Pretty neat to see that all fly by. Though I can't help but thinking that the, I don't know, 'cinematization' of history (re: the filmscorey background music here) is sort of problematic and possibly a dangerous development, inasmuch as it favors excitement (ie, conflict) over, well, goodness.
John Cohen: "every little move of a line represents so many people being subjected to death or violence."
vacapinta: "Portugal and Spain had the same king. But they remained two different countries during that period - just two countries that shared a king."
Summer: "Yes, this really underscores how easy the English, Norwegians and Swedes have had it. Poor old Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Balkans etc.
pracowity: "It's interesting to watch the Holy Roman Empire break up and everyone declare their a principality in their own back yard. "We hereby declare us the Crown Vixen of Gnewt-Saxophonia. You may kneel gnow, you knave and... gnome." "
Assume an average of one war per change on the map. (There would have been some map changes due to peaceful dynastic succession, but also some wars that didn't result in map changes. Also some of the big wars like WWII resulted in more than one map change.) Sustain that for a thousand years and see if you don't want to become a unified, peace-loving continent of government-protected office workers and intellectuals.
jedicus: "There are today just eight states on earth which have existed since 1914 and not had their form of government changed by violence since then. These are the United Kingdom, four present or former members of the Commonwealth, the United States, Sweden, and Switzerland."
jedicus: "[Denmark] was occupied by the Nazis during WWII, and they instituted martial law in 1943. The resistance was fairly limited, but (according to Wikipedia), 39 Danish soldiers died during the invasion, four during the 1943 takeover, and over 850 members of the resistance were killed, so I'd say it qualifies as violent. Certainly the restoration of the Danish government occurred by violent means."
Recent events have proved that the Danish Government is no longer capable of maintaining order. ... Consequently I declare martial law throughout Denmark. I order: Firstly, officials and other authorities must loyally continue to perform their duties and conform with German regulations; secondly, meetings of over 5 persons in streets or public places or else where are prohibited; thirdly, theatres and other entertainments will close at dark, when all street traffic is prohibited; fourthly, use of post, telegraph, and telephone is prohibited; provocation to strike, as usual, is punishable by death. German military courts will deal with violations of these decrees, which are based on international law. Armed force will be ruthlessly used in cases of assault and gatherings.
Jehan: "Belgium has two language communities."
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