The Belgian army, commanded by king Albert himself, was the first who fought the German armies during the Great War and among the others vanquished armies during the defeat of France. With his motherland under German occupation, Belgium was forced to comply to every single term: Belgian Congo becoming another German holding in Africa, Belgian Luxemburg was occupied and even the country ceased to exist under her name. Inspirated by the speeches of Jules Destrée, German experts concluded that a federal state was the best option in order to reduce the contacts between Flemish and Walloons and avoid the creation of a unified resistence of all the population of the country. The first step of this process actually begin during the Weltkrieg and was called the "Flamenpolitik" (flemish politics). It consisted in the support of flemish autonomist and independentist intellectuals in order to emfeeble the belgian unity.
In 1916 The "Flamenpolitik" was decided and subsequently begun. The university of Ghent was "flemishized" and courses in french were stopped. The following year, the german occupation authorities created the "Raad van Vlaanderen" (Council of Flanders) in order to rule gain support from flemish autonomist movements. At the same time the country was divided administratively on a linguistical basis. The south of the province of Brabant was attached to Wallonia and walloon ministeries were intalled in Namur while flemish ones remained in Brussels. But even if independence for Flanders was considered at first the fear of a Wallonia under french influence, cutting the terrestrial link with Flanders convinced the German government that a federalized governemental system with the most important ministeries being held in common, a bit like Austria-Hungary, hopefully without unrecognized slavic populations.
With the peace with honour, the Raad van Vlaanderen became the basis of the new government, with some walloons and french speaking inhabitants of Brussels in order to avoid them to complain too much. Pieter Tack became the first chief of government and Adalbert von Hohenzollern, the Kaiser’s third son, was crowned. But before the crowning a debate erupted about the nature of his royal title. Three options were possible: The territorial one "King of Flanders and Wallonia" the popular solution, that was closer to the older title of king of the belgians, still claimed by Albert, now in exile in Canada, "king of the Flemish and the Walloons" and the german solution to call him with two adjective "flemish and walloon king". Even if the last solution was closer to the german system, it applied with difficulties because, quite obviously, Adalbert was neither flemish nor walloon. On the 17th of February 1922, Adalbert was solemny established as King of Flanders and Wallonia. Contrary to other monarchic traditions there was no coronation, he swore oath on the new constitution before the new parliment that was selected by the german authorities. In addition in order to gain support in the country, Adalbert converted to catholicism. After all, the main flemish slogan was AVV-VVK: Alles voor Vlaanderen, Vlaanderen voor Kristus (All for Flanders, Flanders for Christ).
In 1936, the buffer state of Flandern-Wallonien is coming to a boiling point, between the Flemish population, wanting ot join the neutral Netherlands, the Walloon population, whose nationalism turned to French-fashioned syndicalist views, and the whole population, tired of German domination..
The federal structure of Flanders-Wallonia give the states of Flanders and Wallonia a high degree of autonomy. The states are sovereign in questions like taxation, budget and they both have a sovereign police force. Matters concerning national defense, foreign policy and other higher functions are decided by the Federal Government and the King.
In theory, Flanders-Wallonia is a Constitutional Monarchy. In practice, however, parliamentary control over the government is, to say the least, far from complete. Moreover, political parties can have a legal status and participate in elections only if they accept the post-Weltkrieg stautus quo such as the Hohenzollern Monarchy, membership in Mitteleuropa etc. This limitation makes legal opposition parties stunted and ineffective.
The real oppositional forces in Flanders-Wallonia are illegal underground groupings, faced with constant persecution by the police and security services. There are two main oppositional currents:
- The Belgian Nationalists and Monarchists, seeking to restore Belgium in its 1914 borders, and with its throne held by "the only legitimate King of Belgium" - the exiled King Albert, who had lived in London since the end of the Weltkrieg and in 1925 followed the British Royal Family to Canada.
- The Syndicalists, seeking a Workers' Revolution and the creation of a Socialist regime modeled on the Commune of France (to a lesser degree, on the Union of Britain).
Each of these has its own special dates when demonstrations, protests, and (especially for the Syndicalists) strikes are held, inevitably being brutally suppressed (often, with bloodshed). Syndicalists mark Mayday and the anniversary of the creation of the Commune of France, marching through the streets and singing the forbidden "Internationale"; the Nationalist Monarchists sing the equally forbidden "Brabançonne", pre-1914 Belgian anthem, on the anniversary of the 1830 Belgian Revolution against Dutch rule, and on the birthday of their exiled King.
Both are stronger in Wallonia (including its parts which are under temporary German military occupation) than in Flandrers, and ponder ways of rectifying this situation. Nationalists are sub-divided into "Constitutionalists" who seek to restore the pre-1914 Unitary Belgian Consitution, and "Federalists" who support making the liberated Belgium into a Federal State (though not neccesarily on the pattern established by the pro-German regime). For their part the Syndicalists hedge about the crucial issue of whether they seek a Commune of Belgium or an incoprotation into the Commune of France, stating that this point would be decided by the people once the rule of the Germans and their Belgian Capitalist stooges has been swept away.
Though their aims are obviously incompatible, Nationalists and Syndicalists do cooperate on occasion - for example, in joint protests by political prisoners against harsh prison conditions.
King of Flanders-Wallonia: S.K.H. Adalbert von Preußen
Prime Minister: August Borms
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Charles d'Aspremont-Lynden
Minister of Economy: Georges Theunis
Minister of Justice: Emiel Thiers
Head of the General Intelligence and Security Service: Paul Ouwerx
Minister of Defense and Chief of the Federal Forces: Leon Degrelle
Commander in Chief of Federal Land Forces: René Lagrou
Commander in Chief of Federal Navy: Etienne Glorie
Commander in Chief of Federal Air Forces: Paul Hiernaux
The armed forces of Flanders-Wallonia are under the control of Germany, which guarantees the protection and safety of the country.
The Federal Land Forces comprise four infantry divisions (one with an artillery brigade) and a specialized mountain division with an artillery brigade. German units of the Reichsheer also operate within the borders of the country.
The Federal Air Forces are basically non-existant, with German Luftstreitkräfte providing air cover to Flanders-Wallonia. The Federal Navy only has two transport flotilla, the German Kaiserliche Marine is in charge of the protection of the country.
Flanders-Wallonia is under the political, economical and military authority of Germany and grants military access to German units. It is a member of Mitteleuropa and is considered the "Vanguard in the west", like United Baltic Duchy in the east.
Very good relations with Germany, Mittelafrika and other countries in Mitteleuropa.
Declared hostility against the Commune of France.