Netherlands is a country in Central Europe. It borders Germany to the east and Flanders-Wallonia to the west. It also borders the German and Portoguese colonies in Asia through the Dutch East Indies and the Caribbean Federation and Brazil in South America.
While preserving European neutrality (the struggle against Belgium was declared an internal conflict) the Netherlands faced all the fiercer challenges in their colonies. In 1830 an uprising in Java had to be subdued by force. A war against the Sultanate Ateh, joined by various local princes, erupted on Sumatra in 1873 and could only be ended in 1904. The Cape Province, Ceylon, and the Gold Coast had been lost to Great Britain. In domestic policies an agreement was reached between the crown and the growing liberal movement in 1848. Wilhelm II, under influence by Liberal leader Jan Rudolf Thorbecke, installed a liberal constitution which transformed the country into a parliamentary monarchy. Thorbecke became the first prime minister and fortified the - by the time's standards - modern system of government. Internally, the Netherlands stabilized herself permanently, with only the census based suffrage being a major point of conflict till universal and equal suffrage was introduced in 1917. Only in 1894 a Social Democratic Workers' Party (SDAP) was formed and, unlike her European cousins of the time, it aimed at reforms and not revolutions. Their strict neutrality qualified the Netherlands as host for the great congresses of 1899 and 1905, during which, among other things, the Den Haag Convention with Respect to the Laws and Customs of War on Land was agreed upon. After the country had preserved its neutrality during the Weltkrieg, Netherlands improved its relationships with Germany, becoming a valuable economic partner. However, it remained politically neutral and didn't join Mitteleuropa.
The rising economic problems in Germany, if they extends to the Low Countries, may break an emotional barrier in the heart of the Dutch people. It is possible that the Social Democratic Workers' Party will be invited in the government and implement its loudly proposed Plan for Labour, which includes plans to increase employment, nationalize vital industry and implement a system of unemployment benefits.
Laws and Government:
Conscription Law: Volunteer only
Economic Law: Civilian Economy
Trade Law: Export Focus
Head of Government: Hendricus Colijn
Foreign Minister: Jacobus Patijn
Economy Minister: Pieter Oud
Security Minister: Wilhelmus Andriessen
The Royal Dutch Army is quite large for such a small country; it consist of 8 infantry divisions (4 of them with an artillery support) for the defence of the mainland and 9 infantry divisions (6 of them being colonial brigades) located in Batavia for the defence of the Dutch East Indies (and the repression of the occasional rebellion).
While the Royal Dutch Air Force is basically non-existent, the Royal Dutch Navy consist of one naval carrier, 4 battleships, 1 heavy cruiser, 3 battlecruisers, 7 light cruisers, 20 destroyers and 21 Submarines. Its main purpose is the defence of the Dutch Merchant fleet and the protection of the commerce with the Dutch East Indies and their other colonial possessions.
The Netherlands has,
- colonial relations with the Dutch East Indies
- dislikes the Commune of France
Colonies and Dependencies
Dutch colonial possessions in America: Dutch Guyana, Dutch Antilles
Dutch colonial possessions in Asia: Dutch East Indies
The Netherlands has:
- 5 military factories
- 18 Civilian Factories (6 for Consumer Goods)
- 2 naval dockyards
- 99 Convoys
After all possible build-ups by Dutch focus tree:
- +5 Military Factories
- +4 Civilian Factories
- +10 Dockyards
Resources (overseas territories included):
- 9 units of steel
- 20 units of aluminium
- 55 units of oil
- 788 units of rubber