swadenian forces in the early stages of the 20 Day War.)

In a pre-emptive measure, the Blanji Cabinet gave permission to High Command to order a Nuclear first strike, leading to the thermonuclear and fission bombing of major Swadenian cities and industrial sectors, however, High Command failed to account for the sheer volume of factories hidden in the depths of the former Soviet Union. The strike alone is believed to have lead to the deaths of over 50 million Swadenians.

In response, Swaden unleashed its full Nuclear arsenal, but most ICBMs and MRBMs were intercepted by Blanji countermeasures. An estimated 10 million Blanjis were killed by the strikes that did hit.

In an effort to break the 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.


(Cuthonian forces attempting to escape the blast of a Blanji thermonuclear warhead.)

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.

Despite the best attempts of the BAF and the NSTO, Swaden managed to capture the entirety of the Jutland Peninsula, along with the Danish Belts three days later, in one major airborne operation after the Blanji Air Force was neutralized days prior. The next ten days saw the Keepo Republic rush to reinforce the broken and fleeing Blanji forces as Swaden stormed across the nation. On the twentieth day of the war, Blanjiland was kicked off mainland Europe.

The African Theater

Following the defeat of the NSTO in Europe, the Keepo Republic and Blanjiland reoriented its focus onto the rest of the world, with one continent in particular; Africa.

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.

Tensions in southern Africa lead to the war enveloping the Free Congolese State and Suidelike Rhodesie en Nyasaland, seeing Blanjiland once again redirecting its efforts towards another front.

The Blanji Luftwaffe launched an extensive air raid campaign over Suidelike Rhodesie en Nyasaland suppressed Rhodesian air defense platforms, allowing the 2nd Air Cavalry Division to rapidly secure northern Rhodesia. Within days of the operation, the Rhodesian government was toppled and were knocked out of the war.


(Congolese forces arresting Rhodesian militia outside Hwange, Rhodesia.)

Operation Crimson Dagger

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 of International-allied nations on a global scale, resulting in the largest naval operation in history. Within days, South America and Asia were pacified and beachheads were reestablished in Europe.

On day 45 of the war, all of France was under NSTO control, and Swaden's grasp on Europe began to falter as Ulm Reich entered the war against Swaden.

Two days later, Afgeristan was defeated and officially capitulated, compelling Swaden to agree to peace talks.

On the fiftieth day of the war, Swaden agreed to a ceasefire and signed the Treaty of Rome.

Geography

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.

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.

Demographics

Population

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.

Language

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, 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

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%.

Race

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.

Government

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.

The Prime Oligarch (Primære Oligark) is the official head of state, who oversees foreign relations and international diplomacy. 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 government, as the position often has more influence on the nation itself than the Prime Oligarch.

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 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.

Foreign Relations

Blanjiland currently hosts the North Sea Treaty Organization, an international alliance with the intention of safeguarding the free world from the influence of nations such as Swaden or Afgeristan.

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 does enjoy warm relations with the Keepo Republic (despite their historical rivalry), The Faroe Union, Ulm Reich, and Cuthon.

Globally, Blanjiland is amicable towards New medico, the Confederation of America, the United States of America, and the Free Congolese State.

Military

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.

While Blanjiland often employs foreign operatives to carry out military operations, almost all of the equipment used by the Blanji Armed Forces originates from Blanjiland.

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.

Economy

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. 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.

Infrastructure

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.

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