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1.6. Do you hear the people sing?


A major republican rally during the '34 elections

After the Reichstag got burned down in 1933, the prosecution of communists in Germany took a turn for the worse. As a German communist you could either go underground and oppose the government from there or flee the country. Many communists crossed the German-Dutch border to escape capture. The Dutch government tried to prevent it, but had neither the legislation nor the manpower to stop these remnants of the communistic party to enter the Netherlands. What attributed to this were the Republic minorities, who not only helped communists to cross the border but also gave them shelter. The interaction with the communist remnants influenced the frustrated republicans. Seeing democracy granting the Queen a more prominent positions made the republicans fear not just the monarchy, but the current parliamentarian democracy as well. 1933 also saw the amendment changes of the last Colijn-administration. Republicans were furious and all parties voted against the changes. The outrage was complete when during the vote it turned the fascist NSB was on the side of the government and voted for the changes. This made the republican no-votes irrelevant. Republicans thought the government no better than the fascists it got support from.

1934 saw new elections, the main issue was the Orange proposal as it was now named. The Republican parties focused their campaign on the issue and it was a moderate success. Compared to the 1930 elections the Republicans managed to steal votes away from both the Orangists and the NSB. Most of the Orangistic party votes came from the Christian community though. Being tradional voters a lot had to happen for them to change their vote. They also underestimated the popularity the government had generated. Their actions to battle the Great Depressions and the Sonderkonto had revitalized Dutch Industry. The economic growth guaranteed the elections for the Orangists. Wilhelmina suggested Dirk Jan De Geer, who had hold the position of Minister of Finance in the last Colijn administration. De Geer enjoyed respect from the socialistic parties for suggesting an unversial right to vote in 1909 and Wilhelmina hoped it would help the two sides to work out their differences. Although the Fascist party had lost seats in favor of the Republicans, the gain the Orangistic parties received was just enough to ensure that the second amendment vote was only a formality. The changes were decided to be put in action on the 1st January 1936. After the amendment changes were made public the republicans decided to work together and form the “Raad van Nederlandse Socialisten” comprising of all left wing parties. The CPN, the dutch communist party and the SDAP, the socialist party, were the two biggest parties inside the RNS. They started holding rallies and organizing strikes. The focus shifted from republican to a system similar to that of the Soviet Union.

The rise of communism did not go unnoticed, but the Dutch government did not respond as the Germans did. The government believed that even these people had a right to voice their opinion, even though they didn’t care for these communists much. The more violent outburst were being controlled by the police, but they had strict orders to only intervene when absolutely necessary. The government had not forgotten the public outcry during the Republic Riots and didn’t feel like making the same mistake twice.
The ones that did respond were the NSB. They started counter rallies against the communistic rallies. As the tensions between the two organizations grew, it came to clashes more and more often. Several times NSB members were accused of intentionally creating fights with the RNS sympathizers. Mussert felt, with the government not repressing the communistic movements, that he was now the protector of Dutch values against the Red threat. He tried calling upon the Orangistic government in the hopes of getting police support, but the government wasn’t ready to prosecute the communists actively. When trying to get an new audience with the Queen, it was refused. The official reasons were that his presence would be too much of a safety risk for Wilhelmina. In fact the Queen herself refused to talk to any of the parties involved until they were prepared to end the violence.


Mussert showing support for an anti-communistic rally in 1935

Not only did the NSB they start counter rallies, they started to investigate whereabouts of the German communists, who had the status of illegal immigrants. Most of these investigations led nowhere, because they just didn’t have the resources nor the authority to conduct proper investigation. Yet in the following years there were numerous incidents were RNS party officials found their homes ravaged. As a respond the RNS ransacked several buildings used by the NSB for official party gatherings.

Besides the growing amount of incidents between the NSB and the RNS 1935 saw a decline of the Sonderkonto agreement. Germany kept readjusting the armament plans, each one more ambitious and costly. Germany simply didn’t have the recourses or the money to repay the Netherlands. the Germanic agreement did keep the debt in check and effects on the Dutch economy were minimal. But the De Geer administration and Wilhelmina were worried that if the Germans kept missing payments the Dutch economy would stagnate, plans were drawn to increase industrial production inside the Netherlands. The goal was to create a stable more independent industry. Laws were written and approved. The ambitious project was to be put in action in 1936. The Starting signal would be the activation of the new Amendment Law. It announced that from now on the flag of the Netherlands was: blue-white-orange. These were the colors of the Republican flag, used during the Golden Age of Holland.


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-See, an ingame screenshot! Who would have thought it. I unfortunaly like most people will have little time playing during the holidays, but hopefully I can get an update in there somewhere.
- Do you guys prefer counters or sprites for ingame screenshots? I didn't change the counters yet, but if people like them I'll change those aswell.
- YES, there is still one law left unmentioned, it will get a mention when it actually gets used :)
 
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Nice update, very informative. And now lets take care of the serious business :D.
Concerning the GFX, counters are nice, but if you can find better looking Sprites that would be great also.
 

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Since this is a mostly narrative AAR, sprites will do fine.

Will you be releasing the modified 1936 scenario (and other modified files, such as the flag) so that we can play our own version of your AAR? Can't imagine the fun that scenario could be.
I'd be willing to help you get it all together into a distributable form.
 

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I know 10 days is already necromancy, but I have to ask.

Is this AAR dead? The beginning was great... :(
 

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lionhead: Thank you :) Well, I felt that even the most celebrated leaders take questionable descisions from time to time. Also, I have to point out that in this timeline the NSB is much closer to it's original ideals then the NSB in history. It was during the 30s that they radicalised into a more german minded party, before that they were more an extreme nationalistic party, it even had prominent jewish members. Though the NSB are still shady people as the last update has shown.

CaptRobau: Well, my modifications are kind of rough around the edges. If there is a sufficient interest I could definetely look into making it more representable

Vesmir: Nope, I've just been gone for most of the holidays, for some reason I have more free time when I don't have vacation :rofl:
I also missed most of the Realpolitik stuff :(

Update is coming within 7 days and then regular updates hopefully. :)
 
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Glad to hear this AAR continuing :D.
 

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Phew! And here I was worriyng.

Get us an update quick.
 

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This looks actually to be very interesting. I'll be following ;)
 

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Nice flag:D

Always love a Dutch AAR (since I am a proud nationalist as well...:D)

Tim
 

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And after Belgium and Luxembourg are back in the Netherlands, maybe you should use this flag?



It's Netherlands (Orange and white) + Belgium (Black) ! And it looks awesome. :cool:
 

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It's Netherlands (Orange and white) + Belgium (Black) ! And it looks awesome. :cool:
Firs time I see it, pretty awesome.
Is it an historical flag?
 

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Personally I feel that it looks too much like the old Imperial German flag. And why should we Dutch adapt to some Belgians ;).
 

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I had it done for a Low Countries Federation series of events of KR - but I never managed really to get the event chain to fire correctly.
 

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The Dutch will mainly focus on the Flanders seeing that these are the regions they have the most connection with. The idea of "Heel-Nederland" which became an issue in Belgium pre-war often uses the Republican flag aswell. So by using the flag the Dutch are already reaching out to the Belgium people wanting a possible reunion. If you would use their current flag you would only recognise an idea of a Belgium identity which is not in the best interest of the Dutch.

The republican flag is a result from a discussion that flared up in the 1930s in the Netherlands. The NSB was one of the parties wanting this flag because it was "the original one" (eventhough that sentiment is horribly flawed). I figured that they could be very easily persuaded to support any changes if it included the flag. In our timeline it was Colijn who asked Wilhelmina to make a statement recognising the blue-white-red as the only Dutch flag and she did.

I picked it because it looks pretty and because it is the flag of a time where Holland was a powerful player in international politics. The red in the Dutch flag stands for the power of the parlement and by changing it back to orange I'm symbolising the powershift back to the monarchy.

Then there is the issue of having to earn such a tribute in the flag. If the Belgium people turn out to be important to the Duch war effort, that might change, but at the moment there is no reason to give them this. Infact, in the current situation I think it will be the Indonesian people that might deserve such a status inside the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The current additions of the KNIL will make the total of native population inside the KNIL 40%, which about half of those being Molukkers. In the longterm I feel that the Indonesian people will be far more vital then the Belgium people, but I can't predict what the future will hold.
 

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The red in the flag is a heraldic colour from the Dutch royal house's coat of arms. So is the blue. Plus at the time the flag was introduced (1814) the Dutch king had a lot of power. Only after 1848 the parliament became the main power in Dutch politics.

I think the Prinsenvlag is an excellent choice. It has the colour orange for the monarchy and blue for the sea.

I was thinking to make things interesting, how about increasing relations with South Africa. By this time the Boers have taken over power and they might welcome a powerful Netherlands. Would open up another interesting front. Or at least be an extra neutral country.
 

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The red in the flag is a heraldic colour from the Dutch royal house's coat of arms. So is the blue. Plus at the time the flag was introduced (1814) the Dutch king had a lot of power. Only after 1848 the parliament became the main power in Dutch politics.
The wiki says the official law to change to red was made by the Staten-Generaal during the Dutch Napoleon republic just before the Staten-Generaal got abolished. After the return of the monarchy it decided to adopt the laws made by the Republic and through that it also adopted the flag. so yeah, in a way you are right.

The wiki says it has been used just after the end of the 80 year war although nobody knows exactly why. My reason *that it was made to represent the Staten-Generaal* is mentioned as one of the possible reasons, altough no conclusive evidence to support any theory has ever been found.
I like the "they ran out orange dye" the best. :p
 

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Sorry guys, I've in no way given up on it yet. I've just 'slightly' underestimated the time it would take me to mod the game like I wanted. So my gameplay updates will suffer a 'slight' delay, but it's nothing I can't handle! :cool: