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In 2025 the European Union ceased to exist because of too many intern conflicts and economic crisis. Although the European Union was lost The Netherlands tried too hard to keep the Union alive. They used much of their own money to try to save the EU but when it was officially dissolved January 1, 2025 they lost everything. Many Dutch citizens were very angry with their government and rebellions started all over the country.
Belgium also tried to save the Union with the same scenario, but it was even worse because they already had a bad economy. In Belgium and The Netherlands people lost the faith in their democratic political system which lead to more popularity of the royals. A young politician, Saviël, saw this and began with forming a rebellion to overthrow the democratic government. In the late spring of 2027 his little army was big enough to start a rebellion and they gathered in the Dutch town Doorn. They started a march towards the capital city of Amsterdam, the police couldn't stop them and the army was mobilised way to late, and many soldiers even agreed with Saviël. A week after the beginning of the "Loyal March" Saviël's rebellion marched into the capital city, which lead to the surrender of the provinces Noord-Holland and Utrecht. One day later Flevoland also signed terms of surrender. Saviël named his growing resistance the Monarchists.
The Monarchists started with invading the province of Gelderland, The Netherlands started with an offensive near the Grebbenberg but it lead to a huge victory for the Monarchists. After this victory king Willem-Alexander decided to join the side of the Monarchists and told he was willing to sign terms of unconditional surrender. The parliament immediately proclaimed the republic and forced the king to abdicate. This lead to the point that more than half of the Dutch army deserted or joined the side of the monarchists.
In the following weeks the provinces Overijssel, Drenthe, and Groningen surrendered. Although the Monarchists had huge advantage in The Netherlands, Europe supported the Republic of the Netherlands. To stop this Saviël ordered the growing monarchistic organisations in Luxembourg to commit a coup d'état. The coup was a success which lead to a monarchistic Luxembourg. With Limburg surrenders to the Monarchists they attacked Belgium from Luxembourg and Limburg.
Belgium had almost no soldiers left to fight and Saviël ordered the Monarchists to attack Brussels immediately. In a three days fight Belgium surrendered. With the loss of Belgium The Netherlands became isolated and vulnerable. Saviël decided to attack The Hague immediately, now the remaining Benelux was so vulnerable. With a final march and an army three times as big as the republic's The Hague was invaded seven days later. Zuid-Holland, Brabant and Frisia surrendered with this loss. In Zealand some volunteer French republican troops kept fighting for a few more days but were crushed and May 31, 2027 the Treaty of Doorn was signed which lead to the unification of The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg and the proclamation of the Dutch Empire. The Empire was the jure constitutional but the parliament elections were not there yet and the Dutch crown was still unclaimed but guarded by Saviël.
The Triple Alliance
As soon as Saviël got the reign over the Dutch Empire he started with militarising the land. Military service became compulsory and in half a year an army around the million people was ready to fight. The Dutch economy was also boosting with renewed gas drillings in the province Groningen. The country became quickly very popular because of a lot of civil freedom despite the monarchistic government. A huge amount of emancipation and homo-sympathy swept across the country which was well supported by Saviël. After some pressure France agreed to have a referendum for French-Flandres with the option to join the Dutch Empire. This lead to 78% for unification and so French-Flandres joined the Dutch Empire December 8, 2027. A month later East-Frisia asked Germany for a similar referendum. In the first place Germany refused, but after a lot of pressure from Saviël they agreed and with a 65% voting for unification they also joined the Empire January 2, 2028. The Dutch Empire could benefit even more from these peaceful annexations.
After Italian elections in March 2028 the Monarchistic party won a full majority in the parliament and held a referendum to restore the monarchy which led to a 56-44 outcome. As soon as the monarchy was restored Italy started tightening relations with the Dutch Empire and they formed a common defence/attack-agreement in the end of April. After a few weeks Poland joined the alliance and in May 2028 the Triple Alliance was born. The alliance combined the forces of the three militarising countries and if one nation was attacked the other nations would help with the defence. With the birth of this alliance Italy and Poland retreated from the NATO, with two major powers out the United States and Canada both resigned from the NATO. As soon as the United States and Canada retreated their troops from Europe Poland attacked aggressively the German Federation.
This had came as a total surprise and Germany moved all their forces to the eastern border, leaving the western border unarmed and Dutch forces immediately crossed the border. 12 Dutch divisions occupied the border areas and started with the invasion of Nordrhein-Westphalia. Germany had a shortage of troops to fight a two-side war and after a month fighting the German army surrendered. The treaty of Potsdam was signed which gave some western provinces to the Dutch Empire, including the Rheinland. and some eastern German lands to Poland. Bayern received independence as the Republic of Bavaria. The remaining provinces became the Unitary Republic of Germany.
Wars in Europe
Now that Germany was weakened enough Italy attacked Austria and Slovenia and invaded them without to much difficulty, since Germany was to busy with trying to rebuild their nation. Some Italian divisions also crossed the Croatian border to gain Istria. The rest of Croatia became a satellite state.
The Italian army moved quickly to the west after the conquest in the east and did a dangerous attack on Corsica. The French army wasn't mobilised but still quick enough to move to Corsica. The French had an advantage but before the Italian forced were completely defeated Saviël declared war on France and attacked from the north. 25 Dutch divisions crossed the northern border of France in a quick march towards Paris. French divisions had some trouble in reorganising their army and were a bit late ready to face the Dutch. This lead to a French defeat and an open route for Dutch soldiers to conquer Paris. After two weeks Paris was completely surrounded. Italian forced re-attacked Corsica with their full force. After a French defeat in Normandy the French signed terms of unconditional surrender and had to give up Corsica to Italy. The Dutch empire took the whole north of France; including Normandy, Bretagne and Paris. After some negotiations South-France became a protectorate Kingdom of the Dutch Empire.
With the gained French lands, the Dutch Empire became just as strong as Italy and took the Unitary Republic of Germany as well. To complete the triple alliance hegemony in continental Europe Poland invaded Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Poland made Bohemia a protectorate. Now that the continental European powers were defeated or defected the United Kingdom mobilised their complete army, but Saviël had some tricks with him, as he really supported Scotisch national independence parties. Scotland asked for another referendum but the UK declined, because they were preparing for war. The Scotisch now demanded a referendum and proclaimed independence, Wales did exactly the same. England could do nothing more than accept the independence, but was enormously weakened by this move. The complete Dutch army crossed the Northsea and landed on English territory. The British armies fought back and a long war occurred for about half a year. But February 14, 2029 London fell and two days later the Treaty of Cambridge was signed. With this treaty Cornwall and Bristol stayed independent, but the rest of England became Dutch territory.
The rest of Europe
Now that all major powers in Europe were defeated Saviël could expand his just built empire in Europe. To secure Great-Britain Dutch forces also occupied Scotland and Iceland. After that Saviël moved all Dutch forces to Denmark which fell in three days. The forces immediately crossed the sea to Norway, which fought back but had to surrender in three weeks. With some Polish help Sweden was invaded as well. Italy didn't want to stay behind and declared war on all the former Yugoslavian States and Albany. This became a long and terrible war which lasted for about five months but could only result in an Italian victory with huge air support from the Dutch Empire. The Italian Kingdom was secured with this, but Poland had trouble because their army was way to big for their lands, they hadn't much money left and had to invade their protectorate again, with Bohemia in their lands it saved them for a while, but economic trouble wasn't solved.
Saviël ordered the Treaty of Strasbourg, which made the French Protectorate and the Republic of Bavaria full provinces of the Dutch Empire. The Dutch Empire was now enormous. To hit England one more time the Dutch Empire signed the Pact of Bremen, which said Ireland would never be invaded by the Dutch Empire if they stayed completely neutral. To ratify this pact the Dutch Empire took Northern-Ireland from the remaining England and gave it to Ireland. Now there was only one problem left in Europe: Russia.
The Russo-Dutch war
Russia had seen the growing threat of Saviël and the Dutch Empire, but took advantage of it now the United States had withdrawn from NATO and invaded Belarus, and the Baltic States. After that they invaded Ukraine, Moldova and the Caucasus States. Saviël had decided not to do anything but wait and had focused on the rest of Europe. Though the Dutch Empire wasn't interfering Italy was afraid of the Russian Federation and secured Romania with about ⅓ of their entire army. Not that this scared Russia. Russia committed a coup d'état in Bulgaria and from two sides they attacked Romania. Though Romo-Italian forces fought hard, the Russians destroyed their army and took Romania. Because of this victory Russia saw itself unstoppable and committed a coup d'état in Poland. As soon as this happened Saviël interfered and invaded the east of Poland and former Silesia. Although there was a little quarrel Italian forces agreed that the Dutch Empire would commit the invasion of Greece because of this huge loss of Italian forces in Romania. Although Greece fell in Dutch hands Russia wasn't completely stopped and started mobilising their troops behind the Finish-Russian border. Now Saviël reacted immediately and declared to the world that if the Russian federation would attack Finland the Dutch Empire would declare war on the Russian Federation.
Russia did back down for a few weeks, but then suddenly attacked the remaining Finish Karelian provinces. As soon as Russia did this a huge Dutch army, supported by the entire Finish army fought against Russia. After a week the Finish war was ended with Russia gaining the eastern parts of Finland, and the Dutch Empire gaining the capital Helsinki and the western part. Now the Dutch Empire had declared war on Russia Saviël started with plans for an invasion of Russia. With all the knowledge of the past failed invasions of Russia he knew he had to fight in the summer. Luckily the spring had just begun.
March 21, 2031 Thirty Dutch divisions attacked the north of Russia, from Finland and from Poland. With the Dutch army much better equipped the battle was in advantage for the Dutch and in October 2031 The Dutch army marched into St. Petersburg. This was a huge loss for the Russians, but as soon as the winter started they began a huge offensive against the Dutch troops. In the north they gained enormous victories and the Dutch troops were pushed a bit back, but there was no real breakthrough and St. Petersburg stayed in Dutch hands.
As soon as the spring of 2032 Dutch forces marched from the occupied Greek territory towards Russian-Bulgaria and crossed the border, with help of Italian forces the Dutch army had a quick offensive towards Ukraine and the Crimea and landed in the Caucasus. Though there was heavy Russian resistance Dutch forces were able to invade the oil fields in the Caucasus and Baku was conquered in the high summer of 2032. In the beginning of the autumn Dutch forces were able to invade Volgograd.
This was a heavy punch for the Russians, since the oil fields were Dutch now, they decided to spend their winter in securing the road to Moscow. This hadn't much effect because in the spring of 2033 Dutch forces surrounded Moscow and June 2, 2033 the Russian Federation surrendered. Sixteen days later, June 18, 2033 was the Treaty of Helsinki signed, this declared the withdraw of Russian troops from European Russia and would cede the Russian lands between Europe and the Ural and the Franz-Josef Islands. The Russian Federation would also become the Russian Confederacy which made them even more week.
After the Russian defeat Saviël presented itself as Dutch Emperor and was crowned a year after the Treaty of Helsinki. From June 18, 2034 till 24 his coronation was held and he was crowned Emperor Saviël-Citus I.
The last parts of Europe
As soon as he was crowned emperor Saviël began having trouble in England. England began with recruiting more and more soldiers and this concerned the Dutch Empire. Saviël didn't want to take any risk so he mobilised ten divisions and attacked England. In two days England was defeated and when Wales even showed a sign of sympathy for England Saviël moved his British forces also to Wales and one day later Wales also signed the capitulation.
After this moves it was clear that the Dutch Empire had gained hegemony in Europe. This concerned their ally Italy and to secure their position in Europe they asked for Greece. Saviël refused to give Greece to the Italian Kingdom and warned them not to take it by force. Italy denied this and attacked with all their divisions. Immediately the Dutch Empire declared war on Italy and started a 'blitzkrieg' towards Rome. The Dutch Empire was about four times stronger than Italy and Rome fell in two weeks. The Italians kept fighting and replaced their capital to Budapest. Italy asked for a conditional surrender but Saviël gave the order to invade Budapest as well. November 29, 2034 Italy signed terms of unconditional surrender. Italy was only occupied for about one month. Because January 1, 2035 Saviël appointed one of his highest advisors as emperor of Italy and formed a new empire in Europe: the Neo Roman Empire. Now with the Neo Roman Empire at their side they started the invasion of the Iberian peninsula and February 3, 2035 the Dutch navy landed on Portuguese shores, conquering the nation in five days time. With help from the Italians they started with the invasion of Spain and Madrid fell February 28, 2035. Spain kept fighting for one more week with Sevilla as capital city but signed the dual capitulation of the Dutch- and Neo Roman Empire on March 12, 2035. To finish is expansions in Europe he quickly invaded Malta and Cyprus and agreed with the independence of Switzerland, but not as a republic but as the Crowned Confederacy of Helvetica.
North Africa and the Middle East
Emperor Saviël wasn't finished with taking Europe and helped Italy with invading Libya. After Italy also invaded the African country of Tunisia it was Algeria's turn. With the Treaty of Valetta Italy occupied the northern half of Algeria and the south stayed independent. The Dutch Empire declared war on Morocco and took the country with some help from Italy in two months, Western Sahara followed two days later. The United Nations condemned this actions as Neo Imperiasm. The Dutch Empire denied this and saw it as a 'stabilisation of Africa'. They also invaded Egypt and committed a coup d'état in Sudan. The Dutch Empire enlarged their size enormously with this movements and it didn't stop their because Chad, Niger, Mali and Mauritania followed. September 31, 2035 the Dutch soldiers also invaded South-Algeria with stabilising their hegemonic position in North-Africa.
The problem for the Dutch Empire arose quickly after the conquest of North Africa. In the Russian Confederacy a monarchistic coup occurred and the confederacy's capital Irkutsk was conquered by them, which lead to the proclamation of the Russian Empire. With a new Russian unitary state the Dutch Empire began to worry, also because the new government reacted very aggressively towards the Dutch Empire. To make new alliances Saviël aligned with Turkey. In the Treaty of Nicosia both parties agreed that Turkey would help invading the Middle East for more territory and securing the oil fields for the rest of the world. A long war followed between the Dutch Empire, the Turkish-Ottoman Empire, the Neo Roman Empire and the Middle East States. But in the winter of 2038 all of the Middle East was Turkish territory except for Israel, Lebanon, Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf States. The island Socorro became Italian.
In February 2039 Dutch and Turkish armies attacked Iran. Iran prepared for this a long time and immediately launched a nuclear missile towards Turkish divisions. The Turkish army was hit enormously by this but with help of the Dutch Empire they invaded Teheran two months later. First they divided Iran, but later the Dutch Empire received whole Iran. Now that about 70% of the oil export had stopped in the world the United States began with feeling the trouble the Dutch Empire brought with her and started mobilising their army.
Conflict with the United States
Now that the Middle East was secured Saviël helped monarchistic coups in Ethiopia and the Central African Republic. With a lot of military support from the Dutch Empire Ethiopia invaded Somalia, Eritrea, Kenya and Uganda and the Central African Empire invaded South-Sudan and Cameroon.
January 1, 2040 the Dutch Empire invented the Royal Alliance, some sort of United Nations but for all the nations aligned with the Dutch Empire.
Emperor Saviël also invaded the rest of North Africa the months after the creation of the RA. This is when America interfered militarily. The United States located about a ten-thousand troops in Liberia securing this land. Saviël left Liberia first, but when the United States also attacked the Dutch Ivory Coast they stroke back. The war lasted for about eight days and led to a status quo ante bellum and an armistice between the U.S. and the Dutch Empire. This wouldn't last for long because March 4, 2040 the United States started the invasion of the Free State of Greenland. Even the UN condemned the attack but the Dutch Empire reacted much quicker with military intervention. With many Russo-Dutch soldiers from the invaded Russia the Dutch Empire an advantage in fighting in the icy lands and March 15th Canada also declared war on the Dutch Empire and replaced the American troops. The Dutch Empire managed to conquer Greenland from the Canadians 10 days later and the Treaty of Nuuk was signed which secured peace between the Dutch Empire and Canada.
The Dutch-American war
Although the Treaty of Nuul was signed. In Canada was the social-liberal government which signed the treaty two weeks later replaced by a conservative government which immediately destroyed the treaty and attacked Greenland again. This attack, although it was supported by the United States, failed and the Dutch Empire used their entire army to attack the Canadian shores about a week later and on April 4, 2040. The landing on Canadian shore was a huge success and a Dutch invasion of Labrador and Newfoundland started. To stop the complete American army from interfering the Dutch Empire aligned with Russia after long negotiations and had to give up the land around the conquered Russian city Perm and give an enclave with Moscow back to the Russians. In exchange the Russians attacked Alaska, so driving the American troops to the west. This worked and the Dutch invasion of Canada did go even faster than before and May 31, 2040 the whole province of Quebec was invaded by the Dutch army and an army marched towards Ottawa. This was the moment for the Canadians to surrender. The Conservatives presented the Treaty of Montreal. The Dutch Empire accepted the treaty and received Labrador, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. The island l'Anticostal became an occupied territory of the Dutch Empire.
With the Canadians out of the war the Dutch Empire focused completely on the United States. The United States couldn't do anything with their nuclear weapons because the Dutch Empire could fire missiles to the entire eastcoast from Nova Scotia any time. This lead to so much pressure that the United States was persuaded to accept peace and signed the Treaty of Honolulu where they had to give up Liberia to the Dutch Empire and Alaska to the Russian Empire and had to pay 100 billion to the Dutch Empire for war reparations. After this war the UN recognised the Dutch Empire as a nation and completely left the old government behind.
The Caribic -and Pacific Islands
Because after the invasion of France and the United Kingdom a lot of overseas territories had no leader anymore. This lead to some chaos in the Caribbean because some islands just agreed with the new Dutch rule (like Bonaire and Bermuda) and other islands declared independence (like Guadeloupe and St. Martin). After the war in North-America the Dutch Empire decided to send a large fleet to the Caribbean to 're invade' all the islands. This wasn't really hard and after a month all the former dependencies were reconquered. Emperor Saviël just decided to invade also the former dependencies after that and so Jamaica, St Vincent, Barbados etc. also became Dutch. Only the island Hispaniola wasn't conquered but connected with the Dutch Empire in a personal union and made one country and Cuba wasn't invaded to secure the socialistic government.
Because this invasion had worked pretty good the Dutch Empire did the same with the Pacific dependencies and countries like Micronesia. To finish their work they also invaded Suriname and Guyana in a few weeks time.
Act of the Constitution
After the Dutch Empire covered around 26,2 square kilometres the direct military conquest stopped. Indirectly the Dutch Empire helped many monarchistic organisations or police later parties in other countries to commit coups in their countries. First the United States tried to stop them, but after the Latino-American was fought and Mexico and Cuba, supported by the Dutch Empire, won, they were completely out of the game and many countries became kingdoms or empires. After they became monarchies they mostly joined the Royal Alliance which lead to the dissolution of the UN January 1, 2042. After this the Royal Alliance and the Dutch Emoure had completely hegemony in the world. The Royal Alliance took over some old treaties of the United Nations, like the Antarctica treaty; but with all the land belonging to France, England or Norway passing over to the Dutch Empire.
April 21, 2042 Saviël ordered the creation of a good and democratic constitution and the citizens of the Dutch Empire agreed with it with a ⅔ majority March 21. After Saviël's sign the constitution was signed which made Saviël a semi-constitutional emperor with the right to suspend a few parts of the constitution and with control over the army. He was controlled by the elected Lower House (Consulate) and Upper House (Senate).
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