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Timeline: 1962: The Apocalypse

OTL equivalent: Wallonia, parts of the Adennes, most of Nord-Pas-de-Calais and enclaves round the Nijlen-Zandhoven region, Zorersell AFB and Utrecht city state.
Flag of Lille-Wallonia-DD62 [[Image:.|80px|Coat of Arms]]
Flag Coat of Arms
TA 1962 Lille Walonia 2012
Lille-Wallonia.
Anthem: ""Le Chant des Wallons" (English:The Walloon chant)./"min p'tit quinquin" (English: My little darling)."
Capital: Charleroi
Largest city: Lille
Other cities: Liege, Tournai, Mons, Cambrai, Oostende, Namur, Rethel, Sedan, Liège, Vouziers, Bethune, Hainult and Lens
Language:
  official:
 
Walloon, Flemish, Low German dialect, Picardy French and standardised French
  others: Luxembourgish, Dutch and standard UK English and USA English.
Religion: 95% Roman Catholic and 5% Calvinist.
Ethnic groups:
  main:
 
Picard and Walloon
  others: Flemming, Dutch, German, Luxembourger, White American and English
Type of government: Unitary parliamentary, constitutional monarchy
  government: Directory
King: Anton Marc De Lyon
Prime Minister: Marie-Anne Joséphine Adélaïde Le Peletier
Area: (claimed) km²
Population: 3,575,000 
Independence: from Belgian and France
  declared: 1964
Annexation: to The English Channel Federation
  date: June 5th 2002.
Currency: Lille-Wallonia Franc and some Barter in rural places.
Organizations: Walloon Alliance and No to the SER
% Literacy: 99.5%
Number of military personnel: 20,000


StatsEdit

The Kingdom of Lille-Wallonia\ Royaume de Lille et de Wallonia is a kingdom located in Western Europe and is one of the most economically and politically successful nations to exist in the region. It is a close ally of Kentshire, Alsace-Lorraine, the Somme Republic and East Anglia.

HistoryEdit

Doomsday 1962Edit

  • The targets hit were at-

Also see- Warsaw Pact targets in Western Europe.

Belgian contact with the Congo Free State ceased as of Doomsday.

Survival Edit

As the inevitable chaos insured, surviving troops, Gendarmes and police to help retain order in the early years. The regional governments of Hainaut, Namur in Belgium along with parts of both the Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Ardennes regions in France had soon coordinated their efforts to help the victims of the nuclear bombings as best as they could, but electricity supplies failed with in a few hours and water supplies stopped after a week. As Dutch, German and French refugees flooded in the 3 provinces found it impossible to cope, annexed the survivor community at Oostende and closed the border in the January of 1963.

In Liège the French Sous-Lieutenant Andre Luc Jouineau  and the 28 still operational members of his 32 man unit took the lead, made some taticaly sound decisions concerning the town's emidiate servival. Over the next 2 months the had also dealt with both the influx of German refugees and with local looters. He later apointed himself mayor after the incumbants death in the March of 19 and agree to assimilation with Lille-Walonia in 1965.

By the time of famine and cholera epidemic of mid to late 1964 things had turned for the worse and about 14% of the 75% who had survived the attacks died. Martial law and heavy food rationing was declared in the March of 1964 and would last until the May of 1974.

The mayor of Hainault, Philippe De Lyon, who was the emergency committee’s de facto leader and his ad hoc Franco-Walloon militia, became the only source of stability in the land. This was even more so with the growing raids by the numerous desperate tribesmen of the bombed out Bitburg-Prüm region of Germany in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Philippe De Lyon later declared himself ‘King’ of a unified on May 1st, 1964, in order try to stabilise the decaying political climate. Harsh laws were enacted, so the repair work continued and the living standards slowly rose.

The Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), also known among farmers as 'blue-ear pig disease' also killed some pigs in late 1964.

1965-1982Edit

The Meuse river in Namur.

The Meuse river in Namur. It is by the town's citadel; and the national parliment with in it.

The town of Liège was contacted in early 1965 prior to it's willing assimilation during 1968. The Charbonnage de Courcelles Nord coal mine was reopened in 1972, using a mixture of penal labour and captured tribesmen from Bitburg. The Charbonnage du Gouffre coal mine was reopened in 1974, using a mixture of free labour and ferther captured tribesmen from Bitburg. Sadly, the abuses of human rights in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s were cruel and atrocious, but were concidered necessary!

Both the act of martial law and the heavy food rationing that was declared in the March of 1964 were scrapped in the May of 1974.

Light industry started to occur around Namur, Mons, Arras and Lille in the late 1970's and Wallonian coal was readily avlibal trough out the nation from 1980, but rationed un till 1982, Both the independent villages of Eupen and Bastogne were successfully invited in to the union in 1979.

First contactEdit

  • While fishermen from Kentshire and Lille-Wallonia had often met informally at sea since the fleets were officially reached in the summer of 1969, but official fist contact was made by ambassadors in 1972. A interim Normandy was found a month later, in 1969, by a fishing vessel which had found the port of Cherboug and the Cotentin Peninsula were part of it on their arrival their.
  • First contact was accidentally made with Frisian Republic when fishermen docked on one of the islands during a bad gale in 1973.
  • East Anglia, Normandy and the Somme Republic would also start relations in 1973. Kentshire, East Anglia, Normandy, the Somme Republic and Lille-Wallonia would become close allies as time passed.
  • First contact was made with explores from the Dutch Remnant Republic in Antwerp dock's ruins, on July 5th, 1978.
  • The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg was officially found by army scouts in 1979 when 2 runaway children returned after 13 days calming they had stayed in a country south of Liege which was not inhabited by either the French or Germans.
  • First contact was made with the Republic of Alsace-Lorraine on January the 5th, 1982 and Lower Saxony on January the 6th, 1982.

1983-1999Edit

The monarchy would pass to the slightly less ruthless King Stefan Marten De Lyon between 1983 and 1985. He began to promote adult schooling and better farming, but was just as ruthless as his predecessor in other respects.

Stefan's more democratic and humane son, Anton Marc De Lyon, would inherit the throne in 1985, after his farther resigned office as a result of the 1985 general strike. The new King banned cock fighting in 1986 and legalised trades unions in 1987. The left wing union leader, Andrew Le Vior, was sacked by his mine manager after being found out as the driving force behind the less than successfully 6 month long Walloon coalminers’ pay strike of 1989. He also opposed the unequal economic development, which favoured the Walloons of Wallonia and Nord-Pas-de-Calais over Picards of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais and the Ardennes. As the economy grew in the 1990's, pay and investments rose sharply, thus pay had increased by a total of 60% between 1989 and 1997. Döner kebabs or döner kebaps have become rather popular since there introduction by Izmirie immigrants in 1999.

2000 to present dateEdit

The first freely elected parliament met in 2000. Elections are held every 4 years by the first parts the post method, by any nationals over the age of 17.

The King's far-reaching reforms changed the formerly unitary state into a federal state, ending a long period of political instability that had occurred beaten Walloons and Picards over years of unequal economic development, which favoured the Walloons.

It joined The English Channel Republic on June 5th, 2002.

The Oudegracht, or "Old Canal" was cleared and the historic Dom Tower of Utrecht repaired between 1999 and 2005.

The leading coal mine owner  Albert A. Laurent has payed for other ongowin renovation work in Utrecht since 2007.

The earthquake, tornado and server weatherEdit

  • Richter scale 6.2 earthquake caused major damage and 3 deaths in Oostende in 2008.
  • The rainstorm and floods of mid 2007 killed 2 in Oostende.
  • The winter of 2009-10 was the worst in 50 years killing 60 people.
  • A tornado ripped through Namur killing 22 people in the spring of 2001.
  • The rainstorms of early in the June of 2012 killed 1 prson on Lille and Mons.

A 64 year old man from Mons died as the result of the July 2013 heat wave.

Former refugee camps Edit

  1. Namur
  2. Lens
  3. Hainault
  4. Lille
  5. Liege

MilitaryEdit

The armed forces discontinued the use of bows and swords in favour of rifles and pistols in 1984. The army has a volunteer force of 15,000 and a conscripted force of 5,000 troopers.

ArmyEdit

  1. 2x T15 Tank
  2. 2x FT-17 Tank
  3. 12x Chevrolet RD 4x2 (USA) - Truck
  4. 5x T17E1 Staghound (USA) - Armoured Car
  5. 5x AMC 35 Tank
  6. 5x The Renault R35 (an abbreviation of Char léger Modèle 1935 R or R-35) Tank
  7. 4x Leopard 1 Tank
  8. 7x AEC Matador 4 x 4 medium artillery tractor.

WeaponsEdit

  1. Colt M911 (side arm)
  2. Thompson Sub-machine gun
  3. The MG 42 (shortened from German: Maschinengewehr 42)
  4. The French Darne machine gun.
  5. The M60 (formally named United States Machine Gun, Caliber 7.62 mm, M60)
  6. The FN Model 1903 (M1903, Browning No.2, FN Mle 1903 or FN Ml 1903),
  7. Nagant M1895 Revolver
  8. Mauser C96 (Construktion 96)
  9. Colt 45 pistol
  10. Canon de 75 modèle 1897
  11. Canon de 75 modèle 1912 Schneider
  12. The 7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art (7.7 cm FK 96 n.A.)
  13. Ordnance QF 18 pounder
  14. Ordnance QF 25 pounder
  15. BL 4.5 inch Medium Field Gun
  16. The French Darne machine gun.
  17. Stokes mortar
  18. Enfield No. 2 Mk I Revolver
  19. The Rifle, Anti-Tank, .55in, Boys commonly known as the "Boys Anti-tank Rifle" (or incorrectly "Boyes", nicknamed the "elephant gun")
  20. Austen submachine gun
  21. Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk I (1903)

NavyEdit

It has 2 patrol boats, 1 corvette and 1 mine sweeper/layer.

Air forceEdit

There are only 2 Supermarine Mk XIV Spitfires, 2 cargo planes and 3 light helicopters.

Battles Edit

  1. With the tribes north of Liège (1983-4)
  2. With the tribes east of Liège (1989)
  3. With the tribes in Aachen (1990)
  4. Helping Kentshire against the tribes of east Surrey (1992)
  5. With the tribes in Bitburg with Kentish help (1995)

The Journeys of Discovery Edit

Flanders in 1978Edit

Berlaar, Grobbendonk, Nijlen, Zandvoort and Ranst were all villages of about 300-350 people of mixed Fleming and Dutch decent in each. The villages were assimilated by 1981. The overgrown, partly flooded and radioactive ruins of Antwerp docks are only inhabited by a few tribesmen. Contact was made with exsplores from the Dutch Remnant Republic at this point.

Utrecht in 1979Edit

Utrecht provincal flag

Utrecht provincial flag became the city state's flag.

While the democratically run village of some 1,500 people of mixed Fleming, Dutch and German decent was found and assimilated by 1982, the surrounding land was a swamp infested with hostile tribesmen and raiders from the nearby fortified villages of Amersfoort, Veenendaal, Houten, and Zeist.

After the 1968 Dutch floods, the Kromme Rijn (originally the main bed of the Rhine river), the Vaartse Rijn (The medieval canal reconnecting Utrecht to the newer main stream of the Rhine, the Lek), the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal, the Lek River and the Merwede Canal became badly blocked in several places and regularly spilled over their banks turning much of the district in to a swamp.

The Oudegracht, or "old canal" in Utrecht, and the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal were cleared and the historic Dom Tower of Utrecht repaired between 1999 and 2005.

Zorersell AFB 1989Edit

The overgrown and radioactive ruins and the surrounding land was a swamp was, and still is, partially under the control of hostile tribesmen.

Arnhem, Aachen, Prüm and Bitburg in 1989Edit

The local tribes and villagers around Arnhem had formed in to minor union of farming communality for mutual protection against barbarian groups around Aachen, Prüm and Bitburg.

Ardennes department 1989Edit

Many friendly independent farming and forest communities of French and Luxembourgers were discovered and were assimilated by 2004. Most of France south of the region lies in ruins due to a series of localised atomic bombings during Doomsday.

Government and politics Edit

King Anton Marc De Lyon holds a near monopoly on power, but is a caring and benevolent leader, who puts the interests of his people first. He had started to democratise the country as of 2000.

Party Alignment Edit

  1. Rexists- Far fight wing and ultra conservative
  2. Christian Democrats- center right and monitoryist
  3. Liberals- Center ground and liberalist.
  4. Socialists- Center left and pro-democracy
  5. Greater Picardy Party- Right wing and Picardy nationalism
  6. Wallonia Party- Right wing and Walloon nationalism
  7. Greens- Ecologist and libralist 
  8. Utrecht Party- Pro-Utrecht and libralist 

Local government Edit

The democratic systems that existed before Doomsday were restored in 2004.

2012 Parliamentary ElectionEdit

  1. Belgian Christian Democrats- 63% (32 seats)
  2. Belgian Socialists- 22% (12 seats)
  3. Belgian Liberals- 12% (6 seats)
  4. Greater Picardy Party- 1%. (0 seats)
  5. Wallonia Party- 1% (0 seats)
  6. Rexists- 0.5% (0 seats)
  7. Belgian Greens- 0.4% (0 seats)
  8. Utrecht Party- 0.1% (0 seats)

Economy Edit

The economy of the nation dependent on coal mining, agriculture and forestry. However, since the economic reforms 1998, the economy has become more diversified. Trade with Kentshire, involved trading Kentish steam trains for Lille-Wallonia coal in the 1970's and 1980's.

Transport Edit

Due to the high number of electric trains, most of the remaining railways were ruined by the EMP pulse on Doomsday and both horses, bicycles and canal boats became the transport norm until more steam trains were made in 1977. Alcohol and petrol cars started to return in the 1980’s and 1990’s respectively, but are still scares. The railways now own (as of 2008)-

  • 18 x Maldegem stoom 3 steam locomotive
  • 15x CFV3V-MF33 steam locomotive
  • 16x Steamtram SNCV steam trams
  • 2x Belpaere type steam locomotive
  • 32x passenger carriages
  • 12x freight carriages
  • 23x coal trucks
  • 2x (re-wheel gaged) GWR 2251 Class steam loco
  • 2x (re-wheel gaged) GWR Pannier Tank 7714 steam locos
  • 6x 2 (re-wheel gaged) MK1 BR coaches

Healthcare Edit

Thyroid cancer is still a major problem, but became much lower since 1974.

There has been a reasonably successful healthy living media campaign running in the media since 2008 concerning binge drinking and high cholesterol levels. 

32% of citizens told a 2012 government survey that they thought there children were occasional secretly taking Psilocybe semilanceata mushrooms and/or glue sniffing after or during school. 7% also reckoned there teenage children were habitual drunks and anoter 2% said they thought there kids regularly did [Hyoscyamus niger (henbane)] and Psilocybe semilanceata mushrooms.

The National Gendarmerie Force estimated that about 8% of road accidents in 2007 and 2009 were caused by drunk and drugged driving. Some cars even had beer cans, wine bottles and cannabis leaves stashed away in them.

EducationEdit

There is compulsory schooling from the ages 4 to 18.

Waterworks Edit

The network of rivers and canals provide the nation with most of its water supply.

Media Edit

The right wing La Libre Belgique newspaper has been in decline since 1984 due to the increasing sales of the non-political Kentish newspaper, the Dover Supernova (Founded 1980, Walloon and Nord-Pas-de-Calais supplements issued 1999).

The national radio and TV station started up in 1994 and 2002 respectivly, in the towns of Arras, Mons, Namur, Liège, Lillie and Utrecht. It broadcasts for 6 hours a day on 2 medium wave frequencies and 1 colour analogue TV channel. It is called Radio-Télévision Lille-Wallonia.

WineEdit

Nord-Pas-de-Calais wine went back on sale in 1989 and was exported to Kentshire, East Anglia and Southern England ever since the trade deal of 2004.

Sport Edit

Croquet, Pertonk, Boule and football are all major sports in the nation. The National soccer team have reguley play matches with the Luxembourg and Kentshire teams as of 1998.

The arts Edit

The Belgian surrealist artist, René François Ghislain Magritte (21 November 1898 – 14 May 1968) has fallen out of favour in recent years, while The French impressionist artists Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa or simply Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec for short (24 November 1864 – 9 September 1901) and Pierre-Auguste Renoir have gained much popularity since the 1980's and are regarded as a master painters.

The Death PenaltyEdit

It is applying to-

  • Murderers,
  • Sex predators (like rapists, and child molesters),
  • Traitors,
  • Enemy spies.

They are executed by hanging in Wallonia and guillotined in Nord-Pas-de-Calais

The death penalty was scraped in 1982 and replaced with life without the possibility of parole.

The Charleroi (Hainaut) crook, serial killer and child molester, Marc Dutroux was convicted in 2003 of having kidnapped, tortured and sexually abused 7 teenage girls during 1994 to 1996, 5 of whom he murdered. He was guillotined, under special rules allowing a one off execution, in the grounds of Lillie prison on May 2nd, 2004.

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