Belgium

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Belgium
Belgium.png
Government type HM's Government
Ruling party Katholieke Partij
(conservative)
Capital Brussels (ID 387)
Population 1.04 million
Primary culture Wallonian
Literacy 27.7%
National value Liberty
Tech school Traditional academia
Status Secondary power
January 1st 1836. Starting environment for Belgium in Heart of Darkness

Belgium is a little country in Europe, having borders with France, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Prussia. Belgium starts with a relatively strong army of nine infantry, three cavalry one artillery brigade, and a weak navy that consists of three clippers transport ships. Belgium starts with a few factories - giving it a reasonable industrial base. Belgium is also strongly aligned with the United Kingdom, giving a chance to ally with them. However, the Netherlands, until the Treaty of London, have claims in all Belgium, and can ignite a crisis in the region.

Overview[edit]

The origin of the modern state of Belgium goes back to 1830, with the Belgian Revolution of 1830. After the recognition of the Belgian independence in the London Conferecence of 1830, which included the Great Powers of Europe, including the United Kingdom, Prussia and France, the Belgium Congress chose Leopold I as King of the Belgians. However, William I of the Netherlands refused to recognize Belgium as an independent country, eventually invading the country in 1831, known in history as the "Ten Days' Campaign", because the Dutch Army stopped the advance because of the French army. But William I would still refuse to acknowledge Belgium as an independent nation until 1839, where he was pressured to sign the Treaty of London.

Belgium was the second country, after the United Kingdom, where industrialization took place, because of the cheap coal and iron, attracting many entrepreneurs to open metal industries.

Starting conditions[edit]

By 1836, Belgium owns three industries in both Flanders and Wallonia, giving some extra points. The Netherlands has cores on the Belgium land until they sign the Treaty of London. Therefore Belgium needs powerful allies. One have already got good relations with United Kingdom and they will do the job fine.

"Belgian Confederation" Belgium sits in an interesting position because not only do the Dutch have cores on all Belgian land but you will also see rebellions from Wallonian and Flemish nationalists. One way to avoid this and exercise extreme diplomacy is the route of Confederation. At the beginning of the game release both Wallonia and Flanders. This will leave with 0 prestige and only one province under your control. However you now have two puppets with 1 factory each and a factory in your lone province if Brussels. When taking this route you must try to become a Great Power as quickly as possible because the French will immediately try to get at least Wallonia in their SOI. One way to gain back some of the prestige you lost is to wait for the Dutch to declare war. Immediately call on your allies and once you are winning the war you can either acquire a state or make them your puppet. Either will bring a prestige gain which will help you, however demanding a state will give you the ports that you will need to construct a navy now that you have given up your lone port.