Belgian Empire

The Belgian Empire stems out of the revolution of Belgian independence in the 1830’s. The war lasted only one year with Great Britain and France both fully recognizing the Independence of Belgium under the London Conference. Many other nations began to support the rebels and overthrow the Dutch Empire’s control over the region. Belgium succeeded in overthrowing the region from dutch control with major French military help. The United Netherlands became dissolved leaving Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands remaining. Belgium quickly sought protection with the growing German threat. The British Empire guaranteed the independence of Belgium by using the Royal Navy to build up Belgium’s navy and allow Belgium to focus on military might. With Belgium protected and prosperous from Britain it sought out a colonial empire. Brussels became a global city and Belgium even began to surpass her neighbor the Netherlands in land power. The monarchy had a huge change though. The Saxe-Coburg dynasty was formed with Victoria and Albert. Creating a massive political alliance with Belgium and Britain. Belgium encouraged Belgians to travel to the British Raj for political support of the empire. With a dynastic and imperial growth increasing Belgium became very wealthy. Victoria and Albert established that Belgium would have a massive colony in the African continent someday. During the Berlin conference Leopold the second of Belgium took control of the Congo, a massive colony in central Africa, into his own hands. This ended soon though as the colony had apparent slavery and other illegal activities occurring in it. France and the UK decided to let the king go if he returned the colony back to regular government control and not personal. During WW1 Belgium was massively occupied by the German Empire as part of the Blitz protocol. However Belgian resistance and the army prevented it from being completely occupied. In WW2 Belgium struggled greatly and was completely occupied by Nazi Germany and the Congo became the main headquarters of Belgium. During the post war environment Belgium fought off many communist uprisings and fought in the Korean war  before giving complete independence to the Belgian Congo and it becoming Zaire. The Belgian empire ended in 1962 with the Congo and Tianjin, China territories.

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